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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet

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Loss to 49ers brings hurtful end to Packers' season

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Mike McCarthy says his team was "one play away" from win

GREEN BAY—The fourth one hurt the most.

“It hurts, it hurts,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following his team’s 23-20 loss to the 49ers on Sunday, which halts the Packers’ postseason quest at the wild-card round.

“Frustrating way to end the season. A lot of us felt the way things had gone, there might’ve been something special about this season,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

It marked the fourth time in 16 months the Packers had lost a game to the 49ers, but this one was different than the previous three. The Packers were not dominated in this one. If they weren’t, as McCarthy said, “a play away,” then they were certainly a drive away from victory.

The Packers needed to have the ball one more time, but after the Packers tied the game at 20-20 with 5:06 to play, the 49ers got the ball and never gave it back. Packer beater Colin Kaepernick engineered a game-winning, crunch-time scoring drive that marched 65 yards in 14 clock-eating plays. Phil Dawson kicked the game-winner, a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the game.

Kaepernick, again, beat the Packers with his legs as well as with his arm. He was the game’s leading rusher with 98 yards on just seven runs. It wasn’t the read option with which Kaepernick beat the Packers this time, it was with the scramble, most notably an 11-yard run on third-and-8 from the Packers 38-yard line with just over a minute to play in the game. Had the Packers stopped Kaepernick on that play, the 49ers would’ve faced a daunting decision: Try a long field goal at the edge of Dawson’s range with the temperature hovering near zero, or punt?

“It’s the right call,” McCarthy said of the defense in which the Packers were deployed for that down, “and he gets out to his left. We did not get it done as far as keeping the quarterback in the pocket.”

At that point, the 49ers ran Frank Gore four times and turned the game over to Dawson’s right foot. Dawson’s field goal sneaked just inside the right upright, sending the 49ers to Carolina next weekend for a divisional-round playoff game.

Kaepernick also threw for 227 yards and a touchdown. He made big plays at big times in the game and scored his third win over the Packers in a little less than a year.

Rodgers came to life following a first quarter in which the Packers were dominated by the 49ers defense and failed to gain a first down. He led a 70-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that put the Packers in the lead, 7-6, midway through the second quarter.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Rodgers was nearly unstoppable in the fourth, hooking up with Randall Cobb on two big plays, the first of which led to a touchdown and the second one having come within a shoestring of going for a touchdown and putting the Packers back into the lead.

“They’re known for being good tacklers, athletic defenders,” Rodgers said of Eric Reid’s shoestring tackle of Cobb.

The Packers had to settle for a field goal; it was a deciding play.

Is that the “play away” to which McCarthy referred? Or was it a near interception of Kaepernick by Micah Hyde on the 49ers’ game-winning drive?

The loss ended what had become a Cinderella-like run to the playoffs by the Packers. They were beginning to feel as though they were a team of destiny but, again, it was the 49ers that left them feeling bad. For the second consecutive year, the Packers’ season ended with a playoff loss to the 49ers.

“I could’ve definitely made a few more plays. These opportunities are pretty special. You have to make the most of them. This is nine years for me. I’d like to play another nine. This one we let slip through our fingers,” Rodgers said.

“Frustrated locker room. Tomorrow is the toughest day of the year,” Rodgers added, speaking of the exit process that’ll take place at Lambeau Field on Monday. “Everybody goes their way. This is the last time this team will be together.”

“I thanked them,” McCarthy said of his postgame message to his team. “I’m proud of them. Unique guys. I don’t know that we’ve had a team work as hard. When I think of this team, I think of the constant adversity thrown at them.”

The 49ers made it too much to overcome.

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