Packers, Vikings tied after first quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 27, 2013 – 8:01 pm

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MINNEAPOLIS–Sunday night’s game at the Metrodome began with a bang. The first quarter ended with the Packers and Vikings tied at 7-7.

Any designs the Packers had on a fast start were extinguished on the opening kickoff, when Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson went 109 yards nearly untouched for a touchdown. It tied for the longest kickoff return in NFL history. When Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin attempted to do the same on the ensuing Vikings kickoff, the Packers were in a hole at their 10-yard line.

That’s how this one started. Ouch!

Enter Aaron Rodgers, who quickly restored calm by leading the Packers on a long scoring drive. The big play in the drive was a third-and-6 from the  Vikings 31. Rodgers scrambled away from the rush and for 12 yards and a first down at the 19.

A screen pass to Eddie Lacy gained nine yards and left third-and-2 from the 11. Rodgers’ touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson beat tight coverage by Josh Robinson, and the Packers had tied the game, 7-7, with 7:23 to play in the first quarter.

Rodgers was in the process of driving the Packers toward another score when the first quarter ended. He completed 10 of 12 pass attempts for 80 yards in the quarter.


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Pregame warmup: Packers must win to stay in first place

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 27, 2013 – 6:31 pm

With kickoff less than an hour away, here’s the final rundown on what matters tonight from the Metrodome.

NFC North lead at stake

Detroit’s dramatic, come-from behind 31-30 victory over Dallas earlier on Sunday forces the Packers to have to win in order to remain in first place in the NFC North.

The Lions are now 5-3, with the Packers trying to get to 5-2 by beating the Vikings. Should the Packers lose, they would fall into a second-place tie with idle Chicago (bye this week) at 4-3.

Tonight’s game begins a stretch of four NFC North games for the Packers in their next six contests. Following tonight’s game, Green Bay hosts Chicago on Monday night and then, after two games against NFC East foes Philadelphia and the N.Y. Giants, the Packers host Minnesota on Nov. 24 and then travel to Detroit on Thanksgiving.

Packers injury update

The Packers will once again be without OLBs Clay Matthews and Nick Perry tonight, leaving Mike Neal, Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer as the only healthy players at that position. Perry returned to practice on Friday on a limited basis and was questionable to play with his foot injury, but he is inactive.

WR James Jones also is not returning to action tonight. That leaves the Packers with Jordy Nelson as the only regular starting WR in the lineup. Green Bay also is a little thinner than normal at TE, with both Jermichael Finley and Ryan Taylor sidelined.

Vikings QB change

Due to Josh Freeman’s concussion, the Vikings are turning back to QB Christian Ponder, the third different QB to start for the Vikings in their last three games, following Matt Cassel and Freeman.

Ponder has started four career games against the Packers, going 1-3. He lost his first three attempts before beating the Packers in Week 17 last season to get Minnesota into the playoffs. In that game, Ponder threw three TD passes a posted a 120.2 passer rating, the highest of his career. For a closer look at Ponder’s numbers against the Packers, scroll down to the chart at the bottom of this story.

Peterson’s performance

The above link will also provide all of Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson’s rushing statistics in his career against the Packers. Peterson rushed for 508 yards in three games against Green Bay last season, an average of 169.3 per game. His previous best in one season against the Packers came in 2008, when he averaged 145.5 in two games.

All purple

For those interested in fashion, the Vikings will be wearing all purple uniforms tonight — purple pants and purple jerseys, along with their usual purple helmets.


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LB Nick Perry out; Packers-Vikings inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 27, 2013 – 5:58 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for tonight’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

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25 CB James Nixon
52 LB Clay Matthews
53 LB Nick Perry
59 LB Brad Jones
82 TE Ryan Taylor
88 TE Jermichael Finley
89 WR James Jones

Starting lineup changes: 81 Andrew Quarless will start at TE in place of Finley, 11 Jarrett Boykin at WR for J. Jones, 96 Mike Neal at OLB for Perry, 55 Andy Mulumba at OLB for Matthews, and 57 Jamari Lattimore at ILB for B. Jones.

