Packers-Raiders post-game notes & quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 11, 2011 – 9:05 pm

PACKERS TOP RAIDERS TO IMPROVE TO 13-0

  • The Packers beat the Raiders, 46-16, today at Lambeau Field to improve to 13-0 on the season. Green Bay becomes only the eighth team in NFL history to start a season with 13 consecutive wins and the second defending Super Bowl champion (1998 Denver Broncos) to start the season 13-0.
  • With their 13th victory, the Packers tied the franchise record for most wins in the regular season (1962, 1996, 1997, 2007).
  • Including playoffs, Green Bay has won 19 straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind the 2003-04 New England Patriots (21 games).
  • Today’s victory was Green Bay’s 11th straight at Lambeau Field and the 17th victory in its last 18 contests at home.
  • The 11-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. It is tied for the fifth-longest home winning streak in team history.
  • This marks Green Bay’s first 6-0 start at home since 2002.
  • The Packers have set a franchise record with 466 points, topping the previous record of 461 points in 2009.
  • With five touchdowns as a team today, the Packers have now scored 57 TDs this season, a franchise record. It tops the previous mark of 56 touchdowns in 1996.
  • The Packers joined the 1971 Dallas Cowboys as the only teams since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to post five games with at least 42 points in a season.
  • For the fifth time this season, the Packers scored at least 24 points in the first half (31 today), a franchise record. It bests the mark of four games with 24-plus points in the first half in 1983.
  • The Packers have scored 24-plus points in every game this season. That streak of 13 games extends the longest single-season streak in franchise annals, topping the record of eight consecutive games in 1963.
  • Green Bay has had a franchise-record 19 different players score touchdowns this season. The previous mark was 18 different players in 2008.

OTHER POST-GAME NOTES:

  • Today’s paid attendance was 70,527. It was the 299th consecutive sellout (283 regular season, 16 playoffs) at Lambeau Field.
  • Head Coach Mike McCarthy coached his 100th career game with the Packers (including playoffs).
  • With two TD passes today, QB Aaron Rodgers now has 39 TD passes for the season, which ties the franchise record set by Brett Favre in 1996.
  • Rodgers became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw two-plus TD passes in each of the first 13 games of the season, joining Colts QB Peyton Manning (first 13 games in 2004).
  • With his two TD passes today, Rodgers extended his single-season franchise record to 13 straight games with at least two TD passes. That bests the previous mark of eight straight games by Favre in 1994.
  • By reaching the 4,000-yard passing mark in the 13th game this season, Rodgers became the fastest to 4,000 yards passing in franchise history. The previous best was 15 games (several times). He is also tied for the second fastest to 4,000 passing yards in NFL history behind only Saints QB Drew Brees (12 games in 2011).
  • Rodgers has now posted three 4,000-yard seasons (2008, 2009, 2011) in his career as he joins Favre (five times) as the only quarterbacks in team history to have three or more 4,000-yard seasons.
  • CB Charles Woodson’s second-quarter interception was his seventh of the season. It is his fourth seven-plus INT season in a Green Bay uniform as he joins Bobby Dillon as the only players in team history to accomplish that feat.
  • WR Jordy Nelson’s 37-yard TD catch in the second quarter was his 10th of the season as he became the 11th player in franchise history to catch 10-plus TD passes in a season.
  • RB Ryan Grant’s 47-yard TD run in the first quarter was his longest run since a 56-yard TD run vs. Seattle on Dec. 27, 2009. It was also his first TD of the season and the Packers’ longest run of the season.
  • Grant added a second rushing TD in the second quarter (6 yards) to match his regular-season career high (three other times).
  • LB D.J. Smith posted his first career interception in the first quarter.
  • TE Ryan Taylor’s 4-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his first career TD reception and also the first catch of his career.
  • LB Erik Walden scored his first career TD in the third quarter on a 5-yard fumble return.

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on being one win away from securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs) “We were just talking about that outside before I came in here. It’s all about Kansas City. This is the target. This is the next mile marker. Our goal is home-field advantage all the way through, make sure we’re playing playoff games at Lambeau Field. I know that’s where my mind is at. I don’t think the players are quite there yet. We have a midnight rule and I’m sure they’ll enjoy this until midnight. Hopefully only until midnight. But it’s about the Chiefs. And to get to 14-0, we’ll be able to accomplish our goal of home-field advantage.”

(on if Ryan Grant looked like his old self today) “Definitely. Ryan set the tempo with the long run there early. We would have liked to run Ryan there a little bit more, but got conservative once Brandon went down. Just the fact of only having three running backs going into the game, and then being down to two. Ryan potentially could have had a very big game if he was just given more opportunities with attempts. But I just thought it was smart to play more of a controlled game with John Kuhn.”

