Late Error Costly for Packers

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Late Error Costly for Packers


Byline: ALAN LEES

SUPER BOWL favourites Green Bay rejoined American football's mortals this week after a basic blunder caused them their first defeat for 10 months.

The Packers looked to have completed a successful trip to Philadelphia when Ryan Longwell lined up a 28-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. But what should have been a chip-shot sailed to the right, leaving the Eagles 10-9 victors.

Green Bay's vaunted attack struggled behind out-of-form quarterback Brett Favre and Packers coach Mike Holmgren said: 'This is an early wakeup call.

Our futility on offense was the toughest part.' Dallas, the last team to beat the Packers when they won 21-6 on November 18, also suffered at the hands of a late field goal. Kevin Butler's 20-yard effort bouncing in off the left upright to give Arizona a 25-22 victory in overtime.

The Cowboys look the most likely team to challenge Green Bay and began the season with an impressive victory last week, but their bevy of offensive stars were held without a touchdown, despite 132 rushing yards from Emmitt Smith. …

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