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  • Sat., Jun. 20, 2015 12:00 PM CDT Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean concert Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that their tours, The Burn It Down Tour and The Big Revival Tour presented by Corona Light, will collide for 10 stadium shows next summer, including Lambeau Field on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  More on-sale information and special guests will be revealed over the coming weeks.
  • Mon., Jul. 13, 2015 7:00 AM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 13, 2015, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Those interested in participating in the event can contact Holly Borga (920-965-6986; hollyb@packershalloffame.com) for more information.

  • Sat., Jul. 18, 2015 7:00 PM CDT Brett Favre's Packers HOF Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at the 45th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The event will also feature the retirement of Favre’s No. 4. This dual recognition is an honor that is unprecedented in Green Bay Packers history. The banquet will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Packers at the 2015 Pro Bowl

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on January 23, 2015 – 2:24 pm

Several Green Bay Packers players are currently in Arizona for the 2015 Pro Bowl. Packers Pro Bowlers in attendance include WR Randall Cobb, FB John Kuhn, LB Clay Matthews, WR Jordy Nelson, CB Sam Shields and G Josh Sitton. QB Aaron Rodgers was also selected but is not participating due to a calf injury.


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Final chat transcript: Thoughts on play-calling, decision-making and more in Seattle

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 21, 2015 – 12:57 pm

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford wrapped up the 2014 season with his final chat on Wednesday. If you missed it, you can read the transcript here:

If you are having trouble reading the transcript as posted, click here.

 


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Wisconsin Favorites: Green Bay

Posted by Paige Curtis on January 20, 2015 – 11:31 am

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141104-Week-19-Zippin-PippinWhat attractions, destinations or restaurants in Green Bay would you recommend to a first time visitor and why?

No. 2 Mason Crosby – If you have kids the railroad museum is a really fun time. My family likes the Bay Beach amusement park on the east side of town.

No. 37 Sam Shields – Lambeau, because it’s history people need to know about.

No. 24 Jarrett Bush – Of course you gotta see Lambeau Field. And favorite restaurants in the Green Bay area are Plae Bistro and Nakashima’s.

141104-Week-19-National-Train-Museum,-Green-BayNo. 42 Morgan Burnett – The first thing you have to do is see Lambeau, of course, and my favorite restaurant in Green Bay has to be Plae Bistro.

Green Bay is Wisconsin’s oldest community, settled originally by the French as a fur-trading center. Today the city may be most famous for its namesake Green Bay Packers whose legendary past and present can be viewed at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field (reopening in the spring). Yet, the city’s appeal rests on a blend of many more elements that combine small town charm with big city excitement. Its attractions include the performing arts, gambling and one-of-a-kind museums. All-aboard the National Railroad Museum where artifacts on display give visitors a visual reminder of the role rail played in forging our nation. Want a little more history? Visit Hazelwood Historic House, an authentically furnished, 1837 Greek-Revival home. Heritage Hill State Historical Park groups 25 historic buildings in four period “villages” dating from 1672-1905. The Neville Public Museum is an excellent repository of regional history. South of town, on the Oneida Indian Reservation, the cultural history of this Native American tribe is displayed at the Oneida Nation Museum.

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News now! Packers suffer heartbreak in overtime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 18, 2015 – 5:33 pm

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SEATTLE–Heartbreak struck the Packers in CenturyLink Field again, as the Seahawks rallied to defeat the Packers, 28-22, in overtime on Sunday.

The Seahawks won the overtime coin toss, elected to receive and began to move in small chunks out of the shadow of their own end zone. Russell Wilson faced a third-and-7 at his 30 and Wilson lobbed a deep ball to Doug Baldwin down the right sideline, a 35-yard gain that left the Seahawks at the Packers 35.

On the next play, Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for 35 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

 

 

 


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News now! Seahawks rally, Crosby sends game into OT

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 18, 2015 – 5:20 pm

150118-in-game-updates-4e-300SEATTLE–The Seahawks rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit to send today’s NFC title game into overtime at CenturyLink Field, 22-22.

A 10-play, 57-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, which Mason Crosby capped with a 48-yard field goal, gave the Packers breathing room and a 19-7 lead. The drive also took 5:02 off the clock and left the Seahawks in panic mode, which is not their style of football.

Seattle began moving down the field, as time ticked away. On third-and-6, Marshawn Lynch bulldozed for 9 yards across midfield. A sack and an incompletion left the Seahawks to face a critical third-and-15. Russell Wilson threw incomplete and the Seahawks were forced to punt.

The Packers took possession with 6:53 to kill, and right away they turned to their running game. Two runs left third-and-4. Aaron Rodgers’ pass was dropped by Andrew Quarless and the Packers had to punt. Seattle had the ball near midfield.

On the next play, Wilson’s pass bounced out of his receiver’s hands and into the hands of Morgan Burnett, the Packers’ fourth interception of the day.

