Packers-Broncos post-game notes & quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 2, 2011 – 8:49 pm

PACKERS BEAT BRONCOS, 49-23, TO IMPROVE TO 4-0:

  • The Packers beat the Denver Broncos, 49-23, at Lambeau Field to improve to 4-0 on the season.
  • It is just the third 4-0 start by the Packers in the last 45 seasons (1998, 2007). Green Bay is one of only two teams (Detroit) in the NFL with a 4-0 record this season.
  • Including playoffs, the Packers have now won 10 straight games, the team’s longest streak since a 12-game winning streak in 1961-62.
  • The victory was Green Bay’s seventh straight at Lambeau Field and the 13th victory in its last 14 contests at home. It gives the Packers a 28-8 (.777) mark in their last 36 regular-season games at Lambeau Field, a record that ranks No. 1 among NFC teams and No. 3 among NFL clubs at home over that span.
  • The seven-game home winning streak is the longest of Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure and the longest since Green Bay posted an 11-game winning streak at Lambeau Field from 2001-02.
  • The 148 points posted by the Packers in the first four games set a franchise record (since team entered NFL in 1921), topping the mark of 140 points in 1945.
  • It is also the first time since 1921 that the Packers recorded two 40-point games in the first four games. Green Bay has now registered three 40-point games in its last six regular-season games.
  • Green Bay’s 49 points were the most scored in a regular-season game since the Packers posted 52 points vs. New Orleans on Oct. 9, 2005.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, QB Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to post 400 yards passing/four passing TDs/two rushing TDs a game.
  • Rodgers’ 408 yards passing were a regular-season career high, topping his previous high of 404 yards vs. the N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26, 2010). It ranks No. 3 in franchise history for a single game.
  • For the third straight season, Rodgers has posted a stretch of four consecutive games with a 110-plus passer rating. No other NFL quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger has even posted two straight seasons with a 110-plus passer rating in four straight contests.
  • Rodgers’ 1,325 passing yards this season are the most in team history through the first four games of a season, topping Brett Favre’s 1,315 in 1999. His 12 passing TDs tie Favre (1996) for the most in team annals through four games.
  • With his 30-yard interception return for a TD in the first quarter, CB Charles Woodson moved into a tie for the No. 2 spot in NFL history (Darren Sharper) with 11 career INT returns for touchdowns. He now trails only Rod Woodson (12).
  • Woodson now is tied for third in NFL history with 12 career defensive TDs (11 INTs, one fumble return), trailing only Woodson and Sharper (13 each).
  • It is the sixth straight season (2006-11) that Woodson has returned an INT for a touchdown, further extending his NFL record. No other player in NFL history returned an INT for a score in more than four straight seasons.
  • The INT touchdown by Woodson gives him 10 defensive TDs in a Green Bay uniform (nine INTs, one fumble recovery), further extending his franchise record. The interception for Woodson was the 50th of his career.
  •  In Week 5, the Packers will travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons in a nationally televised contest on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7:20 p.m. (CT).

OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:

  • Today’s paid attendance was 70,529. It was the 295th consecutive sellout (279 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
  • With 103 receiving yards, WR Greg Jennings posted his 21st career 100-yard game, moving him into sole possession of the No. 5 spot in team history for the most 100-yard receiving games.
  • The Packers had three players hit the 75-yard receiving mark (Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb) for the first time since Nov. 4, 2007, at Kansas City (Jennings, Donald Driver, Donald Lee).
  • WR Jordy Nelson’s 50-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his third TD catch of the season, a career high.
  • RB James Starks started his first career regular-season game. Starks posted a career-high five receptions for a career-best 38 receiving yards.
  • CB Sam Shields’ 60-yard INT return was the longest of his career.
  • S Morgan Burnett’s fumble recovery in the third quarter was the first of his career. WR Randall Cobb posted a career-high 75 receiving yards.

