Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy, coming off of a 99-yard rushing performance in Week 5′s clash with the Detroit Lions, has been nominated for Rookie of the Week. Other nominees are Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals), Zac Stacy (St. Louis Rams), Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys), and Geno Smith (New York Jets).
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PACKERS BEAT LIONS AT LAMBEAU FIELD
- Green Bay beat Detroit, 22-9, this afternoon at Lambeau Field to improve to 2-2 on the season. It was the fewest points scored by the Lions since they recorded seven at Chicago on Oct. 22, 2012, and the second time in four regular-season games that the Packers have allowed less than 10 points at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers have won 22 straight regular-season games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin, extending the lon- gest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NFL history. Including a playoff victory in 1994, Green Bay has won 23 straight in Wisconsin against Detroit.
- Green Bay has won nine consecutive regular-season games at home and 22 of its last 23 at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers have now won 10 straight NFC North regular-season games at home, which is tied for the second-longest home divisional winning streak (2000-02) since the league went to a divisional format in 1967. The Packers won 18 straight home games in the division from 1994-98.
- Green Bay improved to 33-10 (.767) in NFC North games under Head Coach Mike McCarthy and 19-3 (.864) at home in divisional contests. The Packers have won 13 of their last 14 games in the division. – The Packers have now won their first game after the bye in each of the last five seasons. Green Bay improved to 7-1 under McCarthy in the first game following the bye.
- The Packers extended their franchise-record streak to 18 consecutive home games with at least 22 points scored.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in nine of their last 10 games at home.
- Green Bay will travel to Baltimore next Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens at 1 p.m. (EDT). It will be the Packers’ second visit to Baltimore to take on the Ravens since the club moved to Baltimore in 1996.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 78,200. It was the 313th consecutive sellout (295 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field and the largest crowd in stadium history.
- The Packers posted 449 yards of total offense, their seventh consecutive game with at least 385 yards of offense. That is the longest since a seven-game stretch in 2011 (Weeks 1-7).
- Green Bay’s yardage output on Sunday brought its season total to 1,813 yards, a franchise record for the first four games of the season (previous high was 1,717 yards in 2011).
- The Packers registered 180 rushing yards as a team, their third straight game with at least 135 rushing yards. That is the first time Green Bay has accomplished that feat since Weeks 13-15 of 2006.
- It also marked the first time Green Bay posted back-to-back 180-yard rushing games since it posted four consecutive games with 180-plus rushing yards in 2003 (Weeks 9-12).
- With 275 passing yards today, QB Aaron Rodgers brought his season total to 1,331 passing yards. That is the most by a Green Bay QB in the first four games of the season, with Rodgers holding the previous mark (1,325 in 2011).
- WR Randall Cobb’s 67-yard run in the third quarter was the longest run by a Packer since RB Brandon Jackson’s 71-yarder at Washington on Oct. 10, 2010. It was the longest by a Green Bay wide receiver since James Lofton’s 83-yard TD run at the N.Y. Giants on Sept. 20, 1982.
- WR James Jones’ 83-yard TD catch in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career. His previous career long was a 79-yard TD grab at Denver on Oct. 29, 2007.
- With Cobb’s 67-yard run and Jones’ 83-yard catch, the Packers became the first NFL team to register a 65-yard run and an 80-yard pass in the same game since the Los Angeles Raiders did so vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 5, 1989 (Bo Jackson, 92-yard run; Willie Gault, 82-yard catch).
- LB Clay Matthews registered a 12-yard sack of QB Matthew Stafford in the third quarter. He has recorded at least one sack in five of six career games against the Lions.
- K Mason Crosby tied the single-game franchise record with five field goals. Chris Jacke did so twice (at L.A. Raiders, Nov, 11, 1990; vs. San Francisco, Oct. 14, 1996) and Ryan Longwell did so once (at Arizona, Sept. 24, 2000).
- Crosby has made all nine field goal attempts this season and has made 13 straight in the regular season dating back to 2012. His streak of 13 consecutive field goals made is tied for the sixth-longest streak in franchise history.
HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on opening statement) “Good afternoon. I’m very pleased with the victory today. Good division victory for us. Great to be back home. Coming off the bye week I thought the football team as a whole, it was a little bit of a disjointed game. The officials went through an adjustment when they lost an official. The game was kind of up and down as far as breaks in the game. I thought that was more of a reflection of how we were playing. There was a little bit of a sparring match going back and forth. I thought our players did an excellent job handling the situations that came up in the game. It started first with the defense. We had a number of injuries, and a number of players stepped up and played well for us. Francois stepped up for Brad Jones. I feel terrible about Robert’s situation. A fine, fine performance by our defense. Offensively, we learned to be patient. We had some penalties that didn’t help us on a couple drives. Our big play production was a little bit off, but I’m very pleased with our approach, the patience, the execution, and the ability to score enough points to win the game. Special teams, Mason Crosby was on fire today. He was stroking, hitting the ball very well. He was one of our keys to victory today.”
