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This one is going down to the wire

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com 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, packers.com 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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McCarthy proud of McAdoo, not surprised at his rise

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 14, 2016 – 2:02 pm

160114-mcadoo-950GREEN BAY — Former Packers assistant coach Ben McAdoo has become the second assistant under Mike McCarthy to be hired as an NFL head coach. McAdoo was hired by the Giants, for whom he has served as offensive coordinator the past two seasons.

For the Packers, McAdoo coached tight ends (2006-11) and quarterbacks (2012-13) under McCarthy before moving on to New York. Reports are that McAdoo will hire Joe Philbin, another McCarthy assistant who recently was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, in some capacity on his coaching staff.

“I’m very happy for Ben to be in this position with the opportunity in front of him,” McCarthy said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of him. He’s definitely ready and deserving.”

McCarthy and McAdoo, both natives of western Pennsylvania, coached together before McCarthy came to Green Bay, and he brought McAdoo with him. McAdoo was hired as an offensive quality control coach by the Saints in 2004 when McCarthy was offensive coordinator there, and then he went with McCarthy in 2005 to San Francisco to be offensive line coach and quality control coordinator under McCarthy as offensive coordinator.

160114-mcadoo-philbin-950McCarthy considers McAdoo “tremendously dedicated to the coaching profession,” and he told a story to illustrate why. McCarthy said his first contact with McAdoo was from receiving an evening phone call while McCarthy was at the scouting combine in Indianapolis for the Saints. McAdoo was coaching in the college ranks on the east coast at that time and just wanted to “talk football.”

“The next day at lunch, coming back from workouts, Ben was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for me,” McCarthy said. “He drove all night just for the opportunity to sit and talk football. That’s my first impression of Ben McAdoo. To see that he’s put himself in (a head coaching) position is no surprise.”

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News now! Packers full of energy and confidence

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 14, 2016 – 10:53 am

160114-nn1GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy says the Packers are energetic and confident with two days to go before Saturday night’s NFC divisional playoff at Arizona.

“There’s a type of energy you tap into, and that definitely exists in our locker room,” McCarthy said prior to Thursday’s practice. “It’s something we spoke about. Every challenge is different, every team is different. This is a distinctly different football team that has a lot of energy and a lot of confidence right now.”

Cornerback Sam Shields is scheduled to do more work in practice on Thursday than he did Wednesday, moving closer to potentially full medical clearance from his concussion. Shields has missed the last four games.

“The work today will hopefully complete the protocol,” McCarthy said. “But I don’t have anything to announce until he completes the protocol.”

Left tackle David Bakhtiari was also slated for more practice work, and McCarthy called it a “big day” for him.

The Packers also might get back special teams standout Jayrone Elliott, who has missed the last three games with a quad injury. He ranked third on the team in the regular season with 11 coverage tackles.

“Jayrone is one of our best special teams players,” McCarthy said. “He’s a good matchup for us. He’s definitely the body type that you look for on special teams. He plays all the core units. It would be great to get him back.”

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News now! Sam Shields, David Bakhtiari to practice on Wednesday

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 13, 2016 – 11:21 am

160113-nn1GREEN BAY — Packers cornerback Sam Shields has still not fully cleared the concussion protocol, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he would do some work on the practice field on Wednesday. Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, is slated to practice as well.

Shields sustained his concussion in Week 14 vs. Dallas and has missed Green Bay’s last four games. He had returned to practice once before during that time for limited work but was not cleared and never returned to the lineup.

“Sam had a really good workout yesterday,” McCarthy said. “He’ll do some on-field work today. He’s still not totally through the protocol. He’s getting close.”

Bakhtiari was initially injured in Week 15 at Oakland and hasn’t played since. For the last two games, it’s been a game-time decision to deactivate him.

“We’ll see how he comes out of the work,” McCarthy said.

Wide receiver Davante Adams (knee) would not practice on Wednesday, McCarthy added.

Packers.com will have more following practice and locker room interviews.

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News now! McCarthy feels better about O-line play

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 12, 2016 – 12:37 pm

160112-nn1GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy still isn’t sure whether starting left tackle David Bakhtiari will be back in the lineup from his ankle injury on Saturday night, but if he has to turn to JC Tretter again, he feels better about how the offensive line looks heading into the rematch with Arizona.

“I feel a lot better,” McCarthy said on Tuesday. “That was clearly one of the things we needed to improve on from prior games, and JC Tretter gave us that. We had a couple rough spots there in the first quarter with some assignments we were able to get cleaned up, and from that point on, our offensive line played extremely well, and I thought JC definitely played very well.”

McCarthy didn’t have any updates on any of the injured players, saying he’d have “a better read” on everyone when the team hits the practice field on Wednesday. Cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol, rookie corner Quinten Rollins has a quad injury, and receiver Davante Adams has a knee injury McCarthy said the trainers felt differently about than Adams did right after the game.

Adams’ exit last Sunday opened the door for Jared Abbrederis, and he delivered with a couple of catches and a two-point conversion reception.

“The two-point play was something that was practiced,” McCarthy said. “It’s nice when you get the defense and the mechanics of the protection, and he just ran a great route. He’s doing a lot of good things.”

A tad shorthanded at cornerback after Rollins left the Redskins game, the Packers turned to undrafted rookie LaDarius Gunter, and he filled in admirably. He broke up a third-down pass over the middle in the fourth quarter.

“He came in and just went right about it like he practices every day,” McCarthy said of Gunter. “That’s his tenacity, his effort, his aggressiveness. That’s what you love to see in your young guys when they get an opportunity like that.”

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News now! Packers moving on after 35-18 wild-card win at Washington

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 10, 2016 – 7:11 pm

160110-q4-in-game-updates-650LANDOVER, Md. –The Packers did not come into the playoffs as a hot team, but they might be hot now.

Green Bay’s 35-18 victory over Washington on Sunday at FedEx Field in an NFC wild-card game sends the Packers to Arizona for the divisional round. The game with the Cardinals is slated for Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. CT.

The Packers’ running game came to life in the second half and the defense posted sacks at important moments as Green Bay won a road playoff game for the first time since 2010. Trailing 11-0 early in the second quarter, the Packers dominated from there in outscoring the Redskins 35-7 the rest of the way.

RBs James Starks and Eddie Lacy combined for 116 rushing yards on 24 carries, with a TD each. QB Aaron Rodgers, who started the game 1-for-8 for 11 yards, finished 21-of-36 for 210 yards with two TDs. WR James Jones led the receivers with seven catches for 84 yards, while WRs Randall Cobb and Davante Adams had a TD catch apiece. Cobb also added 24 yards rushing, though Adams left the game with a knee injury.

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was 29-of-46 for 329 yards and a TD. TE Jordan Reed had nine catches for 120 yards and a score to lead the Redskins.

The Packers began the fourth quarter by marching the final 50 yards of a 10-play, 76-yard TD drive, with all of the fourth-quarter snaps on the ground. Starks broke off runs of 11, 7 and 4 yards to the Washington 28. An offside penalty preceded a 21-yard run by Starks down to the 2-yard line, and Lacy finished it from there. Rodgers fired a 2-point pass to WR Jared Abbrederis, boosting the Packers’ lead to 32-18 with 12:23 left.

Washington countered with a drive that reached Green Bay territory, but the defense held up there. A 12-yard run by RB Alfred Morris preceded a 22-yard catch-and-run by TE Jordan Reed, putting the ball at the Green Bay 37. LB Clay Matthews looped around on a stunt and sacked QB Kirk Cousins on the next snap, though, with a little help from fellow LB Nick Perry, putting the Redskins in long yardage. CB Damarious Randall and S Morgan Burnett collided on a pass that easily could have been intercepted by one of them, but the miscue didn’t hurt, as Cousins threw incomplete on third-and-19, and the Redskins punted.

Backed up to their own 9-yard line with 8:56 left, the Packers got out of the hole thanks to a defensive pass interference call on CB Quinton Dunbar on a deep sideline pass intended for Jones. Abbrederis came up one yard short of the first down on a third-and-6 completion, though, and the Packers had to punt it back. P Tim Masthay hit a 55-yard boomer that WR Jamison Crowder fair-caught at his own 9-yard line with 5:55 to go.

Washington managed one first down, but that was all. Rookie CB LaDarius Gunter broke up a pass for WR Pierre Garcon on third down, and Perry sacked Cousins on fourth down to give the ball back to the offense on the Washington 17-yard line with 4:58 left.

Starks ran the ball down near the 10 as the Redskins burned all three of their timeouts, and K Mason Crosby made it a three-score game with a 29-yard field goal, giving the Packers a 35-18 lead with 4:39 to go.

The Redskins drove all the way inside Green Bay’s 10-yard line, but on fourth down, LB Mike Neal got yet another sack for the defense, turning the ball over on downs with 2:46 on the clock. It was the Packers’ fifth sack of the game.

Washington got the ball back with 1:51 left when Lacy fumbled at the end of a 9-yard run and a replay review reversed the call on the field. The Redskins got back into the red zone, but Perry and Mike Daniels combined on Green Bay’s sixth sack of the game on third down, and the Packers got the fourth-down stop to finally close it out.

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