2012 Green Bay Packers season

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2012 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Mike McCarthy
(7th season)
General manager Ted Thompson
(8th season)
Owner Green Bay Packers, Inc. (112,158 stockholders)
(Since 1923)
Home field Lambeau Field
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 24–10
Lost Divisional playoffs (49ers) (45–31)
Pro Bowlers Aaron Rodgers, QB
Jeff Saturday, C
Clay Matthews, LB
Josh Sitton, G
Uniform
Packers 12 uniform.xcf
Timeline
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The 2012 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 92nd season in the National Football League, the 94th overall and the seventh under head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers won the NFC North division title for the second year in a row with an 11–5 record. The Packers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers by the score of 45-31, finishing with a postseason record of 1-1. The Packers offense finished the season fifth in points and eleventh in yards per game. The defense finished eleventh in points allowed and twenty-second in yards allowed per game.

Offseason[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Round Pick Overall Player Position College
1 28 28 Nick Perry Linebacker USC
2 19 51 Jerel Worthy Defensive end Michigan State
30 62 Casey Hayward Cornerback Vanderbilt
4 37 132 Mike Daniels Defensive end Iowa
38 133 Jerron McMillian Safety Maine
5 28 163 Terrell Manning Linebacker North Carolina State
7 34 241 Andrew Datko Offensive Tackle Florida State
36 243 B. J. Coleman Quarterback Tennessee-Chattanooga

Notes:

The Packers acquired the No. 224 selection in a trade that sent guard Caleb Schlauderaff to the New York Jets.

The Packers have received the maximum number of compensatory selections available to teams through the NFL's compensatory draft program. Two additional picks in both the 4th and 7th rounds.[1]

The Packers traded No. 59 and No. 123 picks to receive No. 51 from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Packers traded No. 90 and No. 163 picks to receive No. 62 from the New England Patriots .

The Packers traded No. 197, No. 224 and No. 235 picks to receive No. 163 back from the New England Patriots .

Free agents[edit]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2012 team
QB Matt Flynn UFA March 18, Seattle Seahawks
RB Ryan Grant UFA December 5 Green Bay Packers
TE Jermichael Finley UFA February 22, Green Bay Packers
C Scott Wells UFA March 16, St. Louis Rams
NT Howard Green UFA
OLB Erik Walden UFA April 23, Green Bay Packers
CB Jarrett Bush UFA March 20, Green Bay Packers
CB Pat Lee UFA March 21, Oakland Raiders

RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag

Additions[edit]

Departures[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

  • On January 21, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was named the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins.[2]
  • On February 2, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements was promoted to the team's offensive coordinator position.[3]

Final roster[edit]

2012 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, 9 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Regular Season[edit]

Regular Season Transactions[edit]

Starters on Offense[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 16+1 playoff
RB Alex Green Injury icon 2.svg 6 Cedric Benson Injury icon 2.svg 5 James Starks Injury icon 2.svg 3 Ryan Grant 2 DuJuan Harris 0+1 playoff
FB John Kuhn 14 + 1 playoff Ryan Taylor 2
WR Greg Jennings 8 + 1 playoff James Jones 6 Randall Cobb 2
WR Jordy Nelson 12 Randall Cobb 4 + 1 playoff
TE Jermichael Finley 16 + 1 playoff
LT Marshall Newhouse 16 + 1 playoff
LG T. J. Lang 11 + 1 playoff Evan Dietrich-Smith 5
C Jeff Saturday 14 Evan Dietrich-Smith 2 + 1 playoff
RG Josh Sitton 16 + 1 playoff
RT Bryan Bulaga Injury icon 2.svg 9 Don Barclay 4 + 1 playoff T. J. Lang 3

Starters on Defense and Special Teams[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS
LDE Ryan Pickett 14 + 1 playoff Jerel Worthy 2
NT B. J. Raji 14 + 1 playoff Ryan Pickett 2
RDE C. J. Wilson 13 + 1 playoff Jerel Worthy 3
LOLB Erik Walden 10 + 1 playoff Nick Perry Injury icon 2.svg 6
MLB A. J. Hawk 16 + 1 playoff
MLB Brad Jones 10 + 1 playoff D. J. Smith Injury icon 2.svg 6
ROLB Clay Matthews 12 + 1 playoff Dezman Moses 4
RCB Tramon Williams 16 + 1 playoff
LCB Sam Shields 9 + 1 playoff Casey Hayward 6 Jarrett Bush 1
SS M. D. Jennings 9 Charles Woodson 7 + 1 playoff
FS Morgan Burnett 16 + 1 playoff
K Mason Crosby 16 + 1 playoff
P Tim Masthay 16 + 1 playoff

