Packers-Buccaneers post-game notes & quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 20, 2011 – 6:26 pm

PACKERS TOP BUCCANEERS TO IMPROVE TO 10-0

  • The Packers beat the Buccaneers, 35-26, today at Lambeau Field to improve to 10-0 on the season. Green Bay is off to just its third 10-0 start in franchise history (1929, 1962).
  • The Packers’ streak of 12 consecutive regular-season wins sets a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 11 games in both 1928-29 and 1961-62.
  • Including playoffs, Green Bay has won 16 straight games, further extending its franchise record (12 games, 1961-62).
  • Today’s victory was Green Bay’s 10th straight at Lambeau Field and the 16th victory in its last 17 contests at home.
  • The 10-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 5-0 start at home since 2002.
  • With 35 points today, the Packers have now scored 24-plus points in every game this season. That streak of 10 games extends the longest single-season streak in franchise annals, topping the record of eight consecutive games in 1963.
  • The Packers’ 355 points are the most in franchise history through 10 games, topping the previous mark of 309 points in both 1961 and 1962.
  • Green Bay travels to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day game this Thursday at 11:30 a.m. CST.


OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:

  • Today’s paid attendance was 70,498. It was the 298th consecutive sellout (282 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
  • With his three TD passes today, QB Aaron Rodgers extended his single-season franchise record to 10 straight games with at least two TD passes. That bests the previous mark of eight straight games by QB Brett Favre in 1994.
  • Rodgers further extended his NFL single-season record with his 10th straight 110-plus passer rating game.
  • Rodgers moved into a tie for the No. 2 spot with Patriots QB Tom Brady (2007) for the most 110-plus passer rating games in a season with 10. He now trails only 49ers QB Steve Young (11 in 1994) in league annals.
  • Rodgers set an NFL single-season record with his 10th consecutive 100-plus passer rating game, topping Colts QB Peyton Manning’s mark of nine straight games in 2004.
  • Rodgers set franchise records for the most passing yards (3,168) and the most passing TDs (31) in the first 10 games of the season.
  • With his 41-yard catch in the third quarter, WR Donald Driver became just the second player in franchise annals to register 10,000 yards from scrimmage. He joins RB Ahman Green (11,048) and now has 10,065 yards from scrimmage in his career.
  • NT B.J. Raji scored his first career offensive touchdown with a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter.
  • CB Tramon Williams posted a regular-season career-high two interceptions. He registered an interception in his third straight game, the second time in his career he has accomplished that feat (Weeks 4-6, 2008).
  • With his 55-yard punt return, WR Randall Cobb became the first Packer to register a punt return of 55 yards or more in back-to-back games since Billy Grimes in 1950.
  • With a sack today, CB Charles Woodson became the first Green Bay defensive back (since 1982) to register two-plus sacks in four straight seasons.
  • WR Jordy Nelson matched his career-high with two TD catches and recorded his third 100-yard receiving game in the last five contests.
  • RB James Starks posted career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (53).
  • TE Tom Crabtree posted the first regular-season receiving TD of his career with a 5-yard TD grab in the second quarter.


GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:

(on how James Starks played) “James had a nice game for his opportunities. We’d like to give him some more opportunities. We had some things in run and pass at the line. They were challenging the box and played us very aggressive on the perimeter. So there were some opportunities that he would normally have that he did not have. James is having a good year and I thought he was playing well up to the injury.”

(on Jordy Nelson’s last touchdown) “Well, third down, it was a reflection of how they were playing us and we really just followed the script. It’s really the way we planned. There were a couple calls that come off of that that were called earlier. It’s just the trust that you have in your quarterback and the belief that you have in your receivers to win the one-on-one. Good protection, we got the man coverage we were anticipating. Jordy ran an excellent route and we were able to convert it. It was a big play. Probably the biggest play in the game for us.”

(on Tramon Williams getting back to health after being hurt previously in the season) “I agree with that. I think Tramon is definitely getting back to himself. He went through a four or five week period where he was in a lot of pain. He had a big day today with the interceptions. He’s such a gifted athlete with the ability to get up and get the football. So, I thought Tramon played well.”

