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Gameday / 2002 / January 20
Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams - 01/20/02
NFC Divisional Playoff

Game Summary - Packers Lose 45-17

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Brett Favre
QB Brett Favre was picked off a career-high 6 times during Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Just what the rest of the NFL needs, a St. Louis defense as prolific as its offense.

Aeneas Williams returned two interceptions for touchdowns, a playoff record, and Tommy Polley had one Sunday, lifting the Rams into the NFC championship game, 45-17 over the sloppy Green Bay Packers.

The Rams picked off six passes by Brett Favre, the most he has thrown in any game. Kim Herring set up a first-half TD with his pickoff, and Polley had another interception in the second half to hand the Packers their worst playoff loss.

Not surprisingly, the Rams did plenty of damage offensively in advancing to the title game for the second time in three years. Next up is Philadelphia, which will need to be more protective of the ball and much stauncher on defense than was Green Bay.

NFL MVP Kurt Warner didn't make any game-turning plays, leaving that to the league's most-improved defense.

But he had 4-yard TD passes to Torry Holt and James Hodgins in the first half, and his perfect 50-yard pass to Holt after Williams forced another turnover led to Marshall Faulk's 7-yard scoring run. That made it 31-10 early in the third quarter, and the rout was on.

Williams stole the ball from Antonio Freeman 3:33 into the second half. Four minutes later, Polley, a rookie linebacker, grabbed Grant Wistrom's deflection and ran 34 yards for his score.

Polley got another interception in the fourth quarter after Ahman Green tipped a pass directly to him. Green did the same thing on Williams' second TD, a 32-yarder with 7:50 remaining.

The St. Louis defense made the first big play of day when Williams caught Favre's pass toward the sideline - receiver Bill Schroeder ran the wrong route and was nowhere near the ball. Williams sped untouched to the end zone with the first postseason score of his 11-year career.

Unfazed, Favre struck right back after an exchange of turnovers. Green fumbled at the St. Louis 40, with rookie adam archuleta recovering. Warner gave that back when he was intercepted by Darren Sharper, and Green Bay took advantage.

On almost the exact route on which he was picked off by Williams, Favre hit Freeman, who eluded Dexter McCleon and dived into the end zone for a 22-yard score.

McCleon came back with a fourth-quarter interception as Favre tied the one-game mark set by three others, although it hadn't happened since 1955.

Freeman's touchdown only enraged the Rams, who scored 14 points in the first 2:24 of the second quarter.

Faulk's 38-yard run, including a brilliant move on former Rams safety Billy Jenkins, led to the touchdown pass to Holt.

St. Louis' secondary then stole another pass as Favre tried to hit Freeman deep. Herring grabbed it and made a weaving 45-yard return to the Green Bay 4. Two plays later, fullback Hodgins, who had all of six touches during the season, caught his TD pass for a 21-7 edge.

The Packers hurt themselves even more when Torrance Marshall was called for holding, negating Allen Rossum's 95-yard kickoff return TD. although they did get a 28-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell, the Packers again couldn't slow the St. Louis express.

A 27-yard completion to backup tight end Jeff Robinson - Warner made sure everyone was involved in the prolific attack - set up Wilkins' 27-yard field goal for a 24-10 halftime edge.

Notes: Favre has thrown touchdown passes in 12 straight playoff games, one short of Dan Marino's record. ... The three interception return TDs set a Rams postseason record. ... Freeman's five postseason TD catches are a Packers record. ... Packers FB William Henderson sprained his ankle in the first half. ... Longtime Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith, recently elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, helped conduct the coin toss. He didn't help the Rams, as Green Bay won the toss. ... Warner finished 18--for-30 for 216 yards; Favre 26-for-44 for 281.

Packers-Rams archived complete game broadcast
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Post-Game / Locker Room audio Clips
GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman (Realaudio)
QB Brett Favre (Realaudio)
C Mike Flanagan (Realaudio)
TE Bubba Franks (Realaudio)
WR antonio Freeman (Realaudio)
LB Bernardo Harris (Realaudio)
FB William Henderson (Realaudio)
CB/S Bhawoh Jue (Realaudio)
WR Bill Schroeder (Realaudio)
S Darren Sharper (Realaudio)
T Mark Tauscher (Realaudio)

Scoring Summary

STL: a.Williams interception run for 29 yards and Touchdown. (J.Wilkins extra point is good)

GBP: B.Favre pass to A.Freeman for 22 yards and Touchdown. (R.Longwell extra point is good)

2nd Quarter

STL: K.Warner pass to T.Holt for 4 yards and Touchdown (J.Wilkins extra point is good)

STL: K.Warner pass to J.Hodgins for 4 yards and Touchdown (J.Wilkins extra point is good)

GBP: R.Longwell 28 yard field goal

STL: J.Wilkins 27 yard field goal

3rd Quarter

STL: M.Faulk run for 7 yards and Touchdown (J.Wilkins extra point is good)

STL: T.Polley interception run for 34 yards and Touchdown (J.Wilkins extra point is good)

4th Quarter

STL: a.Williams interception run for 32 yards and Touchdown (J.Wilkins extra point is good)

GBP: B.Favre pass to a.Freeman for 8 yards and Touchdown (R.Longwell extra point is good)
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