News now! Packers’ win streak ends in 21-13 loss to Bills

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 14, 2014 – 3:17 pm

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron RodgersORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Packers couldn’t overcome a litany of mistakes on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium and saw their five-game winning streak end in a 21-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The loss was the Packers’ first since the bye week and dropped them to 10-4 on the season.

Trailing 16-10 as the fourth quarter began, the Packers were on the verge of scoring for the first time in the second half as they drove out from their own 2-yard line. A potential 94-yard TD pass was dropped by WR Jordy Nelson, but passes of 7 yards to TE Andrew Quarless, 16 yards to Nelson and 14 yards to WR Randall Cobb picked up first downs. Cobb also had a 12-yard run out of the backfield.

But on third-and-4 from the Buffalo 34, QB Aaron Rodgers pass was deflected into the air and intercepted by Bills S Bacarri Rambo, his second interception of the half after coming in for the injured Duke Williams. The Bills then converted that turnover into a 48-yard FG by Dan Carpenter, his fourth FG of the game, following a 20-yard screen pass to RB Fred Jackson.

That made it 19-10 Bills with 9:23 left, making it a two-score game for the first time on the day.

The Packers got back to work, overcoming a holding penalty that wiped out a long run by RB Eddie Lacy to pick up a couple of first downs. A facemask penalty on the Bills helped move the chains. A 20-yard completion to Nelson, who kept his knee off the ground and broke a couple of tackles, was followed by a 17-yard pass to Cobb, who also broke an open-field tackle got the ball to the Buffalo 18.

The drive stalled in the red zone, however, and the Packers had to settle for a 34-yard Mason Crosby field goal, cutting the deficit to 19-13 with 4:51 left.

The Bills responded with a 12-yard pass to TE Scott Chandler to convert a third-and-4, and then RB Boobie Dixon recovered his own fumble, wrestling it away from a potential recovery by CB Tramon Williams. An offside penalty on the Packers and a short run by RB Fred Jackson moved the chains again.

After the Packers used up their timeouts, the game came down to a third-and-5 from the Green Bay 47-yard line with 2:12 left. QB Kyle Orton threw incomplete to WR Sammy Watkins, and the Packers got the ball back one last time.

Beginning at their own 10, the Packers needed to go 90 yards in 1:58. But Rodgers had the ball stripped by DE Mario Williams at the goal line. On the play, Williams beat RT JC Tretter, who was in the game for an injured Bryan Bulaga. Lacy made the recovery but was tackled in the end zone for a safety, putting the Bills ahead 21-13 with 1:51 left.

The Bills recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

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News now! Packers trail, 16-10, heading into fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on December 14, 2014 – 2:31 pm

Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

ORCHARD PARK, NY–The Packers trailed the Bills, 16-10, heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Bills took the second half kickoff and drove down the field on nine consecutive running plays before dropping a third-and-5 pass that would’ve moved the chains. Dan Carpenter booted a 51-yard field goal that gave the Bills a 13-10 lead with 9:21 to play in the third quarter.

Aaron Rodgers c0mpleted a 20-yard pass to Randall Cobb to kick-start the Packers’ first possession of the second half, but the drive stalled when Rodgers threw high for Cobb over the middle on third-and-11.

The Bills took possession at their 22 and immediately turned to their running game, but the big play in the drive was a pass of 40 yards to running back Bryce Brown, who appeared to avoid the Packers’ notice out on the left flat. The Packers defense held and Carpenter came on to kick a 35-yard field goal, extending the Bills’ lead to 16-10 with 4:18 to play in the third quarter.

Rodgers was intercepted by Bacarri Rambo and the Bills were in business at the Packers 30. It was the first interception Rodgers had thrown since the New Orleans game.

A hands-to-the-face penalty against the Bills left them to face third-and-17 from their 36. Kyle Orton was sacked by Clay Matthews and the Packers defense had saved the day, leaving the Bills to punt.

Jordy Nelson dropped what appeared would be a 94-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds of the third quarter.






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News now! All tied at the half in Buffalo

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 14, 2014 – 1:41 pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Packers and Bills played to a first-half stalemate on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, going into the locker room at halftime tied at 10.

The Packers, trailing 7-3 entering the second quarter, took the lead on the second play. After an 11-yard slant to WR Randall Cobb got the ball down to the 1, RB Eddie Lacy plowed in from there for the TD. Lacy had five carries for 57 yards on the drive, which put the Packers ahead 10-7 with 14:14 left in the half.

The Bills came right back to tie the game on a 27-yard FG with 8:04 left in the half. A 28-yard pass to WR Sammy Watkins, who made a great adjustment to haul in the pass over CB Sam Shields, was followed by a 12-yard run by Bryce Brown, who made S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix miss on a tackle in the backfield. WR Robert Woods then made a shoestring catch on a back-shoulder throw along the sideline, and a 10-yard pass to TE Scott Chandler converted a third down and made it first-and-goal.