(on James Jones’ touchdown to create space on the scoreboard) “Well, I think as you watch the game, our ability to run the football, the focus of their defense, they were playing in three-shell defenses against us. The opportunities outside first started with the late safety rolling down into the box and them playing soft on the outside. As the coverages got tighter, we were able to attack deeper. We wish we probably would have been able to hit a couple more of those, but James had a big day. He had the one at the end of the game that he didn’t get the second foot down, which would have been another big play. But yes, any time you get into the end zone when a game is that was tight, that’s one of the critical plays in the football game. That was a big score for us.”
(on the play of the interior of the offensive line) “Evan (Dietrich-Smith), Josh (Sitton) and TJ (Lang), those guys are blue collar types that really get after it, and they are talented in their own right. I always refer to those guys as the core of our offense, because between the center and guards and the quarterback, there is a ton of responsibility on those four men’s shoulders. The ability to do different things gives us great flexibility at the line of scrimmage. Their particular play was vital. Everybody knows the importance of Fairley and Suh to their defense. That was our focus. That was our starting point. It started in the run game, and it carried over to the play-action. Frankly, I really didn’t get to a whole lot of action passes that I probably anticipated getting to coming into the game. That’s even more credit to our whole line being able to handle those guys more in a drop-back environment.”
(on the steadiness of A.J. Hawk after the injuries at linebacker) “A.J. Hawk is the same guy every day. In total control, total command. He’s productive as a player. Very understated player and he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves for the job that he does here. He managed the whole situation and he’s kind of like a quarterback when the communication comes in from the sideline. I thought A.J. had a heck of a day.”
QB AARON RODGERS
(on what the James Jones TD meant to the team) “That was big for us; we ran it pretty well today. That set up a lot of stuff we did in the passing game, and we just made a solid adjustment. It’s often the things you don’t see on the play that make the play. Randall (Cobb) did a great job of avoiding the defender in the slot (and) getting up on the safety quick, influencing him in that Cover 2 and James (Jones) was screaming on the sidelines. (He) made a great catch, was in the right spot and was able to make them miss there on about the 10 yard line.”
(on how the running game helped the passing game) “We wanted to run it a bunch and give Eddie (Lacy) some touches. Then when we couldn’t get the ball a bunch to Randall (Cobb), we wanted to make sure he was getting some touches in the run game. I think it helps to slow their pass rush down. We had one sack today. For the most part it was very clean up front. The offensive line did a great job.”
(on whether defenses play them differently given the improved run game) “I would say not entirely yet, no. So we’re going to continue to let the run game set up the pass and be patient with the passing game. There’s going to be big-play opportunities, but we’ve got multiple runners who can go over 100 yards for us. We almost had our third different 100-yard rusher today – missed it by a couple (yards) I think – but that balance is going help us come November, December.”
(on adding the deep throws back into the offense more often) “We’ve hit a lot of short ones the first few weeks, catch and run. It’s about time we get some down the sidelines. James (Jones) made a nice catch and run, and had another one that would have obviously been a touchdown if he gets his left foot in there. If teams are going to come up and press us we’re going to take some shots and convert them.”
(on Jordy Nelson’s sideline catch) “Usually I look over at the guy after he catches it and he gave the real nonchalant look, so I should have trusted him because he’s done that so many times. But I wanted to make sure we got a play just to make the (Lions’) coach make a quick decision.”
(on the number of difficult catches Nelson has made early in the season) “I’m not surprised but it is impressive. You don’t want to lessen it by the fact that you see it a lot in practice (and) we’ve seen it over his career here, but you kind of expect things like that. It’s still really impressive.”
(on if Nelson playing at a higher level than he has in the past) “He’s at the point in his career where it’s all about consistency, and he’s set the bar so high that it’s going to be tough to reset all the time. But it’s about being consistent for him. He’s made a ton of big catches for us over the years. He wasn’t healthy last year. He’s been healthy the first four games and you’ve seen him put up some big numbers.”
(on whether it’s difficult to change identities in becoming a more balanced team) “I don’t really feel like that’s our identity at this point. It’s still early in the season. It takes, I think, really the first couple quarters of the season to figure out what your identity is going to be. We are a spread offense. We’re a three-receiver offense. Jermichael (Finley) adds a fourth receiver option there and we’re going to make teams declare what they’re going to do. And if they’re going to play a lot of high safeties and stay in two-high or roll down late, we’re going to make you tackle a 230-pound back.”
(on if he feels good about how this team is playing right now) “The health of this football team is going to be very important come in November, December for us to make the kind of run we want. We had some setbacks on defense today so we’ll see how they are tomorrow and Tuesday, and hopefully get some of those guys back. If not, the next guy’s got to step up and play well.”
(on if the lack of red-zone production is a problem) “It’s something we’ve got to tighten up. I wouldn’t say it’s a problem. I’d say we need to convert. That’s a real good defense there, they’re very stout up front. We had some opportunities to convert and didn’t, so we need to go back and look at that and figure out the best plays we can call down there and execute them obviously a little better.”
(on whether the mindset changes when a player like Calvin Johnson is out) “It’s hard to not say yes. Obviously you want to keep your offense focused on their defense because we’re not playing against Calvin Johnson when we line up, but it definitely changes their offense. He’s a dynamic player, one of the top players in the league and not having him out there definitely helped our cause.”
