– The Packers finished with a 12-4 record and clinched their fourth straight NFC North title with a 30-20 win vs. Detroit on Sunday at Lambeau Field. It marks the first time in franchise history that Green Bay has won four straight division crowns.
– Green Bay clinched a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the NFC in the postseason, the third time the Packers have been the No. 2 seed since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.
– Green Bay finished 8-0 at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 8-0 mark at home since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 (1996-97, 2002, 2011).
– Since the NFL went to a 17-week schedule in 1990, the Packers have not lost a Week 17 home game (now 12-0).
– The Packers have won 23 straight regular-season games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin, extending the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NFL history. Including a playoff victory in 1994, Green Bay has won 24 straight in Wisconsin against Detroit.
– The Packers finished the season with 486 total points, the second most in team history behind only the 560 scored in 2011. Green Bay’s 58 TDs on the season are the second most in a season in team annals (70 in 2011).
– The Packers finished with 318 points at home this season, becoming just the fourth team in NFL history to score 300-plus points at home in a season (2011 New Orleans, 329; 2011 Green Bay, 321; 2013 Denver, 316).
– Green Bay set a single-season franchise mark for fewest giveaways with 13, besting the mark of 14 in 2011.
– Green Bay set a single-season franchise record with 356 first downs on the season, surpassing the previous record of 354 first downs in 2004.
– The Packers finished with 6,178 total yards on the season, the fourth most in a season in team history. Four of the six 6,000-yard seasons have come under the direction (2009, 2011, 2013-14) of Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 78,408. It was the 309th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.
– McCarthy registered his 100th career win (including playoffs), joining Curly Lambeau (212) as the only coaches in team history with 100-plus victories. McCarthy has now coached the Packers to three seasons with 12-plus wins (regular season), the most in team annals.
– QB Aaron Rodgers finished the season with a passer rating of 112.2, his sixth consecutive season with a 100-plus rating (2009-14). No other QB in NFL history has had a streak of 100-rating seasons longer than four. Rodgers’ 112.2 passer rating was the second-best mark in a season in team history, trailing only his own rating of 122.5 in 2011.
– Rodgers extended two NFL records by bringing his streak at home to 418 consecutive passing attempts without an interception and 36 consecutive touchdown passes without an INT.
– Rodgers (240 attempts) joined Patriots QB Tom Brady (241 attempts in 2003) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 200-plus passes at home in a season with no interceptions.
– Rodgers finished the season with five interceptions, the fewest by a Green Bay quarterback in a season (min. 200 attempts) since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978.
– Rodgers posted a 139.6 passer rating on Sunday, his career-high seventh game with a 120-plus rating (six in 2011).
– With 86 receiving yards, WR Jordy Nelson finished the season with 1,519 receiving yards, the most in a season in team history as he surpassed WR Robert Brooks’ mark of 1,497 in 1995.
– Nelson finished the season with 98 receptions, the fourth most in team history.
– Nelson (13 TDs) and WR Randall Cobb (12) became just the fifth wide-receiver duo in NFL history to both catch 12-plus TD passes in the same season.
– Cobb caught four passes to finish with 91 receptions on the season, becoming just the fifth player in team history to reach the 90-catch mark in a season.
– RB Eddie Lacy posted 126 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, extending his single-season franchise record by going over the 100-yard mark from scrimmage for the ninth consecutive game.
– Lacy finished the season with 1,139 yards to become just the fourth player in team history to register back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing seasons (Jim Taylor, 1960-62; Ahman Green, 2000-04; Ryan Grant, 2008-09).
– With a 55-yard return for a TD in the first quarter, DB Micah Hyde tied the franchise career record for the most punt return TDs with three, matching the mark set by WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon.
– Hyde had two punt returns for TDs this season, becoming just the fifth player in team annals to return two or more punts for TDs in a season.
– The Packers finished with 152 rushing yards on 38 attempts (4.0 avg.), the most posted by a team vs. Detroit this season.
– Green Bay registered a sack in its 36th consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.