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Packers' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:00 pm CDT at San Diego Chargers L 13–21 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium ESPN Recap
2 August 16 7:00 pm CDT Cleveland Browns L 10–35 0–2 Lambeau Field State Recap
3 August 23 6:00 pm CDT at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–13 1–2 Paul Brown Stadium State Recap
4 August 30 6:00 pm CDT Kansas City Chiefs W 24–3 2–2 Lambeau Field State/NFLN Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 3:25 pm CDT San Francisco 49ers L 22–30 0–1 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
2 September 13 7:20 pm CDT Chicago Bears W 23–10 1–1 Lambeau Field NFLN[a] Recap
3 September 24 7:30 pm CDT at Seattle Seahawks L 12–14 1–2 CenturyLink Field ESPN[b] Recap
4 September 30 3:25 pm CDT New Orleans Saints W 28–27 2–2 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
5 October 7 12:00 pm CDT at Indianapolis Colts L 27–30 2–3 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 14 7:20 pm CDT at Houston Texans W 42–24 3–3 Reliant Stadium NBC Recap
7 October 21 12:00 pm CDT at St. Louis Rams W 30–20 4–3 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
8 October 28 12:00 pm CDT Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–15 5–3 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
9 November 4 12:00 pm CST Arizona Cardinals W 31–17 6–3 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 12:00 pm CST at Detroit Lions W 24–20 7–3 Ford Field Fox Recap
12 November 25 7:20 pm CST at New York Giants L 10–38 7–4 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
13 December 2 12:00 pm CST Minnesota Vikings W 23–14 8–4 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
14 December 9 7:20 pm CST Detroit Lions W 27–20 9–4 Lambeau Field NBC Recap
15 December 16 12:00 pm CST at Chicago Bears W 21–13 10–4 Soldier Field Fox Recap
16 December 23 12:00 pm CST Tennessee Titans W 55–7 11–4 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
17 December 30 3:25 pm CST[4] at Minnesota Vikings L 34–37 11–5 Mall of America Field Fox Recap

LEGEND:

^[a] The game was simulcast locally on WGBA-TV (Channel 26) in Green Bay, and WITI (Channel 6) in Milwaukee.
^[b] The game was simulcast locally on WBAY (Channel 2) in Green Bay, and WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee.
Bold indicates division games.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
NFC Wildcard January 5, 2013 7:00 p.m. CST Minnesota Vikings (6) W 24–10 1–0 Lambeau Field NBC Recap
NFC Divisional January 12, 2013 7:00 p.m. CST at San Francisco 49ers (2) L 31–45 1–1 Candlestick Park Fox Recap

Standings[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers(3) 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 433 336 L1
Minnesota Vikings(6) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 379 348 W4
Chicago Bears 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 375 277 W2
Detroit Lions 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 372 437 L8

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week One: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 13 7 7 30
Packers 0 7 0 15 22

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
  • SF – Frank Gore – 16 carries, 112 yards, 1 TD
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 5 carries, 27 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After finishing last season with a league best 15–1 record, the Green Bay Packers began their 2012 campaign against the San Francisco 49ers who finished second to the Packers in the NFC with a 13–3 record. San Francisco delivered the game's opening punch in the first quarter as David Akers converted a 40-yard field goal. The 49ers further extended their lead when veteran WR Randy Moss caught a 17-yard pass in the middle of the end zone from Alex Smith in the 2nd quarter. The Packers scored their first points of the season when Aaron Rodgers connected with TE Jermichael Finley in the center of the endzone on a 1-yard pass. Rodgers and the Packers offense struggled to move the ball and David Akers added two more field goals for the 49ers including a long distance 63-yard field goal that hit the cross bar and bounced through as the 1st half came to an end. The Packers went into the locker room down 16–7. The 49ers continued their scoring in the third quarter with Vernon Davis hauling in a 4-yard pass in the end zone from Alex Smith to further extend the 49ers lead to 23–7. The Packers' managed to chip into the 49ers lead when WR Randall Cobb returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. Rodgers completed a pass to Jordy Nelson for the 2-point conversion to bring the lead down to a more manageable 8-point lead. However, Rodgers threw a costly interception on the Packers next offensive possession which set up the 49ers with great field position. Following the INT, RB Frank Gore scored a touchdown on a 23 yard scamper into the endzone down the right sideline. The Packers drove down and Rodgers completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to James Jones to bring the Packers within 8 points for the second time with a little over 6 minutes remaining in the game. The Packers forced the 49ers to punt with 3:45 remaining on the clock but hope expired on a come from behind victory when Rodgers failed to complete an attempted pass to Jordy Nelson on 4th and 10. The 49ers regained possession and ran out the game clock. With the loss, Green Bay began their season 0–1 matching the Packers regular season losses for all of the 2011 season. Also, this game ended their streak of 13 consecutive regular season victories at Lambeau Field.