(on the play-making ability of Randall Cobb) “He’s a play-maker and he adds so much to our offense. He’s a guy that can do so many things for us – running the football, running after the catch, obviously returning. I love having him on our team and just trying to find ways to get him the ball in space.”
(on the performance of Mason Crosby) “I’m real proud of Mason. It’s great to see him kicking the way we know he’s capable of kicking. He never had five (field goals) before he said on the sidelines so it’s fun to watch. He’s got one of the biggest legs in the league and when he’s rolling he’s one of the best, if not the best. I’m proud of him. He went through some stuff in training camp, took a lot of flak last year obviously, but we’re glad he’s our guy.”
(on how quickly the offensive line has gelled) “It’s impressive. Those guys have done a really good job. It helps when you’ve got a center who can really set the tempo and set the calls, and then you’ve got two of the smartest guys on the team on either side of him. Josh (Sitton) and T.J. (Lang) and those guys make sure we’re in the right calls. They do a great job of making dummy calls all the time and you’ve got Donny (Barclay) and David (Bakhtiari) who have been really consistent.”
KICKER MASON CROSBY:
(on tying the Packers record and setting a new career high with five field goals) “I’m really pumped about that. It’s really cool, but at the same time, it’s awesome that it came with a win. Sometimes you get a lot of field goals and it doesn’t come with a win. Our defense played well. Our offense got us in positions. We didn’t score touchdowns a ton, but I was able to kick those field goals through. I’ve never had five, so that feels really great. I’m glad I had a couple of long ones and a couple there at the end to kind of seal off (the win). I felt really good about the operation. Our snap-hold protection was perfect. It goes all the way down to how the field was. It was just a perfect day for football and I’m glad we got the win.”
(on his play so far this season) “I feel really good with how I’m striking the ball. I’m happy when I’m getting all these opportunities. Obviously, I want us to score touchdowns as much as anyone else because that means we’re putting more points on the board, but whenever I’m called I need to go out there and take advantage of it. I had a great week of work, so it was nice to have all those opportunities to capitalize on it.”
WIDE RECEIVER RANDALL COBB:
(on his 67-yard run) “I’ve got to finish. That’s got to be a touchdown. It was a great block by the offensive line and I was able to get on the safety pretty fast, one-on-one. I was able to beat him and get up the sideline, but I’ve got to score there.”
(on the offense in the second half) “I think the biggest thing was we got some big plays. We had that touchdown by (James Jones), that long run by myself, and Jordy (Nelson) caught a long deep ball. Those big play opportunities that we talk about, we’ve got to capitalize on them and we were able to in the second half.”
(on if he thinks he’ll continue to play a variety of roles on the team) “I don’t know. It’s a possibility. I wouldn’t look past it. Depending on what the game is and the situation, whatever is needed of me I’m going to do it.”
(on if he feels he’s a good change of pace from RB Eddie Lacy in the backfield) “Yeah I’ve got a step or two on Eddie. Eddie and I are two totally different players. He’s a pound-it-out guy. He’s going to pick up those hard, three or four yards consistently. I’m able to give a little spark here or there. I’m definitely not a 10- or 15-carry guy, but we’re able to work well together in this offense and it works for us.”
LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK:
(on if the game plan changed due to Lions WR Calvin Johnson being out) “Our game plan didn’t change too much. We game plan for schemes and not one particular player. Not to take anything away from him, I’m not trying to do that, but for us it’s just about what their concepts are and how they’re going to attack you. They might attack you a little bit differently without him in the game, maybe not go deep as often, but we just made tiny little adjustments.”
WIDE RECEIVER JAMES JONES:
(on his 83-yard touchdown reception) “We were running deep, deep, deep, deep, deep all day, we just got a couple of them in the second half. My hamstrings hurt a little bit right now, so I’ve got to go get some rest.”
(on not getting caught from behind on his touchdown) “By any means necessary, you’ve got to get to the end zone. That’s football. Once you get the ball in your hands, you go back to the park and you’ve got to zigzag. You’ve got to dive, you’ve got to spin, whatever you’ve got to do to get to the end zone.”
(on not finishing drives with touchdowns today) “None of us like it. (QB Aaron Rodgers) is the leader in that huddle and he knows we need touchdowns down there if we’re going to win ball games. Every game isn’t going to be like this. Our defense did a great job today, but there are going to be some teams who are going to score touchdowns on our defense as well. We’ve got to be able to have our defense’s back and score some touchdowns.”
RUNNING BACK EDDIE LACY:
(on finishing one yard shy of 100 yards rushing) “I’m not disappointed at all. Of course you want to get 100 yards, you want to hit the century mark, but 99 (yards) is just as good, and as long I did my part in moving the offense forward, I feel as though I did a good job.”
(on coming back after the concussion and the bye week) “It was a little shaky at first. You get hit and you don’t know if it’s going to happen again, but after a while I got in a groove and put that behind me and just kept playing.”
(on what WR Randall Cobb brought to the running game) “Man that was an explosive run. I thought he was going to score, but any big play we can have like that, we’ll take. He’s a curveball. We have running backs and then we have a receiver who we can put at running back and is just as effective.”
