Packers-Eagles notes: Snap, crackle, crushed

The Packers winning streak and Brett Favre's touchdown streak were both snapped in Green Bay's 47-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. More accurately, both streaks were obliterated -- after the opening minutes of the game neither skein looked to have a chance to continue.<P>

Most importantly for the Pack, the six-game winning streak is history. On paper, that doesn't sound so bad. A team which wins six out of every seven games will finish with an impressive record. Unfortunately, the winning run was necessary to pull the Pack out of a 1-4 hole. Now at 7-5, the Packers still have work to do to earn a playoff spot, and have to gain at least a split to assure themselves of a winning season.

"We're certainly not as bad as we looked tonight. I promise you that," coach Mike Sherman said in his post-game press conference. "We're a lot better than we played and they certainly looked very good. I'm not taking anything away from them because they beat us handily. But, we're not as poor as we looked tonight. We're a lot better football team than this, and we will be next week."

Holding on:

The silver lining comes in the form of a Minnesota loss to Chicago earlier Sunday. That keeps Green Bay in first place, although a date in the Metrodome with the Vikings looms on Christmas Eve.

Both Minnesota and Green Bay are at 7-5, two games ahead of Chicago. The Packers close the season at Soldier Field Jan. 2.

Fun while it lasted:

Favre would probably say that the close of his streak of 36 consecutive games with a TD pass is meaningless - that no matter how the points get on the board, finishing with more than the opponent is the only goal. However, a game without a Brett Favre TD is not likely to be a high-scoring affair for the Packers and this was no exception. So Favre ends up a distant -- but still impressive -- second place on the NFL's all time list. Johnny Unitas threw a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games for the Baltimore Colts from 1956-1960.

On the board:

While it was a day the Packers would rather forget, it will be memorable for backup QB Craig Nall, who threw his first career TD passes during garbage time.

Nall finally got the Packers into the end zone with 8:26 left in the game. He threw his first career TD with a one-yard toss to William Henderson to cap a six-play, 64-yard drive.

Just before the two-minute warning, Nall threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker. Nall went 6-of-7 for 84 yards on drive and absorbed two sacks.

"We just didn't play our game tonight," Nall said after the game. "They came ready to play and we got into a hole early and couldn't get out of it. Hopefully we'll have a chance to see them again later in the year." Nall finished the game 8-of-11 for 95 yards and two touchdowns. His QB rating was 138.3.

Short subject:

While the outcome was still up for grabs, the Packers had precious little to call a highlight. The short reel features Cullen Jenkins' hat trick: He sacked Donovan McNabb, forced the QB to fumble and recovered the ball at the 23 yard line to end the Eagles' first possession.

"They were nice plays while they lasted," Jenkins said of the few occasions when defensive pressure got to McNabb. "It didn't give us enough momentum. It is one of those things where you just look at it and see what else it is that you could have done."

Production line:

Jenkins' play led to one of just two Eagle possessions in the first half which did not result in a touchdown. One other drive ended in a punt - the remaining five were all touchdowns.

Likewise in the second half, two of the Eagles' six possessions did not result in scores. After four field goals, Philly punted twice before demolition day was over.


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