PACKERS BEAT RAMS TO IMPROVE TO 6-0
- The Packers beat the St. Louis Rams, 24-3, at Lambeau Field on Sunday to improve to 6-0 on the season.
- It is the first 6-0 start by Green Bay since 1965 and the seventh in franchise history (1929-31, 1944, 1962, 1965).
- The last time the Packers were the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL came in 1965.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have now won 12 straight games, which matches the longest streak in franchise history (1961-62).
- Today’s victory was Green Bay’s eighth straight at Lambeau Field and the 14th victory in its last 15 contests at home. It gives the Packers a 29-8 (.784) mark in their last 37 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 eight-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.
- This is Green Bay’s first 3-0 start at home since 2002.
- The Packers scored at least 24 points in the first half for the third time this season. That’s their most in a single season since 1994 (also three games).
- K Mason Crosby’s 32-yard field goal in the first quarter was his 17th consecutive field goal made in the regular season, which ties the franchise record set by Chris Jacke in 1993.
- The 93-yard TD pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Jordy Nelson in the second quarter was the fourth-longest completion in team history and the longest since since QB Brett Favre threw a 99-yard TD pass to WR Robert Brooks at Chicago on Sept. 11, 1995.
- The 93-yarder was Rodgers’ career-long throw and Nelson’s career-long reception.
- Nelson now has three TD catches of 80-plus yards in his career, which is tied for No. 2 in franchise history behind only WR Greg Jennings (four).
- Nelson has two TD grabs of 80-plus yards this season, which ties the franchise record. Billy Howton (1952), Antonio Freeman (1998), Donald Driver (2002) and Greg Jennings (2007) are the only other players in team annals to register two 80-yard TD catches in a single season.
- Nelson went over the 100-yard receiving mark (104) for the second time in his career.
- Next week, the Packers will travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3:15 p.m. (CT). Green Bay will have its bye in Week 8.
OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:
- Today’s paid attendance was 70,604. It was the 296th consecutive sellout (280 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
- With a 119.6 passer rating on Sunday, Rodgers became the first NFL quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to have six straight 110-plus passer rating games to start a season (no one has started with more than four straight).
- With the six straight, Rodgers further extends his franchise record for most consecutive 110-rating games in a season. It also ties his career high for most 110-rating games in a single season (2009, 2010).
- With 310 passing yards on Sunday, Rodgers has posted five 300-yard games this season. That ties his career high for most in a season (2009, 2010).
- Rodgers’ three TD passes in the first half tied his career high for most TD passes in a half.
- With his 35-yard TD catch in the second quarter, WR James Jones has now caught a TD pass in three straight games, the first time he has accomplished that feat in his career.
- CB Sam Shields tied his career high with his second interception of the season.
- P Tim Masthay’s 67-yard punt in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career (regular season or postseason) and the longest by a Green Bay punter since Jon Ryan’s 72-yard punt vs. Detroit on Dec. 30, 2007.
GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on the Packers second half) “I thought the team started fast, which is always the focus on a noon game, to come out here and get a commanding lead at halftime, 24-3. Offensively, we didn’t do a very good job of handling the football. We didn’t convert the third downs, we had a number of drops. I thought the defense did a very good job keeping them out of the end zone, keeping the score at three. Special teams had the big return that came out. So it wasn’t a clean second half, but we did win by three touchdowns. We feel very good about being 6-0 and we’re excited about the opportunity to go 7-0.”
(on James Jones’ touchdown) “Well, the touchdown play to James was a very base play. There was a lot of very basic football play out there. Offensively, we felt we left some out on the field. It was just an excellent read by Aaron (Rodgers). Aaron comes out clean in his protection and James is the backside route. James ran an excellent route and it was a big time throw, especially your quarterback going to his left in those conditions and to be able to put the ball in a spot like that. So, big play, very well executed.”
(on if he is concerned with his team finishing the game) “Well, we won by three touchdowns. We can spin this any way you want. I’m completely in tune with the things we could have done better, but the last time I checked, you win by three touchdowns, that’s a pretty significant win. Our defense kept them out of the end zone all day. Special teams, I’ve addressed the negative aspects already. Offensively, we did not generate any points in the second half. So, we’ll correct everything tomorrow and learn from it. But we’re seven days from being 7-0 and that’s our message.”
(on the play of Clay Matthews) “I think when you watch the film, it’s clearly evident that Clay Matthews is still an impact player for our defense. So, I can’t give you a detailed explanation of exactly how he played today. Everybody understands I do call the plays on offense. But he’s very active and I’m sure when we grade the film it will probably be pretty consistent with how he’s played the last five weeks.”
