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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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 TOP LIONS, 45-41, TO FINISH 15-1
- Green Bay beat Detroit, 45-41, today at Lambeau Field. With their 15th victory, the Packers became just the sixth team in NFL history to finish with a record of 15-1 or better.
- The Packers posted a perfect record (6-0) in their division for the first time since the league went to a divisional format in 1967. The last team to register a perfect record in the NFC North/Central was the 1987 Chicago Bears (7-0).
- Green Bay’s 550 yards gained vs. Detroit today was the third-highest single-game total in franchise history behind only the 628 yards at Philadelphia (Nov. 11, 1962) and the 569 yards at Tampa Bay (Oct. 12, 1980).
- Sunday marked the sixth time this season that the Packers scored at least 42 points in a game. That is the most by an NFL team since the merger, besting the previous mark of five games by the 1971 Dallas Cowboys.
- The Packers set single-season franchise records for regular-season games won (15), total points (560), points per game (35.0), total points at home (321), points per game at home (40.1), touchdowns (64 plus today), net passing yards (4,924), fewest giveaways (14), fewest punts in a 16-game season (55), fewest penalties in a 16-game season (76) and fewest penalty yards in a 16-game season (591).
- Green Bay’s 6,482 total net yards this season rank No. 1 in franchise history, besting the 2004 total of 6,357 yards.
- The Packers’ 560 points on the season ranks No. 2 in NFL single-season annals behind only the 2007 New England Patriots (589). Green Bay led the league in scoring for the first time since 1996.
- With 70 total TDs this season, Green Bay tied the 1984 Miami Dolphins for the second-most TDs in a season in NFL history. The two teams trail only the 2007 New England Patriots (75 TDs).
- The Packers’ turnover differential of plus-24 is tied for the No. 2 mark in franchise history behind only the plus-26 margin in 1943.
- Green Bay’s 31 interceptions this season are tied for the most by the team in a season since 1962 (also 31).
- The Packers have now won 21 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including playoffs). The regular-season winning streak of 20 straight games is the longest home winning streak in the league.
- This was Green Bay’s fifth season sweep of the Lions in the past six seasons.
- Today’s victory was Green Bay’s 13th straight at Lambeau Field and the 19th victory in its last 20 contests at home.
- The 13-game home winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest winning streak at home in franchise history.
- Green Bay posted an 8-0 record at home for the first time since 2002.
- The Packers’ 25 regular-season wins over the past two seasons rank No. 2 in team history over a two-year period behind only the 26 wins from 1996-97.
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES
- Today’s paid attendance was 70,294. It was the 301st consecutive sellout (285 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- QB Matt Flynn set franchise records for the most passing yards (480) and the most passing TDs in a game in franchise history (six).
- Flynn is only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to post 475-plus passing yards and six-plus TDs in the same game, joining Y.A. Tittle (Oct. 28, 1962), Joe Namath (Sept. 24, 1972) and Joe Montana (Oct. 14, 1990). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Flynn joined Dan Marino and Kurt Warner as the only NFL quarterbacks to throw three-plus TDs in each of their first two career starts (among quarterbacks whose careers started since 1970).
- According to Elias, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to have two different QBs each throw at least five TDs in consecutive weeks. QB Aaron Rodgers threw five TD passes vs. Chicago in Week 16.
- With a 122.5 passer rating this season, Rodgers set the NFL single-season record, topping the previous mark of 121.1 by Colts QB Peyton Manning in 2004. Rodgers is the first Green Bay quarterback to lead the league in passer rating since the system was implemented in 1973.
- Rodgers is the first 4,000-yard passer in league history to throw six or fewer interceptions in that season. The previous record of seven INTs was held by both Rodgers and QB Brett Favre (seven INTs each in 2009). Rodgers is also the first QB in NFL history to register two seasons with 500-plus attempts and seven or fewer INTs (also did so in 2009). The only other quarterbacks in league history to accomplish the feat in a season are Jason Campbell in 2008 and Favre in 2009.
- Rodgers’ average of 9.25 yards per attempt this season ranks No. 4 since the merger (min. 200 attempts) behind only Kurt Warner (9.88 in 2000), Chris Chandler (9.65 in 1998) and Ken Stabler (9.41 in 1976).
- Rodgers set single-season franchise records for TD passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), touchdown/interception ratio (7.50), and 300-yard games (eight), and tied Bart Starr (1966) for the team record for interception percentage (1.20).
- Head Coach Mike McCarthy is the first head coach in team history to win six consecutive season finales. As a team, the Packers have won nine straight season finales (2003-11), the longest current streak in the NFL.
- WR Jordy Nelson’s three TDs gave him 15 for the season. That is the most by a Packer since WR Sterling Sharpe had 18 in 1994. Nelson is the third player in franchise history to have 15-plus TD catches in a season (Sharpe, Don Hutson).
- Nelson’s three TDs and 162 receiving yards were single-game career highs, and his nine receptions were a career high for a regular-season game (also had nine catches in Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh).
- Nelson became just the second player in franchise history to have at least eight receptions, 150 receiving yards and three receiving TDs in a game (Javon Walker, 11-200-3, at Indianapolis, Sept. 26, 2004).
- Among Packers with 60-plus catches in a season, Nelson’s receiving average of 18.6 ranks No. 2 in team history behind only WR James Lofton’s 22.0-yard average on 62 catches in 1984.
- TE Jermichael Finley’s 767 receiving yards this season are the second most by a Green Bay tight end in a season behind only Paul Coffman’s 814 in 1983.
- Finley matched his career high (2009) with 55 receptions on the season. Those two seasons trail only Coffman’s 56-catch season in 1979 in the franchise record books for tight ends.
