Packers-Vikings post-game notes & quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 15, 2011 – 1:13 am

PACKERS TOP VIKINGS IN MONDAY NIGHT MATCHUP

  • The Packers beat the Vikings, 45-7, tonight at Lambeau Field. Green Bay has now won four of its last five games against the Vikings in Green Bay.
  • For the second straight season, Green Bay has swept the season series against Minnesota. The Packers have swept the season series in four of six seasons (2006-07, 2010-11) under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
  • Green Bay is off to just its fourth 9-0 start in franchise history (1929, 1931, 1962).
  • The Packers’ streak of 11 consecutive regular-season wins ties the team record (1928-29, 1961-62).
  • Including playoffs, the Green Bay has won 15 straight games, further extending its franchise record (12 games, 1961-62).
  • Tonight’s victory was Green Bay’s ninth straight at Lambeau Field and the 15th victory in its last 16 contests at home.
  • The nine-game home winning streak is the longest of McCarthy’s tenure and the longest since Green Bay posted an 11-game winning streak during the regular season at Lambeau Field from 2001-02.
  • This marks Green Bay’s first 4-0 start at home since 2002.
  • With 45 points tonight, the Packers have now scored 24-plus points in every game this season. That streak of nine games is the longest single-season streak in franchise annals, topping the record of eight consecutive games in 1963.
  • It was Green Bay’s fourth game this season with 42-plus points, a franchise single-season record. That bests the previous mark of three games in 1962.
  • The Packers’ 320 points are the most in franchise history through nine games, topping the previous mark of 292 points in 1962.
  • Next week, the Packers will stay home to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Nov. 20, at noon (CST). Green Bay then travels to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday, Nov. 24.

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:

  • Tonight’s paid attendance was 70,519. It was the 297th consecutive sellout (281 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
  • With his four TD passes tonight, QB Aaron Rodgers set a single-season franchise record with nine straight games with at least two TD passes. That bested the previous mark of eight straight games by QB Brett Favre in 1994.
  • Rodgers further extended his NFL single-season record with his ninth straight 110-plus passer rating game.
  • With his 140.3 passer rating tonight, Rodgers set the single-season franchise mark with his ninth 110-plus passer rating game this season, topping the mark of eight by Favre in 2007.
  • It marked Rodgers’ third straight game with a 140-plus passer rating. He joins Rams QB Kurt Warner (1999) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish that feat in a single season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Rodgers set franchise records for the most passing yards (2,869) and the most passing TDs (28) in the first nine games of the season.
  • With his 80-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, WR Randall Cobb became the first rookie in franchise history to register a punt return for a TD and a kickoff return for a TD (108-yard kickoff return vs. New Orleans in Week 1) in the same season.
  • Cobb is just the fourth player in team history to post a punt return for a score and a kickoff return for a score in the same season (RB Travis Williams, 1969; WR Robert Brooks, 1994; WR Roell Preston, 1998). The last Green Bay rookie to return a punt for a TD was CB Terrell Buckley vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 20, 1992.
  • With his two sacks tonight, LB Clay Matthews moved into a tie for the No. 2 spot in franchise history for the most sacks by a Green Bay player in his first three seasons in the NFL. Matthews now has 28.5 career sacks, which matches the total posted by LB Tim Harris. He now trails only LB Tony Bennett (29.5).
  • WR Jordy Nelson caught two TD passes, a single-game career high. With his 63 yards receiving tonight, Nelson now has a career-high 633 receiving yards on the season. That tops his previous career best of 582 yards in 2010.

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:

(on his thoughts on the game) “This game was a significant victory for us. That was our goal all week. It’s a big division game, as always, a chance to sweep the Vikings this year, stay in command, stay in control of our division. But as a football team, we needed a significant win. We talked on Saturday morning at the team meeting about last year’s 10 victories, five of them were significant wins. I felt that we accomplished that tonight. I was proud of how we played. I do have to take notice here of the fans. I thought the fans were incredible. It was an incredible night. The tribute to the veterans was outstanding. It was a great night at Lambeau Field and we performed at a high level.”

(on this being the most complete game of the season for the Packers) “When you say complete game, it’s the best game because of the margin of victory. At the end of the day, it’s about points. We’ll look at the tape and I am sure there will be some things we’re going to correct and learn from. When all three phases win the way that we did tonight, you have a chance for that type of outcome. That’s what we were focused on. That’s what we were striving for. Monday night football is a great opportunity, it’s a great stage to play on, but it really shifts you into gear quickly. We have a midnight rule with our football team so we are moving onto Tampa Bay. It was great to get another victory in our division, but it’s a challenging part of our schedule with these next two games coming up so fast.”

(on the defense’s performance) “Well, defensively, we really don’t follow the statistics as much as you do. We felt that our big plays were definitely out there. There were some key situations that we needed to improve on and the first one was third downs. I thought we tackled well tonight. I thought they flew around. We got our hands on the ball. We hit the quarterback and we had negative runs. We have playmakers on our defense. As a group, I thought they played with great intensity and kept them to seven points on the board.”

