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Packers elect six playoff captains

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 4, 2013 – 11:58 am

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The Packers have voted for and selected their six captains for the 2012 postseason.

They are QB Aaron Rodgers and WR James Jones on offense, LB Clay Matthews and DB Charles Woodson on defense, and DB Jarrett Bush and LB Jamari Lattimore on special teams.

Those six players will wear a “C” patch on their jerseys for Saturday night’s game against Minnesota and for as many postseason games as the Packers play. The Packers don’t have any players wear a “C” during the regular season, as some teams do, because they choose weekly captains to go out for the coin toss each game.

Rodgers, Woodson and Bush have all been elected playoff captains in past years.

Rodgers finished the regular season as the NFL’s top-rated passer for the second season in a row. He posted a 108.0 rating, more than two points higher than Denver’s Peyton Manning, who was second at 105.8. Rodgers completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,295 yards with 39 TDs and only eight interceptions.

Jones led the Packers and the league in TD receptions with 14. He became the first Packers player to lead the league in that category since Sterling Sharpe had 18 TD catches in 1994. Jones also set career highs this season in both receptions (64) and yards (784).

Matthews led the Packers in sacks with 13, which fell just one-half sack short of his career high set in 2010. He ranked fifth in the league despite missing four games.

Woodson had just one interception and 1 1/2 sacks this season but has missed the last nine games with a broken collarbone. He has been medically cleared to play in the playoffs.

Bush and Lattimore are two of the Packers’ four special teams players who recorded double digits in coverage tackles. Bush led the team with 17 and added a fumble recovery, while Lattimore recorded 10.


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26 Responses to “Packers elect six playoff captains”

  1. By philshady25 on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Interesting that Jennings and Crosby have been replaced. Go Pack

  2. By leroysbutler on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Who’s going to photobomb the captains’ picture?

  3. By dennis hendrickson on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    I say jennings and Donald Driver should do the photo bombing !!that would be funny

  4. By Alex on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Excellent – perhaps obvious – choices. The reporting on Woodson suggests his play at corner will be limited because of the fear of contact after such a long layoff. Given the fact he’s the best tackler in the secondary by a long shot, and his nose for the ball, much rather see him at corner, but it’ll be great just to see him back on the field in any capacity. If Nelson’s healthy or at least close, this will be the healthiest the Pack has been in a long long time. Can’t wait for the game!

  5. By floridapackerbacker on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    The Senational Six! Lookout Vikings they are coming for you!! GO PACK GO!!!

  6. By Steve on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    With Rodgers and Woodson as captains, who will do the photo bombing?

  7. By Jeff S on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    I`m glad Woodson is back because I think Tramont Williams is worthless as a cornor and tackler. I would love someone to tell me what his role is out there. Plays 15yards off and does not tackle at all.He`s always running away from the play in stead of getting in there and stopping the play. He is not a Deon Sanders. LOL. had to say that.

  8. By Paul on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    As long as the Pack win another Super Bowl (preferably this season), I’ll be happy.

  9. By Mary on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Couldn’t have said it better.

  10. By Debi on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    All excellent choices…. but I won’t lie; woulda loved to see Drivers name on that list!

  11. By Glenn on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Donald will probably be inactive since Randall and Charles would be activated before him.

  12. By gbpfan4life on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Potentially, this could be Drivers last game as a Green Bay Packer. Activate him, and play him, he has skills, he is not a liability.
    Too bad Driver didn’t announce a retirement at the beginning of the year. We could have had a special day for him like we had for Ray Nitchske. 66.
    Thanks Drive, Go Pack!
    P.S. Potentially means theoretically, only!. Pack wins of course.

  13. By Diego on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    For whatever reason, this post made me think of one of the biggest clowns on the team (the anti-captains)- namely Finley. Notice he’s kept his mouth shut since rumours of him being traded or released in the off-season started circulating a few weeks ago? And he’s also had a few decent games … I like the choice in captains, and they do give some insight into the team since they’re elected by the players. I found the choice of Jones interesting in particular.

  14. By Shari on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations! You have all done a great job for the team! Now keep it going for the play-offs!Go Pack Go!!!

  15. By Steve on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with the comments about Donald Driver. I have enormous respect for how this man has been both a great player and a great person for his entire career.

    I am disappointed by how this organization has treated him. He deserves a grand send off. May whomever made the decision to treat him this way be treated the same way at the end of his days in Green Bay.

  16. By packerzone on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    Tramon is a good cover guy,that is what he was brought here to do. He has limited the best receivers,to keep the opponents from blowing out many games.although his tackling is suspect.He and the coaching staff need to work on his weaknesses,before he can be considered to be great! The pack needs to have a 5 receiver set capitalizing on our obvious strengths,sprinkle in some runs! Obvious yes yet unstoppable much like the old packer sweep of ole. we must play to our strengths,practice time is over go out and do what we do best. Beat them with precision,we have the tools and ability so use them! Go pack(driver)Go!!!

  17. By Sue on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    Like the choice of captains. Disappointed that DRIVER was not not on the list. He’s done alot for the team and deserves recogition for his time on the team. GO PACK GO!!!! We are behind you all the way.

  18. By packerzone on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome game can hardly wait,Pack 42 – wannabkings 10

  19. By mlblogssanders on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    I think Driver shold be made a Captain, Who else has given more to rhis team, I think it’s a dishonor

  20. By NotAVikingFool on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    I love Donald, but the captains are about who is leading the team right now. I was surprised that Charles was on the list. He must have been doing a lot behind the scenes to help the young guys for them to vote him in. Go Pack Go.

  21. By mlblogssanders on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    Who told you that,If that’s the case then they will have different captains every game.

  22. By shakeman65 on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    once you are a captain you are always the captain unless you break team rules

  23. By packerzone on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    MM had better use ross as the return man,he was sucessful in college and showed his ability in the pros.this will minimize injury to cobb. we should utilize him in the back field so many options and mismatches,talk about opening up the game for us!!!

  24. By Mitch on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    Great choices! Do love Driver though, he should do photobombing. Go Pack Go!

  25. By Apples on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    The Packers are the greatest to watch with all the excitement. You can see how proud they are and want to show it to their fans. There are so many great players on the team that I love to watch that I don’t have a favorite. They play so great as a team and seem to enjoy their comradeship. It has to be hard to pick out the captains. But the captains are usually the ones who pull the pack together and who would know this better than themselves.

  26. By Terry Grumley on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    Such a disappointment! You need to do better! Please no excuses – just do what you need to do better! The Packers Myth has become a joke. How do you feel about that?

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