2010 Green Bay Packers season

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2010 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Mike McCarthy
(5th season)
General manager Ted Thompson
(6th season)
Owner Green Bay Packers, Inc. (112,158 stockholders)
(Since 1923)
Home field Lambeau Field
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 21–16
Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 48–21
Won Conference Championship (Bears) 21–14
Won Super Bowl XLV (Steelers) 31–25
Pro Bowlers

WR Greg Jennings
LT Chad Clifton
OLB Clay Matthews
CB Charles Woodson
CB Tramon Williams
FS Nick Collins

  • Selected but did not participate due to participation in Super Bowl XLV
AP All-Pros Clay Matthews (1st team)
Charles Woodson (2nd team)
Nick Collins (2nd team)
Uniform
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The 2010 Green Bay Packers season was the 90th season in the National Football League for the Packers and the 92nd season for the team overall. Although they finished with only a respectable 10–6 record, good for a second place finish in the NFC North, the Packers never lost a game by more than four points, and never trailed by more than seven the entire season, becoming the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish this. All six of their regular season losses were by a combined 20 points. They entered the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21–16 in the Wild Card round, the Atlanta Falcons 48–21 in the Divisional round and the Bears 21–14 in the NFC Championship, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV in which they faced the AFC's 2nd seed Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers defeated the Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship.[1][2] The Packers became the first NFC sixth seed to win the Super Bowl as well as becoming the first to ever win three straight road playoff games.

The Packers offense ranked ninth in yards per game, tenth in total points, & fifth in passing yards. The defense ranked fifth in yards allowed and finished second in least amount of points allowed (240, second best in team history), sacks (47), and interceptions (24).

Offseason[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft

After finishing the 2009 season with an 11–5 record, the Packers held the 23rd selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. With the pick they selected Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga from Iowa.

On the second day of the draft, with pick 2–56 the Packers selected Defensive end Mike Neal from Purdue. The Packers then traded picks 3–86 and 4–122 to the Philadelphia Eagles for pick 3–71. With pick 3–71, the Packers selected Safety Morgan Burnett from Georgia Tech.

On the third and final day of the draft, with pick 5–154 the Packers selected Tight end Andrew Quarless from Penn State. With their compensatory selection pick 5–169, the Packers selected Offensive guard Marshall Newhouse from Texas Christian. In the sixth round with pick 6–193, the Packers selected Running back James Starks from Buffalo. Their final selection of the draft came when the Packers selected Defensive end C. J. Wilson of East Carolina with pick 7–230.

Draft Pick Trades[edit]

2010 Green Bay Packers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 23 Bryan Bulaga  OT Iowa
2 56 Mike Neal  DE Purdue
3 71 Morgan Burnett  S Georgia Tech
5 154 Andrew Quarless  TE Penn State Pick acquired from PHI
5 169 Marshall Newhouse  OG TCU
6 193 James Starks  RB Buffalo
7 230 C.J. Wilson  DE East Carolina
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted Free Agents[edit]

Following the 2010 NFL Draft, the Packers signed 11 undrafted free agents.[3] They were:

On May 3, the Packers signed wide receiver Shawn Gore, safety Anthony Levine and nose tackle Aleric Mullins after they attended a minicamp on a tryout basis.[4]

Additions[edit]

Departures[edit]

Suspensions[edit]

  • On July 16, The NFL indefinitely suspended DE Johnny Jolly due to his July 8, 2008 second-degree felony charge for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine.

Training Camp and Preseason Injuries[edit]

Free Agents[edit]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2010 team
RB Ahman Green UFA Omaha Nighthawks (UFL)
RB DeShawn Wynn RFA/UFAa August 23, New Orleans Saints
FB John Kuhn RFA April 15, Green Bay Packers
FB Spencer Havner ERFA April 2, Green Bay Packers
G Daryn Colledge RFA May 10, Green Bay Packers
T Chad Clifton UFA March 6, Green Bay Packers
T Mark Tauscher UFA March 15, Green Bay Packers
C Jason Spitz RFA April 5, Green Bay Packers
DE Johnny Jolly RFA June 15, Green Bay Packers
NT Ryan Pickett UFA (FT) March 12, Green Bay Packers
OLB Aaron Kampman UFA March 7, Jacksonville Jaguars
CB Will Blackmon RFA March 18, Green Bay Packers
CB Tramon Williams RFA June 17, Green Bay Packers
SS Atari Bigby RFA July 27, Green Bay Packers
FS Nick Collins RFA March 12, Green Bay Packers
FS Derrick Martin RFA February 22, Green Bay Packers
P Jeremy Kapinos ERFA/UFAa December 7, Pittsburgh Steelers
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag

Notes:

a : Did not receive an exclusive rights/restricted free agent qualifying offer from the Packers and became an unrestricted free agent.

