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  • Thu., Nov. 27, 2014 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM CST Live McCarthy press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium.
  • Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM CST Live McCarthy press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium.
  • Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Beebe, Hentrich) Don Beebe and Craig Hentrich are scheduled to appear at the Packers Pro Shop on Saturday, Novemeber 29th, from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 11:25 AM - 3:25 PM CST Toys for Tots Collection The U.S. Marine Corps will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for distribution to needy children in the area.  Cash donations will be accepted as well.  The collection will take place in the parking lot and at each of Lambeau Field’s gates.
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM CST Alumni Appearance (Beebe, Hentrich)

    TTZ: Don Beebe
    Club Level: Craig Hentrich

  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 3:25 PM - 6:30 PM CST Packers vs. New England Patriots Packers vs. New England Patriots

News now! Packers focused on ‘real drama’ of Patriots game

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 26, 2014 – 1:59 pm

141126-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–It’s the game of the season, what many consider to be the best team in the AFC vs. the best team in the NFC. Is it too much hype for a regular-season game?

“I think it’s our business. I look at hype. You have real drama and you have made up drama. We focus on the real drama,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of his team’s matchup against the Patriots on Sunday.

Many see it as a preview of something down the road. McCarthy sees it as an opportunity to get win No. 9 and move one win closer to the magic number of 10 wins, which is considered the benchmark for making it into the playoffs.

“It gives us a chance to get to nine wins. Something we focus on is getting to 10 wins as soon as possible,” McCarthy said.

Linebacker Nick Perry, who missed Sunday’s game in Minnesota, didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice but could be headed for an upgrade.

“Nick’s getting better. He went through the rehab phase today. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” McCarthy said.

The game is also a matchup between star quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and the Patriots’ Tom Brady.

Comparison?

“They’re both from California,” McCarthy said. “He’s in a really good groove right now,” he added of Rodgers.

Click here for Packers.com’s full report following locker room interviews.

 


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Wisconsin Favorites: Badgers football, hockey or basketball?

Posted by Paige Curtis on November 25, 2014 – 2:25 pm

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141119-WI-Basketball-300Would you rather see a Wisconsin Badgers football, hockey or basketball game? Why?

No. 8 Tim Masthay – Football, I have never seen one before.

No. 12 Aaron Rodgers – Badger basketball, just because I’ve gotten to know a few guys on the team through their run last year and Bo and I have become friendly over the years from doing the Andy North’s charity events. So I’d say at the Kohl Center watching basketball ranks just ahead of the other two.

No. 75 Bryan Bulaga – Hockey because they’re actually a good team. They’ve been to a few Frozen Fours, haven’t they?

141119-WI-Football-300No. 2 Mason Crosby – Hockey, because I haven’t seen a hockey game yet. They have a lot of die-hard fans and a really good team.

Take a trip to Madison and experience one of America’s great college basketball atmospheres. The crowd is always electric at the Kohl Center as they cheer on the team that made it to the Final Four last season. Is hockey more your style? Good news, the Kohl Center is home of the Wisconsin hockey team, as well. Make sure you enjoy pregame festivities at the iconic Nitty Gritty. Voted Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison, the Nitty Gritty has been serving fans, students, alumni and visitors since 1968.

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What are the key matchups vs. the Patriots? Read Mike’s chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 25, 2014 – 12:40 pm

Packers.com’s Mike Spofford conducted his weekly online chat on Tuesday, and there was plenty of talk about the upcoming showdown with the Patriots. You can read the transcript here:

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

 


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Jordy Nelson on Sports Illustrated cover

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 25, 2014 – 10:55 am

Packers WR Jordy Nelson is on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands this week.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:


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News now! Packers will play their game vs. Patriots

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 24, 2014 – 4:40 pm

141124-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — The most-hyped regular-season game of 2014 for the Packers since the opener is upcoming on Sunday vs. New England, and Mike McCarthy emphasized that the Packers are not going to get thrown off their game.

“New England is a great football team, the way they’re hitting their stride right now,” McCarthy said on Monday. “Watching the video this morning, they’re impressive, and we’ll stay in tune with that.

