2013 Green Bay Packers season

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2013 Green Bay Packers season
2013 Green Bay Packers Huddle at Game 16.jpg
Head coach Mike McCarthy
(8th season)
General manager Ted Thompson
(9th season)
Owner Green Bay Packers, Inc. (112,158 stockholders)
(Since 1923)
Home field Lambeau Field
Local radio WTMJ (620) Milwaukee
WTAQ (1360/97.5) & WIXX (101.1) Green Bay
Results
Record 8–7–1
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (49ers) 20-23
Pro Bowlers Eddie Lacy, RB
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2013 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League, the 95th overall and the eighth under head coach Mike McCarthy.

Offseason[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
2013 Green Bay Packers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Datone Jones  Defensive End UCLA
2 61 Eddie Lacy *  Running Back Alabama from San Francisco 49ers
4 109 David Bakhtiari  Offensive Tackle Colorado from Miami Dolphins
4 122 J. C. Tretter  Offensive Guard Cornell
4 125 Johnathan Franklin  Running Back UCLA from Denver Broncos
5 159 Micah Hyde  Cornerback Iowa
5 167 Josh Boyd  Defensive End Mississippi State compensatory selection
6 193 Nate Palmer  Linebacker Illinois State
7 216 Charles Johnson  Wide Receiver Grand Valley State from San Francisco 49ers
7 224 Kevin Dorsey  Wide Receiver Maryland from Miami Dolphins
7 232 Sam Barrington  Linebacker South Florida
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Notes
  • The Packers traded pick No. 55 to receive No. 61 and No. 173 from the San Francisco 49ers.
  • The Packers traded pick No. 88 to receive No. 93 and No. 216 from the San Francisco 49ers.
  • The Packers traded pick No. 93 to receive No. 109, No. 146 and No. 224 from the Miami Dolphins.
  • The Packers traded picks No. 146 and No. 173 to receive No. 125 from the Denver Broncos.

Free agents[edit]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2013 team
RB Cedric Benson UFA Free Agent
RB Ryan Grant UFA Free Agent
WR Donald Driver UFA January 30 Retired
WR Greg Jennings UFA March 15 Minnesota Vikings
TE Tom Crabtree RFA March 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OL Evan Dietrich-Smith RFA April 12 Green Bay Packers
LB Robert Francois RFA March 15 Green Bay Packers
LB Brad Jones UFA March 21 Green Bay Packers
LB Erik Walden UFA March 12 Indianapolis Colts
LB Frank Zombo RFA April 3 Kansas City Chiefs
CB Sam Shields RFA June 3 Green Bay Packers

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

Regular Season[edit]

Starters on Offense[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 9 Matt Flynn 4 Scott Tolzien 2 Seneca Wallace 1
RB Eddie Lacy 15 James Starks 1
FB John Kuhn 6
WR Jordy Nelson 16
WR Jarrett Boykin 8 Randall Cobb 4
WR James Jones 14
TE Andrew Quarless 10 Jermichael Finley 5 Ryan Taylor 1
LT David Bakhtiari 16
LG Josh Sitton 16
C Evan Dietrich-Smith 16
RG T. J. Lang 16
RT Don Barclay 14 Marshall Newhouse 2

Starters on Defense[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS
LDE B. J. Raji 16
NT Ryan Pickett 16
RDE Johnny Jolly 8 Mike Daniels 1
LOLB Mike Neal 9 Nick Perry 5 Andy Mulumba 2
MLB A. J. Hawk 16
MLB Brad Jones 12 Jamari Lattimore 4
ROLB Clay Matthews 11 Nate Palmer 2 Nick Perry 1 Mike Neal 1 Andy Mulumba 1
CB Tramon Williams 16
CB Sam Shields 14
CB Davon House 5 Micah Hyde 3 Casey Hayward 1
SS Morgan Burnett 13 Jerron McMillian 2 Chris Banjo 1
FS M. D. Jennings 16

Staff[edit]

