Packers thank fans for support in 2015

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 17, 2016 – 2:40 pm


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News now! Packers’ season ends in OT, 26-20

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 16, 2016 – 10:41 pm

160116-q4-OT-in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — The overtime lasted all of 65 seconds.

The Cardinals won the overtime coin toss and took the ball. On the first play, Arizona QB Carson Palmer scrambled out of trouble and threw back across the field to WR Larry Fitzgerald, who weaved and darted his way for 75 yards in all, to the Green Bay 5-yard line.

On second-and-goal, Palmer threw a shovel pass to Fitzgerald for a 5-yard TD, and the Cardinals won, 26-20, ending the Packers’ season.

For the game, Fitzgerald finished with eight catches for 176 yards as Palmer completed 25 of 41 passes for 349 yards with three TDs and two INTs.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was 24-of-44 for 261 yards with two TDs and one INT.

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News now! Packers stay alive on Hail Mary TD, go to overtime

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 16, 2016 – 10:29 pm

160116-q4-ok-in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Packers tied the game on a 41-yard Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation, sending the NFC divisional playoff to overtime tied at 20.

Janis’ miracle catch capped an 85-yard drive in the final two minutes, the Packers’ second successful Hail Mary of the season. Janis caught two passes for 101 yards on the final drive, which included a sack and a penalty on Green Bay.

Prior to the craziness …

Starting the fourth quarter on the Green Bay 28, Arizona got a first-and-goal after an 18-yard pass to WR John Brown. But on the very next snap, QB Carson Palmer tried to loft a high fade to the corner of the end zone for Brown, and Packers rookie CB Damarious Randall picked it off.

The Packers responded with two first downs, getting an 11-yard catch by TE Richard Rodgers and a 9-yard run by James Starks, but then had to punt.

The Cardinals got right back to work, hitting Brown for a 21-yard gain just over the outstretched hands of LB Jake Ryan. WR Larry Fitzgerald added a 13-yard pass for a first down across midfield, and a pair of 9-yard passes to WR Michael Floyd and Brown converted on back-to-back third-and-4s.

On first down at the Green Bay 19, CB Sam Shields had a potential interception in his hands on a pass for Floyd, but couldn’t bring it in. A 10-yard pass to RB David Johnson on third-and-10 barely picked up the first down, just inside the 10. On the next snap, a slant pass intended for Fitzgerald was deflected by Randall, and Floyd caught the deflection in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

The 14-play, 80-yard drive consumed 7:02 and gave the Cardinals a 17-13 lead with 3:44 to go.

The Packers got nothing going on their next drive, as WR Jared Abbrederis couldn’t haul in a third-down pass, and QB Aaron Rodgers threw low to WR James Jones on fourth-and-5, turning the ball over on downs at the Green Bay 25 with 2:38 left.

The Cardinals added a 36-yard field goal just after the two-minute warning, making it 20-13, and bringing the Packers’ season down to one final possession, which started from their own 15 with 1:50 to go.

On second down, Rodgers stumbled trying to get out of the pocket and was sacked for a 10-yard loss by LB Markus Golden, bringing up third-and-long. A deep ball for WR Jeff Janis was incomplete, as a potential pass interference on CB Justin Bethel was not called, making it fourth-and 20. Rodgers then scrambled around in the end zone and found Janis for a 60-yard gain to keep the game alive.

An illegal motion penalty on TE Richard Rodgers backed the Packers up to the Arizona 41 with 12 seconds left. A throwaway under pressure brought the clock down to 5 seconds, and a Hail Mary pass was caught by Janis in the end zone on the final play of regulation. Crosby’s extra point tied the score.

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News now! Packers lead, 13-10, heading into the fourth

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 16, 2016 – 9:36 pm

160116-Q3--in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Packers took a 13-10 lead into the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s divisional-round playoff game.

The Cardinals began the second half by intercepting an underthrown pass by Aaron Rodgers. The pass was deflected by Calais Campbell and into the hands of safety Rashad Johnson at the Packers 47. The Packers defense rose to the occasion, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted Carson Palmer on third-and-11 at the Packers 19-yard line.

Eddie Lacy broke loose on a 61-yard gallop to the Cardinals 8-yard line with 11:36 to play in the third quarter. It’s the longest run by a Packers running back in a postseason game. On third down, Rodgers scrambled forward and found Jeff Janis for an 8-yard touchdown that put the Packers in the lead, 13-7, with 10:17 to play in the third quarter. The drive covered 81 yards in six plays.

