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PACKERS LOSE TO BEARS IN MONDAY NIGHT CONTEST
- Green Bay’s four-game winning streak came to an end Monday night with a 27-20 loss to the Bears. The Packers are 5-3 at the midway point of the season.
- The loss snapped the Packers’ 10-game regular-season home winning streak and their six-game winning streak (including playoffs) against the Bears.
- Green Bay posted a season-high 199 rushing yards on 29 carries (6.9 avg.), the team’s best single-game effort since a 202-yard afternoon at Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2009.
- The Packers posted their first zero-penalty game since Dec. 25, 2011, vs. Chicago.
- The Packers will stay home in Week 10 to face the Philadelphia Eagles at noon (CST) this Sunday. It is the Eagles’ first visit to Green Bay since the teams played in the 2007 season opener.
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,122. It was the 315th consecutive sellout (297 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- RB Eddie Lacy posted a career-high 150 rushing yards and a TD on 22 carries (6.8 avg.), the second most by a Green Bay rookie behind only Samkon Gado’s 171 yards vs. Detroit on Dec. 11, 2005. Lacy’s yardage total was the most by a Packer since RB Ryan Grant’s 156 yards rushing vs. Oakland on Dec. 9, 2007.
- Lacy further extended his franchise rookie record by posting his fifth straight game with at least 80 rushing yards.
- With his 150 rushing yards tonight, Lacy brought his season total to 596 rushing yards. That is the second most in a season by a Green Bay rookie behind only John Brockington’s 1,105-yard season in 1971.
- With his 32-yard TD run in the first quarter tonight and a 25-yard TD run at Minnesota in Week 8, RB James Starks became the first Packer to post a TD run of 25-plus yards in back-to-back games since Grant did so in Weeks 16-17 of 2007.
- With four punts placed inside the 20-yard line on Monday night, P Tim Masthay moved ahead of Josh Bidwell (85) for the second-most punts inside the 20 in franchise history (since 1976) with 89. He now trails only Craig Hentrich (104) in the franchise record book.
- LB Jamari Lattimore became the first Packer to block a punt since CB Davon House did so vs. Jacksonville on Oct. 28, 2012.
- With an onside kick recovery in the third quarter, Lattimore became the first Packer to do so since he recovered an onside kick at St. Louis on Oct. 21, 2012.
- The Packers scored on their opening drive, a 30-yard field goal from K Mason Crosby, the fifth straight game that Green Bay has scored on its opening possession.
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HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on opening statement) “Tough loss. You never want to lose at home, obviously. Division game. I thought offensively, we got off to a fast start, but didn’t convert there in the red zone. After the injury to Aaron Rodgers, I thought we ran the ball very well, but we were not very productive in the passing game, especially on third down. We had a few series where we were on the fringe, had good field position and we couldn’t quite convert on third down. That was a key to the defensive effort by the Bears and our inability to get that particular third down for more points. Defensively, we didn’t do a very good job stopping the run. The tackling, to me, without seeing the tape, looked like a lot of missed tackles and also the passing game. The way the fourth quarter went, disappointing. It has kind of been a disappointment for our football team as the year has moved on. It’s a situation that we’ve continued to focus on and tried to improve on, but it did not happen tonight. I thought special teams played well. They recovered the surprise onside kick and did a pretty good job on Devin Hester.”
(on Aaron Rodgers injury) “Aaron Rodgers injury, I just had a chance to speak to Aaron before he went up to the training room, he has a shoulder injury. They want to run more tests. They don’t have an exact diagnosis. That’s where we are. We’ll have more information for you, probably tomorrow.”
(on if he had a chance to talk to Rodgers at halftime) “No, I didn’t. I didn’t have a chance to talk to him. After the game is the only chance I really had to talk to him. Halftime is kind of a busy time for coaches, making adjustments. I saw him off in the distance, but I didn’t have the chance to talk to him.”
(on his confidence level in Seneca Wallace) “Seneca, he needs to perform better and he’ll definitely do that with a week of practice. We’re on a short week, we’re on a six-day week. We have the Eagles coming in here, new staff, uncommon opponent, so we need to do a better job in the passing game. It was obvious tonight, the third downs were something that held us back. We ran the ball well, particularly when they were loading up against the run there. It’s a disappointing loss, no doubt. We fully expected to win the game, we had some opportunities. We have no excuses. We didn’t play well enough, they beat us.”
(on if it’s a challenge to get a backup quarterback ready) “It’s the same thing that everybody goes through. Aaron takes a lot of reps during the week. Seneca’s (reps) are probably on the low side of backups. We do a lot of work with our backup guys after practice and things like that. But there’s nothing like live reps and I think it was evident tonight.”
(on Eddie Lacy’s performance) “I thought he ran hard. He came out after halftime and he takes that first one almost to the house. From what I saw, I thought Eddie Lacy played very well.”