(on if his team can improve) “We’ll work at it. We won one game tonight. This is something to build off. We talked a lot as a team about stacking success. It’s important to have the vision to strive for the type of performance that you want to hit week in and week out. Well, tonight we got a pretty good picture of what we were trying to hit and I was very, very proud of the way we responded. Practices have been a little chippy, competitive here of late and it was good to see it carry over to the field.”

PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER RANDALL COBB:

(on being first Packers rookie to have a return punt and kickoff for a touchdown) “Coach McCarthy actually just told us some of our achievements for the first time ever this season. That’s great and I think that honors our special teams and how much we’ve been putting in this offseason and going into this year.”

(on giving the team a 7-0 lead with his punt return for a touchdown) “It was a great feeling. Coming into the game, I knew we were going to have an opportunity for a big return and I was just trying to go out there and make it happen.”

PACKERS LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS:

(on the defense’s performance) “I think we’ve known we can play at this level. It’s just a matter of getting it done. We have the same players and same coaching staff and defensive scheme. It’s just a matter of putting it all together, and that’s what we did tonight. It feels good to play the way in which we’re capable of.

(on his two sacks) “Of course it feels good, but it obviously feels better when you can get the win, as well. Here we are, 9-0, and being able to get after the quarterback a little bit, but it always feels good to get those big plays and momentum-swingers for your team.”

(on if he found the sacks redeeming) “It feels good to get sacks. That’s obviously what the media and fans want to see, and what they base your production on, but tonight was no different than any other night for me. Just the fact is I was able to get home. Putting pressure on the quarterback each and every week, and if he holds onto the ball, so be it, but if he doesn’t he’s still going to take a shot. It’s good anytime you get sacks, it’s momentum-changing and it’s great for your offense and defense to feed off of.”

PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER JORDY NELSON:

(on the team’s offensive success against Minnesota) “We feel comfortable in what we’re doing. We feel confident, there’s no doubt about that. If you ask anyone in this locker room, if we do what we’re supposed to do, especially offensively if we don’t turn the ball over, we feel like we’re going to put points on the board. If we don’t hurt ourselves, we feel like we can win every game.”

(on Aaron Rodgers’ performance) “We’re playing with the best quarterback in the game right now. It’s an honor and a privilege, and we’re enjoying every minute of it right now. Hopefully he thinks the same thing about his receiving corps. He’s just being smart with the ball. He’s not taking chances. Hopefully, we’re making it somewhat easy for him, getting open and getting separation, and he’s fitting it into tight windows and causing problems. He keeps doing his job, we’ll keep doing ours and we’ll keep moving forward.”

PACKERS DEFENSIVE END RYAN PICKETT:

(on defense stepping up) “I wish they all could be like this. We didn’t have to make any last-minute stands like last week, so it felt good to play a complete game. It just shows what this team is capable of. If we can do this, we can get the complete game every week and we’ll be tough to beat.”

(on if the defense changed its scheme tonight) “No change in scheme, just pretty much attitude. We knew we hadn’t been playing up to our level and finally the guys just got together and said, ‘Hey, this is the week we have to start a new season for our defense now.’ It’s unacceptable. We don’t want to be the cause of this team not being great. Like Charles (Woodson) said, we have been a liability to this group.”

PACKERS QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS:

(on if this was the most complete game they’ve played) “Probably not offensively, no. We had way too many negative yardage plays and I think we left some yards out there on the field. But they have a good defense. They did some good things tonight, kind of slowed us down there a little bit there in the first half. We’ve got to be a little bit better converting those third downs there early on.”

(on the defense bouncing back) “I think they’re excited about that. They’ve definitely been taking some heat in the media,  but it’s nice to see Clay (Matthews) get a couple sacks and they gave up seven points but it was a short field after the fumble. I think they’re very happy. You’ve got to give Dom Capers a lot of credit.”

(on Jordy Nelson being good when the play breaks down) “He’s the best second reaction guy. He’s got a great feel for where to go, where to get open in relation to where I’m at on the field and what I’m doing. I have a lot of confidence in him. When the ball is in the air I have the confidence he’s going to come down with it, so (it was) fun to get him involved there in the third quarter and (he had) two big touchdowns.”

(on being on pace to break the single-season TD pass record) “Yeah, not really thinking about that to be honest. We’re thinking about winning our division and getting a home playoff game and all that will take care of itself. I just want to be efficient and consistent and get us in good situations. If we’re doing that and I’m not turning the ball over we’re going to be in every game.”

(on if they think about a perfect season) “We try to go 1-0 every week. I know I said that last week. We’ve got nine of them right now banked and we’re going to try to get 10 this Sunday.”

PACKERS CORNERBACK CHARLES WOODSON:

(on the defense bouncing back against Minnesota) “I think tonight we set the standard for the rest of the year. We showed ourselves how well we can play. We just have to keep it up and stay focused on doing the little things right, and going out there and playing good football every week.”