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PACKERS 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 TOP THE 50-POINT MARK FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK IN 53-20 WIN VS. PHILADELPHIA
– The Packers improved to 7-3 on the season with a 53-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Combined with their 55-point output last Sunday vs. Chicago, it marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers registered back-to-back 50-point games. It was the fifth time in NFL history that a team accomplished the feat.
– Green Bay is off to a 5-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 5-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2002, 2011).
– With 30 points in the first half on Sunday, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to score 28-plus points in the first half of four consecutive home games.
– The Packers led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter on Sunday. In its last four home games, Green Bay has outscored its opponents 66-0 in the first quarter and 128-9 in the first half.
– Dating back to last season, Green Bay has scored 30-plus points in six consecutive home games, a franchise record.
– Sunday was the first time since 1983 that the Packers posted a rushing TD, a passing TD, an interception return for a TD and a punt return for a TD in the same game (vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 2, 1983).
– The Packers will travel to Minnesota next Sunday to take on the Vikings at 12 p.m. Green Bay will be looking to extend a franchise record by clinching a winning record in NFC North games for the ninth straight season (3-1 this season).
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 78,270, the 306th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.
– QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown an NFL-record 322 passes at home without an interception, surpassing Patriots QB Tom Brady’s mark of 288 attempts from 2002-04.
– Rodgers has also thrown 29 consecutive TD passes at home without an interception, further extending his NFL record.
– Rodgers posted his seventh three-TD/zero-INT game this season, which is tied for second in NFL history with Broncos QB Peyton Manning (2013), trailing only Brady’s mark of eight games in 2007.
– Rodgers threw for 279 yards in the first half on Sunday, making him the only NFL quarterback in the last 25 seasons (1990-2014) to throw for 275-plus yards in the first half of three games in a season. Rodgers has thrown for 275-plus yards in the first half in each of the last three games (278 at New Orleans, 315 vs. Chicago).
– In five home games this season, Rodgers has completed 96 of 144 passes (66.7 percent) for 18 TDs and zero INTs for a 138.1 passer rating.
– WR Jordy Nelson had a 27-yard TD catch in the second quarter, giving him at least one TD catch in all five games at Lambeau Field this season.
– WR Randall Cobb recorded career highs for both catches (10) and receiving yards (129), eclipsing his previous highs of nine catches (three times) and 128 yards.
– DB Micah Hyde’s 75-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter was the second of his career (93-yarder at Minnesota in 2013), which ties him for No. 3 in franchise history behind only WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon (three each). Hyde joins Falcons WR Devin Hester as the only players in the league to have a punt return TD in both of the last two seasons.
– With his 52-yard INT return for a TD in the third quarter, LB Julius Peppers became the first player in NFL history with 100 career sacks and four INT returns for TDs.
– Peppers also became the first linebacker in franchise history to post two INT returns for TDs in a single season.
– With his 49-yard fumble return for a TD and his 82-yard INT return for a TD last Sunday vs. Chicago, CB Casey Hayward became the first Green Bay defensive player to score a TD in back-to-back games since LB Keith McKenzie did so in 1999 (Weeks 13-14, fumble return for TD in both).
– LB Clay Matthews’ second-quarter sack of QB Mark Sanchez gave him 54.5 for his career as he surpassed DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the all-time franchise list. Matthews has had a full sack in each of the last three games.
– LB Nick Perry’s fumble recovery in the third quarter was the first of his career.
– The Packers posted a sack in their 30th consecutive game, further extending their franchise record. It is also the longest current streak in the NFL.
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PACKERS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT NFC NORTH GAME WITH VICTORY OVER CHICAGO
– The Packers improved to 6-3 on the season with a 55-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Lambeau Field, Green Bay’s third straight victory against NFC North foes. It was Green Bay’s highest point total since scoring 55 vs. Tennessee on Dec. 23, 2012, and is tied for the third most in a game in team history. It was tied for the most by the Packers in Lambeau Field history.
– Green Bay’s 41-point margin of victory was the second highest against Chicago behind only the 49-point margin (49-0) vs. the Bears on Sept. 30, 1962.
– Including playoffs, the Packers have won nine of the last 10 meetings against Chicago.
– Green Bay improved to 22-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .759 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history.
