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  • Wed., Jan. 28, 2015 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM CST Live McCarthy press conference Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will hold his season-ending press conference on Wednesday, January 28, in the Lambeau Field media auditorium at 1 p.m.
  • Sat., Jun. 20, 2015 12:00 PM CDT Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean concert Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that their tours, The Burn It Down Tour and The Big Revival Tour presented by Corona Light, will collide for 10 stadium shows next summer, including Lambeau Field on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  More on-sale information and special guests will be revealed over the coming weeks.
  • Mon., Jul. 13, 2015 7:00 AM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 13, 2015, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Those interested in participating in the event can contact Holly Borga (920-965-6986; hollyb@packershalloffame.com) for more information.

  • Sat., Jul. 18, 2015 7:00 PM CDT Brett Favre's Packers HOF Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at the 45th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The event will also feature the retirement of Favre’s No. 4. This dual recognition is an honor that is unprecedented in Green Bay Packers history. The banquet will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Packers’ 2015 opponents set

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 29, 2014 – 11:56 am

The Green Bay Packers’ opponents for 2015 are as follows:

  • HOME: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks
    Bears   Lions   VikingsDallas CowboysChiefsRamsChargers      Seattle Seahawks
  • AWAY: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
    Bears   Lions   Vikings CardinalsCarolina PanthersBroncosRaiders49ers

The NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002 with the addition of the Houston Texans. In addition, the NFL realigned for the first time since 1970—into eight divisions of four teams each—and the scheduling formula that was introduced guarantees for the first time that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis. Although the number of teams has increased to 32, the number of playoff teams remains the same at 12.

Under the NFL scheduling formula, every team within a division plays 16 games as follows:

  • - Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
  • - The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
  • - The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
  • - Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games will match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference will be matched in the same way each year.

The schedule format takes each team through a cycle of games—home and away—against every other team in the league. From 2002-2009, every team played every other team at least twice—once home and once away. After the 2008 season, a decision was made to continue with the same rotation in 2010 and beyond.

In determining how to begin the divisional rotation in 2002, the displacement of teams from their old divisions in the new alignment was taken into account. Preference was given to scheduling games with former division rivals and other regional opponents for clubs realigned from otherwise intact divisions.

Source: 2014 NFL Record & Fact Book


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McCarthy registers 100th career win, Packers clinch fourth straight NFC North title

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 28, 2014 – 10:27 pm

141228-matthews-win-300- The Packers finished with a 12-4 record and clinched their fourth straight NFC North title with a 30-20 win vs. Detroit on Sunday at Lambeau Field. It marks the first time in franchise history that Green Bay has won four straight division crowns.

– Green Bay clinched a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the NFC in the postseason, the third time the Packers have been the No. 2 seed since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.

– Green Bay finished 8-0 at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 8-0 mark at home since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 (1996-97, 2002, 2011).

– Since the NFL went to a 17-week schedule in 1990, the Packers have not lost a Week 17 home game (now 12-0).

– The Packers have won 23 straight regular-season games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin, extending the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NFL history. Including a playoff victory in 1994, Green Bay has won 24 straight in Wisconsin against Detroit.

– The Packers finished the season with 486 total points, the second most in team history behind only the 560 scored in 2011. Green Bay’s 58 TDs on the season are the second most in a season in team annals (70 in 2011).

– The Packers finished with 318 points at home this season, becoming just the fourth team in NFL history to score 300-plus points at home in a season (2011 New Orleans, 329; 2011 Green Bay, 321; 2013 Denver, 316).

– Green Bay set a single-season franchise mark for fewest giveaways with 13, besting the mark of 14 in 2011.

– Green Bay set a single-season franchise record with 356 first downs on the season, surpassing the previous record of 354 first downs in 2004.

– The Packers finished with 6,178 total yards on the season, the fourth most in a season in team history. Four of the six 6,000-yard seasons have come under the direction (2009, 2011, 2013-14) of Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 78,408. It was the 309th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– McCarthy registered his 100th career win (including playoffs), joining Curly Lambeau (212) as the only coaches in team history with 100-plus victories. McCarthy has now coached the Packers to three seasons with 12-plus wins (regular season), the most in team annals.

– QB Aaron Rodgers finished the season with a passer rating of 112.2, his sixth consecutive season with a 100-plus rating (2009-14). No other QB in NFL history has had a streak of 100-rating seasons longer than four. Rodgers’ 112.2 passer rating was the second-best mark in a season in team history, trailing only his own rating of 122.5 in 2011.

– Rodgers extended two NFL records by bringing his streak at home to 418 consecutive passing attempts without an interception and 36 consecutive touchdown passes without an INT.