The next time the Seahawks had the ball, Wilson hit Marshawn Lynch with a pass that carried to the 9-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 1, Wilson scored and the Packers’ lead was cut to 19-14 with 2:09 to play.

Lightning struck the Packers when the Seahawks recovered their onside kick.

Wilson ran for 15 yards just outside the 2-minute warning. From the Packers 33, Wilson threw to Luke Wilson for a first down at the 24. From there, Lynch went the distance. Wilson threw a pop up for a 2-point conversion and a 3-point lead, 22-19, with 1:25 to play.

The NFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl rested on Rodgers’ shoulders and gimpy leg.

From the Packers 22, Rodgers threw to Jordy Nelson for a first down at the 36. A short pass to Randall Cobb crossed midfield. Rodgers scrambled for a first down inside the Seattle 40 and the Packers were in field goal range.

Rodgers faced third-and-10 from the Seahawks 36. A short pass to Nelson put the game on Crosby’s right leg. Crosby had already booted four field goals in four tries. This kick would come from 48 and Crosby nailed it.

The two teams were headed for overtime.

 

 

 

 

 


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News now! Packers quarter away from Super Bowl

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 18, 2015 – 4:22 pm

Packers LB Clay Matthews sack Seahawks QB Russell WilsonSEATTLE–The Packers took a 16-7 lead into the fourth quarter of today’s NFC title game in CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks began a drive at their 22-yard line early in the third quarter. They crossed midfield in four plays and had a first down at the Packers 39. That’s when Clay Matthews burst through the line and sacked Russell Wilson for a 15-yard loss but, on third-and-19, Wilson found Doug Baldwin for 29 yards to the Packers 19.

Two plays left Wilson facing third-and-10 and Wilson appeared to drop it into Marshawn Lynch’s hands, but Sam Barrington stripped it and the Seahawks were left to kick a field goal, or so everyone thought. Coach Pete Carroll responded with a bold decision, as holder Jon Ryan threw to backup lineman Garry Gilliam for a 19-yard touchdown with 4:44 to play, 16-7.

 

 

 

 

 


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News now! Packers have three INTs, 16-0 lead at half

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 18, 2015 – 3:35 pm

Packers CB Sam Shields intercepts Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

SEATTLE — The Packers defense got its second and third interceptions of the game in the second quarter and took a 16-0 lead into halftime over the Seahawks in the NFC Championship on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

The Packers defense started the second quarter with a three-and-out, helped in part by a false start penalty on the Seahawks on first down. The ensuing punt was returned by DB Micah Hyde 29 yards to the Seattle 33.

The Packers only could add another field goal, though. An illegal hands to the face penalty on Seahawks DE Cliff Avril on third-and-13 gave the Packers a first down at the Seattle 31, but then three running plays — two by RB Eddie Lacy, one by WR Randall Cobb — came up one yard short of another first down, and the Packers settled for K Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the game. His 40-yarder made it 16-0 with 9:37 left in the first half.

The Packers defense got the ball right back, as rookie S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted QB Russell Wilson’s deep ball for WR Jermaine Kearse. It was Clinton-Dix’s second INT of the game. His long return was wiped out, though, by a blindside block penalty on LB Clay Matthews, who took out Wilson on the return.

The Seahawks returned the favor with an interception three plays later, though, as QB Aaron Rodgers was picked off by CB Byron Maxwell, giving Seattle the ball with just over 8 minutes left in the half.

Seattle got its first first down of the game on a 14-yard run by Lynch, and Lynch converted on third-and-1 to get the Seahawks into scoring range. A 14-yard pass to WR Ricardo Lockette on third-and-7 gave the Seahawks a first down on the 20, but on third-and-8, CB Sam Shields intercepted Wilson’s lob pass for Kearse, and the Packers took over again.

Green Bay went nowhere, punting the ball back to Seattle with 35 seconds left in the half. The Packers defense held and that ended the half.


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Plenty of reason to be confident

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 18, 2015 – 3:19 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Marcel from Bamberg, Germany

I know there’s plenty of football left to be played, but I like what I see. The defense is playing playoff football, Rodgers is looking good and the offensive line is just outstanding.

And Eddie Lacy is pounding.

J.D. from Evansville, IN

Vic, I don’t want to chortle …

Then don’t.

D.J. from Los Angeles, CA

Um, underdog who?

That’s chortling.

Dan from New Berlin, WI

Second quarter is starting. Is the 12th man losing its spirit?

Not at all.

George from Los Fresnos, TX

Vic, where did the up-tempo, no-huddle go?

The Seahawks ran six plays in the first quarter. You don’t like time of possession?

Jon from Bloomfield, NJ

Maybe our fans should stop denigrating fans until we can fill Lambeau the way these guys filled CenturyLink. I don’t see a single cheesehead in some of these camera shots.

I see only a few.

Rick from Appleton, WI

Vic, teams that hit don’t like to be hit. Green Bay is doing all the hitting.

