News now! Packers suffer heartbreak in overtime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 5:33 pm


SEATTLE–Heartbreak struck the Packers in CenturyLink Field again, as the Seahawks rallied to defeat the Packers, 28-22, in overtime on Sunday.

The Seahawks won the overtime coin toss, elected to receive and began to move in small chunks out of the shadow of their own end zone. Russell Wilson faced a third-and-7 at his 30 and Wilson lobbed a deep ball to Doug Baldwin down the right sideline, a 35-yard gain that left the Seahawks at the Packers 35.

On the next play, Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for 35 yards and the game-winning touchdown.




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News now! Seahawks rally, Crosby sends game into OT

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 5:20 pm

150118-in-game-updates-4e-300SEATTLE–The Seahawks rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit to send today’s NFC title game into overtime at CenturyLink Field, 22-22.

A 10-play, 57-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, which Mason Crosby capped with a 48-yard field goal, gave the Packers breathing room and a 19-7 lead. The drive also took 5:02 off the clock and left the Seahawks in panic mode, which is not their style of football.

Seattle began moving down the field, as time ticked away. On third-and-6, Marshawn Lynch bulldozed for 9 yards across midfield. A sack and an incompletion left the Seahawks to face a critical third-and-15. Russell Wilson threw incomplete and the Seahawks were forced to punt.

The Packers took possession with 6:53 to kill, and right away they turned to their running game. Two runs left third-and-4. Aaron Rodgers’ pass was dropped by Andrew Quarless and the Packers had to punt. Seattle had the ball near midfield.

On the next play, Wilson’s pass bounced out of his receiver’s hands and into the hands of Morgan Burnett, the Packers’ fourth interception of the day.

The next time the Seahawks had the ball, Wilson hit Marshawn Lynch with a pass that carried to the 9-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 1, Wilson scored and the Packers’ lead was cut to 19-14 with 2:09 to play.

Lightning struck the Packers when the Seahawks recovered their onside kick.

Wilson ran for 15 yards just outside the 2-minute warning. From the Packers 33, Wilson threw to Luke Wilson for a first down at the 24. From there, Lynch went the distance. Wilson threw a pop up for a 2-point conversion and a 3-point lead, 22-19, with 1:25 to play.

The NFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl rested on Rodgers’ shoulders and gimpy leg.

From the Packers 22, Rodgers threw to Jordy Nelson for a first down at the 36. A short pass to Randall Cobb crossed midfield. Rodgers scrambled for a first down inside the Seattle 40 and the Packers were in field goal range.

Rodgers faced third-and-10 from the Seahawks 36. A short pass to Nelson put the game on Crosby’s right leg. Crosby had already booted four field goals in four tries. This kick would come from 48 and Crosby nailed it.

The two teams were headed for overtime.






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News now! Packers quarter away from Super Bowl

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 4:22 pm

Packers LB Clay Matthews sack Seahawks QB Russell WilsonSEATTLE–The Packers took a 16-7 lead into the fourth quarter of today’s NFC title game in CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks began a drive at their 22-yard line early in the third quarter. They crossed midfield in four plays and had a first down at the Packers 39. That’s when Clay Matthews burst through the line and sacked Russell Wilson for a 15-yard loss but, on third-and-19, Wilson found Doug Baldwin for 29 yards to the Packers 19.

Two plays left Wilson facing third-and-10 and Wilson appeared to drop it into Marshawn Lynch’s hands, but Sam Barrington stripped it and the Seahawks were left to kick a field goal, or so everyone thought. Coach Pete Carroll responded with a bold decision, as holder Jon Ryan threw to backup lineman Garry Gilliam for a 19-yard touchdown with 4:44 to play, 16-7.






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News now! Packers have three INTs, 16-0 lead at half

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 18, 2015 – 3:35 pm

Packers CB Sam Shields intercepts Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

SEATTLE — The Packers defense got its second and third interceptions of the game in the second quarter and took a 16-0 lead into halftime over the Seahawks in the NFC Championship on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

The Packers defense started the second quarter with a three-and-out, helped in part by a false start penalty on the Seahawks on first down. The ensuing punt was returned by DB Micah Hyde 29 yards to the Seattle 33.

