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Four game balls awarded vs. Cleveland

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 21, 2013 – 3:00 pm

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The Packers coaching staff awarded four game balls to players for their individual performances in the 31-13 victory over the Browns on Sunday.

On offense, the honor went to WR Jarrett Boykin, who led the team with eight catches for 103 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown. It was Boykin’s first career 100-yard game and first career TD, all coming in his first career start.

On defense, game balls were awarded to CB Davon House and LB Jamari Lattimore. House snagged his first career interception on an early fourth-and-1, and later in the game, he broke up two passes around the goal line, one on a fourth-and-15 deep throw intended for WR Josh Gordon.

Lattimore led the defense with nine solo tackles and 12 total tackles, including his first pro sack and a deflected pass.

On special teams, CB Micah Hyde received recognition for his 18-yard punt return early in the game to help set up Green Bay’s first touchdown, and for two tackles on the coverage units, including one of Browns KR Travis Benjamin to prevent a TD at the end of a long return.


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Burnett, Starks, Lattimore awarded game balls

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 3, 2012 – 2:21 pm

Packers S Morgan Burnett, RB James Starks and LB Jamari Lattimore earned game balls for their performance vs. the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13

S Morgan Burnett’s two interceptions on Sunday in the 23-14 victory over the Vikings has earned him the defensive game ball from the Packers’ coaching staff.

The coaches award game balls weekly to members of all three phases — offense, defense and special teams — based on their performances.

Burnett’s two interceptions were his first two of the season, and they both came at crucial times. The first came early in the third quarter, in the end zone with the Vikings at Green Bay’s 8-yard line and threatening to add to their 14-10 lead. The second came later in the third quarter after the Packers had taken a 20-14 lead but the Vikings were driving again, having reached the Green Bay 25.

On offense, James Starks received a game ball for his 15-carry, 66-yard outing, which included a 22-yard TD run for the go-ahead score. Starks hadn’t scored a rushing TD since Week 1 of last season, and the rushing TD was the Packers’ first this season since Week 5 in Indianapolis.

On special teams, LB Jamari Lattimore was the game-ball recipient. Lattimore wasn’t credited with any coverage tackles based on the press box statistics, but the coaches often see things on film that don’t make the stat report and reward a player accordingly.


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