Originally created 09/25/01

Packers 37, Redskins 0



GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins both verified their season openers were no flukes.

Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes, Ryan Longwell kicked three field goals and Ahman Green rushed 25 times for 116 yards as the Packers routed the Redskins 37-0 Monday night.

It was the biggest blowout in the history of Monday Night Football.

And it was Green Bay's first shutout since beating the Raiders 28-0 on Dec. 28, 1993, and Washington's first game without scoring since Dec. 11, 1993, when they lost 3-0 to the New York Jets.

It was Washington's first road shutout since 1971 and for the first time in franchise history Washington has not scored a touchdown in its first two games.

The game capped the NFL's first weekend of play since it postponed all of Week 2 following the terrorist attacks on Washington, D.C. and New York on Sept. 11.

After the long layoff, neither the Packers, who beat Detroit 28-6 on opening weekend, nor the Redskins, who lost to San Diego 30-3, knew if those games were true gauges or not.

But the Packers dominated from the start behind Favre and Green, the NFL's leading rusher and the first Packers' running back ever to top 100 yards in the season's first two games. Green also caught a team-best six passes for 30 yards.

And Redskins quarterback Jeff George, benched during the loss at San Diego, played even worse, handing Marty Schottenheimer his first 0-2 start in his 15-year NFL coaching career.

George finished 15-of-24 for 102 yards. Favre was 20-of-31 for 236 yards.

Redskins returner Michael Bates, one of the league's top return men, committed a 15-yard personal foul on coverage duty and fumbled three times, the last of which was returned 27 yards for a touchdown by Rondell Mealey with three minutes left.

Longwell kicked field goals of 28, 32 and 30 yards.

Favre threw touchdown passes of 12 yards to Antonio Freeman in the first quarter, 41 yards to Billy Schroeder in the third quarter and 4 yards to Bubba Franks in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins were outgained 217 yards to 70 in the first half but remained in striking distance at 10-0 thanks to rookie Fred Smoot's second interception of the season, an end zone pickoff of Favre with 23 seconds left in the second quarter.

But George, who has struggled to adapt to Schottenheimer's ball-control passing game, was sacked five times, including four straight third-down plays.

After going 6-of-10 for 37 yards in the first half, George was intercepted by Nate Wayne at his own 16 on the first series of the second half.

Washington's defense held and Longwell's 32-yarder made it 13-0.

Then, Schroeder, who hadn't caught a pass all night, caught a bullet from Favre in stride as he sliced through the coverage of Champ Bailey and Sam Shade on a quick slant for a 41-yard score and a 20-0 lead.

Favre hit Franks in the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Longwell's 30-yarder capped a 13-play drive that took 7:19.

Several players were injured during the game, which ended what had been the longest interruption in an active NFL series - 13 years.

Washington lost linebacker LaVar Arrington (knee), cornerback Donovan Greer (knee) and defensive end Marco Coleman (elbow). The Packers lost rookie tight end David Martin (shoulder).

Linebacker Chris Gizzi, an Air Force reservist, led the Packers onto the field waving a huge American flag.