CORNERBACK TRAMON WILLIAMS:
(on if the game plan changed due to Lions WR Calvin Johnson being out) “It didn’t change anything that we did. We stuck to the same game plan and we went out there and we executed. I felt that we played well today. Obviously, I think everyone felt that his presence wasn’t there on the field. We know we’ll see him next time, but at the end of the day, we still had to go out and do what we planned to do, and that’s to get the win.”
(on the defense’s performance) “It’s definitely something that we want to build on, especially against a team like the Lions. They have talent all over the field. Obviously Calvin (Johnson) didn’t play today, but for us to come out and still put our best foot forward and put together a good performance for most of the game, that’s what we want to see.”
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The following players have been declared as inactive for this afternoon’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
Green Bay Packers
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
51 LB Nate Palmer
64 G/C Greg Van Roten
86 TE Brandon Bostick
93 DE Josh Boyd
98 DE C.J. Wilson
13 WR Nate Burleson
17 QB Kellen Moore
25 RB Mikel Leshoure
36 CB Jonte Green
64 G Leroy Harris
66 T LaAdrian Waddle
81 WR Calvin Johnson
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* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS TO HOST LIONS IN NFC NORTH TILT
- After enjoying their bye in Week 4, the Packers return to action this afternoon when they host Detroit at Lambeau Field. It marks the second straight season that Green Bay has played the Lions in the game after the open date on its schedule.
- Today marks the 168th meeting between the clubs (including playoffs). No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
- Green Bay has a 13-1 mark (.929) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Overall, the Packers have won 14 of the last 15 against Detroit and 22 of the last 25 in the series.
- The Packers have won 22 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including a 1994 playoff game). The streak started with Green Bay’s win over the Lions at County Stadium in Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 1992.
- Green Bay’s 21-game regular-season home winning streak against Detroit is the longest in NFL history, ahead of Washington’s 18-game home winning streak against the Lions (1939-2007) and Pittsburgh’s 16-game streak versus the Cleveland Browns (1970-85).
- This will be the first time since 2000 that the Packers’ first game in the division did not arrive until Week 5 or later (Week 5 vs. Chicago in 2000).
- Three of the Packers’ next five games will come against NFC North foes, with a Week 8 visit to Minnesota and a Week 9 home tilt against Chicago.
- When the Packers take the field against the Lions today, they will be looking to extend their home divisional winning streak to 10 games.
- Since the league went to a divisional format in 1967, Green Bay has had only two winning streaks of 10-plus games against divisional foes at home (18 straight from 1994-98 and 10 straight from 2000-02).
- Since ’06, Green Bay has a 32-10 overall record (.762) in NFC North games (No. 2 in the NFL) and an 18-3 mark (.857) at home (No. 2 in the NFL).
- The Packers have won eight straight regular-season games at home and 21 of their last 22 (.955). Green Bay’s current home winning streak ranks No. 3 in the NFL behind Seattle (10 games) and Denver (nine).
AFTER THE BYE
- Green Bay will come out of its bye week with a home game for only the second time in eight seasons under McCarthy. In 2009, the Packers had their open date in Week 5 and hosted Detroit at Lambeau Field in Week 6.
- In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 13 of its last 17 (.765). Under McCarthy, the Packers are 6-1 (.857) in the game following the bye, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
- Green Bay has won its first game after the bye each of the last four seasons, outscoring its opponents 126-61 in those contests. That included a 26-0 win vs. Detroit in 2009 and a 31-3 victory at Minnesota in 2010.
- Since 2006, the Packers have a 43-22 overall record (.662) after the bye. Since 2009, Green Bay is 26-9 (.743) overall after the bye.
- For the Packers, the Week 4 bye this season was the earliest the open date had arrived for Green Bay since a Week 4 bye in 1999. The earliest the open date on the schedule fell under McCarthy was Week 5 in 2009. The Packers had a Week 10 bye in two of the last three seasons (2010, 2012).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- In nine career starts against Detroit, QB Aaron Rodgers has a combined 111.4 passer rating, as he has completed 176 of 257 passes (68.5 percent) for 2,285 yards and 18 TDs with five INTs. He has posted a passer rating of 105-plus in seven of nine career starts against the Lions and five 300-yard passing games.
- In his last six regular-season games, Rodgers has completed 159 of 236 passes (67.4 percent) for 2,055 yards and 18 TDs with three INTs for a 114.6 passer rating.
- WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last six regular-season games, posting 37 receptions for 569 yards (15.4 avg.) and three TDs over that span.
- WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 19.0-yard receiving average over his last six regular-season games, catching 24 passes for 457 yards and five TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in 11 of his last 16 games at Lambeau Field.
- LB Clay Matthews has posted at least one sack in four of five career games against the Lions.
- P Tim Masthay needs to place three punts inside the 20 to move ahead of Josh Bidwell (85) for the No. 2 spot in team history (since 1976).
- The Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in six consecutive regular-season games, averaging 436.7 yards per game over that span. The six-game streak with 385-plus yards is the longest by Green Bay since a seven-game stretch in 2011 (Weeks 1-7).
- Green Bay has scored 185 points over its last five regular-season games, an average of 37.0 points per contest. The Packers have scored 28-plus points in each of their last five games.
