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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-49ers game

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 2, 2015 – 10:00 am

151001-daniels-950 Kickoff: Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3:25 p.m. CT

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass. Out-of-market fans can watch the game LIVE with NFL GamePass. Start your free trial today.

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.

– FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.

– Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.

– Compass Media Networks will air the game across the country. Matt Smith (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) will call the action and Jon Rothstein will host the pre, half, and post game shows.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 715.


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News now! James Jones, Packers perfect fit for each other

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 2, 2015 – 8:44 am

blog-header-imageGREEN BAY — James Jones is heading home, but not to play for the Raiders, as he did last year. He’s going back to San Jose with the team that originally drafted him out of San Jose.

“Just watching the tape of James at Oakland, and more so his time in New York during the preseason, he looked very similar to his time in Green Bay. I thought he would flow right into the offense, as he did in the past,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of the Packers wide receiver, who was released twice before signing with the team that drafted him and with whom he enjoyed the best years of his career.

Life is good, again, for Jones, who has four touchdown catches through the first three weeks of the season. Jones needed the Packers as much as the Packers needed Jones.

The Packers’ need is the result of injuries at the wide receiver position, beginning with the loss of Jordy Nelson for the season. Since then, Nelson’s replacement, Davante Adams, has fallen to an ankle injury that has cost him time and sounds as though it will cause him to miss Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

“He’s going to have to jump through some hoops tomorrow,” McCarthy said on Friday.

Packers.com will provide a full report following locker room interviews.

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News now! Aaron Rodgers even helping Packers defense

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 1, 2015 – 10:53 am

151001-nn1-650GREEN BAY — The great Aaron Rodgers cadence caper becomes more interesting every day. Coach Mike McCarthy even went so far as to credit Rodgers’ hard count skills for helping the Packers defense.

“He’s good at it. He’s improved on it over time. The whole unit has improved at it. It’s something that’s practiced. It’s great work for our defense,” McCarthy said, referring to the Packers defense coping with hard-count tactics used against it.

49ers Head Coach Jim Tomsula said he has a game-long tape of Rodgers causing free-play offsides, making the hard-count topic a feature attraction for Sunday’s game between the Packers and 49ers.

The Packers are on a short week. That’s their hot topic.

“The energy is great. I’ve been impressed. This is a huge mental preparation week for us. This is a big hurdle, playing on Monday night and then traveling to the West Coast. This is a huge challenge for us,” McCarthy said.

Under Tomsula, previously the 49ers’ defensive line coach, the 49ers have switched to black home uniforms.

“You want it to represent the head coach,” McCarthy said of a team’s playing style. “The attitude he brings to work, you can see that in his football team. They’re still a physical bunch. The black uniforms are different.”

Click here for Packers.com’s full report following practice and locker room interviews.

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News now! Pittsburgh guys meet in San Francisco

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 30, 2015 – 11:19 am

150930-nn1-650GREEN BAY — Pittsburgh meets Pittsburgh in San Francisco — or thereabouts — this Sunday.

“Jimmy’s a heckuva football coach. I’m very proud of what he’s accomplished. He always brings a blue collar approach and I think you see that with his team,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said of first-year 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula. The coaches are from neighboring communities in Pittsburgh.

“I remember when he was coming up. He was a good player. He’s worked his way up through the system,” McCarthy said of Tomsula. “There’s a big presence from Western Pa. in the NFL. We all take pride in that.”

McCarthy will be armed with the best quarterback in the league, Aaron Rodgers, who’s currently playing the best football of his career. Tomsula’s quarterback is Colin Kaepernick, who’s struggled early this season but is 3-0 vs. the Packers, including two playoff wins.

“He’s a dynamic player. We’ve had issues with him in the past. He’s a different type of quarterback to prepare for,” McCarthy said of Kaepernick, a read-option quarterback known more for his running than his passing.

McCarthy was asked if Rodgers might run the read-option.

“He makes too much money to run the option,” McCarthy said. “Aaron Rodgers is really in the groove. Really, our football team, coming out of the offseason program, we felt really good. They’ve really been in sync.”

Davante Adams wasn’t expected to practice on Wednesday; he reinjured his ankle on Monday night. Jeff Janis takes on a greater presence in Adams’ absence.

“Jeff Janis is doing a heckuva job. He’s definitely making the leap. He’s definitely a part of the flow of our offense,” McCarthy said.

Click here for Packers.com’s full report following practice and locker room interviews.

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Randall Cobb’s 16 TD catches since 2014 tied for No. 1 in NFL

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 29, 2015 – 1:22 am

150928-packers-chiefs-biever-final-300PACKERS TOP CHIEFS, 38-28, TO IMPROVE TO 3-0 ON THE SEASON
– The Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-28, on Monday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 3-0 on the season. It marks Green Bay’s first 3-0 start since 2011 and the third 3-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007).

– Including playoffs, the Packers have now won 11 consecutive games at Lambeau Field, which is tied for the second-longest home winning streak under McCarthy (11 from 2012-13, 13 from 2010-11).

– Green Bay improved to 16-3 in regular-season prime-time games under McCarthy, including wins in 14 of the last 15.

