Sunday, November 30, 2008

Beuerlein's draw (and Green Bay weather update)

It's about three hours before kickoff in Wisconsin, and where I am, it's still not snowing. But the forecast continues to call for 1-3" of snow today, with a high in the upper 30s and blustery winds that may gust up to 25 mph. Brrr. They'll sell a lot of coffee and hot chocolate at Lambeau Field today, that's for sure.

For thoughts on another memorable game at Lambeau, check out my story on "The Draw" -- Steve Beuerlein's game-winning TD draw on the final play of the Carolina-Green Bay game in 1999, which you can see here.

Two other details I didn't have room for in the story:
** Green Bay coach Ray Rhodes could have ensured it wasn't the last play of the game by calling timeout and giving Brett Favre 30-40 seconds to work with IF the Panthers scored on fourth-and-goal from the 5. Instead, he let the Panthers bleed the clock down to 5 seconds before they called their own final timeout. "We were all in the huddle wondering, 'What is he doing?'" Beuerlein said of Rhodes.

It was a mental mistake, and Rhodes made a number of them that season. That's why Rhodes lasted only one year as the Packers' head coach.

** The Panthers gained only 13 rushing yards in that game, and still won 33-31. They only had 8 before Beuerlein's draw, and even afterward, that set a franchise low at the time.

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