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PACKERS TOP VIKINGS IN NFC WILD CARD CONTEST
- Green Bay beat Minnesota, 24-10, tonight at Lambeau Field to advance to the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
- The Packers are the only NFC team to advance to three straight NFC Divisional games from 2010-12. The last time Green Bay advanced to the divisional round in three or more consecutive seasons was five straight from 1993-97.
- With the victory, the Packers improve to 30-17 all-time in the postseason, a .638 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in league history. Green Bay moved into sole possession of the No. 3 spot for the most playoff wins with 28, trailing only the N.Y. Giants (31) and Dallas Cowboys (30).
- Including playoffs, the Packers have now won 10 straight games at home against NFC North opponents.
- The 10 points allowed by the Packers were the fewest in a postseason game since they gave up 10 points at San Francisco on Jan. 11, 1998.
- Green Bay will travel to San Francisco next Saturday night to take on the 49ers at Candlestick Park at 7 p.m. (CST).
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Tonight’s paid attendance was 71,548. It was the 311th consecutive sellout (293 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field and the fourth-largest crowd in Lambeau Field history.
- With the victory on Saturday night, Head Coach Mike McCarthy improved his postseason record to 6-3. His .667 winning percentage ranks No. 2 in team history among Green Bay head coaches behind only Vince Lombardi (9-1, .900).
- QB Aaron Rodgers posted a 104.9 passer rating on Saturday night (23 of 33, 274 yards, one TD), the fifth time he has registered a 100-plus passer rating in seven career postseason starts.
- Rodgers did not thrown an interception for the fifth straight game. He has not thrown an interception in 177 consecutive passing attempts.
- FB John Kuhn is the only player in the NFL to score a touchdown in each of the last four postseasons (2009-12). Kuhn joined RB Dorsey Levens (five straight, 1994-98) and WR Antonio Freeman (1995-98) as the only players in team history to score a TD in four or more consecutive postseasons.
- Kuhn also became the first player in franchise history to post a rushing TD and a receiving TD in two different postseason games. He also did so at Atlanta on Jan. 15, 2011.
- LB Clay Matthews matched is postseason career high (at Atlanta, Jan. 15, 2011) with two sacks as he joined DE Reggie White as the only players in franchise playoff history to register two-plus sacks in two games. Matthews brought his career postseason sack total to 6.5, second only to White (8.0) in franchise playoff history.
- CB Sam Shields posted his third career interception in the postseason, which is tied for No. 4 in team history.
- K Mason Crosby’s 20-yard field goal in the second quarter was his sixth consecutive made field goal in the postseason, a franchise playoff record. It bested the mark of five straight by Don Chandler in 1965 and Chris Jacke in 1996.
- The Packers allowed the Vikings to complete just 11 passes, the fewest given up by Green Bay a playoff game since it allowed seven completions at Washington on Dec. 24, 1972.
- Green Bay held Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (99 yards) to less than 100 yards rushing for just the second time in the Vikings’ last 11 games (86 yards at Houston in Week 16).
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(opening statement) “Good victory for us today. Playoff victories are always special. Coming back after six days and playing the Vikings. First off, I have to give great credit to our fans and the atmosphere here tonight. When I think about tonight’s win, it definitely starts and ends with our defense. I thought they were outstanding for four quarters and they set the tempo. They kept Minnesota out of the end zone until the end and obviously adjusted to the quarterback change. The communication, the effort and the run defense really stood out. Offensively, I thought we played good football for probably about the first half. We had an opportunity to score going in. Coming out, we weren’t able to knock them out of the park in the third and fourth quarter. Special teams, did a solid job as far as the placement and our coverage teams did a better job tonight.”
(on the difference between the rush defense tonight compared with the last two games against the Vikings) “It comes down to the things we talked about during the course of the week in here. We talked about it as a football team — to play with leverage, to play with discipline, trust the guy next to you and obviously rally to the football. Adrian Peterson does a great job of extending runs, very similar to what Aaron Rodgers does in the pass game with his ability to extend pass plays. They are two very similar players. I thought our defense was extremely disciplined. They played with great effort, I thought we owned the line of scrimmage and it was a big factor tonight.”
(on if his team prepared for Joe Webb during the week) “Our work on Joe was obviously something that was out there during the course of the week. We had a long day here today as coaches. I know a number of our guys were going back and checking things. They didn’t change their game plan a whole lot. I have to give a lot of credit to our players and our defensive coaches, just the fact that they stayed the course and we played very well for a quarterback that was unscouted.”
(on if he had an idea that QB Christian Ponder wasn’t going to play) “They did a good job of keeping it under wraps. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I knew Joe Webb was going to play. That’s not the case. We didn’t adjust our game plan, so the players and coaches did a hell of a job.”
