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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The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers
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.
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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- 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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- 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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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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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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INDIANAPOLIS–The Atlanta Falcons have gone full cycle and GM Thomas Dimitroff said this year’s draft and free agency period will be critical in reshaping the team’s roster and keeping the Falcons at the top of the NFC South.
“In 2008, we were the youngest team in the league and now we’re one of the oldest. We have difficult decisions to be made. We’re here to see how the talent compares to our talent,” Dimitroff said at the scouting combine on Friday.
“It seems like there’s a nice group of players on both fronts. There’s a nice safety group. There’s solid talent all the way down to 32,” Dimitroff said in evaluating this year’s draft class.
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INDIANAPOLIS–It was a couple of failed fourth-down plays in a playoff loss to the Giants that helped end the Falcons’ season, but Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith says the NFL is a third down league.
“You have to play them to get to third down. That’s when you get into situational football and that’s where the game is really played. Pass rush is very important to win on third down,” Smith said during his media conference at the scouting combine. “Your predominant defense is a five-defensive back package. You’re seeing more teams playing six defensive backs.”
The Falcons had never enjoyed consecutive winning seasons until Smith came along. Now they’ve had four in a row. So what are they saying about Smith? He hasn’t won a playoff game.
That’s life as a head coach. Unless you win them all, somebody’s going to complain.
There were complaints about Smith’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-one twice in the playoff loss to the Giants. It was one of the first questions posed to Smith in his press conference at the scouting combine on Saturday. He smiled and said: “When it doesn’t work, it’s not a good call. When it works, it’s a great call.”
Just win, baby.
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The Packers’ NFC Divisional playoff game has been slated for 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Lambeau Field. The opponent will be either the Lions, the Falcons or the Giants.
The Packers have a first-round bye in the playoffs and then host the divisional round. As the No. 1 seed, the Packers will play the lowest remaining seed after Wild Card weekend.
The lowest seed, No. 6 Detroit, plays at No. 3 New Orleans in the Wild Card round, and the Lions would come to Green Bay if they beat the Saints. Should New Orleans win that game, the Packers would get the winner of the other NFC Wild Card game, which will pit No. 5 seed Atlanta at the No. 4 New York Giants, who beat the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East on Sunday night.
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