– Rodgers (240 attempts) joined Patriots QB Tom Brady (241 attempts in 2003) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 200-plus passes at home in a season with no interceptions.

– Rodgers finished the season with five interceptions, the fewest by a Green Bay quarterback in a season (min. 200 attempts) since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978.

– Rodgers posted a 139.6 passer rating on Sunday, his career-high seventh game with a 120-plus rating (six in 2011).

– With 86 receiving yards, WR Jordy Nelson finished the season with 1,519 receiving yards, the most in a season in team history as he surpassed WR Robert Brooks’ mark of 1,497 in 1995.

– Nelson finished the season with 98 receptions, the fourth most in team history.

– Nelson (13 TDs) and WR Randall Cobb (12) became just the fifth wide-receiver duo in NFL history to both catch 12-plus TD passes in the same season.

– Cobb caught four passes to finish with 91 receptions on the season, becoming just the fifth player in team history to reach the 90-catch mark in a season.

– RB Eddie Lacy posted 126 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, extending his single-season franchise record by going over the 100-yard mark from scrimmage for the ninth consecutive game.

– Lacy finished the season with 1,139 yards to become just the fourth player in team history to register back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing seasons (Jim Taylor, 1960-62; Ahman Green, 2000-04; Ryan Grant, 2008-09).

– With a 55-yard return for a TD in the first quarter, DB Micah Hyde tied the franchise career record for the most punt return TDs with three, matching the mark set by WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon.

– Hyde had two punt returns for TDs this season, becoming just the fifth player in team annals to return two or more punts for TDs in a season.

– The Packers finished with 152 rushing yards on 38 attempts (4.0 avg.), the most posted by a team vs. Detroit this season.

– Green Bay registered a sack in its 36th consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.


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Packers to host divisional playoff game at 12 noon CT on Sunday, Jan. 11

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 28, 2014 – 9:26 pm

GREEN BAY — The NFL has announced the time slots for the divisional round of the playoffs in two weeks, and the Packers are slated to host their game at noon on Sunday, Jan. 11.

Green Bay is the No. 2 seed in the NFC, has a first-round bye, and will face one of three opponents in the divisional round — Dallas, Carolina or Arizona.

If No. 3 seed Dallas beats Detroit in the wild-card round next week, the Cowboys will come to Lambeau Field for the divisional game. If the No. 6 seed Lions beat the Cowboys, then the Packers get the winner of No. 4 Carolina vs. No. 5 Arizona.

Here are the NFC seeds:

1. Seattle (bye)
2. Green Bay (bye)
3. Dallas
4. Carolina
5. Arizona
6. Detroit

 


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News now! Gutsy Rodgers leads Packers to title win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 28, 2014 – 6:41 pm

141228-lions-Q4b-300GREEN BAY–In a courageous performance that instantly becomes part of Packers legend, Aaron Rodgers returned to action in the second half after being carted to the locker room before halftime, and led the Packers to their biggest win of the season. Their 30-20 win over the Lions at Lambeau Field on Sunday allowed the Packers to claim their fourth consecutive NFC North title and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Following a Detroit fumble the Packers recovered at the Lions 42-yard line, Rodgers converted a key third-and-4 play with a pass to tight end Richard Rodgers. A quick pass to Jordy Nelson gained to the Lions 10, and the Packers were on the doorstep of a two-touchdown lead. A facemask penalty against the Lions moved the ball to the 4, first down.

Eddie Lacy carried to the 1, and then Rodgers scored on a sneak with 8:45 to play. Lacy rushed for 100 yards.

Rodgers completed 17 of 22 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. The drama he provided will likely go a long way toward giving Rodgers his second league MVP.

 

 

 

 


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News now! Rodgers returns, gives Packers lead after three

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 28, 2014 – 5:44 pm

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GREEN BAY–Aaron Rodgers returned to the game in the third quarter, pitched a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb and left the Packers with a 21-14 lead over the Lions heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field.

Matt Flynn was at quarterback to start the second half; Rodgers remained in the locker room, attempting to recover from the calf injury that forced him out of the game following a second-quarter touchdown pass to Cobb. Flynn was sacked on third down to end the Packers’ first possession of the second half, as Rodgers walked out of the tunnel toward the Packers sideline to cheers. Rodgers began throwing along the sideline.

Meanwhile, the Lions began a drive at their 49-yard line. Matt Stafford converted a key third-down play with a pass to Golden Tate, and then Stafford closed the drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson with 7:34 to play in the third quarter, tying the game at 14-14.

Rodgers returned to the game following the Lions touchdown. The Packers turned to three consecutive runs to gain a first down across midfield. Rodgers pitched a first-down toss to Randall Cobb for 29 yards to the Detroit 19.

