PACKERS IMPROVE TO 9-6 WITH 45-17 WIN OVER GIANTS
- The Packers beat the Giants, 45-17, on Sunday at Lambeau Field, Green Bay’s fourth straight home victory. The Packers improved to 6-1 at home on the season with the win.
- Sunday’s victory assured the Packers of a winning record for the third time in the past four seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
- The win was Green Bay’s 10th victory in its last 11 contests at Lambeau Field, giving the Packers a 25-8 (.758) mark in the last 33 regular-season games at home. That record ranks No. 1 among NFC teams at home over that span.
- Green Bay’s 515 yards of offense were the most since the Packers recorded 548 yards at Oakland on Dec. 22, 2003.
- Green Bay’s 45 points matched a season high (vs. Dallas, Week 9).
- The Packers’ six takeaways (four interceptions, two fumble recoveries) were a season high and the most by Green Bay since recording six at Chicago on Dec. 31, 2006.
- Green Bay will host Chicago next Sunday, the first time in the history of the series that the Bears have visited Green Bay in the regular-season finale.
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 70,649. It was the 292nd consecutive sellout (276 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- QB Aaron Rodgers threw four TD passes and no interceptions, the 10th time in his career he has posted three-plus TDs and no interceptions in a game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that breaks Kurt Warner’s mark of nine (1999-2001) for the most by an NFL quarterback within three seasons of his first start.
- Rodgers’ 404 passing yards were a regular-season career high, and his four TD passes matched his regular-season career best (at Minnesota, Week 7, 2010).
- His 404 yards passing were the most by a Green Bay quarterback in the regular season since Lynn Dickey posted 418 on Oct. 12, 1980, at Tampa Bay. It was the first 400-yard game by a Green Bay QB since Brett Favre posted 402 at Chicago on Dec. 5, 1993.
- K Mason Crosby surpassed the 500-point mark for his career (505) with nine points in the game. By hitting the 500-point mark in his 63rd career game, he becomes the second fastest to 500 points in franchise history behind only RB Paul Hornung (60 games). Crosby also went over the 100-point mark for the season today (108), his fourth straight 100-point season.
- WR Greg Jennings went over the 5,000-yard receiving mark with 142 yards, giving him 5,125 for his career. By eclipsing the 5,000-yard mark in his 74th career game, he becomes the fourth fastest to 5,000 receiving yards in franchise history behind Billy Howton (67 games), Sterling Sharpe (72) and James Lofton (73).
- It was Jennings’ fifth 100-yard game of the season and his fourth in the last six contests.
- WR Jordy Nelson’s 80-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his career-long catch, and his 124 yards on four receptions were also a career high.
- With the 80-yarder by Nelson and the 86-yard TD catch by Jennings vs. Miami in Week 6, it is the first time since 1967 (Elijah Pitts and Carroll Dale) that the Packers have had two players post 80-yard catches in the same season.
- Jennings (142) and Nelson (124) gave the Packers their first pair of 100-yard receivers in the same game since Jennings (101) and Driver (111) each eclipsed the 100-yard mark vs. Detroit on Dec. 28, 2008.
- The 80-yard TD catch by Nelson was his 40th reception of the season. That gave the Packers five players (Nelson, Jennings, Jones, Driver, Jackson) with 40-plus receptions this season, the first time since 1980 that a Packers team accomplished that feat.
- CB Tramon Williams’ interception of Eli Manning in the first quarter was his sixth of the season, eclipsing his career high of five set in 2008.
- WR James Jones’ four catches give him 49 for the season, which tops his career high of 47 in 2007. Jones’ 3-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was his fifth of the season, which matched his career high set in 2009.
- CB Charles Woodson’s forced fumble on RB Ahmad Bradshaw in the third quarter was his fifth of the season, a new career high (four in 2002 and 2009) for Woodson.
- Woodson’s five forced fumbles are the most by a Packer since LB/DE Keith McKenzie posted the same number in 1999.
- S Atari Bigby’s recovery of the fumble forced by Woodson was the first fumble recovery of his career.
