- Nov. 6, 2013
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The Packers are absolutely dominating public persona in polls on ESPN.com's SportsNation.
LAKE FOREST, ILL. - Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs used the word "punish" four times while answering two questions about the Green Bay Packers this afternoon. Briggs addressed a packed room inside the Halas Hall theater before heading out to practice.
In what could be good news for the Packers special teams units today, Atari Bigby and Korey Hall are on the Packers’ active roster. Both have missed games with injuries, but both could play key roles on special teams.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop has signed a four-year, $19 million contract extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning.
An NFL source confirmed that Desmond Bishop has signed a four-year contract extension with the Packers worth $19 million.
The Packers found themselves on the verge of a double-digit deficit early in the third quarter Sunday in a game where points weren't exactly coming easy.
Aaron Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on a 46-yard comopetion to the 1-yard line, and on the next play Rodgers hit Donald Lee on a 1-yard scoring pass, which proved to be the difference in the Packers' 10-3 victory.
The Green Bay Packers will pick No. 25 in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, at least for the moment.
Coach Mike McCarthy said the low point of this season was the two-game stretch in which the Packers lost back-to-back overtime games to Washington and Miami. It was during that period that the Packers' injuries hit hardest.
Bears punt returner Devin Hester ranks No. 3 in the NFL with an average of 17.1 yards per return and league-high three touchdowns.
Defensive end Cullen Jenkins (calf) returned to practice Wednesday, a promising first sign that he'll be able to play this week after missing the past four games.
Desmond Bishop wasn't the only member of the Green Bay Packers to sign a contract extension last week.
As expected, running back James Starks is on the Packers' 45-man active roster for today's game against the Bears. Fullback Korey Hall is inactive because of an injury, freeing up a running back spot for Starks, the rookie who has been inactive the past two games.
Both teams had three possessions, and both teams came up empty offensively.
The Bears marched 62 yards in 10 plays and Robbie Gould booted a 30-yard field goal for the only points of the first half. The Bears had a first-and-goal at the Packers' 4 but Green Bay's defense stiffened. Matt Forte ran for no gain on first down, Jay Cutler threw incomplete into the end zone to a well-covered Johnny Knox on second down, and Erik Walden sacked Cutler for an 8-yard loss on third down after roaring around left tackle Frank Omiyale.
The Packers had a first and goal at the 1 after a 33-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings, but they couldn't punch it in the end zone. John Kuhn ran up the middle for no gain. Rodgers pitched low to Brandon Jackson, who had trouble getting a handle on the poor pitch and allowed the Bears' defense to recover and tackle Jackson for a 2-yard loss. Then Rodgers, attempting to scramble, was sacked for a 2-yard loss.
Bears coach Lovie Smith appears to be a man of his word. Just as he said earlier in the week, it would seem Smith plans to play to win today against the Packers.
Any hopes of the Falcons making a comeback were dashed when the Packers scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half.
The Packers completely dominated the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night at the Georgia Dome, 48-21, and advanced to the NFC title game for the second time in four years under Mike McCarthy.
ATLANTA – It might not provide any kind of a game-planning advantage, but the Packers will have the luxury of watching today’s other NFC divisional playoff game between Chicago and Seattle, knowing that they’ll face the winner in next Sunday’s NFC championship game.
The devastating licking the Packers laid on the Atlanta Falcons left many Falcons grasping for words to describe their 48-21 loss. Here’s a sampling:
Here is some of the post-game chatter coming from the victorious Packers locker room:
There's no secret the first step for the Packers to stop the Atlanta Falcons is to contain Michael Turner and the run game. The Falcons would love to eat clock with long drives on the legs of Turner.
In 10 key statistical areas, the Packers and Falcons are deadlocked at 5-5. It might be an indication of a closely contested game.
Just finished watching the placekickers for both teams conduct their warm-ups, looks like the Packers' Mason Crosby has a little more range than Atlanta's Matt Bryant in the ideal kicking conditions of the Georgia Dome.
The only mild surprise among Packers inactives tonight would be safety Atari Bigby, who practiced some this past week and had at least a chance to lend his veteran experience to the Packers' cause.
