Packers-Jets

Inside the numbers from Sunday's Packers-Jets clash at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.<P>

Bad news: The loss breaks the Packers' impressive streak of eight consecutive seasons with wins in their final regular-season game.

The last time the Pack lost the regular-season finale could be a good omen for Green Bay, however. In 1993 the Packers lost the finale -- a road game -- to the Detroit Lions. Six days later -- in a first-round playoff game, Green Bay emerged victorious.

Bad news II: The Packers failed to cross midfield in any of their opening three possessions, which started from the Green Bay 29-, 25- and 21-yard-lines, respectively.

Worse news: Receiver Donald Driver suffered a bruised left shoulder after a second-quarter reception. He was taken to the lockerroom for x-rays, which were negative, and he did not return. Tony Fisher also suffered a jammed neck on his only carry, a three-yard gain on third and 11 in the first quarter.

PT for Pederson: Doug Pederson took over for Brett Favre in the fourth quarter, and connected with Bubba Franks for a 20-yard touchdown with 5:35 remaining. It was Pederson's first TD this season, after not even throwing a pass in 2001 as he backs up the most durable QB in the game.

Pederson now has an even dozen touchdown passes in his career. His last TD for Green Bay was back in 1998. He threw 7 for Philadelphia in 1999 and two for Cleveland in 2000.

Bubba Franks left the ground in traffic to grab Doug Pederson's 20-yard touchdown pass (5:35, 4th quarter). Franks had an 8-yard reception earlier on the drive. The touchdown pass was the first of the season for Pederson. The Packers scoring drive was 10 plays, 53 yards. Time of the drive was 4:55.

Ironman, etc.: Early in the game, Favre exceeded the 3,500-yard passing mark for the ninth consecutive season.

Playing in his 175th consecutive regular season game today, 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. Also today, Favre extends his NFL record for consecutive regular season starts by a quarterback to 173. That's the longest active streak among NFL players at any position.

Sunday's inactives: Karsten Bailey, Tony Carter, Keith McKenzie, Craig Nall (third quarterback), Darren Sharper, Steve Warren, Marcus Wilkins, Jerry Wisne.

Racine, Wis.-native Kevin Barry started in place of Earl Dotson.

Quotebook:

"With all we've been through this year, I still like our chances."

-Vonnie Holliday, on how the Packers will bounce back from Sunday's loss.


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