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Driver’s big play results in first TD since October

December 6, 2010 by  
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From Gary D’Amato, Journal-Sentinel

~Green Bay — It had been a long time – more than two months – since Donald Driver scored a touchdown.

It had been a lot longer since Driver, or any other member of the Green Bay Packers, for that matter, scored on a more sensational play.

Displaying extraordinary effort and some shake-and-bake moves, the 35-year-old Driver drove a stake in the hearts of the San Francisco 49ers with his 61-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of a game that was still very much in doubt.

"I know how good I can play," he said. "It's just getting opportunities. When you get opportunities, you make the best of them. That was an opportunity I wasn't going to let slip away."

The touchdown gave the Packers a 21-13 lead and they went on to win, 34-16.

“I thought Donald Driver’s touchdown was the biggest play in the game,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. “I thought it ignited our football team. We needed that.”

On second and 16 from the Packers’ 39, the 49ers blitzed and the line picked it up. Driver was wide open when he caught Aaron Rodgers’ pass at about the 49ers’ 38-yard line.

He turned toward the end zone, broke tackles by safeties Reggie Smith and Dashon Goldson, eluded a tackle attempt by cornerback Nate Clements and carried two more defenders the final few yards into the end zone.

“I don’t know what happened,” Driver said. “All I know is that when I caught it, I just started making moves. You don’t know the kind of moves you’re making until you watch the film.

“Everybody said it was a great play. After it’s all said and done, I was just trying to get in the end zone.”

Said offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, “Real nice play. Excellent play. I think we caught them in a blitz. I’m sure they wanted to cover it a little bit differently, obviously.

“But we threw a vertical route to him and he made some guys miss. He did a great job finishing the play.”

The touchdown was the talk of the Packers’ locker room.

“That was phenomenal,” said tackle Bryan Bulaga. “That’s got to be SportsCenter’s No. 1 play this week. If it’s not, then something incredible must have happened somewhere else around the league today. It was phenomenal.”

The touchdown was the fourth of the season for Driver but his first since Oct. 3. He has struggled with a quadriceps injury and had his left hand and wrist wrapped after the game.

Asked the extent of the latest injury, Driver said, “I don’t know.” Later, he said his hand was fine.

He finished with four catches for 73 yards. It was his second-highest yardage total of the season (89 vs. Detroit on Oct. 3).

“I know how good I can play,” he said. “It’s just getting opportunities. When you get opportunities, you make the best of them. That was an opportunity I wasn’t going to let slip away.”

Driver said he was stricken with food poisoning on Saturday night and still felt ill during the game.

“I ate some wings that made me sick,” he said. “I didn’t think it was that bad. Most people that have a stomachache think it’s just gas. I realized about 5:30 in the morning it wasn’t gas. I came over to the stadium early and got some treatment, and I was OK. I was able to play.

“Greg (Jennings) looked at me all day and was like, ‘You OK? You OK?’ I was like, ‘I’m here.’ Now, I get an opportunity to go home and lay on the couch.”

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