Nelson & Cobb first duo in team history with 10-plus TD catches

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 30, 2014 – 9:06 pm

141130-WRs-300PACKERS IMPROVE TO 6-0 AT HOME ON THE SEASON WITH 26-21 VICTORY OVER NEW ENGLAND

– The Packers improved to 9-3 on the season with a 26-21 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay has won seven of its last eight contests against AFC teams at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay is off to a 6-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 6-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2002, 2011).

– The Packers led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter on Sunday. In its last five home games, Green Bay has outscored its opponents 79-0 in the first quarter and 151-23 in the first half.

– The Packers will stay home to host the Atlanta Falcons next week on Monday Night Football. It marks the second straight season that the Falcons will visit Lambeau Field in Week 14 (both meetings on Dec. 8).

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:

– Today’s paid attendance was 78,431, a new Lambeau Field record. It was the 307th consecutive regular-season sellout at the stadium.

– QB Aaron Rodgers extended two NFL records by bringing his streak at home to 360 consecutive passing attempts without an interception and 31 consecutive touchdown passes without an INT.

– Rodgers threw for 282 yards in the first half, the fourth time in the last five games that he has thrown for 275-plus yards in the first half. His four 275-yard passing efforts in the first half this season are the most by an NFL quarterback over the past 25 seasons (1990-2014), with no other QB posting more than two in a season over that span.

– With two TD passes on Sunday, Rodgers now has thrown 220 TD passes in his career with just 55 INTs, bringing his TD/INT ratio to 4.00 (No. 1 in NFL history).

– Rodgers’ 368 passing yards on Sunday were a season high at Lambeau Field this season.

– WR Jordy Nelson caught his 10th TD pass of the season, making him and WR Randall Cobb the first duo in franchise history to both catch 10-plus TD passes in the same season.

– Nelson’s 45-yard TD catch in the second quarter was his sixth TD reception of 40-plus yards this season, which is tied for the second most in a season in team history behind only Billy Howton’s seven 40-yard TD catches in 1952.

– Nelson has caught at least one TD pass in all six contests at Lambeau Field this season.

– With 14 points on Sunday, K Mason Crosby went over the 1,000-point mark for his career, joining K Ryan Longwell (1,054) as the only players in franchise history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.

– Crosby also brought his season total to 102 points, his eighth career 100-point season, which ties Longwell (1997-2004) for the franchise record.

– WR Davante Adams registered the first 100-yard receiving game of his career, finishing with 121 yards on six receptions (20.2 avg.).

– TE Richard Rodgers caught a 32-yard TD pass in the first quarter, giving him a TD grab in his second straight game.

– The Packers converted 10 of 17 third downs on Sunday, a season-high 58.8 percentage.

– Green Bay registered a sack in its 32nd consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.


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Packers-Patriots postgame chat transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 30, 2014 – 8:31 pm

You can read the transcript of the fan chat with Vic here:

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News now! Packers take 23-14 lead into fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 30, 2014 – 5:46 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers and Patriots sparred, but nobody scored in the third quarter, and the score of Sunday’s game remained 23-14 in the Packers’ favor, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Patriots were on the move near the Packers’ 40-yard line when the third quarter ended.

Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 322 yards through three quarters.

Mason Crosby missed on a 40-yard field goal attempt early in the third quarter.

The Packers have lost cornerback Sam Shields to a concussion.

 


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News now! Late Nelson TD extends Packers’ lead at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 30, 2014 – 4:59 pm

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GREEN BAY — The back-and-forth game everyone expected began to materialize in the second quarter on Sunday at Lambeau Field, and the Packers ended the half with a 23-14 lead over the Patriots.

The Patriots wasted no time getting a score in the second quarter. Passes of 29 yards to TE Rob Gronkowski and 23 yards to TE Michael Hoomanawanui put New England in the red zone. Then RB Brandon Bolden ran for 12 yards for first-and-goal on the 6 and took it in on the very next play to cut into the Packers’ lead. It was 13-7 Green Bay with 12:59 left in the half.

On the play before the TD, Packers CB Sam Shields was slow to get up, and he was eventually taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.

The Packers answered with another productive drive, but for the third time in the game, Green Bay had to settle for a field goal in the red zone. A 33-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb got the Packers moving, and then QB Aaron Rodgers hooked up with Cobb again on third-and-12 to just barely get the first down at the New England 8-yard line. But the drive stalled there, as Rodgers was sacked on third down by LB Dont’a Hightower, and K Mason Crosby made his third FG of the game, this one from 33 yards out to make it 16-7.