Greg Jennings fumbled near midfield on the Packers' opening series -- following a 30-yard reception. The Falcons took over at the Packers' 48 and drove for a touchdown in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead with 5 minutes remaining. Michael Turner plowed through the middle of the Packers' defense for a 12-yard touchdown run.
The Packers stunned the Falcons by scoring four second-quarter touchdowns to take a 28-14 lead. It was capped by Tramon Williams' 70-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the half. The Falcons were attempting to drive into field goal range but Matt Ryan threw an ill-advised sideline pass to Roddy White. Williams stepped in front of the pass and made a nice cutback on his way to the end zone.
One key for the Packers tonight will be finding a way to shut down running back Michael Turner. Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Pete Dougherty provides a look at the Atlanta Falcons' run game:
One of the keys for the Packers tonight will be stopping QB Matt Ryan, WR Roddy White and TE Tony Gonzalez. Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Pete Dougherty takes a look at the Atlanta Falcons' passing attack:
Packers rookie James Starks ran for 123 yards last week against the Eagles. The question is, can Starks produce that kind of performance against Atlanta? Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Pete Dougherty assesses the key components to the Falcons' run defense:
It's possible Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can exploit the Falcons' secondary. He passed for more than 300 yards the last time these two teams met in November. Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Pete Dougherty takes a look at the Falcons' pass defense:
Once again the Packers will have their hands full with a formidable special teams opponent in the Falcons. When these teams met in the regular season a big Falcons' kickoff return in the final minute led to their 20-17 victory. Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Pete Dougherty assessess Atlanta's special teams:
ATLANTA -- Those who read my story this morning on Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers know that I spoke with former New Orleans Saints/Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora.
In my column today I wrote about linebacker Desmond Bishop emerging this season from being a Packers defensive bench-warmer to a playoff game-saver. Bishop is among a group of Packers players that have come out of the shadows due to injuries to players higher up on the depth chart.
About the only real surprise on the Packers' official injury report was that safety Atari Bigby was listed as questionable despite being a full participant in practice on Thursday.
Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan didn’t know each other before they came to the NFL, but they’ve become decent friends over the last couple of years.
Punter Tim Masthay is in the midst of the first playoff run of his career as the Packers are one game away from the NFC Championship.
ATLANTA -- It’s been well documented that Matt Ryan has posted a 20-2 record as the starting quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome, meaning the Packers have a major challenge on their hands today in their NFC divisional playoff game here.
The latest odds on tonight’s Falcons-Packers game show Atlanta as a 1.5-point favorite, according to bodog.com.
Yesterday Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty tackled the topic of Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan being viewed by scouts as the next Peyton Manning-Tom Brady 1-2 punch in the NFL. So I posed the question to Dougherty: who is the better quarterback, the Packers' Rodgers or the Falcons' Ryan?
Any chance Frank Zombo had of returning this week now looks unlikely.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Eric Walden was born and raised in Dublin, Georgia - 135 miles southeast of Atlanta. He wasn't a regular in the defensive rotation when the team played the Falcons in the regular season, but a lot has changed since then.
James Starks has only 52 carries in his six-week NFL career, but his 123-yard rushing game last week for the Packers against Philadelphia warrants a look to see who was picked ahead of him in the 2010 draft.
Tramon Williams' pick-6 against the Atlanta Falcons with 0:00 remaining in the first half essentially ended the Falcons season. The Packers took a 14-point lead and got the ball back after the break - and promptly extended the lead to three touchdowns on Aaron Rodgers 7-yard touchdown run.
The Green Bay Packers looked as healthy as they've been in a while at Wednesday's practice.
Linebacker Frank Zombo's chances of playing this week are fading, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Zombo didn't practice today after McCarthy had hoped he might be ready to go. If Zombo can't practice on Thursday he won't play against the Falcons Saturday.
The last time the Packers played the Atlanta Falcons, Erik Walden was an afterthought.
Though the Packers still are searching for a routinely productive or dangerous kickoff returner, they've done an OK job returning kickoffs as measured by a key statistic.