- The Packers’ streak of 17 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 posted at least 23 first downs in each of its last five regular-season games, the longest streak by the club in franchise history.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in eight of their last nine games at Lambeau Field.
- As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
- Today’s captains will be WR James Jones (offense), DT Ryan Pickett (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
- Today’s officiating crew includes referee Jerome Boger (23), umpire Tony Michalek (115), head linesman Ed Camp (134), line judge Tom Stephan (68), field judge Dyrol Prioleau (109), side judge Allen Baynes (56) and back judge Tony Steratore (112).
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The Packers’ coaching staff has awarded game balls from Sunday night’s victory over Detroit to the following three players:
Defense — CB Tramon Williams
Offense — G Evan Dietrich-Smith
Special teams — LB Frank Zombo
Williams drew the assignment of guarding Lions WR Calvin Johnson for most of the game, getting safety help over the top much of the time. Johnson had 10 receptions for 118 yards, but when none of those receptions was longer than 20 yards and he didn’t find the end zone, that’s a strong night’s work against the league’s leading receiver.
Dietrich-Smith was a key blocker in the Packers’ surging ground attack. He pancaked Detroit’s Nick Fairley on a draw play to RB Alex Green that converted a third-and-2 on the go-ahead TD drive in the fourth quarter. He then threw the key block on LB Justin Durant, pulling around from his left guard spot to undercut Durant at the point of attack as RB DuJuan Harris scooted through the huge hole for a 14-yard TD.
Zombo wasn’t credited for any tackles on special teams, but it’s worth noting that the Lions averaged just 20.3 yards on four kickoff returns and the special teams overall had another solid game. The only hiccup was K Mason Crosby’s miss from 51 yards in the second half, which barely hooked left.
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PACKERS WIN FOR SEVENTH TIME IN LAST EIGHT GAMES, TAKE OVER FIRST PLACE IN THE NFC NORTH
- Green Bay beat Detroit, 27-20, on Sunday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 9-4 on the season. With Chicago’s loss at Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, the Packers hold a one-game lead over the Bears (8-5) and a two-game lead over the Vikings (7-6).
- The Packers have won 21 straight regular-season games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin, extending the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NFL history. Including a playoff victory in 1994, Green Bay has won 22 straight in Wisconsin against Detroit.
- The Packers have won seven of their last nine games played on Sunday night and improved to 20-6 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .769 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history.
- Green Bay now has a 13-1 record (.929) against Detroit under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
- With the victory on Sunday night, the Packers extended their franchise-record divisional winning streak to 11 games (previous record was eight-game streaks in 1996-97 and 2001-02). It is the longest current divisional winning streak in the league.
- It marked Green Bay’s ninth straight NFC North win at home, the longest home divisional streak since a 10-game streak from 2000-02.
- The Packers are assured of a winning record in the division for the seventh consecutive season, further extending the franchise record (previous high was five from 2000-04). The Packers and Patriots are the only teams in the NFL to have a winning divisional record each season from 2006-12.
- The Packers have won 19 of their last 20 regular-season games (.950) at Lambeau Field and 25 of their last 27 contests (.926) at home.
- Green Bay will head to Chicago next Sunday to take on the Bears at Soldier Field at noon CST.
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Tonight’s paid attendance was 70,382. It was the 309th consecutive sellout (292 regular season, 17 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- QB Aaron Rodgers’ 27-yard TD run in the third quarter was the longest touchdown run of his career. It was the longest scoring run by a Green Bay quarterback since Brett Favre’s 36-yard TD run at Chicago on Oct. 31, 1994.
- With his 43-yard touchdown return of a fumble recovery in the second quarter, DE Mike Daniels became the first Green Bay rookie defensive lineman to return a fumble for a TD since Ernie Pannell did so at Pittsburgh on Nov. 23, 1941 (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).
- P Tim Masthay placed his 28th punt inside the 20 on the season, which tied Craig Hentrich (28 in 1996) for the second most in a season by a Green Bay punter since the statistic began to be recorded in 1976. Sean Landeta (30 in 1998) holds the franchise record.
- WR Randall Cobb matched his career high for receiving yards with 102 (also at Houston, Oct. 14, 2012).
- RB Alex Green rushed for a career-high 69 yards, topping his previous best of 65 yards at Houston on Oct. 14, 2012.
- RB DuJuan Harris posted the first rushing TD of his career when he scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter. Harris’ 31 rushing yards were a career high.
- Sunday night marked the first time the Packers posted two rushing TDs in a game since they had two vs. Oakland on Dec. 11, 2011.
- With a plus-one turnover differential on Sunday evening, Green Bay has either won the takeaway battle or come out even in 28 of its last 31 regular-season games.
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(opening statement) “Good victory tonight. I was really proud of the football team. We had a tough start, but the thing that stuck out to me was the way that they kept fighting, kept battling. I thought as the game went on that we got stronger at the line of scrimmage. It’s a real credit to our defense and offensive lineman. Going into the game with four defensive linemen and having different combinations on the offensive line. Offensively, we went no huddle probably two-and-half quarters, almost three quarters, and I thought Aaron did a very good job of keeping us in clean plays. Then we started into a stuttered huddle, trying to run a different combination of running backs in there. We were able to get some production out of that. Defensively, the ability [to create] takeaways was huge. Mike Daniels’ play was the momentum shift for us that we needed in the game. Special teams, I thought we were solid. Mason, with his protection, kicking into the wind, handling the field position, and the way the wind changed and so forth. It was a fun game to play in, a great showing at Lambeau Field tonight with the snow, big division win, and now we put ourselves in position to win the division next week in Chicago.”
