Mike Daniels starts for Johnny Jolly; Packers-Steelers inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 22, 2013 – 1:55 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for this afternoon’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

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12 QB Aaron Rodgers
51 LB Nate Palmer
65 G Lane Taylor
73 G/C JC Tretter
99 DE Jerel Worthy

The Packers placed TE Brandon Bostick and DE Johnny Jolly on injured reserve Saturday, reducing the roster to 51 players. Therefore, only five players are listed as inactive instead of the usual seven.

10 QB Matt Flynn starts for Rodgers, and 76 DT Mike Daniels starts for Jolly.

Pittsburgh Steelers
3 QB Landry Jones
14 WR Derek Moye
39 CB Isaiah Green
44 LB Jamaal Westerman
71 G/C David Snow
92 DT Hebron Fangupo
93 LB Jarvis Jones

54 LB Chris Carter starts for Jones and 28 CB Cortez Allen starts for 22 CB William Gay.

 


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What to watch for: Hawk, Lacy nearing franchise records

Posted by packers.com on December 22, 2013 – 1:25 pm

– Green Bay’s 5,561 yards this season (No. 4 in the NFL) are the second most by the team through 14 games in franchise history, trailing only the 5,569 yards posted in the first 14 games in 2011.

– The Packers have posted at least 300 yards of offense in 16 of their last 17 regular-season games.

– Green Bay has had at least one 100-yard receiver in eight of 14 games this season and is tied for No. 2 in the NFL with 10 100-yard receivers on the season. The Packers need one more 100-yard receiver to tie the single-season franchise record set in 1995 (11).

– The Packers have posted eight takeaways in their last three games, which ranks No. 3 in the NFL behind Atlanta and Kansas City (11 each).

– Green Bay’s defense has recorded 15 sacks over the last five games, which is tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span.

– The Packers have averaged 4.38 penalties per game since Week 8, which ranks No. 3 in the NFL over that span.

– Green Bay has allowed 10 second-half points over its last two games, tied for No. 2 in the NFL behind only Seattle (three points allowed).

– RB Eddie Lacy needs 78 rushing yards to set the franchise record for the most by a rookie in a season (John Brockington, 1,105 in 1971). Lacy has rushed for 977 yards over the last 10 games, which ranks No. 1 in the league over that span.

– WR Jordy Nelson needs 93 receiving yards for his second career 1,200-yard receiving season (1,263 in 2011). He would join Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman, James Lofton, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver as the only players in team history to post two or more 1,200-yard receiving seasons.

– Nelson is tied for No. 2 in the NFL this season with 15 catches of 25-plus yards. That is one shy of the top mark by a Packer since 1994 (Nelson, 16 in 2011; Greg Jennings, 16 in 2010).

– Over the last two weeks, TE Andrew Quarless ranks No. 2 among NFL tight ends with 132 receiving yards and tied for No. 2 with 12 receptions. He is also tied for No. 1 with several TEs with two TD catches over that span.

– With 1,010 career tackles, LB A.J. Hawk needs five tackles to move past LB Nick Barnett (1,014) for No. 2 on the franchise’s all-time tackle list (since 1975) and 11 more to move past No. 1 John Anderson (1,020).

– LB Clay Matthews needs one sack to hit the 50-sack mark for his career. He is looking to become the fifth player in team annals (since 1982) to register 50 sacks in a Green Bay uniform (DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE Reggie White, LB Tim Harris, DE/LB Aaron Kampman).

– DE/LB Mike Neal has posted a sack in four of the last five games. He has registered a career-high 5.0 sacks on the season.

– K Mason Crosby has made at least one field goal in 13 consecutive games, the longest streak of his career and the third longest in franchise history behind only Ryan Longwell’s streaks of 15 games in 2004-05 and 14 games in 1997-98.

– Crosby has made a career-high five FGs this season from 50-plus yards (tied for No. 4 in the NFL). That is also the second most in a season in franchise history behind only Chris Jacke’s six 50-yarders in 1993.

– P Tim Masthay needs to place one punt inside the 20 for the 100th of his career. He ranks No. 2 in team history (since 1976) in the category behind only Craig Hentrich (104, 1994-97).

– With 280 punt return yards on the season, CB Micah Hyde needs 27 more to set the franchise record for the most punt return yards by a rookie in a season (Veryl Switzer, 306 in 1954).


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Packers-Steelers press box notes

Posted by packers.com on December 22, 2013 – 12:25 pm

– The Packers (7-6-1) will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) today at Lambeau Field in the regular-season home finale, Pittsburgh’s first visit to Green Bay since 2005 and only its fourth visit to Lambeau Field in the last 30 seasons.

– The Packers are currently second in the NFC North after improving to 7-6-1 on the season with a 37-36 win at Dallas last Sunday, their first win there since 1989. Green Bay trails the Chicago Bears (8-6) in the NFC North race, but the Packers can win the division with a victory today vs. Pittsburgh and a win at Chicago in Week 17.

– Green Bay overcame a 23-point halftime deficit (26-3) in the win over the Cowboys last Sunday, matching the biggest comeback in team history (down 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams, Sept. 12, 1982, won 35-23).

– The Packers have won their home finale every season under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2006-12) and in each of their last eight (since 2005). Dating back to 1992, Green Bay is 20-1 in home finales (.952), No. 1 in the NFL over that span.

– This will be just the third visit for the Steelers to Lambeau Field in the month of December, with the last visit in that month a memorable one for Green Bay. The Packers topped Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve in 1995 in the season finale, a win that clinched the NFC Central title for Green Bay.

– The Packers hold a 19-14 edge in the all-time series with the Steelers (including Super Bowl XLV), but Pittsburgh has won seven of the last 10 meetings. The teams first played on Oct. 15, 1933, in Green Bay, and the Packers won the first nine games between the clubs.

– This will be the first matchup between the clubs since the Packers defeated the Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6, 2011. The last regular-season meeting came at Pittsburgh in 2009 when the Steelers topped the Packers, 37-36, in Week 15. It was the highest-scoring game in the series with the 73 combined points.

– The Packers and Steelers have won 19 world championships between them, with Green Bay’s 13 titles more than any other team in NFL history. Pittsburgh’s six world titles are the most by an AFC team.

– Since the advent of free agency in 1993, Green Bay owns the second-best regular-season winning percentage in the league (.636) behind only New England (.659), with Pittsburgh checking in at No. 3 (.621).

– At 30-18 (.625), Green Bay owns the league’s second-best all-time postseason winning percentage behind only Baltimore (14-7, .667). Checking in right behind the Packers at No. 3 is Pittsburgh, with a 33-21 mark (.611) in the playoffs.

– The Packers enter today’s game having won 13 consecutive regular-season games at Lambeau Field that were played Dec. 1 or later, the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.

– Since 2009, the Packers have a 17-5 (.773) overall regular-season record in December/January, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (19-4, .826).


WEARING THE STRIPES

– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Carl Cheffers (51), umpire Undrey Wash (96), head linesman Kent Payne (79), line judge Tom Symonette (100), field judge Jeff Lamberth (21), side judge Laird Hayes (125) and back judge Todd Prukop (30).


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Boykin, Shields and Kuhn are captains vs. Steelers

Posted by packers.com on December 22, 2013 – 11:25 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Jarrett Boykin (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and FB John Kuhn (special teams).


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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and QB Ben Roethlisberger on the Packers

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 18, 2013 – 12:21 pm

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Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and QB Ben Roethlisberger were made available to the media via conference call Wednesday. Listen to Tomlin and Roethlisberger talk about Sunday’s game.


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