(on the offensive game plan) “We wanted to be balanced with run and pass. I thought we did that, but we didn’t really run the ball very well in the second half. I thought that was a big part of why we stalled and weren’t able to convert first downs.”
PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:
(on going back to northern California to play next week) “Home is really Chico. Chico is northern California. San Francisco I would say is the Bay Area. It’ll be fun to go back to the West Coast. We’ll hopefully get a lot of cheeseheads from Chico coming down to the game and it’ll be a good test.”
(on the efficiency of the touchdown drive before the half) “A lot of times, in those two-minute drives, they’re often keyed by a good first play; and we had a completion to Jordy (Nelson), probably in the 18 to 20 (yard) range I would guess. That kind of got things going for us and we just moved with the ball from there.”
(on the difference between the first two matchups) “Our defense played great. I think they played really good in the first one, but Adrian (Peterson) still had 210 (yards) and they controlled a lot of the clock as I remember, especially in the first half. Our defense tonight played at a championship level, and that’s what you need in the playoffs. You need the defense playing well and creating turnovers. Special teams did a good job of winning the field position, creating the turnover. Mason (Crosby) made his kick, Tim (Masthay) did a good job of not letting them have a lot of return yards. (Marcus) Sherels is a really good returner. With the defense playing well, the special teams playing well — they can make up for kind of an average day on offense.”
(on how much they can take from the first game with the 49ers) “We’ll look at it, but they’re a different team. Teams find their identity throughout the season and we’ll look at more of their past schemes. It will be interesting to go back and look at that and see who was playing at that point. Cedric (Benson) was our main back, and now we’re a few down the line here to get to DuJuan (Harris). We’re going to have to find ways to block up their Pro Bowlers inside and try to make some plays on the perimeter as well.”
(on what RB DuJuan Harris has added to the offense) “He’s doing a better job in the passing game. I think he’s learning the offense. He’s been studying very hard. He knows the protection schemes better than he did when he first got in the game. Today he made five catches, I believe, averaged over 10 yards a completion. I believe four of those were check-downs and one was a swing pass. That can really do some things for you when you can dump it off to a guy like that and make some first downs.”
(on how surprised he was that QB Christian Ponder didn’t play) “I don’t know what the nature of his injury is. I was surprised when I saw the inactives for the game and he was out. I know he was limited in practice this week. Obviously he has a significant injury. I don’t like talking about other people’s injuries and what I would do.”
(on the play of the defense) “It says a lot about (defensive coordinator) Dom Capers and his staff. I think they wanted to make a statement tonight. The statement might have been less rushing yards for (Adrian) Peterson. He still had almost 100, but it wasn’t same kind of impact that he’s had in the last couple games.”
PACKERS RUNNING BACK DuJUAN HARRIS:
(on the role he played in today’s win) “It’s the biggest game I’ve ever played in. I just tried not to think about that and just tried to treat it like any other game. It’s been awhile since I’ve played like that.”
(on his effectiveness in the passing game) “Things like that just happen. If it’s open, let’s just dump it down and get some easy yards.”
(on if he thinks he’ll play a large role in next week’s game at San Francisco) “We’ll see how the week goes. The game plan could be a little different. You never know. We’re just going to watch film and see what we need to do to win.”
PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER JAMES JONES:
(on having a healthy group of wide receivers today) “It’s always good to have all our playmakers out there. We create mismatch problems for a lot of people when all four of us are healthy and we did that today. Everybody got a little chunk of the pie and was able to make some plays.”
(on looking ahead to San Francisco) “They’re still one of the best football teams in the business. It’s going to be a fight when we go there to their home stadium. They’ve got a good team so it’ll be a tough challenge for us.”
(on how the Packers have changed since the week one loss to the 49ers) “We’ve just been trying to get better. Every day, every game, trying to get better as a team.”
(on if the team’s approach changed when QB Christian Ponder became inactive) “That’s for the defense. For us as an offense, we just kept with our same game plan — go out there, score some points and make sure Adrian Peterson can’t touch the ball so much.”
PACKERS FULLBACK JOHN KUHN
(on the role the running backs played in the passing game) “That’s just kind of the way it unfolded. They were playing us in cover two and really dropping and trying to take our receivers away. They did a great job last week so that was obviously their game plan, to stop them. We knew we had to pick it up on our end. I think DuJuan (Harris) did great in the first half really carrying the load with the check-downs, getting a lot of first downs and moving the chains.”
