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2012 defense grades: Matthews, Hayward rise to head of class

6:22 PM, Jan. 19, 2013
Outside linebacker Clay Matthews had 16 sacks for the Green Bay Packers during the regular season and playoffs despite missing four games. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Outside linebacker Clay Matthews had 16 sacks for the Green Bay Packers during the regular season and playoffs despite missing four games. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
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End-of-season grades for defensive players on the 2012 Green Bay Packers.Defensive linemen

B.J. Raji: Stats don't begin to tell how well he played, especially in the second half of the season, because he's asked to absorb blockers rather than jet up the field. Failed to record a sack for the first time in four years and finished just 10th on the team with 45 tackles. Still played as well as he has at any point in his career the last half of the season. Missed two regular-season games because of an ankle injury, snapping a streak of 58 straight games played, including playoffs, but still played the ...

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