– The Packers have won their first game following the bye in each of the last six seasons. Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay is 8-1 in the game following the bye.
– Green Bay is now 12-1-1 in its last 14 NFC North regular-season games at Lambeau Field. The Packers improved to 3-1 on the season in divisional contests.
– Green Bay is off to a 4-0 start at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ sixth 4-0 start at home since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (1996-97, 2001-02, 2011).
– The Packers’ 42 points in the first half were the third most in a first half in franchise history and the most since the team posted 49 vs. Tampa Bay on Oct. 2, 1983.
– Green Bay’s 42-point halftime lead (42-0) tied the second-biggest halftime lead in league history (also 42 points by the Packers vs. Tampa Bay in 1983, 49-7). The NFL record is 45 points by New England vs. Tennessee (45-0) on Oct. 18, 2009.
– The Packers will stay at home to host the Phildelphia Eagles next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. It marks the second straight season that the Eagles have visited Lambeau Field (Week 10 in 2013)
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,292, a new Lambeau Field record. It was the 305th consecutive regular-season sellout.
– QB Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half, tying Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica’s NFL record (six vs. Buffalo on Oct. 19, 1969) for the most TD passes in a first half.
– Rodgers tied the franchise record for the most TD passes in a game (Rodgers, Matt Flynn).
– Rodgers became the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TD passes and zero INTs against an opponent in a single season.
– Rodgers joins Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger as the only NFL quarterbacks to post two six-TD passing games since 2012.
– Rodgers’ TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the second quarter was his 16th career TD pass of 70-plus yards, the most in NFL history as he surpassed QBs Brett Favre and Peyton Manning (15 each) for the league record.
– Rodgers threw three TD passes of 40-plus yards, the most by a Green Bay quarterback in a game since Cecil Isbell threw four TD passes of 40-plus yards vs. the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 1, 1942.
– Rodgers’ 315 passing yards in the first half was the second-best total in either half in his career (335, first half, vs. Washington, Sept. 15, 2013).
– Nelson now has three TD receptions of 65-plus yards on the season, the most by a Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four catches of 65-plus yards in 1998.
– With a 40-yard TD catch in addition to his 73-yarder, Nelson now has five TD catches of 40-plus yards this season. No other receiver in the league has more than three in 2014.
– Nelson’s 889 receiving yards this season are the most by a Packer through nine games since Freeman’s 903 yards in 1998.
– WR Randall Cobb caught a TD pass in his sixth consecutive game, tied for the third-best streak in franchise history. The last Packer to catch a TD pass in six straight games was WR Sterling Sharpe in 1994.
– CB Casey Hayward’s 82-yard INT return for a TD was the longest interception return by a Packer since S Aaron Rouse’s 99-yarder for a TD vs. Indianapolis on Oct. 19, 2008.
– LB Clay Matthews’ first-quarter sack gave him 8.5 in his career against Chicago, his most against any opponent.
– DB Micah Hyde’s interception in the first quarter was the first of his career.
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PACKERS TOP VIKINGS IN THURSDAY NIGHT TILT
– The Packers improved 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in NFC North contests with a 42-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
– Green Bay has now won four straight Thursday night games at Lambeau Field, with the other victories coming in 2006 (Minnesota), 2011 (New Orleans) and 2012 (Chicago).
– With the win, the Packers improved to 5-0-1 against the Vikings at Lambeau Field since 2010 (including playoffs).
– By scoring the first 42 points on Thursday night and the final 24 points this past Sunday at Chicago, the Packers’ 66 unanswered points were their most since posting 69 unanswered over a two-game stretch in 2005 (last 52 vs. New Orleans on Oct. 9 and first 17 at Minnesota on Oct. 23).
– Green Bay is off to a 2-0 start at home for the fourth time in the past five seasons (2010-11, 2013-14).
– The Packers will go on the road to take on the Miami Dolphins a week from Sunday at 1 p.m. (EDT) at Sun Life Stadium. It will be Green Bay’s first visit to Miami since 2006 (Week 7).
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,054. It was the 303rd consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.
– With the win, Head Coach Mike McCarthy improved to 12-4-1 (.735) against Minnesota in the regular season.
