Green on the run again

With below-freezing temperatures and a 25-miler-per-hour wind swirling around them, running back Ahman Green provided a hot-chocolate equivalent for all his bare-armed lineman when he burst around the right side for a 28-yard gain midway through the fourth quarter.<p>

"That helped," Pro Bowl right guard Marco Rivera said. "A run like that always makes the juices react and gets everyone fired up. We knew we had to run the ball. The was a big key for the game. We took it one play at a time and knew we were this close to making a big run and finally there at the end, Ahman had one. It was pretty nice."

Green followed behind pulling left guard Mike Wahle and tight end Tyrone Davis on a counter gap play that they had run several times before during the game. The difference this time was the move that Green put on Buffalo free safety Pierson Prioleau that turned a five-yard gain into a 28-yard highlight. He finished with 116 yards on 26 carries.

"It was one of those things we had been running all day getting four or five yards a pop, and it was a successful run but Ahman made that guy miss," Wahle said. "There was always a guy there, but that time, he made him miss."

Green's run set up a touchdown pass three plays later from Brett Favre to Donald Driver that put the final points on the board, 10-0.

The play put Green over 100 yards for the 14th time in his tenure as a Packer, ranking him second behind the great Jim Taylor who has 26. Green also surpassed the legendary Paul Hornung in the team's career rushing annals. Hornung closed out his nine-year career with the Packers with 3,711 yards. Green has 3,735 including 1,173 this season. He also surpassed Hornung's combined rushing and receiving mark of 5,191. Green, who was selected to his second Pro Bowl this week, now has 5,276 total yards as Packer.

It's some impressive company for Green to be in, but he prefers to wait until his playing days are long over before he gives it any serious thought.

"Stats and individual things, I might think worry about that when I'm done and out of this game and I can brag about it to my grandkids," Green said.

More important for Green and his teammates was the fact that for the second game in a row, the running game was clicking on all cylinders. When that happens, it's good news for all facets of the offense.

"When we run the ball, this offense is dangerous because it opens up the passing game and when you have a quarterback like Brett (Favre) and receivers like Donald (Driver) and Terry (Glenn), that helps," Rivera said.

Green agreed and said if the Packers are to be successful in the postseason, the commitment to the run needs to continue.

"To go through the playoffs, to go where we want to go, we need a running game," Green said. "If you look back through all championship teams, NFC, AFC, Super Bowl winners, Super Bowl losers, they had a running game. They had some sort of running game. We just need to stay consistent and do what we're doing running the ball, because once the running game is doing well, the passing game does well, also."


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