Four Packers finish regular season with 50-plus catches

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 4, 2016 – 12:38 am

– The Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings, 20-13, in the regular-season finale on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay (No. 5 seed) will travel east to take on the Washington Redskins (No. 4 seed) next Sunday at FedExField at 3:40 p.m. (CST) in an NFC Wild Card contest. It will mark just the third postseason meeting between the teams and the first since an NFC Divisional game at Washington in 1972.


– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,412, the 317th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– WR James Jones finished with a team-high 102 receiving yards on four catches (25.5 avg.), giving him a career-high and team-leading 890 yards for the season. That surpassed his previous best of 817 yards receiving in 2013. Jones had three 100-yard games on the season, a career high.

– Jones finished with 50 catches on the season, his fourth straight season with 50-plus receptions.

– The Packers had four players finish the season with 50-plus catches (WR Randall Cobb-79, TE Richard Rodgers-58, Jones-50, WR Davante Adams-50), the first time a Green Bay team had done that since 2002.

– RB James Starks rushed for 24 yards, giving him a career-high 601 for the season as he surpassed his previous best of 578 yards in 2011.

– Starks (601) and RB Eddie Lacy (758) became the first Green Bay duo to both rush for 600-plus yards in the same season since Eddie Lee Ivery (636) and Jessie Clark (633) in 1985.

– TE Richard Rodgers’ TD catch in the fourth quarter was the 10th of his career. That ties him for the most by a Green Bay TE in his first two seasons since the 1970 merger (Bubba Franks, 10, 2000-01).

– Rodgers finished the season with 58 catches, becoming just the fourth TE in franchise annals to catch 55-plus passes in a season (Jermichael Finley, Paul Coffman, Jackie Harris).

– LB Julius Peppers posted a sack in the second quarter, giving him 10.5 for the season. It was his ninth season with a double-digit sack total, which ties John Randle for No. 4 in NFL history (Bruce Smith, 13; Reggie White, 12; Kevin Greene (10).

– P Tim Masthay finished the season with a net punting average of 40.25 yards, the top mark in franchise history (since 1976) as he surpassed his own record of 38.95 in 2013. He now holds the top five single-season marks in team annals (2010-13, 2015).

– K Mason Crosby forced a fumble on a fourth-quarter kickoff return, the first forced fumble of his career.

– G Josh Sitton started at LT, his first NFL start at that position.

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