The NFL announced Sunday that the “2014 NFL Kickoff” game, pitting the Packers versus the Seahawks in Seattle, will feature several live musical performances.
The television broadcast will start at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 4. Pharrell Williams is scheduled to perform live outside of CenturyLink Field.
Soundgarden will open the event with a performance to be partially broadcast live on NFL Network.
Singer/actress Ariana Grande will sing the National Anthem prior to kickoff.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(opening statement) “I have five injuries to report. Casey Hayward, hamstring, DuJuan Harris, knee injury, Morgan Burnett, hamstring, Brad Jones, hamstring, and Jarvis Reed, ankle. With that, I’ll take your questions.”
(on Vince Young’s scrambling ability) “Vince Young, the dimension of running, that’s something that we really wanted to see. I think you’re just seeing Vince get more and more comfortable of what I’ve asked of him. Particularly, for as much as man to man we saw tonight, he was very instinctive and made big plays. I thought he did very well on his first drive. It was very unfortunate with the high snap on second down on his second drive. I think Vince is definitely one of the players that took advantage of his opportunities tonight.”
(on Graham Harrell’s performance) “Graham, frankly, there is some video that we really need to look at. I’d like to see more. He had some tough breaks there with the penalties, but the rhythm of the offense and some of the things mechanically, I would have liked to have seen us be more sharp. We played primarily against an eight-man front, and we didn’t do a very good job handling that.”
(on if he is giving his starters enough time to get ready for the season) “We have a process. Frankly, part of my message to the team is we’re going to trust the process. I feel very good about the process. You can’t sometimes have it both ways. We try, we want to win the game. We wanted to win tonight, especially at home, but there was more information that was needed so that’s what we kind of juggled. Going back, not to be redundant, I thought it was very important for a number of our players to play early. I was very pleased with a lot of production that we had on defense, especially going against Russell Wilson and their offense. We’ll see what the video says in the morning and we’ll go from there.”
(on his gut feeling of where his offense is at this point) “Well, it’s part of the game. It’s part of developing your football team. I’m sure everybody goes about it differently. I’m not really interested in how other people are doing it in this new structure. We have a talented personnel department, we have a talented coaching staff, and we’re trusting the process that we’ve laid down for our players. It’s about one thing; creating opportunities for your football team, creating opportunities for your football team to grow. We grew in some ways, in some ways we did not. With that, we’ve got a week to get ready for Kansas City. It’s a six-day week, we have to get in here, get it going and get our work done. Obviously, we have a tough weekend ahead of us, we’ve got to get down to 75. This is the time of year head coaches and general managers don’t look forward to. You spend a lot of time with these men, from April 15th on, and obviously we’ll have to get down to 75 here throughout the weekend.”
PACKERS QB AARON RODGERS:
(on if he knew how long he would play tonight) “I knew I was going to be in for the first quarter. We had a seven-and-a-half minute drive, so Mike (McCarthy) made the decision one drive and out.”
(on if he feels like he’s gotten enough work this preseason) “I do. I’ve played a lot of football. I’ll make sure my conditioning is where it needs to be for the first game and we’ll be fine.”
(on any concern about the lack of reps with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson) “We’ve had issues like that in the past with Jermichael (Finley) being out, Greg (Jennings) being out. You just have to get your work in in practice when those guys come back. Hopefully we get Jordy back next week to get some work in (and) Randall the same. In regards to if they play or not, it would be good to get some reps with them, but we’ve played a lot of football together. Jordy and I and had a lot of success, and Randall last year obviously had a lot of success. We’re talking every day and they’re in the meetings. It’s a matter of making sure we’re on the same page.”
(on Vince Young’s performance) “Vince did a good job. That’s his game right there, being able to make plays when the pocket breaks down or when they’re rushing four and playing a lot of man coverage with nobody with vision to the football. Vince obviously is still a good athlete and he was able to get us down there and get it in the end zone.”
(on where Vince Young is in terms of picking up the system) “I think he’s improving. This is a wordy system and a difficult system to pick up. He obviously came in after seven installs have been put in already so he was behind, but he’s been picking it up and showing improvements.”
(on if the team starts thinking about the regular-season opener now) “I think right now we’re going to think about this roster and this is the last night this group of guys is going to be together. It’s a tough day for some of our guys (to) go down to 75. A lot of guys have put a lot of effort into this. Obviously next week will be about Kansas City and getting guys more opportunities. At the same time you start looking at your first (regular-season) opponent and focusing on the things we need to do to get ready for that.”
