2014 Green Bay Packers season
The 2014 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 96th season overall, the 94th in the National Football League, and the ninth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team tied with four other teams for a league-best 12 wins and 4 losses, while also adding a fourth consecutive NFC North division title. The club went undefeated at home for the first time since 2011. They also led the league in scoring, with 486 points, the second-most in franchise history. It marked the first time since the 2009 season that the team had a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers, and a 1,000-yard rusher. They won the divisional round playoff game against the Cowboys, but then lost the conference championship game against the Seattle Seahawks in one of the biggest collapses in NFL playoff history. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the league's Most Valuable Player.
|2014 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Mike McCarthy|
|General manager||Ted Thompson|
|Owner||Green Bay Packers, Inc. (360,760 stockholders)|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
|Division place||1st NFC North|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 26–21|
Lost NFC Championship (Seahawks) 22–28 (OT)
|Pro Bowlers||WR Randall Cobb|
FB John Kuhn
LB Clay Matthews
WR Jordy Nelson
QB Aaron Rodgers
CB Sam Shields
G Josh Sitton
|AP All-Pros||FB John Kuhn|
WR Jordy Nelson
QB Aaron Rodgers
G Josh Sitton
The Packers made the playoffs for the sixth straight season, tying the record set between 1993–98.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 2014 NFL Draft
- 3 Staff
- 4 Final roster
- 5 Preseason
- 6 Starters
- 7 Schedule
- 8 Game summaries
- 8.1 Regular season
- 8.1.1 Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks
- 8.1.2 Week 2: vs. New York Jets
- 8.1.3 Week 3: at Detroit Lions
- 8.1.4 Week 4: at Chicago Bears
- 8.1.5 Week 5: vs. Minnesota Vikings
- 8.1.6 Week 6: at Miami Dolphins
- 8.1.7 Week 7: vs. Carolina Panthers
- 8.1.8 Week 8: at New Orleans Saints
- 8.1.9 Week 9: Bye week
- 8.1.10 Week 10: vs. Chicago Bears
- 8.1.11 Week 11: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
- 8.1.12 Week 12: at Minnesota Vikings
- 8.1.13 Week 13: vs. New England Patriots
- 8.1.14 Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons
- 8.1.15 Week 15: at Buffalo Bills
- 8.1.16 Week 16: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 8.1.17 Week 17: vs. Detroit Lions
- 8.2 Postseason
- 8.1 Regular season
- 9 Standings
- 10 Statistics
- 11 Awards
- 12 References
- 13 External links
|Date signed||2014 team|
|QB||Matt Flynn||UFA||April 15||Green Bay Packers|
|RB||James Starks||UFA||March 17||Green Bay Packers|
|FB||John Kuhn||UFA||April 3||Green Bay Packers|
|WR||James Jones||UFA||March 17||Oakland Raiders|
|TE||Andrew Quarless||UFA||March 13||Green Bay Packers|
|C||Evan Dietrich-Smith||UFA||March 14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|OT||Marshall Newhouse||UFA||March 21||Cincinnati Bengals|
|DE||C. J. Wilson||UFA||March 28||Oakland Raiders|
|NT||Ryan Pickett||UFA||September 28*||Houston Texans|
|NT||B. J. Raji||UFA||March 14||Green Bay Packers|
|ILB||Jamari Lattimore||RFA||April 30||Green Bay Packers|
|OLB||Mike Neal||UFA||March 12||Green Bay Packers|
|CB||Sam Shields||UFA||March 8||Green Bay Packers|
|FS||Chris Banjo||ERFA||February 26||Green Bay Packers|
|FS||M. D. Jennings||RFA||March 12||Chicago Bears|
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag
*Player was signed after the June 1st deadline and will not count towards compensatory selections.