(on scoring two touchdowns) “It was nice. I’m just thankful that I was given the opportunities. We were in some advantageous plays with the defenses that they were running. Aaron (Rodgers) made some nice checks and I was able to take advantage of it. Thanks to Mike McCarthy for calling my number when I get down there and Aaron for delivering the ball. A lot of people can score these touchdowns, it’s just about being in the right place at the right time.”
(on playing San Francisco next week) “We’re a little thankful that we get the chance to play San Francisco again. They really whooped up on us the first game of the season. We’re looking forward to going out there and playing a better game.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS:
(on how the team was able to change the outcome from last week’s game against Minnesota) “Schematically I don’t think we did much differently than last week. We obviously made a few adjustments based on what they showed us last week and the success they had. Ultimately, the effort was there last week, our intensity… We just played a little more disciplined..
(on if the defense felt like it had something to prove against RB Adrian Peterson) “We wanted to win. I think that goes beyond pride, especially with the two 200-yard games he put together against us, there was absolutely something to prove.”
(on looking ahead to San Francisco) “Based on week one when we saw them, I’m sure a lot has changed — especially at the quarterback position. Frank Gore is an outstanding athlete. He makes plays for them. You’d like to think they’re going to get it going in that regard, especially with the lack of success we’ve had in past games. We expect it to be a tough, hard-fought match like it was in week one.”
PACKERS CORNERBACK SAM SHIELDS:
(on the effect of QB Christian Ponder being inactive) “I don’t think it was anything different. We were just ready to play. We came in this week and corrected a lot of things we made mistakes on. I think we were prepared either way.”
(on the defense’s ability to contain RB Adrian Peterson) “Everybody took care of their responsibilities, played their gaps and didn’t let him get outside. Peterson, he can run, he can get outside, and our thing was to not let him get outside.”
(on how the Packers are different than the last time they faced San Francisco in week one) “It’s very different. Everybody is on the same page. On defense, our whole thing is getting off on third downs and just playing fast.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER ERIK WALDEN:
(on containing RB Adrian Peterson) “The first two games he killed us. If you get anxious, he’ll run into the pile and bounce outside. If you peek inside, that’s all he needs to break outside, so today we wanted to make sure we maintained our gaps and we were able to do that for the most part.”
(on his personal performance) “Playoffs are just a different atmosphere. There’s nothing like playoff football. I just wanted to make sure I came out and played my best football at the right time.”
MINNESOTA VIKINGS HEAD COACH LESLIE FRAZIER:
(on his overall thoughts on the game) “Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers. They did a good job tonight and they played good football. We came up short. I thought our guys played hard. We didn’t always play the way we are capable of playing in some instances. I am extremely proud of our football team and the way they worked throughout this year and represented our state. Because of the character of the men on this football team, there are a lot of things we can learn from this 2012 season.”
(on the change at quarterback) “Yesterday, he (Christian Ponder) improved to where we thought maybe. And today, it just wouldn’t have been smart to put him at risk. We made a decision to go with Joe.”
(on the deciding factors to not play Ponder) “Some of things we asked him to do, he wasn’t very good at getting done and the things we needed him to get done if we were going to put him out there. It wasn’t the right thing to do.”
(on not sticking with the read option) “We mixed some of those read-options along the way. But at some point, you would like to complete some passes. Early on we did have them off-balance and had some opportunities in the passing game, but we just couldn’t connect.”
(on amount of time to structure game plan around QB Joe Webb) “We kind of prepared for a little bit of both. As we were going through the week, and realizing the possibility that Christian might not make it, we thought we better have something in the package in case it was Joe.”
(on passing opportunities that didn’t connect) “There were some times that I thought we had some guys open and Joe might get flushed or didn’t have his feet set or might not follow through like he needed to. We just couldn’t make some things happen down the field that we needed to make happen.”
(on what impresses him about QB Aaron Rodgers) “He is a very accurate passer, but his ability to throw on the run is the thing that sticks out. You can get him moving around like you want too, but his ability to make throws on the run really creates problems for the defense because guys end up uncovered.”
(on Webb not throwing a pass all season and the odds of victory) “That’s a situation a back-up is going to be in. You have to get your reps in practice and have to be ready every week because you are always one play away from going in there and just hope the guy you have in that back-up roll can get it done. We came up short tonight and we needed to do something around Joe to help a little bit more, but I thought he battled and gave us everything he had.”
(on Packers’ defense ability to slow down RB Adrian Peterson) “They did a good job getting people in gaps. It looked like a lot of the same things we had seen. It is the same thing we have seen from them throughout. With people doing that, you like to create a little balance, but we couldn’t get that done on a consistent basis.”
