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PACKERS TOP BROWNS AT LAMBEAU FIELD
– Green Bay extended its winning streak to three games with a 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
– With the victory and losses by the Bears and Lions on Sunday, the Packers moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North at 4-2.
– The Packers have won 10 consecutive regular-season games at home and 23 of their last 24 at Lambeau Field.
– Green Bay extended its franchise-record streak to 19 consecutive home games with at least 22 points scored.
– Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in 10 of their last 11 games at home.
– The Packers allowed 83 rushing yards, their fourth consecutive game allowing less than 85 rushing yards. It is the longest single-season streak since a seven-game streak in 2009 (Weeks 9-15).
– Green Bay will travel to Minnesota in Week 8 to face the division-rival Vikings in a nationally televised contest on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 77,804. It was the 314th consecutive sellout (296 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
– With the win today, Head Coach Mike McCarthy moved into a tie with Mike Holmgren for the most career victories in franchise history (including playoffs) with 84.
– With seven points on Sunday, K Mason Crosby brought his career point total to 822, which moved him past K Chris Jacke (820) for No. 3 all-time in franchise history.
– WR Jarrett Boykin registered career highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (103) and caught his first career TD pass, a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter.
– With Boykin’s 100-yard game, the Packers have now had at least one 100-yard receiver in five of six games this season. Green Bay has seven 100-yard receivers on the season.
– With his 1-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter, WR Jordy Nelson has now caught at least one TD pass in 11 of his last 16 games at Lambeau Field.
– QB Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 36 passes for 260 yards and three TDs with no INTs for a 117.8 passer rating. It was the 50th time as a starter that he has posted a 100-plus rating and his 46th game without an INT.
– CB Davon House posted the first interception of his NFL career when he picked off Browns QB Brandon Weeden in the first quarter.
– LB Jamari Lattimore recorded the first sack of his career when he brought down Weeden for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter.
– CB Tramon Williams registered his second sack of the season, which is a single-season career high.
– Rookie LBs Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer both made their first NFL starts on Sunday.
– With a punt placed inside the 20-yard line on Sunday, P Tim Masthay moved into a tie with Josh Bidwell (85) for the second-most punts inside the 20 in franchise history (since 1976) behind only Craig Hentrich (104).
– The Packers posted 357 yards of offense, their ninth consecutive game with 350-plus yards of offense.
– Green Bay converted 7 of 13 third-down opportunities against the Browns, a season-high 53.8 percentage.
– The Packers allowed a season-low 216 total net yards.
– Green Bay has given up 39 points over its last three contests, an average of 13.0 points per game.
HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on opening statement) “This was a very rewarding victory for our football team. We went through the course of the week, obviously we had unusual challenges, and I can’t say enough about our players. We had a lot of moving parts going into this contest. We had an excellent opponent in the Cleveland Browns coming in. They’ve done a lot of good things on film. Starting offensively, the 31-point production, Aaron Rodgers did a great job of managing the game. Obviously, Jarrett Boykin had a big game. I think that in itself shows you the trust and faith that Aaron has in him as a receiver. He looked at him in key spots of the football game and we maintained a run-pass balance. I thought our offensive line was excellent. A lot of good things on offense. Defense, really keeping the point total down. We did a really good job up front. I felt having an extra defensive lineman made an impact. A.J. Hawk had another fine, fine performance. Sam Shields looked to me to play very well. Special teams, we knew we were going to be stressed. We expected that coming into this contest, particularly with all the personnel changes that we had with our special teams. We did a good job reacting to the run, the fake punt, it was a close call on the spot. We kind of broke down there on the last two returns, but all in all, I thought it was an outstanding team victory, something that we’ll definitely build off of. I’m very proud of our football team.”
(on the injuries and how tough it is to win in his league) “That’s one of the challenges you have. On a personal note, one of the worst parts of our job is seeing one of your players go down like that in a scary moment. Hopefully, Jermichael (Finley) will be fine once we get through this. We’re 4-2 and we’re undefeated at home. The crowd was outstanding today. I have to take my hat off to them, particularly with the weather and so forth. It was just a great atmosphere and now we’ve got two really big division games coming up. We’ve kind of got to regroup tomorrow, set a good plan and travel over to Minnesota.”