(on trusting B.J. Raji with a handoff near the goal line) “He’s low to the ground; I wouldn’t want to tackle him. That’s really the design of the play. But B.J. is an excellent athlete, he has great feet. It’s something we have been practicing since training camp so I was actually just glad to get it finally called. I’ve never seen him so much standing next to me when we get inside the 5-yard line. It’s the right call for that play and we’ve practiced it a lot. He deserves that opportunity. We don’t just give those opportunities. He has a unique skill set that fits that particular play.”


PACKERS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MIKE NEAL:
(on his first game back after knee surgery) “It’s been a while, so it definitely felt good to get out there, get a couple plays in and just some of knock the rust off, and see what I had in me.”

(on how he handled his first game back) “They told me beforehand just to be smart. You can’t come in, play 100 snaps and think you can go full speed – it just don’t happen if you haven’t played in a while. I felt good out there.”


PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER JORDY NELSON:
(on his two-touchdown performance) “I’m just doing my job like everyone else. The first touchdown, there were multiple people who had a huge key in that. Greg (Jennings) had a great block, the offensive line was doing their job and Aaron put the ball out there. Second one, we took a shot late in the game, a little double move, and Aaron put it out there. We just had to make plays at the end and throughout the game to win it, and we did.”

(on how defense’s are trying to matchup with the Packers’ receivers) “We see a little bit of everything. I think teams are trying to figure out what to do because we have so many different threats, especially with Aaron back there and the core of receivers, and tight ends, and Starks had five or six catches tonight, so we’ve seen about every defense possible. We just keep adjusting and take what they give us.”

(on his breakthrough season) “I’m just trying to go out and do my job. I have an assignment on every play, run or pass, and I try to do it to the best of my ability to get open and give Aaron a target, so if he comes my way, I’ll be able to make the play.”

(on building a chemistry with Aaron Rodgers) “It’s growing and it continues to grow. It’s obviously been a process. A lot of people believe getting in here the hard part is learning the playbook – playbook is the easy thing. It’s being on the same page with your quarterback. There are so many different things he wants within a route versus certain coverages and you have to learn. We’re going to continue to grow.”


PACKERS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN RYAN PICKETT:
(on key to improving the defense’s consistency) “Like (Blount’s) 50- or 60-yard run, we just have to make tackles. When the opportunity is there, we have to make the play. That’s the bottom line. We can’t give up the big plays like that. Once we eliminate that from our total defense, we’ll be fine. We just have six more games to get that right, so we feel good about our chances.”

(on being 10-0) “You know what I’ve never been 10-0 in this league. It feels good to be at 10 wins, but we have a lot more improvement to make. To say that and say we’re sitting at 10 wins, that’s awesome.”


PACKERS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN B.J. RAJI:
(on Tramon Williams) “He’s a special player, in my opinion. Since I’ve been here, he’s been kind of under the radar, but us here with the Packers, we know how special he is and I think he displayed that today.”

(on his rushing touchdown) “It was pretty special for me. It was my first one of my career, NFL or not. It was pretty special to do it in front of a home crowd like that. It felt good.”

PACKERS QB AARON RODGERS:
(on overcoming the 4th quarter adversity) “I was pretty upset about the throw (on the interception) before that and I knew we had to get a score there and get it back up to a two-possession (lead).”

(on his individual performance) “I’m just frustrated. I didn’t throw the ball very well. I’m not trying to be ridiculously humble right now. I’m just frustrated the ball wasn’t coming off the way I wanted it to today. I missed some guys I shouldn’t. I had Greg (Jennings) open a couple times and missed him, missed Jordy (Nelson) on a crossing pattern in the third quarter. It’s a game where it’s an unusual scheme we’re playing against. They were playing a lot more man than we usually see. There are some throws, some tighter windows than you usually get maybe and some throws I usually hit that I didn’t hit today. So, that’s frustrating but it’s nice we came up with a big drive there at the end and put them away.”

(on how high the standards are for this offense considering they’re disappointed after scoring 35 points and winning) “I’m not going to speak for anybody else but personally I just didn’t play my best game, so I’ve got to look at myself first. I’ve got to play better and it probably won’t be as close.”

(on if a close win like this is good for the team) “We haven’t really had to make a drive like that where the game gets tight there – we’re up by two and a touchdown could put them away – and it was nice to be able to get that touchdown.”

(on Donald Driver’s performance) “I think Donald just had more opportunities today. He does a good job in one-on-one coverage. He’s very shifty. I would have liked to hit him there on the goal line when he got held, but Donald made some big plays for us, came down with some nice catches and showed he still has a lot left in the tank.”