VIKINGS QUARTERBACK JOE WEBB:
(on if there are specific plays he’d like to have back) “There are a lot of plays I would like to have back. I haven’t touched the field since August, that’s no excuse. I feel our team really came here expecting a victory and Green Bay is a great team and a tough team at home. It was a great learning experience.”
(on taking time to find a rhythm) “I started to adjust to the flow of the game later in the game, I started to get the rhythm. Once you get the rhythm, you can really start making plays.”
(on the switch from back-up to playoff starter) “It’s not tough, because you always prepare yourself as if you are going to start or going to play. It’s a big learning experience for me. It was a tough game.”
(on the game plan changing after first drive) “We tried to hit them with different plays and switch it up a little bit. We didn’t execute on some plays. Like I said, it was a learning experience, not just for the players, but the coaches.”
(on the momentum change after settling for a field goal on the first drive) “I wouldn’t say momentum change, because anytime you get points that’s always a positive. You always want to score touchdowns, but whenever you get points that always good too. We hoped that we could have had a few more drives like the first one, but that played out different.”
VIKINGS DEFENSIVE END JARED ALLEN:
(on QB Christian Ponder not playing) “We had all the confidence in Joe (Webb). Joe is part of the glue that keeps this thing together. I have seen Joe grow over the last few years that I have seen him play. Joe has an arm to go along with his legs, so we were all kind of like ‘let’s see what happens.’ No one was let down. We knew the challenges ahead, so honestly we went about business as usual.”
(on losing in the playoffs) “Everyone has to have a sense of urgency. It is not okay to just show up. Just getting here isn’t what we are about in Minnesota. We are about winning championships. You can ask anyone in the league — you want to win. It is all about getting a Super Bowl ring. I think we needed to have a higher sense of urgency because you never know when you are going to come back (to the playoffs). We had a little setback with Christian, but you have to seize the opportunity against a team that you know so well.”
(on how Green Bay’s offense made adjustments to Minnesota’s pass rush) “The ball came out a lot quicker. He just got the ball out. We still sacked him three times and had him running all over the place. It was check-down football. They were leaking a back out, checking down and keeping the chains moving. It was just their play-calling, Aaron getting the ball out and them being conscious of what we were trying to do up front. They didn’t allow us to get into a steady groove of pass rushing.”
VIKINGS RUNNING BACK ADRIAN PETERSON:
(on Minnesota getting out to an early lead) “We definitely had something going. We were able to establish the run game early, but we needed to get seven instead of three. That kind of hurt us. We got down there again and we weren’t able to execute.”
(on how Green Bay’s defense contained him tonight) “They played some good defense. They played more patient defense. They stayed on the backside to take away the cutback and they played slower instead of being really aggressive and over pursuing plays. With that, they were able to bottle up the run game.”
(on Green Bay having DB Charles Woodson in the lineup) “Woodson is a great player. He saved a touchdown in the fourth quarter by tackling me because I was definitely going the distance. He is a difference maker.”
(on the season) “Each week we continued to improve, lean on one another and we continued to fight. Unfortunately for a lot of different reasons, we weren’t able to pull it off tonight. We will come back swinging in the offseason and do the necessary things that we need to do so that this doesn’t happen again. I love the chemistry that we have here, so hopefully we can build on this and get better.”
VIKINGS CORNERBACK ANTOINE WINFIELD:
(on Green Bay’s offense) “They have a very explosive offense. You always have to worry about their vertical passing game, but they switched it up a lot today. There were a lot of quick screens, quick passes, underneath throws and they made some plays.”
(on the season) “It was a good season. Only one team can have a really successful season. Guys came to work each day and worked hard. We had some momentum at the end of the year and got into the playoffs with no one expecting us to be here. I love these guys in the locker room.”
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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Saturday evening’s Wild Card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
31 CB Davon House
44 RB James Starks
58 LB Frank Zombo
80 WR Donald Driver
91 DT Jordan Miller
99 DE Jerel Worthy
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #26 DuJuan Harris will start in place of #20 Alex Green at running back.
7 QB Christian Ponder
11 WR Stephen Burton
27 CB Brandon Burton
58 LB Tyrone McKenzie
78 G Troy Kropog
91 DE D’Aundre Reed
92 DE George Johnson
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #14 Joe Webb will start in place of #7 Christian Ponder at quarterback.
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- NBC Sports will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
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Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier and RB Adrian Peterson were made available to the media via conference call Tuesday. To listen to Frazier and Peterson talk about Saturday’s NFC Wild Card playoff game in Green Bay, click on the links below.
