Matthews moves up to fifth-most sacks in NFL playoff history

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 8, 2017 – 10:30 pm

QB Aaron RodgersPACKERS TOP GIANTS IN NFC WILD CARD GAME
– Green Bay beat the Giants, 38-13, on Sunday in an NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field. It marks the third straight season that the Packers have won their opening playoff game, the longest streak by Green Bay since a five-season stretch from 1993-97.

– It marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons (2010-12, 2014-16) that the Packers have advanced to the Divisional round of the playoffs, tied with Seattle for the most in the NFC over that span.

– Sunday’s victory was Green Bay’s 33rd all-time win in the postseason, third most in league history behind Pittsburgh (35) and Dallas (34). It was the Packers’ 10th Wild Card win, the most in league annals.

– The 38 points scored by the Packers were the most in a postseason game since Jan. 15, 2011, at Atlanta (48-21). It ranks No. 5 in team history for most points in a playoff contest, with four of the top five scoring games coming under the direction of Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

– With the victory, McCarthy has led the Packers to nine wins in the postseason, tying Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren for the most in team history.

– Green Bay will go on the road next Sunday to face the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Divisional Playoff contest at 3:40 p.m. (CST). It will be the second postseason meeting between the teams in the last three years (2014 NFC Divisional) and the eighth meeting all-time in the playoffs.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– QB Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 40 passes for 362 yards and four TDs for a 125.2 rating. He has now posted a 110-plus rating in six of his 14 career playoff starts, tied for the most in NFL postseason history (Joe Montana, six in 23 starts; Tom Brady, six in 30 starts).

– Rodgers became just the fourth QB in NFL history to throw for 350-plus yards, four-plus TDs and no INTs in a playoff game (Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Alex Smith).

– Rodgers tied the single-game franchise playoff record with the four TD passes, and became the first QB in team history to have two four-TD passing games in the postseason (at Arizona, Jan. 10, 2010).

– Rodgers posted his sixth career playoff game with three-plus TD passes, the most in franchise history (Brett Favre, five). He also became the first NFL QB to throw four TD passes against the Giants in a postseason game.

– Rodgers registered his fifth career 300-yard game in the postseason as he further extended his franchise record.

– Rodgers’ 42-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb as time expired in the first half was the second-longest TD pass of Rodgers’ career in the postseason, trailing only his 46-yard TD to WR Davante Adams vs. Dallas (Jan. 11, 2015).

– In his last eight games (regular season and playoffs), Rodgers has completed 193 of 281 passes (68.7 percent) for 2,380 yards and 22 TDs with no INTs for a 120.7 rating.

– WR Randall Cobb tied the single-game NFL postseason record with three TD catches. The only other Packer with three TD catches in a playoff game was Sterling Sharpe (at Detroit, Jan. 8, 1994).

– Cobb became the first player in franchise history to register two TD catches of 30-plus yards (42, 30) in a playoff game.

– Cobb finished with 116 yards on five receptions, his second career 100-yard receiving game in the postseason. That ties him for No. 4 in team history behind three players with three (Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, Greg Jennings).

– WR Davante Adams led the Packers with eight catches for 125 yards (15.6 avg.) and a TD, the second 100-yard receiving game of his postseason career to move him into a tie for No. 4 in franchise annals.

– Adams’ eight receptions are tied for the fourth most in a game by a Packer in the playoffs (three players with nine).

– LB Clay Matthews registered a sack, giving him 11.0 for his career in the playoffs (No. 1 in team history). He moved into a tie with Charles Haley and LaMarr Woodley for the fifth-most sacks in NFL postseason history.

– LB Julius Peppers posted a sack in the second quarter, giving him at least one sack in each of his three postseasons with the Packers.

– CB Damarious Randall’s 78-yard INT return in the fourth quarter was the second longest in team playoff history, trailing only George Teague’s 101-yard return at Detroit on Jan. 8, 1994.