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS HEAD COACH RAHEEM MORRIS:
(on the loss) “Tough game. The Green Bay Packers are a good football team. We came here to win, make no mistakes about it, but we didn’t and we’re very disappointed about it.”

(on the team’s overall performance) “I felt great about the whole game to be honest. They were competing. Those third downs were competitive third downs. They had some guys make some plays. They had some guys that were able to draw some pass interference penalties. Our guys did a nice job competing. I don’t think there was a touchdown today that was uncompetitive other than one where we kind of lost coverage in the opening or second drive. We came out and we played the way we wanted to play. We played aggressive. We played hard and we tried to get a win. We tried to steal one from the champs.”

“We played hard, we played fast, we played smart and we played physical. When you lose like that, I can go home and get ready to go play next week.”

(on why he decided to attempt the onside kick in the fourth quarter) “To get it and win. We’re not going to apologize for being aggressive. When you play the Green Bay Packers you’ve got to play aggressive, you’ve got to go out, make plays and you’ve got to steal possessions. Their offense is potent. You’ve got to get out there and give yourself a chance to win. That was the game plan of the day: be aggressive and steal possessions. We got an opportunity. The ball bounced around, squirted out. We had an (opportunity) and missed it.”

(on the performance of the team’s secondary) “We asked those guys to go out there and play man-to-man against the Green Bay Packers, versus (Greg) Jennings, versus Jordy Nelson, versus James Jones, versus Jermichael Finley, versus some really good wide outs. You’re going to have up and down moments. The object was to go out there and get the ball back when we could – to stop the Green Bay Packers when we could.”

(on running back LeGarrette Blount) “He ran with passion. He ran for his teammates. He did a nice job jumping in and playing a little bit extra today. He ran hard, he ran tough, he ran physical, he ran strong, he ran powerful and he ran smart on a couple runs today. I was proud of his effort.”

(on the offensive performance) “They did a nice job. When you go play the Green Bay Packers you’ve got to ask those guys to compete and score and keep you in the game and they did a nice job of keeping us in the game.”


BUCCANEERS QUARTERBACK JOSH FREEMAN:
(on the team’s overall performance) “I thought everyone went out there and gave it all they had. I guess we just weren’t sharp enough, didn’t make enough big plays and didn’t score enough points.”

(on the offensive performance) “I felt like we moved it around well, but when you’re playing a team like the Packers, they were driving and getting touchdowns early on and we were only getting field goals. We got it rolling, but at the same time we didn’t do enough.”

(on Kellen Winslow’s dropped pass on the two-point conversion) “That kind of thing happens, and once it happens you just have to move on. Rather than being tied you’re down two points, you just have to look at the game in that light from then on. There’s really not a whole lot to be said about it.”

(on the week of preparation leading up to the game) “We put on the pads, upped the intensity and had everybody going after it and competing. It was almost like a training camp type of feel on the offense. It was a great structured week of practice. Guys got after it and I think it showed today.”

BUCCANEERS DEFENSIVE TACKLE ALBERT HAYNESWORTH:
(on the loss) “We made too many mistakes. There are no moral victories. This team is good; they have a lot of talent. We are a physical, gifted team. We just have to put it all together.”


BUCCANEERS CORNERBACK ELBERT MACK:
(on his fourth quarter interception) “I was just playing within the defense. He (Rodgers) threw me one and I got to make a play on it. It gave our offense another chance to put some more points on the board.”

(on the play of Tampa Bay’s secondary) “We competed; you can go back and watch the film. We competed each and every down. A couple of balls just didn’t go our way.”

(on the defensive penalties) “They were play hard penalties. Offsides, facemasks, and pass interference are play hard penalties. You just have to live with them.”


BUCCANEERS WIDE RECEIVER MIKE WILLIAMS:
(on Green Bay’s defensive approach) “We knew we were going against man (coverage), so we had to go out there and beat man-to-man. We didn’t really pick certain matchups. We had to beat man and we did today.”

(on if Tampa Bay’s offense was in a good rhythm today) “You can’t say you are in a rhythm when you get a loss. We have to get a win. We needed to do a little bit more.”

(on the fourth quarter rally) “I thought we were going to come back and win it. I just knew it. Even when we didn’t get the two-point conversion I just knew we were going to come back and win. We just happened to fall short today.”


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