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PACKERS TOP VIKINGS TO MOVE INTO A TIE FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE NFC NORTH
- Green Bay beat Minnesota, 23-14, today at Lambeau Field to improve to 8-4 on the season. With Chicago’s loss to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, the Packers and Bears are tied for first place in the NFC North, two games ahead of the Vikings (6-6).
- With the victory on Sunday, the Packers extended their franchise-record divisional winning streak to 10 games.
- Green Bay has won five consecutive games against the Vikings, the longest streak vs. Minnesota since a five-game one from 2006-08.
- The Packers have won 18 of their last 19 regular-season games (.947) at Lambeau Field and 24 of their last 26 contests (.923) at home.
- Green Bay will stay home for another NFC North contest when it hosts the Detroit Lions next Sunday night at Lambeau Field in a nationally televised game (7:20 p.m. CST).
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 70,567. It was the 308th consecutive sellout (291 regular season, 17 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- QB Aaron Rodgers threw a TD pass in his 35th consecutive regular-season game at home, further extending his franchise record. It is the longest in the NFL since Dolphins QB Dan Marino’s 39-game streak from 1983-88.
- Rodgers went over the 3,000-yard passing mark for the season, his fifth straight 3,000-yard season (2008-12).
- S Morgan Burnett matched his single-game career high (at Chicago, Sept. 25, 2011) with two interceptions.
- C Jeff Saturday made his 200th career NFL start.
- P Tim Masthay placed his 27th punt inside the 20 this season, the third most in a season in franchise history (since 1976) behind only Sean Landeta (30 in 1998) and Craig Hentrich (28 in 1996).
- With a plus-one turnover ratio, the Packers have now won the takeaway battle or come out even in 27 of their last 30 regular-season games.
- Green Bay’s 38:30 time of possession was the team’s top mark since a 40:48 time of possession at New England on Dec. 19, 2010.
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(opening statement) “Good victory for the Green Bay Packers today. Good divisional win. It’s always tough to play the Vikings. I was very, very pleased with the way our team started the game. I think that tilts toward our preparation when we come out with the fast start. In the second quarter we had some things go against us. Then the start of the second half, with the poor start, the rush defense wasn’t where it needed to be. I thought Morgan Burnett’s interception in the third quarter in the end zone was probably the key play of the game. It shifted the momentum. I felt that our team was able to overcome adversity and played very well in the second half. Offensively, we maintained balance, which we needed to. We overcame the injuries to T.J. Lang and Jordy Nelson. Defensively, we played tough; the tackling was not where it needed to be. Adrian Peterson is an outstanding football player and we respect him. Maybe we respected him too much. We had too many missed tackles there. I thought our special teams were solid.”
(on Don Barclay’s performance) “I thought Don did a good job. Actually, I thought the confidence in the play calling reflected that. When he first went into the game, I tried to take care of him and play it smart. Frankly, after halftime we just really played a basic, clean football game. I thought our players did a heck of a job. It was nothing unusual. We took a couple shot plays, but it just came down to being balanced with the run and pass, similar to the way they were playing us on defense. We saw a little bit more quarter coverage than we probably anticipated, but I thought Don gave us an opportunity to keep rolling by allowing us to play both run and pass. I was pleased from what I saw.”
(on being able to run off time in the third quarter after Morgan Burnett’s interception) “We stuck to our plan and tried to stay in favorable down and distances. We know what it looks like when we’re stuck in third-and-11 on 47 percent of our third downs like we were last week. That’s not the formula for success. The focus was to play in favorable down and distances. I thought we were able to do that today.”
(on if he feels like he’s getting into a good running back situation with Starks and Green) “I liked the combination of running backs today and I loved what James Starks did. I thought he stepped up. I thought Alex ran well. I thought John Kuhn played tough like he always does. But I thought James was a little cut above today. That’s why I went with him in the fourth quarter. I like what I see from our backs.”
(on Morgan Burnett’s interception in the third quarter) “Like I said in my opening statement, I thought Morgan Burnett’s interception in the end zone was the biggest play of the game. I thought our whole sideline turned after that. Halftime was not the best halftime that I have been a part of. Our guys were a little bit up and down when we came in. We just stuck to the adjustments and he gave us the boost. Morgan’s playing very well. He’s had big plays for us throughout the season. He’s showing good veteran leadership back there.”
PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:
(on how the offensive line played after Lang’s injury) “I thought they did a good job. You’ve got to give Donny (Barclay) a lot of credit. Don Barclay stepped in, got his opportunity and made the most of it. I’m very proud of him. He’s a good kid, he’s really worked hard in training camp and put himself in position to not only make the team but be a contributor. We put him out there on different personnel packages and (we’re) excited for his opportunity. He was going up against a tough rusher today in Brian (Robison) and he did a good job.”