The Cardinals stormed back with a 32-yard pass from Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against B.J. Raji moved the ball to the Packers 27. On second-and-9, Palmer found Fitzgerald again, this time for 19 to the 7. A crackback penalty against Fitzgerald moved the ball back to the 20, first and goal. The Cardinals had to settle for a field goal, 13-10, 5:05 to play in the third quarter.

Arizona got the ball back at its 31-yard line with 2:50 to play in the third quarter. Palmer found Fitzgerald for 22 yards. Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling and lost, which also cost the Packers a time out.

Palmer threw to David Johnson for 10 to the 28 on what was the last play of the third quarter.

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News now! Packers trail at halftime, 7-6, after two long FG drives

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 16, 2016 – 8:38 pm

160116-q2-in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two time-consuming drives that used up at least 7 1/2 minutes each produced a pair of field goals for the Packers as they entered halftime trailing the Cardinals, 7-6, in an NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The second quarter began with all kinds of action, right after Packers WR Randall Cobb was carted to the locker room with a chest injury. Cobb was injured on his one-handed diving catch that was wiped out due to offsetting penalties late in the first quarter. He was later ruled out for the game, leaving the Packers with just three wide receivers to play with.

The Packers then drove for a field goal to get within 7-3. QB Aaron Rodgers converted on third-and-4 with a 19-yard scramble, and then he found WR Jared Abbrederis for 14 and 17 yards to convert two more third downs. An 11-yard pass to WR Jeff Janis got the Packers into the red zone before a wild play. On third down, Rodgers scrambled and threw to the end zone, but it was intercepted by CB Patrick Peterson, who returned it all the way for an apparent Cardinals TD. But Arizona’s Frostee Rucker was penalized for illegal hands to the face on his pass rush vs. Bryan Bulaga, and the turnover was wiped out.

The Packers’ drive still stalled, though, and K Mason Crosby was good on a 28-yard FG with 11:22 left in the half. The drive was 17 plays and took 7:31 off the clock.

A sack by Julius Peppers helped get the ball back right away, and the offense got back to work. Third-down passes of 11 yards to TE Richard Rodgers, 18 yards to Abbrederis and six yards to Janis got the Packers into scoring range. Janis caught a 13-yarder along the sideline for another first down in the red zone. The Packers could go no further, though, and Crosby made a 34-yard FG to get the Packers within 7-6 with 57 seconds left in the half. It was another 17-play drive, this one consuming 7:55.

Mike Daniels got the defense’s third sack of the half on Arizona’s next possession, and the Cardinals ran the clock out.

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This one is going down to the wire

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 16, 2016 – 8:32 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfEmily from Reading, PA

Could you explain how one offensive penalty offsets two defensive penalties?

It does.

Gene from Los Angeles, CA

Vic, if we can catch the ball, we can play with these guys. I’m excited.

I agree, but the Randall Cobb injury has me worried. He’s been ruled out. This team is beyond the saturation point for injuries at wide receiver.

Paul from Gorham, ME

Vic, what is an illegal shift?

Bryan Bulaga moved before the ball was snapped. It was a good call.

Dave from Mt. Prospect, IL

Why does the Cardinals center get to move the ball nearly a yard forward before every snap?

OK, no more complaining about the officiating. The Packers just got a huge call in their favor.

Javi from Chicago, IL

Horrible start in my opinion. Missed a golden opportunity for an interception, put ourselves in a hole with two bad penalties, gave up 30 yards of field position with our own offensive drive and couldn’t stop several third and fourth downs, which ended up costing a TD.

It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. I heard that in church today. Hang in there.

Ken from Coralville, IA

Not to get mushy, but I’m feeling some butterflies in my stomach before the game I haven’t felt since Week 1.

I know what you mean. They served pot roast in pregame and it’s got me feeling a little funny, too.

Kim from Crooked Lake, WI

I haven’t been nervous all week and now I’m a mess. Help me get some perspective, Vic.

The tension is only going to increase, so you’ve got that going for you, which is nice.

Mike from Oak Forest, IL

Vic, what do you see needs to be addressed? I don’t see the receivers getting free. The offensive line has their hands full.

Play to the strength of the defense. Let the game come to you on offense. Don’t force the issue. The longer this game stays close, the more it favors the Packers. Make the noose tighten.

Dan from Lignite, ND

Looks like we are getting just what we have been begging for since training camp. Janis and Abby both on the field in the thick of things.

Are you old enough to remember the hit TV show “You Asked for It”?