(on how much he talks to the other QBs during the game) “We look at the pictures on the sideline and I help out if I see anything, but they’re very well-coached. (Quarterbacks coach) Ben’s (McAdoo) up in the box, obviously (offensive coordinator) Tom (Clements) down on the sidelines and we go through the stuff and talk about any adjustments they might have made or things to look for next time in that situation.”
(on how he feels about the offensive line’s chemistry with limited game reps) “I’m not worried about that. I think it’s good for David (Bakhtiari) to get that many reps. I think he did a pretty good job out there. We’ll watch the film, but it helps that we’ve been very solid with T.J. (Lang), Evan (Dietrich-Smith) and Josh (Sitton). We just need to figure out who those two tackles are going to be and get some consistency out of them and keep finding ways to get the ball to 88 (Finley).”
PACKERS TIGHT END JERMICHAEL FINLEY:
(on his personal performance) “I came out feeling fresh. (Aaron Rodgers) and I had a talk earlier in the day about me touching the ball early. When a guy like that comes up to you and tells you you’re going to get the ball early, you get jittery.”
(on if he’s worried about the first-team offense only getting limited opportunities) “Not at all. I know when the games count we’re going to get six (points) on the board for sure and practice makes perfect. We get tons of reps in practice and I think that’s enough.”
(on quarterback Vince Young’s performance) “That’s my Texas boy so I’m not going to say anything bad about him, but I thought he looked great tonight. He got his feet wet and I can’t wait to see what he does next week.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS:
(on containing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson) “I’m real excited about that. I thought we did a great job keeping the quarterback contained. Obviously he possesses their greatest playmaking ability by extending the pocket and extending the play. We did a good job. He’s going to make his plays, but for the most part we got after him, got our hands on him and got him down.”
(on cornerback Casey Hayward’s interception) “It’s good to see. Obviously he’s continuing his playmaking ability from last year when he had six or seven interceptions, so it’s good to have him back out there. It’s good to see what he’s capable of and we’re going to need it this year.”
(on the defense’s performance this preseason) “I think we’re continuing to improve. I think we played very well up front the first two games, up front on first and second down. Now it’s about getting those third-down plays. Aside from the first drive (tonight), which we’ll take a look at and improve upon, I thought we did a good job.”
PACKERS QUARTERBACK VINCE YOUNG:
(on his personal performance) “I felt all right. It’s still a learning process right now. I’m getting there – more reps, more practice, a lot of film work, studying … picking Aaron (Rodgers), Graham (Harrell) and BJ’s (Coleman) heads is definitely helping me out a lot.”
(on the offensive’s performance when he was in the game) “The biggest key that Coach McCarthy was telling us as a second team and a third team was to get a better tempo, get guys out of the huddle. I really feel like the offensive line did a great job. The receivers made some big catches. Things like that. I just really felt like we accomplished some things that Coach wanted us to do as a second and third unit, and I just want to continue to keep that work up.”
(on making plays with his feet) “I just really feel like the things that the defense did gave me opportunities to use my legs a little bit. Like I said earlier, it still goes back to the offensive line making some key blocks, opening up the window, as well as our receivers making some key catches.”
(on leading a touchdown drive) “It’s not really about me. I just felt like everybody as a team, as an offense took care of their responsibilities on that play and we got the touchdown out of the drive, so that’s pretty good. The next drive we could have done a little bit better, so that’s something we can work on.”
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GREEN BAY PACKERS vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, Aug. 23, 2013, at Green Bay, Wis.
LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS
(on how it felt to keep the Seahawks’ running game in check) “Obviously it feels good. That’s what we pride ourselves on, especially the front seven. To be able to go out there and shut them down, especially on first and second down, to create favorable down and distances on third down, which I thought we did for the most part. A few runs here and there, but for the most part I thought we did well. We got after the quarterback, kept him in the pocket and overall I thought we did a good job minimizing their big-play ability.”
(on his sack of Russell Wilson) “Obviously that was a big emphasis for us last year and even more so this year, is limiting his ability to create plays by running out of the pocket. He’s going to make his plays, but I felt for the most part, not only myself, but as a rushing unit, we did a good job of keeping him bottled up in the pocket, forcing some errant throws and getting after him.”
(on how he feels coming out of tonight’s game in preparation for the season) “I feel real good about where I’m at. Obviously tonight is a great tune-up and we will continue to do so over the next week getting ready for the San Francisco opener.”
LINEBACKER NICK PERRY
(on the defense’s performance overall in the first half) “We’re just doing our job out there. We’re just playing football. We’re doing a pretty good job of containing him (Russell Wilson) and we’ve just got to continue to focus on that and make plays.”