2013 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2013 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, 15 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Packers' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2013.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:00 p.m. CDT Arizona Cardinals L 0–17 0–1 Lambeau Field State Recap
2 August 17 7:00 p.m. CDT at St. Louis Rams W 19–7 1–1 Edward Jones Dome State Recap
3 August 23 7:00 p.m. CDT Seattle Seahawks L 10–17 1–2 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
4 August 29 7:00 p.m. CDT at Kansas City Chiefs L 8–30 1–3 Arrowhead Stadium State Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 8 3:25 p.m. CDT at San Francisco 49ers L 28–34 0–1 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
2 September 15 12:00 p.m. CDT Washington Redskins W 38–20 1–1 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
3 September 22 12:00 p.m. CDT at Cincinnati Bengals L 30–34 1–2 Paul Brown Stadium Fox Recap
4 Bye
5 October 6 12:00 p.m. CDT Detroit Lions W 22–9 2–2 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
6 October 13 12:00 p.m. CDT at Baltimore Ravens W 19–17 3–2 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
7 October 20 3:25 p.m. CDT Cleveland Browns W 31–13 4–2 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
8 October 27 7:30 p.m. CDT at Minnesota Vikings W 44–31 5–2 Mall of America Field NBC Recap
9 November 4 7:40 p.m. CST Chicago Bears L 20–27 5–3 Lambeau Field ESPN[a] Recap
10 November 10 12:00 p.m. CST Philadelphia Eagles L 13–27 5–4 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
11 November 17 3:25 p.m. CST at New York Giants L 13–27 5–5 MetLife Stadium Fox[1] Recap
12 November 24 12:00 p.m. CST Minnesota Vikings T 26–26 5–5–1 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
13 November 28 11:30 a.m. CST at Detroit Lions L 10–40 5–6–1 Ford Field Fox Recap
14 December 8 12:00 p.m. CST[2] Atlanta Falcons W 22–21 6–6–1 Lambeau Field Fox[2] Recap
15 December 15 3:25 p.m. CST at Dallas Cowboys W 37–36 7–6–1 AT&T Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 22 3:25 p.m. CST Pittsburgh Steelers L 31–38 7–7–1 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
17 December 29 3:25 p.m. CST[3] at Chicago Bears W 33–28 8–7–1 Soldier Field Fox Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast on WBAY-TV in Green Bay and WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Postseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 5, 2014 3:40 p.m. CST San Francisco 49ers (5) 20–23 0–1 Lambeau Field Fox Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week One: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 7 7 28
49ers 7 7 7 13 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

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

Week 2: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Two: Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 7 13 20
Packers 10 14 14 0 38

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 15
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 78,020
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Following their loss to the 49ers 28-34 at Candlestick Park in Week 1, the Packers went back home to Lambeau to take on the 0-1 Washington Redskins. On the opening drive, Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion after a helmet-to helmet hit with Brandon Meriweather. He exited the game and James Starks replaced him. The Packers drew first blood with a 28-yard field goal. They then followed it up with a 35-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb on 4th and 3 to take a 10-0 lead. The Packers took advantage of Robert Griffin III's limited mobility and shut out the Redskins' offense in the 1st half. The Packers continued to pile up yards and points, first with a 14-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson and then with a 3-yard TD pass to Jermichael Finley. By halftime, the Packers had a commanding 24-0 lead. Early in the 3rd quarter, Aaron Rodgers once again connected with Jordy Nelson for a 15-yard TD to take a 31-0 lead. The Redskins finally manage to sustain a drive and capped it off with a 6-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon. However, the Packers responded with a 32-yard TD run by James Starks to make it 38-7. The Redskins managed to score two more TDs in the 4th quarter, first a 3-yard TD pass to Jordan Reed, then a 9-yard TD pass to Santana Moss (failed 2-point conversion). Up 38-20 with 7:36 remaining in the 4th, the Packers managed to sustain a drive to run out the clock and win their first game of the 2013 season. Aaron Rodgers was 34-42 for 480 yards and 4 TD passes, while James Starks rushed 20 times for 132 yards and 1 TD. Rodgers managed to tie Matt Flynn against Detroit in 2011 for the franchise record of passing yards in a single game (480). With the win, the Packers were 1-1.

Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Three: Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 16 14 0 30
Bengals 14 0 7 13 34

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: September 22
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,633
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Both teams each committed four turnovers with Aaron Rodgers throwing two interceptions and Andy Dalton throwing one pick to Sam Shields. Two other Packer turnovers were fumbles with the last fumble came from Johnathan Franklin with Terence Newman returning a fumble return for a touchdown to give the Bengals the lead. With the loss, the Packers fell to 1–2 entering their bye week.

Week 5: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Five: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 0 6 9
Packers 3 3 10 6 22

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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

After the heart-breaking 30-34 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium, the Packers return to action after their Week 4 bye to take on the 3-1 Detroit Lions at Lambeau. Eddie Lacy returned to action after recovering from a concussion in the past two weeks. He had a very productive game, rushing 23 times for 99 yards. After forcing the Lions to punt on their first possession, the Packers struck first with a 26-yard field goal. They followed it up with a 52-yard field goal to take a 6-0 lead. The Lions managed to answer with a 53-yard field goal to go into halftime down 3-6. Early in the 3rd quarter, Randall Cobb rushed to the Lions 22-yard line for a 67-yard gain. From there, the Packers kicked a 31-yard field goal to take a 9-3 lead. Following a Lions 3-and-out, the Packers struck again with an 83-yard TD pass to James Jones to take a 16-3 lead. In the 4th quarter, the Packers added two more field goals, one 42 yards and the other 45 yards, to take a 22-3 lead. The Lions finally find the endzone with a 13-yard TD pass to Kris Durham (failed 2-point conversion) to make it 22-9 with 2:04 remaining. However, the Packers ran out the remaining clock and won. The Packers reach .500 again with a 2-2 record.

Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Six: Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 3 10 3 19
Ravens 0 0 3 14 17

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,319
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After defeating the Detroit Lions 22-9 at Lambeau Field, the Packers travelled to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the defending Super-Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens. Eddie Lacy had a breakout game, rushing for 120 yards on 23 carries. On the first drive, Lacy rushed for 10- and 37-yard gains before settling for a 45-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Both defenses played exceptionally well in the 1st half, highlighted by Green Bay's 4th down goal-line stand against Bernard Pierce. The Packers suffered severe injuries to the offense, however, as both James Jones and Randall Cobb would exit the game in the 1st half with leg injuries. 4th-string receiver Jarrett Boykin saw extended playing time in the wake of their absences. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the half, Nick Perry forced a Joe Flacco fumble that was returned by Datone Jones to the 13-yard line. From there, the Packers settled for a 31-yard field goal and a 6-0 lead at halftime. After trading punts to begin the 2nd half, Aaron Rodgers' pass intended for Jordy Nelson was intercepted by Jimmy Smith in the endzone. After Baltimore punted, Jarrett Boykin, who struggled in the 1st half, took a screen pass 43 yards to the Baltimore 25. From there, the Packers extended their lead to 9-0 after a 50-yard field goal. Following a 53-yard pass to Marlon Brown, the Ravens settled for a 23-yard field goal. Late in the 3rd quarter, Aaron Rodgers lofted a 64-yard pass to Jordy Nelson to extend their lead 16-3. However, the Ravens stayed in the ballgame with an 11-yard pass to Jacoby Jones. The Packers tried to ice the game with a 31-yard field goal to make it 19-10 with 4:17 remaining in the 4th quarter. However, on 4th and 21, Joe Flacco found a wide open Tandon Doss for 63 yards. It appeared that Jerron McMillian slipped while covering Doss. On the very next play, Flacco found Desmond Clark for an 18-yard TD to make it 19-17 with 2:04 remaining. The Packers preserved the 2-point lead with a 52-yard pass to Jermichael Finley on 3rd and 3 and with a 4-yard run by Eddie Lacy on 3rd and 2. With the 19-17 win, the Packers went above .500 for the first time in the 2013 season with a 3-2 record. After the game, Randall Cobb would be put on IR with designation to return, and James Jones would be out for the next 2 games.

