Punts and penalties for Packers in week 1

Thanks to the efforts of special teams, the Packers managed a win over Philadelphia Sunday, Sept. 9. A muffed punt led to an early touchdown lead, topped off with rookie Mason Crosby’s 53-yard boot. Green Bay hit the ground running in the first quarter, only to end up tied at half.

Quarterback Brett Favre led the mediocre effort on offense, hitting 23 of 42 for 206 yards and only one interception. His top rusher, Brandon Jackson, averaged only 2.7 yards per carry. The Packers managed just 10 first downs all game, not to be undone by the Eagles, who ended the game with a whopping 13.

Nick Barnett led the defense with nine tackles and one interception. Second-year defensive tackle Johnny Jolly batted down three passes in an impressive defensive effort. The rookie-laden squad showed that even when they do not play their best, they can offer their opponents more than they bargained for.

We give the game ball to rookie kicker Mason Crosby. He began his professional career with a 53-yard kick, following up with 37- and 42-yard field goals before the game ended. He epitomizes the promise shown by the young team, and we wish them all a healthy season. Great start to the year, guys! Let’s get the offense back on track, and you’ll be in the playoffs before you know it! from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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