My column today touches on the topic of dropped passes, namely the 63-yard touchdown pass that James Jones dropped against Philadelphia last week. It could have been a potentially costly mistake but the Packers hung on to win and Jones was taken off the hook.
The Chicago media is abuzz about the Bears-Packers NFC title game on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Though the Green Bay Packers are the lowest-seeded team remaining in the playoffs, they're the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
The Packers’ Mike McCarthy and the Bears’ Lovie Smith have almost indentical records in the past five years since they’ve been matching wits against each other as NFC North coaching adversaries.
For all you Twitter addicts out there, here are some people you might want to follow for information on the Chicago Bears this week leading up to Sunday's NFC championship game against the Packers.
Finished an online chat earlier today, thought I’d answer a couple questions I didn’t have time to get to then:
Packers defensive end Ryan Pickett said the team has taken an us-against-the-world mentality into the current run to the NFC Championship game.
When the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears play Sunday at Soldier Field in the NFC championship game, it will be the 182nd meeting between the two storied franchises.
The Packers’ dominating performance against Atlanta on Saturday night made a strong impression on odds-makers.
A little more chatter from the Packers locker room after the 48-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
At PackersNews.com we continue to crank out Green Bay Packers-related stories, blog posts, videos, photos, Tweets, columns and more as the team prepares for the NFC championship game against the Chicago Bears.
This marks the fifth time in the past 16 years the Packers have advanced to the NFC championship game. In their previous four appearances, they have posted a 2-2 record:
Aaron Rodgers didn’t go into the details, but he suggested that he and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher have some fun at the line of scrimmage calling dummy audibles for each other when the Bears and Packers play.
It’s been well documented that Charles Woodson has developed a liking for Green Bay. I wrote about that in a column last May when Woodson received the Professional Achievement Award at the Lee Remmel Sports banquet.
LAKE FOREST, ILL. - Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs used the word "punish" four times while answering two questions about the Green Bay Packers this afternoon. Briggs addressed a packed room inside the Halas Hall theater before heading out to practice.
Here are the high points of the Packers interviews held this afternoon in the media auditorium:
Ryan Grant insisted he wasn’t guaranteeing anything when he sent out this tweet last Saturday night after the Packers rolled over the Atlanta Falcons to reach the NFC title game:
Though the weather and turf conditions at Soldier Field will affect all players in the NFC championship game in Chicago, it might not affect anyone more than the kickers and punters.
Can it be that simple?
Greetings from Lake Forest, Ill.
In the second of two stories about this week’s NFC championship game, Booth Newspapers’ Tom Kowalski talked to Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan about his two NFC North Division rivals playing for a berth in the Super Bowl. Following are some of Linehan’s comments about the Packers and Bears:
Rookie outside linebacker Frank Zombo was the only player not practicing for the Packers today as they began preparations for Sunday's NFC championship game at Chicago.
NFL coaches would have you believe that turnover differential is one of the most important stats.
It’s been 13 years since the Packers last advanced to the Super Bowl, when Bill Clinton was president, gas cost $1.35 per gallon and Packers starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga was 8 years old.
Former Packers vice president Andrew Brandt's blog at NationalFootballPost.com this week included several question-and-answer items regarding the Packers, with one about the players General Manager Ted Thompson had targeted going into the 2005 draft, when he selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers at No. 24 overall. Thompson was looking primarily at defensive linemen that year.
Former Press-Gazette sports writer and sports editor Cliff Christl, co-author of a book about the Packers-Bears rivalry, joined PackersNews.com for a guest chat Tuesday night. Read a complete transcript right here. This was the second day of our five-part series of reader chats.
My column today about the shabby treatment Aaron Rodgers received from Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com for walking past autograph-seeking fan Jan Cavanaugh at the Green Bay airport last weekend has sparked some debate about the sincerity of Florio's subsequent apology.
Matt Bowen, who played safety for seven years in the NFL (including 2001-02 in Green Bay), believes defense wins championships.
Those who want to hear every word from all the key figures in this week's conference championship games are in luck.