POST-GAME QUOTES

GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:

(on the roll Aaron Rodgers is on) “Aaron Rodgers is a special player that played extremely well today. Four touchdowns through the air and two rushing touchdowns, that’s as fine as a quarterback performance as I think I’ve been a part of, statistically. Our offense starts with Aaron Rodgers. He’s consistent, he’s done a great job managing it, getting in and out of personnel groups, playing fast. He did a nice job with a couple no-huddle drives there that we had, particularly the no-huddle that went into a two minute drive before the half and coming out in the second half with the long drive. I thought that was a key turning point in the game. Aaron Rodgers is obviously playing extremely well. I can’t say enough, he is a special player.”

(on if he thinks the offense can be stopped) “Offensively, we put up some really good numbers. We’ll come in here tomorrow like we always do and watch the tape and already there are things we know we need to improve on. So, we need to improve as a team. You can see in the locker room that everybody is happy that we’re 4-0. But we’re not where we want to be as far as our quality of play. There are areas of our football team that we’ll continue to look at. We’re excited about entering into the second quarter of our season. The goal is to win the quarter, obviously we accomplished that. But the second quarter begins in Atlanta. Our players and coaches are looking forward to that game. We need to improve. There is always room for improvement.”

(on if he has ever been part of an offense that has been this good for four games) “Hell, I don’t know. We had a good day today, number one. But we’ve got to get better. I’m not really in the mood to reminisce. It’s been a great weekend for Wisconsin sports. We’re happy that we held up our end of the deal. Hopefully the Brewers can finish this thing off.”

(on if he is concerned with his defense at all) “Well, we’ve got to get better. It falls into that category. The defense is going to get better. We have some guys that are pushing through an injury or two and there is a little transition there. Trust me, we don’t have it all figured out as a football team. We’re 4-0, but we are very in-tune that we need to improve as a team and that will be our focus when we get in here tomorrow.”

PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER DONALD DRIVER:

(on what was going through his mind after the knee injury) “Everything was flashing through. You get to the point of your career where you realize sometimes injuries are hard to bounce back from. On that one when I couldn’t move my leg, it was one of those things where you think it’s over. You never know, but God has a bigger plan than anyone else, so he made it work for me.”

(on his decision to return) “I just wanted to play and felt like if it wasn’t something that was broken, I could still play. The doctors wanted to sit me down, but they know I’m hard-headed. I told them I was going to play and they gave me the OK to go out and try to play.”

(on his second-half return) “It’s just the blessing of God. When I went off the field, the first thing I said was, ‘God, please don’t let this be it.’ He gave me the opportunity and one more shot, so I went out there and played. It was just focus, focus, focus. Coach (Edgar) Bennett is a great coach and he told me he wasn’t going to let me continue to play the whole game and put me in here and there, and then I told him I was going back in because it was close to the red zone and I wanted to score.”

(on his touchdown reception) “It was extra special, but we’ve been working on that same play in practice. I just knew that once I saw the linebacker, I said, ‘A-Rod is going to wait on me.’ We talked about the same exact move, go behind him a little bit and come back out the other way, and he’ll throw it straight to you. That’s exactly what happened.”

PACKERS LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK:

(on the defense’s performance) “Especially at home, we don’t want to give up any touchdowns, but we just don’t want to have to rely on the offense to put up that many points. We’re with them on that, but we don’t want them to think they’re going to have to score 45 a game to win. Football is not an exact science and we’ll get it figured out somehow.”

(on the team’s offensive production) “It’s fun. I sit there on the sidelines and watch as a fan just like anyone else with our offense. As they go and as many weapons as we have, it’s a fun sight to see.”

PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER GREG JENNINGS:

(on Rodgers getting all the receivers involved) “I don’t know how much of a conscious effort it is. I think it’s just something that happens. Guys are going to get open and there’s guys running open all the time. We feel like across the board, we’re going to all beat our guy. Some guys are going to be doubled at times, so they are kind of taken away, but it creates an opportunity for somebody else. Guys just step up. Credit to Aaron (Rodgers) and his ability to move around, and let everyone make plays.”