Minnesota Vikings
12 QB Josh Freeman
27 CB Shaun Prater
40 FB Rhett Ellison
44 RB Matt Asiata
60 G Jeff Baca
83 WR Rodney Smith
91 DT Chase Baker

 


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What to watch for in Sunday night’s Packers-Vikings game

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 27, 2013 – 5:30 pm

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* Notes written by Packers public relations

WHAT TO WATCH FOR …
– Since 2006, the Packers are 18-8 (.720) in dome games (including playoffs). That ranks No. 2 in the NFL among teams with 10 or more road/neutral indoor games over that span behind only the N.Y. Jets (8-2, .800).

– The Packers have posted at least 350 yards of offense in all six games this season and each of the last nine dating back to last season. That is the second-longest current streak in the NFL behind only Denver (11).

– Green Bay has had an 80-yard rusher in each of the last five games.

– The Packers have had at least one 100-yard receiver in five of six games this season and rank No. 1 in the NFL with seven 100-yard receivers on the season.

– Green Bay has turned the ball over twice in its last three games.

– The Packers have allowed 39 points over their last three games, a 13.0-point average that ranks No. 2 in the NFL since Week 5.

– Green Bay’s average of 289.8 yards per game allowed since Week 3 ranks No. 3 in the NFL over that span.

– Green Bay has registered 17 sacks over its last four games, the most over a four-game span since it posted 17 in Weeks 6-9 in 2006. The Packers have recorded at least three sacks in four consecutive games.

– The Packers have held their opponent to fewer than 85 rushing yards in each of the last four games. Over its last four games, Green Bay has allowed 276 rushing yards on 88 carries (3.1 avg.), an average of 69.0 yards per game that ranks No. 1 in the league since Week 3.

– McCarthy enters tonight’s game tied for No. 3 in franchise history with Mike Holmgren for the most career wins (including playoffs) with 84.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has a 116.4 career passer rating in the regular season against the Vikings, connecting on 232 of 328 passes (70.7 percent) for 2,840 yards and 24 TDs with four INTs.

– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers’ 116.4 rating against Minnesota ranks No. 1 in NFL history (since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger) vs. a single opponent (min. 250 attempts), ahead of Chargers QB Dan Fouts’ 112.6 rating vs. the Cleveland Browns and Rodgers’ 111.0 rating against the Detroit Lions. Rodgers has posted a passer rating of at least 130.0 in four of his last five starts against Minnesota.

– In his last six Sunday night starts, Rodgers has connected on 126 of 188 passes (67.0 percent) for 1,698 yards (283.0 per game) and 17 TDs with just one INT for a 123.5 passer rating. That includes a six-TD passing game, which tied the single-game franchise record, at Houston last season in Week 6.

– In his last 12 regular-season starts against NFC North opponents, Rodgers has completed 271 of 384 passes (70.6 percent) for 3,316 yards and 29 touchdowns with four INTs for a 117.7 passer rating.

– RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 301 yards in the last three games, No. 1 in the NFL over that span.

– WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 18.0-yard receiving average over his last nine regular-season games, catching 41 passes for 739 yards and seven TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in five of his last seven games.

– K Mason Crosby needs two points to move past WR Don Hutson (823) for No. 2 on the team’s all-time scoring list.

– 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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Packers set to take on Vikings in prime-time matchup

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 27, 2013 – 4:30 pm

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* Notes written by Packers public relations

PACKERS SET TO TAKE ON DIVISION-RIVAL VIKINGS IN PRIME-TIME MATCHUP
– The Packers (4-2) will face the Vikings (1-5) tonight in a nationally televised contest on NBC, Green Bay’s first prime-time game this season.

– With the Packers’ 31-13 win over the Browns and losses by the Bears and Lions last Sunday, Green Bay moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North with its 4-2 mark on the season. The Packers have won three straight games after getting off to a 1-2 start.

– Tonight kicks off a stretch of three prime-time games for the Packers in the next four weeks, with the Week 11 contest at the N.Y. Giants subject to flexible scheduling. This is the first of three scheduled Sunday night games for Green Bay (at N.Y. Giants in Week 11, vs. Atlanta in Week 14, both subject to flex scheduling).