Week 7: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Seven: Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 3 7 13
Packers 14 3 0 14 31

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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

After their win against the Baltimore Ravens 19-17, the Packers, wearing their throwback jerseys of blue and yellow, returned home to Lambeau Field to take on the Cleveland Browns. Both James Jones and Randall Cobb would be inactive for the game, and Jarrett Boykin got his first career start. He had a breakout game, catching 8 passes for 103 yards and 1 TD. After forcing the Browns to punt on their opening possession, the Packers quickly struck with a 10-yard TD pass to Jermichael Finley. After Brandon Weeden's pass was intercepted by Davon House on the next drive, the Packers took advantage with a 1-yard TD run by Eddie Lacy to take a 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter. After Cleveland scored on a 46-yard field goal, the Packers responded with a 26-yard field goal to take a 17-3 lead at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the Browns scored on a 44-yard field goal to make it 17-6. Early in the 4th quarter, the Browns decided to go for it on 4th down and 15 on the Packers 31-yard line. The pass to Jordan Cameron in the endzone was incomplete, and the Packers took over. On the drive, Jermichael Finley was carried off the field on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury. The Packers capped off that drive with a 1-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson. They followed it up with a 20-yard TD pass to Jarrett Boykin, taking a 31-13 win. About two weeks after the game, Jermichael Finley was put on IR. With the win, the Packers extend their winning streak to 3, and improve to 4-2.

Week 8: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Eight: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 17 7 13 44
Vikings 7 10 0 14 31

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

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

After defeating the Cleveland Browns 31-13 at Lambeau Field, the Packers travelled to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome to take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. This will be the Packers' last game at the Metrodome, for the Minnesota Vikings will play at TCF Bank Stadium after the 2013 season. On the opening kickoff, Cordarrelle Patterson returned the kick 109 yards for a TD. Green Bay responded with a 14 play, 7:24 minute drive that ended with an 11-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson. After the Vikings punt, the Packers led a 17-play, 8:24-minute drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal. After the Vikings responded with a 36-yard field goal, Aaron Rodgers zipped a 76-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson. A 93-yard punt return by Micah Hyde made it 24-10 with less than two minutes remaining. The Vikings, aided by a 26-yard pass interference penalty, scored on an 8-yard TD run by Adrian Peterson to make it 24-17 at halftime. On the first possession of the 2nd half, the Packers led another time-consuming drive that ended with a 1-yard TD run by Eddie Lacy. After Christian Ponder was sacked by Mike Daniels on 3rd down, the Packers scored easily against a tired Minnesota defense on a 25-yard run by James Starks to pull a commanding 38-17 lead at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The effective tandem between Eddie Lacy and James Starks salted the game away, and the Vikings brief comeback fell short. The Packers had an overwhelming advantage in time of possession with 40:54 compared to the Vikings' 19:06. The Packers did not punt all night, and they were 2 of 2 on 4th down conversions. With the 44-31 win, the Packers were 5-2.

Week 9: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Nine: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 10 7 3 27
Packers 10 0 10 0 20

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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

After defeating the Minnesota Vikings 44-31 for the last time in the Metrodome, the Packers returned to Lambeau to take on the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. The Bears were without Jay Cutler (groin), so Josh McCown made his first start in the 2013 season. The Packers moved down the field with ease on their first possession, with Rodgers completing a 27-yard pass to Jordy Nelson followed by Eddie Lacy's 16-yard run. However, the drive stalled when Aaron Rodgers was sacked by Shea McClellin on 3rd and 8, so the Packers settled for a 30-yard field goal for the 3-0 lead. Josh McCown then led a drive that ended with a 23-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall, taking a 7-3 lead. It soon became apparent that Aaron Rodgers couldn't return to the game because of an injury suffered on the McClellin sack. Instead, Seneca Wallace trotted onto the field on the Packers' second possession. It ended with a tipped pass that was intercepted by Julius Peppers. The Bears' punt after their 3-and-out was blocked by Jamari Lattimore and recovered by Chris Banjo, taking possession at the Chicago 32. On the very next play, James Starks bursted through the middle for a 32-yard TD run, taking a 10-7 lead. In the 2nd quarter, the Bears took a 14-10 lead following a 1-yard run by Matt Forte. They added a 24-yard field goal at the end of the half to lead 17-10 at halftime. Early in the 3rd quarter, Eddie Lacy sprinted to the Chicago 1-yard line on a 56-yard gain, and tied the game at 17-17 following a 1-yard run by Lacy. The Packers successfully recover the ensuing onside kick, but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal to take a 20-17 lead. The Bears responded with a 6-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery, taking a 24-20 lead. With 9:48 left in the 4th quarter, the Bears sustained an 18 play, 8:58 minute drive that ended with a 27-yard field goal to make it 27-20 with 53 seconds remaining in the game. The Packers tried to make a comeback, but after a 15-yard pass to Jordy Nelson, Seneca Wallace was sacked twice, first by Corey Wootton then by Shea McClellin, and time expired. With the 20-27 loss, the Packers' 6-game winning streak against the Chicago Bears was snapped, and the Packers fell to 5-3. It was confirmed later in the week that Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured left collarbone, and Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy stated that his playing status will be determined "week to week." He ended up missing 7 weeks, only to make his return against the same Bears in Week 17 for the NFC North Championship.