Tom Kowalski, a beat reporter who covers the Detroit Lions for Booth Newspapers, talked to Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham this week for his thoughts about the NFC championship game, which features two NFC North Division rivals, the Packers and Bears. Following are several of Cunningham’s comments:
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was a serious topic of conversation heading into divisional round of the playoffs at the Georgia Dome.
If the Packers have to play on the road, many member of their offense (perhaps everyone but the offensive linemen) would just as soon play in a dome.
WBAY-TV in Green Bay aired a story on Friday about cancer survivor Jan Cavanaugh, an avid Packers fan who wanted members of the team, including Aaron Rodgers, to sign her pink baseball cap at the Green Bay airport.
Much has been made of the shaky turf of Soldier Field and how it will affect the footing of players. But the temperature and wind could have an even larger impact on the Packers offense.
Though it’s uncommon, it’s hardly unprecedented for the Packers to the favorite in a conference championship game even though they’re the lower-seeded team and playing on the road.
Do the Packers and Bears hate each other? They have the longest-running rivalry in the NFL and at times the series has turned bitter, particularly during the 1980s when Forrest Gregg coached the Packers and Mike Ditka coached the Bears.
Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre picked the Packers to win the Super Bowl in an e-mail to ESPN's Ed Werder on Monday.
It's common knowledge Bears coach Lovie Smith covets his Tampa 2 defense. The scheme puts an emphasis on the front four lineman pressuring the quarterback so two safeties can stay over the top and prevent deep throws.
PackersNews.com is the place to be for exhaustive preview coverage of the upcoming NFC championship game between the Packers and Chicago Bears. We've got you covered with stories, columns, commentary, blog reports, Twitter updates, videos, photos, and more.
Some Packers players still have a bitter taste in their mouths from the last time the team played in the NFC championship game.
Last week, we told you about how Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to register a pair of 120-plus passer rating games in his first two career playoff starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Following are some links to stories from Chicago media about the Packers-Bears NFC championship game this weekend:
A.J. Hawk wasn't a happy camper five months ago.
Packers receiver Greg Jennings called the condition of the Soldier Field playing surface “probably the worst in the league.”
Clay Matthews was named the NFL’s defensive MVP by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association, the second defensive MVP award he’s won this season.
Along the Packers' ride to the NFC championship game, praise has been heaped upon many -- defensive coordinator Dom Capers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running back James Starks, coach Mike McCarthy and even GM Ted Thompson.
The Packers are 2-point underdogs against the Falcons in Saturday night's divisional playoff game, according to Bodog.com. The Packers were 2.5-point underdogs against the Eagles in the wild-card round and proved the oddsmakers wrong in their 21-16 victory.
Because of the short week with the game on Saturday, the Packers' practice today was scheduled to be a short workout. It was open to reporters only for the jog-through portion plus a ball-security drill.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn’t getting up caught in all the playoff hype. His team is being described as perhaps the most dangerous No. 6 seed in playoff history.
The Packers defense may be playing better than any other in the league right now.
One of the Green Bay Packers' playoff stars apparently came very close to being a member of the Chicago Bears.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a gorilla, chimpanzee or monkey on his back prior to the Packers’ playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
It's somewhat of a surprise that nose tackle Howard Green is on the Packers' inactive list. Cullen Jenkins is set to play for the first time in more than a month and has in effect taken Green's spot. But if Jenkins goes down early with an injury, which isn't out of the realm of possibility, the Packers could be left short along the defensive line.
It's windy here at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The weather forecast calls for game-time temperatures to be in the high 20s, but the wind chill to be around the mid teens. However, it's not the cold that should be a concern for the Packers, it's the wind.
Aaron Rodgers hit Tom Crabtree on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The score culminated a 10-play, 68-yard scoring march that featured rookie running back James Starks busting off a 27-yard run on the first play.
Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 5:21 remaining in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead. It culminated a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ate up 7 minutes.
The Packers opened the third quarter sloppily. Donald Driver dropped a pass, Aaron Rodgers was sacked and fumbled, and two plays later Michael Vick hit Jason Avant on a 24-yard touchdown strike to pull the Eagles within 14-10.
The Eagles drove 75 yards in 13 plays, with Michael Vick sneaking for the touchdown on a 1-yard plunge on fourth down with 4:02 remaining to pull Philadelphia within five points. But the Eagles failed to convert the two-point conversion attempt.
The Packers remember well their 20-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons during the regular season in late November and hope to learn from that game as they prepare for another trip to Atlanta on Saturday for an NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome.
Did not participate (during open media portion):
It’s that time of year again to beat the drum for a more equitable NFL playoff seeding system.
The forecast for Sunday in Philadelphia is a high of 34 degrees with a low of 24 degrees. The day is expected to be blustery with 20 m.p.h. winds.
Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins practiced for the third straight day and barring a last minute setback, he should be good to go for the Packers in Sunday's NFC wild-card game at Philadelphia.
Oddsmakers have made the Eagles a 2.5 point favorite today over the Packers at Lincoln Financial Field in their wild-card playoff game, but members of the media don't see it that way, based on a sampling of predictions in Green Bay, Philadelphia and nationwide.
Clay Matthews has his Predator imitation.
The contract extension that Desmond Bishop signed contained a $4 million bonus for this season and a $1 million roster bonus next year, according to a source with access to NFL Players Association salary information.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon after the conclusion of practice. The 13-year veteran will play in the 11th playoff game of his career against the Eagles on Sunday.
Highlights from Mike McCarthy's press conference today:
Tickets for Super Bowl XLV have continued to skyrocket. Prices are now in the $2,100 and $8,000 range.
Even Frank Zombo knows the old adage that a starter doesn't lose his job to injury doesn't apply in today's NFL.
Though Ron Wolf won a Super Bowl as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, he names a different game as the possible highlight of his nine years with the team.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that members of the Steelers secondary are not feeling the love.
Today is Friday, but it's really a Wednesday.
Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com is speculating that Packers safeties coach Darren Perry could be in line to be named defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles following the Super Bowl. The Eagles fired Sean McDermott after their playoff loss to the Packers earlier this month.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers showed a glimpse of the future in his seventh appearance in a ballgame. He took the field against the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and threw for 218 yards, 1 touchdown with a 64.3 completion percentage and a 104.8 QB rating.
Linebacker Frank Zombo, who hasn't played since he sprained his posterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 12 at Detroit, was back at practice today, when the Packers began on-field preparations for Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh.
As a post-script to the Packers' team-photo snafu, a couple of Pittsburgh Steelers players weighed in this week and were critical of the Packers' management.
The topic exploded on Twitter this morning - the players on injured reserve will be left out of the Super Bowl team photo.
In the first of what is sure to be several mini controversies that take on lives of their own in advance of the Super Bowl, at least two Packers’ players on injured reserve have expressed disappointment that they won’t be in the team picture that will be taken in Dallas during media day for Super Bowl XLV.
Packers' B.J. Raji has been known to study film of premier nose tackles across the league. So, it was a natural question when he was asked about the Steelers Pro Bowler Casey Hampton, who plays the same position in a 3-4 defense.
Apparently the good folks in Arlington, Texas, are getting upset because Dallas is getting all the credit for hosting the Super Bowl. Actually, the game is being played in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium, and this anonymous emailer wanted everyone in Wisconsin to know that:
Former NFL tackle Greg Koch, who was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame last summer, had some harsh words for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after Cutler bowed out of Sunday's NFC championship game because of a knee injury.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers essentially had the last word this week before the players went into lock-down mode in advance of Sunday's NFC championship game at Chicago.
Jerry Kramer points to a game in the Packers-Bears rivalry as a pivotal moment for the Lombardi era.
It’s safe to say the Green Bay Packers have convinced the world they have a much defense than last season.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews called Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger one of the toughest quarterbacks to sack.
The Green Bay Packers will arrive in Dallas on Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m. to begin their Super Bowl XLV week, the NFL announced this morning.
As Sports Illustrated has become fond of doing of late, it has released different magazine covers for different parts of the country.
Packers safety Nick Collins was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl in 2010. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu just earned his sixth trip.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy discussed his relationship with general manager Ted Thompson at his press conference Monday.
