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Rodgers ranks #1 in NFL history in several categories through 100 starts

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 9, 2014 – 3:21 am

PACKERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH 43-37 VICTORY OVER ATLANTA
- The Packers improved to 10-3 on the season with a 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night at Lambeau Field. Green Bay has won four consecutive games (including playoffs) against Atlanta.

- For Green Bay, it marks the team’s fifth double-digit win season in the last six years.

- Green Bay is off to a 7-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 7-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2002, 2011).

- With 31 points in the first half on Monday night, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to score 23-plus points in six consecutive home games in a single season.

- The Packers led 31-7 at halftime on Monday night. In its last six home games, Green Bay has outscored its opponents 182-30 in the first half. The Packers’ streak of unaswered points at home in the first quarter came to an end tonight at 89.

- The Packers will go on the road next to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It marks Green Bay’s first visit to Buffalo since 2006 and its sixth game against the Bills in Buffalo.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
- Tonight’s paid attendance was 77,512. It was the 308th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

- Head Coach Mike McCarthy registered his 98th career win (including playoffs), which ties Vince Lombardi (1959-67) for No. 2 in franchise history.

- McCarthy has now led the Packers to six 10-win seasons as head coach (2007, 2009-12, 2014), which ties Curly Lambeau (1929-32, 1936, 1941) for the franchise record.

- QB Aaron Rodgers started his 100th career regular-season game on Monday night. He ranks No. 1 in NFL history for TD passes (222), passing yards (27,520), zero-INT games (58), 100-plus passer rating games (60), passer rating (107.3) and TD/INT ratio (4.11, 222-54) in a quarterback’s first 100 starts.

- Rodgers tied an NFL single-season record by posting his eighth three-TD/zero-INT game this season, matching Patriots QB Tom Brady’s mark set in 2007.

- Rodgers extended two NFL records by bringing his streak at home to 396 consecutive passing attempts without an interception and 34 consecutive touchdown passes without an INT.

- Rodgers posted his fifth straight zero-INT game, his second streak this season of five or more consecutive games without an INT (six straight games, Weeks 2-7).

- WR Jordy Nelson caught two TD passes, giving him a TD reception in all seven games at Lambeau Field this season.

- Nelson’s 60-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter was his seventh TD reception of 40-plus yards this season, which is tied for the most in a season in team history behind only Billy Howton’s seven 40-yard TD catches in 1952.

- RB Eddie Lacy posted a rushing TD and a receiving TD on Monday night, giving him 11 total TDs on the season. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Packers have had three different players (Nelson, 12; WR Randall Cobb, 10) score 10-plus TDs in the same season.

- Lacy’s 22 TDs over the last two seasons are the most in team history by a Green Bay player in his first two seasons in the NFL.

- LB Clay Matthews’ third-quarter sack gave him 55.5 for his career as he moved past LB Tim Harris (55.0) for No. 3 in franchise history (since 1982).

- LB Brad Jones blocked a field goal at the end of the first half, the first of his career in the regular season (one in 2011 playoffs) and the first blocked FG by Green Bay since Johnny Jolly recorded one at St. Louis on Sept. 27, 2009.

- Green Bay posted 502 yards of offense, its highest output since Sept. 15, 2013, vs. Washington (580).

- The Packers scored a TD on their opening possession for a league-high sixth time this season. Green Bay leads the NFL with 48 points on opening possessions this season.

- Green Bay registered a season-high 28 first downs, including 22 in the first half.

- The Packers did not punt in the first half for the fourth consecutive home game.

- Green Bay registered a sack in its 33rd consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.


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Packers react to 43-37 win over Falcons

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 9, 2014 – 1:33 am

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(opening statement)
“Good victory tonight, our seventh victory at home this year. Ten victories has always been kind of the benchmark for us as a football team. It’s always tough to get to that. Obviously with the way things are sorting out in the NFC, 11 wins will probably be more of a benchmark this year. Offensively, extremely productive. [We punted one time.] Very pleased with that. Defensively, really a tale of two halves. You’ve got to give Atlanta’s offense a lot of credit. They made way too many big plays against us in the second half. Our communication wasn’t what it needed to be. Special teams, we did a solid job in our return game. I thought the coverage part started off good and then we had a couple where it got leaky. We have plenty to clean up. We’re on a short week to Buffalo, a very tough contest. I know the preliminary game plan, this is going to be a tough one to go get. We’re happy with the 10th win, 7-0 at home.”

