On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans

News

Print
RSS

Defense, Lions loss saves the day in Packers win

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Matt Flynn rallies Packers to 22-21 win over Falcons at Lambeau Field

GREEN BAY—The Packers were at the tipping point in their season. They were trailing 21-10 and being booed at home. That’s when the defense – yeah, the Packers defense – saved the day and the season, for at least one more week.

“Excellent win; classified as a character win,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following a 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at frigid Lambeau Field. Combined with a Lions loss in Philadelphia, the 6-6-1 Packers find themselves a half game behind the 7-6 Lions, with the 6-6 Bears to host the Cowboys on Monday night.

It all looked so grim as the Packers went to the halftime locker room on Sunday. The Falcons had just executed a bizarre pick-six interception that was literally kick-started when the ball caromed off a foot and into the hands of Sean Weatherspoon. Seventy-one yards later, the Packers’ season was in dire jeopardy.

“Get booed at home,” McCarthy said in a pained voice. “The energy in the locker room; they never blinked. This is an excellent win and we needed it.”

Needed it? That’s an understatement. The Packers also needed an Eagles win over the Lions, and the Packers weren’t getting it as the first half ended at Lambeau. The mood was as cold as the snow that was falling.

That’s when the Packers’ maligned defense, which had been the goat of the team’s five-game non-winning streak, became the hero of the game and maybe the season.

With the season on the line, the defense pitched consecutive three-and-outs at the Falcons to start the second half, and then forced and recovered a fumble to start the fourth quarter. Four plays later, Matt Flynn threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless and the Packers were in the lead.

“Our defense did a great job of keeping them out of the end zone the rest of the game,” McCarthy said. “Good to win. It’s been a while. I forgot what it felt like.”

Sunday’s come-from-behind win, combined with the Lions’ loss, qualifies as a late-season resurrection. Had the Packers lost and the Lions won, the Packers’ playoff hopes would’ve required winning their final three games and the Lions losing their final three. As it stands, the Packers could climb back into first place with a win in Dallas next Sunday.

Does McCarthy like his team’s chances of winning the NFC North, which is the Packers’ most realistic route to the postseason?

“I like our opportunity in Dallas. That’s where my mind is. The Lions lost and we’re happy about that. It’s about stacking success,” McCarthy said.

It’s also about getting Aaron Rodgers back, which Flynn readily admitted.

“Hopefully, he can get back in the lineup. With him out there, it gives us our best chance to win,” Flynn said.

Flynn completed 24 of 32 passes for 258 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a 95.6 passer rating. He played his best football since the 2011 regular-season finale and was coming off a nightmarish performance in the Packers’ Thanksgiving Day loss in Detroit.

 “I thought Matt played well. He did an excellent job in the no-huddle. I was very pleased with the way Matt Flynn played today,” McCarthy said.

“It feels good to move the ball, complete some passes. Hopefully, it helps the confidence in the team around me. As a team, everyone feels real good about it,” Flynn said of the win.

What changed for the defense? It had allowed more than 200 yards rushing in three of the Packers’ last four games, but held the Falcons to 83 yards rushing and 285 total net yards.

“I told them it’s lonely being a warrior,” McCarthy said of his halftime address. “I really liked the energy with our players at halftime. We played our best football in the second half, and that’s what you look for from your football team.”

Can they do it three more times?

Complete game coverage

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers move into dorms at St. Norbert College

    (1:44) Posted 9 hours ago

    Packers began to move into Victor McCormick Hall at St. Norbert College on Thursday, July 24, in preparation for 2014 Training Camp. Hear from WR Jared Abbrederis and TE Ryan Taylor.

  • Mark Murphy speaks on Favre's Return to Lambeau

    (2:10) Posted 9 hours ago

    Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy addressed members of the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium on Thursday, July 24, following the 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting.

  • Mark Murphy excited for chance to play in London

    (1:38) Posted 9 hours ago

    Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy addressed members of the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium on Thursday, July 24, following the 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting.