2014 Green Bay Packers season

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2014 Green Bay Packers season
Green Bay Packers logo.svg
Head coach Mike McCarthy
General manager Ted Thompson
Owner Green Bay Packers, Inc. (360,760 stockholders)[1]
Home field Lambeau Field
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 26–21
Lost NFC Championship (Seahawks) 22–28 (OT)
Pro Bowlers WR Randall Cobb
FB John Kuhn
LB Clay Matthews
WR Jordy Nelson
QB Aaron Rodgers
CB Sam Shields
G Josh Sitton
AP All-Pros FB John Kuhn
WR Jordy Nelson
QB Aaron Rodgers
G Josh Sitton
Uniform
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The 2014 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 96th season overall, the 94th in the National Football League, and the ninth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team tied with four other teams for a league-best 12 wins and 4 losses, while also adding a fourth consecutive NFC North division title. The club went undefeated at home for the first time since 2011. They also led the league in scoring, with 486 points, the second-most in franchise history. It marked the first time since the 2009 season that the team had a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers, and a 1,000-yard rusher. They won the divisional round playoff game against the Cowboys, but then lost the conference championship game against the Seattle Seahawks in one of the biggest collapses in NFL playoff history. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the league's Most Valuable Player.[2]

The Packers made the playoffs for the sixth straight season, tying the record set between 1993–98.

Offseason[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2014 team
QB Matt Flynn UFA April 15[3] Green Bay Packers
QB Seneca Wallace UFA
RB Kahlil Bell UFA
RB James Starks UFA March 17[4] Green Bay Packers
FB John Kuhn UFA April 3[5] Green Bay Packers
WR James Jones UFA March 17[6] Oakland Raiders
TE Jermichael Finley UFA
TE Andrew Quarless UFA March 13[7] Green Bay Packers
C Evan Dietrich-Smith UFA March 14[8] Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT Marshall Newhouse UFA March 21[9] Cincinnati Bengals
DE Johnny Jolly UFA
DE C. J. Wilson UFA March 28[10] Oakland Raiders
NT Ryan Pickett UFA September 28*[11] Houston Texans
NT B. J. Raji UFA March 14[12] Green Bay Packers
ILB Robert Francois UFA
ILB Jamari Lattimore RFA April 30[13] Green Bay Packers
OLB Mike Neal UFA March 12[7] Green Bay Packers
CB Sam Shields UFA March 8[14] Green Bay Packers
FS Chris Banjo ERFA February 26[15] Green Bay Packers
FS M. D. Jennings RFA March 12[16] Chicago Bears

RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag
*Player was signed after the June 1st deadline and will not count towards compensatory selections.

Acquisitions[edit]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2013 team
OT Aaron Adams UFA January 7[17] Green Bay Packers*
CB Antonio Dennard UFA January 7 Green Bay Packers*
C Garth Gerhart UFA January 7 Green Bay Packers*
WR Alex Gillett UFA January 7 Green Bay Packers*
RB Orwin Smith UFA January 7 Green Bay Packers*
OT Jeremy Vujnovich UFA January 7 Green Bay Packers*
OLB Chase Thomas UFA January 7 Atlanta Falcons*
FB Ina Liaina UFA January 28[18] Miami Dolphins*
TE Raymond Webber UFA February 13[19] N/A
RB Michael Hill UFA February 26[15] Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OLB Julius Peppers UFA March 15[20] Chicago Bears
NT Letroy Guion UFA March 17[21] Minnesota Vikings
ILB Korey Jones UFA July 23[22] Arizona Cardinals*
WR Gerrard Sheppard UFA July 30[23] Baltimore Ravens*

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only.

Departures[edit]

Position Player Date released 2014 team
G Greg Van Roten February 12[24] Seattle Seahawks[25]
WR Sederrik Cunningham April 11[26]
RB Orwin Smith April 28[27]
OLB Chase Thomas May 12[28] San Francisco 49ers[29]
CB James Nixon May 14[30]
TE Raymond Webber May 19[31] Miami Dolphins[32]
ILB Victor Aiyewa May 19[33] San Diego Chargers[34]
RB Johnathan Franklin June 20[35] Retired[36]
ILB Shaun Lewis July 23[22]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

2014 Green Bay Packers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix *  Safety Alabama
2 53 Davante Adams *  Wide Receiver Fresno State
3 85 Khyri Thornton  Defensive End Southern Miss
3 98 Richard Rodgers  Tight End California compensatory selection[37]
4 121 Carl Bradford  Linebacker Arizona State
5 161 Corey Linsley  Center Ohio State
5 176 Jared Abbrederis  Wide Receiver Wisconsin compensatory selection
6 197 Demetri Goodson  Cornerback Baylor
7 236 Jeff Janis  Wide Receiver Saginaw Valley State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Packers were awarded two compensatory selections after losing free agents Greg Jennings and Erik Walden.[37]
  • Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis[38] and defensive end Khyri Thornton[39] sustained injuries prior the start of the season and were placed on injured reserve.

