News now! Packers take 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 23, 2014 – 2:15 pm

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater sacked by Packers DT Mike Daniels

MINNEAPOLIS — The Packers and Vikings traded field goals in the fourth quarter and the Packers took a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium.

Mason Crosby booted a 48-yarder with 2:49 to play, after the Vikings had kicked a 51-yard field goal with 6:42 to play in the quarter.

The Packers offense appeared to have a promising drive going early in the quarter, but it was spoiled by penalties, one of which erased a long run with a screen pass by Eddie Lacy.



Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Interception helps Packers take 14-10 halftime lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 23, 2014 – 1:26 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersMINNEAPOLIS — An interception of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater by Packers CB Micah Hyde helped set the Packers up for their second touchdown as they took a 14-10 lead into halftime on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings tied the score at 7 with a 14-play, 74-yard TD drive that included two fourth-down conversions.

On the first, Minnesota faced fourth-and-5 from the Green Bay 39 — after the Packers declined a penalty that would have made it third-and-15 — and S Morgan Burnett’s interception was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty on Hyde, giving the Vikings a first down.

On the ensuing series, the Vikings faced fourth down again, this time needing just 1 yard from the Green Bay 25. RB Jerick McKinnon converted with a 3-yard run, and Bridgewater hit former Packers WR Charles Johnson for a 22-yard TD on the next play, tying the game with 11:06 left in the half.

The Packers responded with two quick first downs to get the ball near midfield, but the drive stalled and Green Bay had to punt again.

The defense got the ball back almost immediately, though, as Hyde leaped to intercept Bridgewater’s deep pass intended for WR Greg Jennings, another former Packer.

The offense took over on its own 47 and wasted no time. A 16-yard run by RB Eddie Lacy was shortened to 6 yards on a downfield holding penalty on WR Jordy Nelson, but QB Aaron Rodgers then hit WR Randall Cobb for 12 yards and TE Andrew Quarless for 34 yards down to the 1. Rodgers then ran a play-action roll to his right and threw the ball all the way back across the field to his left, to a wide open TE Richard Rodgers, standing alone in the corner of the end zone. The Packers led 14-7 with 5:23 left in the half.

The Vikings came back with a drive of their own, as Bridgewater converted a third-and-6 with an 11-yard pass to TE Kyle Rudolph and followed it up with a 10-yard slant to WR Cordarrelle Patterson and an 8-yard checkdown to McKinnon. That put the Vikings on the Green Bay 26-yard line at the two-minute warning.

A facemask penalty on Vikings LT Matt Kalil pushed Minnesota back, but a 19-yard completion to Johnson got them back into field goal range at the 21. A high pass on third down for Johnson was nearly intercepted by CB Tramon Williams, and the Vikings settled for a 39-yard FG by Blair Walsh to make it 14-10 with 16 seconds left in the half.


Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Packers lead, 7-0, after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on November 23, 2014 – 12:38 pm

Packers RB Eddie LacyMINNEAPOLIS — The Packers held a 7-0 lead over the Vikings, following one quarter of play at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

With 4:44 to play in the quarter, the Packers took possession at their 46-yard line following a Vikings punt. On third-and-10, Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb over the middle for 29 yards to the Vikings 25. It was the first time in the game either team had crossed midfield.

A pass to tight end Andrew Quarless gained 16 to the 7. On first-and-goal, Rodgers threw for Jordy Nelson and the Vikings were flagged for pass interference, moving the ball to the 1. Eddie Lacy plunged for the touchdown on the next play, and the Packers led, 7-0, with 1:34 to play in the quarter.

The Vikings won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice.



Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Saints halt Packers’ winning streak

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 26, 2014 – 10:33 pm


NEW ORLEANS–The Packers’ winning streak was halted in a 44-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.

The Saints game-clinching drive began early in the fourth quarter on an interception of an Aaron Rodgers pass that glanced off Davante Adams’ fingertips. The clinching score was a 2-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to tight end Josh Hill with 9:51 to play in the game. The Saints led, 37-16.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers never seemed to be the same after TV caught him favoring his left hamstring following a scramble in the third quarter. As the Saints increased their lead, they also increased their rush on Rodgers, who was playing without starting guard T.J. Lang, lost to an ankle injury early in the game.

One of the defining moments of the second half came with 5:07 to play in the game, when Rodgers broke out of the pocket and limped into the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown run that cut the Saints’ lead to 37-23.

The Saints tacked on one more touchdown for good measure, when Mark Ingram circled left end for a 21-yard touchdown run that pushed the score to 44-23 with 3:16 to play in the game.

At 5-3, the Packers fell a game behind the 6-2 Lions in the NFC North title race.





Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Packers trail Saints heading into fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 26, 2014 – 9:46 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersNEW ORLEANS–The Packers trailed the Saints, 30-16, heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game in the Superdome.

Mark Ingram kick-started the Saints’ first possession of the second half with a 28-yard run to midfield. On third-and-1, the Saints were stuffed, leaving Coach Sean Payton with a major decision. He went for it and Ingram was stopped; the Packers took over on downs at their 42.