(on tying Vince Lombardi in most wins in Packers history) “Well, I’m excited about the 10th win of the year. I’ve answered this question the last couple weeks. It’s an honor to coach here. I think everybody clearly understands what Coach Lombardi means not only to the Green Bay Packers, to the National Football League, but really the impact he made on society during his time. I’m thrilled to be coaching here and to be able to win games.”

(on the tale of two halves for his defense) “Well, obviously the big plays. You’ve got to look at that. They hit us on a couple double moves. Our boundary communication was poor. Obviously the three timeouts that we had to burn, our substitution patterns were poor in the second half. We had a substitution here on special teams, but we won the game and that’s what good teams do. We talk about it all the time, you have to find ways to win and we’ve been doing a good job of it at home.”

(on the ability to close out these games) “That’s the four-minute offense. It’s been excellent. That’s what you look for. When you get the ball back and they have three timeouts and a little over two minutes left in the game, that’s what you need to do. A great job by Aaron on second down there. We tried to throw versus their overload defense there and James breaks the long run down. Great job.”

(on taking Sam Shields out in the fourth quarter) “Well, we went into the game, really, with Sam not practicing this week, we really went into the game with the mindset of rolling Casey (Hayward), Davon (House) and Sam (Shields) in. That was really part of that decision.”

(on if he saw what happened on the blocked extra point by the Falcons) “Not yet.”

(on the 53-yard field goal Mason Crosby made) “It was a field goal we felt we could make. We have a lot of confidence in Mason. Obviously, there’s a process that you go through each and every week, as far as when you think you should go and not go, based on yard-line and things like that. It was the right decision.

(on if the Packers inability to maintain the big lead in the second half was due to settling in too much) “I think you definitely could make a point for that. Maybe I need to go back and look at what was said at halftime, but we haven’t played four quarters here in awhile. And we clearly didn’t show up for four quarters in certain parts of the game. But once again, it’s a good win. Any time you get that 10th win, to me, it’s always been kind of a hurdle you always have to get over and I’m glad we’re over it and we’re on to Buffalo.”

(on the challenge Julio Jones gave the defense) “We didn’t get the challenge done tonight. Obviously Julio had a big night. He was a focus for us all week as far as the way we game planned, but he won that contest.”

(on if it’s too early to scoreboard watch or pay close attention the standings) “I think everybody understand where we are. We have to go beat Buffalo next. There’s a lot of football left to be played. There are three games left. We have two on the road.”


QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS
(on why Lambeau Field has become such an advantage to play at)
“The offensive line has been playing so good that we’ve been controlling the line of scrimmage. That allows you to extend some plays in the passing game, [and] we ran the ball really well, [and] had 180 rushing yards plus. When the line plays like that, we can be balanced. We had some years there where we didn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher and were pass first, and now we’re a little more balanced.”

(on if this game shows they can win a shootout) “It’s just a reminder you’ve got to play four quarters. We had 31 [points] the first half and then we had 12 in the second half. [If] we come out and we have a good possession there starting the second half we can probably put them away a little quicker, but [Falcons QB] Matt [Ryan] got hot and played really well. [Falcons WR] Julio [Jones] is tough to stop. Matt [Ryan] played great and thankfully we did a good job of limiting our punts tonight and finishing off our drives.”

(on reaching the most passing yards in his first 100 starts) “It’s been fun, it’s been a great 100 games started. When you’re a young player, you can only dream about these kind of opportunities, and then you get into it and you think ‘I’d love to do 100 more.’ It’s fun to be able to healthy after 13 weeks and to be able to play the way I want to play. Obviously it’s a team effort and the offensive line, again I’m going to say it, they’ve been playing great. When they give me that kind of time, we have so many playmakers outside, we expect to be able to make some plays in the passing game.”