(on team’s first-half onside kick) “That’s just a coach taking an opportunity to steal another offensive possession. That’s just something that Mike does and he does it better than a lot of coaches in this league. That’s why we’ve had success with it before. He picks the right time to do it and we’re pretty efficient with getting the ball back.”

PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:

(on if this is as good a game as he’s ever had) “I don’t know about that. I think I’ve probably played some better games. It was a pretty good game. I’m disappointed about the interception, but we threw the ball pretty well, we moved the ball, we were good on third down and scored a lot of points.”

(on how do you stop this offense and can it be stopped) “Anything can be stopped. It just depends on what you want to do. Today, you could tell their main focus was stopping Jermichael (Finley). Every time he was split out, they made sure they had a guy high and a guy low, or they were dropping out a defensive end to that side to stop him. Jordy (Nelson), James (Jones), Greg (Jennings) and Donald (Driver) all had touchdowns. Those guys got it going and “J-Fin” had more of a quiet day today.”

(on setting the offensive tempo and being aggressive early) “I thought our tempo offensively was a little bit slow today. We had some good openings, and we got things going but I thought our tempo was a little bit slower than maybe we’d like, kind of in-and-out of the huddle. The big turning point of the game was obviously the end of the second quarter and into the third quarter where we scored in the two-minute drive, got the ball and sustained about a six and a half minute drive I think and scored.”

(on if he felt it might be a long day early on) “It felt a little funny starting off. I just felt like we weren’t in a great tempo, in a great rhythm. We made a play down to Greg (Jennings) but then were stopped on downs on that first drive. I didn’t feel like we were going to put up 42 points on offense at that point. That’s the thing about our offense. We just continue to be patient (and) there’s going to be plays out there. I think the more plays you run, the more opportunities you give the defense to maybe take a couple chances, and when they did, we kind of gashed them a little bit.”

(on where he’d rank the two rushing touchdowns in his achievements) “Right at the top, probably. I took some shots. I ran the ball more than I have. I was looking at the numbers last week and I was kind of happy. I was at 17 rushing yards and hadn’t really done a whole lot with my legs. I’d rather throw the ball, but today they played a lot more man-coverage with two high safeties and that means nobody is really on me. I try to enjoy those times to make it look semi-athletic. I didn’t enjoy that hit about a yard in the end zone from (Brian) Dawkins, but I had to make some plays with my legs today.”

PACKERS CORNERBACK SAM SHIELDS:

(on his interception and return out of the end zone) “Anytime I get the ball, I feel like I need to get that touchdown. Our secondary, we preach ‘Pick 6,’ so my whole mindset was getting to the end zone.”

(on the team’s red-zone defense) “We practice sometimes on the red zone and not letting the offense get in. Some plays that we give up, we just come together as a defense. We tell ourselves, ‘We’re not going to let you get in this end zone.’”

(on being one of two remaining undefeated teams) “That’s what we preached from the beginning of camp. Trying to go 4-0 and that’s what we have to keep continuing to do.”

PACKERS CORNERBACK CHARLES WOODSON:

(on his interception return for a touchdown) “(As cornerbacks) We slow play it just to make sure the receiver is going to run the route you think he’s going to run, and he did. I broke not thinking the ball was going to get thrown, but it did. I was able to make a play on it and get into the end zone.”

(on what his interception meant to him) “It’s a big deal (for me). For any corner playing this game, the name of the game is making plays. I feel like I’ve made a lot of plays in this league and that’s what you want to do. It shows what kind of player you are, what kind of athlete you are, and shows you understand the game and that you can catch. It means a great deal to me to get to 50 (career interceptions), but I’m not done by far hopefully. I look to make a few more.”

DENVER BRONCOS HEAD COACH JOHN FOX:

(on the loss) “I thought our offense was pretty impressive other than the turnovers. It just wasn’t our quarterback, it was all of us. When you play a team like the Green Bay Packers and you give up an onside kick and have the takeaways, you are not going to fare very well, and we didn’t. We haven’t played a team like this to date, and they are pretty special.”