Week 10: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Ten: Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 3 17 0 27
Packers 0 3 7 3 13

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 78,011
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After the Packers' first Possession, QB Seneca Wallace exited the game with a groin injury, and was replaced by Scott Tolzien, who threw for 280 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. With the loss, the Packers fell to 5–4.

Week 11: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Eleven: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 6 0 7 13
Giants 7 3 10 7 27

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 79,114
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Vikings 3 10 7 3 3 26
Packers 7 0 0 16 3 26

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Overtime
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • MIN – Audie Cole – 11 tackles, 2 assists, 1 sack
  • GB – A. J. Hawk – 9 tackles, 2 assists, 1 sack

Packers QB Scott Tolzien was benched midway through the 3rd quarter in favor of Matt Flynn. Down 23–7 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, Flynn and the offense tied the game at 23–23 to go into overtime. After the Packers offense scored a field goal in the opening possession, Minnesota was able to answer with a field goal of their own, and after a series of back-and-forth possessions, overtime came to an end at 26–26. It was the first tie between the two teams since 1978. With the tie, the Packers went to 5–5–1.

Week 13: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Thanksgiving Day game
Week Thirteen: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 10 0 0 10
Lions 0 17 9 14 40

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 28
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,934
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Following a rare tie with the Minnesota Vikings 26-26 at Lambeau Field, the Packers travelled to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving football. Due to Matt Flynn's performance the previous week, he replaces Scott Tolzien and makes his first start for the Packers in the 2013 season. The Lions' opening possession ended at the Green Bay 12 when Clay Matthews forced a Reggie Bush fumble that was recovered by Morgan Burnett. However, the Packers could not capitalize, and the Lions drew first blood with a 27-yard field goal. Following a kickoff that went out-of-bounds, the Packers answered with a 54-yard field goal to tie it at 3-3. The Packers quickly struck again when Nick Perry forced a Matt Stafford fumble that was returned by Morgan Burnett for a TD for a 10-3 lead. The Lions answered by scoring two TDs, first a 5-yard TD pass to Jeremy Ross, then a 1-yard run by Reggie Bush. Detroit had opportunities for more points before the half, but David Akers missed a 31-yard field goal as the 1st half expired, keeping a 17-10 lead. Following a 3-and-out on Green Bay's opening possession in the 3rd quarter, the Lions scored on a 20-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson, extending their lead 24-10. Late in the 3rd quarter, Ndamukong Suh sacked Matt Flynn in the endzone, forcing a safety that made it 26-10. The Lions capitalized on their next possession with a 1-yard run by Joique Bell. They followed that up with a 20-yard TD pass to Kevin Ogletree, which extended their lead 40-10. The Packers tried to rally with a 56-yard pass to James Jones, but Matt Flynn fumbled the snap on the next play, and Detroit recovered and ran out the clock. This loss marked Matt Stafford's first career win against the Packers. It also snapped the Lions' 10-year losing streak on Thanksgiving Day. With the loss, the Packers fell to 5–6–1.

