GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY
How satisfying was it to see the first team put points on the board and move the ball like they did?
“The first team offense was really productive. It all started with Aaron (Rodgers) and his excellent command of the offense. They were rushing four most of the time, and he (Rodgers) did a good job pulling the ball down and making plays with his feet. I thought we were productive, but I am sure that when we evaluate the film, there will be things that we need to correct and get better at. I really thought that the whole team improved today.”
What did you think of Cedric Benson?
“I liked the rotation with Cedric (Benson) and Alex (Green). We really wanted to accomplish that rotation in the first half. Cedric looked very natural carrying the ball tonight. Obviously there are some language adjustments that still have to be worked through, but he is an instinctive and powerful player. That much was evident in those hard, inside runs that he had. I thought he got off to a good start.”
How much is Cedric Benson going to help your play action game?
“I don’t know how you would like to quantify it, but anytime you have another weapon on your offense, it certainly helps. I thought he got off to a good start.”
Defensively, you were able to get some good pressure throughout the game …
“I thought our defense — and really the whole team, for that matter — had a lot of juice and bounce in them. The pressure on defense was good. Our guys were able to cover down in pressure situations and get good pressure with a three-man rush. We played smart out there. Overall, I was very pleased with the defense. The turnovers really made a big difference in the second half as well.”
What stood out to you on that goal-line stand that they had in the first half?
“First-and-goal at the one, and the favor generally goes to the offense. The big loss on second down was a huge play, and those are the type of things that I talk about throughout the preseason. You can’t simulate those things in practice, and when you have a chance to learn from those, it is always a good thing. You can either build off of them, or clean them up if it doesn’t go the right way.”
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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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