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Position Player Date signed College
ILB Jake Doughty May 12[28] Utah State
OLB Jayrone Elliott May 12 Toledo
DE Carlos Gray May 12 North Carolina State
OLB Adrian Hubbard May 12 Alabama
G Jordan McCray May 12 Central Florida
RB Rajion Neal May 12 Tennessee
NT Mike Pennel May 12 Colorado State-Pueblo
TE Justin Perillo May 12 Maine
RB LaDarius Perkins May 12 Mississippi State
QB Chase Rettig May 12 Boston College
ILB Joe Thomas May 12 South Carolina State
CB Ryan White May 12 Auburn
OT John Fullington May 14[30] Washington State
S Tanner Miller May 16[40] Iowa
S Charles Clay May 19[31] Hawaii
TE Colt Lyerla May 19 Oregon
DE Luther Robinson May 19 Miami
ILB Shaun Lewis June 10[41] Oklahoma State

Staff[edit]

2014 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2014 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, 10 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Preseason roster cuts[edit]

Position Player Date released Notes
CB Antonio Dennard August 24[42]
S Charles Clay August 24
WR Chris Harper August 24
ILB Korey Jones August 24
FB Ina Liaina August 24
QB Chase Rettig August 24
WR Gerrard Sheppard August 24
TE Colt Lyerla August 26[43] Injury settlement
S Chris Banjo August 30[39] Practice squad
WR Kevin Dorsey August 30 Practice squad
ILB Jake Doughty August 30
OT John Fullington August 30
C Garth Gerhart August 30 Practice squad
WR Alex Gillett August 30
DE Carlos Gray August 30
RB Michael Hill August 30 Practice squad
OLB Adrian Hubbard August 30 Practice squad
G Jordan McCray August 30
S Tanner Miller August 30
RB Rajion Neal August 30 Injury settlement
TE Justin Perillo August 30 Practice squad
RB LaDarius Perkins August 30
DE Luther Robinson August 30 Practice squad
CB Jumal Rolle August 30 Practice squad
ILB Joe Thomas August 30 Injury settlement
OG Andrew Tiller August 30 Injury settlement
OT Jeremy Vujnovich August 30 Practice squad
WR Myles White August 30 Practice squad
CB Ryan White August 30

Injured Reserve[edit]

Position Player Date Notes
TE Colt Lyerla August 21[44] waived/injured
WR Jared Abbrederis August 26[38]
OT Don Barclay August 26
RB Rajion Neal August 26 waived/injured
NT B. J. Raji August 26
ILB Joe Thomas August 26 waived/injured
OG Andrew Tiller August 26 waived/injured
OT Aaron Adams August 30[39] waived/injured
OLB Nate Palmer August 30
TE Jake Stoneburner August 30 waived/injured
DE Khyri Thornton August 30

Trades[edit]

Position Player Date traded 2014 team Compensation
DE Jerel Worthy August 13[45] New England Patriots undisclosed draft pick*

*Player failed to make the active roster. Draft pick compensation voided.

Starters[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Offense[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 16
RB Eddie Lacy 16
FB John Kuhn 2
WR Jordy Nelson 16
WR Randall Cobb 16
WR Davante Adams 9 Jarrett Boykin 3
TE Andrew Quarless 12 Richard Rodgers 5 Davante Adams 1
LT David Bakhtiari 16
LG Josh Sitton 16
C Corey Linsley 16
RG T. J. Lang 16
RT Bryan Bulaga 15 Derek Sherrod 1

Defense[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS
NT Letroy Guion 16
DE Mike Daniels 16
DE Josh Boyd 4 Datone Jones 3 Mike Neal 1
OLB Clay Matthews III 11 Nick Perry 4 Mike Neal 2
OLB Julius Peppers 16
ILB A. J. Hawk 13
ILB Sam Barrington 7 Jamari Lattimore 5 Clay Matthews III 5 Brad Jones 1
CB Tramon Williams 16 Davon House 4
CB Sam Shields 14 Micah Hyde 5 Casey Hayward 1
SS Morgan Burnett 15 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 1
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 9 Micah Hyde 7

Postseason[edit]

Offense[edit]

