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					                                                                                                                                                                                                    * * * * 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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      us. If they handle those things well,
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                                                                                                     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.               ' ,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We'«e gotten along great thelajtt
                             (33- UK aaar* cut by the Colts, Bears and                       well below zero.
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                                                                                               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-
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                                                                                             pointment could be irreparable.                                                                                                         get it"                           : :
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                                                                  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-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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
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                           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
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                                                                                              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.
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 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
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