(on DE Mike Daniels’ touchdown being the biggest play of the season) “Well, I hope it wasn’t , but it will definitely be one of the top plays of the season. The first [rookie] defensive lineman [to return a fumble for a touchdown] since 1941… Anytime you can say that it’s the first time something happened since 1941 for a Green Bay Packer, that’s a pretty big accomplishment. That was a big play. Not only the ability to scoop it, but to avoid the tackle and score. That’s the second time Mike has done a good job of that. Clearly that was a big momentum swing for us. I was really impressed with our sideline, the guys didn’t blink. Halftime was fine. It didn’t start the way we wanted it to. Statistically, the game was out of balance in times of possession and things like that. Our guys just keep playing, keep punching, and the impressive part about our football team is that it isn’t just a couple guys making a play. We had a lot of different guys making plays tonight. That speaks volumes about the depth and the young guys and everybody contributing.”
(on how he feels his team is situated at this point in the season) “I’m focused on going to Chicago and winning the division. Hopefully, we’ll be healthy tomorrow. After a Sunday night game, our preparation will be cut back a little bit. That’s part of playing on Sunday Night Football. We’ve put ourselves in position to get to 10 wins. We really don’t look around until we get to 10 wins because double digit wins is when things really start to fall in place for you as a football team. Ten wins will give us the division championship and that’s what we’re focused on.”
(on what he likes about RB DuJuan Harris) “I like a lot about him. I like the way he’s worked since he’s arrived here. He’s done a good job. He has a unique skill set. It’s very evident that not everybody has seen him in live action, but we had another opportunity to put him into a regular game. My goal was to try and get him in last week, but it didn’t work out. That’s why I ran him the first play of offense tonight because I wanted to make sure he got in there and try to get him going. I thought Alex Green did a good job of doing the heavy lifting for the running backs, but it was good to get DuJuan and Ryan Grant in there. I know Ryan Grant just had the one carry, but it was good to have those guys back. It’s a little tougher when you’re in the no huddle, but we have some packages and a number of things we didn’t get to tonight. I feel very good about those three guys.”
(on QB Aaron Rodgers’ touchdown run) “Impressive. I thought Aaron made a number of big plays with his feet. Aaron’s touchdown run was a two-minute situation. For him to score from that distance speaks volumes about his athletic ability. But he’s steady…he’s our guy, he’s our ace. It’s built around him and he played well again tonight.”
PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:
(on whether his TD run makes up for ending his TD pass at home streak) “Yeah I guess I’ll just have to start a new streak there. The run was fun. I’m a little embarrassed about the leap, I was pretty tired. It took me most of the next possession when we were on defense to catch my breath.”
(on how they feel about where they’re sitting) “I feel really good. I kind of did some foreshadowing in the last couple weeks about this is how some of these games are going to go. It’s going to be ugly at times, but the main thing is the wins. We’re 9-4 right now, we’re in first in the division by a game (and) putting ourselves in good position, not only for the division, but potentially a first-round bye. Division’s the first goal and getting to 10 wins, we can start talking about the “P” word. We can wrap things up next week, (but it’s a) tough opponent, tough place to play, a lot on the line.”
(on the scoring drive comprised of all running plays) “A couple passes in there would have been nice. Nah, it’s fun. We had three different backs carry the ball on that drive. Alex (Green) did a good job on that third down getting the first down on the draw play. We came back with RG (Ryan Grant), his first carry. The crowd was excited, he busts off an explosive gain and finished it off with DuJuan (Harris) with a very well-blocked play. It’s fun, those three guys offer different things to the run game.”
(on getting contributions from unlikely sources) “You wouldn’t quite expect those guys, but ‘Scrappy’ (Mike Daniels) with the big play there on that fumble recovery … he looked pretty athletic on that play. Then DuJuan (Harris), we’ve kind of been talking about a lot in practice. We wanted to get him some carries last week, but Alex (Green) and James (Starks) ran the ball really well, so we started off the game, gave him the ball (and) he had a big-time run, explosive run for us, ran a guy over and (we) gave him a couple of opportunities. He made the most of them.
(on what he likes about Harris) “He just has unique agility I think. He’s able to make those jump cuts which I can only dream about. It’s pretty impressive to watch him in practice.”
(on the 21-game home win streak against Detroit) “It was actually on my mind when it was 14-0. I was thinking this would be a waste of a beautiful day to end that streak, playing in the snow with a great crowd. We’ve, for whatever reason, been able to come on the right side of the meetings with the Lions the last 21 times (at home), and hopefully we can keep that going as long as I’m playing here.”