- FB John Kuhn recorded the first three-TD (two rushing, one receiving) game of his career.
- LB A.J. Hawk’s fourth-quarter interception was his career-high third of the season.
- Green Bay’s 289 yards of offense in the first half were the most in any half since the Packers posted 362 vs. San Francisco in the first half on Nov. 22, 2009. The Packers’ 15 first downs in the opening half were also the most since 16 against the 49ers in the first half in the same game.
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on whether this might be one of the better games his team has had in pass protection this season) “Yeah, I’ll just say this: I thought we commanded the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, particularly on offense. But when you’re calling plays, that’s not something you particularly pay a lot of attention to. And the ability to run and throw the football, particularly in normal down and distance, I thought it really benefited our play action game, our fake game. I thought Scott Wells and the offensive line really set the tempo today and even on the other side, I thought our defensive line commanded the line of scrimmage. We knew this was going to be a battle that started up front and I don’t need to see the film to say that we definitely commanded that battle.”
(on if this was one of the most complete games his team has had this season) “I would say it definitely ranks up there as one of our most complete games. I thought we performed very well in all three areas. The field position was a little bit in their favor earlier and I thought Tim Masthay, at a big point in the game, changed the field position with the big punt. Six turnovers, that says a lot about our defense and special teams. It was a major emphasis for us. We just felt that we weren’t doing a very good job the last two weeks taking care of the football and weren’t getting enough takeaways. We were able to accomplish that today. We knew there was going to be big-play opportunities, there always is in these playoff-type games. And we definitely had our share of big play opportunities and point production, time of possession, and all the key statistics that you’re looking for. But it starts up front. We had tremendous energy. We had an excellent week of practice. I’m a big believer in that preparation carries over. I love the mindset of this team. These guys step up week-in and week-out and we’ve got a big one in seven days. It can’t get here fast enough.”
(on if it felt like a playoff win) “Absolutely. You have to put it in that category. We had no choice. Our record is what it is and to have an opportunity to play at home, I can’t say enough about our fans. I thought they were tremendous today, just able to get in front there early. I thought they played a big part in our success. Everybody knows what the score is. We’re at nine wins and we must get to 10 wins to get in the tournament.”
(on if this was one of Aaron Rodgers’ better games this season) “Well, its one of his better ones because I pay more attention to the decisions and the ball accuracy and some of the type of small, detailed things that he does. I thought he was extremely sharp especially after not playing last week. He did an excellent job at the line of scrimmage, keeping us in favorable down and distances and when the big-play opportunity presented itself, him and Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, all the way through, were able to convert on those plays.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER DESMOND BISHOP:
(on his tipping the ball back inbounds on Green Bay’s late fumble recovery) “I seen it, I wanted to get it so bad. My momentum was taking me out of bounds and I didn’t want to go out of bounds because it would be a dead ball, so I just tipped it back, kept it in play and hopefully one of our guys get it, and I was fortunate enough that we got it.”
(on the meaning of this victory) “We finally put it together in all four quarters and really showed how much talent we have and how much potential we really have.”
PACKERS SAFETY NICK COLLINS:
(on the defense’s four interceptions) “We feel like that every week we go into a game. If we stay disciplined and execute our game plan, we will have opportunities to go out there and make plays. We capitalized on those plays tonight and came down with a couple.”
(on forcing six turnovers) “I didn’t know it was that many, I thought it was at four, but it’s awesome. We put in the time, put in the hard work and we practiced it every week. We go out there and get turnovers to help our offense.”
PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER GREG JENNINGS:
(on defeating the Giants in a must-win game) “We were ready to play today. We prepared all week with the focus and mindset of this is it – this is our season. In front of this crowd and in our own backyard, we can’t go down like that. We came out here and gave it our best shot, and it was a great shot today.”
(on running back John Kuhn) “The thing about John Kuhn is, when he runs in the game all the fans know he’s getting the ball, the defense knows he’s getting the ball, but he never disappoints. That’s the beauty of John Kuhn. I’ve told him he’s going to be here for a long time – he better be.”
