Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Weather Classics: Howard, Packers Sprint to Title Game

A little more than 10 years ago, Desmond Howard ran wild through rain, mud and the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field to help lead the Packers to a 35-14 win and a second consecutive berth in the NFC Championship game. Howard received the game's first punt and returned it 71 yards for a touchdown. On the 49ers second punt, the former Heisman Trophy winner sprinted 46 yards to the San Francisco 7 yard line. That return provided a short field for the Pack and quarterback Brett Favre, who moments later tossed a 4-yard scoring strike to Andre Rison. The Pack moved ahead 21-0 in the second quarter before the 49ers closed the gap to 21-14. Green Bay, however, put the game away in the second half. Mudder Edgar Bennett was the game's leading rusher with 80 yards in 17 carries and two touchdowns.

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