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Run-first approach

11/17/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
The play calling of pass-happy Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is a source of consistent discussion in Wisconsin and elsewhere, but on Sunday McCarthy stayed true to his commitment to run the ball more as the season progresses.

McCarthy's offense ran on 62.2 percent of its first- and second-down plays in a 37-3 victory over Chicago. It helped that the Packers never trailed in the game. But the percentage is nevertheless a blueprint for the Packers to pursue as the weather turns less predictable in the second half of the season.

Courtesy ESPN Stats & Information, here is down-by-down breakdown of McCarthy's play calling Sunday: