Packers notch six takeaways in win over Seahawks

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 11, 2016 – 9:10 pm

WR Jordy Nelson– The Packers (7-6) posted their third straight win with a 38-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay has now won the last seven meetings between the clubs at Lambeau Field (including playoffs) and eight of the last nine matchups at the stadium.

– Green Bay improved to 20-3 (.870) at home in the month of December under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. That winning percentage ranks No. 1 in the league since 2006. The Packers have a plus-31 turnover differential in those games.

– The Packers posted six takeaways (five INTs, one fumble recovery), their first six-takeaway game since Dec. 26, 2010, vs. the N.Y. Giants. With zero giveaways, Green Bay posted a plus-six turnover differential for the first time since Oct. 27, 1991, at Tampa Bay (eight takeaways, two giveaways).

– With two TDs on Sunday, QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson have connected on 57 TD passes as the duo tied the record (Brett Favre-Antonio Freeman) for the most productive TD combination in franchise history.

– The Packers will go on the road next Sunday to face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field at noon (CST). It will be the first of three straight NFC North games for Green Bay, the first time the Packers have ended the season with three contests against divisional foes since 2006.


– Today’s paid attendance was 78,057, the 325th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers threw three TD passes, his eighth straight game with multiple TD passes, the longest current streak in the NFL and the second-longest one of his career (13-game streak in 2011).

– Rodgers’ 66-yard TD pass to WR Davante Adams gives him a TD pass of 65 yards or more in each of the last nine seasons (2008-16). Rodgers joins Drew Brees as the only QBs in the league to do so over that span.

– Rodgers registered a 150.8 passer rating (18 of 23, 246 yards, three TDs, no INTs), his fourth straight game with a 100-plus passer rating and his sixth 100-plus outing in the last eight contests. It marked the fourth game with a 150-plus rating in his career.

– With three TD passes on Sunday, Rodgers now has 32 for the season, his career-high third straight season with 30-plus TD passes. It is the second-longest streak in franchise history (Brett Favre, five straight, 1994-98).

– Sunday marked Rodgers’ 37th career game with three-plus TD passes and zero INTs as he moved past Favre (36) for the fourth most in NFL history.

– Rodgers posted a 158.3 passer rating in the first half (12 of 15, 202 yards, two TDs), the third time in his career that he has posted a perfect passer rating in the first half of a game (at Cleveland in 2009, vs. Detroit in 2010).

– In 16 career starts at Lambeau Field in the month of December, Rodgers has completed 331 of 493 passes (67.1 percent) for 4,396 yards and 39 TDs with five INTs for a 117.3 passer rating. The Packers have won 15 straight games at Lambeau Field in December with Rodgers as the starter.

– WR Jordy Nelsons two TD catches give him 12 for the season, the third time in his career he has had 12-plus TD catches. He joins WR Sterling Sharpe (three times) as the only two players in team history to do so.

– Nelson went over the 7,000-yard mark for his career (7,022), becoming just the fifth player in team history to do so.

– Adams’ 66-yard TD catch on the opening drive was the longest reception of his career. He finished with 104 receiving yards on four catches (26.0 avg.), his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season.

– WR Ty Montgomery scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, the first rushing TD of his career.

– WR Jeff Janis 19-yard TD run was the first rushing TD of his career.

– CB Damarious Randall registered a career-high two interceptions and a career-best 47 return yards on the INTs.

– DE Dean Lowry posted an 11-yard sack of QB Russell Wilson in the second quarter, his second straight game with a sack.

– DT Christian Ringo forced the first fumble of his career and S Kentrell Brice recovered it, the first fumble recovery of his career.

– The Packers intercepted QB Russell Wilson five times (Randall (twice), Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Quinten Rollins), the first time in Wilson’s career that he threw more than three INTs in a regular-season game.

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Crosby surpasses Longwell as franchise career scoring leader

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 21, 2015 – 1:13 am

150921-elliott-300PACKERS IMPROVE TO 2-0 WITH 27-17 WIN OVER SEATTLE
– The Packers topped the Seattle Seahawks, 27-17, on Sunday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 2-0 on the season. It marks Green Bay’s first 2-0 start since 2011.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have now won 10 consecutive games at Lambeau Field.

– With the victory, Green Bay is now 8-2 in home openers under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, including wins in eight of the last nine.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have won their last six games against Seattle at Lambeau Field.

– The Packers have won 10 of their last 13 games played on Sunday night and improved to 23-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .767 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history.

– The Packers will stay home in Week 3 for another prime-time contest at Lambeau Field as they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.


150921-crosby-300OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,433, a regular-season home record for the Packers (previous high: 78,431 vs. New England, Nov. 30, 2014). It was the 310th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– With his 13 points on the evening giving him 1,057 for his career, K Mason Crosby surpassed K Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.

– With 33 passing attempts and two TDs with zero interceptions, QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown 451 passes and 38 TD passes during the regular season at Lambeau Field without an interception.

– Rodgers finished with a 116.9 passer rating on Sunday night, bringing his streak of home games with a 100-plus passer rating (min. five attempts) to 13.

– WR Randall Cobb (116 yards on eight catches) registered the 11th 100-yard receiving game of his career.

– RB James Starks’ 95 rushing yards on 20 attempts (4.8 avg.) was his best rushing total since his 132-yard effort vs. Washington in Week 2 in 2013.

– WR James Jones’ 29-yard TD catch in the first quarter gives him three TD catches in the first two games this season.

– WR Ty Montgomery posted the first receptions of his career, finishing with four grabs for 37 yards (9.3 avg.).

– LB Jayrone Elliott recorded the first interception of his career with his fourth-quarter pick of QB Russell Wilson.

– Dating back to last season, LB Julius Peppers (one sack tonight) has seven sacks in the last six games (including playoffs).

– Green Bay registered a sack in its 38th regular-season consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.

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Barclay will start at RT; Packers-Seahawks inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 20, 2015 – 5:59 pm

150920-barclay-950The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
24 CB Quinten Rollins
36 CB LaDarius Gunter
46 RB Alonzo Harris
75 T Bryan Bulaga
86 TE Kennard Backman
99 DT Bruce Gaston

Starting lineup changes: #67 Don Barclay will start at right tackle for #75 Bryan Bulaga

Seattle Seahawks
11 WR B.J. Daniels
21 CB Tye Smith
46 FB Will Tukuafu
57 LB Mike Morgan
63 G Mark Glowinski
67 C/G Kristjan Sokoli
93 DT David King

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Press box notes: Packers have won nine consecutive home games

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 20, 2015 – 4:31 pm

– The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will face each other for the 16th time during the regular season and for the second consecutive year in a nationally televised primetime game. In 2014, the two teams met in the Thursday night opener to begin the season.

–   From the first meeting in 1976 until 2005, Green Bay and Seattle played just 10 times in the regular season. The teams have squared off five times from 2006-14.

–   Including playoffs, the Packers have played the Seahawks seven times since 2006. That is tied with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers for the most games Green Bay has played against a non-division opponent over that time span.

–   Tonight will be the Seahawks’ first trip to Lambeau Field since 2009. Including the postseason, the Packers are 8-3 against Seattle at home, with wins in the last five. Green Bay has won three of the last five home games against the Seahawks by 20-plus points (22, 22, 38).

–   The Packers and Seahawks were the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs last year and met in the NFC Championship Game at Seattle.

–   This will be the first time the Packers have hosted Seattle for the home opener.

–   Green Bay has won each of its last five Week 2 games and is 7-2 in Week 2 contests since 2006.

–   Tonight’s game starts a stretch of four home games over the next five weeks for the Packers.


– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 7-2 in home openers, including winning seven of the last eight.

–   It is the fourth time the Packers play the home opener in Week 2 under McCarthy. Last season, Green Bay beat the New York Jets, 31-24, in 2013 the Packers beat the Washington Redskins, 38-20, and in 2010, the Green Bay defeated the Buffalo Bills, 34-7.

–   Green Bay is 6-1 in home openers with Aaron Rodgers starting at quarterback. Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards in each of the last four home openers (312, 303, 480, 346). He has registered a passer rating over 100.0 in five home openers (115.5, 116.3, 132.1, 146.0, 109.8) and was above 90.0 in the other two (92.0, 93.3).

–   It is only the 18th time in franchise history that Green Bay will play its home opener outside of Week 1. The Packers are 9-8 in the previous 17 contests.

–   Of the 17 times Green Bay has opened at home outside of Week 1, only once did it come after the second week of the season. That occured in 1924, when the Packers beat the Kansas City Blues 16-0 in Week 3.

