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Study tabs Green Bay as best city for football fans

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on February 4, 2016 – 9:04 am

blog-header-imageIt’s official: Green Bay, Wis., is the best city in America for football fans.

That’s according to a new report released by the personal finance company WalletHub, which compared 245 of the largest U.S. cities based on 18 key metrics, ranging from the number of NFL and college football teams to average ticket prices.

Green Bay topped the list overall, ranking No. 1 in “Most Friendly & Engaged NFL Fans” and “Most Accessible NFL Stadiums.”

Check out the full report here. 


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Vote: Two Packers’ plays in running for Play of the Year

Posted by Mike Spofford on February 3, 2016 – 3:38 pm

GREEN BAY — Of the 32 nominees on NFL.com for the Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year in 2015, two of them are Packers’ plays.

The Aaron Rodgers-to-Richard Rodgers Hail Mary on the final play to win at Detroit in Week 13 is one nominee. The other is DB Micah Hyde’s backhanded interception against the Vikings in Week 17.

Only regular-season plays are eligible for Play of the Year. Postseason plays were not considered.

Fans can cast votes for their five favorite plays of the 32 on NFL.com by clicking here. The winning play will be announced during the NFL Honors show on Saturday night on CBS. The two-hour awards special begins at 8 p.m. CT.


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Packers Pro Bowl selections join Team Rice together

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 27, 2016 – 8:07 pm

160127-pro-bowl-950Packers Pro Bowl selections found out which teams they were assigned to for Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Pro Football Hall of Fame WRs Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice, serving as team captains, built their rosters for the annual all-star game in a fantasy football-style draft.

LB Clay Matthews (six-time selection), FB John Kuhn (three) and G Josh Sitton (three) were pre-selected to Team Rice prior to the televised Pro Bowl draft. Julius Peppers (nine) joined his Green Bay teammates when Team Rice selected him and named him a starter.

QB Aaron Rodgers received Pro Bowl honors for a fifth time but will not participate due to injury. Raiders QB Derek Carr will replace him.

The Packers coaching staff was assigned to Team Irvin and will be facing off against their Green Bay players.

The Packers announced Wednesday that Head Coach Mike McCarthy will not attend the Pro Bowl in Hawaii because of a stomach illness. Associate Head Coach/Linebackers Winston Moss will assume McCarthy’s head-coaching responsibilities at the game.

Packers on Team Rice
*FB John Kuhn
*LB Clay Matthews
G Josh Sitton
*LB Julius Peppers

Packers on Team Irvin
Packers coaching staff

* Selected as starter


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Raiders QB Derek Carr to replace Aaron Rodgers in Pro Bowl

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 20, 2016 – 3:41 pm

GREEN BAY — Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will not be participating in the Pro Bowl. The NFL has named Raiders QB Derek Carr as his replacement, announcing that Rodgers will not participate due to injury. No specifics were given.

It was the fifth career Pro Bowl selection for Rodgers, who also received the recognition in 2009, ’11, ’12 and ’14.

The Packers will be down to three representatives in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Hawaii — LB Clay Matthews, G Josh Sitton and FB John Kuhn. The Packers’ coaching staff will also be coaching one of the teams.

 


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Packers’ staff selected to coach at 2016 Pro Bowl

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on January 20, 2016 – 11:49 am

160120-kuhn-950The Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff has been selected to coach at the 2016 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced on Wednesday.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will be televised live on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy and his staff will be assigned to one of the teams following the Pro Bowl Draft — set for Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 — while Andy Reid and his Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff will lead the other team.

It will mark the fourth time that McCarthy and his Packers staff will have coached at the Pro Bowl.

Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will serve as NFL Legends captains for their respective Pro Bowl squads, and will select their coaching staff. The Pro Bowl will continue using the revised game format that debuted with the 2014 game, with the NFL Legends captains having final say over Pro Bowl Draft decisions.

The Packers had four players named to this year’s Pro Bowl: FB John Kuhn (third selection), LB Clay Matthews (sixth selection), QB Aaron Rodgers (fifth selection) and G Josh Sitton (third selection).

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Former Packers QB Doug Pederson named Eagles head coach

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 19, 2016 – 9:36 am

GREEN BAY — Former Packers QB Doug Pederson has landed his first head coaching job in the NFL, with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pederson spent two different stints as Brett Favre’s backup QB in Green Bay, first from 1996-98, and again from 2001-04. For part of that time, he was also the holder on field goals. He appeared in a total of 66 regular-season games for the Packers, but he didn’t start any at QB, of course, during Favre’s consecutive games streak.

Pederson was with the Miami Dolphins for three seasons (1993-95) before coming to Green Bay the first time. In between his stints as a player for the Packers, Pederson played for Philadelphia in 1999 and Cleveland in 2000. He started a total of 17 games at quarterback in those two seasons.

An assistant coach in the NFL since 2009, Pederson was offensive quality control coordinator for Philadelphia for two years (2009-10) and then QB coach for two seasons (2011-12). Since 2013, he has been the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. The head coach he has worked under in the NFL with both franchises is Andy Reid, who was his QB coach with the Packers from 1997-98.