(on why his team seemingly plays its best when it has to overcome injuries) “Well, I have to really point to the veterans. I called on them at the beginning of the week and called on them again last night. There’s players, young players in particular, in that game that had a role. It was important for them to go out and perform their role, just play football, and not to do too much. Our veterans did a great job, as far as the approach, just the big things. Starting up front with Aaron Rodgers, there were a lot of components and, obviously, once Jermichael went down, there’s a whole other set of obstacles you’ve got to deal with, from a personnel and a play-injury standpoint. I really have to take my hat off to our veteran football players. Unfortunately, we’ve been through this before and we’re going through it again. We will excel through this.”
(on if he saw this performance coming from Jarrett Boykin) “It’s nothing new to us as coaches and Jarrett’s teammates. When you get chances to watch the young man work as he does, he puts a lot into it. If he ever had anything that held him back, he’s probably trying too hard. The guy is a very passionate, tough, gifted young man. Just from the fact that Aaron has the trust, particularly, the two touchdown throws were route conversions, you don’t just do that with someone that is out there in his first or second big game. He’s an excellent young player. You love to see players rewarded for what they put into it and that was definitely the case today.”
(on the performance of Davon House) “He’s getting better. He’s done some really good things on special teams and now you’re seeing the consistency, particularly on passes defended and his opportunities on defense. He’s a very talented young man. He just kind of went through an injury phase earlier in his career. We’re seeing a guy in his second or third year that we preach, try to plan, instruct, train and watch these guys take off. He’s definitely one of our ascending young players.”
(on how well the defense played) “We want to play good defense every week, but it’s vital to play great defense at home. That’s something that we believe in. Our crowd was behind us. They were outstanding in the third down situations, particularly in some of the fourth down situations that we were in. We had a couple false starts there, so you have to give credit to the crowd noise for that. We’re doing a lot of good things on defense. I’m excited that the challenge of injury has brought the opportunity for a lot of young players to play. So, we’re not only improving Monday through Saturday, we’re improving the youth of our football team on Sundays and that’s going to be big for us down the line.”
(on an update on Jermichael Finley’s injury) “I really don’t have anything to report. I’d be premature if I spoke on it.”
(on how big these wins are with an important stretch coming up) “We’re going over to the Metrodome and that’s a very difficult place to play with all that crowd noise that they have over there. It’s a different game. It’s always a different game over there and we’ve got to get ready for that type of football game.”
(on how he keeps his team focused after an injury like the one to Jermichael Finley) “Well, that’s not something you teach or train. It’s the humanistic part of our game. I think players on both sides of the ball were obviously concerned for Jermichael. I thought the officials did a nice job there of not rushing back into the game. Were able to have communication, kind of reset our clock there. I think it was the next play or the second play after that was the big play to Jarrett Boykin. You just have to give credit to your players in those types of situations.
QB AARON RODGERS:
(on what he said to his teammates after the injury to Jermichael Finley) “There’s not a whole lot to be said actually. Evan (Dietrich-Smith) spoke up after that and said a few words, but I think it’s a reminder how tough this game is. We put our bodies on the line, our future health on the line and (it’s) tough to see with Jermichael. He was playing really well. He’s a great friend, a great teammate and he’s had a very good year for us. Injuries are a part of the game but those are tough to see, not being able to walk off the field. Always in the back of our minds, that’s kind of our worst nightmare.”
(on the fast start and strong finish) “Because I’m a perfectionist, I’m focusing on kind of the in-between drives there where we had three points in a bunch of drives. It’s frustrating; during those drives we had a lot of stalls, a lot of penalties. (There were) a lot of penalties tonight (for) both teams and interesting calls at times, but it was important with the ominous rain (that) we … thought we had to get some points on the board early. The weather kind of held for a while, which was nice, and we were able to put together two drives at the end.”