On third-and-4, Rodgers hit Cobb over the middle for 13 yards and a go-ahead touchdown with 3:33 to play in the third quarter, 21-14.

The Packers defense forced a three-and-out and the Packers regained possession at their 25-yard line. The Packers were on the Lions’ 36 when the third quarter ended.

 

 

 

 


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News now! Packers lead at half but Rodgers leaves with injured calf

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 28, 2014 – 4:49 pm

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GREEN BAY — The Packers went to the locker room with a 14-7 lead at halftime against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but Green Bay has lost QB Aaron Rodgers to a calf injury, sustained when he threw a TD pass late in the second quarter. Rodgers was carted to the locker room and was officially announced as questionable to return.

The Packers defense began the second quarter with a strong stop. The Lions had driven to the Green Bay 36-yard line, on the edge of field-goal range, but went no further. Packers S Morgan Burnett broke up a deep pass for TE Eric Ebron on first down, the run defense stopped RB Joique Bell for a 1-yard loss on second down, and LB Julius Peppers and DT Mike Daniels pressured Lions QB Matthew Stafford into an incompletion on third down, forcing a punt.

Taking over on their own 6, the Packers responded with a promising drive but turned the ball over. Two completions apiece to TE Richard Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson moved the Packers to the Detroit 26, but at the end of an 8-yard run, RB Eddie Lacy had the ball poked out by S James Ihedigbo. Lions DE George Johnson recovered with 10:00 left in the half.

The Lions answered with a strong running game. A 14-yard run by RB Reggie Bush started the drive, and then Bell carried four times for 38 yards to get the ball to the Green Bay 31. On fourth-and-10, the Lions passed on a 49-yard FG try and went for it, but Stafford’s pass wasn’t close to an intended receiver, and the Packers took over on downs.

The offense got moving again, with Lacy carrying three times for 18 yards and QB Aaron Rodgers scrambling for 13 to convert a third-and-8. The rushing yards put the Packers over 100 on the ground for the game, making them just the second team all season to rush for more than 100 yards against the Lions. Rodgers then hit WR Randall Cobb over the middle for a 34-yard catch-and-run, making it first-and-goal on the 9. After a defensive penalty put the ball on the 4, Rodgers hit Cobb for a TD, but just before throwing the ball, Rodgers pulled up lame. He went down to the ground, holding his injured calf, and he was helped off the field to chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” from the Lambeau faithful.

The score put the Packers ahead 14-0 with 2:24 left in the half.

On the Lions final drive of the half, a 10-yard pass to Bush converted a third-and-10, and then consecutive completions to Ebron and WR Golden Tate picked up 16 and 19 yards, respectively. A tackle for loss by CB Casey Hayward on a swing pass to RB Theo Riddick made it third-and-13 from the Green Bay 35, and Packers LB Brad Jones was called for roughing the passer for hitting Stafford in the helmet with his hand. That made it first down on the Green Bay 20 instead of fourth down, and on the very next play, Stafford hit WR Calvin Johnson for a TD to make it 14-7 with 24 seconds left in the half.

 

 


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Packers’ energy is overwhelming

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 28, 2014 – 4:35 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Vic from Upham, ND

Vic, although it stunk to not to punch it in, I doubt Hyde’s in a position to return that punt.

Mike McCarthy was being both aggressive and conservative with that fourth-down go for it. If he scores, the Packers get the lead. If they don’t score, the Packers defense has the Lions backed up.

Chris from Voorhout, The Netherlands

Can I have your lottery numbers? How do you make such predictions?

I get these ice cream headaches that last for about five seconds, and then a picture flashes in front of me. It’s very strange.

Dylan from Forty Fort, PA

What a beautiful game. What’s impressed you most?

The Packers’ energy. It’s overwhelming.

C.J. from Edinboro, PA

Am I the only one who wants to see the Packers run the ball four times with Lacy right up the middle on the goal line?

No.

Kevin from Plainview, TX

Is the “Get Loud Lambeau” promotion having an effect?

Yes.

Brett from Green Bay, WI

Vic, I would’ve taken the field goal. How about you?

I liked the call. It’s a way of playing to the strength of your defense. How about that, huh?

Shawn from Troy, NY

Cold weather, great defense, a big special teams play and a field position battle? The playoffs are here. We’re in for a treat.

I love this football game.

James from San Diego, CA

Do you think the attitude Mike Daniels came out with at training camp has helped the defense? It seems his confidence has started rubbing off on people and we are no longer being bullied up front.

Deeds, not words.

Jeff from Colorado Springs, CO

Are the Packers showing the score of the Seahawks game in the stadium?