(on the offensive production in the second half) “Yeah I thought we got into a good rhythm there. We ran the ball more effectively than we have all season, a good combination of James Starks and Alex Green running the football, doing a nice job. I’m not sure what the final numbers were, but I think we had around 150-yards rushing, which probably hasn’t happened here in a while. That gave us some good balance.”
(on the 11-minute scoring drive) “We haven’t had one of those in a while. We haven’t been able to control the clock like that and it says a lot about the toughness of those guys. It wasn’t the prettiest drive. We made the most of our third-down opportunities.”
(on the Bears loss) “It puts us back in first (place in the division). I can’t say there’s many Seahawk fans in the locker room, but we appreciate the help.”
(on the James Jones TD catch) “It reminded me of a catch, what was it, Jacksonville or Arizona, one of the two – he had a similar catch where he went up over the guy and made the play. He’s made the most of his opportunities this year. I think that’s nine touchdowns for him. If not for a phantom call there, he probably would have had another one on the second drive, but James did a good job. (I was) disappointed last week not getting him any opportunities. Today he didn’t have, again, a ton of opportunities, but he made the most of them.”
(on the double-pass interception) “I was just trying to punt it in there, pin them back pretty good. I wanted to catch it first, that was important. And then as I was making the catch, I saw (Everson) Griffen coming my way. I think Josh (Sitton) made a nice block and gave me some room, and I just tried to put it out. I kind of ran out of arm a little bit there.”
(on the Vikings’ defensive strategy being similar to the Giants’ last week) “They played us very soft. Actually they mixed in some one-high in the first half and brought a couple pressures, but for the most part outside it was softer defenses and we did a good job running the ball. We blocked them up, the backs made the right cuts and put us in more manageable third down situations. We didn’t convert them every time, but we didn’t have as many third-and-11 plusses like we did last week.”
(on how important this division win was) “It was important. Everything is right in front of us, regardless of the Bears outcome today. We still have the Bears at Chicago and the division very well could come down to that meeting.”
(on if they compensated on offense for the line injuries) “Not really. We had a plan coming in we wanted to give those guys help regardless if it was T.J. (Lang). T.J., Marshall (Newhouse) and when Donny (Barclay) came in we wanted to help Donny out obviously, but it would have been the same plan if T.J. had not gotten hurt. Give Don a lot of credit. He did a good job, he grew up tonight and I’m really proud of him. He really does things the right way and works hard.”
(on having WR Greg Jennings back) “I think now, at this moment, he’s probably going to take Jordy’s (Nelson) reps. I’m not sure what Jordy’s situation is going to be, but I would guess that Greg would step kind of seamlessly back into that slot. Talking about the slot, Randall’s (Cobb) going to stay in the slot I would assume, and Greg will be outside for the most part. It’s nice to have him back. He’s a big-time player. He can make catches down the field. There were a couple plays where we were on the same page today, which is fun to get him back out there and still have the same feel that we had previous to the injury. He’s a big-time player, we’ve got to get him more opportunities.”
(on if this a gut-check type of game) “I think it definitely was a gut-check for us. At halftime, I think the thing you can say about our guys, there was no panic. Our defense shut them out in the second half, which ultimately gave us the win, but there was no panic on the offensive side.”
(on what the mood of the locker room was at halftime) “I thought it was a no-panic locker room. He (Coach McCarthy) maybe wanted some more yelling and screaming, but we have been typically in the last couple years not a big rah-rah team. We don’t need a lot of rah-rah speeches. Every team is different. In 2010, Charles (Woodson) was giving us a speech every week. This team is a different team, different makeup. I think there’s some leadership in the room. Guys understand situations and the other guys carry their load.”
PACKERS SAFETY MORGAN BURNETT:
(on his second interception) “It was a good defensive call. I trusted my technique. That put me in a position to make the play and coach always tells me to just trust your instincts. On that play, I just let my instincts take over and that’s what happened. I undercut the ball and came away with the pick.”
(on the team’s ability to create turnovers today) “Any time you can get a turnover and help your offense out, steal them an extra possession – that really helps out a lot. We did a great job of getting turnovers, and the offense did a great job of protecting the ball, so this game, we won the turnover battle. Any time you win the turnover battle, your chance of winning is pretty high.”
(on limiting the Vikings’ passing game) “Everyone stuck to their technique. Everyone communicated very well. Everyone did their job and no one got outside of their element. Everyone trusted that someone was there to help them in certain defenses. We all pulled together.”