|Date signed||2013 team|
|OT||Aaron Adams||UFA||January 7||Green Bay Packers*|
|CB||Antonio Dennard||UFA||January 7||Green Bay Packers*|
|C||Garth Gerhart||UFA||January 7||Green Bay Packers*|
|WR||Alex Gillett||UFA||January 7||Green Bay Packers*|
|RB||Orwin Smith||UFA||January 7||Green Bay Packers*|
|OT||Jeremy Vujnovich||UFA||January 7||Green Bay Packers*|
|OLB||Chase Thomas||UFA||January 7||Atlanta Falcons*|
|FB||Ina Liaina||UFA||January 28||Miami Dolphins*|
|TE||Raymond Webber||UFA||February 13||N/A|
|RB||Michael Hill||UFA||February 26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|OLB||Julius Peppers||UFA||March 15||Chicago Bears|
|NT||Letroy Guion||UFA||March 17||Minnesota Vikings|
|ILB||Korey Jones||UFA||July 23||Arizona Cardinals*|
|WR||Gerrard Sheppard||UFA||July 30||Baltimore Ravens*|
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only.
|Position||Player||Date released||2014 team|
|G||Greg Van Roten||February 12||Seattle Seahawks|
|WR||Sederrik Cunningham||April 11|
|RB||Orwin Smith||April 28|
|OLB||Chase Thomas||May 12||San Francisco 49ers|
|CB||James Nixon||May 14|
|TE||Raymond Webber||May 19||Miami Dolphins|
|ILB||Victor Aiyewa||May 19||San Diego Chargers|
|RB||Johnathan Franklin||June 20||Retired|
|ILB||Shaun Lewis||July 23|
2014 NFL DraftEdit
|2014 Green Bay Packers draft|
|1||21||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix *||Safety||Alabama|
|2||53||Davante Adams *||Wide Receiver||Fresno State|
|3||85||Khyri Thornton||Defensive End||Southern Miss|
|3||98||Richard Rodgers||Tight End||California||compensatory selection|
|4||121||Carl Bradford||Linebacker||Arizona State|
|5||161||Corey Linsley||Center||Ohio State|
|5||176||Jared Abbrederis||Wide Receiver||Wisconsin||compensatory selection|
|7||236||Jeff Janis||Wide Receiver||Saginaw Valley State|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
- The Packers were awarded two compensatory selections after losing free agents Greg Jennings and Erik Walden.
- Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive end Khyri Thornton sustained injuries prior the start of the season and were placed on injured reserve.
Undrafted free agentsEdit
|ILB||Jake Doughty||May 12||Utah State|
|OLB||Jayrone Elliott||May 12||Toledo|
|DE||Carlos Gray||May 12||North Carolina State|
|OLB||Adrian Hubbard||May 12||Alabama|
|G||Jordan McCray||May 12||Central Florida|
|RB||Rajion Neal||May 12||Tennessee|
|NT||Mike Pennel||May 12||Colorado State-Pueblo|
|TE||Justin Perillo||May 12||Maine|
|RB||LaDarius Perkins||May 12||Mississippi State|
|QB||Chase Rettig||May 12||Boston College|
|ILB||Joe Thomas||May 12||South Carolina State|
|CB||Ryan White||May 12||Auburn|
|OT||John Fullington||May 14||Washington State|
|S||Tanner Miller||May 16||Iowa|
|S||Charles Clay||May 19||Hawaii|
|TE||Colt Lyerla||May 19||Oregon|
|DE||Luther Robinson||May 19||Miami|
|ILB||Shaun Lewis||June 10||Oklahoma State|
|2014 Green Bay Packers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|2014 Green Bay Packers final roster|
Preseason roster cutsEdit
|CB||Antonio Dennard||August 24|
|S||Charles Clay||August 24|
|WR||Chris Harper||August 24|
|ILB||Korey Jones||August 24|
|FB||Ina Liaina||August 24|
|QB||Chase Rettig||August 24|
|WR||Gerrard Sheppard||August 24|
|TE||Colt Lyerla||August 26||Injury settlement|
|S||Chris Banjo||August 30||Practice squad|
|WR||Kevin Dorsey||August 30||Practice squad|
|ILB||Jake Doughty||August 30|
|OT||John Fullington||August 30|
|C||Garth Gerhart||August 30||Practice squad|
|WR||Alex Gillett||August 30|
|DE||Carlos Gray||August 30|
|RB||Michael Hill||August 30||Practice squad|
|OLB||Adrian Hubbard||August 30||Practice squad|
|G||Jordan McCray||August 30|
|S||Tanner Miller||August 30|
|RB||Rajion Neal||August 30||Injury settlement|
|TE||Justin Perillo||August 30||Practice squad|
|RB||LaDarius Perkins||August 30|
|DE||Luther Robinson||August 30||Practice squad|
|CB||Jumal Rolle||August 30||Practice squad|
|ILB||Joe Thomas||August 30||Injury settlement|
|OG||Andrew Tiller||August 30||Injury settlement|
|OT||Jeremy Vujnovich||August 30||Practice squad|