– The Packers are 20-6 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .769 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history (see page 2 for more). Green Bay has won seven of its last nine Sunday night games.

– This will be Green Bay’s fifth Sunday night meeting against the Vikings (1990, 2002, 2003, 2010) and the first in Minnesota since ’03.

– For the Packers, this is the first of back-to-back contests against NFC North foes, with a Monday Night Football matchup vs. Chicago at Lambeau Field in Week 9. Four of Green Bay’s next six games are against NFC North teams.

– Green Bay enters tonight’s game having won 13 of its last 14 regular-season games against NFC North foes. The Packers’ .929 winning percentage in the division over that span ranks No. 1 in the NFL.

– The Packers have won five of their last six NFC North games away from Lambeau Field. Green Bay has a 14-7 mark (.667) in road divisional games under McCarthy, which ranks No. 4 in the NFL over that span.

 

AN EVENLY MATCHED SERIES
– Fans can bet on a back-and-forth contest when the Packers and Vikings meet. In fact, 16 of the last 21 regular-season meetings have been decided by seven points or less.

– Since Head Coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have swept the season series four out of seven years (2006-2007, 2010-2011). Green Bay has a 10-4 record (.714) against the Vikings in the regular season under McCarthy.

– Through 105 meetings, which includes two postseason games, the Packers hold a 55-49-1 advantage over the Vikings in the all-time series.

– Including Green Bay’s win over Minnesota last season in an NFC Wild Card game, the Packers have won six of the last seven games between the teams. Green Bay has won two of the last three meetings in Minnesota.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in four of their last five games against Minnesota, averaging 33.2 points per game over that span.

– Over the last 19 seasons (1994-2012), the Packers (nine) and the Vikings (five) have accounted for 14 NFC Central/North championships.

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Scott Green (19), umpire Bruce Stritesky (102), head linesman Tom Stabile (24), line judge Mike Spanier (90), field judge Boris Cheek (41), side judge Larry Rose (128) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).


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Dietrich-Smith, Jolly and Crosby are Sunday’s captains

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 27, 2013 – 3:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith (offense), DT Johnny Jolly (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).


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Vikings WR Greg Jennings and Head Coach Frazier on the Packers

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 23, 2013 – 12:14 pm

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier and WR Greg Jennings were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday. To listen to Frazier and Jennings talk about Sunday night’s game in Minneapolis, click on the links below.

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Vikings WR Greg Jennings on playing his former team (14:39)

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Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier on hosting the Packers Sunday night (8:16)


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Packers-Vikings post-game quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 31, 2012 – 10:33 am

GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE MCCARTHY

Tough, tough loss today here in Minnesota.  The playoffs are here upon us, that’s the message to the football team.  We have the opportunity to play the Vikings again back at Lambeau, so that’s where we’re set in our mindset as far as our performance today.  Offensively we didn’t have much there in the first quarter, then I thought once we got going we performed very well.  Defensively we have to do a better job of stopping the run.  I think that’s obvious.  They played good down-and-distance ball against us; give them credit.  Special teams, I like what Jeremy Ross did for us today in the return game.  Our coverage was a little up and down.

Q: Do you like playing them again this quickly – in the playoffs?

A: Absolutely.  We’ll play anybody in the playoffs.  I think it’ll be a great contest.  It’s an opponent we’re very familiar with, and they’re familiar with us.  Everybody has confidence going into the playoffs; most importantly we’ll be at home.  We’re excited to play these guys again.

Q: How about facing Adrian Peterson again? Are you looking forward to that?  How are you going to stop him?

A:  It’s obviously important to take away the focal point there, and we didn’t do that today.  We’ll go back, we’ll grade it, and we’ll be ready to go, and I look forward to us having a better performance on defense against Adrian Peterson on Sunday or Saturday.

Q: What was the message to the team afterward?

A:  The root of it was we had an opportunity here to take care of business, have a bye week – that opportunity is past, so the playoffs have started for us.  It’s official. We got a taste of the environment – what it’s going to be like on the road.  Playoff football’s different, it is every year.  Today’s opportunity is something we can apply to this upcoming week.