– K Mason Crosby made his lone FG attempt of the day, a 32-yarder in the third quarter, extending his NFL-record streak of consecutive FGs made in the postseason to 21.

– G T.J. Lang became the first player in franchise history to play in a postseason game in each of his first eight seasons in the league.


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McCarthy: ‘When Julius Peppers speaks, everybody listens’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 6, 2017 – 10:03 am

170106-mccarthy-950GREEN BAY — As has been the tradition under Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the team selected its playoff captains prior to Sunday’s Wild Card playoff matchup with the New York Giants.

For the third consecutive year, 15-year veteran Julius Peppers was among the six who were selected in addition to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right guard T.J. Lang, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, kicker Mason Crosby and defensive back Micah Hyde.

Peppers is the only player who isn’t a homegrown Packers prospect out of the six who were chosen. However, the nine-time Pro Bowler has grown into a respected member of the locker room during his three seasons in Green Bay.

“I think it shows the impact he has in our locker room,” McCarthy said. “To get a veteran player that late in his career, a Hall of Fame player in my opinion, his approach to the game is so professional. This is the first year we’ve held him out of practice, but he has a great work ethic in practice. When he speaks, everybody listens. He’s done a phenomenal job with our young players. He’s done a tremendous job during his time here in Green Bay.”

The Packers take a different approach with how they select their captains compared to most of the NFL. Each season, they rotate three different captains – offense, defense and special teams – during the regular season before having the team vote who will represent the Packers in the playoffs.

The honor comes added responsibility to the team.

“You put a little more on their plate than you do throughout the season,” McCarthy said. “We have a format where we select three captains weekly. When we go to six playoff captains, there’s more responsibility because the stakes are higher and as far as who speaks to the team.”

McCarthy said Thursday’s padded practice was one of the coldest the team has had during his time in Green Bay with wind chills hovering around minus-20 degrees.

However, he believes the frigid conditions should have the team prepared for whatever weather greets the Packers on Sunday.

On the injury front, McCarthy said both receiver Randall Cobb (ankle) and cornerback Damarious Randall (knee) are continuing to make progress leading into Saturday’s final practice.


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Aaron Ripkowski has shown ‘instincts of a runner’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 5, 2017 – 4:57 pm

170105-coordinators-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators met with the media late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a sampling of some of their key comments:

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett     

On FB Aaron Ripkowski:

First and foremost, it goes back to the instincts, understanding the blocking scheme helps, but the instincts of a runner and natural ability of a runner – he has a really good understanding of that. Then, you go back to what are you doing on your own? You go back to this last game against Detroit, he breaks tackles. It’s very, very difficult to take a big guy down who plays with good leverage and accelerates his feet on contact. Rip does an outstanding job of that.

On practicing outside:

It was pretty cold. It’s always good when you get an opportunity to practice in these type of elements. It helps as far as handling the football and getting acclimated.

On protecting the football:

Coach McCarthy talks about it all the time. You get what you emphasize. I think our guys understand the fundamentals. They understand that. It’s how we practice and the effort they put into it day-in and day-out speaks volumes. It certainly creates a habit.

On Giants safety Landon Collins:

Outstanding football player. He’s physical, tough, smart. He’s very good as far as tackling. Certainly, he’s a Pro Bowl safety. He shows up on tape.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers

On handling adversity as a head coach:

A lot of times you do your best coaching job during those times of adversity. Your message for the team, how consistent it is, you don’t waver – Mike (McCarthy) has done an outstanding job. What we’ve been able to do speaks to what Mike has done for this team. I don’t think there was anybody who questioned our ability to get things back on track. Every team is going to have bumps in the road. Our guys never wavered. We just stayed the course and kept lining up. Hopefully now that gives us a chance to do what we want to do and that’s finding a way to get a win over a good Giants team.