Coaching Changes[edit]

  • On January 29, Mark Lovat was promoted to strength and conditioning coordinator, with Dave Redding being demoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach from a result of the departure of Mondray Gee.[16]

Final Roster – Super Bowl XLV Champions[edit]

2010 Green Bay Packers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 17 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Coaching Staff – Super Bowl XLV Champions[edit]

2010 Green Bay Packers staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Regular season[edit]

Regular season transactions[edit]

Starters on Offense[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 15+4 playoff Matt Flynn 1
RB Brandon Jackson 15+1 playoff James Starks 0+3 playoff Ryan Grant Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 1
FB Korey Hall 12 Quinn Johnson 4+4 playoff
WR Donald Driver 15+4 playoff Jordy Nelson 1
WR Greg Jennings 16+4 playoff
TE Andrew Quarless 9+4 playoff Jermichael Finley Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 5 Donald Lee 2
LT Chad Clifton 16+4 playoff
LG Daryn Colledge 16+4 playoff
C Scott Wells 16+4 playoff
RG Josh Sitton 16+4 playoff
RT Bryan Bulaga 12+4 playoff Mark Tauscher Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 4

Starters on Defense and Special Teams[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS
LDE Ryan Pickett 14+4 playoff C. J. Wilson 2
NT B. J. Raji 16+4 playoff
RDE Cullen Jenkins 12+4 playoff Howard Green 3 C. J. Wilson 1
LOLB Clay Matthews 15+4 playoff Brady Poppinga Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 1
MLB Desmond Bishop 12+4 playoff Nick Barnett Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 4
MLB A. J. Hawk 15+4 playoff Brandon Chillar Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 1
ROLB Frank Zombo 7+1 playoff Brad Jones Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 6 Erik Walden 2+3 playoff Robert Francois 1
RCB Tramon Williams 16+4 playoff
LCB Charles Woodson 16+4 playoff
SS Charlie Peprah 12+4 playoff Morgan Burnett Injury icon 2.svg (IR) 4
FS Nick Collins 16+4 playoff
K Mason Crosby 16+4 playoff
P Tim Masthay 16+4 playoff

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14, 7:00 pm CDT Cleveland Browns L 24–27 0–1 Lambeau Field State Recap
2 August 21, 9:00 pm CDT at Seattle Seahawks W 27–24 1–1 Qwest Field State Recap
3 August 26, 7:00 pm CDT Indianapolis Colts W 59–24 2–1 Lambeau Field ESPN Recap
4 September 2, 7:00 pm CDT at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–17 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium State Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12, 3:15 pm CDT at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–20 1–0 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
2 September 19, 12:00 pm CDT Buffalo Bills W 34–7 2–0 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
3 September 27, 7:30 pm CDT at Chicago Bears L 17–20 2–1 Soldier Field ESPN Recap
4 October 3, 12:00 pm CDT Detroit Lions W 28–26 3–1 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
5 October 10, 12:00 pm CDT at Washington Redskins L 13–16 (OT) 3–2 FedEx Field Fox Recap
6 October 17, 12:00 pm CDT Miami Dolphins L 20–23 (OT) 3–3 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
7 October 24, 7:20 pm CDT Minnesota Vikings W 28–24 4–3 Lambeau Field NBC Recap
8 October 31, 12:00 pm CDT at New York Jets W 9–0 5–3 New Meadowlands Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 7, 7:20 pm CST Dallas Cowboys W 45–7 6–3 Lambeau Field NBC Recap
10 Bye
11 November 21, 12:00 pm CST at Minnesota Vikings W 31–3 7–3 Mall of America Field Fox Recap
12 November 28, 12:00 pm CST at Atlanta Falcons L 17–20 7–4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
13 December 5, 12:00 pm CST San Francisco 49ers W 34–16 8–4 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
14 December 12, 12:00 pm CST at Detroit Lions L 3–7 8–5 Ford Field Fox Recap
15 December 19, 7:20 pm CST at New England Patriots L 27–31 8–6 Gillette Stadium NBC Recap
16 December 26, 3:15 pm CST New York Giants W 45–17 9–6 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
17 January 2, 3:15 pm CST Chicago Bears W 10–3 10–6 Lambeau Field Fox Recap

Postseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
NFC Wild Card January 9, 3:30 pm CDT at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–16 11–6 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
NFC Divisional January 15, 7:00 pm CDT at Atlanta Falcons W 48–21 12–6 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
NFC Championship January 23, 2:00 pm CDT at Chicago Bears W 21–14 13–6 Soldier Field Fox Recap
Super Bowl XLV February 6, 5:25 pm CDT Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–25 14–6 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap

Standings[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 334 286 L1
(6) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 388 240 W2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 362 369 W4
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 281 348 L1

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 0 13 14 0 27
Eagles 3 0 7 10 20

The Packers began their season at Lincoln Financial Field against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were wearing throwback uniforms commemorating the 50th anniversary of the teams' victory over the Packers in the 1960 NFL Championship Game. Green Bay trailed in the first quarter as Eagles kicker David Akers made a 45-yard field goal. The Packers would then take control in the second quarter as kicker Mason Crosby nailed a 49-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Aaron Rodgers completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver. Crosby would then end the half with a 56-yard field goal.

Eagles starting quarterback Kevin Kolb left the game with concussion at halftime, and was replaced by second string quarterback Michael Vick for the remainder of the contest.

Philadelphia would respond in the third quarter as running back LeSean McCoy scored on a 12-yard touchdown run, yet Green Bay came right back with Rodgers finding wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 32-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles tried to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Michael Vick completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, followed by a 24-yard field goal from Akers. Fortunately, the Packers' defense prevented any further progress stopping Michael Vick on a key 4th and 1 rush up the middle for no gain.

With the win, Green Bay not only began its season at 1–0, but also got its first victory in Philadelphia since 1962.

However, the Packers victory was not without cost. During the game Justin Harrell injured his ACL and Ryan Grant injured his ankle. Both players were placed on injured reserve for the rest season.


Week 2[edit]

Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 0 0 7
• Packers 13 0 14 7 34

Hoping to continue their current winning streak the Packers returned to Lambeau Field for their home opener, an interconference duel with the Buffalo Bills. In the 1st quarter Green Bay took the early lead as kicker Mason Crosby made two field goals from 44 and a 24-yards. RB Brandon Jackson added a touchdown on a 1-yard run. The Bills then answered in the 2nd quarter when RB Fred Jackson scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run. In the third quarter the Packers increased their lead when WR Donald Driver hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers, followed by Rodgers scrambling 9 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. The Packers continued to dominate in the fourth quarter when Rodgers completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to WR James Jones.

With the win, Green Bay improved their record to 2–0 on the season tied with the Chicago Bears for the division lead. Both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions fell to 0–2. Linebacker Clay Matthews, became the first Packer and one of only eight players in NFL history to record at least 6 sacks in the first two weeks of the season.


Week 3[edit]

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 0 7 17
• Bears 0 7 0 13 20

Coming off their home win over the Bills, the Packers traveled to Soldier Field for a Week 3 Monday night duel with their hated divisional rival, the Chicago Bears. Green Bay would deliver the opening strike in the first quarter as quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Packers would add onto their lead in the second quarter as kicker Mason Crosby got a 38-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Bears would close out the half as quarterback Jay Cutler found tight end Greg Olsen on a 9-yard touchdown run. After a scoreless third quarter, Chicago took the lead in the fourth quarter as wide receiver Devin Hester returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown. Fortunately, Green Bay came right back with a 9-yard touchdown run from Rodgers. However, the Bears' Robbie Gould scored two field goals, from 25 and 19 yards, the final points being set up by a James Jones fumble, to win the game for Chicago.

The Packers committed a franchise record 18 penalties in the game.

With the loss, the Packers fell to 2–1.


Week 4[edit]

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 14 6 6 26
• Packers 7 14 7 0 28
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,729
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy; 52°F
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • Television network: Fox

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Bears the Packers played on home ground for an NFC North rivalry match against the Lions. The Packers took the lead in the 1st quarter when QB Aaron Rodgers made a 29-yard TD pass to WR Donald Driver. The Lions replied in the 2nd quarter with QB Shaun Hill making a 23-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Packers started to rally with Rodgers making a 13-yard TD pass to TE Jermichael Finley and then a 17-yard TD pass to WR Greg Jennings. The Lions cut the lead as QB Shaun Hill made a 21-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Packers continued to progress in the 3rd quarter when CB Charles Woodson returned an interception 48 yards into the endzone for a touchdown. The Lions tried to cut the lead with four field goals by kicker Jason Hanson. He kicked a 39 and a 52-yard field goal for the rest of the 3rd quarter, and then a 49 and a 24-yard field goal in the fourth. However, the Packers defense never allowed the Lions to take the lead and the offense ran out the clock behind fullback John Kuhn.

