Packer Backers: Charles Woodson’s fumble recovery bails out Pack, Favre in win over Redskins

As much as we wish we could plan our lives around Packers games, sometimes things come up. This weekend, family birthday celebrations trumped watching our team win against the Redskins. We caught a few minutes on the radio, but even ESPN recaps were few and far between.

Looking at the stats, we should have lost. Washington earned higher numbers in first downs, rushing yards, passing yards, kickoff and interception returns. The low-scoring game could only mean one thing—our defense saved the day again.

Nick Barnett, Atari Bigby and Aaron Kampman all recorded eight tackles on the day. A.J. Hawk tackled seven times and forced one fumble. Kampman earned two of the three sacks; the other went to Cullen Jenkins. Charles Woodson recovered two fumbles. In the third quarter, he took one of those fumble recoveries 57 yards for what would be the game-winning touchdown, putting the Packers up for good, 17-14.

On the other side of the ball, Donald Lee led receivers with three catches for 75 total yards. Brett Favre went 19 of 37 for 188 yards and two interceptions—breaking the all-time record for interceptions with 279. Favre would have had three more picks, if the Redskins’ Sean Taylor would’ve been able to hold on to three passes thrown directly into his hands.

We’re giving the game ball to Charles Woodson. Without his fumble recovery for a touchdown, this Sunday’s game would have gone in a much different direction. The defense holds our team together when the offense starts to falter. Because of their efforts, instead of going into the bye week a half-game in front of the 3-2 Lions (who did not play in week six), the Packers are 5-1, a game-and-a-half in front in the NFC North.

After the bye, the Pack face the Broncos Monday night, Oct. 29. Rest up, guys—you’ve got a long break!

Now, onto a matter of respect. This article has always been a celebration of the team we love. Regardless of the game’s outcome, we award the game ball to a member of our favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. We feel it important to reward individual accomplishment rather than to gloat about victories. We decided to include the game ball award as a way to introduce some new players to fans who may not have heard of them. We accept any inaccuracies in statistics, but since this is designed as a sports editorial column, we will not accept “love letters” from angry fans of rival teams. Please respect professional courtesy, and help us promote good sportsmanship, regardless of score.

from the Oct. 17-23, 2007, issue

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