(on what the run game does for the offense) “I think we’re just kind of waiting for some one-high coverages. We’ve seen so many two-high coverages this season, teams daring us to run the football. We haven’t run it very well until the last couple weeks, and hopefully this will give us an opportunity to be a more balanced offense going into the playoffs and get some more of those one-on-one matchups, especially when we get Jordy (Nelson) back. We can have all cylinders firing at the same time and then a run game to boot.”
(on them getting healthy at the right time) “We want to be playing the right way at the right time these last few weeks, and I think if we can get healthy as well, I think that’s kind of the recipe – the type of football you’re playing in December and the health of your football team. We’re obviously not there yet. We need to get Charles (Woodson), Clay (Matthews) and Jordy (Nelson) back, and some other guys. And then we’re getting some young guys some good experience right now, so everything’s lining up the way we want it. We’ve just got to take care of business here the last three weeks.”
PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER RANDALL COBB:
(on his personal performance) “It was alright. I still made some mistakes and I still left some plays out there. If I could have made that catch on that free play it could have been a bigger game. We’re always looking to get better.”
(on looking ahead to the final stretch of the regular season) “We’ve got to make sure we take every game one step at a time. We’re looking forward to next week and being able to clinch the division and see where that takes us.”
(on QB Aaron Rodgers’ touchdown run) “He keeps surprising me with his speed. I knew his was fast, but I didn’t know he was that fast.”
(on playing in the snowy conditions) “I think the biggest thing was just extra focus. Whenever it’s snowing and coming down like that, the wind’s moving the ball a little bit, you’ve just got to focus a little bit harder and securing the ball.”
PACKERS DEFENSIVE END MIKE DANIELS:
(on his touchdown) “The touchdown felt good. I was thinking “get the ball.” Then I was thinking “don’t let that guy touch me.” Then I was thinking “score.” I played a little bit of running back in high school. I kind of had to bring back those old skills.”
(on where the touchdown ranks in the most exciting plays in his career) “That’s one of them. That ranks pretty high. I’ve had some pretty great plays at all phases of the game, from little league up until now, but that’s definitely in my top-five. In my pro moments, I’d say that’s number one.”
(on the significance of his touchdown) “Everybody was telling me we needed that. That was a big play. I was just trying to catch my breath because I knew we had to get back on the field, but it was just good to be able to bring that extra juice to help turn things around at a pivotal point in the game.”
PACKERS RUNNING BACK RYAN GRANT:
(on closing out the game running the ball) “I think it sends a message physically. That you’re going to do whatever it takes to run the ball and finish a team the way you want to. It’s good to have those drives at the end of the game like we did. It’s definitely something, confidence-wise, that you can take into next week.”
(on if he heard the ovation from the crowd when he entered the game) “I did not. It wasn’t until after I ran off the field and I was standing on the side that Donald Driver told me how loud the crowd was. I didn’t actually hear it. I’m focused on the game, so I don’t usually hear the crowd too much.”
PACKERS RUNNING BACK ALEX GREEN:
(on RB DuJuan Harris’ touchdown) “That’s excellent. That’s what it’s all about, making the most of your opportunities. He just proved that tonight. Hopefully it leads to him getting more carries in the future.”
(on the Packers’ running game tonight) “That’s what we’ve been preaching since day one – get the running game going and open things up a little bit. That’s what happened tonight and we’ve got to keep that going.”
(on coming back from a 14-0 deficit) “We showed a lot of passion and a lot of heart. We were down 14-0 early on and showed a lot of heart to come back and keep fighting.”
(on DE Mike Daniels’ touchdown) “Any time the defense makes a big play and scores it’s always a good thing for us. Being down by 14, it was definitely a big play, and seeing Mike get the ball and run is quite entertaining. It was a good thing to watch, and see his Lambeau Leap as well.”
PACKERS CORNERBACK TRAMON WILLIAMS:
(on facing Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson) “They do a great job with Calvin, moving him around to different spots, so it’s going to be hard to stop him from catching the ball. He’s going to get his catches, no doubt about it, but we didn’t let him kill us. We kept him in front of us and didn’t let him get big plays.”
(on getting down 14-0) “They just kind of took it to us. Instead of getting 2- and 3-yard carries, they were bleeding us for a little more yardage. We kind of settled down after that and just played ball.”
(on getting CB Sam Shields back) “Sam showed what he can do today and showed what he can bring to this team. I hope he continues playing like he did today.”
DETROIT LIONS HEAD COACH JIM SCHWARTZ:
(on the fumble by QB Matthew Stafford) “I think it was a turning point in the game, but we had plenty of time after that to get things going. Particularly the two turnovers, not just one, but we had more chances after that. It was certainly a turning point in the game.”
(on the go-ahead drive by the Packers that used all run plays) “You can call it whatever you want, but it was poor defense. We got a chance to go out and get a stop and they ran the ball down our throat.”
(on QB Aaron Rodgers’ touchdown run) “We were in a coverage that was susceptible to scramble. We had poor pass rush and we gave up containment. We did a good job of coverage and the reason he’s scrambling is because he had nowhere to go. He’s a very good scrambler, and when he got into the open field he certainly made us pay for it.”
(on the Packers stopping the run in the second half) “They made a concerted effort in the second half to stop the run. They started bringing a lot more run blitzes and packing the line of scrimmage. They changed plans to stop the run and we didn’t take advantage of some chances in the pass game. Those are chances that we have to make.”