Yes.

Matthias from Zurich, Switzerland

Hey, Vic, any idea how to chill down during this game? I am getting crazy!

Can you yodel?

Kevin from Plainview, TX

Do you agree with both go-for-it-on-fourth-down calls?

Yes. The Lions have had kicking problems. The percentages might’ve been with going for it.


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News now! Hyde hero of first quarter; Packers lead, 7-0

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 28, 2014 – 3:56 pm

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GREEN BAY–Micah Hyde’s punt return for a touchdown staked the Packers to a 7-0 lead over the Lions after one quarter of play at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

The Packers won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice. The Packers defense forced a Lions three-and-out when Clay Matthews sacked Matt Stafford on third down. The Packers took possession at their 37-yard line, with Aaron Rodgers under center amid reports his calf injury of a week ago was still an issue.

Eddie Lacy plowed for 22 yards on the Packers’ first play. Against the same six-in-the-box scheme the Lions used to beat the Packers in Week 3, Lacy gained 35 yards on three carries and the Packers had a first down at the Lions 28. James Starks replaced Lacy on the fourth play of the game and Starks ran for 21 yards to the 7.

Starks gained 2 to the 5, and then Lacy gained 3 to the 2. The Lions were flagged for pass interference on third down and the Packers were first and goal at the 1. That’s where the drive ended, as the Lions defense stuffed Lacy on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

Micah Hyde erased the Packers’ goal-line failure with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown with 4:49 to play, and the Packers led, 7-0.

The quarter ended with the Lions at the Packers 36-yard line, first down.

 

 


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Pregame warmup: Who’s going to return kickoffs for Packers?

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 28, 2014 – 2:16 pm

GREEN BAY –The Packers will have a new kickoff returner on Sunday. Who will it be?

Green Bay has deactivated RB DuJuan Harris, the primary kickoff returner this season. On the team’s unofficial depth chart, S Micah Hyde and rookie WR Jeff Janis are also listed as kickoff returners. Janis is also inactive, which leaves Hyde as an option.

Another option could be WR Randall Cobb, who has performed that duty in the past and was named one of two special-teams captains two weeks ago.

Not that cold: Earlier in the week, the forecast for Sunday’s Packers-Lions NFC North showdown was for some pretty chilly temperatures, but now those are not going to arrive until a few days from now.

For the 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff, temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 20s, with minimal wind and no chance of rain or snow. The temp isn’t supposed to drop below 20 until well after the game will be over.

It’s still a switch from the 70-plus degree weather the Packers played in last week in Tampa, while the Lions are outdoors in the Midwest for the second week in a row after a victory in Chicago last Sunday. In any event, it doesn’t appear the weather will play much of a factor in this game, if any.

The playoff picture: It’s pretty simple — the winner of this game wins the NFC North, earns a playoff bye and finishes no worse than the No. 2 seed in the NFC. For the Packers to get the No. 1 seed, they’ll have to win and have the Seahawks lose to the Rams.

The Lions haven’t won in Wisconsin since 1991 and haven’t won the division since 1993, two streaks they’re determined to end today. Detroit is in the playoffs regardless for the first time since 2011, while the Packers are in the postseason for the sixth straight year.

For more on the playoff picture, check out this week’s “Path to the Playoffs.”

Franchise record could fall: Packers WR Jordy Nelson has 1,433 receiving yards this season and needs 65 yards today to break Robert Brooks’ single-season franchise record of 1,497, set in 1995. If Nelson can get 67 yards receiving, he’ll become the first player in team history with a 1,500-yard receiving season.

Nelson has 92 receptions, and if he can catch eight passes today, he’ll also become the first Packers WR with 100 receptions in a season since Brooks in ’95.

History lesson: Twelve years ago, the Packers entered Week 17 with a chance to win and earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Two years ago, a first-round bye was at stake in Week 17. Both of those games didn’t go well, but they were on the road.

For a more detailed look back at that recent history, click here for this week’s “One Last Look.”

TV map: Here’s the FOX TV map for the late-afternoon time slot.

Map courtesy of 506sports.com


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All three QBs active for Packers; Packers-Lions inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 28, 2014 – 1:55 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s NFC North title game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field:

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26 RB DuJuan Harris
31 CB Davon House
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 TE Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
99 DT Bruce Gaston

Detroit Lions
17 QB Kellen Moore
24 DB Josh Thomas
74 G Rodney Austin
79 DE Larry Webster
84 WR Ryan Broyles
97 DT Caraun Reid
98 DT Nick Fairley

Note: #51 C Dominic Raiola was placed on Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner for Sunday’s game.


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