Aaron Rodgers appears set to start, Jordy Nelson inactive

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 26, 2016 – 7:33 pm

Aaron RodgersThe following players will not play in Friday night’s preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
22 FB Aaron Ripkowski
42 S Morgan Burnett
47 LB Jake Ryan
48 LB Joe Thomas
57 C Jacob Flores
63 C Corey Linsley
79 G Josh Walker
83 WR Jeff Janis
85 TE Mitchell Henry
87 WR Jordy Nelson
97 DT Kenny Clark
98 DT Letroy Guion

San Francisco 49ers
1 WR Bryce Treggs
15 WR DeAndre Smelter
50 LB Nick Bellore
90 DL Glenn Dorsey
91 DL Arik Armstead

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Packers name captains for San Francisco game

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 26, 2016 – 5:00 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), DB Micah Hyde (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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Adams, Burnett, Bulaga out; Packers-49ers inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 4, 2015 – 1:54 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
17 WR Davante Adams
39 CB Demetri Goodson
42 S Morgan Burnett
47 LB Jake Ryan
65 G Lane Taylor
75 T Bryan Bulaga

Starting lineup changes: #89 James Jones will start at wide receiver for #17 Davante Adams. #67 Don Barclay will start at right tackle for #75 Bryan Bulaga. #33 Micah Hyde will start at safety for #42 Morgan Burnett.

San Francisco 49ers
18 WR DeAndrew White
22 RB Mike Davis
24 CB Shareece Wright
60 C Brandon Thomas
62 OL Ian Silberman
64 NT Mike Purcell
85 TE Vernon Davis

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Packers face 49ers for fifth time since 2012

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 4, 2015 – 12:25 pm

– The Green Bay Packers take their second road trip of the season to face the San Francisco 49ers. Including playoffs, this will be the fifth meeting between the teams since 2012.

– The Packers are 3-0 for the first time since 2011, when they started 13-0. It is the third 3-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (4-0, 2007). The Packers are one of seven NFL teams still undefeated this season.

– For the third time in the last five seasons, Green Bay has scored 95-plus points in its first three games (96 in 2013 and 2015, 99 in 2011). From 1970 to 2010, the Packers only surpassed 95 points in their first three games once (115 in 1996).

– Dating back to 2014, the Packers have won five or their last seven road games during the regular season.

– Green Bay’s 41 road wins during the regular season under McCarthy are the second most in the NFC (Philadelphia-42) and the fifth most in the league since 2006 (New England-51 / Dallas-43 / Indianapolis-43).

– Dating back to 1970, the Packers have played the 49ers (30) the second most (St. Louis, 31) among teams it has not been in a division with (including playoffs).

– Four of the last six contests between Green Bay and San Francisco have been decided by eight points or less (including playoffs).

– Since 1990, the Packers are 9-2 during the regular season in California (49ers / Raiders / Chargers / Rams), including 2-1 under McCarthy.

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 7-5 in games played the week after appearing on Monday Night Football, including wins in five of the last seven.

– This will be just the fifth time Green Bay has played a road game the week following a game on MNF since 2006. The Packers are 3-1 in the previous contests.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has started against San Francisco six times (including playoffs), completing 147 of 221 passes for 1,712 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 103.7. Rodgers’ six starts against San Francisco are tied for the most he has made against a non-division team (Seattle).

– The 49ers have won each of the last four matchups (including playoffs), but the Packers had won the previous eight against San Francisco.

– The series against San Francisco started in 1950 and is the ninth oldest for Green Bay (Arizona, 1921 / Chicago, 1921 / Detroit, 1930 / New York Giants, 1928 / Philadelphia, 1933 / Pittsburgh, 1933 / St. Louis, 1937 / Washington, 1932).


– Green Bay is looking to start 4-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the third time under McCarthy (2007, 4-0).

– Dating back to 2008, the Packers are 21-6 in the month of October, including a 10-4 mark on the road. Green Bay’s 21 wins and .778 winning percentage both rank No. 2 in the NFL over that span. The Packers have won 16 of their last 18 games played in October.

