Matthews moves up to fifth-most sacks in NFL playoff history

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 8, 2017 – 10:30 pm

QB Aaron RodgersPACKERS TOP GIANTS IN NFC WILD CARD GAME
– Green Bay beat the Giants, 38-13, on Sunday in an NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field. It marks the third straight season that the Packers have won their opening playoff game, the longest streak by Green Bay since a five-season stretch from 1993-97.

– It marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons (2010-12, 2014-16) that the Packers have advanced to the Divisional round of the playoffs, tied with Seattle for the most in the NFC over that span.

– Sunday’s victory was Green Bay’s 33rd all-time win in the postseason, third most in league history behind Pittsburgh (35) and Dallas (34). It was the Packers’ 10th Wild Card win, the most in league annals.

– The 38 points scored by the Packers were the most in a postseason game since Jan. 15, 2011, at Atlanta (48-21). It ranks No. 5 in team history for most points in a playoff contest, with four of the top five scoring games coming under the direction of Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

– With the victory, McCarthy has led the Packers to nine wins in the postseason, tying Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren for the most in team history.

– Green Bay will go on the road next Sunday to face the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Divisional Playoff contest at 3:40 p.m. (CST). It will be the second postseason meeting between the teams in the last three years (2014 NFC Divisional) and the eighth meeting all-time in the playoffs.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– QB Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 40 passes for 362 yards and four TDs for a 125.2 rating. He has now posted a 110-plus rating in six of his 14 career playoff starts, tied for the most in NFL postseason history (Joe Montana, six in 23 starts; Tom Brady, six in 30 starts).

– Rodgers became just the fourth QB in NFL history to throw for 350-plus yards, four-plus TDs and no INTs in a playoff game (Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Alex Smith).

– Rodgers tied the single-game franchise playoff record with the four TD passes, and became the first QB in team history to have two four-TD passing games in the postseason (at Arizona, Jan. 10, 2010).

– Rodgers posted his sixth career playoff game with three-plus TD passes, the most in franchise history (Brett Favre, five). He also became the first NFL QB to throw four TD passes against the Giants in a postseason game.

– Rodgers registered his fifth career 300-yard game in the postseason as he further extended his franchise record.

– Rodgers’ 42-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb as time expired in the first half was the second-longest TD pass of Rodgers’ career in the postseason, trailing only his 46-yard TD to WR Davante Adams vs. Dallas (Jan. 11, 2015).

– In his last eight games (regular season and playoffs), Rodgers has completed 193 of 281 passes (68.7 percent) for 2,380 yards and 22 TDs with no INTs for a 120.7 rating.

– WR Randall Cobb tied the single-game NFL postseason record with three TD catches. The only other Packer with three TD catches in a playoff game was Sterling Sharpe (at Detroit, Jan. 8, 1994).

– Cobb became the first player in franchise history to register two TD catches of 30-plus yards (42, 30) in a playoff game.

– Cobb finished with 116 yards on five receptions, his second career 100-yard receiving game in the postseason. That ties him for No. 4 in team history behind three players with three (Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, Greg Jennings).

– WR Davante Adams led the Packers with eight catches for 125 yards (15.6 avg.) and a TD, the second 100-yard receiving game of his postseason career to move him into a tie for No. 4 in franchise annals.

– Adams’ eight receptions are tied for the fourth most in a game by a Packer in the playoffs (three players with nine).

– LB Clay Matthews registered a sack, giving him 11.0 for his career in the playoffs (No. 1 in team history). He moved into a tie with Charles Haley and LaMarr Woodley for the fifth-most sacks in NFL postseason history.

– LB Julius Peppers posted a sack in the second quarter, giving him at least one sack in each of his three postseasons with the Packers.

– CB Damarious Randall’s 78-yard INT return in the fourth quarter was the second longest in team playoff history, trailing only George Teague’s 101-yard return at Detroit on Jan. 8, 1994.

– K Mason Crosby made his lone FG attempt of the day, a 32-yarder in the third quarter, extending his NFL-record streak of consecutive FGs made in the postseason to 21.

– G T.J. Lang became the first player in franchise history to play in a postseason game in each of his first eight seasons in the league.


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Packers have allowed 171 rushing yards through 4 games

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 10, 2016 – 12:01 am

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– The Packers topped the Giants, 23-16, on Sunday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 3-1 on the season. Green Bay has won eight of its last nine Sunday night games played at home.