And Lacy is doing all of the pounding.

Tony from Truckee, CA

I hate playing scared. Third-and-three and we don’t pass it. It feels like we are afraid of the pass. Same can be said for short-yardage touchdown opportunities. Thank goodness for our defense.

I’m speechless.

Jesse from Vail, CO

Eddie Lacy is a beast.

Thank you.

Julie from Omaha, NE

Vic, all week it was Seahawks. I started to feel defeated. After reading your articles, I kept my faith. I believe, Vic. I just wanted to thank you.

I felt confident all week.


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News now! Packers take 13-0 lead into second quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 18, 2015 – 2:49 pm

150118-in-game-updates-1b-300SEATTLE–Two Mason Crosby field goals and an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass to Randall Cobb staked the Packers to a 13-0 lead over the Seahawks heading into the second quarter of Sunday’s NFC title game in CenturyLink Field.

Seattle won the coin toss and elected to defer its choice; Green Bay received the opening kickoff and began its first possession at its 20-yard line. On third-and-one, Eddie Lacy gained 13 yards to the Packers 42.

A 7-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams moved the sticks, again, and a short toss to Cobb resulted in a 14-yard gain to the Seattle 29. On third-and-10, however, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made a sparkling interception in the end zone of a pass intended for Adams.

It was on Seattle’s third offensive play that lightning struck for the Packers. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted a Russell Wilson pass that deflected off the receiver’s hands. Following a taunting penalty against the Packers, the Packers put the ball in play at the Seahawks 19-yard line.

A Rodgers pass to Richard Rodgers moved the ball to the 7-yard line. Lacy then bulldozed to the 1. John Kuhn was ruled to have scored on the next play, but review reversed the call and placed the ball inside the 1. Lacy was stopped on the next play and Crosby booted an 18-yard field goal with 8:07 to play in the first quarter, 3-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Seattle’s Doug Baldwin fumbled and the Packers recovered at the Seattle 23. Brad Jones forced the fumble and Morgan Burnett recovered.

Lacy ran for 7 yards and then Lacy plowed to the 7, first and goal. On third-and-goal from the 6, Rodgers threw to Cobb at the 1, which brought Crosby back onto the field, 6-0 with 5:07 to play.

Following a Seattle three-and-out, the Packers took possession near midfield. An 11-yard completion to Richard Rodgers moved the sticks at the Seattle 18. Lacy then ran for 5 to the 13, and Rodgers threw to Cobb for a touchdown that staked the Packers to a 13-0 lead with no time remaining in the quarter.

The Seahawks ran just six offensive plays in the first quarter.

 

 

 


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Pregame warmup: Weather could be a factor in Seattle today

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 18, 2015 – 12:50 pm

SEATTLE — Weather could definitely play a factor in today’s NFC Championship between the Packers and Seahawks in Seattle.

Temperatures are in the low 50s, but rain has been falling during pregame and that could continue through the start of the game. There’s also a chance for harder rain or a storm later on in the afternoon, toward the end of the game. Winds are also expected to be in the 15-20 mph range.

So, the “run the ball, stop the run” analysis many have used to describe the Packers’ best chances to win could apply even more significantly if the rain or wind impacts QB Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s passing game.

Injury update: For the Seahawks, starting RT Justin Britt is inactive with a knee injury from last week’s game vs. Carolina. Britt had started every game at RT for Seattle this season. He will be replaced by second-year pro Alvin Bailey.

Rodgers (calf) and RB Eddie Lacy (knee) were listed as probable on the Packers’ injury report and both are in the starting lineup. As he was last week, Rodgers was a limited participant in practice throughout the week to rest the calf and be as healthy for the game as possible.

Looking for history: Last week, the Seahawks became the first defending Super Bowl champion in a decade to win a playoff game the following season. Now they’re trying to become the first team to reach the Super Bowl in back-to-back years since the Patriots in 2003-04.

Meanwhile, the Packers are looking for their second Super Bowl appearance in the Mike McCarthy era and the sixth in franchise history. The Packers are 1-1 in NFC title games under McCarthy, losing to the Giants at home in the 2007 postseason and beating the Bears in Chicago four years ago.

All four teams in the conference title games today — Packers, Seahawks, Patriots and Colts — experienced their ups and downs in the regular season to get to this point. For a recap of all that, click here.

Keys on defense: The No. 1 priority for the Packers defense is to slow down Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch. A close second is to keep QB Russell Wilson in the pocket. If those two things are accomplished to some degree, the game could hinge on whether or not the Packers can get an interception against Wilson.

In the Packers’ run to the Super Bowl four years ago, they intercepted passes at key moments for key plays. For a look at how that could play into today’s game, click here.

In case you missed it: All week, Packers.com produced a daily video series entitled “Countdown to Seattle” that took a look at one key aspect of this game, Monday through Friday. For links to the entire video series, click here.

 


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