Q: Just defensive lapses today?

A:  Football’s a team game.  There are going to be some things, when we watch the tape, offensively we wish we would have done better, same thing on special teams, and no different on defense.  Adrian Peterson was the focal point, and we didn’t do a good enough job there.

Q: Can you talk about Aaron starting a little slow, and what did it take to kind of get him in a rhythm?

A:  It took us a little while with the crowd noise, that usually happens up here.  This is a tough place to play, no doubt.  We anticipated this being the loudest environment of the year.  They pumped it in there pretty good today, it was very loud.  I felt, also, we got going, and the mechanics in the huddle were in order.  I thought after that we played very well.

Q: You had a very good first drive coming out in the second half, was that your best execution, or did they come with more pressure as the game went on?

A:  Not really.  I thought in the second half we were able to do a lot of good things.  It was important for us to come out in the second half and get that to a one-score game.  We were able to do that.  That’s actually what we talked about at halftime.

Q: Can you talk about that fourth-down play – the one where Boykin got hurt?

A:  It was a quick-snap situation where the offense had two options on it, and it was just a hell of a play by Boykin and Aaron Rodgers.

Q: Was that Aaron’s call on the field or was that called?

A:  No, that was called.

Q: Winning would give you a bye and would advance you in the playoffs.  You don’t get the bye now, but is that that big of a deal?

A:  The opportunity to get the bye does not exist anymore, so the playoffs start now.  We’re one of six in the NFC.  We know what the bye looks like, we know what this position looks like, so it’s time to kick it forward to playoff football.  It’s as simple as that.  We’re disappointed we lost today, but at the end of the day there are six NFC teams left, and we’re going to line up and play at Lambeau Field in front of our crowd, and that’s what we’re excited about.

Q: First time playing Minnesota, takeaways were so important, was that a factor today or not?

A:  Takeaways are always important.  And they did a good job of taking the football today.  We had the one opportunity on the fumble.  Takeaways factor into every football game.

Q: What did you think of Jeremy Ross in the return game?

A:  I thought Jeremy did a hell of a job today, and I’m excited to watch the tape.  He broke a lot of tackles; I thought he did a nice job.

Q: What happened on the review with the challenge flag that you threw?

A:  Emotional decision by me.  I shouldn’t have done it.

PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS

Q: How big of a disappointment is it not getting the first round bye?

A:It’s disappointing.  A lot of us wanted that extra week.  I maybe would have helped with injuries with Randall Cobb and Charles Woodson.  This was a play-off atmosphere today.  We played tough and came back from behind.  We have nothing to be ashamed of.  We played a team who was desperate.  They had an MVP-caliber player running the ball real well on that side.  We made some plays down the stretch to get back in it, but they eventually took it from us. 

Q:  After what happened today, how important will it be to get off to a fast start in the next game?

A:This is a tough place to play.  They have some great sports fans who get into it and are loud.  You have to absorb the first surge from the crowd and their teams and we did that.  We got some points on the board in the first half, scored in the first possession of the second half.  It just really came down to turnovers.  We didn’t create any and we had one turnover that turned into seven points for them.  If you look at the final margin, you see a three point loss and it’s the difference.

Q: What do you credit the slow start to?

A: They’ve got a good team.  That’s going to happen from time to time.

Q: You were pretty frustrated when you took that second timeout, did you have to calm yourself down?

A: I’m just passionate about this game and I love it.  We had some miscommunication after the timeout a couple of plays before that.  It’s frustrating to have two timeouts like that, but that stuff happens from time to time and you just have to move on.

Q: How was it to have Greg Jennings in there?

A: Greg is a big-time player.  Not having Randall Cobb out there and being able to move Greg into the slot very easily, he played excellent.  He made some big time catches for us, great second reaction play for our second touchdown.  I love throwing to him because he gives you a big window.  I’ve been saying the last couple of weeks that we need to find more ways to get him the ball and we did that today.

Q: Do you want a rematch with these guys?