(on importance of next week’s game against Chicago) “It’s playoff game No. 2 and then hopefully No. 3 and No. 4, and so on until we get it done – to accomplish what we set out to accomplish. Going into this week, we have to have an even greater focus. Obviously, a division opponent and they’re rolling right now, and they look good.”
PACKERS RUNNING BACK JOHN KUHN:
(on his emergence as a running back) “Things happen the way they happen. I don’t make predictions and I don’t look back and say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this happens.’ You just try to keep your head down, go day-to-day, work hard and good things usually happen.”
(on the team’s offensive success) “Everybody was taking advantage of their opportunities today from top-to-bottom and that’s part of the reason why the offense was so explosive.”
(on his reception from the Lambeau Field crowd) “It’s awesome and I’m just glad I can come through for them.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS:
(on the defense forcing six turnovers) “It’s a great feeling, especially to get a win in this do-or-die situation. We knew what was at stake, but we had to execute the game plan the way in which we had – stop the run, make them one-dimensional, get some pressure and get some interceptions – and that’s exactly what happened tonight.”
(on the defense’s ability to stop New York’s run game) “With our defense, there’s really not a whole lot of places to run. When they are able to run against us, it’s usually with a guy who’s out of position. You could say the same about last week. We were in the right place at the right time when we needed to and that’s a testament to the practice and focus we had going into this game.”
PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:
(on what it meant to have this kind of performance after sitting out last week) “That was important. I was teasing (Matt) Flynn I had to get my job back. Matt played so well last week. It was fun. I had a good week of preparation this week. I think that’s kind of where it started. I felt good throwing the ball all week, liked the game plan, liked the things we were trying to do and once we were into the game, I liked the rhythm that Mike (McCarthy) had our offense in.”
(on why they were so successful with the deep throws and why they threw so many) “I think that’s something we do pretty well. We throw it pretty well; we do a nice job ‘stacking defenders’ as we like to call it. Greg (Jennings) made a really nice catch on the one down the right sideline and Jordy (Nelson) there at the end had a nice catch. That’s something we work on a lot. Like I said, good week of practice and good execution of that.”
(on what was working for the offensive line in terms of pass protection) “I wish you could put a finger on exactly what the reason was, but I think you’ve got to give Chad (Clifton) a lot of credit. There was really not much coming from his side. He did a nice job. I think the one guy we were trying to give some help to was Bryan Bulaga and I think Brian did a really nice job on (Justin) Tuck the majority of the time. We might have figured they would bring a few more pressures tonight. They played a little bit more coverage but we were able to make some big plays.”
(on if the concussion had any impact on how he played this week) “I think positively, yes. It was like a week off late in the season for my body. I felt all week a lot of energy. My arm felt like it was live. I threw the ball really good in practice, so I had a lot of confidence going into the game that I was going to perform this way – obviously, not maybe as well as it went – but I think you can contribute that to some really good play calls at certain times and some big plays by some guys.”
(on John Kuhn being a key part of the offense) “He’s a fan favorite. I think Mike (McCarthy) got a little flustered there, maybe thinking they were booing him. Instead it was actually the Kuhn chant. John’s a guy who you love having on your team. His personality, he’s a blue collar guy. He catches the ball well, he runs the ball well. He’s very smart. He’s like a security blanket in the third down (situations) when he’s back there because he knows the scheme and the checks as good, or maybe better, than I do at times. He’s a great player for us, a great contributor and a guy who, the last couple weeks, every time he had the ball something good happens.”
NEW YORK GIANTS HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN:
(on the team’s turnovers) “The thing that I just told the team is there’s no way anyone wins in this league when you turn the ball over six times. It’s a very, very bad component of our team and we’ve demonstrated a little bit of it this year. We thought we had it under control, but obviously we didn’t have it under control tonight.”
(on whether last week’s loss affected the team this week) “I’ve been saying all week long that I thought we would be OK and we would rebound. I thought when it was 14-all we didn’t have any issues at all. We knew we had put the game aside from last week. I think we came in today with the idea that last week is last week and this week is this week.”
