Sherman's winning ways

He's No. 8!! Mike Sherman moved into eighth place on the Packers' coaches victory list in 2001.

Sherman has 21 wins and hurdled Gene Rozani, Lisle Blackbourn and Phil Bengtson during his 12-triumph campaign of 2001. Sherman will enter 2002 three wins behind Lindy Infante, who is seventh place. Also within reach are Forrest Gregg and Dan Devine, who each posted 25 wins. Sherman's climb was buoyed by the Packers' winning ways at the season's end. The Packers' ran their winning streak in regular-season finales to eight with a 34-25 win over the New York Giants Jan. 6 in East Rutherford, N.J. The coach joined a long list of home-finale victors. The Packers last setback in a last game was in 1993 when they fell at Detroit 30-20. Green Bay did exact revenge a week later with a 28-24 win in Detroit in the wild card round of the playoffs. Green Bay's last regular-season loss at home was in Vince Lombardi's final regular-season game as coach Lambeau Field. On Dec. 17, 1967, the Pittsburgh Steelers handed the eventual Super Bowl champion Packers a 24-17 loss at home. Since then, the Packers have played all but seven of their regular-season finales on the road. The regular-season finale victory also aided another streak. The Jan. 6 conquest of the Giants extended the Packers' winning streak to five over NFC East teams. Green Bay's last defeat to an NFC East team was a 27-13 defeat at Dallas Nov. 14, 1999. Since then, the Pack has turned back Arizona twice, Philadelphia, Washington and the Giants. The Packers have won eight of their last nine vs. the East. Green Bay has also won five straight against the NFC Central with all of those successes coming in 2002 (Minnesota, Bears and Lions twice).

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