|WR||Myles White||August 30||Practice squad|
|CB||Ryan White||August 30|
|TE||Colt Lyerla||August 21||waived/injured|
|WR||Jared Abbrederis||August 26|
|OT||Don Barclay||August 26|
|RB||Rajion Neal||August 26||waived/injured|
|NT||B. J. Raji||August 26|
|ILB||Joe Thomas||August 26||waived/injured|
|OG||Andrew Tiller||August 26||waived/injured|
|OT||Aaron Adams||August 30||waived/injured|
|OLB||Nate Palmer||August 30|
|TE||Jake Stoneburner||August 30||waived/injured|
|DE||Khyri Thornton||August 30|
|Position||Player||Date traded||2014 team||Compensation|
|DE||Jerel Worthy||August 13||New England Patriots||undisclosed draft pick*|
*Player failed to make the active roster. Draft pick compensation voided.
|WR||Davante Adams||9||Jarrett Boykin||3|
|TE||Andrew Quarless||12||Richard Rodgers||5||Davante Adams||1|
|RG||T. J. Lang||16|
|RT||Bryan Bulaga||15||Derek Sherrod||1|
|DE||Josh Boyd||4||Datone Jones||3||Mike Neal||1|
|OLB||Clay Matthews III||11||Nick Perry||4||Mike Neal||2|
|ILB||A. J. Hawk||13|
|ILB||Sam Barrington||7||Jamari Lattimore||5||Clay Matthews III||5||Brad Jones||1|
|CB||Tramon Williams||16||Davon House||4|
|CB||Sam Shields||14||Micah Hyde||5||Casey Hayward||1|
|SS||Morgan Burnett||15||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||1|
|FS||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||9||Micah Hyde||7|
|RG||T. J. Lang||2|
|OLB||Clay Matthews III||2|
|ILB||A. J. Hawk||1||Nick Perry||1|
|CB||Sam Shields||2||Micah Hyde||1|
|FS||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||2|
|1||August 9||at Tennessee Titans||L 16–20||0–1||LP Field||Recap|
|2||August 16||at St. Louis Rams||W 21–7||1–1||Edward Jones Dome||Recap|
|3||August 22||Oakland Raiders||W 31–21||2–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|4||August 28||Kansas City Chiefs||W 34–14||3–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|1||September 4||at Seattle Seahawks||L 16–36||0–1||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
|2||September 14||New York Jets||W 31–24||1–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|3||September 21||at Detroit Lions||L 7–19||1–2||Ford Field||Recap|
|4||September 28||at Chicago Bears||W 38–17||2–2||Soldier Field||Recap|
|5||October 2||Minnesota Vikings||W 42–10||3–2||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|6||October 12||at Miami Dolphins||W 27–24||4–2||Sun Life Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 19||Carolina Panthers||W 38–17||5–2||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|8||October 26||at New Orleans Saints||L 23–44||5–3||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|10||November 9||Chicago Bears||W 55–14||6–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|11||November 16||Philadelphia Eagles||W 53–20||7–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|12||November 23||at Minnesota Vikings||W 24–21||8–3||TCF Bank Stadium||Recap|
|13||November 30||New England Patriots||W 26–21||9–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|14||December 8||Atlanta Falcons||W 43–37||10–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|15||December 14||at Buffalo Bills||L 13–21||10–4||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 21||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 20–3||11–4||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 28||Detroit Lions||W 30–20||12–4||Lambeau Field||Recap|
- Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
|Playoff round||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|Wild Card||First-round bye|
|Divisional||January 11, 2015||Dallas Cowboys (3)||W 26–21||1–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|Conference||January 18, 2015||at Seattle Seahawks (1)||L 22–28 (OT)||1–1||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
Week 1: at Seattle SeahawksEdit
The Packers 2014 regular season started in the NFL Kickoff game against the defending Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. This marks the first competitive contest between the two teams since the Fail Mary Game. The Seahawks defense proved too strong for the Packers, as Green Bay fell to 0–1.