(on how much of the offense is based on Rodgers’ calls at the line of scrimmage) “Well, Aaron is a huge part of our offense now. We’ve been at this thing for how many years as far as the no huddle, and this is something that has been built over time with Aaron as the centerpiece. I don’t think it’s realistic to put anybody in there and think they’re going to pick up and run it the way he has run it. But it’s our job as coaches to make sure that Seneca is comfortable and put him into positions, put him into concepts that we can execute and be successful in. I thought we did that on first and second down, but third down was an issue tonight.”
(on the Bears receivers) “We knew going in they were big, physical receivers. They did a good job blocking us, probably factored into the run game production. I can’t be specific without looking at the video. They had separation on us in coverage and they made a lot of plays. They had a lot of production on offense.”
(on the Packers onside kick) “I was trying to steal a series. It was something that we had been working on. I thought the timing was right. We came out and had the stop there in the second half, and were able to get the seven points and we were trying to ride that momentum wave. I felt our football team needed it and it was a great job by our group. We went down and got three points out of it. I thought it was a good opportunity and worth the risk.”
(on how his team reacted once Rodgers left the game with his injury) “I thought the team reacted well. Frankly, we had a bunch of injuries. Getting Seneca ready wasn’t the only thing that was going on over on the sidelines. Our special teams group had a lot of changes. We lost three linebackers in about two plays. We had a lot of activity tonight.”
QUARTERBACK SENECA WALLACE:
(on how prepared he felt for tonight considering his lack of practice reps) “I felt pretty good. Obviously, not getting the reps in practice, you’ve got to go out there and just try to play. I tried my best. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure there’s not a letdown from what Aaron (Rodgers) is doing and what I’m doing. But obviously it’s tough to get put in that situation, to go there and not have a lack… You want to go out there and compete. That’s what I’m about. I love to compete and I put a lot on myself. I feel like I should have played better.”
(on if he was comfortable right away) “It takes a little bit to get in the swing of things, obviously, (with) not getting reps in practice. But I’ve been in this situation before and it definitely will get better.”
(on if he felt they were just a play away from getting some drives going) “We missed a couple things. Obviously, the timing and things like that, but like I said, if I made some better throws, I feel like we could’ve got some good things going, got a couple first downs, got a little momentum going. The offensive line did great. We ran the ball well. I’ve just got to make some better plays here and there.”
(on if he’s preparing to start next week) “My mindset is just keep moving forward whatever situation is called, and I’m prepared to be the starter. I’ll continue to keep pushing and get better.”
(on how he feels he fits in this offense with his skill set) “Honestly, I feel like my skill set is good. I think that I was brought here for a reason, and, like I said, it’s going to get a lot better. It’s a tough situation to get put in the first quarter, but I’ve just got to keep fighting. I know that regardless of what happens this week I’m going to keep preparing and it’ll get better if I’m playing.”
(on what his teammates said to him when he came in the game) “They know I’ve been working the last eight weeks I’ve been here, and they are confident regardless of whoever’s in there. We’ve got to have confidence and know we can move the ball, and do the things we need to do regardless of who’s playing quarterback. They looked at me and said ‘Let’s go,’ and I know I’ve got to go there and perform at a high level for them.”
(on what the Bears were doing schematically) “Nothing really. They did what they thought we saw on film. I think I put lot on myself to play a lot better than what I did in the situation, but we’re going to move forward and get better for next week.”
(on if T.J. Lang’s injury put any more pressure on him) “It’s been that situation for the last couple weeks. It’s the next man up, and we’ll continue to keep fighting.”
(on if he could tell Rodgers was hurting when playing catch on the sideline with him) “I knew he was in a little bit of pain, but we didn’t know what was going on.”
(on how much of the offense he’s learned in eight weeks) “I learned a lot. I think now it’s about timing and getting the reps in practice. It’ll get better.”
(on how much he can cram in this week if he’s the starter) “I’ll just keep grinding, regardless of how much they put on my plate. (I’ll) just continue to keep playing, go back to the basics and things that I’ve learned in the past. I’m in this situation for a reason and I’ll put it in God’s hands. I know I’ll continue to keep preparing and get ready for the week.”
RUNNING BACK EDDIE LACY:
(on what head coach Mike McCarthy’s message was after the game) “Pretty much that we can play a lot better than we did. We left a lot out there on the field, and we just have to correct it, forget about this and move on. We have a lot of football left to be played.”
(on his 56-yard run) “It was perfectly blocked. I just had to make one guy miss and run as fast as I could.”
(on losing QB Aaron Rodgers early in the game) “He’s the heart and soul of this team – offense and defense. It took a lot out of us. We tried to step up the best we could.”