(on if he is concerned about the number of hits Aaron Rodgers is taking) “It’s football. To think that quarterbacks are going to go through the game and not get hit, it’s not realistic. But yes. We played some different combinations of offensive linemen and that’s a little bit of a challenge. When you have a chance to play five guys at the same time and have that cohesiveness, it definitely factors. But we’ll look at it and grade it, that’s the way we play. We don’t play scared.”

PACKERS TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY:
(on how Greg Jennings’ injury could affect the offense) “To tell you the truth, I don’t think things would change because we have weapons. We’re going to keep the offense going the same. The game plan is going to be the same and we just have to keep this thing going, and get behind A-Rod, and get this playoff thing going.”

(on how much the team thinks about injuries at this point) “Not at all. We on the offensive-side have been pretty blessed to stay injury free. We have this freak injury tonight, but at the same time, we have some weapons over here that are on the shelf that are going to get off now and are going to have to make plays.”

PACKERS G T.J. LANG:
(on being 13-0) “We’re pretty happy with it. The great thing about this team is how we approach every game week-by-week and preparing the right way in the classroom and out on the field, and in practice. Now we’re looking forward to the Kansas City Chiefs, we’re not looking past them. We’re going to make sure we’re doing the same things we have been doing all year and preparing that way, and taking it week-by-week.”

(on the team’s offensive accolades this season) “During the season, I don’t think that’s something you really notice or take to heart, but that’s something looking back that’s going to be special to be a part of. We showed today that with the rushing game and the way we’re throwing the ball how dangerous we can be offensively. The defense, they were coming off a tough performance in New York and they played awesome today, five turnovers, so they set us up with a lot of nice field position. It was just a great overall team win for us.”

(on how this team would respond if Jennings is indeed sidelined) “That’s part of the adversity that we seem to always overcome. The next guy up, as we always say. If someone goes down, the next guy has to step up and fill that role just like the starter was – make sure we don’t have to change any plays. The great thing about this team is even the backups, everybody prepares the same way as they’re you’re going to play 60 or 70 snaps a game. If it happens to be where Greg is missing some time, I think we have enough tools out there with our receiver group to fill in and keep this thing going.”

PACKERS LB CLAY MATTHEWS:
(on how the backup linebackers have stepped up) “It’s really a testament to this defense and the players we have, and this coaching staff, and everybody in this organization. If one person goes down, one person is ready to step up and that’s exactly what they’ve done these last two weeks, and have filled in seamlessly.”

(on it being almost a year since the Packers have lost a football game) “We’re excited about it. Obviously, there’s no other team that’s 13-0 right now and on the precipices of doing something great, but there’s still a lot left that we need to accomplish. If you really want to look into it, the regular season doesn’t mean a whole lot if you lose in the playoffs. We’re setting ourselves up nicely. We’re that much closer with the San Francisco loss to clinching that No. 1 seed, so we’ll keep moving forward and hopefully get another win next week, and move forward toward our ultimate goal.”

(on if it’s a goal to go undefeated) “We’d like to win the Super Bowl around here and if that means winning every game, so be it, but we’re going to try our best and take the field to win games around here. We were able to do it tonight and hopefully we’ll be able to do it in weeks to come, but at the same time you have to be smart with your team if you have your goals locked up. We’re that much closer to having everything that we can as far as goals attainable in this regular season.”

PACKERS QB AARON RODGERS:
(on controlling the game against a team that had so much to play for) “We played good on offense and our defense did an excellent job of getting us the ball back. Special teams did a nice job. Just a total team win, I think.”

(on how he feels physically after this game) “I feel good. I’m sure tomorrow I’ll be a little sore and Tuesday as well, but nothing that I’m worried about.”

(on having 19 different players that have scored a touchdown this season) “That’s a lot of guys. It was fun to get ‘RT,’ Ryan Taylor, into the end zone tonight. I think he’s a guy who deserves more opportunities. He’s done an incredible job on the “look” team. At practice he hasn’t had a whole lot of opportunities with our first-team offense, but he’s done a great job contributing on special teams and it’s about time he got some reps on offense. (It was) fun to see him score. Erik Walden, very opportunistic there with that fumble recovery. We’ve got a lot of talented guys who can make plays with the ball in their hands and it’s been fun to see so many guys score.”

(on getting RB Ryan Grant going) “It was great. I wish we could’ve got him a few more carries. I think with Brandon Saine going down we were a little bit worried because [James] Starks has been out. But the touchdown run on the first drive was vintage Ryan Grant. It was fun to see him get out in the open field and show he’s still got that speed, and I think he ran the ball well tonight. John Kuhn as well, averaged over 4 ½ yards, so it was good to get those guys going, have 100 yards-plus rushing and not to be the leading rusher.”