– QB Aaron Rodgers’ 11-yard TD pass to WR Davante Adams (the first of Adams’ career) was Rodgers’ 200th career TD pass. He reached that mark in his 99th career game, the second fastest in NFL history behind only Dolphins QB Dan Marino (89 games).
– Rodgers’ 66-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the first quarter was Rodgers’ 21st of 60-plus yards since 2008, the most in the NFL over that span.
– With his 138.7 passer rating tonight, Rodgers has posted a 100-plus passer rating in nine of 12 regular-season starts against Minnesota. He has posted a 130-plus rating in six of his last seven games against the Vikings.
– Rodgers posted his fourth straight zero-interception game, his longest streak since a four-gamer in 2012 (Weeks 14-17).
– LB Julius Peppers’ 49-yard INT return for a TD in the second quarter was his 10th career interception. He became the first player in NFL history (since 1982) to register 100 career sacks (119.5) and 10 career interceptions.
– It was Peppers’ first score since a 13-yard INT return for a TD at Arizona on Nov. 1, 2009, when he was with the Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay’s first INT return for a TD since S M.D. Jennings (72 yards) at Detroit on Nov. 18, 2012.
– LB Jamari Lattimore’s second-quarter interception was the first of his career and CB Casey Hayward’s fumble recovery in the second quarter was the first of his career.
– LB Nick Perry matched his career high with two sacks (vs. Detroit, Oct. 6, 2013).
– RB Eddie Lacy posted his second career game with two rushing TDs (vs. Pittsburgh, Week 16 in 2013) and registered his fifth career 100-yard rushing game with 105 yards on 13 carries (8.1 avg.). It is Lacy’s lowest attempt total in a 100-yard rushing game and his best yards-per-carry average in a game (min. 10 attempts).
– With five punts inside the 20 tonight, P Tim Masthay brought his career total to 108 punts inside the 20. That sets a franchise record (since 1976), topping Craig Hentrich’s mark of 104.
– Masthay tied a single-game franchise record (since 1976) with the five punts inside the 20, matching his own mark set at the N.Y. Jets (Oct. 31, 2010) and David Beverly’s set vs. Chicago (Oct. 28, 1978).
– WR Randall Cobb’s 8-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his sixth TD grab of the season and his eighth in his last six regular-season games. His receiving-TD total is the best by a Packer through five games since Billy Howton posted seven TD grabs in 1956.
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PACKERS FALL TO 49ERS IN NFC WILD CARD GAME
– The Packers lost to the 49ers, 23-20, on Sunday in an NFC Wild Card contest in front of 77,525 at Lambeau Field.
– Sunday’s contest against San Francisco was Green Bay’s 49th postseason game, which ranks No. 3 in league history behind Dallas (58) and Pittsburgh (54). The Packers now have an all-time record of 30-19 (.612) in the postseason.
– With a game-time temperature of 5 degrees on Sunday, it marked the coldest game at Lambeau Field since Dec. 7, 2008, vs. Houston (3 degrees). It was the seventh-coldest game at Lambeau Field (since 1959) and the fourth-coldest postseason game at the stadium.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– With eight points on Sunday, K Mason Crosby brought his career postseason total to 77 points, No. 1 in franchise playoff history. He surpassed Chris Jacke (73 points) for the team playoff scoring mark.
– Crosby made both of his FG attempts on Sunday, extending his franchise-record streak to nine consecutive FGs made in the postseason.
– Crosby set a franchise playoff record by scoring in his 11th consecutive postseason game.
– FB John Kuhn scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, which gave him at least one TD in each of the last five postseasons (2009-13). He is the only current NFL player to do so each postseason since 2009 and he matched the team playoff record set by RB Dorsey Levens from 1994-98.
– Kuhn now has seven career TDs in the postseason (four rushing, three receiving), which moves him into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in team playoff history behind only WR Antonio Freeman (12 TDs).
– WR Jordy Nelson’s 5-yard TD catch in the second quarter was his fourth career TD grab in the postseason and his first since Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh (Feb. 6, 2011). With four career TD catches in the playoffs, Nelson is tied for No. 4 in team postseason history.