PACKERS OFFENSIVE TACKLE BRYAN BULAGA:
(on the offense’s second-half performance) “We straight-up just didn’t execute well enough in the second half. We can’t be doing that. From a line standpoint, we have to string together better drives than that to help the offense along. There were some plays where we just didn’t get it done. We’ll move on from it, we’ll correct it tomorrow and move forward. We’ll get it corrected for Minnesota and do better that game because it’s just unacceptable not putting up points like that in the second half. I think everybody knows that.”
PACKERS KICKER MASON CROSBY:
(on tying the franchise with his 17th consecutive regular-season field goal made) “It was good to make that one here today with that wind. Fortunately, everything went well. I was hoping to maybe get another one and break it, but we’ll see what happens. That’s my first field goal in Lambeau this regular season and it’s a good one to be able to tie that record. We just keep winning, so I have to stay on this roll, too.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER A.J. HAWK:
(on his gesture that was captured on TV) “I guess it was on TV. I definitely wasn’t mad or upset with anybody. It’s kind of a running joke with a couple of my teammates. I guess we got caught up in an emotional game and sometimes forget it’s on TV. I definitely apologize to everyone if kids were watching and got offended. I understand and I’m sorry that got out there.”
(on the defense’s performance) “That’s kind of been our thing all year – kind of bend, but not break. We’re definitely glad to hold them to three points, but we let them rush for too many yards on us. They made some big plays, but when it came down to it when we needed stops, we got it. We had a couple fourth-down stops. Sam (Shields) got his interception and we got some sacks, so it was good to get pressure on the quarterback, too.”
PACKERS LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS:
(on getting pressure on Sam Bradford) “We ended the game with two sacks, but that really doesn’t tell the whole story as has kind of been attested to the whole season. We got some good hits on him and we knew he was feeling it, so anytime you get pressure, get him off the spot and get some hits on him, that’s generally what you like to do as a defense. Obviously, the sacks will come and you’ll get those numbers, but in the meantime I thought we did a good job of putting some hits on him and forcing him off the spot.”
(on the team’s 6-0 start) “Speaking objectively, defense I think gave up too many yards. We obviously held them to three points, and speaking on behalf of the offense, zero points in the second half, there’s always room for improvement. We’re 6-0, that’s a great accomplishment, that happens very rarely in this league. There is still room for improvement and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”
PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER JORDY NELSON:
(on his 93-yard touchdown reception) “We were backed up and when we’re in that mode we just want to convert some first downs and get out of that hole. It’s just a basic play and obviously it was a matchup with Al (Harris), who has been here for multiple years. I knew the way he liked to play, he’s an aggressive DB. We put a little double-move on him, gave him one step in on the slant. He jumped it and Aaron put it out there, and I was able to split the two and score.”
(on it being fourth-longest touchdown reception in Packers history) “It feels great. It was a way to help the team. It was a big play to get a touchdown on the board. Obviously when you doing anything to involve the history of the Packers, it’s an honor and you know it’s something special because it’s a long history. It felt great. It was a big play for the team and kept us rolling.”
(on not scoring in the second half) “That’s the frustrating part. We played terrible in the second half as an offense. The defense did a great job, denying them points in the second half. It keeps you working I guess. The coaches will have plenty to get on us about come tomorrow and it keeps the drive. We need to keep that focus. Obviously the receivers had too many drops and we didn’t make enough plays in the second half.”
PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:
(on whether his scrambling and ability to avoid sacks is demoralizing for the opposing defense) “I think a little bit. I think it’s just a facet of our offense that pops up from time to time. It’s knowing when to throw the ball away and when to extend the play. Thankfully, I think the protection has been pretty good. (We) haven’t really had a ton of sacks this season, so it’s nice to be able to get out of a couple of those and keep drives going, avoid negative yardage plays.”
(on the difference between the first half and the second half production) “Field position and then third downs. We had some third-and-managables, and whatever the circumstances – a bad throw, or the wind taking the ball, or not converting a third-and-short run – we just didn’t get the job done (in the second half).”
(on if the team can be too critical of themselves despite a win) “It’s a feeling of minor disappointment, I think, in that locker room. In the second half we just struggled offensively and that’s frustrating. Second quarter was great, put up a lot of points, but I think it’s encouraging at the same time. It’s tough to win in this league, we’re 6-0 and we still have a lot of room for improvement.”