(on what he thought when Rodgers went down with the injury) “I just knew we were going to have to run the ball a lot more. I thought, just try to hold onto the ball, don’t turn it over and give them momentum.”
WIDE RECEIVER JORDY NELSON:
(on losing QB Aaron Rodgers early in the game) “We don’t want to lose anyone, especially our quarterback, and someone who’s that good. Sometimes it happens. I think Seneca (Wallace) came in and did alright. We were able to make some plays, just not enough. The run game was good and we made some explosive plays, but they made more plays than we did.”
(on the impact if Rodgers is out long-term) “I think we’ll be fine. We dealt with this a few years ago. Obviously, that wasn’t as long as this possibly could be – we don’t know. We trust Seneca (Wallace). He has a proven track record and he’s been around the league long enough. We have all the faith in the world in him. He’s going to get plenty of reps now, we’ll get that chemistry down and we’ll be ready to roll. It’s just another opportunity for someone else in this locker room to step up.”
DEFENSIVE TACKLE B.J. RAJI:
(on the loss) “We have a high standard here at the Green Bay Packers, and tonight we just lost to a team that played harder than us.”
(on what he thought when QB Aaron Rodgers went down with the injury) “Honestly, my first thought was that we were going to be fine. We were going to rise together as a team. That wasn’t the case tonight, and we’re going to get better. Tonight the Bears were the better team.”
(on the impact if Rodgers is out long-term) “He’s the best quarterback in the league. Take what you want from that. But that’s why it’s a team game. We have to step up and play better on defense.”
(on what the defense could have done better tonight) “No. 1 is just tackling and understanding our scheme. (Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers) had a good scheme in place. At times, we were getting outside our integrity. We allowed a lot of tosses and runs inside with traps. (The Bears) did a good job and we weren’t ready to play tonight.”
(on the Bears’ final offensive drive) “It was frustrating. That’s not like us. Give the Bears credit. They played better than us tonight. They had a good game plan and they stuck with it.”
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Packers WR James Jones is active for tonight’s game after missing the past two games with a knee injury.
The following players have been declared as inactive for tonight’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers
10 WR Chris Harper
25 CB James Nixon
52 LB Clay Matthews
53 LB Nick Perry
88 TE Jermichael Finley
93 DE Josh Boyd
98 DE C.J. Wilson
96 Mike Neal will start at OLB in place of Perry; 55 Andy Mulumba will start at OLB in place of Matthews; 81 Andrew Quarless will start at TE in place of Finley.
6 QB Jay Cutler
19 WR Joe Anderson
55 LB Lance Briggs
78 T/G James Brown
79 T Jonathan Scott
94 DE Cornelius Washington
96 DT Zach Minter
59 Khaseem Greene will start at LB for Briggs; 12 Josh McCown will start at QB for Cutler.
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- The Packers have won 17 consecutive regular-season games at Lambeau Field that were played Nov. 1 or later, the longest current streak in the NFL. The next-closest streak is six games by Indianapolis and Seattle.
- Green Bay has posted at least 350 yards of offense in all seven games this season and each of the last 10 dating back to last season. That is the second-longest current streak in the NFL behind only Denver (12).
- The Packers’ streak of 19 straight regular-season games with at least 22 points at home is the longest in franchise history and the longest in the league since New Orleans posted a 20-game streak at home from 2007-09.
- Green Bay has had an 80-yard rusher in each of the last six games. That is the longest streak in a single season in franchise history.
- The Packers have had at least one 100-yard receiver in six of seven games this season and rank No. 1 in the NFL with eight 100-yard receivers on the season.
- Green Bay has turned the ball over just twice in its current four-game winning streak.
- Green Bay has registered 20 sacks over its last five games. The Packers have recorded at least three sacks in five consecutive games, the longest stretch since a five-game streak in 2010 (Weeks 1-5). The top single-season streak in team history is six games in 1976.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in 10 of their last 11 games at Lambeau Field.
- Including playoffs, Green Bay has posted 12 takeaways against the Bears in the last five meetings between the clubs.
- In his last four regular-season games against Chicago, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 94 of 135 passes (69.6 percent) for 1,090 yards and 12 TDs with two INTs for a 117.2 passer rating.
- RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 395 yards over the last four games, No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
- WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 18.2-yard receiving average over his last 10 regular-season games, catching 45 passes for 817 yards and nine TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in six of his last eight games.
- WR James Jones has caught five TD passes in his last three games against the Bears.
- P Tim Masthay needs to place one punt inside the 20 to move into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in team history (since 1976). With 85 career punts inside the 20, he is currently tied for No. 2 with Josh Bidwell.
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- The Packers (5-2) will host the Bears (4-3) tonight, the first meeting between the teams on Monday Night Football in Green Bay since 1997 and the third ever (also 1986) at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers extended their winning streak to four games with a 44-31 victory at Minnesota in Week 8, the most points ever scored by Green Bay at the Metrodome. Green Bay has now had a winning streak of four or more games each of the past five seasons (2009-13), the only NFL team to do so over that span.