With the close win, the Packers improve to 3–1.


Week 5[edit]

Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Packers 7 3 3 0 0 13
• Redskins 0 3 0 10 3 16

Coming off their win over the Lions the Packers flew to FedEx Field for an NFC duel with the Redskins. In the first quarter the Packers took the lead as QB Aaron Rodgers completed a 5-yard TD pass to TE Donald Lee. This was followed in the 2nd quarter by kicker Mason Crosby hitting a 52-yard field goal. The Redskins replied with kicker Graham Gano getting a 26-yard field goal. Then in the third quarter Crosby made a 36-yard field goal to put the Packers up 13–3. The Redskins rallied to tie the game with QB Donovan McNabb completing a 48-yard TD pass to WR Anthony Armstrong, followed by Gano making a 45 yard-field goal. At overtime, the decision was made when Gano successfully put away a 33-yard field goal to give the Packers their second loss of this season. Donavan McNabb would finish the game with 357 passing yards and run his career record against Green Bay to 6 wins and 1 loss.

With the loss, Green Bay fell to 3–2.


Week 6[edit]

Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 OT Total
• Dolphins 7 3 3 7 3 23
Packers 10 0 0 10 0 20
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Sunny; 57°F
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts

For the second consecutive week the Packers lost by an overtime field goal, falling to 3–3 on the season.


Week 7[edit]

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 10 7 0 24
• Packers 7 7 14 0 28

Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Packers stayed at home for a Week 7 NFC North Sunday night duel with the Minnesota Vikings, as quarterback Brett Favre made his return to Lambeau Field. Green Bay delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as running back Brandon Jackson got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Vikings answered with wide receiver Percy Harvin getting a 17-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, the Packers regained the lead as quarterback Aaron Rodgers finding tight end Andrew Quarless on a 9-yard touchdown pass. Minnesota would take the lead with running back Adrian Peterson getting a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by kicker Ryan Longwell making a 28-yard field goal.

Green Bay regained the lead in the third quarter as Rodgers hooked up with wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 14-yard touchdown pass, followed by linebacker Desmond Bishop returning an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings answered with Favre completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss. Late in the 4th quarter, Favre led the Vikings to a last-minute drive to near the Packer 20 and nearly had a game-winning touchdown pass, but official review showed the receiver, Percy Harvin, did not have both feet in the end zone, therefore making the pass incomplete. The Vikings tried a game-winning pass on 4th down, but Favre's throw was high to Moss and the Packers held on to their first victory over their former QB.

With the win, Green Bay improved to 4–3.


Week 8[edit]

Green Bay Packers at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 3 0 0 6 9
Jets 0 0 0 0 0

After finally beating former quarterback Brett Favre in Week 7, the Packers traveled to New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ to take on the New York Jets. The Packers took a 3–0 lead on a Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal in the first quarter and held that lead until the fourth quarter. Crosby then hit two field goals in the fourth quarter (from 41 and 40 yards respectively) to seal the victory for the Packers. While Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense sputtered against the vaunted Jet defense, Green Bay's defense excelled in stopping the NFL's second-ranked rushing offense and intercepted Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez twice.

The win improved the Packers to 5–3 and in first place in the NFC North.


Week 9[edit]

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 0 0 7
• Packers 0 28 7 10 45
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Game start: 8:20 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,913
  • Game weather: Clear; 43°F
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Andrea Kramer

After winning against the New York Jets for the first time in the New York Area, the Green Bay Packers took on the lowly Dallas Cowboys. After a scoreless first quarter, the Packers offense that was limited to 9 points against the New York Jets, built a 28–0 lead before the Cowboys scored their only touchdown before the end of the first half. The Packers would score 17 more points in the second half before closing the game out 45–7 over the Dallas Cowboys. The Green Bay Packers intercepted Jon Kitna 3 times including one to Clay Matthews which would result in 62-yard touchdown, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 3 touchdowns. With the win, the Packers improved to 6–3.


Week 11[edit]

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 0 17 7 7 31
Vikings 3 0 0 0 3

In the Packers last game ever against the Vikings with Brett Favre under center, the Packers blew out the Vikings in a 31-3 victory. Aaron Rodgers completed 22/31 passes for 301 yards, with 4 touchdowns passes, no interception, and a season high passer rating of 141.3.

