* * * * Morning News, Sunday, January 12, 1997
The NFC title game
White, Favre the tone-setters in this one.
defense. Those three are pretty t&C.
Oucifo Tribune I'm glad I dont have to play aganfet
us. If they handle those things well,
GREEN BAY they'll have a really good she
he laying of new tod at win."
Lambtau Field lait week Favre first impressed White
spread* a lymbolic green car- ing a 1993 game in Milwaukee
matchups pet for these Green Bay Favre separated his left shoulder
Packers, inviting them to walk Into a when hit by White, then a
Carolina runa a kMHtak offanaa. new era. Philadelphia Eagle. Favre stayee)sja
ttogax it flak* postJon. SaconOyaar quar- Like their daunting tradition, the the game and brought the Packers
afcMftsfttt big numbers but produces in letting already is frozen in time, per from behind to win. ' ,
but hart two touch- (bet for preservation at a windchill u
We'«e gotten along great thelajtt
(33- UK aaar* cut by the Colts, Bears and well below zero.
Jets but « an tftaotnc in** mnwr wto hart 11 0 yards ruahir* in tha
couple yean, more than I thoughtwe
The cold truth of their mission is would before he came here," Fsvte
not to jness up the flnt NFC champi- said. "We both want the same tytlAg
onship game here in 29 seasons. With and, as much as we're different'ife
witft> aajviffcar* axparianca. But they'va so much in their favor against the spend a lot of time talking about
to mm* the DaMaa defensive One off upstart Carolina Panthers, the disap-
ithefaaHaniiaaa what we want and how we're goiltgio
pointment could be irreparable. get it" : :
on offense are probably So far, they are the best team in In the Panthers, the Packers faf e'a
rookie ngtt tackle (§2), the the NFL, by all accounts. But fast-
HFL's aMime saofc4taaaK. a* Ifeft oatttfe
team with a remarkable story j>f
(66),acoo- learning Carolina might be No. 2, statewide and community support
carrying on an NFC tradition likely and devotion, one playing in a stadi-
to continue through the Super Bowl um paid for by its fans. Sound famti-
The ParthaswIH ttty tegat HMWI lute ui^m* by a linebacker, either on Jan. 26. iar? /".
That the Panthers stepped on the "All year long weVe been oflike
Caroth^'st«roaami^m<i^r<Kgm€ns«^^fca^>>»(86) and Mark world-champion Dallas Cowboys to mood, 'Let's go show them what
aatar (83), iboBk) vottnare mrtfit antdtnary earaars>> get here might have dampened the we're about,'" said Panthers Ififc
They will CD afsnatt «c<rf«r(WRLHs»«at sceandarias, led byatrorg moment for fans, but hardly for the backer Mills. <£B
rtO^ «fta> nay *OB*B» Waft* Packers. As confident young Brett Favre has won the leacue MVP award the last two year*. The Packers cone from the came
. Carolina quarterback Kerry Collins book with more chapters. For yfears
S ••EVK • ! 1H» oflanaa revolves around quar- pointed out "We beat the Cowboys around," Favre said. "He's more of a Collins can accomplish, unless con- they have played down to th'dir
terback «%, ttte iflL* IMP tta as* two seasons. His 39 and the Cowboys arent coming in vocal leader than I am." ditions stop conventional running small-town role rather than liveSIp
iji.....rrr ........ | set last year. But here. We're kind of an unwanted Defense and quarterback. Nobody and passing altogether, leaving the to their big-time history.
the runnirc fane, wftawe cm* ••» aMaijiBMlias bean using Doreay team for a bunch of reasons. That's gets paid more than the pass rushers game in the hands of improvising "It's crazy," safety Eugene
i (25) to ssAll BQBBrBBBBBBSl (9%. earned the offense on a muofly nothing new." and the passers, the cornerstones of quarterbacks. In that case, Favre has Robinson said. "Every time youTgb
maatgaiM afa»v»ill be important To Reggie White and Brett Favre, any good team. White and Favre, the the edge, but Collins is a work in out it's, 'Go Pack Go.' People call Vou
against Carolina* 341 ame ttlftz scftan**. which is least effective against two transplanted Southerners, this is free agent and the trade acquisition, progress. up,'Go Pack Go."' ;;*;'
teams that Tun staagfts afeeariL why they make Green Bay home. are the blueprint for the Panthers, "He's done a great job handling Says Favre: "We've done a lot the
Tim n niii i in iiiii IIIB^IIIP i lianas* •»*!••("' i unln.......in • "He calls me a lot, wants to remind who loaded up on veteran lineback- everything," Favre said of Collins. last couple years to offset the'\>id
(73) amH Jalaa maaaaaa»<(6^ against the heart of the me the Super Bowl is coming up, like ers Sam Mills, Lamar Lathon, Kevin "There are things he'll have to deal talk. I dont think we have to life In
I would forget," Favre said. Greene and Carlton Bailey, and with here, I dont know if it will make that shadow much anymore."
"When I got here, two questions drafted Collins No. 1 at their birth that much difference, but it has for White cautions: "Not yet two
league-leading were asked of me," White said, only two years ago. every other team that's played here. more. If we can get these two, we taji
pass nan, tadfyOLBsbaaarlaAsa)(57)) andBfc**eaaa( 91). Greene preaching now like the ordained White and Favre are an odd cou- He's got weather, the crowd and our celebrate (for) the rest of our lives!"
and Lathon 'had 28 <rf ttte tteanrf's SBJ» sacks*, and Greene could cause trouble minister he is. "One was did we have ple, thrust together by chance and an
tafjBBB»Wi»BBBB»<(C>a.) al2fC9F«attHO»srflfted from the backup spot at a chance to win the Super Bowl? And astute Packers management team of
right taokte to fill a tate on ate Haft siejfc.
