PACKERS IMPROVE TO 8-4 WITH 34-16 WIN OVER 49ERS
- The Packers beat the 49ers, 34-16, on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, Green Bay’s third straight home victory. The Packers improved to 5-1 at home on the season with the win.
- It was Green Bay’s ninth straight regular-season victory over San Francisco, and Mike McCarthy improves to 3-0 against the 49ers during his head-coaching tenure.
- The win was Green Bay’s ninth victory in its last 10 contests at Lambeau Field, giving the Packers a 24-8 (.750) mark in the last 32 regular-season games at home. That record ranks No. 1 among NFC teams at home over that span.
- Green Bay did not turn the ball over for the fourth time in the past five games.
- Green Bay will travel to Detroit next Sunday for a noon (CST) contest with the Lions, the first of back-to-back road games for the Packers. Green Bay heads to New England the following Sunday, Dec. 19, for a 7:20 p.m. (CST contest) against the Patriots.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 70,575. It was the 291st consecutive sellout (275 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- QB Aaron Rodgers did not throw an interception for the fifth straight game, his career high. The last Packers quarterback to not throw an interception in five straight starts was Bart Starr in 1966.
- With his last interception coming at the end of the first half vs. Minnesota in Week 7, Rodgers has not thrown an INT in his last 177 passing attempts. That moves him into the No. 2 spot ahead of Brett Favre (163) and behind only Starr (294) for the franchise record.
- Rodgers’ touchdown passes of 57 yards to Greg Jennings and 61 yards to Donald Driver gave him two 55-yard TD passes in the same game for the first time in his career. The last Packers QB to do so was Brett Favre on Oct. 29, 2007, at Denver (79, 82).
- Rodgers posted a 135.1 passer rating on Sunday, his fourth straight game with a 110-plus rating. It is just the third time in franchise history a quarterback has done so. Rodgers did it in 2009 (Sept. 27-Oct. 25) while Starr accomplished the feat in 1966 (Sept. 18-Oct. 9).
- RB James Starks’ 73 rushing yards on 18 carries are the most by a rookie Packers RB in his first game since Ralph Earhart posted 78 yards at Boston on Sept. 17, 1948.
- With Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson each posting receptions on Sunday, the Packers now have four wide receivers (Driver, Nelson, James Jones, Greg Jennings) with 35 catches on the season. That is the first time in franchise history that Green Bay has had four wide receivers each catch 35 passes in the same season.
- WR Greg Jennings posted 122 yards receiving on six catches, his third straight 100-yard game. It is only the second time in his career he has recorded 100 yards receiving in three consecutive games (Weeks 2-4, 2008).
- Jennings caught two TD passes, the second time in the past three games he has posted two or more TD receptions (three at Minnesota in Week 11).
- WR Jordy Nelson’s 15 receiving yards on Sunday gave him a career-high 377 for the season. That tops his previous career best of 366 in 2008.
- DE Cullen Jenkins recorded two sacks, giving him a career-high seven for the season. His previous career best was 6.5 in 2006.
- RB Brandon Jackson’s 37-yard catch in the second quarter was his career-long reception.
- WR Donald Driver’s 61-yard TD catch in the third quarter was his longest reception of the season.
GREEN BAY PACKERS POST-GAME QUOTES
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on what he thought of James Starks’ performance) “James Starks is a really talented young man. The goal was to try to get him probably 8-10 carries. I wanted to see how he would handle it. I thought he improved as the game went on. I’m pleased with his individual performance. I’m sure throughout the film study there will be some things we can improve on, pad level, ball security. He did a nice job. … I thought he performed very well and was very impressed, particularly the way he fell forward for one or two yards on a number of his carries. He’s off to a good start.”
(on Donald Driver’s touchdown) “I thought Donald Driver’s touchdown was the biggest play in the game. I thought it ignited our football team. We needed that. We had some segments there in the first half where we weren’t as sharp as we needed to. We had some plays where the ball probably didn’t bounce our way or a call that didn’t go our way and that’s football. But I thought Donald Driver’s play was clearly the biggest play in the game and then we were able to take off from there. I thought our defense played very big today. They were kicking field goals when we were scoring touchdowns. I thought that was a big factor in the outcome.”
(on the key to Aaron Rodgers’ play in the last month) “Aaron is playing sharp. Just the emphasis, really starts with ball security, staying within the offense, that’s what you want from all your players, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams. He is really in a groove. Just being smart, they played some 2-man against us in third down and he was able to hurt them with his feet. We had a couple sacks that I am sure we will be discussing as a staff tomorrow. But Aaron is in a very good rhythm. And really, offensively, our ball security is right where it needs to be and we need to keep it there. I think we’ve had one turnover in the last four or five games so I am very pleased with the offense on that aspect.”