PACKERS CB CHARLES WOODSON:
(on playing his former team) “Oakland is just another team in the way. For me, it’s not about me and having played in Oakland, it’s about the Green Bay Packers and what we’re trying to do. We’re focused on this team moving forward.”

(on the defense leading the NFL in interceptions) “We’re going to continue to try to go up. Especially secondary-wise, we expect to get our hands on the ball. We’ve watched enough film to understand what teams are trying to do and played enough football as a group to know where we’re supposed to be, and we feel like we should make plays on the ball and when we do, come up with it. We expect to have many more.”

(on the impact of the defense’s backup players) “They’re doing what we’re expecting them to do. Everybody here is a professional and you’re expected to know what you’re supposed to do, and make plays once you’re in the game, so no matter who is in the game when it’s your time and your name is called, we expect you to go in and play well and a lot of guys have done that on this team.”

OAKLAND RAIDERS HEAD COACH HUE JACKSON:
(on the loss) “Obviously we didn’t play very well on either side of the ball or onspecial teams, and when you play against the best team in football, that is what is going to happen. You can’t turn the ball over five times, commit 11 penalties and think you have a chance to win a game.”

(on what he expected today) “I thought we would be able to run the ball better than what we did. I thought that we would be more consistent on offense and I thought we would be able to get more pressure on the quarterback. At the end of the day, it isn’t a good day for the Raiders, but we aren’t backing down from the opportunities that we have left.”

(on Carson Palmer) “I am disappointed in the four picks. I think you have someone who is pressing and trying to make plays for a football team, and that isn’t what he needs to do. He has to take care of the ball. I thought there were times that we made some ill-advised throws. He has to do a better job of taking care of the ball and he knows that.”

(on how the Packers are playing) “I think they are great; they are the best team in football. They are 13-0. They earned it today. They beat us as well as anyone has beaten us all year. The quarterback is a really good player. I know that people talk about their defense, but they did just what they have been doing, taking the ball away from offensive football teams. Mike (McCarthy) does a great job and I think they have another shot at this thing.”

RAIDERS RB MICHAEL BUSH:
(on the loss) “It’s hard getting anything going on offense when you’re making progress and then you get some penalties to hurt us. Turnovers don’t help either, but just like last week we just came out and got beat.”

(on how falling behind early hurt the running game) “It’s hard when you get down so fast like that. Our whole main thing was to keep their offense off the field, but we just had too many three-and-outs and put ourselves in the hole real fast and it just went from there.”

(on being in a playoff race with Denver) “We really can’t worry about what they’re doing. We know we’ve got three games left and we know we have to basically win out. We just have to keep fighting.”

RAIDERS P SHANE LECHLER:
(on the Packers) “They’re good across the board. They make a lot of plays. Everybody knows it. This streak wouldn’t be alive if they weren’t firing on all cylinders. Aaron (Rodgers) is playing good and their defense seems to make big plays when they need to.”

(on failing to convert on the fake punt attempt) “We’ve always got them in our game plan. It was there, too. I just missed the throw. If I don’t miss the throw it’s a first down, easy. It was there. I haven’t missed that pass since I don’t know how long. Just a bad throw.”

RAIDERS QB CARSON PALMER:
(on his performance) “I did not play well. I put us in a position not to win, turning the ball over like I did and giving them a short field and not taking advantage of opportunities. That is what cost us this game.”

(on Green Bay’s defense) “They outplayed us for sure. They are a very opportunistic defense, they go after a lot of balls. They create a lot of pressure, and they are really built around their offense. Their offense is designed to score a lot of points and their defense is designed to make turnovers just like they did today. I did not play well enough to give us a chance to win.”

RAIDERS DT RICHARD SEYMOUR:
(on the loss) “Give the Packers a lot of credit. They played well and when it rains it pours. I just never thought we executed like we should have. We couldn’t get off the field on third down. They kept drives alive. We had too many penalties. We just played bad football, no excuses about it. It’s one thing when you feel like you play well and you were in the game, but it’s disappointing when I don’t even feel like we played well collectively.”

(on the Packers) “It’s a good football team, but it’s hard to judge it when you don’t play well. We don’t take anything away from them, but we didn’t execute today. We’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror, but we give Green Bay a lot of credit. They’re well-coached and they made the plays they needed to make, and we were just the opposite.”

(on being in a playoff race) “We’ve got to win a football game first. It doesn’t matter what Denver or anybody else does. If we don’t execute and play better than what we’re playing, then don’t even think about the playoffs. That’s just bad football, period, and I’m a part of it.”

(on the rest of the season) “You just try to take it one week at a time and each game is its own individual game. Obviously I wish we played better but I think for us, we’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and figure out what we need to do. Let the coaches coach and the players play.”


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