– The Packers led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter tonight. Dating back to 2014, Green Bay has outscored its opponents  120-24 in the first quarter at Lambeau Field, and has held double-digit leads in seven of 10 games.

– Green Bay outgained the Chiefs, 150 yards to 3 yards, in the first quarter.

– The Packers posted their second zero-turnover game this season. Green Bay has turned the ball over once this season, the fewest through the first three games since it posted the same number in 2009.

– Green Bay rushed for 123 yards as a team on 32 carries (3.8 avg.), its third straight 120-yard rushing game this season. It marks the first time since 1996 that the Packers have posted 120-plus rushing yards in each of the first three games.

– The Packers will head west in Week 4 to take on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, Green Bay’s first visit to Levi’s Stadium. Including playoffs, this will be the fifth meeting between the clubs since 2012.


– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,214, the 311th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– With 35 passing attempts and five TDs with zero interceptions, QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown 486 passes and 43 TD passes during the regular season at Lambeau Field without an interception (including playoffs, 580 attempts and 48 TD passes), further extending his NFL records.

– Rodgers tied an NFL record (Kurt Warner, 1999-2000) by posting a 100-plus passer rating (138.5) and 15-plus attempts (35) in his 10th straight regular-season home game.

– Rodgers threw five TD passes, the fourth game of his career with five-plus TD passes, a franchise record (Brett Favre, three).

– Rodgers has 15 games with four-plus TD passes since 2010, second to only Saints QB Drew Brees (16) over that span.

– With 10 TD passes/zero INTs this season, Rodgers joins Peyton Manning (12/0, 2013) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 10-plus TD passes and no INTs in the first three games of the season.

– Rodgers has not thrown an INT in 16 of the last 19 regular-season games.

– WR James Jones became the fourth Packer since the merger and the first since TE Keith Jackson (1996) to catch four TD passes in the first three games of the season. He became the first Green Bay WR to have four receiving TDs in the first three games since James Lofton in 1983.

– Jones has caught at least one TD pass in each of the first three games, the first Green Bay player to do so since TE Bubba Franks in 2001.

– Jones caught seven passes for a team-high 139 yards (19.9 avg.) and a TD, the third-best single-game yardage output of his career.

– WR Randall Cobb caught a career-high three TD passes, the first Packer to register three TD catches in a game since Jones did so at Chicago on Dec. 16, 2012.

– Cobb has 16 TD catches since 2014, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.

– WR Ty Montgomery scored the first TD of his career on an 8-yard pass from Rodgers in the first quarter.

– RB Alonzo Harris posted a 16-yard run on his first NFL carry.

– LB Clay Matthews recorded a team-high two sacks, the 13th two-sack game of his career. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).

– LB Jayrone Elliott registered the first sack of his career when he brought down QB Alex Smith for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.

– LB Joe Thomas posted his first career sack when he brought Smith down for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter.

– The Packers posted a season-high seven sacks as a team, their most since recording seven at Tampa Bay last season in Week 16.

– Green Bay registered a sack in its 39th regular-season consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.

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News now! Packers hold on for 38-28 win over KC

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2015 – 10:57 pm

150928-q4-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers threw for five touchdowns and the Packers continued their fast start to the season by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-28, at Lambeau Field on Monday night.

The Packers built a big lead and held on against a late rush by the Chiefs. The Packers defense was suffocating until the Chiefs posted their biggest yardage numbers of the game in the fourth quarter.

Randall Cobb caught three touchdown passes and James Jones led the Packers with 139 yards receiving.

At 3-0, the Packers hold a one-game lead over the Vikings in the NFC North, and will play in San Francisco this Sunday.





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News now! Packers continue dominance of Chiefs

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2015 – 10:00 pm

150928-q3-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — The Packers defense and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued their dominance of the Chiefs and took a 31-14 lead into the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on Monday night.

Kansas City’s offense was reduced to seven possessions of three or fewer plays through three quarters. Meanwhile, Rodgers had thrown for 259 yards and four touchdowns.

Midway through the quarter, Sam Shields intercepted an Alex Smith pass and returned it 15 yards to the Chiefs 4-yard line. One play later, Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, Cobb’s second TD grab of the night.

The Chiefs scored on a 5-yard pass from Smith to Jeremy Maclin with :56 to play in the third quarter.


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News now! Packers extend lead to 24-7 at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 28, 2015 – 9:01 pm

150928-q2-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — Other than a brief successful drive for the Chiefs, the second quarter remained all Packers as they opened up a 24-7 halftime lead on Monday night at Lambeau Field.

After gaining just three yards of offense in the first quarter, the Chiefs found some life. Taking over on their own 39-yard line after the Packers went for it on fourth-and-5 and threw incomplete, the Chiefs wasted no time. A 38-yard pass from QB Alex Smith to TE Travis Kelce, plus an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Packers CB Casey Hayward, moved the ball all the way to the Green Bay 9-yard line. Two plays later, RB Jamaal Charles powered into the end zone to make it 14-7 with 12:02 left in the half.