Week 2: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Two: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 3 7 10
Packers 0 13 0 10 23

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
  • -No scoring
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Packers improved to 1–1.

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Three: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 6 6 12
Seahawks 0 7 0 7 14

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
  • -No scoring
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Packers fell to 1–2. Also, QB Aaron Rodgers would be held without a touchdown for the first time since the teams' 9–0 shutout against the Jets during the 2010 season. The team was also one of six 2011 playoff teams to be under .500 after their first three games.

Week 4: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 10 3 27
Packers 7 14 0 7 28

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 3:25 pm CDT
  • Game weather: 64 °F (18 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,571
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In spite of the surprising loss to the Seahawks, the Packers returned home for a game against the Saints. The Saints tried to avenge their losing in Green Bay last season. However, the Packers would win this game and improve to 2–2 while the Saints dropped to 0–4.

Week 5: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 14 0 6 27
Colts 0 3 16 11 30

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Packers went to Indianapolis for a game against the Colts. Despite the fact that the team was up 21–3 at halftime, the Colts erased the lead in the 2nd half and won the game 30–27. This dropped the Packers' record to 2–3 on the season, 0–1 against the AFC South, and 0–4 all-time in Indianapolis.

Week 6: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week Six: Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 7 7 14 42
Texans 0 10 7 7 24

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the victory over the previously undefeated Texans, the Packers improved their season to 3–3 and 5–0 all-time in the city of Houston. Aaron Rodgers tied the franchise record with 6 touchdown passes. Before the game the Texans defense only allowed 6 touchdowns all season.

Week 7: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Seven: Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 10 0 7 13 30
Rams 3 3 0 14 20

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 12:00 pm CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,359
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Packers traveled to St. Louis to take on the Rams. The game was unfortunately close unlike the previous season's 24–3 blowout win but the Packers would end up winning 30–20 while improving to 4–3.

Week 8: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Eight: Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 3 9 0 3 15
Packers 7 7 0 10 24

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • -No scoring
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With their third consecutive win, the Packers improved to 5–3, dropping to the Jacksonville Jaguars to 1–1 at Lambeau Field. The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans are now the only two remaining teams which have never lost at Lambeau, sitting at 3–0 and 1–0, respectively.

Week 9: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Nine: Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers – Game Summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 10 0 17
Packers 7 14 10 0 31

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 12:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,504
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Gamebook
Game information
First Quarter
  • GB – Randall Cobb 13 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 7–0)
Second Quarter
  • ARI – LaRod Stephens-Howling 1 Yard TD Run, (Jay Feely XP), (7–7)
  • GB – Randall Cobb 21 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 14–7)
  • GB – James Jones 28 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 21–7)
Third Quarter
  • GB – Mason Crosby 33 Yard FG, (GB 24–7)
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald 31 Yard TD Pass from John Skelton, (Jay Feely XP), (GB 24–14)
  • ARI – Jay Feely 20 Yard FG, (GB 24–17)
  • GB – Tom Crabtree 72 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, (Mason Crosby XP), (GB 31–17)
Top Passers
  • ARI – John Skelton – 23/46, 306 Yards, TD, INT
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 14/30, 218 Yards, 4 TD, INT
Top Rushers
  • ARI – LaRod Stephens-Howling – 17 Rushes, 51 Yards, TD
  • GB – James Starks – 17 Rushes, 61 Yards
Top Receivers
  • ARI – Andre Roberts – 4 Receptions, 86 Yards
  • GB – Tom Crabtree – Reception, 72 Yards, TD
Top Tacklers
  • ARI – Calais Campbell – 9 Tackles, Sack
  • GB – Brad Jones – 9 Tackles

The Packers head into their bye week 6–3 after 4 touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers. The Packers gained 176 yards rushing, the most by the Packers in a game since 2009 vs the Cleveland Browns. The Arizona Cardinals drop to 0–7 all-time at Lambeau Field after losing their fifth consecutive game.

Week 11: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Eleven: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 7 7 10 24
Lions 3 7 7 3 20

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST/12:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,716
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With their win on the other side of Lake Michigan against the longtime rival Detroit Lions, Green Bay improved to 7–3 and set a franchise record of nine straight regular season victories over their three division rivals, dating back to Week 17 of their 2010 season.