– CB Tramon Williams’ second-quarter interception was the fourth of his career in the postseason, which ties him with five others for No. 1 in franchise playoff history.
– LB Brad Jones posted the second sack of his career in the postseason when he brought down QB Colin Kaepernick in the first quarter.
– DT Mike Daniels posted his first career sack in the playoffs when he brought Kaepernick down for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter.
– LB Nick Perry recorded his first career sack in the postseason when he brought Kaepernick down for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter.
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PACKERS TOP BROWNS AT LAMBEAU FIELD
– Green Bay extended its winning streak to three games with a 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
– With the victory and losses by the Bears and Lions on Sunday, the Packers moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North at 4-2.
– The Packers have won 10 consecutive regular-season games at home and 23 of their last 24 at Lambeau Field.
– Green Bay extended its franchise-record streak to 19 consecutive home games with at least 22 points scored.
– Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in 10 of their last 11 games at home.
– The Packers allowed 83 rushing yards, their fourth consecutive game allowing less than 85 rushing yards. It is the longest single-season streak since a seven-game streak in 2009 (Weeks 9-15).
– Green Bay will travel to Minnesota in Week 8 to face the division-rival Vikings in a nationally televised contest on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 77,804. It was the 314th consecutive sellout (296 regular season, 18 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
– With the win today, Head Coach Mike McCarthy moved into a tie with Mike Holmgren for the most career victories in franchise history (including playoffs) with 84.
– With seven points on Sunday, K Mason Crosby brought his career point total to 822, which moved him past K Chris Jacke (820) for No. 3 all-time in franchise history.
– WR Jarrett Boykin registered career highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (103) and caught his first career TD pass, a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter.
– With Boykin’s 100-yard game, the Packers have now had at least one 100-yard receiver in five of six games this season. Green Bay has seven 100-yard receivers on the season.
– With his 1-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter, WR Jordy Nelson has now caught at least one TD pass in 11 of his last 16 games at Lambeau Field.
– QB Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 36 passes for 260 yards and three TDs with no INTs for a 117.8 passer rating. It was the 50th time as a starter that he has posted a 100-plus rating and his 46th game without an INT.
– CB Davon House posted the first interception of his NFL career when he picked off Browns QB Brandon Weeden in the first quarter.
– LB Jamari Lattimore recorded the first sack of his career when he brought down Weeden for a 2-yard loss in the third quarter.
– CB Tramon Williams registered his second sack of the season, which is a single-season career high.
– Rookie LBs Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer both made their first NFL starts on Sunday.
– With a punt placed inside the 20-yard line on Sunday, P Tim Masthay moved into a tie with Josh Bidwell (85) for the second-most punts inside the 20 in franchise history (since 1976) behind only Craig Hentrich (104).
– The Packers posted 357 yards of offense, their ninth consecutive game with 350-plus yards of offense.
– Green Bay converted 7 of 13 third-down opportunities against the Browns, a season-high 53.8 percentage.
– The Packers allowed a season-low 216 total net yards.
– Green Bay has given up 39 points over its last three contests, an average of 13.0 points per game.
HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on opening statement) “This was a very rewarding victory for our football team. We went through the course of the week, obviously we had unusual challenges, and I can’t say enough about our players. We had a lot of moving parts going into this contest. We had an excellent opponent in the Cleveland Browns coming in. They’ve done a lot of good things on film. Starting offensively, the 31-point production, Aaron Rodgers did a great job of managing the game. Obviously, Jarrett Boykin had a big game. I think that in itself shows you the trust and faith that Aaron has in him as a receiver. He looked at him in key spots of the football game and we maintained a run-pass balance. I thought our offensive line was excellent. A lot of good things on offense. Defense, really keeping the point total down. We did a really good job up front. I felt having an extra defensive lineman made an impact. A.J. Hawk had another fine, fine performance. Sam Shields looked to me to play very well. Special teams, we knew we were going to be stressed. We expected that coming into this contest, particularly with all the personnel changes that we had with our special teams. We did a good job reacting to the run, the fake punt, it was a close call on the spot. We kind of broke down there on the last two returns, but all in all, I thought it was an outstanding team victory, something that we’ll definitely build off of. I’m very proud of our football team.”