The Packers responded right away to push the lead back to double digits. A 27-yard catch-and-run by WR Randall Cobb got the Packers across midfield, and a 13-yard run by RB Eddie Lacy got the ball near the red zone. On third-and-2 from the KC 22, QB Aaron Rodgers was hit from behind and fumbled the ball, with the Chiefs recovering, but CB Marcus Cooper was flagged for illegal contact downfield, wiping out the turnover and giving the ball back to Green Bay.

The Packers didn’t fully take advantage, though, as WR Ty Montgomery was called for offensive pass interference on a wide-receiver screen that Cobb caught and took into the end zone. An ensuing third-down sack brought on K Mason Crosby for a 44-yard FG. That made it 17-7 with 6:15 left in the half.

The Chiefs went three-and-out for the fourth time in five drives, giving the Packers one more chance in the half.

An 11-yard scramble by Rodgers picked up one first down, and a 15-yard pass to Cobb earned another, and Rodgers caught the Chiefs with 12 men on the field for the second time in the game to move the chains again. Then, with the Chiefs having jumped offside, Rodgers took advantage of the free play as he so often does, firing a 26-yard TD pass to WR James Jones for a 24-7 lead with 56 ticks left.

It was Jones’ fourth TD reception of the season in three games. It was Rodgers’ third TD pass of the night, and put him over 200 passing yards in the half.


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Packers defense three yards and a cloud of dust

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2015 – 8:57 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfNicholas from Superior, WI

They’re getting everyone involved today, aren’t they?

The Packers are showing off their roster. How about Alonzo Harris?

Steve from Austin, TX

My stat of the first quarter with two minutes left is 74 pass yards and 74 rush yards. What’s yours?

The Packers defense only allowed three yards in the first quarter.

Ryan from London, England

If you could draw up a perfect quarter, it would look like that first quarter.

It’s difficult to draw up four of those.

Brian from Fond du lac, WI

Vic, we’re up 14-0. Now let me school you on how to win in the NFL in the post-1969 era: not good enough. Crunch time is now. What you do in the next 10 minutes will have a profound impact on the rest of the game. Thirty-five points is the new three-point lead.

You can count on that every week?

Brad from Spirit Lake, IA

Vic, I finally understand. I’m not chortling, but on our second commanding drive down the field, I thought to myself, “I really hope this isn’t a runaway. I want to see the starters excel in the fourth quarter.” Thank you.

Brian wants a runaway. He’s afraid of crunch time.

Todd from Sheboygan Falls, WI

On that first drive, Randall Cobb put on a blocking clinic. I hope he feels great about doing his job. Who do you think is more versatile, Randall now or Hines Ward in his prime?

Oh, Randall, of course. Ward only knocked guys out.

Mike from McFarland, WI

Give Capers a raise!

Let’s start by giving him the respect he deserves.

Tanner from Suwanee, GA

The Packers have scored in the first quarter in 19 straight games. Players or plays?

Would you like to try it without Aaron Rodgers?

Lars from Aalborg, Denmark

Good game to get up in the middle of the night for. It seems like Nate Palmer is doing really well as middle linebacker with Matthews. How do you see him so far?

He made an outstanding tackle on Jamaal Charles on a screen pass.

Julie from Brooklyn, NY

I’m seeing a lot of red, Vic. What would you say the ratio of fans is tonight?

Ratio? I don’t know, but there are a lot, I mean a whole lot, of people in this crowd wearing Chiefs jerseys. I’m stunned. I never knew the Chiefs to travel that well.

Cindy from Hawthorn Woods, IL

Vic, players are intense, fans are loud. That 3:52 has created an edge in Packer nation and I like it.

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News now! Packers lead, 14-0, after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 28, 2015 – 8:12 pm

150928-q1-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — The Packers were playing at peak performance on both sides of the ball and held a 14-0 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs following one quarter of play at Lambeau Field on Monday night.

The Chiefs won the toss and deferred their choice. Following an exchange of three-and-out possessions, the Packers began a drive at their 31-yard line, but without wide receiver Davante Adams, who reinjured his ankle attempting to catch a pass in the first series of the game. His return was announced as questionable.

After crossing midfield, Aaron Rodgers completed a pass to James Jones for 12 yards. On the next play, Rodgers shoveled a pass to Eddie Lacy and Lacy rumbled for 26 yards to the Chiefs’ 8-yard line.

The Packers scored on the next play, on a pass from Rodgers to rookie wide receiver Ty Montgomery. The Packers led, 7-0, with 9:44 to play in the first quarter.

Kansas City responded with a 54-yard kickoff return by Knile Davis, but from the Packers 48 the Chiefs lost three yards in three plays and were forced to punt.

From their 11, the Packers began a drive that included a third-down conversion when Rodgers caught the Chiefs with 12 men on the field. After crossing midfield, a screen pass to James Starks gained 19 yards to the Chiefs 30.

The Packers continued to poke holes in the Chiefs’ front, and Alonzo Harris ran for 16 yards to the 8. Rodgers carried to the 3. On the next play, Rodgers threw to Randall Cobb for a touchdown, 14-0.


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