- Finley’s eight TD catches on the season are the most by a Green Bay tight end since Bubba Franks’ nine in 2001.
- RB Ryan Grant’s 80-yard TD reception was the longest reception by a Green Bay running back since Elijah Pitts’ 80-yard TD reception from QB Bart Starr vs. the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 25, 1966.
- With 140 points on the season, K Mason Crosby became the second player in team history (Paul Hornung) and only the sixth player in NFL history to record two 140-point seasons in his career (141 points in 2007).
- Crosby’s 649 career points are the most in NFL history by a player in his first five seasons in the league.
- Crosby set a franchise record for the most PATs in a season with 68.
- P Tim Masthay set single-season franchise records for gross punting average (45.6) and net punting average (38.6). Net punting average has been an official stat since 1976.
- WR Randall Cobb’s kickoff return average of 27.7 this season ranks No. 3 in the franchise record book (min. 25 returns) behind only Dave Hampton (28.6 in 1971) and Al Carmichael (28.1 in 1956). Cobb’s 941 kickoff return yards on the season are the most by a rookie in franchise history.
- The Packers outscored their opponents by 201 points this season, the third straight season that Green Bay has outscored its opponents by at least 145 points on the season. The last NFL team to accomplish that feat was the San Francisco 49ers (1991-95).
- Green Bay’s third-down percentage of 48.1 ranks No. 2 in team annals since the merger behind only the 49.1 percent mark in 1995.
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PACKERS TOP BEARS TO CLINCH HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE IN NFC
- Green Bay beat Chicago, 35-21, tonight at Lambeau Field. With their 14th victory, the Packers set the franchise record for most wins in the regular season, topping the previous record of 13 wins in 1962, 1996, 1997, 2007.
- With the win, the Packers clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the first time since 1996 that Green Bay will be the top seed in the NFC.
- Tonight’s victory gives Green Bay four wins over Chicago in 2011 (including playoffs). According to STATS LLC, the Packers are only the second team in NFL history to beat the same opponent four times in a calendar year, joining the 1994 Los Angeles Raiders (4-0 vs. Denver).
- This was Green Bay’s second season sweep of the Bears in the past three seasons (also 2009). The Packers’ four-game winning streak against the Bears is their longest vs. Chicago since a seven-game streak from 2000-03.
- Tonight’s victory was Green Bay’s 12th straight at Lambeau Field and the 18th victory in its last 19 contests at home.
- The 12-game home winning streak is the fifth-longest winning streak at home in franchise history.
- This marks Green Bay’s first 7-0 start at home since 2002.
- With the win, the Packers improved to 26-9 (.743) in NFC North regular-season games under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. That winning percentage ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2006 behind only New England (27-8, .771). The Packers are now 5-0 in NFC North games this season. The five victories are tied for the most divisional wins (2002, 2004, 2006) by the Packers since the league went to an eight-division format in 2002.
- The Packers became the 14th team in NFL history to score 500 points in a season (515 this season).
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Tonight’s paid attendance was 70,574. It was the 300th consecutive sellout (284 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- With 283 passing yards tonight, QB Aaron Rodgers set the single-season franchise record for most passing yards in a season with 4,643. That tops the previous team record of 4,458 passing yards by Lynn Dickey in 1983.
- Rodgers threw a career-high five TD passes, which matched the single-game franchise record (seven other times).
- Rodgers posted his 10th game with at least three TD passes this season, becoming just the third QB in NFL history to accomplish that feat (Tom Brady, 12 in 2007; Dan Marino 10 in 1984).
- It was also Rodgers’ fifth game with four TD passes this season. That ties the franchise record set by Brett Favre in 1996.
- With his 142.7 passer rating tonight, Rodgers set an NFL single-season record with his 13th 100-plus passer rating game (Steve Young, 12 in 1994; Tom Brady, 12 in 2010).
- It was also Rodgers’ fourth game with a 140-plus passer rating this season, a franchise record. It matches the NFL single-season record (min. 10 attempts), tying the four 140-rating games posted by Roger Staubach in 1973 and Tom Brady in 2007 and 2010.
- WR Donald Driver went over the 10,000-yard receiving mark for his career (now has 10,008 yards). He is the 36th player in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
- With 115 yards receiving tonight, WR Jordy Nelson now has 1,101 receiving yards this season, his first career 1,000-yard season. It also marked Nelson’s fourth 100-yard receiving game this season.
- Nelson tied his career high with two TD receptions. He now has 12 TD catches this season as he becomes only the eighth player in franchise history to have 12-plus TD catches in a season.
- TE Jermichael Finley’s 2-yard TD catch in the first quarter gave him four TD receptions vs. Chicago this season, the most by a Green Bay tight end against an opponent in a single season in franchise history. The last NFL tight end to accomplish that feat was San Diego’s Antonio Gates in 2005 (four TDs vs. Kansas City).
- WR James Jones’ posted a career-high two TD catches. It brought his season total to seven TD receptions, a career high (five in 2009 and 2010).
- LB Clay Matthews’ second-quarter interception was his third INT of the season, further adding to his career high.
- S Charlie Peprah added to his career high with his fifth interception of the season.
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on what’s left to accomplish next week) “Well, that’s a great question. I’m focused on what we just accomplished tonight. 14 wins, anytime I can stand up here and talk about a record that stands in front of the great history and tradition of the Green Bay Packers, that’s special. The goal was to get home-field advantage all the way through. We accomplished that tonight, but we do need to get healthy as a team, which every team in the league is probably saying today. We’ll look at all our options. I’m not going to stand here and tell you we want to give away opportunities to win a game. We’re going to play to win the game next week. I’m real excited about a division opponent coming in here, and we’re going to do everything we can to get to 15-1. Health is an issue for us, I think that’s stating the obvious.”
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