(on his tipped pass) “I knew he was coming to my side to throw the ball. My reaction was to just throw my hands up and keep him contained. It played out well. I was able to get my hand on it and we got the interception.”
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The following players have been ruled out for tonight’s Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks preseason game at Lambeau Field. There could be adjustments to this list before kickoff.
Green Bay Packers
18 WR Randall Cobb
25 CB James Nixon
28 S Sean Richardson
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
78 T Derek Sherrod
85 TE Matthew Mulligan
87 WR Jordy Nelson
99 DE Jerel Worthy
11 WR Percy Harvin
18 WR Sidney Rice
19 WR Bryan Walters
26 FB Michael Robinson
34 CB Tharold Simon
36 CB Ron Parker
56 DE Cliff Avril
58 LB Ty Powell
59 LB Korey Toomer
77 G James Carpenter
86 TE Zach Miller
90 DT Jesse Williams
91 DE Chris Clemons
97 DT Jordan Hill
98 DE Greg Scruggs
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* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS TO HOST SEAHAWKS IN NATIONALLY TELEVISED CONTEST
- Green Bay returns home to host the Seattle Seahawks tonight at Lambeau Field in a matchup of two 11-win teams from 2012 that both advanced to the postseason.
– The game will be broadcast to a national audience on CBS. For the Packers, it marks the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that they have had at least one of their preseason games aired to a national audience. The 2009 preseason was the lone exception over that span.
– This marks the Packers’ fifth all-time preseason meeting with the Seahawks and the third under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007 and 2010). The last preseason matchup between the clubs at Lambeau Field was on Aug. 18, 2007, a 48-13 Green Bay victory that included two TD passes from QB Aaron Rodgers.
– The Packers and Seahawks met for the first time in the regular season in 1976, but didn’t square off in the preseason until 1983. After the ’83 meeting, the teams didn’t face each other in the preseason again until 2004. The all-time preseason series is tied at 2-2.
– Tonight’s contest will be a matchup of the No. 5 scoring offense from 2012 (Green Bay, 27.1 ppg) against the No. 1 scoring defense (Seattle, 15.7 ppg).
– Green Bay has an all-time regular-season record of 8-6 against the Seahawks and has also won both playoff meetings between the clubs. The teams have squared off in five of the last seven seasons (including a meeting in the 2007 postseason). The Packers visited CenturyLink Field last season in Week 3, a 14-12 Seattle victory.
– The Packers will close out their preseason slate next Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the fourth straight season that the clubs have squared off in the preseason finale.
MIDWEST SHRINE GAME
- One of the NFL’s longest team traditions, the Upper Midwest Shrine Game kicks off its 64th installment tonight. It marks the second time the Packers have hosted the Seahawks in the charity game (2007). Green Bay is 32-28-3 all-time in the series.
– Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. The Shriners’ facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost. To date, the series has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine’s burn centers and hospitals for disabled children.
– The series has called three separate stadiums home: Milwaukee’s State Fair Park (1950-51), Milwaukee County Stadium (1952-82, 1984-94) and Lambeau Field (1983, 1995-present).
– In his first season leading the Packers, Vince Lombardi made an agreement with George Halas to play in the Shrine game annually. Green Bay and Chicago played each preseason at County Stadium from 1959-73.
– The Packers annually designate the Shrine game as the first ‘Gold package’ game for season-ticket holders primarily from the Milwaukee area. The team created the three-game package after moving all of its home games to Green Bay in 1995. Also in the ‘Gold package’ this season are the contests against Detroit (Oct. 6) and Philadelphia (Nov. 10).
Packers GM Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks’ VP of football operations…Packers asst. head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss played his final three seasons in Seattle (1995-97) and began his coaching career with the Seahawks as defensive quality control coach in 1998…Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry played for the Seahawks for three seasons (2000-02)…Packers FB Jonathan Amosa attended the University of Washington and Rainier Beach High School in Seattle…Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Nick Perry played for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at Southern California; Matthews was also tutored by Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton with the Trojans…Seahawks P Jon Ryan played for Green Bay from 2006-07…Seahawks CB Will Blackmon (fourth round, 2006), T Breno Giacomini (fifth round, 2008) and WR Brett Swain (seventh round, 2008) were all drafted by the Packers and played for Green Bay…Seahawks S Chris Maragos, LB O’Brien Schofield and QB Russell Wilson all played at the University of Wisconsin…Maragos is from Racine, Wis. …Seahawks GM John Schneider served two different stints in the Packers’ personnel department (1993-96, 2002-09), concluding as director-football operations…Seahawks senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan worked as a Packers scout from 1995-99…Seahawks senior VP/general counsel Lance Lopes worked in the Packers’ front office from 1993-2000…Seahawks wide receivers coach Kippy Brown previously coached the Green Bay RBs (2000) and Seahawks asst. strength and conditioning coach Mondray Gee held the same position in Green Bay from 2008-09…Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played QB at the University of Wisconsin and coached on Green Bay’s staff from 2000-05…Seahawks assistant special teams coach Marquand Manuel played for the Packers in 2006…Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel held the same position with the Packers from 2001-02…Packers LB A.J. Hawk is the brother-in-law of Seahawks QB Brady Quinn; Hawk’s wife, Laura, is Quinn’s sister.
SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field
Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m., clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players
Sunday, Sept. 8 – Regular-season opener at San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.
- As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
– Tonight’s captains will be TE Jermichael Finley (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and LB Robert Francois (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
- Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ron Winter (14), umpire Carl Paganelli (124/first half), umpire Brent Sowell (152/second half), head linesman Jim Howey (37), line judge Gary Arthur (108), field judge Scott Steenson (88), side judge Tom Hill (97), back judge Greg Steed (83/first half) and back judge Steve Patrick (149/second half).
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SEATTLE—The Seahawks scored on the final play of the game on a 24-yard, Hail Mary pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate, to beat the Packers on Monday Night Football, 14-12.
Mike McCarthy had scored a significant coach’s challenge victory and Cedric Benson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:44 to play in the game, as the Packers completed a second-half rally that lifted them to a 12-7 lead over the Seahawks.
Aaron Rodgers was ruled to have been stopped inches short of a first down on a third-down play near the 1-yard line. Kicker Mason Crosby was on the field for a potential go-ahead field goal when McCarthy challenged the spot of the ball.
The challenge win and Benson’s touchdown run capped an 81-yard, 16-play touchdown drive in which Rodgers was at his best, converting two critical third-and-10 plays with razor-sharp completions to Jermichael Finley and James Jones. A 9-yard pass to Greg Jennings carried to the Seattle 2-yard line.
Green Bay trailed at halftime, 7-0, following a first half in which the Packers were completely ineffective and Rodgers was sacked eight times and Benson gained only four yards on two rushing attempts.
Jerron McMillian’s interception immediately following Benson’s touchdown was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty on Erik Walden. That forced the Packers into a final-drive stand to win the game, and the defense delivered, but not before the Seahawks drove to the Packers 7-yard line. On fourth-and-three at the 2-minute warning, Wilson threw incomplete in the end zone.
One more time the defense would have to hold, after Seattle took possession at the Green Bay 46 with :46 left on the clock. The game came down to one play with :08 left on the clock and Golden Tate was ruled to have caught the pass, though it appeared as though M.D. Jennings had intercepted it.
Tate caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson with 6:22 remaining in the first half. It was the only pass of significance Wilson completed in the half.
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SEATTLE—The Packers trailed the Seahawks, 7-0, at halftime of Monday night’s game at CenturyLink Field.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked a stunning eight times by a Seattle defense that had sacked the quarterback only twice through the first two weeks of the season. A big part of the pass-protection problem for the Packers was its inability to present any kind of rushing threat.
Cedric Benson carried the ball only twice for four yards in the first half. The failure to run the ball left the Seahawks to focus on the pass.
Seattle’s young and talented secondary blanketed the Packers’ receivers, leaving Rodgers to throw for only 86 yards. Most of his 12 completions (15 attempts) were of a short-yardage variety.
Other than for the touchdown pass to Tate, the Packers defense played superbly. Wilson completed only five of 10 passes for 69 yards. On the touchdown to Tate, it appeared a play-action fake helped Tate get behind cornerback Tramon Williams and safety Charles Woodson.
Running back Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ main offensive threat, rushed 16 times for 71 yards. Wilson bought time with his scrambling ability and was not sacked.
The Packers were shut out in the first half of only one game last season, a loss to Kansas City.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for tonight’s Packers-Seahawks game. Packers WR Greg Jennings, who was listed as questionable on the injury report with a groin injury, will play.
Green Bay Packers
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
28 S Sean Richardson
31 CB Davon House
44 RB James Starks
56 LB Terrell Manning
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
83 TE Tom Crabtree
27 SS Winston Guy
36 CB Danny Gorrer
41 CB Byron Maxwell
61 G/C Lemuel Jeanpierre
77 G James Carpenter
89 WR Doug Baldwin
94 DT Jaye Howard
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Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll and QB Russell Wilson were made available to the media via conference call Thursday afternoon. To listen to Carroll and Wilson talk about Monday night’s game in Seattle, click on the links below.
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