(on the factors that have contributed to his statistical proficiency through six games) “It helps when you throw a 25-yard pass and it turns into a 93-yard touchdown. We’ve got some great weapons and some guys who can get open and make plays. I think the protection has been really important to our success passing the ball. I think it’s been great playing Marshall (Newhouse), who was playing right tackle in the preseason and a little bit of left tackle, and now he’s starting left tackle for who knows how long? I thought he did a great job today. It was nice having Bryan (Bulaga) back, I think he did a nice job. But we need to get this next one and get healthy. I think we’re a little bit banged up; up front, but the protection’s been good, the balance has been pretty good and that’s why we’re 6-0.”
(on what the next level is for this team) “7-0. Didn’t Mike (McCarthy) say we had seven days to 7-0? Beware that’s his code, his theme this week.”
ST. LOUIS RAMS HEAD COACH STEVE SPAGNUOLO:
(on the 0-5 start to the season) “I said to the team that we do not accept losing and our actions will reflect that. It’s about winning football games, not moral victories. I’m not going to sit here and dissect the game because in reality it’s some of the same things that have happened to us in some of the other games. Until we get that squared away the result is going to be the same. The motto is still going to be to continue to get better. We’re going to reach a certain point and we’re going to turn this thing around.”
(on the loss) “(Green Bay) is, if not the best football team in the league, one of the best. Certainly we can all agree on that. And yet, with a break here or there – I’m not saying we should have won the game, but we are certainly capable of winning that kind of football game if we just do some things better.”
(on the team’s overall performance) “I know there were some good things that we did. Our offense moved the football but we just didn’t get it in. We played periods of good defense but you can’t give up big plays, especially to an offense like this.”
(on Green Bay’s 93-yard touchdown from Rodgers to Nelson) “We got over-aggressive when they were backed up, and that’s partly on me. We came into the game saying we were going to be aggressive when they were down in that area because we knew they threw the ball. We were looking to turn the tide a little bit and they made a big play. At worst that should be a 15-yard gain but it turned into a touchdown.”
(on what makes Green Bay such a good team) “It’s a lot of things and it starts with coaching. They’ve got a good head football coach, they’ve got great assistants and the personnel department is terrific. I’ve got a great deal of respect for the organization and the people here. They’ve got good football players, starting with the quarterback.
(on quarterback Sam Bradford) “I thought Sam (Bradford) did a good job. He was out there controlling things. He was in charge, guys had confidence in him and we moved the ball, but we just didn’t get it in the end zone.”
RAMS QUARTERBACK SAM BRADFORD:
(on finishing drives) “That’s something that we’ve struggled with all year. There have been several games where we’ve been able to move the ball up and down and then we get to the red zone and just have silly mistakes to not allow us to put the ball in the end zone. In this league if you want to win you’ve got to score touchdowns.”
(on not letting the red-zone offense become a mental block) “You just can’t let it affect you. I think the minute you start thinking about it and start letting it become a mental block then there’s no way you’ll ever get over it. We just have to keep grinding and keep buying into the system. We know it works and we’ve just got to go out there and execute it and hopefully it’ll come soon.”
(on the team’s group of receivers) “I think those guys have gotten better every week and I think it really showed today. To come in and play the way they did here in Green Bay against a good defense, I think it shows that they’re really starting to understand the offense and they’re starting to understand what we’re trying to do in the pass game.”
(on running a no-huddle offense) “Our offense feels comfortable with it. Everyone sees things very clear when we’re in the no-huddle. I think our young guys do a great job executing. So I think that’s something that we’ve got to continue to work at and continue to put in the game plan because it has been effective when we’ve used it.”
RAMS CORNERBACK AL HARRIS:
(on if Green Bay is the best team in football) “Personally, I think they are. We would have loved to beat them, but they played well. We made more mistakes than they did; they made more plays than we did.”
(on the loss) “There are no moral victories. We blew some coverages and gave up points and with a team like that, you can’t do that. We can’t spot anybody 14 points. Aaron (Rodgers) is going to find holes and he is going to find guys that are open. You can’t spot guys points in this league, especially a team like that.”
(on where the Rams go from here) “I am at a loss for words. The things that happened out there shouldn’t happen on that level. Until we overcome that, it is going to be an uphill battle. We will continue to fight, but you have to play near perfect ball and that is just something that we aren’t doing right now.”
RAMS WIDE RECEIVER GREG SALAS:
(on the offense moving the ball against Green Bay in the first quarter) “I think we had a good game plan and we were executing pretty well, but we kept having mistakes when we got close to the end zone and that cost us points every time.”
(on the no-huddle offense) “We have that installed. We have a lot of different things we can do. We worked on that all week and I thought that we executed it pretty well.”
(on being winless) “It is tough. We know that we have the guys and we know that we can play. We believe in each other, but we just are still waiting to get that first win.”
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