Aaron Rodgers found Randall Cobb for 20 yards to the Saints 39. Eddie Lacy then rumbled through Saints defenders for 19 yards to the Saints 20, and followed with seven more hard-earned yards. Rodgers scrambled for a first down at the Saints 6.

On third-and-goal from the 5, Rodgers’ pass for Quarless was deflected into the air and intercepted. The Saints had dodged a major bullet and had the ball at their 12-yard line.

Ingram continued his pursuit of a hundred yards rushing by ripping off an 18-yard run. Drew Brees found Jimmy Graham twice for gains of 11 and 9 yards, and then came one of the big plays of the game, as Brees hit Brandin Cooks for a 50-yard touchdown. Cooks beat Tramon Williams and Micah Hyde. With 5:35 to play in the third quarter, the Saints led, 23-16. The drive went 88 yards in four plays.

Lacy continued his hard running. He ran through defenders for a first down at the Packers 31. The Packers faced a crucial third-and-7 with 4:19 to play and Rodgers threw to Davante Adams. It was originally ruled a first down but the Saints challenged the spot. Replay review moved the ball back, forcing fourth-and-1. Now it was Mike McCarthy that was facing a major decision. He went for it and Lacy was stopped short of a first down. The Saints took over at the Packers 40-yard line.

Ingram pounded out a first down at the Packers 22, and then Brees hit Jimmy Graham for a touchdown. Graham reached over Tramon Williams to make the catch. The Saints led, 30-16, with 2:06 to play in the third quarter.

The Packers were on the move in Saints territory when the third quarter ended.





Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Battle of FGs ends with first half tied

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 26, 2014 – 8:53 pm

Packers WR Davante Adams

NEW ORLEANS — The Packers and Saints traded field goals the entire second quarter, ending the first half tied at 16 Sunday night at the Superdome.

The Packers broke the 10-all deadlock with a field goal early in the second quarter. After a short pass to WR Randall Cobb gave the Packers a first down at the New Orleans 24, the Packers were backed up by a holding call and eventually stalled out, leading to a 49-yard FG by K Mason Crosby with 13:08 left in the half.

The Saints came right back to tie it at 13 on a 15-play, 69-yard drive that took 7:16 off the clock. A 12-yard pass to TE Travaris Cadet converted a third-and-8, and then a 14-yard grab by WR Brandin Cooks got the Saints across midfield. Cooks tipped the pass to himself on the play and caught it on the ground, as Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix just missed a diving interception.

Passes of 9 and 8 yards to WR Marques Colston got the Saints as far as second-and-2 from the Green Bay 10, but the Packers stopped it there. RB Mark Ingram was tackled for no gain by LBs Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk, and WR Kenny Stills couldn’t shake two defenders in the open field and lost a yard on a short pass. K Shayne Graham was good from 29 yards out with 5:52 left in the half.

The Packers answered with another productive drive. Passes of 16 yards to WR Davante Adams, 22 yards to TE Richard Rodgers and 13 yards to RB Eddie Lacy, followed by a 9-yard Lacy run, got the Packers into the red zone. An offensive pass interference call on Adams, followed by a delay of game, backed Green Bay up, though, and a 14-yard pass to TE Rodgers on third-and-20 was not enough. Crosby was good from 27 yards out, and the Packers took a 16-13 lead with 1:51 left in the half.

The Saints came right back again to tie it as time ran out. Passes of 18 to Cooks and 20 to WR Marques Colston were sandwiched around a Clay Matthews sack. The pass to Colston got New Orleans into FG range, and Graham was good from 37 yards out to tie it at 16.

Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Packers, Saints tied 10-10 after first quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 26, 2014 – 8:09 pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

NEW ORLEANS–In a first quarter played at breakneck speed, the Packers and Saints produced a 10-10 tie.

The Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive. On the fifth play of the game, Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for a 70-yard touchdown pass on third-and-10.

New Orleans responded with a 14-yard run by Mark Ingram. A few plays later, Drew Brees hit Kenny Stills for 45 yards to the 4-yard line, from where Brandin Cooks scored on the next play. The score was 7-7 with 9:20 to play in the first quarter and the shootout was on.

Rodgers immediately went back to work with a pass for a first down to Andrew Quarless. A screen pass to Eddie Lacy roared down the sideline for 67 yards to the Saints 3-yard line. On second-and-goal, Rodgers threw for Julius Peppers out of a strange formation that produced a dropped pass by Peppers. On third-and-goal, Rodgers was sacked. Mason Crosby came on to kick a 31-yard field goal, and the Packers led, 10-7.

Coach Mike McCarthy ordered an onside kick that sailed out of bounds, leaving the Saints to start at the Packers 46. The Saints quickly moved into the red zone, but on third-and-8 Peppers sacked Brees and forced a field goal that tied the game with 1:42 to play in the first quarter.