The Patriots came right back down the field with passes of 12 yards to TE Tim Wright, 17 yards to WR Julian Edelman and 26 yards to RB Shane Vereen. Gronkowski’s 11-yard catch and run, on which he broke multiple tackles, made it first-and-goal from the 2 at the two-minute warning. A false start moved the ball back to the 7, but the Patriots scored anyway. An offsides penalty on the Packers on third-and-goal from the 4 moved the ball to the 2, and Brady hit WR Brandon LaFell in the corner of the end zone for the score, making it 16-14 with 1:09 left in the half.

The Packers took one last crack at scoring and got moving on a 28-yard pass to RB James Starks and an 8-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson. Then on third-and-2, Nelson got free from CB Darrelle Revis on a slant, caught Rodgers pass and raced all the way across the field, diving to the pylon for the TD with 14 seconds left on the clock. It gave the Packers a 23-14 lead at intermission.

Rodgers ended the half 14-of-23 for 282 yards and two TD passes.


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This one is just starting to heat up

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 30, 2014 – 4:32 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Evan from Eau Claire, WI

Vic, do you know anything about Aaron’s right hand? The broadcasters have mentioned it might be injured.

It’s his left hand. It was stepped on during Rodgers’ 17-yard run, causing his hand to bleed.

Gene from Los Angeles, CA

Vic, seems A-Rod is high on all of his throws. Your analysis?

He needs to throw lower. R-E-L-A-X, he will.

Craig from Earlville, IL

How about this shootout, Vic? Not! We tried to tell you this was a control-the-clock game, but once again you say you are right and we are wrong. Well, Vic 0, fans 1. Pats defense is killing us in pass coverage; not good.

You should wait until at least the second quarter before analyzing a game. This one is just starting to heat up.

Dan from Ludington, MI

For having arguably the two best quarterbacks in the game, this has been an old-school showdown. Your type of game, Vic?

Et tu, Brute?

Brandon from Rolla, MO

Why did Hyde try to pick up that punt and return it?

Because it was first touched by the Patriots. Micah Hyde was then permitted to field the ball without risk of a fumble.

Yogi from Montclair, NJ

I want to see the Packers wipe that big smile off Bill Belichick’s face today.

He smiled? It must’ve been gas.

Ryan from Hilton Head, SC

I was doing QB stat comparisons yesterday and I found Terry Bradshaw’s overall stats to be not what I expected. Was he a clutch QB? What got him all this respect?

Four Super Bowl appearances, four Super Bowl titles, two Super Bowl MVPs.

Jerry from Wilmington, NC

Vic, it seems the Packers are playing the Patriots’ own game of scheming personnel by going to Davante Adams so often (avoiding Revis and Browner).

Yep.

Simon from Mountain View, CA

Belichick punted on fourth-and-1 from midfield. What’s up with that?

I was stunned.

Carl from Mount Horeb, WI

From your viewpoint, are the Patriots taking Cobb and Nelson out of the game, or are the Packers simply choosing to attack with Adams and Lacy/Starks?

Darrelle Revis is sensational, and Brandon Browner’s not far behind.


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News now! Packers take 13-0 lead into second quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 30, 2014 – 4:07 pm

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GREEN BAY–Aaron Rodgers pitched a first-quarter touchdown pass and the Packers took a 13-0 lead into the second quarter of Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field.

The Packers won the toss and elected to receive. Eddie Lacy caught a pass for 12 yards and then ran 13 yards to the Patriots 47-yard line. From there, Lacy burst off left tackle for 24 yards and a first down at the Patriots 23. Aaron Rodgers threw incomplete on third down, but the Patriots were guilty of holding and the Packers had a first down at the Patriots 16. The drive stalled and Mason Crosby came on to kick a 32-yard field goal with 11:14 to play in the first quarter.

On the Packers’ second possession, Rodgers pitched completions of 33 and 12 yards to Davante Adams. A holding penalty against Bryan Bulaga forced a second-and-18, and Rodgers scrambled for 17. Lacy ran for 4 yards on third-and-1. Again, the drive stalled; Crosby booted a 35-yard field goal, 6-0, 3:27 to play.

Rodgers completed a 35-yard pass to Adams in the Packers’ third possession, and then hit tight end Richard Rodgers for 32 yards and a touchdown with eight seconds left on the clock, 13-0.

The Packers defense forced two punts in the first quarter.

 


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LB Nick Perry active for Sunday’s game; Packers-Patriots inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 30, 2014 – 1:55 pm

141130-perry-300The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field:

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16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 TE Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
97 DT Luther Robinson

New England Patriots
21 CB Malcolm Butler
28 RB James White
48 LS Danny Aiken
59 LB Chris White
65 OL Jordan Devey
71 OL Cameron Fleming
95 DE Chandler Jones


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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Patriots: Rodgers, Shields and Masthay

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 30, 2014 – 11:25 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).


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