Catherine from Vail, CO

If the taunting had been the only penalty on that would-be interception, how would that have been assessed?

It happened during the play, so I think it would’ve been enforced from the point of the infraction.

Roland from Glen Cove, NY

Vic, playing tough so far. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

Everybody needs to buckle up. This one is going down to the wire.

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News now! Packers trail, 7-0, heading into second quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 16, 2016 – 7:54 pm

160116-q1-in-game-updates-650GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Packers trailed the Cardinals, 7-0, following one quarter of play at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night.

The Packers won the toss and deferred. The two teams traded three-and-outs before the Cardinals put the ball in play at the Packers 42-yard line following a short Tim Masthay punt.

Carson Palmer threw to David Johnson for 12 yards. On third-and-1 from the 21, Johnson ran for 2 yards. On third-and-9, Palmer threw to J.J. Nelson for 8 yards. Johnson then gained 2 and a first down at the 8.

Nick Perry sacked Palmer for a loss of 5 yards on first down, and then Palmer threw to Johnson for 5. On third-and-goal, Palmer found Michael Floyd in the back right corner of the end zone for the game’s first score. Palmer put the ball high, where only Floyd could catch it. The Cardinals led, 7-0, with 6:48 to play in the first quarter.

The Packers put the ball in play at their 5-yard line with 3:53 to play in the quarter. James Starks gained the Packers’ first first down. Randall Cobb dropped what would’ve been a long completion, which brought up third-and-4. Aaron Rodgers scrambled for 19 yards and a first down at the 41. Rodgers threw to Jared Abbrederis for a first down at the Cardinals 40 on what was the last play of the first quarter.

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Pregame warmup: Could be big night for WRs Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 16, 2016 – 6:00 pm

GLENDALE, Ariz. — With WR Davante Adams (knee) sidelined for the Packers tonight against the Cardinals in the NFC divisional playoff, that’ll mean more snaps for a pair of second-year receivers, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.

Last week, Abbrederis (pictured) had two catches for 14 yards, plus a two-point conversion reception. He has made at least one catch in four of the last six games. Janis, on the other hand, has not caught a pass since making two grabs for 79 yards back in Week 6 vs. San Diego. The bulk of Janis’ playing time this season has come on special teams, as a gunner on punt coverage and as the kickoff returner.

The last time the Packers played a playoff game here at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Cardinals, a second-year pass-catcher set a franchise playoff record with 159 receiving yards. It was tight end Jermichael Finley.

Getting healthy: Packers CBs Sam Shields and Quinten Rollins were both questionable with injuries, but both are active and expected to play. Shields has missed the last four games with a concussion, and Rollins exited last week’s game with a quad injury.

The Packers didn’t have Shields for the first meeting with Arizona in Week 16, so the matchups against the Cardinals’ receivers will change. It’s possible Shields, as Green Bay’s fastest corner, will guard John Brown, Arizona’s fastest receiver.

The Packers are also back to full strength on the offensive line, which was not the case three weeks ago. With David Bakhtiari in the lineup at left tackle, the Packers’ starting offensive line is intact for the first time since Nov. 22 at Minnesota. It’s also just the eighth time in 18 games that Green Bay’s preferred starting five will be together this season.

Rush the passer: The Packers racked up six sacks in a game last week for the fourth time this season, and the pass rush against Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will be key again tonight.

Can the Packers keep the heat on the QB? Check out this story for more.

What’s next: The winner of tonight’s game advances to the NFC Championship, but the site of the game next Sunday is yet to be determined. For a rundown on the playoff scenarios, check out the latest post of “Road to the Super Bowl.”

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Packers-Cardinals inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 16, 2016 – 5:44 pm

160110-cardinals-matchup-950The following players have been declared as inactive for Saturday night’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
17 WR Davante Adams
31 CB Robertson Daniel
36 CB LaDarius Gunter
38 RB John Crockett
55 LB Andy Mulumba
79 G Josh Walker

Starting lineup changes: #89 James Jones will start in place of #17 Davante Adams at wide receiver.

Arizona Cardinals
9 QB Matt Barkley
27 CB Corey White
33 RB Kerwynn Williams
47 LB Shaq Riddick
71 DT Red Bryant
74 T D.J. Humphries
94 NT Xavier Williams

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How to watch Saturday’s Packers-Cardinals game

Posted by Matt Haberkamp on January 15, 2016 – 12:00 pm

160111-cardinals-matchup-650– Kickoff: Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:15 p.m. CT

Click here for the Packers-Cardinals game center

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones 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.

– NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.

– 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.

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