Week 2: vs. New York JetsEdit
After being down 21–3 midway through the second quarter, the Packers rallied back to a five-point halftime deficit. An 80-yard TD by Jordy Nelson in the third quarter gave the Packers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Late in the 4th quarter, the Jets had one last chance to tie the game. On 4th down, Jets quarterback Geno Smith seemed to have thrown a game-tying touchdown pass, but an official announced that the Jets had called for a timeout just before the ball was snapped. A confused Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, argued with the officials that he didn't call for a timeout. A look at the video replay showed that Jets offensive coordinator, Mary Mornhinwig, started running to Ryan, calling for a timeout. Even though the rules said that only the head coach could call for a timeout in that situation, the official simply heard a voice shouting for a timeout, and unable to look back to see who it was, since it was just before the ball was snapped, the official assumed that Ryan called for the timeout. While the Jets were able to convert the 4th down after the timeout, they were unable to move the ball any further, and turned the ball over on downs, at which point the Packers ran out the final 3:31 of the clock to get their first victory of the season.
Week 3: at Detroit LionsEdit
For the third straight season, the Packers started off with a 1–2 record. The Lions' defense dominated the game as the Packers failed to score any points in the second, third, or fourth quarter. The Packers crossed midfield on only three drives, and they had only one such drive in the second half. The Packers' 7 points represented the lowest total that the team scored in a game that Rodgers finished. Rodgers 162 passing yards was his lowest since the 2008 season.
Week 4: at Chicago BearsEdit
During the week prior to the Packers' crucial game against the rival 2–1 Bears, Aaron Rodgers addressed the concerns of many Packers fans, who felt that the season was already slipping away just three weeks in with a 1–2 record. In a radio interview, Rodgers said to the fans, "R-E-L-A-X. Relax." Rodgers was true to his word, completing 22 of 28 passes for 302 yards, 4 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions, and a passer rating of 151.2, making it the second game of his career where he had a passer rating of over 150. Two of his touchdown passes were to Randall Cobb as the Packers took advantage of two Jay Cutler interceptions, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half in a 38–17 win, which was also the Packers' 700th regular season win in the NFL. This was only the second game in NFL history to not have a punt.
Week 5: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Continuing the momentum carried over from the victory over the Bears, the Packers trounced their other division rival, the Vikings, 42–10. Eddie Lacy ran for over 100 yards for the first time in the season, with 2 rushing touchdowns, while Julius Peppers reached a career milestone of accumulating over 100 career sacks as well as 10 career interceptions. The win improved the Packers to 3–2, the first time the team was over .500 for the season.
Week 6: at Miami DolphinsEdit
The Packers had a solid showing in the first half against the Dolphins, spotting an early 10–3 lead, but the Dolphins were able to rally back and had a 24–17 lead late in the 4th quarter. After a Mason Crosby field goal, the Packers forced Miami to punt, and a 17-yard return by Micah Hyde got the Packers the ball at their own 40 yard line with just over 2 minutes left, but no timeouts remaining. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers rally, first converting a 4th and 10, and later a 3rd and 10. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, with the clock running, Rodgers discreetly called for a "fake spike" play, which he successfully executed with a pass to Davante Adams, who went out of bounds at the Dolphins 4 yard line with 6 seconds left. Rodgers then threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless, giving the Packers a 27–24 victory.