A: We’re in the playoffs now and you play who you are seeded against.  The road got a little tougher having to play on opening weekend, but we’ve got a home game and that’s why you win the division.  We get to go back home and the game will be different.  They won’t have home crowd advantage and hopefully that will make a difference.

Q: Did you give Mike some advice after throwing that flag?

A: I was really frustrated that the call wasn’t a touchdown immediately.  James Jones thought it was and, to me, it didn’t look like a turnover in live-speed.  I know on the side they were calling it a turnover because you can review the play, but it looked like a touchdown from my point.

Q: A six-play drive coming out of the half, did you make adjustments to carry into the second half?

A:  Well again, it wasn’t a ton of adjustments, it was just you have to kind of absorb the surge when you are playing in a loud environment, against a team that is talented on both sides of the ball. They did a good job of getting off the field on third down early in the game, we didn’t, so they were keeping drives going and getting points and we weren’t. We were punting the ball. So we absorbed that surge, we were able to start getting some first downs and moving the ball a little better there in the second quarter, and then started getting things going in the second half and played real well. Unfortunately left a couple points out there.

Q: Was it the loudest it has ever been?

A: No, it was loud, it was definitely loud. Not the loudest that it’s been here. But they were a factor.

Q: What can you say about Adrian Peterson, and the way he played today?

A: He is incredible. I just told him after the game, he’s the best. He is incredible to watch. I obviously don’t like playing against him, but he has had a great season. He has come back from an injury that I also suffered, and I know how difficult that rehab is. I did it at 20 years old, and he was a few years older than that, so I know it must have been a lot of long hours. I give him a lot of credit as a fellow player. You can’t help but watch him play and just be really impressed. I think he probably might have won the MVP today, and hopefully we can win the playoff game next week.

Q: You had big plays today to Greg (Jennings) and Jordy (Nelson) in the second half, and still at times, not having these guys week after week, do you feel out of sync in a tight ballgame like today?

A: No, I don’t think so at all. I think if you look at some of the plays we made, we had guys moving around. We had Jordy (Nelson) catching the ball in the slot for a huge game. We had James (Jones) outside making guys miss and making plays. Jermichael (Finley) played great today, I thought he made some really big time plays. Jarrett Boykin had the one catch that was a big one on fourth down. This was a character game for us, I think we showed a lot of character. And obviously we came up a little short, but we battled, we stuck together, and we made the plays when we had to there. We just came up a little short.

Q: How did that fourth down play work?

A: Yeah, it was kind of a wing-it there. We were thinking about calling a sneak, and then we tried to catch them with 12 guys on the field. And right as the snap was about to come, I saw a bunch of guys rushing the A gap, so I moved it outside. Jarrett (Boykin) was thankfully on the same page as me, and I just tried to take a little off it and give him a ball he could catch, and he made a nice job with the guy kind of hanging all over him.

Q: In the past few weeks we have talked about momentum going into the playoffs, but now is this team going to play a little angry? Does that help too?

A: Well, I don’t know about that. I just think that we have to go back and watch the film, and look at the things that we did well, and realize that when you are playing playoff-type games, and in the playoffs, you have to play a 60 minute game. Offensively we played about 45 really good minutes of football, but we have to make it a 60 minute game, and try to bring it home this week.

Q: Breakout game for (DuJuan) Harris?

A: I think he surprised some people a couple weeks ago when he scored for us, and did some things. He is learning the offense, and the more he understands the offense, the more he is going to get a chance to play.


PACKERS DEFENSIVE END MIKE DANIELS

Q: It was an exciting game to watch, was it that exciting to play in?

A: Those are the type of games you want to play in.  Unfortunately we came up on the other end.  We just have to regroup and get ready for next week.  This was definitely a learning experience.  We have to pick up the pieces.

Q: What can you take away from a game like this where you could have secured a first round bye as a team and you play them again next week?

A: I mean you don’t really think about the first round bye.  You think about trying to win the game that you are in.  It’s not over, we are still in the playoffs, and we have to get ready for next week.

Q: Number 28 (Peterson) gave you everything he had tonight, what do you think about his performance? 