Week 12[edit]

Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 0 7 7 17
• Falcons 3 7 0 10 20


Week 13[edit]

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 10 3 0 16
• Packers 0 14 14 6 34
  • Date: December 5
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,575
  • Game weather: Cloudy; 26°F
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick


Week 14[edit]

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 3 0 3
• Lions 0 0 0 7 7

Green Bay lost to Detroit for the first time in 11 games against the Lions. Also at the end of the 1st half, Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion and wouldn't play the next week.


Week 15[edit]

Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 14 7 3 27
• Patriots 7 7 7 10 31
  • Date: December 19
  • Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
  • Game start: 8:20 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Game weather: Cloudy; 32°F
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Andrea Kremer


Week 16[edit]

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 14 3 0 17
• Packers 14 7 10 14 45
  • Date: December 26
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Game start: 4:15 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,649
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy; 25°F
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver


Week 17[edit]

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 0 0 3
• Packers 0 0 3 7 10
  • Date: January 2
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Game start: 4:15 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,833
  • Game weather: Clear; 19°F
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • Television network: Fox

The Packers finished the 2010 regular season vs the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Going into the final Sunday of the season, the Packers needed a win or a New York Giants and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to clinch the sixth and final NFC wild card seed. The Bears on the other hand had the NFC North Division title and the number 2 NFC seed wrapped up, though played their starters for the entire contest. Tampa defeated the New Orleans Saints in their 1 o'clock contest before the Packers game, so the Packers had to come out of the game with a win.

During the first quarter, the Packers and Bears offenses exchanged possession with no scoring. The Bears forced a turnover with 5:58 left in the 1st when Donald Driver was stripped of the ball after an 8-yard reception and the fumble was recovered by the Bears.

In the second quarter, the Bears put their first and only points on the board for the day when Robbie Gould successfully converted a 30-yard field goal with 4:35 left in the half. The scoring drive was highlighted with two 20+ yard passes by Jay Cutler to WR Rashied Davis and RB Matt Forte to get them into field goal range. The teams entered went into half time of the defensive contest with the Bears holding onto a slim 3–0 lead.

After the half, the Bears started the quarter with the ball. After moving the ball into Packers territory, the Bears chose to go for it on a fourth and two at the Packers 40. Jay Cutler failed to complete a short pass to Rashied Davis and the Packers took over on downs. On the Packers first play of the second half, Rodgers threw a deep pass intended for Greg Jennings but the pass was intercepted by CB Charles Tillman and returned to the Packers 15-yard line. The interception was challenged but upheld. After a holding penalty and a couple of short gains by the Bears, Jay Cutler was intercepted on 3rd down in the endzone by Packers safety Charlie Peprah for a touchback.

The Packers and Bears swapped possessions and CB Tramon Williams returned the Bears punt back to the Bears 44-yard line to set the Packers up in optimal field position. Three plays into the drive, Aaron Rodgers completed a 33-yard pass to Greg Jennings down to the Bears 1-yard line. The Packers failed to score a touchdown and settled for a 23-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby which was successfully converted to tie the game at 3–3.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Packers had possession and again got into the red zone highlighted by two key plays, a 21-yard pass over the middle to Donald Driver and a 46-yard pass deep right to Greg Jennings that set up the Packers for a 1st and goal at the Bears 1-yard line for the second time of the game. This time though, the Packers scored a touchdown on 1st down when Aaron Rodgers completed a pass into the end zone to Donald Lee short right for his second 1-yard touchdown reception in two games to give the Packers a 10–3 lead with 12:46 remaining in the game.

After exchanging possessions, the Bears took over with 4:49 left in the game at the Bears 2-yard line. The Bears moved the ball into Packers territory with many short passes down to the Packers 32-yard line. Needing a touchdown to tie the game, the Bears continued to pass the ball but their drive came to an end when Cutler passed deep left to Devin Hester and the pass was intercepted by Nick Collins and returned 24 yards to the Bears 35-yard line. The game marked the 16th time in the past 17 seasons that Green Bay had won its final regular season game.

With the interception, the Packers sealed their victory over the rival Bears along with the 6th seed in the NFL playoffs. The Giants later won their game against the Washington Redskins, but it was all for naught due to the Packers holding tie breakers over the Giants and Buccaneers.


Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Playoff Round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Result Game Site NFL Recap TV
Wild Card January 9, 3:30 pm CDT Philadelphia Eagles (3) W 21–16 Lincoln Financial Field Recap Fox
Divisional January 15, 7 p.m. CDT Atlanta Falcons (1) W 48–21 Georgia Dome Recap Fox
NFC Championship January 23, 2 p.m. CDT Chicago Bears (2) W 21–14 Soldier Field Recap Fox
Super Bowl XLV February 6, 5:25 pm CDT Pittsburgh Steelers (2) W 31–25 Cowboys Stadium Recap Fox

Wild Card[edit]

NFC Wild Card
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 7 7 7 0 21
Eagles 0 3 7 6 16
  • Date: January 9
  • Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Game weather: Sunny; 30°F
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver

Entering the postseason as the NFC's No. 6 seed, the Packers began their playoff run at Lincoln Financial Field for the NFC Wild Card game against the No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles, in a rematch of their Week 1 win. The Packers delivered the game's opening strike in the first quarter as quarterback Aaron Rodgers found rookie tight end Tom Crabtree on a 4-yard touchdown pass. Green Bay would add onto their lead in the second quarter as Rodgers connected with wide receiver James Jones on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles answered with kicker David Akers getting a 29-yard field goal.

Philadelphia managed to cut away at their deficit in the third quarter as quarterback Michael Vick completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Avant, yet the Packers responded with Rodgers hooking up with running back Brandon Jackson on a 16-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles tried to rally as Vick got a 1-yard touchdown run (with a failed two-point conversion), yet Green Bay's defense held on to preserve the victory as Tramon Williams intercepted a Michael Vick pass in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining.

With the win, the Packers improved their overall record to 11–6.


Divisional[edit]

NFC Divisional
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 0 28 14 6 48
Falcons 7 7 0 7 21
  • Date: January 15
  • Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 69,210
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Chris Myers

Coming off their win over the Eagles, the Packers flew to the Georgia Dome for the NFC Divisional Round against the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons, in hopes to avenge their Week 12 loss. Aaron Rodgers had arguably the greatest game of his career. He completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and 4 total touchdowns. It was one of the greatest performances in NFL playoff history. Green Bay trailed in the first quarter as Falcons running back Michael Turner got a 12-yard touchdown run. The Packers answered in the second quarter as quarterback Aaron Rodgers found wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a 6-yard touchdown pass, but Atlanta immediately struck back as wide receiver Eric Weems returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. Green Bay took the lead with a 1-yard touchdown run from fullback John Kuhn, followed by Rodgers finding James Jones on a 20-yard touchdown, along with cornerback Tramon Williams returning an interception 70 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half.

The Packers added onto their lead in the third quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run from Rodgers, followed by his 7-yard touchdown pass to Kuhn. Atlanta tried to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Matt Ryan completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roddy White, yet Green Bay closed out their dominating night with a 43-yard and a 32-yard field goal from Crosby. The Packers never once punted during the game. With the win, the Packers improved their overall record to 12–6.

Green Bay's 48 points became the franchise's single-game postseason record and the 48-21 final score is also the second largest win margin in Packers playoff history.


NFC Championship[edit]

NFC Championship
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 7 7 0 7 21
Bears 0 0 0 14 14
  • Date: January 23
  • Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 62,377
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy; 20°F
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, and Chris Myers

Coming off their win over the Falcons, the Packers flew to Soldier Field for the NFC Championship Game against their historic rival, the No. 2 seed Chicago Bears, in Round 3 of their 2010 series. This would be the second playoff meeting between the two teams, the first since falling to Chicago 33–14 in 1941.

Green Bay delivered the game's opening strike in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run from rookie running back James Starks. After a scoreless third quarter, the Bears answered in the fourth quarter as running back Chester Taylor got a 1-yard touchdown run. Afterwards, Green Bay struck back with nose tackle B.J. Raji returning an interception 18 yards for a touchdown. Chicago tried to rally as quarterback Caleb Hanie completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Earl Bennett, the Packers' defense held on to preserve the victory.

With the win, not only did they improve their overall record to 13–6, but they advanced to Super Bowl XLV (their first appearance since Super Bowl XXXII). In the process, they became the NFC's first No. 6 seed to reach the Super Bowl. They also became the 3rd NFC wild card team to reach the Super Bowl, and the first since the New York Giants in 2008.

The Packers also went 3–0 on the road in the postseason after going 3–5 on the road in the regular season, including losses in their last three road games.


