Packers-Bears: Game notes

Packers play keep-away with Hester; Harris plays; inactive players for each team

Chicago's Devin Hester had an impact just by being on the field against the Green Bay Packers Sunday night. The Packers made every attempt to shy away from Hester, especially on kickoffs, and limited the NFL's leading return specialist.

Hester averaged 10 yards on four punt returns, but did not have any kickoff returns. The Packers instead opted to have Mason Crosby pooch-kick the ball to about the Bears' 35 yard line. The Bears benefited with an average start on the 35 yard line for four drives after kickoffs.

Punter Jon Ryan averaged 48.0 yards on five punts, intentionally kicking one out of bounds, out of Hester's reach. Ryan's high, booming punts allowed the coverage unit plenty of time to bring Hester down.

Harris plays
Cornerback Al Harris, despite an ailing back that he aggravated last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, played in his 158th straight game (148 regular season, 10 playoffs), a streak that began when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998. Since coming to Green Bay in 2003, Harris has started all 71 games (68 regular season, 3 playoffs).

Harris had one tackle, but limited Bears wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad to one catch for 17 yards.

Did not suit up
The following players were not on Green Bay's 45-man game day roster: CB Will Blackmon, RB Brandon Jackson, LB Desmond Bishop, OT Orrin Thompson, G Allen Barbre, DTs Colin Cole and Daniel Muir, and DE Michael Montgomery.

Chicago's inactive players were: CB Nathan Vasher, FB Lousaka Polite, S Josh Gattis, LB Darrell McClover, OT John Tait, WR Mike Hass, DT Antonio Garay. Kyle Orton was the designated third quarterback.

Extra points
? Brett Favre has thrown 53 touchdowns against the Bears, his most against any opponent.

? Favre stretched his NFL record for consecutive starts to 242 (262 including playoffs) against the Bears. It is the NFL's second-longest recorded streak in league history.

? Offensive tackle Chad Clifton made his 100th career start.

? Donald Driver has a reception in 85 consecutive games, second longest streak in team history.

? With four catches against the Bears, Driver passed Boyd Dowler for fourth on the team's all-time receiving list with 452. Don Hutson (488) is third on the list.

? Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila has 11.5 sacks in past 11 games against the Bears, including 4.0 in the last two weeks.

? Attendance for the game was 70,904, the second largest regular season crowd in Lambeau Field history. The largest crowd at Lambeau was last year's season opener against the Bears.

? Green Bay's 121 rushing yards was its highest rushing total of the season.

? Green Bay allowed its first rushing touchdown of the season, a 10-yard run by Cedric Benson in the second quarter.

? Running back DeShawn Wynn's 44-yard run in the first quarter was the team's longest of the season.


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