Highlights from Clay Matthews presser today:
Highlights from Nick Collins' presser today:
B.J. Raji presser highlights:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy hasn't released his schedule for the next two weeks, but it's starting to look like it will be similar to what Mike Holmgren did in advance of Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII.
Packers fullback John Kuhn was a member of the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers team that went on to beat the Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.
Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews was voted to the NFL's official All-Pro team awarded by the Associated Press.
A few leftover quotes from Sunday night in Chicago:
Some quotes following the Packers’ NFC championship game victory over the Chicago Bears:
Highlights from Donald Driver presser today:
Highlights from Chad Clifton presser today:
Highlight from John Kuhn presser today:
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers Capers was asked what makes Mike McCarthy a good head coach.
Love it or think it's the cheesiest touchdown celebration ever, Aaron Rodgers' "belt" isn't going away.
As the Packers were conducting their final practice before Sunday's NFC title game at Chicago, only two players weren't practicing.
During a conference call on Thursday Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said he had “zero” scholarship offers coming out of high school. That’s a pretty humble upbringing for someone who has earned Pro Bowl recognition in each of his two NFL seasons and is a candidate for defensive player of the year.
Here's the Packers' final injury report of the week followed by comments from coach Mike McCarthy:
Gale Sayers raises a good alternative to Devin Hester in the discussion of best return man in NFL history: himself.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has been in the NFL coaching business since 1986.
Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett is in his third season out of Vanderbilt and couldn't hide his excitement to play in the NFC championship on Sunday. He grinned after the last practice of the week Friday as reporters gathered for one last round of interviews before the game.
Devin Hester has great speed, but there are other ultra-fast guys in the NFL, so that’s not the only reason he’s maybe the best return man in league history.
10 fun facts about the Packers as they prepare for the NFC championship game against the Chicago Bears:
Would you turn down an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii in January?
Sunday’s Packers-Bears NFC championship game will mark only the sixth time since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 that the NFC title game will be a battle of division foes.
Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris is a three-time Pro Bowler that has been one of the most feared defensive linemen in the NFL and was an irreplaceable piece of the 2006 Super Bowl team.
The Packers deployment of B.J. Raji as a fullback in their goal-line repertoire worked well enough last week at Atlanta to think they’ll consider using it again.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson has become a legend for his fumble-forcing tendencies and his patented chop on ball-carriers.
There’s a sense among veteran Packers players that the opportunity to reach the Super Bowl doesn’t come around all that often.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - 12-year veteran Desmond Clark has been with the Chicago Bears since 2003 and has seen an common theme over the years - disrespect.
If you haven’t already seen it, Jim Corbett of USA Today filed this story on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Earlier this season, STATS, an independent sports data and research company, introduced the New York Life Protection Index, a way to measure an offensive line’s ability to pass protect.
Here's a roundup and links to stories on the websites of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times about Sunday's NFC championship game:
Picture-gate, hopefully, has come to a close with the Packers coach Mike McCarthy addressing the situation this morning at his press conference.
ESPN is reporting that the NFL fined Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers $10,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday’s NFC championship game.
CNBC reported that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews signed a 1-year endorsement shampoo deal with Unilever's Suave brand.
With the news that all 5,000 tickets have sold out for the outdoor area at Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV, roughly the same number of people will attend the game as live in Green Bay.
Just perused the NFL Record and Fact Book to see if any Packers players rank at the top of postseason statistics going into this year's playoffs. Here's what I found:
The Steelers held their second practice of the week on Thursday. The Packers hold their first workout Friday.
Highlights from Packers coach Mike McCarthy's press conference this morning:
Much of the attention leading up to the Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers will be on Dom Capers and his connection to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the fact that Packers coach Mike McCarthy is a Pittsburgh native who grew up idolizing the Steelers.
Talked to former General Manager Ron Wolf this week for a story, and during the extended conversation he said one of his proudest accomplishments was the Packers' NFL-best won-loss record from the start of the free agency era until his retirement.
While the Packers remain a 3-point favorite over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, the more interesting betting lines/odds have been released.
Highlights from Jarrett Bush presser:
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was ripped nationally after not being able to finish the NFC championship game due to a knee injury.