(on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers) “He played very well. I thought they were very efficient with their scheme. I thought his accuracy was outstanding and he had good control of what they were trying to do. We never stopped the run to really get them out of that type of game.”
(on why he challenged the fumble by Brandon Jacobs) “It was an opportunity where we could have gotten the ball back. It could have been any number of things – the runner stepping out of bounds, the defender out of bounds, the guy recovering the ball stepping out of bounds; it could have been any number of things. I didn’t have a whole lot of evidence, but it was an opportunity.”
(on how the team will handle the loss) “There’s no denying what took place; the facts are the facts. They’re responsible for it, I’m responsible for it and so we have to live with it and turn around and line up next week.”
GIANTS RUNNING BACK AHMAD BRADSHAW:
(on his third quarter fumble) “They got penetration. I switched the ball to my other hand and the penetration got a hand on it.”
GIANTS DEFENSIVE TACKLE BARRY COFIELD:
(on the frustration level of the team) “It is at an all-time high. I didn’t think it could be worse than last week. Last week was more stunning; this is just disappointing. You can’t go out there and have bad performance after bad performance and keep saying that we will get it right. We just have a tendency not to play well enough.”
(on the struggles of the defense) “It is hard to explain. It is the same scheme that we have been playing and we have played some good teams, but it is nothing out of the ordinary. We just haven’t played well man for man. We miss tackles and a lot of things have come to the forefront at the end of the season. We are not a fundamentally sound team and we have to answer for that. We have been taught the right way to do everything, but we just haven’t been doing it.”
GIANTS SAFETY DEON GRANT:
(on the loss) “We didn’t do enough to win the game today. We didn’t get enough turnovers and we turned the ball over too much. We didn’t take care of business today.”
(on Jordy Nelson’s 80-yard touchdown catch) “I was just coming over to help. By the time I saw him catch the ball, he had an angle. It wasn’t my man. I was playing outside and he (Rodgers) threw the ball inside.”
(on Green Bay’s passing offense) “They did everything that we practiced. They only ran a few comeback routes. It was a lot of curls and slants, and we knew they would do that. At the end of the day we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. We knew what was coming; we should have been able to attack it, but we didn’t.”
(on Aaron Rodgers) “He is a great quarterback all around. He can run, he has a great arm and he has one of the fastest releases that you can get so he wasn’t allowing our defensive line to get there. He has a great coaching staff and he has weapons. When you have those weapons that you can plug-in that is what makes him dangerous all around.”
GIANTS QUARTERBACK ELI MANNING:
(on the loss) “I’m just disappointed in the loss, obviously. We didn’t play well enough to win, plain and simple. Offensively, we got down early but we fought back and tied it up at 14, but after that it was just bad football. Turnovers, miscommunication, just sloppy football all the way around and we didn’t deserve to win that game.”
(on the team’s playoff hopes) “We had a shot to win and get into the playoffs, but now we need some help. We need Chicago to come here and beat Green Bay, but the only thing we can worry about is Washington. We need to go into Washington and get back to playing better football and play a better game.”
(on his four interceptions) “I’ve got to pull the trigger, so if you have interceptions it’s my fault. I had four today and there’s not one that wasn’t my fault; so I’ve got to be smarter with the ball. At the end of the game, when you’re in desperate mode, you try to force some things and they didn’t go my way.”
GIANTS DEFENSIVE END JUSTIN TUCK:
(on the loss) “All we can worry about is learning from this loss and coming back and trying to get it right next week. We’ve got at least one more game left to play and if the season ends next week, I don’t want it to end with this kind of taste in my mouth. We had destiny in our hands tonight and we came out and played like we didn’t have anything to play for.”
(on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers) “He did a good job of getting the ball out of his hands quickly. We knew coming in that they were going to try everything in their power to not let us hit him. We had some good rushes against him, but a lot of the credit goes to him for reading our coverages and getting the ball out of his hands.”
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