(on Coach McCarthy tying Lombardi’s win total) “Mike, he’s a phenomenal coach. He doesn’t have a big ego, he’s not going to draw a lot of attention to himself. He just goes out [and] does his job. He’s the same person every day. His humor is expanding a little bit (smiling), but for the most part he’s the same person every day and really takes care of our bodies. He’s a players’ coach, in the most respectful way to him, because the guys respect him. They enjoy playing for him and trust him. I’m really proud to be able to be a part of a lot of those wins.”

(on the conversation between he and Josh Wilson on the goal line) “As we were unpiling there, I was getting off and kind of got pushed in the back and accidentally stepped on him. Then there were some words exchanged, and then I think we figured things out there later in the game.”

(on the quiet game for Davante Adams) “I think it’s just matchups. You look at the way they played us tonight, there were more opportunities for Jordy [Nelson] and then Andrew [Quarless] had some opportunities, and then the checkdowns. We talked about before the game and [QBs coach] Alex [Van Pelt] reminded me just to go through the progressions, but look to get it to the checkdowns. I don’t know how many catches Eddie [Lacy] finished with and James [Starks] and John [Kuhn], but if you add all those up, I would expect it to be near 10, which is probably more than we’ve had in a game all season. That was just the way they were playing. It was a softer two shell game with some quarter-quarter halves, trying to roll some coverage to Jordy [Nelson] at times, but really leaving the checkdown spot kind of open. When you have a game like this, those guys are going to get more balls and then when we had some one-on-one opportunities, Jordy was the guy kind of getting the throws. You’ve got to be ready each week to play and you’ve got to run your routes to win every week and every play, and Davante has a really, really bright future for us here.”

(on if he’s feeling the length of the season at this point) “Yes, but it’s also the excitement that it’s 10 wins. We’ve said around here you can’t really talk about the playoffs until 10 wins, so now that stuff starts to come together, and if you look at the NFC you’re going to have to win maybe 11 to guarantee a spot, maybe 12 depending on how everybody plays. It’s an exciting time for the league, for the fans, for the fantasy owners as well. I know this is kind of playoffs and the end of the run here, so it’s an exciting time for football, and it’ll be a fun last three weeks and playoffs hopefully.”

(on the importance of getting home field) “It’s the number one goal.”

(on how he feels about the team going into the last three games) “I’m excited about our team. There’s been some ups and downs on both sides of the ball all season, but we’re really getting this home-field advantage thing going with the crowd noise, with the footing, with the way we’re playing. We’re really balanced on offense. The defense, they’ll look at the film and they’ll correct things. I’m not worried about that. Maybe the injuries [are a concern]. Hopefully whoever got hurt today is going to be back, but if it takes scoring 38-plus points to win then that’s what we’ve got to do. There’s no excuse with our offense. We approach every drive like we’re going to score on that drive and we’ve had some success at home. I think in five of the games we haven’t had a punt in the first half, maybe four, but that’s pretty impressive and that helps our defense out. There may have been a slight relaxation there at halftime, up 24. Occasionally, that can be the natural thing to do. You’re thinking we’re going to keep rolling on offense, our defense is going to keep stopping them, but they did a good job of taking care of the football and Matt [Ryan] got hot. It was a hot quarterback and we were able to just hang on and score enough points.”


WIDE RECEIVER RANDALL COBB:
(on where the offense is at this point in the season)
“Execution, that’s always been a big thing with us and just continuing to find a way to execute and continue to make the plays when they’re there. That’s what we want to continue to do.”

(on the Falcons’ two-high safety defense) “We figured that would probably be a big call for them. We figured they play a lot of two-high and just being able to have that ground attack and being able to check the ball down and make those plays when they’re there is huge for our offense.”


KICKER MASON CROSBY:
(on decision to attempt 53-yard field goal)
“…if it doesn’t go through there they get the ball at the 43-yard line. So it showed a lot of confidence in me, put me out there and I was so happy to capitalize because it was big. Our protection did a great job after that blocked extra point. They really stepped up and did a good job on that long kick.”