(on if the injuries cause him to alter his expectations) “Yeah I think that’s a great point. I kind of said a little bit of that this week, hang with us, fans, [because] it might not be the prettiest game, but our defense has been playing great. When they can hold teams to 13 points and everything they’ve held the last two weeks, they’ve been playing great. So that gives us an opportunity, especially when we’re struggling as we did for a stretch there, our offense in the fourth quarter got it going there and finished the game off, but we’re going to kind of win with defense, not turn the football over and make the plays that are there.”
(on how impressed he was with Jarrett Boykin, especially in the fourth quarter) “I was impressed with him. I wasn’t surprised, I’ve seen him make a lot of plays in practice. I think he’s a confidence guy, he just needs some opportunities early, which we gave him, and then he made two good plays on post-corners, so I’m proud of him. I know he wished he probably would have got the first long one in, but he did a great job. He ran great routes, put his feet to the ground, got out of his break and made some big catches. … I think he’s got a bright future for us.”
(on if going to Boykin early was part of the plan) “It’s always a conscious effort to throw it to the open guy and tonight he had more opportunities. Joe Hayden is one of the top corners in the league, if not the top guy, and he was on Jordy (Nelson) all night. That makes it a tough matchup, so I wanted to make sure Jarrett (Boykin) got some opportunities when he got going early, and Jermichael (Finley). (We) tried to feature those guys a little bit and came back to Jordy here and there throughout the game.”
(on how difficult running the offense is with the injuries) “That’s how I’d like to play around here – not as a game manager, but as somebody who takes care of the football and gets us some good plays and good checks. There were obviously a few plays I’d like to have back. It wasn’t as clean of a night for myself as I wish it would have been, but we had a few good checks in the run game (to) keep some drives alive. If you look at the situational stats, we were above 50 percent on third down and three for four in the red-zone, so those are two areas we’ve been talking a lot about the last couple of weeks, and it’s nice to see it show up on the field.”
(on if he and Boykin worked on their chemistry in practice this week) “I think he’s a confidence guy so we just wanted to make sure we got him some plays early. He had a matchup we wanted to see how we could do with the matchup he had with Joe Hayden covering Jordy (Nelson) most of the game, and he got off to a good start. I think there was the high catch on third down that kept the drive going that I think showed myself and Mike (McCarthy) that we can get him going, and he was into the game and he was ready to make some big plays. And then you saw in the fourth quarter he had a couple good adjustments there and had some good yards after the catch.”
(on if Lacy’s third-and-five run was one of the successful checks) “Possibly yes. I can’t give away all the secrets but possibly yes that was. Teams are going to play us a lot of match coverage and we have to make sure we’re running the football effectively. The guys have been doing a great job up front. I thought it was a very clean pocket tonight and then the run lanes were good. That’s a good tackling football team, a good front. We’d have liked to get Eddie (Lacy) over 100 (rushing yards), but it’s a tough team to run on.”
(on why the team plays well when it has a lot of injuries) “I think we’ve got a good recipe with the kind of leadership we have. Our defense is playing really well and that helps. We’re pretty healthy on that side of the ball. Offensively we’d like to think if we don’t turn the football over and we take care of the situational football – red-zone and third down – we should be in a good position to win the game.”
(on if this win is more special because of the injuries) “They’re all special. You have to remind yourself after a win like this where it wasn’t the cleanest game for us that it’s tough to win in this league. I’m proud of our guys. I think there’s definitely some sentiment in our locker room that the pants associated with the throwback jerseys and the throwback jerseys are pretty good luck for us, so maybe a couple more times wearing those might not be a bad idea.”
(on being on top of the division heading into the division games) “We’ve played six (games), they’ve (the Bears and Lions) have both played seven. We’re 1-0 in the division and this is an important time for us, back to back division games, back-to-back nationally televised games for us. We need to get a couple of our guys back if we can and I thought it was a good night for obviously Jarrett (Boykin), Myles (White) to get some action, make a catch. We’ve just got to get those guys ready to play and we know what kind of environment it is in Minnesota and it’s going to be a tough challenge.”
