Flashback

Nov. 9, 1997
Packers 17, Rams 7
The Packers scored an early touchdown in the fourth quarter to fight off the pesky Rams in a penalty flag fest at Lambeau Field.

A Favre seven-yard touchdown run with 14:53 left in the game was set up by a Freeman 45-yard reception, to put the Packers ahead, 17-7.

The Rams were penalized 15 times for 110 yards while the Packers were penalized nine times for 66 yards.

Clinging to a 3-0 halftime lead, the Packers opened up the second half with an 80-yard touchdown drive. Henderson caught a 25-yard pass, and Chmura an 18-yarder, before Freeman scored on a 25-yard strike from Favre.

Evans led another excellent defensive performance for the Packers, limiting Isaac Bruce to three catches for 34 yards. Butler had nine tackles and one sack that knocked Rams' quarterback Tony Banks out of the game.

Freeman also had a big day with a season-high 160 yards on seven catches, and Favre had 306 yards passing, his first 300-yard game of the season.

With the victory, the Packers stayed tied for the Central division lead at 8-2 with the Vikings.

Nov. 24, 1996
Packers 24, Rams 9
After two consecutive defeats, the Packers travelled to St. Louis to try and bounce back against the 3-8 Rams at the TWA Dome in St. Louis.

It didn't start too promising, however, as the Packers fell behind 9-0 on an Isaac Bruce touchdown catch and a sack of Brett Favre for a safety. The Packers amassed only 48 yards the entire first half, but Doug Evans would come to the rescue in the second half.

Trailing 9-3, Evans intercepted a Tony Banks pass on the second play of the third quarter to give the Packers the go-ahead touchdown. His interception sparked the rest of the team as the offense then proceeded to score on consecutive drives in the quarter. Favre hit Jackson on a six-yard touchdown pass and scrambled around to hit Dorsey Levens on the next possession for a five-yard score.

Andre Rison made his debut in a Packer uniform having an impressive game. With less than a week of practice with the Packers under his belt, Rison entered the game early and finished with five catches for 44 yards.

The victory broke a three-game slump of forcing turnovers for the Packers as they recorded four against the Rams. At 9-3, the Packers tied the San Francisco 49ers for the top record in the NFC.


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