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  • 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
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM CST Live McCarthy, Rodgers press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers will be available to the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium at the conclusion of the Packers-Patriots game.
  • Mon., Dec. 01, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Bakhtiari, Jones appearance Packers David Bakhtiari and Datone Jones are scheduled to appear at the Big Red Kettle at Bay Park Square Mall on behalf of the Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign.
    Big Red Kettle, Bay Park Square Mall

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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Pregame warmup: Will Packers come home in first place all alone?

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 23, 2014 – 11:01 am

MINNEAPOLIS — The Packers have a chance to end the day in first place all alone in the NFC North for the first time this season.

While the Packers (7-3) will be playing the Vikings (4-6), the Detroit Lions, who are tied for first with Green Bay, will be in Foxboro, Mass., taking on the New England Patriots.

A Packers win and a Lions loss would move Green Bay into first by itself, a post the Packers haven’t held since QB Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-down, game-winning TD pass in Week 17 at Chicago last year.

The Lions currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Packers by virtue of their Week 3 victory in Detroit, and the two teams meet again in Week 17. In order for the Packers to win the NFC North without having to beat the Lions in Week 17, Green Bay will have to be two games ahead in the standings heading into that game.

Injury update: The Packers will be without LB Nick Perry (shoulder) today, which will mean some changes to the defensive rotations. Mike Neal will likely get more snaps at outside linebacker, while Clay Matthews also could play more outside rather than inside with Perry sidelined.

On the Vikings’ side, DT Sharrif Floyd is out with a knee injury, which could be a significant absence for Minnesota’s front four. Also, RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is out, meaning newcomer Ben Tate — signed just this past week — could see some action as Jerick McKinnon’s backup.

Weather: Temperatures in Minneapolis are in the low 40s with light winds. It’s expected to be foggy early in the game, turning to cloudy later, but the chances of rain predicted earlier in the week for this game appear to have diminished.

Outdoor football: For the first time since 1981, the Packers and Vikings are playing a game on Minnesota soil outside. TCF Bank Stadium is the temporary home for the Vikings while they wait for their new stadium to be built on the former site of the Metrodome.

For a short trip down memory lane in the Packers-Vikings rivalry, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

TV map: Here’s a look at the FOX TV map for the noon CT kickoffs.

Map courtesy of 506sports.com

 

 


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LB Nick Perry out Sunday; Packers-Vikings inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 23, 2014 – 10:30 am

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
24 CB Jarrett Bush
53 LB Nick Perry
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
83 WR Jeff Janis
86 TE Brandon Bostick

Minnesota Vikings
44 RB Matt Asiata
48 FB Zach Line
56 LB Mike Mauti
58 LB Brandon Watts
66 G David Yankey
72 G Austin Wentworth
73 DT Sharrif Floyd


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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Vikings: Sitton, Guion and B. Jones

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 23, 2014 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be G Josh Sitton (offense), DT Letroy Guion (defense) and LB Brad Jones (special teams).


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Injury update: CB Davon House listed as probable

Posted by Tyler Gajewski on November 22, 2014 – 12:17 pm

Packers CB Davon House (illness) has been added to the injury report and is PROBABLE for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.


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News now! Nick Perry, Datone Jones both questionable for Sunday

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 21, 2014 – 12:13 pm

141121-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Two defensive regulars in linebacker Nick Perry and defensive lineman Datone Jones are both listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday’s game.

Perry hasn’t practiced all week due to a shoulder injury. Mike McCarthy said on Friday that if he practices on Saturday, he’ll be a limited participant.

“He’s improving,” McCarthy said. “(He) probably (needs to) get out there tomorrow and get through the practice (in order to play).”

If Perry can’t play, snaps would likely rise for Mike Neal at outside linebacker. Clay Matthews (groin) is probable and could be in line for more snaps outside than inside. Rookie Jayrone Elliott (hamstring) is also questionable.

“It’ll adjust, no doubt,” McCarthy said of the defensive rotations. “Certain reps will go to different players. We’re prepared for that. That’s why you operate in different personnel groups through the week, which we have. We’ll be ready either way.”

Meanwhile Jones on Thursday re-injured the same ankle that forced him to miss three games earlier this season.

“We’ll see how tomorrow goes, see what he can do,” McCarty said.

McCarthy also was asked about cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. having his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the head-coaching position at Troy University in Alabama. Longtime Troy coach Larry Blakeney is retiring after the season. Whitt is an Alabama native.

“This is that time of year,” McCarthy said. “Joe’s an outstanding football coach. What he’s done with the corners speaks for itself. Anytime you see one of your assistants involved in career advancement, you’re happy for them. I’m not going to speak on any job or individual in detail, but this is an excellent coaching staff this program has benefited from, and it’s good to see people recognize that.”

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