WIDE RECEIVER JARRETT BOYKIN:
(on bouncing back from last week’s performance) “I was highly disappointed with how I performed last week and I didn’t want to do that again this week. This whole week I just dialed in and focused on whatever I had to do to come out here today and just put myself in a good position to make the most of my opportunities.”
(on knowing he was going to get significant playing time today) “You’ve got to practice as if you’re going to start every game because you never know what can happen in this league. Injuries do occur, so you’ve got to just go out there and make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.”
(on if he felt more in sync with QB Aaron Rodgers today) “I felt like we were on a better rhythm today. It was just a little bit of dialing in, him giving me what he wanted me to do, and me focusing on what I needed to do to get in an area where he could make a terrific pass.”
(on scoring his first touchdown after being stopped short earlier in the game) “I was heated that I couldn’t get in there on that first one when I got stopped at the one (yard-line). The second time, I was just making sure I wasn’t denied again. It was just a double-move route and I’m not sure how the defender reacted, but I just saw the ball in the air and I just wanted to attack it and score.”
LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK:
(on being surrounded by a number of younger players on defense) “I’m definitely one of the old guys out there, but I think all the young guys played really well today. They stepped in and anytime you can hold a team to 13 points, the defense is doing something right. You can’t say enough about how the young guys played and how they kept their composure throughout the whole game. They never really had any glitches.”
(on today’s defensive penalties) “We don’t mind combative penalties. I’m sure you’ve heard Coach [McCarthy] say that. Things like that happen in a game. If you’re playing hard and your defense is playing on the edge you’re going to have a few of those. We understand, and we’ll get them cleaned up a little bit, but we can live with those.”
RUNNING BACK EDDIE LACY:
(on playing without WRs Randall Cobb and James Jones) “You just have to come out and play. Those guys are big parts of our offense in the passing game, but sometimes you just have to roll with what you’ve got and we did that today. We proved that we have depth in that position.”
(on being able to run the ball and win in the sloppy weather) “It was a bit rough out there with the weather. There were a lot of guys falling around, but it was a good win for us. That’s three in a row now and we’ve got to keep going. Whenever the weather is like this – and it’s about to get a lot worse I assume – we know we can do it.”
(on his reaction when TE Jermichael Finley went down with an injury) “I’m always concerned whenever any player goes down, especially in the sense that he did. All we can do is pray and wish him the best.”
WIDE RECEIVER JORDY NELSON:
(on WR Jarrett Boykin’s performance) “He played well. Turn on the film and it will speak for itself. He made the most of his opportunity. We preach it all the time in our locker room. He had a great opportunity today and he’s going to have more down the road. It’s big for him to bounce back and have a great game. He and Aaron (Rodgers), their chemistry will continue to grow, and we expect more from him now.”
(on dealing with injuries and adversity) “We don’t get too high and we don’t get too low. We enjoy it when things are going well, but when things go bad we just expect someone to go out and make a play. That’s what we’re trying to stress to our young guys. I think the veterans here understand it. We don’t ever panic on the sidelines. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Do your job. You don’t need to do anything special because the team we have, we have enough play-makers on both sides of the ball.”
CORNERBACK TRAMON WILLIAMS:
(on relying on a number of young players on defense) “Those guys have proven themselves. Davon (House) has been here awhile. He’s been learning and he’s been getting his opportunity now and he’s showcasing what he can do. Micah (Hyde) had an excellent preseason for us and he’s getting an opportunity to get out there and get some snaps too. They’re playing well for us and that’s definitely a good sign.”
(on the defense’s overall performance) “We always feel like we can be better. We’ve played a few games now where the other team hasn’t scored (a touchdown) until the fourth quarter, so we’re trying to put together that game where we don’t give up a touchdown at all. But this is the NFL, and at the end of the day we were happy with our performance today.”
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