–   The Packers have 51 victories all-time in home openers, joining the Bears (65) and Lions (52) as the only NFL teams to win 50-plus home openers. Green Bay is the only NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (54 victories).


–   The Packers have won nine of their last 12 games played on Sunday night.

–   Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 10-5 overall (.667) on Sunday night.

–   Green Bay is 22-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .759 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history (since 1978).

–   Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 20-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 20 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.

– With a win, Green Bay will start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. It would be the fifth 2-0 start under McCarthy.

– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine consecutive home games, it is the third-longest streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).


– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 418 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 36 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first two games of the season three times in his career (2008, 2011, 2013).

– If Rodgers throws three-plus touchdowns, it will mark just the second time he has registered three or more touchdowns in back-to-back games to start the season (2013).

– In regular-season games with five-plus attempts, Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating in 12 straight home contests.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 42.

– Cobb recorded one touchdown reception in both games against the Seahawks last season.

– RB Eddie Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history. Last week against Chicago, Lacy recorded 99 yards from scrimmage, 1 yard short of extending the streak.

– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last nine games.  

– WR James Jones registered two touchdown receptions in Week 1 vs. Chicago, his first game back with the Packers. It was his sixth career game with muliple touchdowns (all with Green Bay), including his third against the Bears.


– In Week 1 at Chicago, LB Clay Matthews registered an interception he returned 42 yards. In 2014, he returned an interception 40 yards at Chicago. They were the second- and third-longest interception returns of his career behind the 62-yard INT he ran back for a touchdown against Dallas in 2010.

– If Matthews records an interception this week, it will be the second time in his career with INTs in back-to-back games (2011).

– LB Julius Peppers led the team with 1.5 sacks in Week 1 at Chicago. Dating back to last season, he has six sacks in the last five games (including playoffs).

– In two games against the Seahawks last season, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded 13 tackles (10 solo), a sack and two interceptions.


– K Mason Crosby (1,044) needs 11 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.

– Crosby (269) is nine field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.

– In his first career game, WR Ty Montgomery averaged 35.3 yards on three kick returns, including a long of 46 yards. It marked the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.


– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Barry Anderson (20), head linesman Ed Walker (123), line judge Dana McKenzie (8), field judge Mike Weatherford (116), side judge Bob Waggoner (25) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).

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Rodgers, Raji and Goode selected as captains vs. Seahawks

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 20, 2015 – 4:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), DT B.J. Raji (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).

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How to watch Sunday night’s Packers-Seahawks game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 18, 2015 – 3:00 pm


– Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 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.

– NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.

– 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.

– Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action and Scott Graham hosts the pregame and halftime shows.

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

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Packers-Seahawks post-game quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 24, 2013 – 12:08 am

(opening statement) “I have five injuries to report. Casey Hayward, hamstring, DuJuan Harris, knee injury, Morgan Burnett, hamstring, Brad Jones, hamstring, and Jarvis Reed, ankle. With that, I’ll take your questions.”

(on Vince Young’s scrambling ability) “Vince Young, the dimension of running, that’s something that we really wanted to see. I think you’re just seeing Vince get more and more comfortable of what I’ve asked of him. Particularly, for as much as man to man we saw tonight, he was very instinctive and made big plays. I thought he did very well on his first drive. It was very unfortunate with the high snap on second down on his second drive. I think Vince is definitely one of the players that took advantage of his opportunities tonight.”

(on Graham Harrell’s performance) “Graham, frankly, there is some video that we really need to look at. I’d like to see more. He had some tough breaks there with the penalties, but the rhythm of the offense and some of the things mechanically, I would have liked to have seen us be more sharp. We played primarily against an eight-man front, and we didn’t do a very good job handling that.”

(on if he is giving his starters enough time to get ready for the season) “We have a process. Frankly, part of my message to the team is we’re going to trust the process. I feel very good about the process. You can’t sometimes have it both ways. We try, we want to win the game. We wanted to win tonight, especially at home, but there was more information that was needed so that’s what we kind of juggled. Going back, not to be redundant, I thought it was very important for a number of our players to play early. I was very pleased with a lot of production that we had on defense, especially going against Russell Wilson and their offense. We’ll see what the video says in the morning and we’ll go from there.”