Week 7: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Packers roared out of the gate against Carolina, scoring the first 28 points of the game, and stayed in control for the rest of the game, only giving up two touchdowns to the Panthers late, with the game already out of reach. The Packers improved to 5–2 for the season, and were now 4–0 since Aaron Rodgers told Packers fans to "relax."
Week 8: at New Orleans SaintsEdit
With the game tied at 16–16, Aaron Rodgers suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter, which hampered his playing for the rest of the game. The Saints dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the Packers 28–7 in the second half.
This would be only the third game in NFL history to not have a single punt.
Week 9: Bye weekEdit
No game. Green Bay had a bye week.
Week 10: vs. Chicago BearsEdit
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
After a week off to let his hurt hamstring to heal, Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers made a dominant showing over the rival Bears, building an insurmountable 42–0 lead in the first half. After forcing a Bears' punt, Rodgers marched the Packers 71 yards in 12 plays to take a 7–0 lead on a touchdown pass to Brandon Bostick on fourth-and-goal. The Bears' following possession lasted only two plays as Micah Hyde intercepted Jay Cutler and returned the ball 9 yards to the Bears 23-yard line. Four plays later Rodgers connected with Andrew Quarless for a 4-yard touchdown. After another punt by the Bears, the Packers went 72 yards in three plays. After the first two plays went for −1 yard, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 73-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter. After a three-and-out by the Bears offense, Rodgers once again hit Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown pass on the fourth play of the Packers responding drive. The Bears started to move the ball on their next drive as they drove 70 yards, but turned the ball over on downs at the Packers 4-yard line. The Packers responded by driving 95 yards with Rodgers hitting Eddie Lacy for a 56-yard touchdown on a screen pass, extending the lead to 35–0. The Bears turned the ball over on downs again on their next drive. After both teams lost fumbles, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb, making the score a 42–0 run-over. On their second possession of the second half, Mason Crosby extended the Packers' lead to 45-0. The Bears finally got the scoreboard on their next drive as Cutler connected with Brandon Marshall for a 45-yard touchdown pass to cap of a 75-yard drive. Crosby connected on a 20-yard field goal next and after a three-and-out each, Casey Hayward intercepted Cutler and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, extending the score to 55-7 early in the fourth quarter. Chris Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, making the final score 55–14. Rodgers threw six first-half touchdowns, which matched the Packers' single-game record (with Matt Flynn) and the NFL record for touchdowns in a half (with Daryle Lamonica, 1969). The final score of 55 points tied a Lambeau Field record and Rodgers threw his NFL-record 16th scoring pass of 70 yards or more.
The Bears also became the first NFL team in over 90 years to give up over 50 points in consecutive games.
Week 11: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Packers' utter dominance continued with another overwhelming performance over another NFC power, the Eagles. Aaron Rodgers broke Tom Brady's mark of 288 passes at home without being intercepted. The Green Bay quarterback set several other records for passing at home, including an NFL-record 29 straight touchdown passes without an interception.
The Packers scored touchdowns on all three parts of the team, offense, defense, and special teams. Julius Peppers returned an interception for a touchdown, his second of the year, and Micah Hyde returned a punt for a touchdown.