(on the injuries and how tough it is to win in his league) “That’s one of the challenges you have. On a personal note, one of the worst parts of our job is seeing one of your players go down like that in a scary moment. Hopefully, Jermichael (Finley) will be fine once we get through this. We’re 4-2 and we’re undefeated at home. The crowd was outstanding today. I have to take my hat off to them, particularly with the weather and so forth. It was just a great atmosphere and now we’ve got two really big division games coming up. We’ve kind of got to regroup tomorrow, set a good plan and travel over to Minnesota.”
(on why his team seemingly plays its best when it has to overcome injuries) “Well, I have to really point to the veterans. I called on them at the beginning of the week and called on them again last night. There’s players, young players in particular, in that game that had a role. It was important for them to go out and perform their role, just play football, and not to do too much. Our veterans did a great job, as far as the approach, just the big things. Starting up front with Aaron Rodgers, there were a lot of components and, obviously, once Jermichael went down, there’s a whole other set of obstacles you’ve got to deal with, from a personnel and a play-injury standpoint. I really have to take my hat off to our veteran football players. Unfortunately, we’ve been through this before and we’re going through it again. We will excel through this.”
(on if he saw this performance coming from Jarrett Boykin) “It’s nothing new to us as coaches and Jarrett’s teammates. When you get chances to watch the young man work as he does, he puts a lot into it. If he ever had anything that held him back, he’s probably trying too hard. The guy is a very passionate, tough, gifted young man. Just from the fact that Aaron has the trust, particularly, the two touchdown throws were route conversions, you don’t just do that with someone that is out there in his first or second big game. He’s an excellent young player. You love to see players rewarded for what they put into it and that was definitely the case today.”
(on the performance of Davon House) “He’s getting better. He’s done some really good things on special teams and now you’re seeing the consistency, particularly on passes defended and his opportunities on defense. He’s a very talented young man. He just kind of went through an injury phase earlier in his career. We’re seeing a guy in his second or third year that we preach, try to plan, instruct, train and watch these guys take off. He’s definitely one of our ascending young players.”
(on how well the defense played) “We want to play good defense every week, but it’s vital to play great defense at home. That’s something that we believe in. Our crowd was behind us. They were outstanding in the third down situations, particularly in some of the fourth down situations that we were in. We had a couple false starts there, so you have to give credit to the crowd noise for that. We’re doing a lot of good things on defense. I’m excited that the challenge of injury has brought the opportunity for a lot of young players to play. So, we’re not only improving Monday through Saturday, we’re improving the youth of our football team on Sundays and that’s going to be big for us down the line.”
(on an update on Jermichael Finley’s injury) “I really don’t have anything to report. I’d be premature if I spoke on it.”
(on how big these wins are with an important stretch coming up) “We’re going over to the Metrodome and that’s a very difficult place to play with all that crowd noise that they have over there. It’s a different game. It’s always a different game over there and we’ve got to get ready for that type of football game.”
(on how he keeps his team focused after an injury like the one to Jermichael Finley) “Well, that’s not something you teach or train. It’s the humanistic part of our game. I think players on both sides of the ball were obviously concerned for Jermichael. I thought the officials did a nice job there of not rushing back into the game. Were able to have communication, kind of reset our clock there. I think it was the next play or the second play after that was the big play to Jarrett Boykin. You just have to give credit to your players in those types of situations.
QB AARON RODGERS:
(on what he said to his teammates after the injury to Jermichael Finley) “There’s not a whole lot to be said actually. Evan (Dietrich-Smith) spoke up after that and said a few words, but I think it’s a reminder how tough this game is. We put our bodies on the line, our future health on the line and (it’s) tough to see with Jermichael. He was playing really well. He’s a great friend, a great teammate and he’s had a very good year for us. Injuries are a part of the game but those are tough to see, not being able to walk off the field. Always in the back of our minds, that’s kind of our worst nightmare.”