(on his gut feeling of where his offense is at this point) “Well, it’s part of the game. It’s part of developing your football team. I’m sure everybody goes about it differently. I’m not really interested in how other people are doing it in this new structure. We have a talented personnel department, we have a talented coaching staff, and we’re trusting the process that we’ve laid down for our players. It’s about one thing; creating opportunities for your football team, creating opportunities for your football team to grow. We grew in some ways, in some ways we did not. With that, we’ve got a week to get ready for Kansas City. It’s a six-day week, we have to get in here, get it going and get our work done. Obviously, we have a tough weekend ahead of us, we’ve got to get down to 75. This is the time of year head coaches and general managers don’t look forward to. You spend a lot of time with these men, from April 15th on, and obviously we’ll have to get down to 75 here throughout the weekend.”

(on if he knew how long he would play tonight) “I knew I was going to be in for the first quarter. We had a seven-and-a-half minute drive, so Mike (McCarthy) made the decision one drive and out.”

(on if he feels like he’s gotten enough work this preseason) “I do. I’ve played a lot of football. I’ll make sure my conditioning is where it needs to be for the first game and we’ll be fine.”

(on any concern about the lack of reps with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson) “We’ve had issues like that in the past with Jermichael (Finley) being out, Greg (Jennings) being out. You just have to get your work in in practice when those guys come back. Hopefully we get Jordy back next week to get some work in (and) Randall the same. In regards to if they play or not, it would be good to get some reps with them, but we’ve played a lot of football together. Jordy and I and had a lot of success, and Randall last year obviously had a lot of success. We’re talking every day and they’re in the meetings. It’s a matter of making sure we’re on the same page.”

(on Vince Young’s performance) “Vince did a good job. That’s his game right there, being able to make plays when the pocket breaks down or when they’re rushing four and playing a lot of man coverage with nobody with vision to the football. Vince obviously is still a good athlete and he was able to get us down there and get it in the end zone.”

(on where Vince Young is in terms of picking up the system) “I think he’s improving. This is a wordy system and a difficult system to pick up. He obviously came in after seven installs have been put in already so he was behind, but he’s been picking it up and showing improvements.”

(on if the team starts thinking about the regular-season opener now) “I think right now we’re going to think about this roster and this is the last night this group of guys is going to be together. It’s a tough day for some of our guys (to) go down to 75. A lot of guys have put a lot of effort into this. Obviously next week will be about Kansas City and getting guys more opportunities. At the same time you start looking at your first (regular-season) opponent and focusing on the things we need to do to get ready for that.”

(on how much he talks to the other QBs during the game) “We look at the pictures on the sideline and I help out if I see anything, but they’re very well-coached. (Quarterbacks coach) Ben’s (McAdoo) up in the box, obviously (offensive coordinator) Tom (Clements) down on the sidelines and we go through the stuff and talk about any adjustments they might have made or things to look for next time in that situation.”

(on how he feels about the offensive line’s chemistry with limited game reps) “I’m not worried about that. I think it’s good for David (Bakhtiari) to get that many reps. I think he did a pretty good job out there. We’ll watch the film, but it helps that we’ve been very solid with T.J. (Lang), Evan (Dietrich-Smith) and Josh (Sitton). We just need to figure out who those two tackles are going to be and get some consistency out of them and keep finding ways to get the ball to 88 (Finley).”

(on his personal performance) “I came out feeling fresh. (Aaron Rodgers) and I had a talk earlier in the day about me touching the ball early. When a guy like that comes up to you and tells you you’re going to get the ball early, you get jittery.”

(on if he’s worried about the first-team offense only getting limited opportunities) “Not at all. I know when the games count we’re going to get six (points) on the board for sure and practice makes perfect. We get tons of reps in practice and I think that’s enough.”

(on quarterback Vince Young’s performance) “That’s my Texas boy so I’m not going to say anything bad about him, but I thought he looked great tonight. He got his feet wet and I can’t wait to see what he does next week.”

(on containing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson) “I’m real excited about that. I thought we did a great job keeping the quarterback contained. Obviously he possesses their greatest playmaking ability by extending the pocket and extending the play. We did a good job. He’s going to make his plays, but for the most part we got after him, got our hands on him and got him down.”

(on cornerback Casey Hayward’s interception) “It’s good to see. Obviously he’s continuing his playmaking ability from last year when he had six or seven interceptions, so it’s good to have him back out there. It’s good to see what he’s capable of and we’re going to need it this year.”