(on having the opportunity to kick a long field goal at Lambeau) “Yeah, it was nice to have one like that at home. Obviously, we’ve got another three games here, tough stretch down the road. That’s kind of playoff football right there. You’ve got to play all four quarters and make sure every kick, every situation is important.”


GUARD T.J. LANG:
(on the play of Aaron Rodgers)
“Well, he’s special. I don’t think he really does anything anymore that surprises you. He’s a guy that is playing at such a high level right now that it’s great to be a part of it and it’s impressive to watch. He’s been the best player on our team, on our offense especially, but watching the plays that he makes, it’s a lot of fun to watch.”


LINEBACKERS JULIUS PEPPERS:
(on concerns about defense giving up so many points)
“We were concerned about the win. We’re not going to get too involved with stats and those type of things because certain circumstances dictate what other teams can do. So it was a game where they pretty much had to pass the ball and they passed the ball well.”

(on Julio Jones’ performance) “Julio showed himself to be a great player tonight. He’s an elite player in this league, so hats off to him for having a great game.”


TIGHT END ANDREW QUARLESS:
(on being able to make up for the false start with third-down reception in first quarter) “
Oh yeah, I was a little happy to be able to make up for that false start. We just got them (Falcons) in a zone. We were able to take advantage of the zone. The middle linebacker wouldn’t get to the middle of the field and it was wide open.”

(on home field helping tonight) “Yeah, home field…I believe it’s 7-0, so that’s a positive. Anytime we play at home we seem to be doing pretty good. The fans, the ‘Cheeseheads’, they stay loud the whole game so I think they’re doing a good job. We’ve got to win these next two on the road.”


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Sam Shields cleared and in lineup; Packers-Falcons inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 8, 2014 – 5:59 pm

141208-shields-300The following players have been declared as inactive for Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field:

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16 QB Scott Tolzien
54 LB Carl Bradford
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 TE Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
99 DT Bruce Gaston

Note: The Packers placed 97 DT Luther Robinson on injured reserve on Monday and signed DT Bruce Gaston to the active roster from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. See the press release.

Atlanta Falcons
12 QB Sean Renfree
23 CB Robert Alford
30 S Charles Godfrey
54 LB Tyler Starr
64 T Jonathan Scott
90 DE Stansly Maponga
97 LB James Anderson


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Bulaga, Williams and Richardson selected as captains vs. Falcons

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 8, 2014 – 3:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be T Bryan Bulaga (offense), CB Tramon Williams (defense) and S Sean Richardson (special teams).


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Packers-Falcons post-game notes

Posted by packers.com on December 8, 2013 – 5:47 pm

PACKERS TOP FALCONS AT LAMBEAU FIELD
- The Packers improved to 6-6-1 on the season with a 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. Including playoffs, Green Bay has won three straight games against Atlanta.

- For Green Bay, it marked its 13th consecutive regular-season home win in December/January, the longest current home winning streak in the league in games played Dec. 1 or later. The Packers improved to 16-5 overall in the regular season in December/January since 2009.

- The Packers didn’t allow any points in the second half, their first time doing so since Dec. 2, 2012, vs. Minnesota.

- It was the Packers’ first one-point win since their 28-27 victory over New Orleans last season at Lambeau Field in Week 4.

- The Packers will go on the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. (CST) at AT&T Stadium. This will be the first matchup between Green Bay and Dallas at the stadium and the Packers’ first game at the Cowboys since 2007.

 

OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 77,550. It was the 318th consecutive sellout (300 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.

- The Packers’ 18-play TD drive in the first quarter on Sunday was their longest TD drive in terms of plays since a 19-play drive vs. Chicago on Sept. 19, 2004.

- With 10 points on the afternoon, K Mason Crosby brought his career scoring total to 880 points. That is the most by a player in league history in his first seven seasons, topping the previous mark of 874 points by Colts K Mike Vanderjagt from 1998-2004.

- RB Eddie Lacy’s 1-yard TD run in the first quarter was his seventh rushing TD of the season. That is the most by a Green Bay rookie in a season, topping Samkon Gado’s mark of six rushing TDs in 2005.

