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The Old versus the New

The old man isn't dead, he's just changed his address.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The "New" Green Bay Packers era was on display today and it didn't compare very well to the "Old" era - a.k.a. the "Brett Favre Era."

While Favre was "exiled" to New York in favor of quarterback Aaron Rodgers before the season began, Week 4 showed that there is still a long way to go in Green Bay before they can smile and say they made the correct decision.

Rodgers put the Packers up early with a 25-yard strike to Greg Jennings, but then he and the offense went into hibernation until 1:32 minutes was left in the third period. At that point they were down 20-7 and Rodgers threaded a pass in between defenders to Jennings for a second touchdown.

But the Packers were still down until Charles Woodson picked off a Brian Griese pass and took it 62 yards for the score. Green Bay got the ball back on offense, but Rodgers couldn't guide then to an insurance touchdown because he wasn't in the game. Rodgers injured his shoulder earlier and Matt Flynn was behind center. The Packers went three-and-out and gave the ball back to Tampa Bay who promptly drove to the Green Bay six-yard line and a leading field goal.

With 2:26 left on the clock, Rodgers re-entered the game and after a first down incompletion served up a very un-Favre-like interception. We all know that in situations like that, Favre was at his best.

Tampa Bay took just two plays to score again and it was all over. Flynn came back in and could do nothing as Rodgers watched from the bench. Rodgers ended the game with 165 yards on 14-for-27 passing, two TDs and three interceptions.

Meanwhile in New York, Favre threw for 289 yards and SIX touchdowns. Laveranues Coles grabbed three touchdown passes, Jerricho Cotchery two and rookie tight end Dustin Keller had the final one.

The old man isn't dead, he's just changed his address.

And in Green Bay, they are wondering if the art of the "game-winning" drive has changed addresses too.

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