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 21 0 0 21
Packers 7 3 6 6 22

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 20/35, 206 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • GB – Matt Flynn – 24/32, 258 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After the heart-numbing loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, the Packers returned to snowy Lambeau Field to take on the 3-9 Atlanta Falcons. Matt Flynn made his 2nd start as quarterback. The Packers struck first with a 1 yd. TD run by Eddie Lacy just before the 1st quarter ended. However, the Falcons would answer with a 36 yd. TD pass to Drew Davis, followed by a 2 yd. reception by Tony Gonzalez following a Matt Flynn fumble. The Packers responded with a 40 yd. field goal to make the score 14-10. Late in the 2nd quarter, Green Bay sustained a drive into Atlanta territory. However, on Atlanta's 35 yd. line, Matt Flynn threw a pass that was deflected, intercepted, and returned 71 yd. for a TD by Sean Weatherspoon. There were audible boos as the Packers were down 21-10 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, Matt Flynn led two drives that both resulted in field goals, making the score 21-16. As the 4th quarter began, Mike Neal forced a Matt Ryan fumble at Atlanta's 25. The Packers capitalized on the turnover with a 2 yd. TD reception to Andrew Quarless, gaining the lead 22-21. The Packers' defense held for the rest of the 4th quarter as Atlanta missed a 52 yd. field goal and also turned the ball over on downs at Green Bay's 33. A Jarrett Bush interception at Green Bay's 37 with 11 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Packers. With the win, the Packers recorded their first win since Aaron Rodgers' injury in Week 9. With the win, the Packers are 6-6-1.

Week 15: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Fifteen: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 0 14 20 37
Cowboys 13 13 3 7 36

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 91,054
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • GB – Matt Flynn – 26/39, 299 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 29/48, 358 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Top rushers
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Following a 22-21 comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers travelled to AT&T Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLV, to take on the 7-6 Dallas Cowboys. Matt Flynn made his 3rd start as Aaron Rodgers was deemed not ready to return from a broken collarbone. The two teams traded field goals with their first possessions, but Dallas went on to score 23 unanswered points to take a 26-3 lead at halftime. The 2nd half began with a bang as Eddie Lacy rushed to Dallas' 20 yd. line for a 60-yard gain. Three plays later, Matt Flynn connected with Jordy Nelson for a 13-yard TD. Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense responded with a field goal to make it 10-29 with over 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. On the Packers next drive, Matt Flynn converted two 3rd downs with 22- and 21-yard passes to Andrew Quarless and Jordy Nelson, respectively. Flynn capped the drive with a 3-yard TD pass to Quarless to pull within 12 points. After two incompletions, Tony Romo was sacked by Clay Matthews and Dallas was forced to punt before the end of the 3rd quarter. A good punt return by Micah Hyde gave the Packers offense good field position at the Dallas 22. Early in the 4th quarter, James Starks scored on an 11-yard screen pass and made it 24-29. Dallas countered with a 5-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant to increase their lead back to 12, but Green Bay responded with a 3-yard TD pass to James Jones to make it 31-36. Dallas' next drive ended with an interception by Sam Shields at midfield with 2:50 remaining. The Packers offense led a drive that was capped off by Eddie Lacy's 1-yard TD that took the lead 37-36 with 1:34 remaining. After the failed 2-point attempt, Dallas attempted a field goal drive, but Tony Romo's pass was intercepted by Tramon Williams to seal the 23-point comeback win for the Packers. With the win, not only did the Packers improve to 7–6–1, but following the Detroit Lions' loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, Green Bay rose to 2nd place in the NFC North, only a half game behind the Chicago Bears.