(on how he feels about the team’s position headed into the last four regular season games) “Well, it’s the fourth quarter, and that’s the way I’ve addressed the team. This is the way you’re supposed to play at home, you take care of your business at home and we’re moving on to Detroit. Detroit is a division game on the road, our last road division game. We’ve been saying the last couple weeks there are four games in December. This is December football. It’s just those little things we have to be very sharp on and there are a couple things in the first half that I am sure we’ll clean up and build on for next week. But we’re playing good football right now. But good isn’t good enough, as we know. So we want to be playing our best football, that will be our challenge, that will be our emphasis and that will be the way we approach Detroit.”
PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER GREG JENNINGS:
(On the importance of the team’s first December win) “It’s very important going into the fourth quarter of the season. Obviously, December football is the most important football. A lot of things can happen, but we control our own destiny, hopefully, and we just have to make sure we’re doing the things to make sure we put ourselves in position to be successful.”
(On the run game’s contribution to the win) “We established the run today. I thought we ran the ball really well. We’re still not where we want to be, but we have a new kid on the block who’s trying to step up and give us that power back. The offensive line did an outstanding job opening holes for him and he did a great job hitting them.”
(On his continuity with Aaron Rodgers over the past few weeks) “I think it has a little bit to do with that, but at the same time, he’s put an emphasis on trying to look my way and getting me the ball, and opportunities to make plays for him. We’ve talked about it. ‘When we’re out there, if you need a scapegoat (to throw to), I’m your guy.’ We all feel like that. We’re just all trying to step up and make plays when (our) number’s called.”
PACKERS NOSE TACKLE B.J. RAJI:
(On stopping the 49ers in the red zone) “It’s the NFL. You’re not always going to execute like you’re supposed to, especially when you have a hybrid tight end like they have. It’s tough; you have matchup problems with him. You make one mistake and he makes you pay. Ultimately, the best stat you possibly have as a defense is scoring defense. If you keep teams from crossing the goal line, you have a good chance of winning.”
(On stopping the 49ers’ run game) “We saw what they did to Arizona on Monday, so that was a big emphasis for us. We knew if we could stop the run, we have a good chance of winning. Unlike last week where Michael Turner and those guys were bouncing it outside, these guys were determined to hit it downhill in the A and B gaps. I knew myself and the d-lineman we have, if we did our jobs, we’d be fine.”
PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:
(on the Donald Driver TD) “That was one of the best plays I’ve ever been a part of. It was incredible; Donald made one of the most amazing catch and runs I’ve ever seen. We nicknamed him “The Kickstand.” That’s been his nickname around here since I’ve been around and when he was at about the 20 (yard-line), I was kind of thinking ‘Go down, go down, don’t get drilled,’ and then when he broke another tackle, I was hoping he’d get in the end zone.”
(on the groove he’s been in over the last month) “We’ve been doing some good things offensively. Personally, I’ve just been trying to take care of the football and limit my turnovers. I’ve been pretty efficient throwing the ball. I think that’s a direct correlation between the way the offensive line has played for the most part, and getting Greg (Jennings) involved. Greg’s had six or seven straight very good weeks for us and he presents so many matchup problems when he’s out there.”
(on if he wonders what might have been with the 49ers) “Not really; things happen for a reason. Sometimes you don’t realize what that reason is, but I’m fortunate and blessed and excited to be a Green Bay Packer. Obviously, sitting in that green room (at the NFL draft) six years ago was a difficult experience, but one that I wouldn’t change for anything and I definitely learned a lot about myself. I’m excited to be here. This is a great organization, great people, very good team and what happened, happened.”
(on the decline in his interceptions since the early part of the season) “I’m just not throwing it to them (defenders) as often and thankfully the last couple weeks they dropped a couple, so that’s always nice. But it’s a conscious effort to not turn the ball over. It’s the first thing we talk about every week on offense – having a no-turnover game and we expect to win when we do that.”
(on if he changed his hard count to induce more offside penalties) “No, they were just a little jumpy today. I feel like the hard count is a part of our game, it’s important. It’s something we do every week. Obviously, when you’re at home, you have a little more of an opportunity to get those guys to jump a little bit, but they were definitely jumping at the right time for us.”
PACKERS RUNNING BACK JAMES STARKS:
(on getting 18 carries in his first game back) “I was just keeping my eyes open and whatever was asked of me, I was ready for. I prepared well in practice, I was just ready for the opportunity.”
(On playing in his first game in two years) “It felt like two years. It was a long time, but I was anxious just to get out there, play with my teammates and play with A-Rod (Aaron Rodgers). Just the fans here at Lambeau and finally get to run out there, it was an exciting moment for me. I just took it all in; I was like an excited little kid out there.”