“But we’re not going to make a bunch of changes. We like the football team we are, and we look forward to the competition.”

Sunday’s game will be the first head-to-head meeting of QBs Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Rodgers missed the game in 2010 in Foxboro, Mass., due to a concussion and was replaced by Matt Flynn.

The hype for this one, with the Patriots on a seven-game winning streak and the Packers having won seven of their last eight, has the potential to become a distraction. The Patriots have gone to five Super Bowls with Brady as their QB, but that’s not what the Packers will be focused on.

“It’s important to treat every game based on what you see on video,” McCarthy said. “We’re not going to get too far away from the video screen. We’re going to stay true to our process regardless of who comes out of the tunnel at Lambeau Field.

“They deserve all the respect they get right now, not only for this season but for what their organization has accomplished over the last 10-15 years. We get all that, we respect that, but we’ll be working all week to win the game on Sunday.”

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News now! Packers win, can move into first place

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 23, 2014 – 3:00 pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy celebrates a TDMINNEAPOLIS — A time-consuming, fourth-quarter touchdown drive clinched a 24-21 victory for the Packers over the Vikings on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Eddie Lacy scored on a 10-yard shovel pass, running through the middle of the Vikings defense to cap an 11-play, 87-yard drive that took 6:18 off the clock.

The Vikings cut the Packers’ lead to three points with a 79-yard touchdown drive former Packers star Greg Jennings capped with a 5-yard touchdown catch with 3:23 to play in the game. Former Packers draft choice Charles Johnson then caught a two-point conversion pass to move the Vikings within a field goal of overtime.

Lacy killed what was the left of the clock with a display of power running.

The win, combined with a Lions loss, would move the 8-3 Packers into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

 

 


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News now! Packers take 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 23, 2014 – 2:15 pm

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater sacked by Packers DT Mike Daniels

MINNEAPOLIS — The Packers and Vikings traded field goals in the fourth quarter and the Packers took a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium.

Mason Crosby booted a 48-yarder with 2:49 to play, after the Vikings had kicked a 51-yard field goal with 6:42 to play in the quarter.

The Packers offense appeared to have a promising drive going early in the quarter, but it was spoiled by penalties, one of which erased a long run with a screen pass by Eddie Lacy.

 

 


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News now! Interception helps Packers take 14-10 halftime lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 23, 2014 – 1:26 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersMINNEAPOLIS — An interception of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater by Packers CB Micah Hyde helped set the Packers up for their second touchdown as they took a 14-10 lead into halftime on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings tied the score at 7 with a 14-play, 74-yard TD drive that included two fourth-down conversions.

On the first, Minnesota faced fourth-and-5 from the Green Bay 39 — after the Packers declined a penalty that would have made it third-and-15 — and S Morgan Burnett’s interception was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty on Hyde, giving the Vikings a first down.

On the ensuing series, the Vikings faced fourth down again, this time needing just 1 yard from the Green Bay 25. RB Jerick McKinnon converted with a 3-yard run, and Bridgewater hit former Packers WR Charles Johnson for a 22-yard TD on the next play, tying the game with 11:06 left in the half.

The Packers responded with two quick first downs to get the ball near midfield, but the drive stalled and Green Bay had to punt again.

The defense got the ball back almost immediately, though, as Hyde leaped to intercept Bridgewater’s deep pass intended for WR Greg Jennings, another former Packer.

The offense took over on its own 47 and wasted no time. A 16-yard run by RB Eddie Lacy was shortened to 6 yards on a downfield holding penalty on WR Jordy Nelson, but QB Aaron Rodgers then hit WR Randall Cobb for 12 yards and TE Andrew Quarless for 34 yards down to the 1. Rodgers then ran a play-action roll to his right and threw the ball all the way back across the field to his left, to a wide open TE Richard Rodgers, standing alone in the corner of the end zone. The Packers led 14-7 with 5:23 left in the half.

The Vikings came back with a drive of their own, as Bridgewater converted a third-and-6 with an 11-yard pass to TE Kyle Rudolph and followed it up with a 10-yard slant to WR Cordarrelle Patterson and an 8-yard checkdown to McKinnon. That put the Vikings on the Green Bay 26-yard line at the two-minute warning.