- Tonight will mark game No. 187 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 92-88-6 edge in the series (includes two playoff games, 1-1).
- It will be a matchup between two of the top three scoring teams in the NFL, with Chicago checking in at No. 2 (30.4) and Green Bay at No. 3 (30.3) through Week 8.
- The Packers have won six straight and eight of the last nine meetings against the Bears (including playoffs). Green Bay has swept the season series in three of the last four seasons (2009, 2011-12). Green Bay’s current six-game winning streak against Chicago is its longest since a seven-game streak from 2000-03.
- Seven of the last 10 meetings between the Packers and Bears (including postseason) have been decided by eight points or less.
- This is the 21st consecutive season (1993-2013) that Green Bay is appearing on Monday Night Football, the second-longest streak in the league behind only Denver’s 22-year span (1992-2013). It is the Packers’ lone MNF appearance this season.
- The game against Chicago is the second of back-to-back NFC North contests for Green Bay. The Packers are in the midst of a six-game stretch that sees them play four divisional games.
- Green Bay enters tonight’s game having won 14 of its last 15 regular-season games against NFC North foes. The Packers’ .933 winning percentage in the division over that span ranks No. 1 in the NFL.
- When the Packers take the field against the Bears tonight, they will be looking to extend their home divisional winning streak to 11 games.
- Green Bay’s 10-game winning streak against NFC North foes is tied for the second longest (2000-02) in franchise history since the league went to a divisional format in 1967. The Packers won 18 straight games against NFC Central opponents from 1994-98.
- Since 2006, Green Bay has a 34-10 overall record (.773) in NFC North games (No. 2 in the NFL) and a 19-3 mark (.864) at home (No. 2).
- The Packers have won 10 consecutive regular-season games at home and 23 of their last 24 (.958) at Lambeau Field.
RIVALRY UNDER THE LIGHTS
- For the Packers and the Bears, this marks the eighth consecutive season (2006-13) that the NFC North rivals have met in a prime-time game. It is the first Monday Night Football meeting between the clubs since 2010.
- It will be the first time since 1997 that the clubs have met on MNF at Lambeau Field, with the last four meetings at Chicago (2002-03, 2008, 2010). The 2002 game was played in Champaign, Ill.
- This will be the 11th time that Green Bay and Chicago have met on Monday Night Football, which is the most against any one opponent for the Packers. It is tied for No. 5 as far as the most meetings in Monday Night Football history (since 1970). The Packers and Bears have split (5-5) the previous 10 meetings on MNF.
- Since 2006, the Packers and Bears have met four times on Sunday night (2006-07, 2009, 2011), twice on MNF (2008, 2010) and once on Thursday night (2012).
- This will be the 18th time that the division rivals have met in a prime-time contest. Green Bay holds a 10-7 edge in those games (5-5 on MNF, 4-1 on Sunday night, 1-1 on Thursday night).
- Since 2009, the Packers are 9-3 overall (.750) in prime-time games.
WEARING THE STRIPES
- Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Walt Anderson (66), umpire Jeff Rice (44), head linesman Steve Stelljes (22), line judge Byron Boston (18), field judge Buddy Horton (82), side judge Michael Banks (72) and back judge Billy Smith (2).
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
- Tonight’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Tramon Williams (defense) and CB Davon House (special teams).
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Chicago Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman and WR Brandon Marshall were made available to the media via conference call Thursday. To listen to Trestman and Marshall talk about Monday night’s game, click on the links below.
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The Packers coaching staff awarded game balls to a half dozen players following the 21-13 victory over Chicago that clinched the NFC North title for Green Bay.
On special teams, FB John Kuhn was the game-ball recipient.
On offense, QB Aaron Rodgers and WR James Jones earned game balls. Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes for 291 yards with three TDs, all to Jones. Rodgers posted a 116.8 passer rating.
Jones enjoyed the first three-TD game of his career, catching five passes for 60 yards in all. Jones now has 12 TD receptions on the season, a total that leads the league and is his career high.
On defense, LBs Clay Matthews and Brad Jones, plus CB Sam Shields, all were awarded game balls.
Matthews, returning from a four-game injury absence, had two sacks to raise his team-leading total to 11. He also had two other tackles for loss and deflected a pass.
Jones led the team with eight total tackles, according to the press box statistics, and was involved on back-to-back run stops at the goal line in the third quarter. Jones also was credited with two passes defensed.
Shields engaged in a game-long physical battle with Bears WR Alshon Jeffery and ended up shutting the rookie out. Shields was credited with three passes defensed, and he also drew three offensive pass interference penalties on Jeffery, who did not have a catch in the game.
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