– The Packers’ offensive line has only given up three sacks in the first three games of the season (tied for sixth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first three games since 2010 (three).

– Dating back to 1982, the Packers have allowed four or fewer sacks through the team’s first four games twice (three in 2004 / one in 2003).

– Since Week 10 last season, Green Bay has allowed just 12 sacks, the second fewest in the NFL over that span (Baltimore, eight).

– Green Bay’s defense has registered a sack in 39 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.

– In the last two weeks, the Packers defense has held running backs Marshawn Lynch (41 yards on 15 carries) and Jamaal Charles (49 yards on 11 carries) to less than 50 yards rushing each.

– If the Packers score 25 or more points, it will be just the second time (dating back to 1921) that Green Bay has recorded 25-plus points in each of its first four games of the season (2011).


– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers (10) joined Peyton Manning (12 in 2013) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 10-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first three games of the season.

– In 12 of his last 16 starts in October, Rodgers has registered a passer rating of at least 100. He has posted seven 130-plus rating games over that span, including twice last season: a 138.7 rating in a 42-10 win vs. Minnesota in Week 5 and a 154.5 rating in a victory vs. Carolina in Week 7.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first four games of the season once in his career (2011, first 12 games).

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 16 of the last 19 regular-season games, including the last five. The Packers are 15-1 in those games.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 14 of the last 19 regular-season games.

– WR Randall Cobb has registered 100-plus receiving yards or a touchdown in seven consecutive games.

– Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 44.

– After recording a career-best three touchdown receptions against Kansas City, Cobb looks to register multiple TD receptions in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

– Cobb and WR James Jones have each registered four touchdown receptions so far this season. Dating back to 1960, they joined Carroll Dale (1968), Keith Jackson (1996), James Lofton (1983) and Ed West (1989) as the only Packers to record four receiving touchdowns in the team’s first three games of a season.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), Jones has registered a touchdown reception in five of the last six games. He has totaled six touchdown receptions over that span.

– If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the first time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in four consecutive games. He has recorded a touchdown reception in three consecutive games four times in his career (2011, twice in 2012, 2015).

– Cobb and Jones are the first duo in team history to both have four TD catches in the first three games of the season.


– LB Clay Matthews recorded two sacks in the win over Kansas City. It was his 13th career game with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).

– Matthews aims to register multiple sacks in back-to-back games for the fourth time in his career (2010, 2012, 2014).

– Including playoffs, Matthews has 4.5 sacks in the last three games against the 49ers.

– LB Julius Peppers is tied with DT Mike Daniels for the team lead with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has seven sacks in the last seven games.

– Over the last two games, LB Jayrone Elliott has recorded a sack, a forced fumble and an interception.

– CB Sam Shields looks to record an interception in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career.


– K Mason Crosby (274) is four field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. In Week 2, Crosby (1,065) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.

– WR Ty Montgomery is tied for No. 3 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.5). In Week 1, he recorded a kick return of 46 yards, the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.


– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Terry McAulay (77), umpire Bryan Neale (92), head linesman Derick Bowers (74), line judge Tom Stephan (68), field judge Michael Banks (72), side judge Jonah Monroe (120) and back judge Greg Steed (12).


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Bakhtiari, Matthews and Hyde selected as captains vs. 49ers

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 4, 2015 – 11:25 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and DB Micah Hyde (special teams).

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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from San Francisco

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 3, 2015 – 1:28 pm


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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-49ers game

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 2, 2015 – 10:00 am

151001-daniels-950 Kickoff: Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3:25 p.m. CT

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass. Out-of-market fans can watch the game LIVE with NFL GamePass. Start your free trial today.

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.

– FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.

– Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.

– Compass Media Networks will air the game across the country. Matt Smith (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) will call the action and Jon Rothstein will host the pre, half, and post game shows.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 715.


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Packers-49ers most-watched Wild Card game all-time

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 6, 2014 – 5:05 pm

Sunday’s Packers-49ers NFC Wild Card playoff game drew 47.1 million TV viewers, making it the most-watched Wild Card game on record, according to a press release issued by the NFL.