Here's a quick comparison of the Packers and Steelers' statistical rankings in a few key categories:
A source told the Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky that the Packers will take their team photo on Friday during Super Bowl week to include players on the injured reserve list.
Highlights from Charles Woodson's presser:
Highlights of Ryan Pickett presser:
Highlights of Aaron Rodgers presser:
Highlights from Greg Jennings presser:
Highlights from Josh Sitton presser:
Highlights from Desmond Bishop presser:
Those who doubt the importance left tackle Chad Clifton has within the Packers offense only needed to watch the NFC championship against the Bears. Clifton left the game after the first series after being hit by teammate John Kuhn. He suffered a neck stinger and T.J. Lang took over for an extended stretch.
Highlights from special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum's presser:
Highlights from offensive coordinator Joe Philbin's presser:
Highlights from Dom Capers' presser:
LAKE FOREST, ILL. - The Chicago Bears had lost 3-of-4 games going into their bye on Week 8 when the coaching staff realized something had to change. The team sat with a 4-3 record and had become too pass happy in the losses.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy hasn't announced his schedule for this week, but how he handles things before the team departs for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas will be just as important as what the team does during its week in Texas.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't play for most of the second half against the Packers Sunday in the NFC title game due to a knee injury suffered at the end of the first half, which left some questioning his toughness.
The Packers marched 44 yards in five plays for a touchdown, with James Starks rushing 4 yards and reaching the ball across the goal line for the score and 14-0 lead with 11:13 left in the first half.
The Packers had a first and goal at the 8 on their first possession of the second half but failed to score. On third and goal from the 6 Aaron Rodgers passes for Donald Driver and never saw linebacker Brian Urlacher, who intercepted. Rodgers made a nice hustling play to make the tackle to prevent Urlacher from returning the pick for a touchdown.
The Packers are going to the Super Bowl for the first time in 13 years. They held off the Chicago Bears 21-14 in the NFC championship game at Soldier Field this afternoon to earn a trip to Dallas, where they will attempt to capture their fourth Super Bowl crown and 13th overall NFL championship.
Here are some final stats, with the Packers listed first:
Here's the remainder of what an NFL scout said this week about Sunday's matchup after watching videotape of the Packers-Bears game three weeks ago. The scout predicted the Packers will win.
With just over 24 hours before the Packers play the Bears for the right to play in the Super Bowl, blitz pickup is still a major topic for Chicago.
CHICAGO - Brian Urlacher will be considered one of the greatest linebackers in Chicago Bears history whenever the 11-year veteran chooses to retire his cleats. The six-time Pro Bowler and 2005 Defensive Player of the Year will mentioned in the same breath as Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Bronko Nagurski.
No one is giving the Chicago Bears a chance in today’s NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers.
Today’s weather forecast at Soldier Field in Chicago calls for temperatures during the game to hover between 17 and 19 degrees. Winds are supposed to range from 7 mph to 8 mph which will produce a wind-chill temperature of between 7 and 9 degrees. There’s also a 20% chance of snow.
Packers punter Tim Masthay must be more concerned with kicking into the wind than with it.
Watching the kickers in warm-ups, there's a noticeable wind coming from the southwest, so kicking into the north end zone is more with the wind with the ball moving left to right, and kicking into the south end zone is more into the wind with the ball moving right to left. Both kickers, the Packers' Mason Crosby and the Bears' Robbie Gould, had to do some adjusting for the significant cross movement of the ball.
The Packers took the opening kickoff and drove 84 yards in seven plays for a touchdown and early 7-0 lead. Aaron Rodgers picked up right where he left off last week against Atlanta. His first two passes were completed to Greg Jennings for 22 and 26 yards. Rodgers ran a bootleg for 1 yard and the touchdown. He just beat defender Danieal Manning to the pylon.
The Packers are absolutely dominating the public polls on ESPN.com's SportsNation.
Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will never be on the field at the same time in tomorrow's NFC championship game, but they'll be linked because they were arguably the two best defensive players in the NFL this season.