(on the defense’s performance this preseason) “I think we’re continuing to improve. I think we played very well up front the first two games, up front on first and second down. Now it’s about getting those third-down plays. Aside from the first drive (tonight), which we’ll take a look at and improve upon, I thought we did a good job.”

(on his personal performance) “I felt all right. It’s still a learning process right now. I’m getting there – more reps, more practice, a lot of film work, studying … picking Aaron (Rodgers), Graham (Harrell) and BJ’s (Coleman) heads is definitely helping me out a lot.”

(on the offensive’s performance when he was in the game) “The biggest key that Coach McCarthy was telling us as a second team and a third team was to get a better tempo, get guys out of the huddle. I really feel like the offensive line did a great job. The receivers made some big catches. Things like that. I just really felt like we accomplished some things that Coach wanted us to do as a second and third unit, and I just want to continue to keep that work up.”

(on making plays with his feet) “I just really feel like the things that the defense did gave me opportunities to use my legs a little bit. Like I said earlier, it still goes back to the offensive line making some key blocks, opening up the window, as well as our receivers making some key catches.”

(on leading a touchdown drive) “It’s not really about me. I just felt like everybody as a team, as an offense took care of their responsibilities on that play and we got the touchdown out of the drive, so that’s pretty good. The next drive we could have done a little bit better, so that’s something we can work on.”

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Matthews and Perry share thoughts at halftime of #SEAvsGB

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 23, 2013 – 9:04 pm

GREEN BAY PACKERS vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, Aug. 23, 2013, at Green Bay, Wis.

(on how it felt to keep the Seahawks’ running game in check) “Obviously it feels good. That’s what we pride ourselves on, especially the front seven. To be able to go out there and shut them down, especially on first and second down, to create favorable down and distances on third down, which I thought we did for the most part. A few runs here and there, but for the most part I thought we did well. We got after the quarterback, kept him in the pocket and overall I thought we did a good job minimizing their big-play ability.”

(on his sack of Russell Wilson) “Obviously that was a big emphasis for us last year and even more so this year, is limiting his ability to create plays by running out of the pocket. He’s going to make his plays, but I felt for the most part, not only myself, but as a rushing unit, we did a good job of keeping him bottled up in the pocket, forcing some errant throws and getting after him.”

(on how he feels coming out of tonight’s game in preparation for the season) “I feel real good about where I’m at. Obviously tonight is a great tune-up and we will continue to do so over the next week getting ready for the San Francisco opener.”

(on the defense’s performance overall in the first half) “We’re just doing our job out there. We’re just playing football. We’re doing a pretty good job of containing him (Russell Wilson) and we’ve just got to continue to focus on that and make plays.”

(on his tipped pass) “I knew he was coming to my side to throw the ball. My reaction was to just throw my hands up and keep him contained. It played out well. I was able to get my hand on it and we got the interception.”

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Packers-Seahawks scratches

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 23, 2013 – 5:54 pm

The following players have been ruled out for tonight’s Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks preseason game at Lambeau Field. There could be adjustments to this list before kickoff.

RB DuJuan HarrisGreen Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
18 WR Randall Cobb
25 CB James Nixon
28 S Sean Richardson
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
78 T Derek Sherrod
85 TE Matthew Mulligan
87 WR Jordy Nelson
99 DE Jerel Worthy

Seattle Seahawks
11 WR Percy Harvin
18 WR Sidney Rice
19 WR Bryan Walters
26 FB Michael Robinson
34 CB Tharold Simon
36 CB Ron Parker
56 DE Cliff Avril
58 LB Ty Powell
59 LB Korey Toomer
77 G James Carpenter
86 TE Zach Miller
90 DT Jesse Williams
91 DE Chris Clemons
97 DT Jordan Hill
98 DE Greg Scruggs

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Packers-Seahawks press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