It topped the previous Wild Card leader — the 2011 AFC matchup between the Steelers and Broncos — by nearly 5 million viewers (42.4 million). Previously No. 2 on the list and now No. 3 was Packers-Eagles in 2010 (39.3 million).

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NFL debut a homecoming for rookie LT David Bakhtiari

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 5, 2013 – 5:13 pm

Packers LT David Bakhtiari said his family has had season tickets to San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park since he was a little kid.

LT David Bakhtiari

LT David Bakhtiari

How fitting, then, that the rookie will be making his NFL debut this Sunday at the same stadium his family has visited countless times over the years.

“I grew up in their backyard,” Bakhtiari, a native of San Mateo, Calif., in the Bay Area, said of the 49ers. “It’s almost kind of ironic. It will be cool. I’ll see how my emotions are come Sunday.”

His emotions will need to be under control in order to handle one tough assignment — San Francisco pass rusher Aldon Smith, who has 33 1/2 sacks in his first two pro seasons. With veteran Justin Smith rushing next to Aldon Smith, the 49ers have possessed one of the toughest pass-rushing combos to handle in the league.

Bakhtiari has handled everything thrown his way thus far, keeping him confident, yet he remains humble. QB Aaron Rodgers has confidence in Bakhtiari protecting his blind side and said these are the battles he should relish.

“He’s up against a Pro Bowl guy, one of the best in the business, and he’s continuing to get better. You can see it on the film,” Rodgers said of Aldon Smith. “He’s still athletic as all get-out.

“It’s a tough test, but that’s what you want. If you want to be considered an elite player at your position, like I know David does down the road — he’s a confident guy — these are the kind of matchups you want.”

It’s hard to say whether or not Bakhtiari’s parents are thrilled about their son going up against their hometown team right off the bat. Bakhtiari said his dad is going to wear Bakhtiari’s No. 69 Packers jersey with a 49ers jacket over it for the game.

Bakhtiari said the last 49ers game he remembers attending was the 2011 NFC Wild Card game between San Francisco and New Orleans, one that became a playoff classic with multiple lead changes in the waning minutes. He’s not making any predictions as to whether or not Sunday’s game will go down in history somehow.

“I want to make it a ‘W,'” he said. “That’s the biggest thing on my mind. Whether it’s memorable or not, that’s left to the eye of the beholder. I just want to go in there, play good football and hopefully our team comes out on top.”

Additional coverage – Sept. 5

Mike McCarthy, Clay Matthews talk rules on hitting option QB

Ten things: Packers-49ers storyline best of Week 1 theater

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Casey Hayward out, Micah Hyde ready if needed

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 4, 2013 – 4:49 pm

Packers CB Casey Hayward has been declared out for this week’s game against the 49ers with a hamstring injury, which he re-aggravated in his lone preseason appearance against Seattle on Aug. 23. Mike McCarthy said he has no timeline for Hayward’s injury.

CB Micah Hyde

CB Micah Hyde

That leaves the Packers essentially two options when they go to their nickel defense (three CBs) in San Francisco. Either Davon House comes in to play on the outside, with starter Tramon Williams moving over to play the slot, or rookie Micah Hyde takes the slot position, with Williams and Sam Shields remaining outside.

Hyde, a fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa, was a training camp sensation who will almost surely be tested by the 49ers if he takes the field. It’s common for offenses to attack rookie defensive backs from the get-go.

“I’m going to play the defense as well as I can, and if that’s the case, that’s the case,” Hyde said. “I’ve got to go out there and make some plays. If not, I’ve got to prepare like they’re going to do so.”

Hyde added that he’s never really gotten nervous before, other than the normal early jitters that come with any first game. He certainly never appeared nervous during the preseason, making aggressive plays all over the field. Time will tell if the regular season is any different.

“Micah will do whatever is asked,” McCarthy said. “I have a lot of confidence with him.”

So do his teammates.

“He’s a guy that’s very poised and it seems like no stage is too big for him,” S Morgan Burnett said. “When you see him out there, you forget at times he’s still a rookie, because he picked up and he understands the defense very well.”

Additional features – Sept. 4
Packers offense in no mood to be patient
Kaepernick stands by confusion comments

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