Week 12: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Twelve: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 0 0 10
Giants 17 14 7 0 38

at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 8:20 pm EST/7:20 pm CST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), mostly clear
  • Game attendance: 80,365
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG – Victor Cruz 9 Yard TD Pass from Eli Manning, Lawrence Tynes XP, (NYG 24–7)
  • GB – Mason Crosby 43 Yard FG, (NYG 24–10)
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw 13 Yard TD Run, Lawrence Tynes XP, (NYG 31–10)
Third quarter
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks 13 Yard TD Pass from Eli Manning, Lawrence Tynes XP, (NYG 38–10)
Top passers
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 14/25, 219 Yards, TD, INT
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 16/30, 249 Yards, 3 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • GB – Jordy Nelson – Receptions, 61 Yards, TD
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 5 Receptions, 77 Yards, TD
Top tacklers

After winning against the Lions, the Packers traveled on the road to take on the Giants, who eliminated them from the playoffs last season 37–20. The Packers were overpowered as they would lose 38–10 and dropped to 7–4 on the season. With the Bears win earlier in the day, the Packers now sit in 2nd place in the NFC North.

Week 13: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Thirteen: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 14 0 0 14
Packers 10 0 10 3 23

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 12:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,567
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With their home victory over their bitter rival from Minnesota, the Packers won their fifth consecutive game against the Vikings and franchise-record tenth straight matchup against a division rival. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was a major threat during the first half, and as a result the Vikings led 14–10 at halftime. However, the Packers were able to score 13 unanswered points in the second half and keep the Vikings in check for the remainder of the game, thereby winning 23–14 and dropping their rival to 6–6.

Upon winning, the team improved to 8–4 and retook the lead in the NFC North after the rival Chicago Bears lost to the Seattle Seahawks at home in overtime.

The Packers look to continue their division dominance by trying to extend their winning streak in Wisconsin against the Lions to 22 straight games (including the 1994 playoffs) on Sunday Night Football during Week 14.

Week 14: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 3 3 20
Packers 0 10 7 10 27

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 7:20 pm CST
  • Game weather: 33 °F (1 °C), snow
  • Game attendance: 70,382
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Packers fell behind Detroit 14–0, but regained momentum when defensive lineman Mike Daniels returned a Lions fumble 43 yards for a touchdown, helping to put the Packers down only 14–10 at halftime. On their opening drive of the second half, Aaron Rodgers gave the Packers the lead for the first time with a 27-yard touchdown run. The Lions would tie the game 17–17 on a Jason Hanson field goal, and after both the Packers and the Lions would both miss field goals, the Packers finally got the lead for good on a 14-yard touchdown run by rookie DuJuan Harris. A Mason Crosby field goal gave the Packers a sure 27–17 lead with just over 4 minutes left in the game. The Lions would kick a field goal with 7 seconds left, but failed the onside kick attempt, giving the Packers a 27–20 win and eliminating the Lions from playoff contention. With a win against the rival Bears the following week, the Packers can clinch the NFC North division.

Week 15: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Fifteen: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 14 7 0 21
Bears 0 7 3 3 13

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 12:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,534
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • GB – James Jones 6 Yard TD Pass from Aaron Rodgers, Mason Crosby XP, (GB 21–7)
  • CHI – Olindo Mare 45 Yard FG, (GB 21–10)
Fourth quarter
  • CHI – Olindo Mare 45 Yard FG, (GB 21–13)
Top passers
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 23/36, 291 Yards, 3 TD
  • CHI – Jay Cutler – 12/21, 135 Yards, TD, INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Packers fell behind 7–0 to the Bears early in the 2nd quarter, but three consecutive Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes to James Jones gave the Packers a 21–7 lead midway through the third quarter. The Bears would pull to within 8 points late by way of two Olindo Mare field goals, but the Bears couldn't mount a comeback. With the 21–13 win, the Packers clinched the NFC North division title for a second season in a row and secured a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season.

Week 16: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Sixteen: Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 0 0 7 7
Packers 14 6 14 21 55

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 12:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: 24 °F (−4 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,508
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win in their regular season home finale, the Packers improved to 11–4 on the season, 7–1 at home, and 3–1 against the AFC South by winning their first game against Tennessee since 1998, the final year the AFC franchise was referred to as the Oilers.