A: The guy is blessed, and he works hard.  You get guys that are talented, you get guys that work hard, he is talented and he works hard.  It is evident in the way he plays.  Hats off to him, and best of luck to him.

Q: What do you think about Christian Ponder?  He made some mistakes last time, but he really willed them to win.

A: He learned.  That is what you grow to respect, when a guy learns from his mistakes.  That makes you want to step your game up to the next level.  If you are already ahead of him you have to make sure that they don’t close the gap.

PACKERS LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK

Q: Do you anticipate that it will be more difficult to bounce back mentally to physically?

A: Physically I think everyone, with the playoffs you can figure it out; any type of things you have you can figure that out. It is a different world in the playoffs. But mentally, once we come in tomorrow and watch this and figure it out but after we watch it we will have to let it go. It is the true test of being a professional. If you sit here and feel bad for yourself, get mad and point fingers at each other you do not deserve to be in the playoffs anyways. So we feel we are going to be fine. We are excited we have an opportunity to go to Lambeau. I am sure the fans are not very happy with how we finished but we get a home game in the playoffs and we are going to look forward to that.

Q: Are you glad to be playing the same team again in the playoffs to correct your mistakes?

A: Yeah. Anytime a team does that to you today you want to find a way to fix that. I don’t want to call it redemption but we need to, like you said the playoffs are a one game season. You need to win every time you step on the field and we are looking forward to it.

Q: With both teams knowing so much about each other what does it come down to?

A: That is when it is fun. It comes down to toughness and physicality. Today was a battle the whole game to the very end. They got the best of us. You have to give them a lot of credit. That is why I like these type of games and playing these division opponents that are really good because who cares about the little chess moves here and there that people want to make while trying to trick people. There is none of that going on in these games. It is straight physical football. They are good to be apart of.


PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER GREG JENNINGS

Q: How disappointing is this loss knowing that a win would have given you a first round bye?

A:  It’s very disappointing.  Obviously you’re playing a division team.   If they win, they get in and if we win we get a bye.  We definitely could have used the bye but at this point its win or go home now.

Q: You have an opportunity to play them again in the playoffs and knock them out.  What’s the feeling to seeing them again?

A: It’s another game.  This one was a hard fought game.  We have to focus in and execute.  They did a great job of executing and Adrian did a great job of running the ball.  We just need to find a way to win.

Q: You had your best game of the season.  It looked like you and Aaron (Rodgers) were back in sync.  How did that feel?

A: I felt good.  This was the best I felt coming into a game this year so it’s just a matter of time.


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WIDE RECEIVER JAMES JONES

Q: Do you feel like you guys could have got off to a quicker start today? 

A: We just lost.  They made more plays than we did.

Q: How hard will it be to bounce back from this one?

A: We’ll have to see.  Every time our teams back is against the wall and every time we need to get a win, we win the game. We need to continue to stay together and go out there and give another hard fought game on Sunday.  They are going to come in, a division opponent, they know us we know them, and it’s going to be tough.

Q: Did you have to state your case on the ball crossing the plane of end zone?

A: No, it was a touchdown so it’s automatically reviewed.  I didn’t need to go yell to challenge the play because it’s automatically reviewed.

PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER JORDY NELSON

Q: How emotionally difficult is this loss?

A: It’s tough.  We wanted a week off and didn’t get it.  Now we have to face them again in 6 days.  We’ve got to move on and be ready to roll.  They will be on an emotional high and we’ll have to bounce back.

Q: Is it tougher to bounce back physically or emotionally?

A: Both.  Anytime you’re on a short break it can be tough, but they’re going to be in the same situation as us.  They’re going to be beat up and we’re going to be beat up.  It was a tough, physical game.   We just need to be able to come back because it’s win or go home now.  They survived one and they are going to try to do it to us.

Q: Are you guys even going to be standing after this game? Everyone seems beat up a little bit?

A: I don’t know how everyone came out.  We have great depth on this team.  All year, guys have stepped up and made plays. That’s what we expect.

Q: You did hurt your knee.  Was there a point you were concerned about it after you came back into the game?

