Levens breaks loose

EAST RUTHERFORD – The New York Giants couldn't corral the Horse Sunday.<p> Veteran running back Dorsey Levens, who has taken a back seat to running back Ahman Green this season, sparked the Packers to a 34-25 win at Giants Stadium by returning four kickoffs for 139 yards, including a season-long 53-yarder to start the second half.<p>

Levens' success in his new role as designated kickoff specialist help give Green Bay excellent field position. After the last three returns the Packers missed a field goal, scored a touchdown and got to the Giants 1-yard line before fumbling.

"He did a tremendous job," said quarterback Brett Favre. "He's getting better and better each week. And it's not like he's running through gaping holes out there. He's dodging people and getting through them." Levens returned his first kick 32 yards to the Packers 39 near the end of the first quarter. The Packers punted, but Levens seemed to find a groove.

On his next return he raced 35 yards to the Green Bay 47. The Packers drove to the Giants 27, but Ryan Longwell missed a 45-yard field goal.

Perhaps Levens most devastating return came at the start of the third quarter. He took the ball at the 15, went up the middle, then cut right. He beat everyone and rambled 53 yards before kicker Owen Pochman dragged him down at the Giants 32.

Five plays later, Green scored from one yard out to give the Packers a 24-10 lead. He finished with a 19-yard return in the fourth quarter.

Levens, who had seen little action in the backfield sitting behind Green, took over kickoff duties two weeks ago against the Cleveland Browns. He returned two in that game for 31 yards. Against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, Levens returned four kicks for 101 yards.

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