(on the fast start and strong finish) “Because I’m a perfectionist, I’m focusing on kind of the in-between drives there where we had three points in a bunch of drives. It’s frustrating; during those drives we had a lot of stalls, a lot of penalties. (There were) a lot of penalties tonight (for) both teams and interesting calls at times, but it was important with the ominous rain (that) we … thought we had to get some points on the board early. The weather kind of held for a while, which was nice, and we were able to put together two drives at the end.”
(on if the injuries cause him to alter his expectations) “Yeah I think that’s a great point. I kind of said a little bit of that this week, hang with us, fans, [because] it might not be the prettiest game, but our defense has been playing great. When they can hold teams to 13 points and everything they’ve held the last two weeks, they’ve been playing great. So that gives us an opportunity, especially when we’re struggling as we did for a stretch there, our offense in the fourth quarter got it going there and finished the game off, but we’re going to kind of win with defense, not turn the football over and make the plays that are there.”
(on how impressed he was with Jarrett Boykin, especially in the fourth quarter) “I was impressed with him. I wasn’t surprised, I’ve seen him make a lot of plays in practice. I think he’s a confidence guy, he just needs some opportunities early, which we gave him, and then he made two good plays on post-corners, so I’m proud of him. I know he wished he probably would have got the first long one in, but he did a great job. He ran great routes, put his feet to the ground, got out of his break and made some big catches. … I think he’s got a bright future for us.”
(on if going to Boykin early was part of the plan) “It’s always a conscious effort to throw it to the open guy and tonight he had more opportunities. Joe Hayden is one of the top corners in the league, if not the top guy, and he was on Jordy (Nelson) all night. That makes it a tough matchup, so I wanted to make sure Jarrett (Boykin) got some opportunities when he got going early, and Jermichael (Finley). (We) tried to feature those guys a little bit and came back to Jordy here and there throughout the game.”
(on how difficult running the offense is with the injuries) “That’s how I’d like to play around here – not as a game manager, but as somebody who takes care of the football and gets us some good plays and good checks. There were obviously a few plays I’d like to have back. It wasn’t as clean of a night for myself as I wish it would have been, but we had a few good checks in the run game (to) keep some drives alive. If you look at the situational stats, we were above 50 percent on third down and three for four in the red-zone, so those are two areas we’ve been talking a lot about the last couple of weeks, and it’s nice to see it show up on the field.”
(on if he and Boykin worked on their chemistry in practice this week) “I think he’s a confidence guy so we just wanted to make sure we got him some plays early. He had a matchup we wanted to see how we could do with the matchup he had with Joe Hayden covering Jordy (Nelson) most of the game, and he got off to a good start. I think there was the high catch on third down that kept the drive going that I think showed myself and Mike (McCarthy) that we can get him going, and he was into the game and he was ready to make some big plays. And then you saw in the fourth quarter he had a couple good adjustments there and had some good yards after the catch.”
(on if Lacy’s third-and-five run was one of the successful checks) “Possibly yes. I can’t give away all the secrets but possibly yes that was. Teams are going to play us a lot of match coverage and we have to make sure we’re running the football effectively. The guys have been doing a great job up front. I thought it was a very clean pocket tonight and then the run lanes were good. That’s a good tackling football team, a good front. We’d have liked to get Eddie (Lacy) over 100 (rushing yards), but it’s a tough team to run on.”
(on why the team plays well when it has a lot of injuries) “I think we’ve got a good recipe with the kind of leadership we have. Our defense is playing really well and that helps. We’re pretty healthy on that side of the ball. Offensively we’d like to think if we don’t turn the football over and we take care of the situational football – red-zone and third down – we should be in a good position to win the game.”
(on if this win is more special because of the injuries) “They’re all special. You have to remind yourself after a win like this where it wasn’t the cleanest game for us that it’s tough to win in this league. I’m proud of our guys. I think there’s definitely some sentiment in our locker room that the pants associated with the throwback jerseys and the throwback jerseys are pretty good luck for us, so maybe a couple more times wearing those might not be a bad idea.”