PACKERS KICKER MASON CROSBY:
(on his confidence today) “I’m great. This team, we find ways to win. Even though my kicks might not all go through, and other things might happen on the field, we are finding ways to win and that’s what I did today. I found a way to bounce back after a miss right there at the end of the half and make some kicks that I needed to in the second half.”
(on his mindset following the miss before halftime) “We understand what needs to be done. I’ve got to go out there and make them happen – that’s what’s expected. As soon as I get back out in the second half I regroup and as soon as the ball leaves my foot, I move on to the next one.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK:
(on S Morgan Burnett’s interception in the end zone) “You can’t affect the game in a more positive way than picking them off in the end zone when they’re knocking on the door. That was huge. It took the momentum from them and we kind of ran with it after that.”
(on getting a key division win) “It’s good. We have a tough division. Every game is going to be like this. I think the NFC North is a fun division to be in as a linebacker. Every game is super physical, and I don’t think there are going to be many blowouts in the North.”
(on the offense’s 11-minute drive in the fourth quarter) “It was awesome. It was really fun to watch actually. I stand up and watch our offense all the time when they’re on the field. It was something special to see. Our offense is one of the best for a reason, and that drive was just huge and came at a big time for us.”
PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER GREG JENNINGS:
(on being back on the field following the injury) “It’s great to be back – great to be out there on the field and actually take some hits, run some routes, get winded a little bit and get dirty. It really felt good today.”
(on the 11-minute scoring drive in the fourth quarter) “That’s what it’s all about – making sure we can sustain drives, move the chains and keep our defense off the field. They’ve got a heck of a running back over there on the other side of the ball and it’s hard to contain that guy. We understand that, so the best way to contain him is to keep him off the field. It’s been a while since we’ve had a drive like that. That was pretty impressive. To get the first downs that we were able to get on third down, key conversions… I know (WR coach Edgar Bennett) will be excited about that since he’s our third-down guy. Overall, as an offensive unit, that drive was outstanding.”
(on the production from the Packers’ running game) “It keeps teams honest. We talk about who is the key to beating the cover two – it’s the run game. If you’re not running the ball well teams are going to be able to sit back and just put six in the box and that’s it.”
(on getting a key division win) “Division games are huge. We’ve got another one next week. Obviously we’re going to take this one and let it marinate a little bit. It’s a big win for us coming off that loss last week. We’re moving forward. Another division opponent is coming in next week in Detroit. They’re not going to take it easy on us, and we’re not going to take it easy on them.”
PACKERS CORNERBACK TRAMON WILLIAMS:
(on facing the Vikings’ running game) “They had a good day on the ground. We knew we had to stop (Adrian Peterson), we knew it was going to be tough, and it was. Obviously when they tried to pass the ball we kind of limited them from doing that. AP got his, no doubt about it, but we got the job done. Going against a back like that, you know explosive plays are going to come some way, somehow, whether it’s breaking tackles, whether it’s him just getting around the edge and going the whole way, he finds a way to get explosive gains. You’ve just got to get a bunch of guys to the ball and in the second half I think we did a better job of that.”
(on his unnecessary roughness call) “You all saw it. I didn’t see it. I just hit the guy. You can tell me better than I can tell you. You tell me what it looked like. I didn’t ask any questions. I know a clean lick when I do it myself.”
(on getting a key division win) “It’s big. Obviously whenever you play a division opponent it’s never easy, no matter how outsiders may see it. That was a good team coming in and we got another win under our belt, and that’s what counts.”
MINNESOTA VIKINGS HEAD COACH LESLIE FRAZIER:
(on the loss) “It was a very disappointing loss. We had some opportunities in this ballgame to put ourselves in a good position, and we came up short. Our guys played extremely hard. Green Bay was better; they beat us. Congratulations to them. It was just a tough loss.”
(on the offense) “We definitely want to improve our passing game. That is something that we will keep working to improve. You want to create a little bit of balance for sure, especially as well as we were running the ball. We need to create balance. We will keep working on that.”
(on the performance of Adrian Peterson) “It was a tremendous effort by Adrian today and our offensive line of opening up holes. I am just extremely proud of his attitude. He wants to win as much as anybody. That is the only accomplishment that he is concerned about. He is disappointed that we didn’t win. The fact that he ran for 210 yards is important, but not as important to him as the fact that we didn’t win this game. That is the beauty of Adrian Peterson; he is the total team guy.”
(on Christian Ponder) “Christian is our quarterback. We are going to do all we can to help him this week to have a good game against Chicago. When you are on the road, you really have to play clean football. It is hard to overcome turnovers on the road. We don’t have that margin of error on our team right now. Hopefully he and the rest of our team will learn that lesson.”
