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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Packers have allowed 171 rushing yards through 4 games

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

161009-clark-950PACKERS BEAT GIANTS IN SUNDAY NIGHT CONTEST
– The Packers topped the Giants, 23-16, on Sunday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 3-1 on the season. Green Bay has won eight of its last nine Sunday night games played at home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Damarious Randall ruled out; Packers-Giants inactives

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

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

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

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

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


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Packers name captains for Sunday night’s tilt with Giants

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

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


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After time off, Packers ‘ready to go’ for Sunday night

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 7, 2016 – 11:27 am

161007-mccarthy-950GREEN BAY — The Packers have had a week off and now a long week of practice that started on Monday. To say they’re eager to retake the field for a game would be an understatement.

“Definitely. There’s good energy. They’re ready to go,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday in his last meeting with the media before Sunday night’s game against the Giants at Lambeau Field. “The early bye week, it’s different for the veterans, the rookies don’t know any better, but anytime you get into a week that feels like it’s a little longer, particularly with a Sunday night game, you can feel the energy on Fridays and it will probably be the same tomorrow. They’re ready to go.”

Second-year CB Damarious Randall popped up on the injury report this week with a groin injury and has been limited in practice. McCarthy said he hopes there won’t be any concern come Sunday night.

After this fourth game of 2016, suspended players Mike Pennel and Demetri Goodson are eligible to be activated to the roster, but no pending roster decisions have been made.

“Pre-planning is something you do all the time, but you’re not going to have all the answers to the equation until we get done playing this game Sunday night,” McCarthy said. “(The discussions) will occur Monday after we get the medical report from our training staff.”

 


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Packers’ young inside LBs ‘approach the game the right way’

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 6, 2016 – 6:00 pm

161006-coordinators-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and defensive coaches addressed the media late Thursday afternoon. Here’s a synopsis of some of their key comments.

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on getting Janis back at full strength)

“He’s excited to be able to be out there without the cast. He never complained about it. He did a nice job. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do without it.”

(will Janis get involved in the return game)

“That’ll be up to Coach (McCarthy). We have a number of guys that can do it. We’ll see who’s got the hot hand.”

(on Harris in the return game for Giants)

“He’s returned three for touchdowns in his career, and anybody who does that, you respect him. And he had three tackles on special teams Monday night. I think he’s a heck of a special-teams player. He’s fearless. He plays very, very hard.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on the pass defense)

“Too many big plays. I think we’re getting pretty consistent pressure. I think we’ve got to convert our opportunities (for turnovers). If we make a couple of those interceptions, that’s two possessions we take away from them and give the offense the ball. That’s what you have to do.”

(on Manning)

“He’s very efficient. They don’t give up many sacks because he gets rid of the ball. He understands the system and doesn’t want to take negative plays.”

(on Randall)

“It’s like any young corner in the league. You’re going to make some plays, you’re going to miss some plays. I think Damarious will be fine. He’s a young guy that’s a real competitor, and he’s going through what I think a lot of young corners go through.”

(on Beckham)

“You don’t have to watch much tape and Odell catches your eye. He’s a rare guy. He’s got elite ability and he’s a dynamic player. You’re always worried when he gets the ball in his hands because he’s so good after the catch. Every time he touches the ball, he has a chance to make a big play.”

(on emotional players)

“Sometimes that’s what makes them great players. I’ve seen a lot of great players play on the edge. This is a game sometimes where you have to play on the edge, but you can’t let that influence your play.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on Pierre-Paul and Vernon in the pass rush)

“That’s one of their strengths, the two guys they have on the outside. We have to make it more about us and what we do. That’s our approach.”

(on McAdoo)

“Excellent football coach but even better person. Tremendous work ethic. You saw that Day 1, and when it works out the way it did, you say that’s what you want to see, a guy that’s putting in the work, day in and day out. It’s about taking care of the job that’s in front of you, and good things will happen.”

Associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss
(on getting the OLBs healthy again)

“I think it’s a blessing and it’s great from a coaching standpoint to have so many different options with different skills sets that are all very capable of performing at a high level. Sunday night, if we can get all these guys on the field at different times where we see they best fit to impact a game, that’s what we’re looking for.”

(on Perry’s play and the impact on Matthews)

“If Nick continues to play that way, it better serves the defense. I think Nick Perry is off to a very impressive start, and you want to take it one game at a time to where let’s continue to find ways to put him in the best position to continue to play well.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(on the leadership of Daniels and Guion for the younger players)

“Letroy and Mike both, they’re both a good influence on those guys in that room. The first day you walk in there, you do have a lot of young, new faces in there. Mike’s work ethic is so good. Letroy is a very smart, intelligent guy football-wise. He’s always helping them out. You still coach the guys, but when you have a veteran player in there reinforcing it for them, that’s huge.”

(on Price’s debut)

“I thought he did well. He’s another kid for a young man that’s mature and very serious about his business. That’s what I like about these young guys, Ringo included, they’re very serious about their jobs. Dean, Kenny, BP, you can see they’ve got some football smarts.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on Burnett)

“He’s coming along. He’s progressing, and we hope to get him back this week. He’s got some reps this week, so hopefully he’ll help us out on Sunday.”

(on Brice)

“Brice had as good a camp as anybody we had on defense. He’s earned his snaps. We’re just trying to find ways to get our best guys on the field.”

(on playing against emotional receivers)

“There are some guys that talk, some guys use it as motivation and use it as fuel to get them going a little bit. There are different ways to try to get after people. The biggest thing is you have to play with your personality. You have to be smart about it, not be selfish and not hurt the team.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
(on what was discovered during self-scout)

“That we need to improve. We’re working at it, hopefully we’re getting there. We need to play a better brand of football, winning football. The things we haven’t done well, hopefully we’ve addressed it and we’re moving forward.”

“A lot of pressure is put on our room for the success of the defense. That’s just part of it, and they know that coming in. I know that coming in. They have to do it. We have to get it done.”

(on Beckham)

“He can do it all. He’s one of the few guys that can run the whole route tree. He has a great catch radius. He’s very dangerous with run after the catch. He runs with more power than people give him credit for. Him and Antonio Bryant are average-sized guys, but they can do whatever you ask them to do. He’s an elite player.”

(on the other Giants receivers)

“They’re as good a receiving corps as there is in the league, from top to bottom, and they have a quarterback that can get them the ball.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on the play of his young group through three games)

“It was a solid start. A lot of good reps, good and bad, some bumps in the road, but right now, it’s experience. They put some good snaps together. Defensively we’ve done some good things against the run. We just need to keep growing. They approach the game the right way.”

(on Martinez’s nose)

“It’s going pretty well right now. It looks like they cleaned up the stitches a little bit. That was brutal. I was hoping we could get through the Detroit game and heal up over the bye week, but it didn’t take but one hit there and it was split back open. He’s fighting through that OK.”

Other stories:

Hodkiewicz: Packers’ pass rush coming in a variety of forms

Spofford: Bakhtiari-Vernon rematch comes at new stage of each’s career

Hodkiewicz: McCarthy values Justin Perillo’s versatility


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