On whether LaDarius Gunter’s contributions have been a surprise:

It hasn’t because of his demeanor. I liked his demeanor since he came in. He doesn’t say a whole lot. He’s a quiet guy but he’s all business. He really competes on the practice field. That’s a quality at that position. You have to compete every down. The experience has really helped him and benefitted him as the season wore on.

On Giants’ improved run game:

Their offense is different now than when we played the first time. They’re running the ball more. They have Rashad Jennings back. Perkins gives them a little different style of a runner. They’re mixing the run and pass. When you have a guy like Beckham on the outside and his ability to make a big play, they spread the ball around. They’re a more versatile offense now.

Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook

On how Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy rallied team when it was 4-6:

I’ve done this for a long time. Sometimes it’s really been great and hasn’t been so good. I can’t say enough about the job Mike did. I know from my own experience, the energy the staff takes, he gave it. It was positive not only with the coaching staff, but the players as well. He didn’t flinch. He said this is what we have to do. This is what we have to get done. You keep doing what you have to do.

On returner Dwayne Harris:

Obviously, we played them a long time ago. They’re a little bit different. Our guys know how good he is as a returner. Our guys are going to have a great challenge. You have to tackle him to the ground. You can’t think you’re going to knock him down because he’s strong.

On whether Herb Waters could help on special teams:

He’s going to have to. Once again, I was watching him cover kickoffs in the Kansas City game. He’s been around. He’s a great attitude and effort. He’s a guy who wants an opportunity. He’s going to have to play.


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Packers to practice outside in the cold on Thursday

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 5, 2017 – 11:07 am

170105-mccarthy-950GREEN BAY — As usual when the Packers are preparing for a cold-weather game, they’ll do the 11-on-11 segments and some other portions of practice outside on Thursday at Ray Nitschke Field.

Temperatures are in the single digits in Green Bay on Thursday. Sunday’s high for the wild-card game against the Giants is expected to be in the teens, but the forecast has been dropping that number during the week.

“We’ll go outside. It’s a normal Thursday winter practice for us,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.  “We’ll do all the work indoor that we need to (first). We need the field space (in the Don Hutson Center) to do all individual drills and fundamentals and special teams work. We’ll go outside for the team, field goal, field goal block, and ball drills.”

The Packers have protected the football extremely well given the winter conditions they’ve played in during most of their six-game winning streak. Their only turnover was a fumbled snap early in the Houston game on Dec. 4.

WR Randall Cobb (ankle) and CB Damarious Randall (shoulder, knee) both returned to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis and are expected to practice again on Thursday. McCarthy said they both had “a good day” and their evaluations will continue.

The coaches are also taking a close look at DT Mike Pennel, who is coming off a four-game suspension and is practicing but has not yet been re-activated to the 53-man roster.

“We’re going to take the full week,” McCarthy said. “He’s working, and we’ll see where Mike is.”

One of the most-talked-about matchups for Sunday’s game involves Green Bay’s receivers and New York’s cornerbacks, led by Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple. The latter two were trying to play through injuries when the Packers and Giants met back in Week 5.

“They’ve got three corners that you’d classify as starting corners,” McCarthy said. “They match you coverage-wise, they match your routes and they’re aggressive with it. This is an excellent defense.”

McCarthy added the Packers would have options built into the game plan if the Giants decide to match up their top corner, Jenkins, on the Packers’ top receiver, Jordy Nelson. That’s a normal phase of preparation for any matchup.

“You have adjustments you may make in run game at the line of scrimmage, adjustments you may make in protection, and also with the routes,” McCarthy said. “That’s all part of the game.”

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McCarthy: Packers will promote CB Herb Waters from practice squad

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 4, 2017 – 2:05 pm

170104-waters-950GREEN BAY — The Packers are promoting converted cornerback Herb Waters from the practice squad, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said at his Wednesday news conference.

Waters (6-0, 188) initially went to training camp with the Packers as an undrafted receiver out of Miami (Fla.), but converted to cornerback after signing onto the team’s practice squad at the beginning of the regular season.