Week 16: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Sixteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 21 7 38
Packers 7 7 7 10 31

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 23 °F (−5 °C), snow
  • Game attendance: 77,999
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Game book
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Following the Packers miraculous 37-36 comeback win against the Dallas Cowboys, the Packers returned to snowy Lambeau Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Once again, Aaron Rodgers was inactive and Matt Flynn got the start. The two teams traded TDs in the first quarter, and Eddie Lacy ran 14 yards for a TD at the 2-minute warning. Pittsburgh responded with a 31-yard field goal to make it 10-14 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, both teams once again traded TDs to make it 17-21. Pittsburgh then took the lead with an 11-yard TD pass to Matt Spaeth. On the Packers' next drive, Matt Flynn collided with Andrew Quarless, disrupting a pass that was intercepted and returned 40 yards for a TD by Cortez Allen to extend their lead 31-21. In the 4th quarter, The Packers managed to tie the game with a 22-yard field goal and a 1-yard run by John Kuhn. With a little less than 3 minutes remaining, Troy Polamalu forced a Matt Flynn fumble at the Packers 17. The Steelers took a 38-31 lead with a 1-yard TD run from Le'Veon Bell. After a 70-yard kick return by Micah Hyde, the Packers were at the Steelers 31-yard line with 1:25 remaining. 3 plays later they reached the Steelers 1-yard line. However, a false start penalty both pushed them back 5 yards and ran 10 seconds off the clock, leaving the Packers with one play to get into the endzone. On the final play, Matt Flynn's pass for Jarrett Boykin was incomplete, and time expired. With the 38-31 loss, The Packers fell to 7-7-1, and their playoff hopes rested on the outcomes of the games played by the Detroit Lions (7-7) and the Chicago Bears (8-6). Detroit lost to the New York Giants 23-20 in OT and was eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, Chicago had an opportunity to clinch the NFC North division with a win over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, but the Eagles beat the Bears 54–11. This set up a win-and-in matchup between Green Bay (7-7-1) and Chicago (8-7) the following week. The winner would obtain the 4th seed in the NFC playoffs, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 17: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Seventeen: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 13 7 13 33
Bears 7 0 14 7 28

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST[3]
  • Game weather: 26 °F (−3 °C), rain/snow mix
  • Game attendance: 62,708
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
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Following the Packers' 38-31 loss to the Steelers and Chicago's 54-11 loss to the Eagles, both Green Bay (7-7-1) and Chicago (8-7) met at Soldier Field in week 17 to compete for the NFC North Championship. The NFC North Champion would enter the NFC playoffs as the 4th seed, while the other team will be eliminated from playoff contention. Three days prior to the game on Dec. 26, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) was cleared to play against the Bears, as well as RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) and WR Randall Cobb (leg), who was activated after staying on IR with designation to return for the past 9 weeks. After forcing a Bears 3-and-out, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers established a 14-play, 75-yard drive that took 7:30 minutes. On 3rd and goal at the Chicago 5, Aaron Rodgers threw an interception to Chris Conte in the endzone. Jay Cutler and the Bears took advantage with a drive that featured a 37-yard pass to Brandon Marshall and was capped off by a 4-yard TD pass to Matt Forte. Early in the 2nd quarter, Aaron Rodgers threw another interception, this time to Tim Jennings at the Chicago 21-yard line. After forcing a 3-and-out, the Packers drove to the Chicago 15 and scored on a 33-yard field goal to make it 3-7. The Packers defense held Chicago to another 3-and-out, and Green Bay had great field position at the Chicago 41. 6 plays later, Julius Peppers forced an Aaron Rodgers fumble that was recovered by Jarrett Boykin and run in 15 yards for a TD. Many players initially believed that it was an incomplete pass, but instant replay upheld the call since Rodgers' hand was empty as he propelled it forward. After the two-minute warning, A.J. Hawk forced an Alshon Jeffery fumble that was recovered and returned to the Chicago 28. The Packers offense could not find the endzone in the final seconds of the 1st half, so they settled for a 27-yard field goal and a 13-7 lead at halftime.