(on Green Bay’s defense) With all the man coverage that they played, we really felt going into the ballgame that we would be able to exploit some of the things that they were doing. We anticipated them playing a lot of single high, but obviously we didn’t take advantage.”
(on the playoff race) “We aren’t out of this thing by any means. We have a lot of veteran players who realize that things change every year, but at that same time they also know that we have the right people. There is no reason to panic.”
VIKINGS QUARTERBACK CHRISTIAN PONDER:
(on his performance) “This one definitely hurts. It is disappointing to go out and throw two interceptions. There were a couple of more plays besides that that I wish I could have back. All I can do is come back to work tomorrow and try to keep getting better. We just have to move on and put this one behind us.”
(on his first interception) “The number one rule as a quarterback is to not throw across your body across the middle of the field, especially when it is late in downs, and that is exactly what I did. I thought it was coming open and maybe I could have thrown a better ball, but I probably shouldn’t have thrown it at all.”
(on his second interception) “It was man coverage and we had it beat. I had to step up; I was a little late on the throw and I left it behind him. It is my job to throw it only where Kyle (Rudolph) can catch it, and I left it behind him. The guy (S Morgan Burnett) made a play.”
VIKINGS DEFENSIVE END JARED ALLEN:
(on the offsides penalties) “Just a lack of concentration on our part. Aaron (Rodgers) did a great job on a couple double-counts and got some of our guys, and that’s totally on us.”
(on the discrepancy of time of possession) “You know our job is to not let them score. I mean we had a four point lead at halftime. I don’t think we were as clean on third down as we would like to be in the second half. That’s what kept us on the field a little longer.”
(on the interceptions in the red zone) “They got two interceptions in the red zone and that negates points for us. Whether those are field goals and we have those six points, that’s a difference at the end of the game. Even if we get field goals, that gives us a shot to win it at the end of the game with two minutes.”
(on any adjustments made by Green Bay in the second half) “It was really only one series. They caught us on a couple tosses when they had a short field. Hats off to them, you know, you don’t really anticipate them calling those plays directly into a stunt. Other than that, they know how to move the chains and we just have to get off the field on third down.”
(on playing all season with a torn labrum) “Hats off to our training staff, I’ve been banged up a lot this year and I haven’t had to miss a practice for it. It probably happened last season, but it hasn’t limited me in anything from practice or anything like that.”
VIKINGS WIRE RECEIVER DEVIN AROMASHODU:
(on the turnovers today) “You can’t turn it over. We had some crucial turnovers in the red zone and we’ve got to bounce back and get it figured out.”
(on getting the receivers more involved in the offense) “We obviously just have to try to throw the ball a little bit more, maybe make a little bit more of our opportunities. But I think we tried to get the receivers involved and it just didn’t work out today.”
VIKINGS WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL JENKINS:
(on the struggles of the offense) “It’s not just him (QB Christian Ponder). If you look at the interceptions, it could look like it’s his fault, but it’s not. It’s all of us. We never just want to put it on one guy.”
(on if he’s ever been a part of a receiving corp that struggled this much) “No, I mean nine years in, and I’ve never had it like this. We have to find a way to fix it if we want to make the playoffs.”
VIKINGS RUNNING BACK ADRIAN PETERSON:
(on the frustration of the loss today) “It’s very disappointing, especially the way we ran the ball today, and now you can look at it and say it was all for nothing.”
(on his success running the ball today) “I knew how critical this game was, and I just want to come out and put it on the line, and I can say that we did that. Our guys came out and played with passion. We just have to eliminate the turnovers and the penalties, and take advantage of the opportunities we had today.”
(on the momentum switching after the interception) “It hurts, man. You get down there in the red zone, guys are playing good ball, and then we turn it over. But guys responded and kept fighting.”
(on what he said to QB Christian Ponder after the game) “I told him if you keep playing with that passion that you showed today, despite those interceptions, we can win.”
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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers face the Minnesota Vikings in a Week 13 NFC North showdown.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game at Lambeau Field. Packers WR Greg Jennings is back in the lineup for the first time since Week 4. Jennings had missed time since that contest with a groin/abdomen injury.
Green Bay Packers
21 DB Charles Woodson
34 RB Johnny White
37 CB Sam Shields
52 LB Clay Matthews
56 LB Terrell Manning
80 WR Donald Driver
98 DE C.J. Wilson
Starting lineup changes: 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. #31 Davon House will start at right cornerback in place of #37 Sam Shields.
4 QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
12 WR Percy Harvin
27 CB Brandon Burton
57 LB Audie Cole
79 G Mark Asper
83 TE Allen Reisner
91 DE D’Aundre Reed
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