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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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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GREEN BAY–The Packers fought off a second-half rally by the Falcons to score a 43-37 victory and remain one game ahead of the Lions in the NFC North title race.
Aaron Rodgers continued his campaign for the league MVP award by throwing three touchdown passes, the last of which went to Jordy Nelson for 60 yards.
Wide receiver Julio Jones was the Falcons’ star. Jones caught 11 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 24 of 39 passes for 375 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 116.9 passer rating.
Rodgers completed 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and a 123.3 passer rating.
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GREEN BAY–The Packers held a 34-17 lead over the Falcons heading into the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game at Lambeau Field.
Atlanta began the second half with a 79-yard pass completion from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones. It gave Jones six catches for 179 yards. The Packers defense stiffened and Falcons Coach Mike Smith elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 5. Smith’s faith in Ryan was rewarded by a touchdown pass from Ryan to Eric Weems. With 12:35 to play, the Packers led, 31-14.
After forcing a Packers punt, the Falcons began a drive at their 46-yard line. It ended with a Matt Bryant field goal that cut the Packers’ lead to 14 points.
Aaron Rodgers reignited the Packers with a 23-yard pass to Randall Cobb that carried to the Atlanta 47. On the next play, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for 28 yards to the Atlanta 19. That’s where the drive stalled, and Mason Crosby came on to attempt a 33-yard field goal. He converted, and the Packers led, 34-17, with 3:57 to play.
Atlanta roared back. Ryan moved his offense down the field in small chunks, mixing run and pass. The quarter ended with the Falcons on the Packers 33.
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GREEN BAY — The Packers have blown it open with a 24-point second quarter, taking a 31-7 lead over the Falcons into intermission on Monday night at Lambeau Field.
The Packers took the lead on the first play of the quarter, as RB Eddie Lacy capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run off the left side.
Green Bay got the ball right back after the defense got a three-and-out, despite jumping offside and allowing Atlanta to start with first-and-5. On third-and-1, CB Tramon Williams nearly intercepted a pass intended for WR Roddy White, knocking it away, and the Falcons had to punt.
The Packers tacked on a field goal to make it 17-7. RB James Starks began the drive with a 21-yard run and added a 12-yard reception to get the ball across midfield. Lacy’s 13-yard gain on a checkdown pass, on which he juked, dodged and spun around multiple Falcons defenders gave the Packers a first down on the Falcons’ 21, but the drive stalled there. K Mason Crosby was good from 38 yards out.
It didn’t take long for the Packers to get the ball back. One play after the Falcons began their drive with a 25-yard completion to WR Julio Jones, QB Matt Ryan was intercepted by S Morgan Burnett along the sideline on a pass intended for WR Devin Hester.
Burnett returned it 32 yards to the Atlanta 15, and the Packers found the end zone. A short pass to WR Davante Adams followed by a 9-yard scramble by QB Aaron Rodgers made it first-and-goal on the 1. Rodgers than hit Lacy with a quick flip pass over the middle for the TD, making it 24-7 with 4:20 left in the half.
The Packers added one more score before halftime. After DT Letroy Guion nearly intercepted Ryan on a ball he tipped himself, the Falcons had to punt. The Packers got a 14-yard reception by Starks and an 18-yarder by Cobb for a first down at the Atlanta 21 at the two-minute warning. After a 6-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson made it goal-to-go from the 10, Rodgers hit Nelson for the TD on third down, giving the Packers a 31-7 lead.
The Falcons came back with a 30-yard pass to Jones and a 15-yard scramble by Ryan to get the ball to the Green Bay 35. But K Matt Bryant’s 53-yard FG try on the final play of the half was blocked by LB Brad Jones.
Rodgers finished the first half 18-of-25 for 190 yards with two TDs. Lacy and Starks combined for 133 yards from scrimmage (87 rush, 46 receiving) with three scores (two rush, one receiving).
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Todd from Knoxville, TN
Chippy game; I like it. I might even stay up late to watch the whole thing. Note to Aaron Rodgers: You are kind of important, slide.