(on the injury to TE Brandon Pettigrew) “It’s stuff that happens in the game, but Brandon is a key part of our game plan and we had to do some adjusting when he went out of the game.”
(on losing another close game) “It’s the way the NFL is. We didn’t win them. If we make the key plays then we win. If we don’t, then we don’t win. The Packers made the key plays tonight all across the board. They made the field goal that made it a two-score game at the end. They ran the ball and got a touchdown to get the lead. They intercepted the ball, they scored on defense, they got a big third down conversion… Whatever it is they made those plays and we didn’t.”
LIONS QUARTERBACK MATTHEW STAFFORD:
(on the fumble) “That was a big play, we had all the momentum. I thought we came out in the first half and played really good football, on both sides really. We only gave up three [points] on defense [in the first half], and to have one go their way like that is tough. Obviously the ball was slick out there tonight, but that’s not an excuse. I just wish I got on top of the ball more.”
(on the interception and miscommunication with WR Kris Durham) “I thought he was going to cross his face, and we looked back at the pictures and he made the right decision. We just weren’t on the same page.”
(on where the team goes after this loss) “Fighting tooth and nail to get wins, that’s what we are doing every week. There is no lack of effort out there. Guys are giving it everything they got, playing as a team, doing everything we can. The ball just isn’t going our way right now.”
(on the loss of TE Brandon Pettigrew) “It always hurts to lose a guy that is a really good tight end in this league. I thought Will (Heller) came in and did a heck of a job, made some catches for us on those two-minute drives. It’s one of the great luxuries of having a guy like Will Heller. He can come in and play all those tight end positions when we need him too.”
(on playing in so many close game) “We’ve been in every single game we played this year, but being in games doesn’t mean (expletive) in this league. It’s about getting wins. We understand that as a locker room and as a team, but it’s tough when the ball isn’t going your way and we are not helping it go our way right now.”
LIONS WIDE RECEIVER KRIS DURHAM:
(on his acrobatic catch) “Matthew actually signaled the route to me. He changed it at the line. It was kind of a stop and go. I was able to beat the guy back inside and Matthew put it in the perfect location.”
(on QB Matthew Stafford’s fumble returned for a touchdown) “He has extremely strong hands and a strong arm. I have never seen anything like that with him. I guess the ball may have gotten wet with the way he grabbed it or gripped it.”
(on the season that WR Calvin Johnson is having) “It is unbelievable. He is one of the best players I have ever seen, if not the best. The skill set and just the ability that he has is head and shoulders above anyone that I have ever seen.”
LIONS KICKER JASON HANSON:
(on his missed field goal with the score tied at 17) “I was really disappointed. I know that I had to hit it really good. It was a very good kick, but I didn’t really pound it and that is what I had to have. I was just really disappointed because I thought that I put it on line and I thought it was good.”
(on still being winless in his career at Lambeau Field) “I don’t know what to say. It is just sad. It is not fun to talk about. For a lot of years we didn’t win we weren’t good and you can’t come in here and win. But there were years where we were pretty good and we still couldn’t win up here. It is just a terrible streak. I wish we could have ended it.”
LIONS DEFENSIVE END LAWRENCE JACKSON:
(on his forced fumble of QB Aaron Rodgers) “We all work together as a defensive line. I saw him sitting back there and I just tried to get my arm in a position to get the ball out. I was happy that we got the recovery.”
(on the defense) “We didn’t make enough plays to win the game. We obviously felt like we had momentum (being up 14-0) and we wanted to keep it going. It goes back to making plays. We didn’t make enough plays on defense to sustain the momentum.”
LIONS LINEBACKER STEPHEN TULLOCH:
(on not being able to finish games) “That has been the case all season. We haven’t found a way to finish games. We play three quarters of good football. We come into halftime with the lead in most games and we just don’t finish for whatever reason. We have to be accountable and find a way to get over this. We are the best three-quarter team in the league.”
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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions in a Week 14 NFC North showdown.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game at Lambeau Field.
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21 DB Charles Woodson
44 RB James Starks
52 LB Clay Matthews
56 LB Terrell Manning
87 WR Jordy Nelson
96 DE Mike Neal
98 DE C.J. Wilson
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #89 James Jones will start at wide receiver for #87 Jordy Nelson. On defense, #99 Jerel Worthy will start in place of #98 C.J. Wilson at right defensive end. #54 Dezman Moses will start in place of #52 Clay Matthews at right outside linebacker. #29 Casey Hayward will start at right cornerback in place of #37 Sam Shields.
17 QB Kellen Moore
26 S Louis Delmas
70 T Jason Fox
78 T Corey Hilliard
86 WR Lance Long
97 DE Ronnell Lewis
99 DT Corey Williams
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #18 Kris Durham will start at wide receiver in place of #19 Mike Thomas. On defense, #98 Nick Fairley will start at defensive tackle in place of #99 Corey Williams. #32 Don Carey will start at free safety in place of #26 Louis Delmas.
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Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz and QB Matthew Stafford were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday. To listen to Schwartz and Stafford talk about Sunday’s game in Green Bay, click on the links below.
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