The Packers got going from the very beginning. They drove 75 yards on their opening drive, but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Crosby. After an Eagles' punt, the Packers marched on a 13 play, 88-yard drive culminating in a 4-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams. On the drive, the Packers converted three 3rd-and-longs and took 6:47 off the clock. The Eagles punted again, but this time Micah Hyde returned the punt 75 yards for a touchdown, giving the Packers a shocking 17-0 lead. The Eagles responded on their next possession with a 33-yard field goal by Cody Parkey early in the second quarter. The Eagles, though, had no answer for the Packers' passing game. Rodgers marched the Packers 80 yards in merely 6 plays to increase the lead to 24-3 on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. After a punt, the Packers struck again. 80 yards on another time consuming drive ending with Eddie Lacy driving in a 1-yard touchdown run, but a failed two-point conversion. The Eagles reached the Packers' 15, but settled for another 33-yard field goal as the half expired. Mark Sanchez was stripped early in the 3rd quarter with Nick Perry recovering. The Eagles defense finally made a stand and forced a punt, but the Eagles were forced to punt on their responding drive. The Eagles' defense couldn't hold this time and Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal increasing the lead to 33-6. The Eagles buried themselves on the next drive as Sanchez threw a 52-yard pick-six to Julius Peppers (with a blocked PAT), making the score 39-6. The Eagles immediately answered, driving 80 yards (with a 4th down conversion) with Sanchez throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. However, the Packers struck right back with an 80yard scoring drive capped off with Rodgers throwing a screen pass to Lacy who took it 32 yards for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 46-13. However, Eagles mishaps continued as Sanchez threw an interception to Tramon Williams, but Crosby missed a field goal. Then on the following drive after reaching the Packers 40, Sanchez fumbled and Hayward returned the fumble 49 yards for a touchdown, making the score a mind boggling 53-13. The Eagles were able to March 80 yards and score on a 20-yard touchdown reception by Jeremy Maclin on their next drive closing the scoring.
The Packers achieved a new franchise mark, as this was the first time ever since the franchise started playing in the NFL that they scored over 50 points in consecutive games (the Packers had scored over 50 points in 6 consecutive games as a "town team" in 1919, their first season of existence.). Green Bay improved to a record of 7–3.
Week 12: at Minnesota VikingsEdit
Coming off two consecutive 50+ points wins, the Packers were able to improve to an 8–3 record and captured the first place in their division.
With the Vikings playing their home games at TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium was being built, this marked the first outdoor Packers at Vikings game since 1981.
Week 13: vs. New England PatriotsEdit
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Packers improved to a 9–3 record by defeating the New England Patriots 26–21, despite going 0 for 4 in the red zone. It was the first matchup between Rodgers and Brady, as Rodgers missed the 2010 matchup at Gillette Stadium with a concussion. Aaron Rodgers continued a streak of passes at home without an interception: 360 passes including 31 touchdown passes. The Patriots were only behind 16-14 with a minute left in the first half, but a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson gave Green Bay a 9-point halftime lead. A scoreless third quarter, and no red-zone touchdowns for the entire game for the Packers, gave New England a chance for victory. The Patriots scored again to make it only a two-point deficit, but another Green Bay field goal and stout fourth-quarter defense gave the Packers victory over a strong Patriots squad.
Week 14: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Once again Aaron Rodgers had a big day shredding the Falcons' last-ranked defense, but the Falcons fought back.