Super Bowl[edit]

See also: Super Bowl XLV
Super Bowl XLV
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 7 8 25
• Packers 14 7 0 10 31
  • Date: February 6
  • Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Game start: 6:29 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 103,219
  • Game weather: Indoors (roof closed)
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, and Chris Myers
  • Aaron Rodgers 24/39, 304 Yds, 3 TD (Super Bowl MVP)
  • Aaron Rodgers became one of only four quarterbacks in the history of the league to have at least 300 yards passing, with at least 3 touchdowns passes, and no interceptions in the Super Bowl. He was unanimously voted the games MVP.
  • Rodgers also set Packer Super Bowl records for most passing yards and touchdowns passes.
  • Jordy Nelson set the Packer Super Bowl record for most receiving yards, with 140.
  • Greg Jennings had two touchdown catches
  • Donald Driver left the game in the first half with a sprained ankle
  • Charles Woodson left the game after suffering a broken collar bone
  • Sam Shields also left the game due to injury.


Regular season statistical leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value NFL Rank NFC Rank
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 3,922 Yards 7th 3rd
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 28 TDs T-6th T-3rd
Rushing Yards Brandon Jackson 703 Yards 32nd 15th
Rushing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers and John Kuhn 4 TDs T-32nd T-14th
Receiving Yards Greg Jennings 1,265 Yards 4th 2nd
Receiving Touchdowns Greg Jennings 12 TDs T-2nd T-2nd
Points Mason Crosby 112 Points 11th 5th
Kickoff Return Yards Jordy Nelson 496 Yards 34th 29th
Punt Return Yards Tramon Williams 326 Yards 9th 7th
Tackles A. J. Hawk 111 Tackles T-22nd 12th
Sacks Clay Matthews 13.5 Sacks 4th 2nd
Interceptions Tramon Williams 6 INTs T-5th T-2nd

stats are correct through Week 17.

Post season statistical leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value NFL Rank NFC Rank
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 1,094 Yards 1st 1st
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 9 TDs 1st 1st
Rushing Yards James Starks 315 Yards 1st 1st
Rushing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 2 TDs T-2nd T-2nd
Receiving Yards Greg Jennings 303 Yards 1st 1st
Receiving Touchdowns Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson & James Jones 2 TDs T-2nd T-2nd
Points Mason Crosby 25 Points 1st 1st
Kickoff Return Yards James Starks 70 Yards T-7th T-3rd
Punt Return Yards Tramon Williams 31 Yards 4th 2nd
Tackles Desmond Bishop 26 Tackles 2nd 1st
Sacks Clay Matthews 3.5 Sacks 3rd 1st
Interceptions Tramon Williams 3 INTs 1st 1st

stats are correct through Super Bowl XLV.

Statistical league rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 8th
  • Passing (YPG): 5th
  • Rushing (YPG): 22nd
  • Points (PPG): 8th
  • Total Defense (YPG): 9th
  • Passing (YPG): 5th
  • Rushing (YPG): 18th
  • Points (PPG): 2nd

Stats correct through week 16.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Weekly awards[edit]

  • K Mason Crosby was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played on the NFL Kickoff 2010 Weekend ( September 9, 12–13).[22]
  • OLB Clay Matthews was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played on Week 2 ( September 18–20).
  • CB Charles Woodson was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played on Week 4 ( October 3–4).
  • P Tim Masthay was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played on Week 8 (October 31, – November 1,).
  • OLB Clay Matthews was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played on Week 9 ( November 7–8).
  • WR Greg Jennings was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played on Week 11 ( November 18, 21–22).
  • QB Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played on Week 13 ( December 2, 5–6).
  • OLB Erik Walden was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played on Week 17 (January 2,).

Monthly awards[edit]

  • OLB Clay Matthews was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for the month of September.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the month of December/January.

Annual awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Team[edit]

Game[edit]
  • The Packers committed a team record 18 penalties in their 20–17 loss on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27,.[23] The previous club record was 17 penalties against the Boston Yanks in 1945.
  • The Packers scored a franchise postseason record 48 points in their 48–21 win against the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round in the playoffs.
  • The Packers and Steelers set the record for Fewest Rushing Attempts, Game, Both Teams – 36, Green Bay (13) vs. Pittsburgh (23).
Season[edit]
  • With the Packers never trailing in the Super Bowl, they became the first team in the Super Bowl era that never trailed by more than 7 points at any point of any game during the season. The last team to achieve this feat was the 1962 Detroit Lions.[24]
  • The Packers were the first team in NFL history to have at least 5 losses and all of those losses being by 4 points or less.[25]
  • The Packers became the first 6th seed NFC team to win the Super Bowl and becoming the first to win it despite playing 3 straight road playoff games.
  • The team's 240 points surrendered is the second best in team history.
  • Aaron Rodgers became only the fourth QB in playoff history to record over 1,000 yards passing in a postseason, as well as tying the NFL playoff record for most consecutive 3 touchdown passing games and becoming the only QB to every pass for 10 touchdowns in three straight playoff games.
  • Clay Matthews 3.5 postseason sacks are a franchise record.
Playoffs[edit]