A college teammate of Packers’ second-year cornerback LaDarius Gunter, Waters started 20 of 47 games played for the Hurricanes, totaling 99 receptions for 1,534 yards (15.5 avg.) and nine TDs.

The Packers will place cornerback Makinton Dorleant (knee) on injured reserve to make room for Waters on the 53-man roster.

“It’s a great credit to Herb and a credit to (cornerbacks coach) Joe Whitt,” McCarthy said. “He’s a young man with a lot in front of him. I’m excited for him personally. I know what he’s put into it. He’s worked his tail off. You talk about practice squad players and what they have to do in practice. It’s about opportunities and Herb has done a great job of making the switch and doing the extra stuff.”

McCarthy said cornerback Quinten Rollins has entered the concussion protocol after being carted off the field during last Sunday’s 31-24 win over Detroit.

Receiver Randall Cobb and cornerback Damarious Randall will try to practice during Wednesday’s practice, according to McCarthy. Cobb has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, while Randall exited against the Lions with a knee injury.


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Two battle-tested teams facing off on Sunday night

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 30, 2016 – 9:55 am

161230-stafford-950GREEN BAY — The Lions have been conditioned for comebacks with eight of their nine wins this season coming after they’ve trailed in the fourth quarter.

It takes a lot composure to endure those close calls, which is why Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy is preparing his team for a 60-minute battle during Sunday night’s NFC North showdown in Detroit.

“They do a heck of a job staying the course,” McCarthy said. “You have success winning a certain way. You do it once and do it twice. You stack success. It’s not how you get there. It’s that’s you get there. That’s been their process. It’s benefited them winning those close games.”

The Packers might not have the litany of fourth-quarter comebacks that the Lions do, but they’ve been battle-tested after having to shake off a 4-6 start to put themselves in position to capture their fifth division title in six years.

McCarthy is pleased with his team’s mindset based on what he’s seen in the team’s two practices this week.

“I thought the two days of practice, the energy was excellent,” McCarthy said. “The padded practice we were able to do a lot of fundamental work, especially with the younger players. The team periods were pretty good.”

The Packers held receiver Randall Cobb out to help rest the ankle injury that sidelined him in Saturday’s 38-25 win over Minnesota. McCarthy said he’s hopeful Cobb might be able to take some reps during the team’s final practice on Saturday.

McCarthy also confirmed it was his decision to hold out linebacker Julius Peppers from Thursday’s practice, a continuation of the team’s plan to taper the 36-year-old pass-rusher.

Peppers is second on the team with 7½ sacks this season.

“I know he doesn’t like to miss practice. I felt it was the best thing for him,” McCarthy said.


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Ty Montgomery has ‘an internal flame’ to his game

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 29, 2016 – 5:27 pm

161229-montgomery-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators plus offensive assistant coaches met with the media late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a sampling of some of their key comments:

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett

On what Aaron Rodgers getting healthier means for offense:

More flexibility. Obviously he’s going to do whatever he takes to put us in position to win the game. That’s what it comes down to. He’s probably the most competitive player in the NFL as far as who he is and how he goes about it.

Associate coach/offense Tom Clements

On high-stakes games:

It’s a playoff game, really. That’s the mentality you have to have. You’re playing for something and want to play next week. Everyone knows how important the game is.

On Rodgers’ interception-less streak:

It’s everything. It’s protection, guys running the right routes, and obviously Aaron making the correct decision. Sometimes you get an interception when you do everything right and defender makes a great play. Everyone plays a part in it. A large share of the credit goes to him.

On Geronimo Allison:

Everyone was excited about the possibilities he could bring to the offense. He’s a young guy, still learning but he works hard. His play speed is very fast. He takes two steps and he’s going full speed. The game is not too big for him. He’s been a positive for us.