– The Packers allowed 43 yards rushing on 15 carries (2.9 avg.), bringing their four-game total to 171 rushing yards allowed on 86 attempts (1.99 avg.). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the second-fewest rushing yards allowed by a team through four games since the NFL began compiling individual stats in 1933, trailing only San Francisco’s mark of 157 yards allowed on 74 carries (2.12 avg.) in the first four games in 1995.

– Green Bay has won 11 consecutive home games during the month of October, the second-longest home winning streak in October in team history behind only a 16-game streak from 1928-32.

– The Packers improved to 9-2 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy in the game immediately following the bye. Green Bay has won 16 of its last 21 in the game right after the bye.

– Green Bay led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Packers have outscored their opponents, 179-19, in the first quarter in the last 17 regular-season games at Lambeau Field.

– The Packers posted season bests for total yards (406), rushing yards (147), first downs (23), sacks allowed (zero) and time of possession (36:38).

– Green Bay will stay at home next week to take on another NFC East foe when the Dallas Cowboys visit Lambeau Field for a 3:25 p.m. contest. Including playoffs, this marks the fourth straight season that the teams have met (2013-16).

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,401, the 320th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers2-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the first quarter was the 50th between the duo in the regular season, the second most in team history behind only QB Brett Favre and WR Antonio Freeman (57 TD passes).

– Nelson has had at least one TD reception in each of the first four games this season, becoming the first Packer to do so since WR Bill Schroeder in 2001. Nelson’s five TD catches in the first four games are tied for the fourth most in franchise history, trailing only Don Hutson (seven in 1942, six in 1945) and Bob Mann (six in 1951).

– RB Eddie Lacys 31-yard run in the second quarter was his longest rush of the season. Lacy’s 77 rushing yards in the first half were the second most in his career in a first half behind only his 84 yards at Tampa Bay on Dec. 21, 2014.

– WR Randall Cobb posted season highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (108), with six of the catches going for first downs. It was the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career.

– LB Clay Matthews went over the 70-sack mark for his career, with his third-quarter sack of QB Eli Manning giving him 70.5 sacks as a pro. That is No. 2 in team history behind only DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74.5). Matthews has posted a sack in all three games he has played in this season.

– LB Nick Perrys third-quarter sack gave him a team-high 4.5 for the season, a career best (previous high of four in 2013). Perry has registered a half-sack or more in four straight games, the longest streak of his career.

– DB Micah Hyde posted a 6-yard sack of WR Odell Beckham in the third quarter, giving Hyde a sack in all four of his seasons (2013-16). He is the only defensive back in team history (since 1982) to register a sack in each of his first four seasons in the NFL.

– LB Kyler Fackrells forced fumble in the second quarter on a sack of Manning was the first of his career. Fackrell has posted a sack in back-to-back games.

– DT Kenny Clarks recovery of the fumble by Manning on Fackrell’s sack was the first of Clark’s career.


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Damarious Randall ruled out; Packers-Giants inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 9, 2016 – 5:59 pm

161005-inactives-giants-950The following players will not play in Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants:

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6 QB Joe Callahan
23 CB Damarious Randall
37 CB Sam Shields
68 T Kyle Murphy
89 TE Jared Cook
96 DT Brian Price
99 DT Christian Ringo

Starting lineup changes: #24 Quinten Rollins will start at cornerback for Randall. #36 LaDarius Gunter will start at cornerback for Shields. #82 Richard Rodgers will start at tight end for Cook.

New York Giants
8 QB Josh Johnson
23 RB Rashad Jennings
27 S Darian Thompson
29 S Nat Berhe
73 T Marshall Newhouse
84 TE Larry Donnell
99 DT Robert Thomas


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Packers name captains for Sunday night’s tilt with Giants

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 9, 2016 – 2:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (defense) and WR Jeff Janis (special teams).


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Packers-Giants in Week 11 flexed out of prime time

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 1, 2013 – 3:01 pm

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The Packers-Giants game in Week 11 on Sunday, Nov. 17, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey has been flexed out of NBC’s prime-time Sunday Night Football slot and is moving to a 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff on FOX.

The prime-time game on NBC will be Chiefs-Broncos on that date instead. Also, the Chargers-Dolphins game that day is moving from a noon kickoff to 3:05 p.m. CT on CBS.

The Packers have one other prime-time game scheduled for this season, at home vs. Atlanta in Week 14 (Sunday, Dec. 8).

Week 11 is when flex scheduling begins each year, with the Sunday night game subject to change through the end of the regular season.

