GB defense turning opponents into stars

Thanks to this year's woefully mediocre NFC, the Packers have clinched a playoff spot despite having a defense that has proven defenseless against its opponents' best weapons. Sunday, it was Fred Taylor's turn to have a field day.<P>

The running back rolled up 165 yards on 22 carries - a whopping 7.5-yards-per-carry average. His 37 yard touchdown put the Jags head for good, grabbing the lead back from the Pack after just one minute and 29 seconds.

Certainly, Taylor is no slouch. He has the career stats to make a 165-yard game no real surpise. However, his performance vs. the Pack marked his second-highest single game total, and came on a frozen field.

Sunday was fourth time this season that a back has run for more than 150 yards against the Packers. Tiki Barber rushed for 182 yards in a Week 4 loss to the Giants; Chicago's Thomas Jones had 152 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' shocking 21-10 win in Week 2; rookie Kevin Jones had 156 yards and a TD when the Packers squeaked by the Lions last weekend.

All four times the running back brigade ran over the Packers at Lambeau.

Tennessee's Chris Brown came darn close with 148 yards when the Titans beat up on the Pack. Brown had two touchdowns to add to his total.


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