Offensive line coach James Campen

On T.J. Lang getting selected to his first Pro Bowl:

I’m just very proud of him. Obviously I felt the statement of Coach McCarthy, it’s long overdue in my opinion. It’s an honor that fits the player. He plays hard. He’s dependable. He cares a lot about his team. … I think he’s gotten better every year. He’s certainly one that’ll tell you he’s never topped out and at the peak of his profession. Just his awareness and the fact he’s playing a lot. He’s been pretty darn good for a few years now.

On Jason Spriggs’ versatility this season:

He’s done a good job. Things don’t affect him. The game isn’t too big for him. He did a good job. He played guard those two weeks. He played against a quality opponent. He improved and that’s what you look for. He’s just ready to go. That’s a credit to him.

Receivers coach Luke Getsy

On Geronimo Allison’s development:

Since he got here, he’s been an impressive young man. His approach. His instincts. His natural football sense and ability to pick up on things quickly. That’s evolved since he got here. Once he was able to get a good grasp of the entire offense, it made opportunities show for him now. Every time we give him an opportunity, he seems to take advantage of it.

On Jordy Nelson playing in the slot:

Everybody in our room has the ability to play every position. The ability to move somebody around doesn’t allow the defense to dictate what they want to do to you. He’s a guy who can handle that as much as anything. He’s another coach on the field for us.

On Ty Montgomery moving to running back:

That’s special. That’s unique to do what he did and what he’s done, and what he’s doing. I think Randall has that natural ability with the ball in his hand but obviously he isn’t as big of a guy as Ty, and we’ve needed him.

Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt

On Rodgers’ recent stretch:

He has a great feel for everybody. The plays are being called, the guys are playing really well around him. I don’t know if there’s anything around him that I see differently. … I don’t feel like he’s a different guy now than he was in September. I just think that’s the way the game is.

Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio

On Jared Cook:

I think it’s a testament to him in staying involved. It’s always hard when you’re not out there with your teammates. He’s more comfortable with what Aaron expects and getting on the same page. The more comfortable he gets, the faster he plays.

On how Cook impacts the way defenses matchup against offense:

Typically you try to create matchups. If teams are going to leave corners on a tight end, they’re typically in zone. If they’re in zone, it’s going to create matchups inside. Anytime you’re in zone coverage, you expose linebackers. If you get linebackers on receivers, that’s usually a pretty good matchup.

On Richard Rodgers’ TD catch:

Awesome. His family was here. His girlfriend was here. Aaron did a hell of a job looking off the safety. Rich did a great job stretching Harrison Smith. It was a well-executed play. … The thing about Rich is he’s consistent and steady, and he’s going to be in the right spot. You see that since he’s been here since his rookie year.

Running backs coach Ben Sirmans

On Ty Montgomery’s transition to running back:

I think probably the biggest thing is how competitive he is and anything he’s asked to do, he wants to be perfect at it. If you put him in a challenging situation, the way he’s going to go about it and attack it is to make sure he’s the best at what he’s doing.

On where that competitiveness comes from:

Just having the opportunity to hear the stories about his upbringing and getting a chance to meet his mom. He has an internal flame that burns in him that he wants to be successful. He wants to succeed.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers

On high-stakes games:

I think it always helps if you have veterans who have been in these type of games before. They understand the focus that you need. Obviously, you have good teams playing this time of the year. So the margin for error goes down. You have to try to make sure you take care of business. The opponent is going to make their plays. You have to make your plays when you have the opportunities.

On getting the combination of Nick Perry and Clay Matthews back in the pass rush:

Last week it was nice to have them both back. I thought they impacted the game in their own ways. Nick will still have a club on his hands. I thought Clay made strides with what he has been able to do.

Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook

On Andre Roberts as a returner:

He runs strong with the ball. If you watch, he breaks tackles. He’s shifty. He has great vision, great acceleration. He runs away from people. Whatever speed he is, he gets there in one step. The thing we showed all week is how he break tackles.