Pete Dougherty assesses the rosters of the Packers and Bears and concludes the Bears are old and must win now, while the Packers are considerably younger and could be set up for more success in the next five years.
The Packers closed out the regular season with 15 players on season-ending injured reserve compared to the Bears’ 2. The number of missed games by Packers opening-day starters totaled 86. Here’s the breakdown:
Talked to NFL scout Friday who had just watched the videotape of the Packers' 10-3 win over the Bears in the regular-season finale three weeks ago. He predicted the Packers will win the re-match in the NFC championship game Sunday. Following are a few of his comments about how the teams match up.
DALLAS – The Super Bowl brings out all kinds.
The Packers have their first media commitment of Super Bowl week today after their charter flight arrives in Dallas at about 3:30 p.m.
DALLAS -- We've been hearing often from Packers players this past week about their attempts not to take the Super Bowl for granted because only a select few players get to experience it.
DALLAS -- We'll find out some time after 6 p.m. tonight whether a member of the Packers has won the NFL defensive player of the year for the second straight year.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Packers linebacker Clay Matthews finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in sacks (13.5), was named All-Pro by the Associated Press and voted to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season.
Highlights from Mike McCarthy's press conference today in Irving, Texas:
IRVING, Texas -- When he spoke to reporters during the Packers' media session earlier this evening, Clay Matthews didn't know whether he won the NFL defensive player of the year or not.
IRVING, Texas -- We have a story coming on Aaron Rodgers soon, but following are a couple quotes not included in that story from his press conference Monday night. Rodgers was one of six Packers players who met with the media at the team's hotel, along with coach Mike McCarthy.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach in league history to win a Super Bowl after the 2008 regular season. He was the youngest coach in the NFL when he was hired in 2007.
Here is some bonus material during a recent interview with Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, who spoke on a variety of topics, some of which I hit on in my column today.
By and large, the Green Bay Packers tend to downplay the advantage of playing indoors. Receiver Greg Jennings was one of the lone players to publicly express his excitement about playing inside Cowboys stadium.
Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins is in a delicate situation. He is playing out the final year of his contract and has expressed some frustration with being stuck in limbo.
DALLAS -- When assessing the Packers-Steelers Super Bowl matchup, Pittsburgh holds the advantage in terms of experience in the big game, but perhaps the Packers offset that with their offensive success indoors.
The Green Bay Packers continue to be 2.5-point favorites in Super Bowl XLV. The game is likely to be close and kicker Mason Crosby is preparing to have a major influence on the outcome.
Mike Holmgren says that while losing the Super Bowl is painful and slow to get over, he wasn't anything like clinically depressed after his Packers lost Super Bowl XXXII to the underdog Denver Broncos in January 1998.
When asked Saturday what championships he's won in his life, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared to joke about his season in junior college at Butte College in northern California.
There's still seven days remaining before Super Bowl XLV kicks off between the Packers and Steelers, and already there are odds for next year's Super Bowl.
While Packers President Mark Murphy will enjoy the Packers' weeklong stay in the Dallas area as they prepare for the Super Bowl, he will have some other business to conduct.
The Packers went 20 minutes longer than usual for their end-of-the-week practice Sunday inside the Don Hutson Center.
The Packers practiced in helmets and sweats Saturday morning/afternoon.
Aaron Rodgers apparently wanted to send a message to a teammate or two about their complaints in the Packers’ team-photo flap.
Highlights from Mike McCarthy's presser today:
The Arizona Cardinals want to talk to coaches from both the Packers and Steelers about their vacant defensive coordinator job, according to this report in the Arizona Republic.
Packers President Mark Murphy said on Saturday he didn't want to discuss extending the contract of Ted Thompson until after the season.
Cullen Jenkins has come a long way a month.
When the Packers complete their practice work today, they will have two "off" days before returning to the practice field on Wednesday in Dallas at Southern Methodist University, their home during Super Bowl XLV.
Some things to know about the Packers and Steelers as they prepare to play in the Super Bowl:
When Tim Masthay signed with the Packers last offseason, he hunkered down in the special teams film room.
The Associated Press has changed its schedule for announcing the NFL defensive player of the year award from next Friday to Monday.