This marks the first time since the NFL implemented flex scheduling in 2006 that the Packers have been flexed out of the prime-time game. The Packers have been flexed from an afternoon game into the prime-time slot before.

For the updated printable schedule, click here (PDF).


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Packers vs. Giants was most-watched Divisional game ever

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 17, 2012 – 10:39 am

Sunday’s New York Giants-Green Bay Packers game on FOX drew an average of 45.1 million viewers to rank as the most-watched Divisional Playoff game ever, topping the record set last year by Jets-Patriots (43.5 million viewers). Giants-Packers is the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLV.

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 9-15, 2012

Program, Average Viewers
1. FOX Sunday Divisional Playoff (Giants-Packers) 45.1 million
2. FOX Saturday Divisional Playoff (Saints-49ers) 35.6 million
3. CBS Saturday Divisional Playoff (Broncos-Patriots) 34.2 million
4. CBS Sunday Divisional Playoff (Texans-Ravens) 31.0 million
5. ESPN BCS Championship (Alabama-LSU) 24.2  million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company


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Packers-Giants post-game notes & quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 15, 2012 – 10:14 pm

GIANTS TOP PACKERS, 37-20, IN NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF

  • The N.Y. Giants beat the Packers, 37-20, on Sunday at Lambeau Field to advance to the NFC Championship.
  • Green Bay’s 15 wins overall on the season rank tied for No. 2 in franchise history (1997) behind only the team’s 16 victories overall in 1996.


OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:

  • Today’s paid attendance was 72,080. It was the 302nd consecutive sellout (285 regular season, 17 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
  • WR Donald Driver caught three passes today, giving him a franchise-record 49 receptions for his career in the post- season. That surpassed WR Antonio Freeman’s mark of 47 career catches in the playoffs.
  • With 45 receiving yards, Driver moved past WR Robert Brooks (651 yards) for the No. 2 spot in franchise postseason history. Driver now has 675 career receiving yards in the playoffs.
  • Driver has now caught a pass in 12 consecutive postseason games, which is tied with Freeman for No. 2 in franchise playoff annals behind only RB Dorsey Levens (13 games).
  • QB Aaron Rodgers set a single-game franchise postseason record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback with 66 yards on seven carries (9.4 avg.). That topped the previous mark held by Rodgers (39 yards, at Chicago, Jan. 23, 2011). Rodgers’ 66-yard day was the most by an NFL quarterback in a playoff game since Atlanta’s Michael Vick posted 119 yards rushing vs. St. Louis on Jan. 15, 2005.
  • With 264 passing yards on the day, Rodgers surpassed QB Bart Starr (1,753 yards) for the No. 2 spot in the franchise postseason record book. Rodgers now has 1,781 career passing yards in the playoffs.
  • With two TD passes today, Rodgers moved into a tie with Starr for the No. 2 spot in team history for the most TD passes in the postseason with 15 in his career.
  • LB Brad Jones became the first Packer to block a field goal in a playoff game since DL Cletidus Hunt did so vs. San Francisco on Jan. 13, 2002.
  • S Morgan Burnett posted his first career postseason interception with his second-quarter INT of QB Eli Manning.

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Packers-Giants game chat transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 15, 2012 – 8:27 pm

Click here to read the transcript from writers Vic Ketchman and Mike Spofford as they share their opinion on the Packers-Giants game with fans.


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Brad Jones, C.J. Wilson to start; Packers-Giants gameday inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 15, 2012 – 2:00 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s Packers-Giants NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field:

Green Bay Packers
6 QB Graham Harrell
31 CB Davon House
49 LB Robert Francois
72 T Herb Taylor
84 TE D.J. Williams
95 NT Howard Green
97 LB Vic So’oto

Starting lineup changes: On defense, #98 C.J. Wilson will start at right defensive end for #95 Howard Green. #59 Brad Jones will start at right outside linebacker for #93 Erik Walden.

New York Giants
13 WR Ramses Barden
33 RB Da’Rel Scott
58 LB Mark Herzlich
63 C Jim Cordle
69 DE Justin Trattou
73 DT Jimmy Kennedy
79 T James Brewer


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Lambeau Field grounds crew prepares for playoffs, paints field

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 10, 2012 – 5:57 pm

Green Bay Packers fields manager Allen Johnson and his staff are in the midst of a busy week of preparing Lambeau Field for Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. CT showdown between the Packers and New York Giants. The crew painted the Divisional Playoffs logo along both sidelines Tuesday afternoon.

Click here to see photos of the process.


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