(on Aaron Rodgers) “He is playing as well as any quarterback that I have seen and this is my 23rd season. He has a pretty good supporting cast, and Mike McCarthy and his staff do an outstanding job. They are pedal-to-the-metal and they execute very, very well.”

(on Denver’s defense) “We have a ways to go. Missing Champ Bailey certainly didn’t help. I think that is why we saw so much of multiple receiver sets. We need to look at some of our players and some of our schemes. We just aren’t there yet.”

(on Green Bay’s first half onside kick) “Hats off to them for executing very well. We probably didn’t react perfectly, but that was a very well executed onside.”

BRONCOS DEFENSIVE END ELVIS DUMERVIL:

(on the loss) “You’ve got to give (the Packers) credit. They came out and played their ‘A’ game. We just have got to get better, stay together and get ready for San Diego.”

(on Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers) “First of all, he’s a smart player. He does a good job seeing the whole field and he’s on top of his game right now. He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He’s just a good quarterback who’s on top of his game, so that’s hard to defend.”

(on giving up 49 points) “That’s embarrassing. As a defensive player, you never want to see that. The good thing about the NFL is you get a chance to redeem yourself real quick.”

(on battling back from a deficit in the first half) “I thought we fought as a defense and as a team in the first half. We came back, but we’ve just got to be more consistent. We can’t give them plays, especially a good team like that. We started behind the eight ball, and that was tough, but we rallied back and that showed the character of this team, but against a good team it’s very difficult to withstand.”

BRONCOS WIDE RECEIVER BRANDON LLOYD:

(on keeping it close midway through the game) “I remember being in the huddle in the third quarter and saying to myself, ‘It’s not that bad.’ I felt like we were on a roll offensively and we were being productive in the passing game, being productive in the run game and we were moving the ball pretty good. So in the third quarter I actually did feel like we had a chance to get the game within reach.”

(on getting into a shootout with the Packers) “That’s really the only way to compete with them is to shoot it out like that. Their offense lights the scoreboard up and for teams to get back in the game, they have to throw the ball too. I’m a receiver, I like that kind of game. I want every game to be like that.”

(on the flea-flicker reception) “I haven’t seen it, but from what I hear Knowshon (Moreno) held the ball for a little bit, which was a very savvy play on his part because the defense didn’t swarm on him like you usually anticipate when the running back gets the ball. It usually kind of comes pretty quick, and so the safeties and corners flew down there because it looked like a running play. I’ve probably haven’t seen anybody be that wide open in an NFL game before.”

BRONCOS SAFETY RAHIM MOORE:

(on the loss) “It’s tough. You have to tip your hat to the Green Bay Packers. They played a great game. Losing is always bad, especially like this. We definitely have to change and fix some things, so tomorrow we’ll go back to the drawing board and back to the film and just get better.”

(on Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers) “He’s a great quarterback. The man has got it going on. Sometimes (what we did) worked and sometimes he made some good throws. It’s the NFL, that’s what it’s about – people going and making plays, but it’s how you respond to them.”

(on the Packers) “They played a great game and they’re a great team. Me personally, that’s probably the best team I’ve ever played against in my life. The best quarterback – they have a great group and they’re very well-coached and they execute.”

BRONCOS QUARTERBACK KYLE ORTON:

(on Charles Woodson’s interception for a touchdown) “He read the play. It was kind of a one man route for Eric (Decker) and I thought I could get it out there enough, but he jumped it. He is a great player and he took it to the house.”

(on battling back to 21-17 in the second quarter) “I thought all of our guys fought hard. We had great energy in the huddle. We had a great stretch there in the second quarter, but we can’t give these guys anything because they are too good of a football team.”

(on WR Eric Decker) “He is a very good player. He is good inside and outside. He makes a lot of plays for us. He is a young player with room to get better, but he is off to a great start.”


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