In an unusual stretch early in the fourth quarter, the Packers went for it on fourth-and-5, made it, then faced a fourth-and-4. This time, coach Mike Sherman opted for the field goal, a 42-yarder. It was a safer bet than on the previous fourth down (48 yards), but still less than a sure bet in the horrendous conditions. Longwell missed wide right.
During crunch time, however, Longwell came through from 28-yards out to extend the Packers' lead to 20-14 with 4:41 to go in the game. The field goal was key because it forced the Niners to try for a TD to win, rather than needing just a field goal to tie.
2-K: Receiver Donald Driver hit the 1,000-yard mark in style. Favre found Driver for a 5-yard touchdown pass to extend the Packers' lead in the third quarter. With the reception, Driver crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career … Ahman Green's 90 yards rushing also pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark. He entered the game with 967 yards rushing. He has accomplished the mark for the third consecutive year. If Green produces his average yardage in the remaining two contests, his season will rank in the top five on the Packers all-time list. Currently, Green holds the No. 3 spot with his 1,307 yards in 2001 and the No. 5 spot with 1,175 in 2000. Jim Taylor's 1,474 yards in 1962 is the record-holder.
Fullback William Henderson's five catches marked the first time he had that many in a game since 1999. Hendu caught five passes for 58 yards in the Packers' heart-breaking 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers on 12/12/99… His career high is 8 receptions, set vs. Tampa Bay 12/7/98.
First start: Rookie Kevin Barry made his first NFL start in place of Earl Dotson (back tightness) Ironman rolls on: Playing in his 173rd consecutive regular season game today, Brett Favre extends the second-longest such streak in team history. Only Forrest Gregg played in more consecutive regular season games for the Packers, holding the record at 187. Favre extended his NFL record for consecutive regular season starts by a quarterback to 171. That's the longest active streak among NFL players at any position.
He also increeased his totals to 25 TDs, 13 interceptions and 3,372 yards this season.