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Lions’ passing attack has changed without Megatron

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 29, 2016 – 10:56 am

161229-tate-950GREEN BAY — It was a given going into the season that Detroit’s passing game would be different without WR Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, who retired after 2015.

But the Lions have compensated for the absence of a future Hall of Famer about as well as any team could.

QB Matthew Stafford has completed at least 50 passes to five different pass-catchers in 2016, led by WR Golden Tate, whose production has been complemented by WRs Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin, TE Eric Ebron and RB Theo Riddick.

“Their passing game has definitely evolved,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said before Thursday’s practice. “They’ve gotten more people involved. They had a commitment to Calvin and rightly so. I find they’re tougher to prepare for when you play wide open and you throw the ball to the guy that gets open. I think it’s definitely helped their passing game and helped them schematically with how they challenge the defense.”

Regarding Thursday’s practice, which will be in full pads, McCarthy said RB Christine Michael would be back after being excused on Wednesday for a personal matter. LB Julius Peppers would probably rest for a second straight day, while RB James Starks (concussion) has been in meetings and is “making progress.”

As the Packers prepare to play in a dome stadium for the first time in two months, McCarthy said Detroit’s Ford Field holds plenty of noise even though it doesn’t have a reputation for being as loud as other indoor venues.

“It’s definitely a challenge when you go over there,” McCarthy said. “I think it would be a great place to watch a game. It’s a very unique setting. I’ve always felt it was a very difficult place to play.”

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McCarthy: ‘We feel our season is just getting started’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 28, 2016 – 2:06 pm

161228-rodgers-ford-field-950GREEN BAY — While all the outside talk is about playoff scenarios and positioning, the Packers are keeping their focus set on only one thing entering the final week of the regular season.

Beating the Detroit Lions.

A win over the Lions would mean a fifth NFC North championship in six years for Green Bay and the right to host a wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field.

As much hype is building around the Packers’ five-game winning streak, Head Coach Mike McCarthy is concentrated more on the getting the team’s 10th victory than the path Green Bay took to bounce back from a 4-6 start.

“I’m not really here to talk about season review. We feel our season is just getting started,” McCarthy said. “We understand what we needed to do to get to this point. This is about beating the Lions, beating them in that dome. It’s a tough place to play. … We’re about beating the Lions. That’s what we’re focused on.”

This will be the first time the Packers have played in a dome since traveling to Atlanta in Week 8, amplifying the importance of the team’s preparation inside the Don Hutson Center this week.

McCarthy said the team had a lot of excitement when it returned on Wednesday. The players will get a chance to unleash some of that energy when the Packers hit the practice field at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Packers-Lions game will be the 256th and final regular season game of the 2016 season after the NFL decided to flex it to Sunday Night Football earlier this week.

Although the rest of the NFL action will be wrapped up by the time the game kicks off, McCarthy said he doesn’t plan on doing anything different with his team during the day of the game.

“We’re going to do everything the way we normally do it,” McCarthy said. “I’ll be working on my call sheet at that time and doing everything I normally do. We haven’t played in a dome since Oct. 30. I’m getting ready to play in this environment.”

McCarthy didn’t have many updates to the injury report, but said he is expecting second-year cornerback LaDarius Gunter to play against the Lions after leaving with an elbow injury during the Packers’ 38-25 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

Receiver Randall Cobb, who missed the Vikings’ game with an ankle injury, will be a part of the rehab group during Wednesday’s practice.


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Jordy Nelson climbs the Packers record books

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 24, 2016 – 5:40 pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers & WR Jordy NelsonPACKERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH 38-25 VICTORY OVER VIKINGS
– The Packers (9-6) posted their fifth straight win with a 38-25 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay finishes the regular season with a 6-2 record at Lambeau Field, the 10th straight season (2007-16) that the Packers have been .500 or better at home.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in three straight games, their first time doing so since 2013 (Weeks 15-17).