 


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Packers thank fans for support in 2015

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 17, 2016 – 2:40 pm

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News now! Packers’ season ends in OT, 26-20

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 16, 2016 – 10:41 pm

160116-q4-OT-in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — The overtime lasted all of 65 seconds.

The Cardinals won the overtime coin toss and took the ball. On the first play, Arizona QB Carson Palmer scrambled out of trouble and threw back across the field to WR Larry Fitzgerald, who weaved and darted his way for 75 yards in all, to the Green Bay 5-yard line.

On second-and-goal, Palmer threw a shovel pass to Fitzgerald for a 5-yard TD, and the Cardinals won, 26-20, ending the Packers’ season.

For the game, Fitzgerald finished with eight catches for 176 yards as Palmer completed 25 of 41 passes for 349 yards with three TDs and two INTs.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was 24-of-44 for 261 yards with two TDs and one INT.


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News now! Packers stay alive on Hail Mary TD, go to overtime

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 16, 2016 – 10:29 pm

160116-q4-ok-in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Packers tied the game on a 41-yard Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation, sending the NFC divisional playoff to overtime tied at 20.

Janis’ miracle catch capped an 85-yard drive in the final two minutes, the Packers’ second successful Hail Mary of the season. Janis caught two passes for 101 yards on the final drive, which included a sack and a penalty on Green Bay.

Prior to the craziness …

Starting the fourth quarter on the Green Bay 28, Arizona got a first-and-goal after an 18-yard pass to WR John Brown. But on the very next snap, QB Carson Palmer tried to loft a high fade to the corner of the end zone for Brown, and Packers rookie CB Damarious Randall picked it off.

The Packers responded with two first downs, getting an 11-yard catch by TE Richard Rodgers and a 9-yard run by James Starks, but then had to punt.

The Cardinals got right back to work, hitting Brown for a 21-yard gain just over the outstretched hands of LB Jake Ryan. WR Larry Fitzgerald added a 13-yard pass for a first down across midfield, and a pair of 9-yard passes to WR Michael Floyd and Brown converted on back-to-back third-and-4s.

On first down at the Green Bay 19, CB Sam Shields had a potential interception in his hands on a pass for Floyd, but couldn’t bring it in. A 10-yard pass to RB David Johnson on third-and-10 barely picked up the first down, just inside the 10. On the next snap, a slant pass intended for Fitzgerald was deflected by Randall, and Floyd caught the deflection in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

The 14-play, 80-yard drive consumed 7:02 and gave the Cardinals a 17-13 lead with 3:44 to go.

The Packers got nothing going on their next drive, as WR Jared Abbrederis couldn’t haul in a third-down pass, and QB Aaron Rodgers threw low to WR James Jones on fourth-and-5, turning the ball over on downs at the Green Bay 25 with 2:38 left.

The Cardinals added a 36-yard field goal just after the two-minute warning, making it 20-13, and bringing the Packers’ season down to one final possession, which started from their own 15 with 1:50 to go.

On second down, Rodgers stumbled trying to get out of the pocket and was sacked for a 10-yard loss by LB Markus Golden, bringing up third-and-long. A deep ball for WR Jeff Janis was incomplete, as a potential pass interference on CB Justin Bethel was not called, making it fourth-and 20. Rodgers then scrambled around in the end zone and found Janis for a 60-yard gain to keep the game alive.

An illegal motion penalty on TE Richard Rodgers backed the Packers up to the Arizona 41 with 12 seconds left. A throwaway under pressure brought the clock down to 5 seconds, and a Hail Mary pass was caught by Janis in the end zone on the final play of regulation. Crosby’s extra point tied the score.


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News now! Packers lead, 13-10, heading into the fourth

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 16, 2016 – 9:36 pm

160116-Q3--in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Packers took a 13-10 lead into the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s divisional-round playoff game.

The Cardinals began the second half by intercepting an underthrown pass by Aaron Rodgers. The pass was deflected by Calais Campbell and into the hands of safety Rashad Johnson at the Packers 47. The Packers defense rose to the occasion, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted Carson Palmer on third-and-11 at the Packers 19-yard line.

Eddie Lacy broke loose on a 61-yard gallop to the Cardinals 8-yard line with 11:36 to play in the third quarter. It’s the longest run by a Packers running back in a postseason game. On third down, Rodgers scrambled forward and found Jeff Janis for an 8-yard touchdown that put the Packers in the lead, 13-7, with 10:17 to play in the third quarter. The drive covered 81 yards in six plays.

The Cardinals stormed back with a 32-yard pass from Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against B.J. Raji moved the ball to the Packers 27. On second-and-9, Palmer found Fitzgerald again, this time for 19 to the 7. A crackback penalty against Fitzgerald moved the ball back to the 20, first and goal. The Cardinals had to settle for a field goal, 13-10, 5:05 to play in the third quarter.

Arizona got the ball back at its 31-yard line with 2:50 to play in the third quarter. Palmer found Fitzgerald for 22 yards. Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling and lost, which also cost the Packers a time out.

Palmer threw to David Johnson for 10 to the 28 on what was the last play of the third quarter.


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