Green continues fast-paced gains on Packers’ record book
Monday, October 14, 2002
By Eric Goska
Ahman Green’s exceptional speed is not just confined to the football field. The running back continues to move into the Green Bay Packers’ record book at a lightning-quick pace as well.
During Sunday’s 28-10 victory over New England, Green became the 10th player to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a Packers career. As befits his speed, he reached the milestone faster than anyone in team history.
Green, who gained 136 yards rushing on a career-high 31 attempts, went over 3,000 yards on his eighth carry against the Patriots. That 5-yard run launched a 12-play, 76-yard scoring drive that gave the Packers their first touchdown.
Sunday’s game was the 37th of Green’s regular-season career as a Packer. John Brockington and Jim Taylor are the only other Packers to accumulate 3,000 yards in fewer than 50 games, doing so in 40 and 49 games, respectively.
This was the 13th 100-yard rushing game for Green since 2000, which ties him with Brockington for second most in team history behind Taylor’s 26. The Packers are 13-0 when Green rushes for 100 or more yards.
It was also the 13th time since 2000 that Green has outrushed the opposing team. New England gained 123 yards on the ground, 13 fewer than Green.
The Packers are unbeaten in those games.
Green’s running meant Brett Favre did not have to carry the offense as he did against the Bears a week ago. It was only the sixth time Favre has won as a starter in the 11 regular-season games in which he has thrown for fewer than 150 yards.
As is often the case, Green got a lot of carries. His 31 carries tied him with Dorsey Levens for the fifth-most attempts by a Packer in a single game.
Green, who sat out the Sept. 22 game in Detroit with an injured quadriceps, has 552 yards rushing in five games. That’s an average of 110.4 yards per game, which puts him on pace to break Taylor’s single-season Packers record of 1,474, set in 1962.
• Sunday’s 28-10 win was only the second time the Packers have defeated a defending Super Bowl champion on the road during the regular season.
The only other team to do it was the Don Majkowski-led Packers of 1989, who beat the San Francisco 49ers 21-17 in Candlestick Park.
In regular-season play, the Packers are 5-13 against defending Super Bowl champions, 2-8 on the road.
• Green and fullback William Henderson each caught a scoring pass from Favre.
It’s the first time two Packers running backs have caught a touchdown pass in the same game since Nov. 12, 1995, when Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens combined to reach the end zone three times on passes from Favre.
Eric Goska is a Packers historian and the author of “Packer Legends in Facts.”
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