The Packers received the opening kickoff and stormed 81 yards needing only 7 plays with James Starks running in a 3-yard touchdown. The drive was so efficient they didn't even face a third down. As a sign of things to come, the Falcons struck right back with a 4-yard Steven Jackson touchdown run to end a 72-yard drive. The Packers, as they did often, answered the Falcons with another touchdown of their own. Showing off their ability to kill the clock with long drives, the Packers used 13 plays and over 7 minutes to go 80 yards with Lacy running in his second touchdown of the game on the first play of the second quarter. After a Falcons three-and-out the Packers again worked the clock, driving 80 yards in just under six minutes, but the Falcons defense made a rare stand and Crosby kicked a field goal. Morgan Burnett intercepted Matt Ryan on their next possession and returned it 32 yards to the Falcons 15. Four plays later Rodgers threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Lacy. The Falcons offense continued to sputter as they punted. The Packers stayed hot with Rodgers hitting Nelson for a 10-yard touchdown with twenty-four seconds left in the half. The Falcons managed to reach field goal range with the big play being a Ryan 30-yard bomb to Julio Jones. However, Brad Jones blocked Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal attempt, leaving the score 31-7 at halftime. The Falcons busted out in the third quarter. On the first play from scrimmage Ryan launched a pass to Jones for 79 yards the Packers 3-yard line. However, they lost two yards on their next three plays, but on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line Ryan threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Eric Weems, trimming the score to 31-14. After a Packers punt the Falcons reached the Packers 31, but were forced to settle for a 50-yard field goal. The Packers added a field goal on their next drive, the Falcons mimicked the Packers clock-killing strategy (possibly, ultimately to their detriment) taking six-and-a-half minutes off the clock as they traveled 72 yards with Ryan dropping a 22-yard touchdown pass into the hands of Jones who had the best game of his career. However, Rodgers and the Packers offense regrouped and stormed 74 yards in four plays with Rodgers hitting his number one guy Nelson for a 60-yard touchdown pass. The Falcons' Rashede Hageman blocked Crosby's PAT keeping the deficit two scores at 40-24. The shootout continued as the Falcons answered right back with Ryan lobbing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White, but the two-point conversion failed which would prove critical as the score remained 40–30. The Falcons onside kick attempt failed, but they didn't allow a first down, keeping them in the game as Crosby nailed a 53-yard field goal, increasing the lead to 43–30. Ryan continued to shred the Packers' defense, darting a 2-yard touchdown pass to Harry Douglas, making the score 43–37 and giving the Falcons a chance to pull off the improbable comeback. However, a 41-yard run by James Starks enabled the Packers to run out the clock and hold on for the win.
Week 15: at Buffalo BillsEdit
Both teams' defenses dictated the game throughout by not allowing a TD-pass and only two overall. Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions after only three the whole season. The Packers' receivers had a bad day as well, dropping 8 passes, the most drops by an NFL team in a game since 2008. The Packers fell to 10–4 with that loss, and 0–6 in Buffalo as a franchise.
Week 16: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
The Packers gave a strong defensive show in a win over the lowly Buccaneers, holding Tampa Bay 109 yards of net offense, and only 16 yards rushing. The Packers offense scuffled some, as Aaron Rodgers nursed a sore calf. Running back Eddie Lacy broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season, making him the first Packer since John Brockington to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. The 20–3 win gave Green Bay an 11-4 record and secured the Packers a spot in the playoffs.
Week 17: vs. Detroit LionsEdit
at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Packers and Lions, both 11–4 and playoff-bound, faced off with the NFC North division title on the line, as well as a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Packers got the early lead on a Micah Hyde punt return for a touchdown, but then suffered a potentially crippling loss when Aaron Rodgers reinjured his calf while throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Rodgers had to be helped off the field and was then carted to the locker room. The game's momentum swung to the Lions as they came back to tie the game in the third quarter. Aaron Rodgers then returned to the game, gutting through the calf injury to give the Packers the lead back with first another touchdown pass to Cobb and then scoring a touchdown of his own on a quarterback sneak. The 30–20 win gave the Packers a final 12–4 record, the number 2 seed in the playoffs, and their 4th straight NFC North division title.
NFC Wild card PlayoffsEdit
Clinching the division and the #2 overall seed in the NFC, the Packers had a first round bye.
NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. #3 Dallas CowboysEdit
NFC Championship: vs. #1 Seattle SeahawksEdit
Green Bay lost this match despite having a 16–0 halftime lead and a 19-7 lead plus possession of the football with 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. The Packers forced 5 turnovers, with 4 of them being Wilson interceptions. However, the Packers only scored 6 points off of those 5 turnovers and had only one touchdown, allowing the Seahawks to remain within striking distance. With over 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, Wilson was intercepted for the 4th time by safety Morgan Burnett, who then slid down as if the game was just won. The Packers executed an ultra-conservative tactic by running the ball three times in a row, for negative 2 yards, negative 2 yards, and two yards, wasting only 10 seconds of clock due to Seattle timeouts. The Packers punted and the Seahawks scored their first offensive touchdown on their next drive to cut the deficit to 5. With 2:09 remaining and the Packers leading 19-14, the Seahawks were able to recover an onside kick that was fumbled by Packer TE Brandon Bostick. They scored a touchdown on the following drive to go up 20-19. A hail mary attempt on a two-point conversion made it 22-19 Seahawks with 1:30 remaining in regulation. The Packers forced overtime with a Mason Crosby field goal, but the Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. The Seahawks scored a touchdown on their first drive in overtime, ending the game and the Packers' season. Additionally, the season ended the same way it began, by losing to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in the Kickoff Game.
|(2) Green Bay Packers||12||4||0||.750||5–1||9–3||486||348||W2|
|(6) Detroit Lions||11||5||0||.688||5–1||9–3||321||282||L1|
|2[a]||Green Bay Packers||North||12||4||0||.750||5–1||9–3||0.482||0.440||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|8||San Francisco 49ers||West||8||8||0||.500||2–4||7–5||0.527||0.508||W1|
|9[c]||New Orleans Saints||South||7||9||0||.438||3–3||6–6||0.486||0.415||W1|
|11[d]||New York Giants||East||6||10||0||.375||2–4||4–8||0.512||0.323||L1|
|13[d]||St. Louis Rams||West||6||10||0||.375||2–4||4–8||0.531||0.427||L3|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||2||14||0||.125||0–6||1–11||0.486||0.469||L6|
Regular season statistical leadersEdit
|Passing Yards||Aaron Rodgers||4,381 Yards|
|Passing Touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers||38|
|Rushing Yards||Eddie Lacy||1,139 Yards|
|Rushing Touchdowns||Eddie Lacy||9|
|Receptions||Jordy Nelson||98 Receptions|
|Receiving Yards||Jordy Nelson||1,519 Yards|
|Receiving Touchdowns||Jordy Nelson||13|
|Kickoff Return Yards||DuJuan Harris||456 Yards|
|Punt Return Yards||Micah Hyde||221 Yards|
|Tackles||Morgan Burnett||129 Tackles|
|Sacks||Clay Matthews III||11 Sacks|
Statistical values are correct through Week 17
*leads the league in statistical category
Best game performancesEdit
|Passing Yards||Aaron Rodgers||418 Yards||New Orleans Saints|
|Passing Touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers||6||Chicago Bears|
|Rushing Yards||Eddie Lacy||125 Yards||Minnesota Vikings|
|Rushing Touchdowns||Eddie Lacy||2||Minnesota Vikings|
|Receiving Yards||Jordy Nelson||209 Yards||New York Jets|
|Receiving Touchdowns||Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson
|2||New York Jets|
|Tackles||Morgan Burnett, A. J. Hawk||13 Tackles||Chicago Bears|
|Sacks||Clay Matthews III||2.5 Sacks||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davon House
Clay Matthews III, Sam Shields
Jamari Lattimore, Julius Peppers
Casey Hayward, Sam Shields
Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde
Julius Peppers, Tramon Williams
|1 INT||New York Jets|
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Statistical values are correct through Week 17
|Aaron Rodgers||Week 4: NFC Offensive Player of the Week|
Week 7: NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 10: NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 17: NFC Offensive Player of the Week
November: NFC Offensive Player of the Month
Week 10: FedEx Ground Player of the Week
Week 11: FedEx Ground Player of the Week
All-Pro First Team
NFL Most Valuable Player
|Julius Peppers||Week 5: NFC Defensive Player of the Week|
|Eddie Lacy||Week 12: NFC Offensive Player of the Week|
|Clay Matthews III||Week 16: NFC Defensive Player of the Week|
|Micah Hyde||Week 17: NFC Special teams Player of the Week|
All-Pro First Team
All-Pro Second Team
All-Pro Second Team
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