MINNESOTA VIKINGS HEAD COACH LESLIE FRAZIER:

(on the loss) “It just was not a very good performance on our part. We have to congratulate Green Bay. They showed why they are defending champions. They played a heck of a football game, and we just didn’t play well in any phase. We need to do a better job across the board.

(on penalties) “We have to make sure that we are concentrating in situations. To have the number of key penalties that we had against a good football team is hard to overcome. It is hard enough to have success, but self-inflicted wounds make it a lot tougher.”

(on if he was surprised his team didn’t play better after a bye week) “I thought we would come out and do a little bit better in that first half than we did. It was still a competitive game at the half, but obviously what they did in the second half shows the gap between our team and their team.”

(on QB Christian Ponder) “I think he faced a defense that stepped up and played very, very well. They put a lot of pressure on our running game and passing game, and they exposed some scenarios where we have to keep working to improve.”

VIKINGS CORNERBACK ASHER ALLEN:

(on losing 45-7 to the Packers) “They’re a team that doesn’t really make that many mistakes and they capitalize on mistakes. Whenever you have a team like that, playing that well in all three phases, it’ll be a tough team to beat. But I think we’ll look at the film and see that we really shot ourselves in the foot early. Just coming back from that we had some opportunities but just didn’t capitalize.”

(on whether or not it’s frustrating playing against Aaron Rodgers) “It is a little bit, but it makes you a better player. When you play other teams you realize they might not be as good as him. It makes you a better player, tells you what you need to sharpen up on and next time we play them hopefully we give them a better fight and come out with a win.”

VIKINGS DEFENSIVE END JARED ALLEN:

(on his feelings after the loss) “Just disgusted. I mean 45-7, are you kidding me? I haven’t lost this bad since I don’t know when. I don’t know. We’ve got some issues we’ve got to get cleaned up. We’ve got to play better. They throttled us out there today.”

(on whether or not the Packers are as good as the final score indicated) “Are they that good? Are we that bad? I don’t know. Obviously we played with them at home. They were firing on all cylinders, so I guess the answer is yeah, they’re that good.”

(on whether or not Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can be stopped) “Anybody can be stopped. We were hitting him. It comes back to guys doing their job. We’ve got to cover guys. We’ve got to get to him. We’ve got to capitalize on third and long. I don’t think we got off the field on third down to save our lives today. He’s in the zone right now. He’s a heck of a player, so hats off to them. I hope they win it all now.”

(on Rodgers’ passer rating of 140.3) “I don’t even know what passer rating means. I don’t know how to calculate that. It sounds like a high number, though. The dude killed it, what do you want me to say. I think we sacked him three or four times and that still wasn’t enough. We’ll go back to the drawing board I guess.”

(on the state of the Vikings’ defense) “All I can worry about is what I do and what our (defensive) line does. I know I’m going to go out there and give it my all every snap. I know the guy to the right and left of me are going to go out there and give it their all every snap. And I trust that every single one of these guys are going to go out and play as hard as they can. That’s on the coaches to evaluate and figure out what it is. As players, as professionals, that’s unacceptable. I’ll be in tomorrow watching film and trying to get this thing corrected.”


VIKINGS RUNNING BACK ADRIAN PETERSON:

(on the loss) “It was embarrassing. I felt like we had a good week of preparation. We kind of dug ourselves in a hole that first half and weren’t able to scratch back out in the second half.”

(on whether or not the Packers are as good as the final score indicated) “They’re good. They’re 9-0 now for a reason, but I feel like the first half we really put ourselves behind the eight ball. There were a couple conversions that could have kept the drive alive, but we weren’t able to do that. In the second half the momentum kind of turned a little bit on the muffed punt, but their guys came back on offense and were able to create a drive and put seven more points on the board.”

(on if he was surprised by the Packers’ strong defensive performance) “Not really. We’ve been playing these guys for a long time and normally their defense all around is good. I don’t feel like we did a good job offensively. Not taking anything away from their guys, they made great plays, but I felt like we had some opportunities to make some plays to keep drives alive and we just didn’t execute.”

VIKINGS QUARTERBACK CHRISTIAN PONDER:

(on Green Bay) “They are 9-0 for a reason. It is tough to beat a team like that from the get go, but it is hard to beat yourself and them at the same time. We made a lot of mistakes tonight; I made a lot of mistakes tonight. We had a great game plan, but we didn’t execute very well.”

(on getting blown out tonight versus almost beating Green Bay three weeks ago) “Any loss is tough, but when you go out and lose like this, it is tough. We can’t forget that we were neck and neck with them two games ago. We know that we are a lot better team than this and we didn’t play that way tonight.”

(on Green Bay’s defense) “They brought a lot of pressure tonight. They really didn’t do anything different. They did exactly what we thought they were going to do. I have to do a better job at avoiding pressure.”


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