A: You get bumps and bruises.  In the situation we were in we’re going to the playoffs no matter what so the doctor wanted to be cautious and smart about it but after Jarrett Boykin went down there was no choice.  I knew I could get through it and was able to.

Q: Did you say you were going back in? You guys do have other wide receivers, correct?

A: I told them I was going back in.  We were down to Jeremy Ross who has only been here for 2 months so I told them if they needed a receiver down in the red zone I’d be able to do it.

Q: Jody, you picked up that red flag pretty quickly what did Mike (McCarthy) say to you?

A: (Laughter) …Thank you.

Q: You obviously knew the rule then?

A: Yeah, I knew the rule.  I think their might have been some miscommunication on whether they called him down or a turnover.  Once I heard it was a turnover, I knew it was automatically reviewed.  Everyone saw the Detroit play like that so luckily we were able to prevent that.

Q: Did you feel like it was difficult to get some momentum going at the beginning of the game?

A: Yeah, we ran into some tough breaks.  The first third down we flipped and on the second third down they batted down the ball.  We had guys open; we just weren’t able to make the play.   Once we got threw that we were able to move the ball and put points up on the board.  We just didn’t make enough.


PACKERS DEFENSE TACKLE B.J. RAJI

Q: Talk about this loss, are you eager to get another crack at those guys?

A:  Good news is, that we have another shot at them next week.  I think I speak for everybody when I say, yes.  Anytime you let a tough game like this go it is going to bring up some bad feelings, but you have to move on.

Q: With all the emotions out there, is it going to be a tough turnaround?

A:  We have done it before, but it is definitely going to be challenging.  I think with the guys in this room we can definitely regroup.

Q: How tough was Adrian to stop today?  Any different than any other day?

A: He’s going to be tough any day, no matter where you play.  We have to find a way to get it done.  Today we didn’t do that.

Q:  Is it going to be physically or mentally tougher to bounce back from this loss going into next week?

A: Who knows.  It is going to be a challenge, but I think we have what it takes to get it done.

Q: Do you think that Adrian won the league MVP today?

A:  Who knows, I’m not concerned with that.  Whoever gets it, they will deserve it.

Q: Are you disappointed in the run defense?  He had 199 yards, and in two games he has had over 400 plus.  How disappointing is that?

A: Considering who it is, you obviously never want to give up that kind of yardage, but when you look at the numbers there is a reason why he is where he is at.  He’s an all-timer, and sometimes you have to live with that.

Q: What can you do differently to stop him next week?

A: We’ll go back and look at the film, and we will come with a game plan that we can hopefully execute.


PACKERS CORNERBACK SAM SHIELDS

Q: What did you expect the Vikings offense to do and what was the game plan?

A: You have to know your responsibilities, know your keys and know what they wanted to do.  We knew that they wanted to give the ball to A.P. But then again you had to watch the pass.

Q: Is it going to be hard to get things turned around for next week or being in the playoffs, does that make it easier?

A: We have been in this position before.  Playoffs are one and done, so we have to go back and watch film and regroup on the downs that we missed out on and keep moving forward.

Q: Guys rarely run by you, did you bite on that? (Wright long pass)

A: He got behind me.  I was supposed to cover deep, cover 3, and he got behind me.  He made a play.


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Instant Replay – Vikings 37, Packers 34

Posted by Tyler Gajewski on December 30, 2012 – 11:50 pm

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Packers, Vikings will meet again in Lambeau Field

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    Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Green Bay Packers faced the Minnesota Vikings in a Week 17 NFC North showdown.


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Sideline Pass: Behind-the-scenes photos from #GBvsMIN

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 30, 2012 – 11:18 pm

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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Mall of America Field.

The Packers arrive at Mall of America Field Sunday morning.

The Packers arrive at Mall of America Field Sunday morning.

Greg Jennings waits for an Aaron Rodgers throw during warm-ups

Greg Jennings waits for an Aaron Rodgers throw during warm-ups

The offensive line gets a few reps in before the game

The offensive line gets a few reps in before the game

Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant and other look on as Erik Walden dances in a pre-game team huddle

Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant and others look on as Erik Walden dances in a pre-game team huddle


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