From there, several penalties on both teams ensued. Ultimately, Buffalo was unable to convert on third-and-goal from the 14, and Carpenter was called on to tie the game.

The Packers had a chance to take the lead again on their next possession, after a 19-yard pass to Cobb and a 10-yard pass to RB James Starks. But K Mason Crosby’s 53-yard FG try was blocked by Bills DE Mario Williams, keeping the score tied at 10 with 6:01 left in the half.

After the two teams traded punts, Packers CB Tramon Williams intercepted a deep pass intended for Watkins, giving the offense the ball back. A personal foul on LB Sam Barrington after the INT wrecked what could have been good field position for Green Bay, as the Packers started on their own 19.

The offense went nowhere and punted again, downing the ball on the Buffalo 2-yard line shortly after the two-minute warning.


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Bills pass defense sticking with their man

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on December 14, 2014 – 1:18 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Cody from Normal, IL

Vic, we can’t let this be a game of defense. If we play that game, we will lose.

Sometimes you have to win that kind of game.

Andy from Clive, IA

Just run, baby. I see no reason to stop.

There are big splits in the Bills’ four-man front, and they’re mostly playing pass behind it. This is the Week 3 Lions game up front, but with more press coverage from the secondary.

David from College Station, TX

Vic, I am not able to watch the Packers game because of where I live, so what are the Bills doing to stop Aaron Rodgers?

Their pass-defense is playing press and sticking with their man.

Andrew from North Liberty, IA

Vic, at this point, our running backs are averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Why are we trying to throw all over the field?

Give them time to figure out what they can and can’t do. It’s early. Be patient.

Eric from Denver, CO

I’m seeing a lot of green and gold on TV. What percentage of Packers fans make up today’s crowd? Also, that train horn is terrible.

Ten percent? It’s good, but this is an overwhelming Bills crowd.

George from Scranton, PA

I’m paying attention to field position. That doesn’t happen often in Packers games. Are you enjoying this?

Very much.

Mark from Kingsford, MI

Why is Rodgers so far off on his passes?

There are a lot of bodies in that secondary. He threw behind Jordy Nelson on a crossing route because there was a defender closing from the front. The Bills have an impressive-looking secondary.

Michael from Fort Lewis, WA

Vic, I’m loving this game. It has a rivalry feeling to it.

The sky is a deeper shade of gray than my hair. This game is pure December.

Tyler from Plymouth, WI

Vic, my brother Kevin passed away yesterday at the age of 31. I just wanted to let you and the organization know how much he loved the Packers. He never missed a game and I’m happy to say I saw my first Packers game ever with him when they played the Panthers.

I’m sure he’s watching today’s game. On behalf of the entire “Ask Vic” community, you have our sympathies, Tyler.

Kent from Eagle Grove, IA

Do you have a headache from the air horn, yet?

I can barely hear it in the press box. I love the press box.

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News now! Bills punt return leaves Packers trailing, 7-3

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on December 14, 2014 – 12:49 pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy takes a handoff from Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

ORCHARD PARK, NY–A Buffalo punt return for a touchdown staked the Bills to a 7-3 lead over the Packers following one quarter of play at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.

Following another stalled Packers possession, Marcus Thigpen returned a Tim Masthay punt 75 yards for a touchdown and the Bills had a 7-3 lead with 2:09 to play in the quarter.

The Packers won the toss and elected to receive. Midway through the quarter, the Packers began a drive at their 20-yard line following a Bills punt.

On third-and-8, Aaron Rodgers scrambled from pressure for 19 yards and a first down. Then on third-and-1, James Starks ran for 12 yards and a first down at the Bills 33. The drive stalled and Mason Crosby booted a 45-yard field goal with 4:27 to play in the quarter.

The Packers roared back on the strength of consecutive 15 and 17-yard runs by Eddie Lacy, and then Lacy broke one for 22 yards. From the Bills 21, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for 7 yards and a first down. The Packers were at the Bills 12 when the first quarter ended.

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No surprises on Packers’ inactive list vs. Bills

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 14, 2014 – 10:30 am

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 Scott Tolzien
31 CB Davon House
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 TE Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
99 DT Bruce Gaston

Buffalo Bills
25 S Da’Norris Searcy
38 FB Frank Summers
58 LB Randell Johnson
71 T Cyrus Kouandjio
80 WR Deonte Thompson
89 TE Chris Gragg
92 DE Jarius Wynn

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Packers name captains for game in Buffalo

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 14, 2014 – 8:00 am


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

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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Buffalo

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 13, 2014 – 7:34 pm


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