Individual[edit]

Game[edit]
Season[edit]
  • QB Aaron Rodgers tied Lynn Dickey for 2nd place on the Most Seasons, 3,000 or More Yards Passing list with 3 seasons.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers passed Brett Favre for 2nd place on the Most Consecutive Attempts, Without Interception list with 177 consecutive attempts (active streak wk 13).
  • QB Aaron Rodgers tied Bart Starr for most seasons with a passer rating of over 100.0 with two.
  • QB Aaron Rodger's 356 rushing yards is the second most by a QB in franchise history
  • QB Aaron Rodgers set the franchise record for most passing yards (1,094), touchdown passes (9), and total touchdowns (11) in a postseason.
  • OLB Clay Matthews set the franchise record for most sacks in the first two games of the season with 6.
  • OLB Clay Matthews set the franchise record for most sacks in postseason with 3.5.
Career[edit]
  • CB Charles Woodson set the Packers record for Most Touchdowns on Interceptions, Career with 8 on his interception return for a touchdown vs the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
  • OLB Clay Matthews tied three players for the Packers record of Most Seasons, 10 or More Sacks with 2.
  • OLB Clay Matthews tied three players for the Packers record of Most Consecutive Seasons, 10 or More Sacks with 2.

2011 Pro Bowl selections[edit]

The Packers 2011 Pro Bowl selections were announced on December 28,. The Packers initially had five players on the Pro Bowl list. These players were WR Greg Jennings, LT Chad Clifton, OLB Clay Matthews, CB Charles Woodson and S Nick Collins. CB Tramon Williams was later added as a reserve on January 20, when Philadelphia Eagles CB Asante Samuel pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to injury. The Packers also had a first alternate in QB Aaron Rodgers and four lower alternates, NT B. J. Raji, G Josh Sitton, LB A. J. Hawk and WR Donald Driver. No Packers took part in the Pro Bowl, due to their participation in Super Bowl XLV.

Position Player Team
WR Greg Jennings Reserve
OT Chad Clifton Reserve
OLB Clay Matthews Starter
CB Charles Woodson Starter
CB Tramon Williams Reserve
FS Nick Collins Starter

Notes:

b : Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Aaron Rodgers tosses 3 TD passes as Packers drop Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV". ESPN. 2011-02-07. Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Super Bowl XLV, Packers Beat Steelers, 31–25". New York Times. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  3. ^ Packers Sign 11 Non-Drafted Free Agents
  4. ^ Packers Sign Three Players
  5. ^ Packers Sign WR Dillon
  6. ^ Packers Sign P Bryan
  7. ^ a b http://www.packers.com/news/releases/2010/04/26/3/ Packers Sign S Peprah, Release TE Frischknecht
  8. ^ a b http://www.packers.com/news/releases/2010/05/20/1/ Packers Sign QB Harrell; Release QB Pizzotti
  9. ^ Packers Sign WR Chery
  10. ^ Packers Sign LB Simpkins
  11. ^ Packers Release S Giordano And DE Montgomery
  12. ^ Packers Release LB Jeremy Thompson
  13. ^ Packers Release Four Players
  14. ^ Packers Release LB Russell
  15. ^ Packers Release WR Gore
  16. ^ Lovat Promoted To Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Packers.com
  17. ^ Packers Sign Nance And Wynn, Place Grant And Harrell On I.R.
  18. ^ Packers Sign LB Simpkins To Active Roster, LB Williams To Practice Squad, Place S Burnett On I.R.
  19. ^ Packers Sign DE Montgomery, Place LB Barnett On Injured Reserve
  20. ^ Packers Activate RB Starks, Release LB Francois
  21. ^ Pekarek, Andrew (April 11, 2014). "Indoor football: Blizzard's Battles hoping to get another shot at NFL". Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, WI: Gannett Company). Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ "K Mason Crosby Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week". Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  23. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=300927003
  24. ^ Stuart, Chase (January 26, 2011). "Super Bowl notes: Stat of the Year and Updated SRS Standings". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Green Bay May Be the Greatest Six-Loss Team". The Wall Street Journal. January 25, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 

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