- With 20 rushing attempts on the afternoon, Lacy now has 227 carries for the season, the most by a rookie in franchise history (John Brockington, 216, 1971).

- With 85 yards on four receptions against the Falcons, WR Jordy Nelson brought his season receiving total to 1,046 yards. It is the second 1,000-yard receiving season of his career (1,263 in 2011).

- With a 46-yard reception on Sunday, Nelson now has 15 catches of 25-plus yards this season. That is one shy of the most by a Packer in a season since 1994 (Nelson, 16 in 2011; WR Greg Jennings, 16 in 2010).

- TE Andrew Quarless posted a career-high 66 receiving yards on a career-best six catches. His previous highs in both categories (five receptions, 62 yards) came at Detroit on Dec. 12, 2010. Quarless’ 2-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter was the second TD catch of his career.

- QB Matt Flynn connected on 24 of 32 passes on the afternoon, a 75.0 completion percentage that was his career high (min. 10 attempts).

- Flynn’s 17-yard run in the second quarter was the longest run of his career.

- P Tim Masthay’s 62-yard punt in the fourth quarter was his longest of the season and his longest since a 65-yarder vs. Jacksonville on Oct. 28, 2012.

- DE/LB Mike Neal’s forced fumble on a fourth-quarter sack was his first since Oct. 3, 2010, vs. Detroit.

- DT Johnny Jolly registered his first fumble recovery since Nov. 1, 2009, vs. Minnesota.

- CB Jarrett Bush’s fourth-quarter interception was his first INT since he posted one vs. Detroit on Jan. 1, 2012.


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Dietrich-Smith playing, starting O-line intact; Packers-Falcons inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 8, 2013 – 10:40 am

The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.

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12 QB Aaron Rodgers
13 WR Chris Harper
22 RB Kahlil Bell
51 LB Nate Palmer
74 T Marshall Newhouse
98 DE C.J. Wilson
99 DE Jerel Worthy

10 QB Matt Flynn will start for Rodgers.

Atlanta Falcons
30 RB Josh Vaughn
36 S Kemal Ishmael
53 LB Omar Gaither
69 G Harland Gunn
74 T Terren Jones
77 T Sean Locklear
92 DT Travian Robertson


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What to watch for in Sunday’s Packers-Falcons game

Posted by packers.com on December 8, 2013 – 10:00 am

- Green Bay’s 4,794 yards this season (No. 5 in the NFL) are the second most by the team through 12 games in franchise history, trailing only the 4,863 yards posted in the first 12 games in 2011.

- The Packers have posted at least 350 yards of offense in 13 of their last 15 regular-season games.

- Green Bay has had at least one 100-yard receiver in eight of 12 games this season and is tied for No. 1 in the NFL with 10 100-yard receivers on the season. The Packers need one more 100-yard receiver to tie the single-season team record set in 1995 (11).

- The Packers rank No. 4 in the NFL with 57 plays of 20-plus yards this season.

- Green Bay needs 10 points outside of the red zone for its seventh straight 100-point season as far as scoring outside of the red zone. The Packers and Dallas are tied for the NFL lead with six consecutive 100-point seasons (2007-12).

- Green Bay’s defense has recorded 14 sacks over the last four games, which is tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span.

- The Packers have posted seven takeaways in their last four games, which is tied for No. 6 in the NFL over that span.

- Green Bay ranks No. 7 in the NFL this season in penalties with 67 through 12 games, including just 26 penalties over the last six contests.

- RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 771 yards over the last eight games, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span.

- Lacy needs one rushing TD to set the single-season franchise mark for the most rushing TDs by a rookie. He has six on the season, which is tied with Samkon Gado (2005) for the team record.

- WR Jordy Nelson needs 39 receiving yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

- Nelson needs six receptions to set a new career high for his most catches in a season (68 in 2011).

- Nelson is tied for the NFL lead with 14 catches of 25-plus yards this season. That is two shy of the top mark by a Packer since 1994 (Nelson, 16 in 2011; Greg Jennings, 16 in 2010).

