Packer receivers flying high

EAST RUTHERFORD – Green Bay wide receivers had their hands full against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon.<p> Full of passes from quarterback Brett Favre, that is.<p>

Receivers Bill Schroeder and Corey Bradford both had more than 100 yards receiving in Green Bay's 34-25 win against the Giants at Giants Stadium.

"Offensively, I thought we were very opportunistic," said Packers head coach Mike Sherman. And most of those opportunities came on plays made by Packer receivers.

The Packers drew first blood a mere four minutes into the game when Schroeder got free, out-raced his coverage and was wide open to catch a 26-yard touchdown pass from Favre. Schroeder finished the game with five catches for 102 yards.

Bradford took his turn in the second quarter when, with the clock winding down to halftime, he turned a 7-yard sideline pass into a 45-yard gain. He got to the Giants 31 and two plays later, Ryan Longwell kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give Green Bay a 17-10 halftime lead.

Bradford finished the game with three catches for a career-high 110 yards.

Schroeder's next big play came in the third quarter when he forced a questionable 25-yard pass interference call against Giants cornerback Dave Thomas along the left sideline. The Packers moved to the New York 29, and three plays later, Longwell kicked a 43-yard field goal to give Green Bay a 27-10 lead.

About two minutes later, Bradford used his track-star speed to get past Thomas down the left sideline and Favre threw a perfect pass for a 54-yard touchdown.

Schroeder finished his big day in the fourth quarter by wrestling the ball away from rookie cornerback William Peterson for a 45-yard gain. That got the ball to the Giants 7. Two plays later Favre fumbled the snap and lost the ball at the New York 1.

Schroder and Bradford did so well that No. 1 receiver Antonio Freeman sat out the second half after hurting his knee and ribs. "We did some good things out there, but I think the offense can still be better," Freeman said. "It wasn't as convincing as we wanted it to be, but we ran the ball well and threw it well." Favre, who did the throwing, agreed. "I was pleased with what we did on offense, but I thought we left some out there," said Favre, who completed 15 of 30 passes for 315 yards. "We got to the one and turned it over, and missed a field goal. We need to eliminate the negative stuff and build on the positive things." Schroeder ended the regular season with 53 catches for 918 yards – his third straight season with more than 900 yards receiving. He also scored nine touchdowns. Bradford finished with 31 catches for 525 yards and two scores.

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