Favre's naoswers a* Uaf fey JSBBBBIBnaaaaaa(86), who has emerged as
I said yes. The other was did I think
Brett was better than Randall
Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren — out-
siders to the Lombard! legend that
Panthers-Packers at a glance
his prime target, Jaassa BBBBBI Qttj is liaagpmm but ami learning the Cunningham? I said Brett had the surrounds them. I — Green Bay by
uffBuse 4fkn t«BBj sfpiBBll dflsBi Ufa) not gjBiwof tha regular season. Dan potential to be better than any play- A year ago in this game in Dallas, RECORD VS. SPREAD — Panthers 134; Packers 1 - . 16
flaahe (B2) BthetthhBJWBLaBd) •afiCtaBBBB.(K}) and NaJHi Jackson (88) er in the league. Favre was jittery early and the SERES RECORD — First meeting.
iwmttKl3e^t^«nrttEB»<BBirinitfi«taHgue. "We're one game from the Super Cowboys won. LAST TIME MET — First meeting.
The irr the ana btftz package. In which Bowl and Brett has been MVP twice. "I dont think we really believed LAST GAME — Panthers beat Cowboys at home 26-17. Packers defeated
the or safeties rush the passer. I guess that makes me a prophet" we could win that ballgame," Favre 49ers 35-14 at Lambeau Reid.
Nfckal back BB! Caafci(«ljL, ftor ettamnto*. had tour sacks. Other players will help decide this said. "If we lose this week, everyone PLAYOFF RECORD — Panthers 1-0; Packers 1S8.
game. The Panthers have more Pro will say we didnt accomplish what STREAKS, STWS AMD NOTES — This is first title game at Lambeau Field si)ce
«w tt» bast in the f«L, toad- Bowl players (seven) than the we set out to do." Packers beat Cowboys in the 1967 Ice Bowl Packers are 8-3 in NFC ..
r kfcfcoffe and ranking second in Packers (fourX and more players who Could the same mind-set doom the championship games Green Bay has never lost a home playoff game.1^
«82)i ted fee NFL with 3O2 yards per have played in Super Bowls (12) than Panthers? ' The Packers have also won 17 straight home contests overall CaroTuSa
the Packers (two). But the Packers' "I dont believe so," Favre said. defense has only allowed 59 secondhalf points, including playoff win over'"1"
chances rest largely on the shoulders "This team has played great against Dallas, fewest since league expanded to 16game schedule Carotin^ Ri
(81), who iBtoiRBd tthiea, puns far in the regular season. of White and Favre, the two corner- big teams. They beat San Francisco its second season, is youngest team to ever advance to NFC title game.';.'
stones on which this team was built twice and Dallas the same year; we RB Anthony Johnson picked up five lOOyard rushing games this season.;.)?
"Brett is going to dictate how far didn't do that I know for a fact Kerry Coins is 17-9 as starting quarterback. His backup, Stave Beuartalii^
we'll go," White said. "People say I they're not scared." was 3-1 starting in place of Collins this season Carolina LB Kevin ^.'
f m m HI can be the leader of this team. I dont Weather will be a factor, but no Greene led league with 14* sacks QB Brett Favr* is 50-27 as starting
s-" agree with it; it's Brett." one concedes it as the deciding fac- quarterback. He is l&O, including two playoff wins, as starter at home
<m am xm 'That's all flattering, but he really tor. Running and stopping the run when temperature is 35 degrees or lower.... RB Edgar Bennett is first *?"
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are the marquee teams, the teams
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us. We understand we're the under-
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(134) don't belong here, or that the * Tune-ups • Shocks & Struts • CV Joints & Axles
Packers (14-3) are assured of their
err «« first Super Bowl berth since beating
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74JHw*ttmtan OUT 8)8) Carolina has come this far by
twice defeating the 124 49ers en TIRES • 1 LOW PRICE!
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route to the NFC West title and 1 LOW PRICE?
SVCMiDrMn knocking off the defending world
champion Cowboys last week. The
Packers, unable to beat Dallas in
their last eight tries, are duly
"Carolina is a very good football
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tin' «« that," said Packers quarterback and Z7S60R1S
league two-time MVP Brett Favre.
ODT "Their defense is older than ours.
BSJoHWhNi (BE •a aw Their offense is somewhat young,
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Green Bay has an enormous
advantage playing at Lambeau
HMdOoMhttom Field, where every game has sold « Tanas • i tow MMCEJ
out since 1980 and where the tem-
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perature today is expected to hover
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11 •a "Cheeseheads" will be out in force,
tan as they were for last week's semifi-
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•a nal against San Francisco.
On a day in which the wind-chill at
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» played in a driving rain, a Lambeau 70, 75, 60
SIT record crowd of 60,787 turned out
The Packers have never lost a
playoff game at home here or in
Milwaukee, and they've won 28 of ('BRAKES'! I ' WINTERIZING
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back Kerry Collins snapped this
week. "The conditions are what they
are and you just out and deal with
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son, passing for 3,899 yards and an I OFF ANY i i $3«A95
NFC-record 39 touchdowns despite I FRONT END I I l^T4Cyi. I Wftfi Ula>t«itNf _
losing receiver Robert Brooks to a
knee injury in October and playing
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end Mark Chmura for stretches.
Panthers ends Lamar Lalhan and
Kevin Greene combined for 28
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sacks, and Carolina, with a zone-
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lated throughout the league,
allowed the second fewest points.