Rookie wide receiver Davante Adams got into the action on the next series, catching a 14-yard pass, and that was followed by a pass to Cobb for 27 yards to the Saints 37. An 8-yard pass to Jordy Nelson ended the quarter.






Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Packers hold 17-10 lead after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm

141012-in-game-updates-3-300aMIAMI–The Packers held a 17-10 lead and had one more quarter of hot and humid football ahead of them at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday.

Ryan Tannehill took off on a 40-yard run to start the second half and the Packers’ 10-3 lead was immediately at risk. Pass interference on Davon House moved the ball to the Packers 14, from where Knowshon Moreno ran for 5 yards, but a false start erased that gain.

On second-and-10 at the 14, a screen pass to Moreno gained 8 yards, third-and-2, but another false start pushed the ball back 5 more yards, third-and-7 from the 11.

That’s when Tannehill made his best pass of the day, to Jarvis Landry for a touchdown that tied the score, 10-10, with 11:48 to play in the third quarter. Tannehill was under a heavy rush and floated the ball over tight coverage by Tramon Williams.

An Aaron Rodgers scramble kick-started the Packers’ next possession, and the Packers slowly started poking holes in the Dolphins’ defensive front. On third-and-2, Eddie Lacy was stopped for no gain, but Coach Mike McCarthy nixed a punt. Rodgers rolled to his right under heavy pursuit by Cameron Wake, and threw a perfect strike to Jordy Nelson for a first down. It is one of the big plays of the game.

Davante Adams turned a short pass into a long run, a gain of 24 to the Dolphins 18.  Rodgers went back to Nelson for a gain to the 7, first and goal.

On third-and-goal from the 5, Rodgers scrambled away from the rush and found Randall Cobb for a touchdown and a 17-10 lead with 3:44 to play in the third quarter.

Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for 25 yards. The Dolphins faced a critical third-and-8. Tannehill hit Damian Williams for a first down at the Packers 25. That’s where the quarter ended.



Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Packers controlling game, but hold small lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 12, 2014 – 1:33 pm

Green Bay Packers CB Davon House

MIAMI — The Packers dominated time of possession in the first half, which could become important later, and with the defense putting together a strong effort, the Packers led 10-3 at halftime on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

The Packers extended their lead to 10-3 on a 43-yard FG by Mason Crosby midway through the second period.

The score was set up by an interception by CB Casey Hayward, who cut in front of WR Jarvis Landry on a third-down pass to get the pick. The Packers took over on the Dolphins’ 36-yard line, though it could have been the 21 had the officials not missed a facemask penalty on Hayward’s return.

The offense managed just one first down, on a 14-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson, before QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked on third down by DE Olivier Vernon, leading to Crosby’s FG with 8:08 left in the half.

After the defense got a three-and-out, the offense had good field position across midfield with a chance for more points. But an intentional grounding penalty on Rodgers, when he threw the ball away with an unblocked DE Cameron Wake in his face, pushed the Packers back and forced a punt.

The defense came up big again, as CB Sam Shields was stride for stride with WR Brian Hartline on a deep ball and picked it off, the Packers’ second interception of the game and ninth on the season.

Once again, the offense didn’t take advantage, though. The Packers crossed midfield but stalled out and had to punt with a minute left.

The Packers defense came up with one final stop, after the Dolphins had driven to midfield. A second-down sack by Mike Neal forced a final punt.


Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog

News now! Packers hold slim lead after one quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 12, 2014 – 12:35 pm

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron RodgersMIAMI–An opening touchdown drive and a goal line stand left the Packers leading the Dolphins, 7-3, following one quarter of play at hot and humid Sun Life Stadium.

The Packers opened in their no-huddle offense after receiving the opening kickoff. Two completions to Davante Adams netted 23 yards. On third-and-8, Aaron Rodgers ran a quarterback draw for a first down at the Dolphins 37.

Rodgers then found Randall Cobb for 28 yards to the Dolphins 9. A Rodgers to Jordy Nelson touchdown pass followed, on a play in which Rodgers changed the play at the line of scrimmage. Packers led, 7-0, with 10:09 to play in the first quarter.

Mason Crosby saved a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff by upending Jarvis Landry at the Packers 49.

Ryan Tannehill opened with a 9-yard completion to Lamar Miller. The Dolphins eventually faced a third-and-7 from their 34 and Tannehill threw incomplete. A neutral zone infraction against the Packers shortened Caleb Sturgis’ field goal attempt to 48 yards; it was good, 7-3 with 8:15 to play.

Rodgers converted a third-and-9 with a pass to Adams to begin the Packers’ next possession. Rodgers was as hot as the south Florida weather, but on third-and-11 Cameron Wake sacked Rodgers. Tim Masthay’s punt was then blocked and the Dolphins had the ball at the Packers 16.

The Dolphins faced a big play on third-and-7 and Tannehill hit Landry for 9 yards to the Packers 4. On third-and-goal from the 1, Tannehill threw behind his receiver and incomplete. On fourth-and-goal, the Packers stuffed Knowson Moreno for no gain.




Tags: , ,
Posted in Blog