Early in the 3rd quarter, Devin Hester returned a punt 49 yards to the Packers 30, and Matt Forte scored on a 5-yard run to take a 14-13 lead. 4 plays into Green Bay's next drive, James Starks scampered for a 41-yard gain, and 3 plays after that Aaron Rodgers threw a 7-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb to retake the lead at 20-14. Chicago quickly answered with a 1-yard TD run by Matt Forte following a 67-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery. On the Packers' next possession, an 18-yard pass to Andrew Quarless was overruled to be an incomplete pass. Instant replay suggested there was insubstantial evidence to overturn the call, as the tip of the football disappeared between Quarless' forearms and the ground. Therefore it remained an incomplete pass, and the Packers had to punt. On the Bears' drive, Cutler completed a 33-yard pass to Matt Forte. On 3rd and goal, Cutler threw a 5-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall to take a 28-20 lead at the start of the 4th quarter. However, Green Bay quickly struck back with a 6-yard TD run by Eddie Lacy to make it 27-28 with 11:38 remaining in the 4th quarter. After fair-catching a punt at the Green Bay 13 with 6:24 remaining, Green Bay steadily drove to the Chicago 48 in 14 plays, converting two 4th downs in the process. The Packers found themselves on 4th down & 8 with 43 seconds remaining. On the play, Aaron Rodgers side-stepped a 7-man blitz led by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers and threw a 48-yard touchdown to a wide open Randall Cobb to take a 33-28 lead with 38 seconds remaining. John Kuhn's cut-block on Peppers gave Rodgers enough room to move to his left and find Cobb. Green Bay failed on the two-point conversion, so Chicago attempted to make one more comeback. After Devin Hester's kickoff return and Martellus Bennett's 15-yard catch, the Bears were at the Green Bay 45-yard line with 24 seconds remaining. On 1st down, Morgan Burnett deflected a Hail-Mary pass intended for Alshon Jeffery. On 2nd down, Brandon Marshall dropped Cutler's pass at the 27-yard line. On 3rd down with 10 seconds remaining, Cutler attempted another Hail-Mary pass intended for Brandon Marshall, but it was intercepted by Sam Shields as time expired. With the 33-28 win, the Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) won their 3rd consecutive NFC North Championship and enter the 2013–14 NFC playoffs as the 4th seed.

Postseason[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: vs. #5 San Francisco 49ers[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #5 San Francisco 49ers at #4 Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 7 0 10 23
Packers 0 10 0 10 20

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 438 W1
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 L2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 L4
Minnesota Vikings 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 W1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 *Seattle Seahawks (1) West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 zCarolina Panthers (2) South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 yPhiladelphia Eagles (3) East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 yGreen Bay Packers (4) North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 wSan Francisco 49ers (5) West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 wNew Orleans Saints (6) South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .200 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

Statistics[edit]

Regular season statistical leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 2,536 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 17 TDs
Rushing Yards Eddie Lacy 1,178 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Eddie Lacy 11 TDs
Receptions Jordy Nelson 85 Receptions
Receiving Yards Jordy Nelson 1,314 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Jordy Nelson 8 TDs
Points Mason Crosby 141 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Micah Hyde 531 Yards
Punt Return Yards Micah Hyde 296 Yards
Tackles A. J. Hawk 118 Tackles
Sacks Clay Matthews III 7.5 Sacks
Interceptions Sam Shields 4 INT

statistical values are correct through Week 17.

Best game performances[edit]

Player(s) Value Opponent
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 480 Yards Washington Redskins
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn 4 TDs Washington Redskins, @ Dallas Cowboys
Rushing Yards Eddie Lacy 150 Yards Chicago Bears
Rushing Touchdowns Eddie Lacy 2 TDs Pittsburgh Steelers
Receiving Yards James Jones 178 Yards Washington Redskins
Receiving Touchdowns Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb 2 TDs Washington Redskins & @ Minnesota Vikings; @ Chicago Bears
Points Mason Crosby 16 Points Detroit Lions
Tackles Brad Jones 13 Tackles @ New York Giants
Sacks A. J. Hawk 3 Sacks @ Baltimore Ravens
Interceptions Mike Neal, Sam Shields, Davon House, Tramon Williams, Jarrett Bush, A. J. Hawk 1 INT Washington Redskins; @ Cincinnati Bengals, @ Detroit Lions, @ Dallas Cowboys & @ Chicago Bears; Cleveland Browns; @ New York Giants, @ Detroit Lions & @ Dallas Cowboys; Atlanta Falcons; Pittsburgh Steelers

statistical values are correct through Week 17.

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