– Green Bay improved to 21-3 (.875) at home in the month of December under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. That winning percentage ranks tied for No. 1 in the league since 2006 (New England).

– The Packers did not turn the ball over for the third straight game and the fourth time in the last five contests. Green Bay has posted a plus-12 turnover differential over the last three games.

– With two TDs on Saturday, QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson set the franchise record for the most productive TD combination (59) as the duo surpassed Brett Favre/Antonio Freeman (57).

– The Packers will go on the road next Sunday to face the Detroit Lions for the NFC North title. It will be the first time since 1993 that Green Bay has ended the regular season with a game in Detroit.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 77,856, the 326th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 347 yards to bring his season total to 4,128, the sixth 4,000-yard passing season of his career. That sets the franchise record as he surpassed Brett Favre’s mark of five 4,000-yard seasons.

– Rodgers threw four TD passes on Saturday, giving him 36 for the year, his franchise-record fourth season (2011-12, 2014, 2016) with 35-plus TD passes (Favre, three, 1995-97).

– Rodgers now has three games this season with four-plus TD passes and zero INTs, tied for the most in a season franchise history with his own mark set in 2011 and Favre’s total in 1995.

– Rodgers now has five seasons with 4,000-plus passing yards and 30-plus passing TDs, further extending his team mark.

– With 28 completions, Rodgers set the single-season franchise record with 374 on the season, surpassing Favre’s mark of 372 in 2005.

– With 13 rushing yards on Saturday, Rodgers eclipsed the 2,500-yard rushing mark (2,502) for his career. He became just the fourth QB in NFL history to post 35,000-plus passing yards and 2,500-plus rushing yards in his career, joining Fran Tarkenton, John Elway and Donovan McNabb as the only players to accomplish that feat.

– Rodgers has not thrown an interception in the last six games, tying the franchise record (min. 15 att.). He had six-game streaks in 2014 and 2014-15 and QB Bart Starr had a six-game streak in 1964. Rodgers has not thrown an INT in his last 206 attempts, six shy of his career high (212) set in 2014 (second-best mark to Starr’s streak of 294).

– Rodgers has 10 zero-INT games this season (min. 15 att.), the third time in his career with 10-plus zero-INT games (13 in 2014, 12 in 2009). The only other QB in team history to have 10 in a season was Starr (10) in 1964.

– In 17 career starts at Lambeau Field in the month of December, Rodgers has completed 359 of 531 passes (67.6 percent) for 4,743 yards and 43 TDs with five INTs for a 118.7 passer rating. The Packers have won 16 straight games at Lambeau Field in December with Rodgers as the starter.

– WR Jordy Nelsons two TD catches on Saturday gave him 14 for the season, making him the first player in franchise history to register 13-plus TD catches in three different seasons (2011, 2014, 2016). He is the only player in the NFL with three seasons of 13-plus TD receptions since 2011.

– Nelson’s two TD grabs brought his career total to 63 as he moved past WR Donald Driver (61) for sole possession of the No. 3 spot in team annals.

– Nelson had nine catches on Saturday, giving him 491 for his career as he moved past Don Hutson (488) for No. 4 in team history.

– Nelson has 91 catches on the season, his third straight season with 85-plus receptions. He joined WR Sterling Sharpe (1992-94) as the only players in team history to do so.

– Nelson posted his 25th career 100-yard game (154 yards) as he moved past Hutson (24) for sole possession of the No. 3 spot in franchise history.

– WR Davante Adams20-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his 10th of the season, making him and Nelson just the second duo in team history to both record 10-plus TD catches in the same season (Nelson and WR Randall Cobb in 2014).

– LB Nick Perry posted two sacks on Saturday to bring his season total to 10. He became the 11th player in team history (since 1982) to register a double-digit sack total in a season.

– WR Geronimo Allison started as the third WR, the first start of his NFL career.


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