The Packers only could add another field goal, though. An illegal hands to the face penalty on Seahawks DE Cliff Avril on third-and-13 gave the Packers a first down at the Seattle 31, but then three running plays — two by RB Eddie Lacy, one by WR Randall Cobb — came up one yard short of another first down, and the Packers settled for K Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the game. His 40-yarder made it 16-0 with 9:37 left in the first half.

The Packers defense got the ball right back, as rookie S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted QB Russell Wilson’s deep ball for WR Jermaine Kearse. It was Clinton-Dix’s second INT of the game. His long return was wiped out, though, by a blindside block penalty on LB Clay Matthews, who took out Wilson on the return.

The Seahawks returned the favor with an interception three plays later, though, as QB Aaron Rodgers was picked off by CB Byron Maxwell, giving Seattle the ball with just over 8 minutes left in the half.

Seattle got its first first down of the game on a 14-yard run by Lynch, and Lynch converted on third-and-1 to get the Seahawks into scoring range. A 14-yard pass to WR Ricardo Lockette on third-and-7 gave the Seahawks a first down on the 20, but on third-and-8, CB Sam Shields intercepted Wilson’s lob pass for Kearse, and the Packers took over again.

Green Bay went nowhere, punting the ball back to Seattle with 35 seconds left in the half. The Packers defense held and that ended the half.

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News now! Packers take 13-0 lead into second quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 2:49 pm

150118-in-game-updates-1b-300SEATTLE–Two Mason Crosby field goals and an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass to Randall Cobb staked the Packers to a 13-0 lead over the Seahawks heading into the second quarter of Sunday’s NFC title game in CenturyLink Field.

Seattle won the coin toss and elected to defer its choice; Green Bay received the opening kickoff and began its first possession at its 20-yard line. On third-and-one, Eddie Lacy gained 13 yards to the Packers 42.

A 7-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams moved the sticks, again, and a short toss to Cobb resulted in a 14-yard gain to the Seattle 29. On third-and-10, however, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made a sparkling interception in the end zone of a pass intended for Adams.

It was on Seattle’s third offensive play that lightning struck for the Packers. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted a Russell Wilson pass that deflected off the receiver’s hands. Following a taunting penalty against the Packers, the Packers put the ball in play at the Seahawks 19-yard line.

A Rodgers pass to Richard Rodgers moved the ball to the 7-yard line. Lacy then bulldozed to the 1. John Kuhn was ruled to have scored on the next play, but review reversed the call and placed the ball inside the 1. Lacy was stopped on the next play and Crosby booted an 18-yard field goal with 8:07 to play in the first quarter, 3-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Seattle’s Doug Baldwin fumbled and the Packers recovered at the Seattle 23. Brad Jones forced the fumble and Morgan Burnett recovered.

Lacy ran for 7 yards and then Lacy plowed to the 7, first and goal. On third-and-goal from the 6, Rodgers threw to Cobb at the 1, which brought Crosby back onto the field, 6-0 with 5:07 to play.

Following a Seattle three-and-out, the Packers took possession near midfield. An 11-yard completion to Richard Rodgers moved the sticks at the Seattle 18. Lacy then ran for 5 to the 13, and Rodgers threw to Cobb for a touchdown that staked the Packers to a 13-0 lead with no time remaining in the quarter.

The Seahawks ran just six offensive plays in the first quarter.




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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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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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News now! Packers win, can move into first place

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 23, 2014 – 3:00 pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy celebrates a TDMINNEAPOLIS — A time-consuming, fourth-quarter touchdown drive clinched a 24-21 victory for the Packers over the Vikings on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Eddie Lacy scored on a 10-yard shovel pass, running through the middle of the Vikings defense to cap an 11-play, 87-yard drive that took 6:18 off the clock.

The Vikings cut the Packers’ lead to three points with a 79-yard touchdown drive former Packers star Greg Jennings capped with a 5-yard touchdown catch with 3:23 to play in the game. Former Packers draft choice Charles Johnson then caught a two-point conversion pass to move the Vikings within a field goal of overtime.

Lacy killed what was the left of the clock with a display of power running.

The win, combined with a Lions loss, would move the 8-3 Packers into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.



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