Or don’t run.
Jon from San Diego, CA
Forget Mathews at inside. Let him rush from outside. Barrington is looking great.
I might agree with you.
Christopher from Hastings, New Zealand
Are you ready to go to bed, yet, Vic? That first drive seemed too easy and, if it continues, the Falcons are in for a long night.
The Falcons defense is ranked last in the league overall and in pass defense. It’s difficult to imagine the Falcons stopping the Packers, but this is the most unpredictable season I have ever covered.
Jon from Bloomfield, NJ
Falcons start two-high? Have some Eddie Lacy. Is he the second most important player on this team?
You beat cover two by running at it. The Packers couldn’t do that in 2012 because they didn’t have the running game to take advantage of cover two. Then they drafted Eddie Lacy and everything changed. He is awfully important. He’s the guy that returned the big play to the Packers offense.
Jeff from Irvine, CA
J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Watt is playing incredible right now, but to me it’s simple: If you switched the two players, the Packers would get worse and the Texans would get better. Thus Rodgers is MVP. Thoughts?
That’s a logical approach. The Texans are 7-6 with Watt; the Packers couldn’t win a game in November of last season without Rodgers. The quarterback is so important in today’s game the MVP award has become almost sole property of the position.
Jason from Fairfax, VA
Vic, how do you think Green Bay matches up against Seattle?
With or without blunt instruments? What I saw yesterday was scary.
Stephen from Cedar Falls, IA
Do you think it’s possible to find the right balance of free agency and the draft to make a team built to win now and develop to win later consistently?
Build through the draft and patch your mistakes in free agency, but you better keep those mistakes to a minimum.
Dan from Waupun, WI
We saw Suh take a cheap shot on Sunday. At the end of the first quarter we saw the Falcons try the same cheapness. Why doesn’t McCarthy bring up a no-namer off the practice squad this time of year, to keep the other team honest? They have enforcers in hockey, and I’m darn sure it would work in the NFL. All you need to do is ask the jerk if he wants knee surgery. With the money QBs are getting, you need insurance.
You’re not winsome. I like that about you.
Reiss from Virginia Beach, VA
Vic, is A.J. Hawk injured, or is this just a situational defensive scheme?
All indications are Sam Barrington has taken the job.
Dean from Bluewell, WV
Vic, are we seeing more Starks tonight as a result of scheme, or is it simply trying to extend Lacy’s career?
Lacy suffers from asthma; it’s a cold night. Maybe they’re trying to keep him fresh.
Scott from Vallendar, Germany
“This is like backyard football where you have to wait five seconds to rush the passer.” – Jon Gruden.
I love Gruden. I loved interviewing him. He’s given Monday Night Football a personality it hasn’t had since Howard Cosell invented the show.
Sean from Medway, UK
Shall I start planning my Packers Super Bowl party?
That’s chortling and if anything bad happens in this game, I’m going to blame you.
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GREEN BAY–The Packers and Falcons were tied, 7-7, after one quarter of play at Lambeau Field on Monday night.
The Packers won the toss and elected to receive. On the second play of the game, Eddie Lacy gained 22 yards to the Packers 47-yard line. He hit the left side again for 12 on the next play.
An Aaron Rodgers pass moved the ball to the Falcons 25, first down. From there, Rodgers rolled to his right and hit Jordy Nelson over the middle for 22 yards to the Falcons 3. James Starks scored around right end, capping an easy-looking, 81-yard touchdown drive with 11:13 to play in the first quarter.
The Falcons answered with a workmanlike drive that moved 72 yards in nine plays and was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson with 7:00 to play in the first quarter. The big plays in the drive were passes of 19 and 18 yards from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones.
Rodgers kick-started the Packers’ next possession with a 30-yard completion to Andrew Quarless. Lacy pounded out a first down at the Falcons 32, and then Rodgers found Quarless for 13 and a first down at the 19. The quarter ended with the Packers on the 1.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field:
Green Bay Packers
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.
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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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 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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