* Press box notes written by Packers public relations

– Green Bay returns home to host the Seattle Seahawks tonight at Lambeau Field in a matchup of two 11-win teams from 2012 that both advanced to the postseason.
– The game will be broadcast to a national audience on CBS. For the Packers, it marks the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that they have had at least one of their preseason games aired to a national audience. The 2009 preseason was the lone exception over that span.
– This marks the Packers’ fifth all-time preseason meeting with the Seahawks and the third under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007 and 2010). The last preseason matchup between the clubs at Lambeau Field was on Aug. 18, 2007, a 48-13 Green Bay victory that included two TD passes from QB Aaron Rodgers.
– The Packers and Seahawks met for the first time in the regular season in 1976, but didn’t square off in the preseason until 1983. After the ’83 meeting, the teams didn’t face each other in the preseason again until 2004. The all-time preseason series is tied at 2-2.
– Tonight’s contest will be a matchup of the No. 5 scoring offense from 2012 (Green Bay, 27.1 ppg) against the No. 1 scoring defense (Seattle, 15.7 ppg).
– Green Bay has an all-time regular-season record of 8-6 against the Seahawks and has also won both playoff meetings between the clubs. The teams have squared off in five of the last seven seasons (including a meeting in the 2007 postseason). The Packers visited CenturyLink Field last season in Week 3, a 14-12 Seattle victory.
– The Packers will close out their preseason slate next Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the fourth straight season that the clubs have squared off in the preseason finale.

– One of the NFL’s longest team traditions, the Upper Midwest Shrine Game kicks off its 64th installment tonight. It marks the second time the Packers have hosted the Seahawks in the charity game (2007). Green Bay is 32-28-3 all-time in the series.
– Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. The Shriners’ facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost. To date, the series has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine’s burn centers and hospitals for disabled children.
– The series has called three separate stadiums home: Milwaukee’s State Fair Park (1950-51), Milwaukee County Stadium (1952-82, 1984-94) and Lambeau Field (1983, 1995-present).
– In his first season leading the Packers, Vince Lombardi made an agreement with George Halas to play in the Shrine game annually. Green Bay and Chicago played each preseason at County Stadium from 1959-73.
– The Packers annually designate the Shrine game as the first ‘Gold package’ game for season-ticket holders primarily from the Milwaukee area. The team created the three-game package after moving all of its home games to Green Bay in 1995. Also in the ‘Gold package’ this season are the contests against Detroit (Oct. 6) and Philadelphia (Nov. 10).

Packers GM Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks’ VP of football operations…Packers asst. head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss played his final three seasons in Seattle (1995-97) and began his coaching career with the Seahawks as defensive quality control coach in 1998…Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry played for the Seahawks for three seasons (2000-02)…Packers FB Jonathan Amosa attended the University of Washington and Rainier Beach High School in Seattle…Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Nick Perry played for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at Southern California; Matthews was also tutored by Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton with the Trojans…Seahawks P Jon Ryan played for Green Bay from 2006-07…Seahawks CB Will Blackmon (fourth round, 2006), T Breno Giacomini (fifth round, 2008) and WR Brett Swain (seventh round, 2008) were all drafted by the Packers and played for Green Bay…Seahawks S Chris Maragos, LB O’Brien Schofield and QB Russell Wilson all played at the University of Wisconsin…Maragos is from Racine, Wis. …Seahawks GM John Schneider served two different stints in the Packers’ personnel department (1993-96, 2002-09), concluding as director-football operations…Seahawks senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan worked as a Packers scout from 1995-99…Seahawks senior VP/general counsel Lance Lopes worked in the Packers’ front office from 1993-2000…Seahawks wide receivers coach Kippy Brown previously coached the Green Bay RBs (2000) and Seahawks asst. strength and conditioning coach Mondray Gee held the same position in Green Bay from 2008-09…Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played QB at the University of Wisconsin and coached on Green Bay’s staff from 2000-05…Seahawks assistant special teams coach Marquand Manuel played for the Packers in 2006…Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel held the same position with the Packers from 2001-02…Packers LB A.J. Hawk is the brother-in-law of Seahawks QB Brady Quinn; Hawk’s wife, Laura, is Quinn’s sister.

Important dates to remember (all times CDT):

Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field
Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m., clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players
Sunday, Sept. 8 – Regular-season opener at San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.

– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
– Tonight’s captains will be TE Jermichael Finley (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and LB Robert Francois (special teams).

Jermichael Finley, Clay Matthews, Robert Francois

– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ron Winter (14), umpire Carl Paganelli (124/first half), umpire Brent Sowell (152/second half), head linesman Jim Howey (37), line judge Gary Arthur (108), field judge Scott Steenson (88), side judge Tom Hill (97), back judge Greg Steed (83/first half) and back judge Steve Patrick (149/second half).

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