Week 17: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Seventeen: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 10 14 10 34
Vikings 10 10 7 10 37

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 3:25 pm CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,134
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With a 37–34 loss to the Vikings, The Packers failed to clinch the #2 overall seed in the NFC and a first round bye while finishing 11–5. The Packers loss set up a playoff re match between the Packers and the Vikings in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The Packers held Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 9 yards short of breaking the NFL regular season rushing record (2105 yards). The Packers' 12-game winning streak against division rivals was snapped as they lost their first game vs. a rival since their 7–3 loss to the Lions in Week 14 of the 2010 season. Also, the loss to the Vikings killed the Packers' chance of having a perfect record against division rivals for the second season in a row, as well as losing their 5-game winning streak vs. the Vikings.

Postseason (Playoffs)[edit]

By virtue of clinching the NFC North division title the Packers hosted a playoff game in the Wild Card round. The Packers win against the Titans in Week 16 guaranteed at least the 3rd seed in the NFC; However, the Packers fell short of the #2 seed and a first round bye by failing to win in Week 17 over the Vikings.

NFC Wildcard Round: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

NFC Wildcard Round: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game Summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 0 7 10
Packers 7 10 7 0 24

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Despite trailing early in the first quarter, the Packers were able to score 24 unanswered points due to a Vikings defense demotivated by a bad performance from Vikings backup quarterback Joe Webb (starter Christian Ponder was injured in regular season finale). The Vikings began to catch up in the fourth, but it was too little, too late as the Packers got their first playoff win since 2010 and first home playoff victory since 2007.

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 7 3 7 31
49ers 7 17 7 14 45

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Packers ended their season with an overall record of 12–6. This marked the final game for longtime wide receiver Donald Driver, who announced his retirement after the season.

Staff[edit]

2012 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Statistics[edit]

Regular season statistical leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 4,295 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 39 TDs
Rushing Yards Alex Green 464 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers, DuJuan Harris and Ryan Grant 2 TDs
Receptions Randall Cobb 80 Receptions
Receiving Yards Randall Cobb 954 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns James Jones 14 TDs
Points Mason Crosby 103 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Randall Cobb 964 Yards
Punt Return Yards Randall Cobb 292 Yards
Tackles A. J. Hawk and Morgan Burnett 116 Tackles
Sacks Clay Matthews 13 Sacks
Interceptions Casey Hayward 6 INTs

statistical values are correct through Week 17.

Best game performances[edit]

Player(s) Value Opponent
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 365 Yards @ Minnesota Vikings
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 6 TDs @ Houston Texans
Rushing Yards Cedric Benson 84 Yards New Orleans Saints
Rushing Touchdowns Ryan Grant 2 TDs Tennessee Titans
Receiving Yards Jordy Nelson 122 Yards @ St. Louis Rams
Receiving Touchdowns Jordy Nelson and James Jones 3 TDs @ Houston Texans and @ Chicago Bears
Points Jordy Nelson and James Jones 18 Points @ Houston Texans and @ Chicago Bears
Tackles Morgan Burnett 14 Tackles New Orleans Saints
Sacks Clay Matthews 3.5 Sacks Chicago Bears
Interceptions Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward and Morgan Burnett 2 INTs Chicago Bears, @ Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings

statistical values are correct through Week 17.

Statistical league rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 13th
  • Passing (YPG): 10th
  • Rushing (YPG): 20th
  • Points (PPG): 7th
  • Total Defense (YPG): 10th
  • Passing (YPG):12th
  • Rushing (YPG): 14th
  • Points (PPG): 7th

Stats correct through December 24, 2012

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Weekly awards[edit]

  • P Tim Masthay was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played during Week 2. (vs. Bears)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played during Week 4. (vs. Saints)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers was named the winner of the Never Say Die moment of the week for games played during Week 4. (vs. Saints)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played during Week 6. (@ Texans)
  • CB Davon House was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played during Week 8. (vs. Jaguars)

Monthly awards[edit]

  • QB Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the month of October.
  • CB Casey Hayward was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for the month of October.

Records[edit]

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Game[edit]
Season[edit]

Individual[edit]

Game[edit]
Season[edit]
  • WR Randall Cobb set the Packers single-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,342 yards.
Career[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "More draft picks for Packers and Vikings url=http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/40049/more-draft-picks-for-packers-and-vikings". espn.com date=March 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Philbin Hired to Lead Dolphins Packersnews.com
  3. ^ "QB coach Tom Clements named new Packers offensive coordinator," from Green Bay Press-Gazette, 2/3/2012
  4. ^ "Week 17 Flexible Scheduling" (Press release). NFL. 2012-12-23. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ [1] FootballZebras.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2013.

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