JEFF: Second Helping
By Jeff Falconio
For the second week in a row the Packers dominated in the second half. St. Louis running back Steven Jackson racked up 103 yards on the ground in the first half but was held to just 40 yards in the second half. Remember, Jackson had more yards from scrimmage than anyone else in 2006 and when healthy he's one of the best backs in game. The Packers did not allow him to take over in the final 30 minutes. Torry Holt recorded three catches and a score in the first half. He was shutout in the second half.
So it's no surprise the Rams couldn't score in the second half. Take away the two best playmakers and points will be hard to come by. Meanwhile the Packers benefited greatly from good field position. Three times in the final 30 minutes the Packers started in St. Louis territory. That led to 10 points and enough of a cushion to put the game away.
With Seattle's loss the Packers nailed down a first round bye but there's no reason to let up at this point. If the Packers get two more wins like this one they will end the regular season playing better football than anyone else in the NFC.