(on being on top of the division heading into the division games) “We’ve played six (games), they’ve (the Bears and Lions) have both played seven. We’re 1-0 in the division and this is an important time for us, back to back division games, back-to-back nationally televised games for us. We need to get a couple of our guys back if we can and I thought it was a good night for obviously Jarrett (Boykin), Myles (White) to get some action, make a catch. We’ve just got to get those guys ready to play and we know what kind of environment it is in Minnesota and it’s going to be a tough challenge.”
WIDE RECEIVER JARRETT BOYKIN:
(on bouncing back from last week’s performance) “I was highly disappointed with how I performed last week and I didn’t want to do that again this week. This whole week I just dialed in and focused on whatever I had to do to come out here today and just put myself in a good position to make the most of my opportunities.”
(on knowing he was going to get significant playing time today) “You’ve got to practice as if you’re going to start every game because you never know what can happen in this league. Injuries do occur, so you’ve got to just go out there and make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.”
(on if he felt more in sync with QB Aaron Rodgers today) “I felt like we were on a better rhythm today. It was just a little bit of dialing in, him giving me what he wanted me to do, and me focusing on what I needed to do to get in an area where he could make a terrific pass.”
(on scoring his first touchdown after being stopped short earlier in the game) “I was heated that I couldn’t get in there on that first one when I got stopped at the one (yard-line). The second time, I was just making sure I wasn’t denied again. It was just a double-move route and I’m not sure how the defender reacted, but I just saw the ball in the air and I just wanted to attack it and score.”
LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK:
(on being surrounded by a number of younger players on defense) “I’m definitely one of the old guys out there, but I think all the young guys played really well today. They stepped in and anytime you can hold a team to 13 points, the defense is doing something right. You can’t say enough about how the young guys played and how they kept their composure throughout the whole game. They never really had any glitches.”
(on today’s defensive penalties) “We don’t mind combative penalties. I’m sure you’ve heard Coach [McCarthy] say that. Things like that happen in a game. If you’re playing hard and your defense is playing on the edge you’re going to have a few of those. We understand, and we’ll get them cleaned up a little bit, but we can live with those.”
RUNNING BACK EDDIE LACY:
(on playing without WRs Randall Cobb and James Jones) “You just have to come out and play. Those guys are big parts of our offense in the passing game, but sometimes you just have to roll with what you’ve got and we did that today. We proved that we have depth in that position.”
(on being able to run the ball and win in the sloppy weather) “It was a bit rough out there with the weather. There were a lot of guys falling around, but it was a good win for us. That’s three in a row now and we’ve got to keep going. Whenever the weather is like this – and it’s about to get a lot worse I assume – we know we can do it.”
(on his reaction when TE Jermichael Finley went down with an injury) “I’m always concerned whenever any player goes down, especially in the sense that he did. All we can do is pray and wish him the best.”
WIDE RECEIVER JORDY NELSON:
(on WR Jarrett Boykin’s performance) “He played well. Turn on the film and it will speak for itself. He made the most of his opportunity. We preach it all the time in our locker room. He had a great opportunity today and he’s going to have more down the road. It’s big for him to bounce back and have a great game. He and Aaron (Rodgers), their chemistry will continue to grow, and we expect more from him now.”
(on dealing with injuries and adversity) “We don’t get too high and we don’t get too low. We enjoy it when things are going well, but when things go bad we just expect someone to go out and make a play. That’s what we’re trying to stress to our young guys. I think the veterans here understand it. We don’t ever panic on the sidelines. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Do your job. You don’t need to do anything special because the team we have, we have enough play-makers on both sides of the ball.”
CORNERBACK TRAMON WILLIAMS:
(on relying on a number of young players on defense) “Those guys have proven themselves. Davon (House) has been here awhile. He’s been learning and he’s been getting his opportunity now and he’s showcasing what he can do. Micah (Hyde) had an excellent preseason for us and he’s getting an opportunity to get out there and get some snaps too. They’re playing well for us and that’s definitely a good sign.”
(on the defense’s overall performance) “We always feel like we can be better. We’ve played a few games now where the other team hasn’t scored (a touchdown) until the fourth quarter, so we’re trying to put together that game where we don’t give up a touchdown at all. But this is the NFL, and at the end of the day we were happy with our performance today.”
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