A facemask penalty on Vikings LT Matt Kalil pushed Minnesota back, but a 19-yard completion to Johnson got them back into field goal range at the 21. A high pass on third down for Johnson was nearly intercepted by CB Tramon Williams, and the Vikings settled for a 39-yard FG by Blair Walsh to make it 14-10 with 16 seconds left in the half.

 


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Let’s all calm down; it’s only halftime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 23, 2014 – 1:21 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Reiss from Virginia Beach, VA

Vic, the first quarter was a game of field position that we ended up winning by scoring with a minute-and-a-half to go. Did you enjoy it?

I liked it. With each exchange of possession, the Packers gained ground until they were in position to attack. I don’t think that kind of football is the Packers’ identity, but sometimes you have to do what the circumstances force you to do. The defense is playing well.

Benjamin from Madison, WI

Vic, how much of the stadium is in green and gold?

Close to 50 percent.

Joey from Swansea, IL

Will Bridgewater get at least 130 passing yards today?

He started slowly; he was wild high and long. He’s starting to warm up.

Kelly from Walford, IA

Why punt the ball on fourth down with one yard to go? Why not just run the ball?

Why not just run the ball on third down?

Rolf from Copenhagen, Denmark

How much do you think the chip-on-the-shoulder contributes to a player’s development and demeanor? I think it’s more of a story for the media and the fans about a guy beating the people who didn’t believe in him.

How many guys with a chip on their shoulder got cut? It’s only a story when a guy makes it.

Rick from Appleton, WI

Vic, close game.

This one has a little bit of an AFC North street fight feel to it. Remember, Mike Zimmer is an AFC North guy.

James from Wausau, WI

My gut hasn’t stopped churning, yet. This should be a close game, like most figured.

Like most figured? Most were looking forward to the Patriots game.

Mike from San Antonio, TX

All right, who chortled?

I didn’t. I was most reserved and respectful.

Rob from Amston, CT

Vic, what is the story behind the Jaguars helmets? Were you still there when they went that way? Can you explain their thinking?

I was gone by then. I would’ve never allowed that to happen.

Don from Troy, MI

Why do all you talking heads tell us there’s no way the Packers lose vs. the crummy Vikings, when you know very well all NFL teams have the best players in the world? You’re so gullible.

Don’t blame this talking head. I was warning everybody all week. Let’s all calm down. This one has a long way to go.

Rob from Amston, CT

Vic, how hard is it to win games like this against the Vikes when it’s late in the season and they are out of the playoff picture and are thus willing to take more risks, such as going for it repeatedly on fourth down?

Blame it on being out of playoff contention?

Mike from Charlotte, NC

Tough game today. You were right about them Vikes. I could see it as I looked at them through the week. Are a lot Packers fans blasting your inbox because it isn’t 28-0?

The sea is angry, my friend.

Paul from Denver, CO

I remember last year a coach changed his mind and took a penalty once we were going to go for it on fourth down. Could Mike have changed his mind once the Vikings tried to go for it on the fourth-and-5?

I think it was the Cincinnati game. There was a time out at the time, I believe. Let’s revisit this question tomorrow when I’m back at the office and can open my rulebook.


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News now! Packers lead, 7-0, after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 23, 2014 – 12:38 pm

Packers RB Eddie LacyMINNEAPOLIS — The Packers held a 7-0 lead over the Vikings, following one quarter of play at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

With 4:44 to play in the quarter, the Packers took possession at their 46-yard line following a Vikings punt. On third-and-10, Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb over the middle for 29 yards to the Vikings 25. It was the first time in the game either team had crossed midfield.

A pass to tight end Andrew Quarless gained 16 to the 7. On first-and-goal, Rodgers threw for Jordy Nelson and the Vikings were flagged for pass interference, moving the ball to the 1. Eddie Lacy plunged for the touchdown on the next play, and the Packers led, 7-0, with 1:34 to play in the quarter.

The Vikings won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice.

 

 


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