(On how he felt physically) “I felt very comfortable, (I had) good preparation. Coach E.B. (Edgar Bennett) helped me with ball security and practicing fundamentals and getting me prepared for the game. I was ready for it.”
(On his production after first contact) “I try to keep churning my feet and keep running. I don’t like to be taken down by one guy. I just always try to move my feet. That’s my job, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.”
PACKERS CORNERBACK CHARLES WOODSON:
(On the offense’s performance) “It’s great, that’s what we expect out of our offense with the amount of weapons we have on the offensive side of the ball. We expect to put up that many points every week. We know it’s not going to be like that every week, but when they’re clicking, they’re hard to stop.”
(On the key to the team’s defense) “Just guys playing with a lot of energy. Knowing where they’re supposed to be and what they’re doing. Just playing good, tough football and we’ll need that down the stretch in December.”
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS POST-GAME QUOTES
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS HEAD COACH MIKE SINGLETARY
(on the red zone offense) “They did a good job with red zone defense. We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that we had. Give them credit; they did a good job.”
(on the defensive secondary) “We will have to look at the film and see exactly what happened. They shouldn’t be able to throw the ball downfield like that and score. I’ll have to look at what the heck happened.”
(on what went wrong today) “It is very disappointing. Our guys knew what we came here to do. Obviously, we didn’t finish it. I can’t say that we accomplished much in this game. Overall, it is just disappointing that we couldn’t come out and do a better job in this game.”
(on the second half) “For them it was a little too close for comfort (at halftime) so they came out slinging the ball. Obviously that was a good call on their behalf. We tried to get back into it, but it didn’t happen.”
49ERS CORNERBACK TARELL BROWN:
(on what went wrong today) “We didn’t execute properly. At the end of the day you’ve just got to go out there and execute. That’s what wins games – little details here and there.”
(on trying to stop Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers) “It’s hard, he’s got a lot of great weapons. He has four or five great receivers, great tight ends and a good offensive line. For us, you’ve just got to play disciplined. He can run, he can throw, and so you’ve just got to stay in coverage and do the best you can.”
(on Donald Driver’s 61-yard touchdown catch) “We’ve got to tackle better. We’ve got to get him down. If he makes a good catch, we’re the last line of defense, so we’ve got to make that tackle.”
49ERS WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE:
(on the team’s play in the second half) “We didn’t do a good job of reacting in the second half. We were being conservative a little bit. We were just trying to do what we could do and we came up a little bit short.”
(on the team’s failure to score touchdowns in the red zone) “We used to be the best in the red zone, but we just came up a little short in the red zone. We’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and come up with something and really be ready for next week.”
(on looking ahead to the final four games) “There are always going to be ups and downs, it’s just how you react to it and how you bounce back. You’ve got to go back to practice and come up with some stuff and come out and play hard. We’ve got a lot of time left. We’ll just take it one game at a time and see what we come up with.”
49ERS QUARTERBACK TROY SMITH
(on attacking Green Bay down the field) “They obviously feel strongly about playing man defense in certain situations because they have the athletes to do that. We just have to execute the game plan.”
(on his touchdown pass to Vernon Davis) “It is a core pass play that we have in our game plan. Vernon was able to exploit a weakness and nothing gets done without the offensive line first and foremost. Vernon is a tremendous player.”
(on the offense) “Some Sundays things are just clicking and sometimes it isn’t. You have to have an understanding that sometimes the way you draw things up aren’t always going to end up like that. Green Bay is an incredible team in all phases of the game. I have to give them respect. We have to remain and stay positive.”
(on Aaron Rodgers) “I have all the respect in the world for him because I know what it takes to play this position. When you do it the way that he does it, it is definitely something to watch and be proud of.”
49ERS TIGHT END DELANIE WALKER:
(on facing Green Bay’s defense) “They have some good players on that defense and they came through and made some big stops, and I think that set us back. Then their offense made some big plays against our defense and we were just trying to play catch-up after that.”
(on the team’s failure to score touchdowns in the red zone) “That’s big; we’ve got to score when we’re down there. We always talk about getting in the red zone and putting the ball in the end zone. We’ll take the three points. We got the lead with the two field goals, but the biggest thing is we’ve got to score when we get in the red zone.”
(on the team’s running game) “We talked big about running the ball against them. We had some great runs and then they changed their defense to stop that and we went away from the run and had to throw the ball and that compromised our offensive line when you have to throw the ball every play.”
(on the difficulty of having the offense on the sideline for long periods of time) “Well, first of all you get cold. This cold weather in the Midwest, that really hurt us. We thought we were going to get some big stops and have another chance to get out there and put some points on the board, but Green Bay did a great job of controlling the clock and running the ball well.”
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