Packers MakeTheir Points On The Road
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Brett Favre, Ruvell Martin and Ahman Green didn't waste time Monday night in extending an impressive streak among the 10 best in NFL history. Their work, and that of defensive tackle Ryan Pickett and cornerback Charles Woodson, gave the Packers an early lead before they lost to the Seahawks 34-24 at snowy Qwest Field.
Pickett deflected Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's second pass. Woodson grabbed the high-flying ball to give the Packers a first down on the Seahawks' 36-yard line.
Favre then completed a 6-yard pass to receiver Greg Jennings. After Green lost a yard, Martin pulled in a 26-yard pass for a first down on Seattle's 5. Green plowed into the end zone on the next play, and Green Bay was up 7-0 after just 2 minutes, 18 seconds into the game.
Just like that, the Packers scored in their 127th consecutive road game.
Coming into this season, Green Bay had scored in 233 consecutive regular-season games. The Bears halted that run — the fourth-longest ever — with a season-opening 26-0 victory at Lambeau Field.
While the Packers have been shut out twice this season, they remain one of the most consistent at scoring on the road.
One has to go back 16 years to find the last time the team came up empty. On Dec. 16, 1990, the Eagles overpowered the Packers 31-0 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
Before this year, Green Bay was tough to keep off the scoreboard, regardless of venue. Aside from the Eagles, the Bears in 1991 at Lambeau Field were the only other team to prevent them from scoring.
Teams such as the Browns (shut out 12 times from 1990 through 2005) couldn't make that claim.
Six shutouts have been posted this year. The Packers (twice), Browns and Eagles were blanked at home. The Steelers and Rams were denied on the road.
Teams usually fail to score more often on the road than at home. Since 1990, almost two-thirds of the shutouts (90 of 141) have been administered by the home team.
Green Bay's run of 127 games is the second-longest active streak. The Saints have not been shut out in 183 straight on the road, dating to 1983.
As amazing as the streak is, it hasn't precluded the Packers from playing poorly. They were embarrassed 31-3 in Tampa in 1992. They were blown out 48-3 in Baltimore last year.
Green Bay's streak almost ended in a 21-6 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas 10 years ago. A 3-yard pass from Favre to Derrick Mayes with just less than 2 minutes left kept it alive.
The Packers' run, the eighth-longest ever, is well behind the Redskins' NFL record of 231, set from 1971 until Sept. 24, 2001, when Green Bay blanked them 37-0 at Lambeau Field.
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