- LB A.J. Hawk is two tackles shy of the 1,000-tackle mark for his career, which would make him just the fourth player in franchise history (since 1975) to reach that total (LB John Anderson, LB Nick Barnett, S Johnnie Gray).

- LB Clay Matthews needs 1.5 sacks to hit the 50-sack mark for his career. He is looking to become the fifth player in team annals (since 1982) to register 50 career sacks in a Green Bay uniform (DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE Reggie White, LB Tim Harris, DE/LB Aaron Kampman).

- CB Tramon Williams has posted an interception in two of the last three games. Including playoffs, Williams has 17 interceptions since 2010, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span (Ed Reed).

- With 870 career points, K Mason Crosby needs five more to set an NFL record for the most points scored by a player in his first seven seasons in the NFL (Colts K, Mike Vanderjagt, 874, 1998-2004).

- P Tim Masthay has placed 11 punts inside the 20-yard line in the last five games, which is tied for No. 5 in the league over that span.


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Packers to host Falcons for the first time since 2008

Posted by packers.com on December 8, 2013 – 9:00 am

- The Packers (5-6-1) will take on the Atlanta Falcons (3-9) today at Lambeau Field, the first meeting between the clubs in Green Bay since Week 5 of the 2008 season.

- Today’s game was originally scheduled to be a prime-time matchup, but was shifted to a noon kickoff through the league’s flexible scheduling.

- Green Bay is currently third in the NFC North at 5-6-1 after losing to the Lions, 40-10, on Thanksgiving in Detroit. The Packers trail the Lions (7-5) and Chicago (6-6) as they head into the final month of the season.

- Today will be a matchup of two of the most successful teams in the NFC in recent years. Since 2009, the Packers rank No. 2 in the conference with 52 regular-season wins, trailing only New Orleans (53). The Falcons rank No. 3 in the NFC over that span with 48 victories.

- Including two playoff meetings (1995 and 2002 seasons), the Packers and Falcons have met nine times before at Lambeau Field, with Green Bay holding a 5-4 edge at the stadium. The teams also squared off five times in Milwaukee between 1966-1994, including the last NFL game played in the city on Dec. 18, 1994, a 21-17 Green Bay win.

- The Packers hold a 15-13 edge in the all-time series (including playoffs). Green Bay topped the Falcons, 48-21, at the Georgia Dome in a 2010 NFC Divisional playoff game (Jan. 15, 2011) on its way to a Super Bowl XLV title.

- This will be just the second time that the Falcons have played a regular-season game at Lambeau Field in December or January, with the only other instance coming on Dec. 21, 1975, a 22-13 Green Bay win in the season finale in 12-degree weather.

- The Packers enter today’s contest having won 12 consecutive regular-season games at Lambeau Field that were played Dec. 1 or later, the longest current home winning streak in the league in games played in December/January. San Francisco’s 11-game winning streak at home in games played Dec. 1 or later is the No. 2 current mark in the league.

- Since 2009, the Packers have a 15-5 (.750) overall record in December/January, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (18-3, .857). Green Bay’s 11-0 mark (1.000) at home in December/January over that span is tied for the best winning percentage in the league with the 49ers (9-0, 1.000).

- The Packers have won 10 of their last 13 regular-season games at home with one tie and 23 of their last 27 with one tie at Lambeau Field.

- Green Bay enters today’s game with a 33-12-1 record over their last 46 regular-season games, a .728 winning percentage that is tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span (San Francisco, 33-12-1) behind only New England (36-10, .783).
WEARING THE STRIPES

- Today’s officiating crew includes referee Bill Leavy (127), umpire Ruben Fowler (71), head linesman John McGrath (5), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Jimmy Buchanan (86), side judge Keith Parham (87) and back judge Keith Ferguson (61).


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J. Jones, Matthews and Bush are captains vs. Falcons

Posted by packers.com on December 8, 2013 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR James Jones (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).


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Falcons coach Mike Smith and QB Matt Ryan on the Packers

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 4, 2013 – 2:32 pm

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Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith and QB Matt Ryan were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday. Listen to Smith and Ryan talk about Sunday’s game in Green Bay.


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