POS Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 2
RB Eddie Lacy 2
FB John Kuhn 2
WR Jordy Nelson 2
WR Randall Cobb 2
WR Davante Adams 2
LT David Bakhtiari 2
LG Josh Sitton 2
C Corey Linsley 2
RG T. J. Lang 2
RT Bryan Bulaga 2

Defense[edit]

POS Name GS Name GS
NT Letroy Guion 2
DE Mike Daniels 2
DE Josh Boyd 1
OLB Clay Matthews III 2
OLB Julius Peppers 2
ILB A. J. Hawk 1 Nick Perry 1
ILB Sam Barrington 2
CB Tramon Williams 2
CB Sam Shields 2 Micah Hyde 1
SS Morgan Burnett 2
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 2

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 at Tennessee Titans L 16–20 0–1 LP Field Recap
2 August 16 at St. Louis Rams W 21–7 1–1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
3 August 22 Oakland Raiders W 31–21 2–1 Lambeau Field Recap
4 August 28 Kansas City Chiefs W 34–14 3–1 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 September 4 at Seattle Seahawks L 16–36 0–1 CenturyLink Field NBC Recap
2 September 14 New York Jets W 31–24 1–1 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
3 September 21 at Detroit Lions L 7–19 1–2 Ford Field Fox Recap
4 September 28 at Chicago Bears W 38–17 2–2 Soldier Field Fox Recap
5 October 2 Minnesota Vikings W 42–10 3–2 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
6 October 12 at Miami Dolphins W 27–24 4–2 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
7 October 19 Carolina Panthers W 38–17 5–2 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
8 October 26 at New Orleans Saints L 23–44 5–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome NBC Recap
9 Bye
10 November 9 Chicago Bears W 55–14 6–3 Lambeau Field NBC Recap
11 November 16 Philadelphia Eagles W 53–20 7–3 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
12 November 23 at Minnesota Vikings W 24–21 8–3 TCF Bank Stadium Fox Recap
13 November 30 New England Patriots W 26–21 9–3 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
14 December 8 Atlanta Falcons W 43–37 10–3 Lambeau Field ESPN Recap
15 December 14 at Buffalo Bills L 13–21 10–4 Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–3 11–4 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 28 Detroit Lions W 30–20 12–4 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 11, 2015 Dallas Cowboys (3) W 26–21 1–0 Lambeau Field Recap
Conference January 18, 2015 at Seattle Seahawks (1) L 22–28 (OT) 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week One: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 0 6 16
Seahawks 3 14 5 14 36

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

The Packers 2014 regular season started in the NFL Kickoff game against the defending Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. This marks the first competitive contest between the two teams since the Fail Mary Game. The Seahawks defense proved too strong for the Packers, as Green Bay fell to 0–1.

Week 2: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Two: New York Jets at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 14 7 3 0 24
Packers 3 13 15 0 31

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

After being down 21–3 midway through the second quarter, the Packers rallied back to a five-point halftime deficit. An 80-yard TD by Jordy Nelson in the third quarter gave the Packers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Late in the 4th quarter, the Jets had one last chance to tie the game. On 4th down, Jets quarterback Geno Smith seemed to have thrown a game-tying touchdown pass, but an official announced that the Jets had called for a timeout just before the ball was snapped. A confused Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, argued with the officials that he didn't call for a timeout. A look at the video replay showed that Jets offensive coordinator, Mary Mornhinwig, started running to Ryan, calling for a timeout. Even though the rules said that only the head coach could call for a timeout in that situation, the official simply heard a voice shouting for a timeout, and unable to look back to see who it was, since it was just before the ball was snapped, the official assumed that Ryan called for the timeout. While the Jets were able to convert the 4th down after the timeout, they were unable to move the ball any further, and turned the ball over on downs, at which point the Packers ran out the final 3:31 of the clock to get their first victory of the season.

Week 3: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Three: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 0 0 0 7
Lions 7 5 0 7 19

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

For the third straight season, the Packers started off with a 1–2 record. The Lions' defense dominated the game as the Packers failed to score any points in the second, third, or fourth quarter. The Packers crossed midfield on only three drives, and they had only one such drive in the second half. The Packers' 7 points represented the lowest total that the team scored in a game that Rodgers finished. Rodgers 162 passing yards was his lowest since the 2008 season.

Week 4: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Four: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 14 10 7 38
Bears 7 10 0 0 17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: September 28
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,736
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

During the week prior to the Packers' crucial game against the rival 2–1 Bears, Aaron Rodgers addressed the concerns of many Packers fans, who felt that the season was already slipping away just three weeks in with a 1–2 record. In a radio interview, Rodgers said to the fans, "R-E-L-A-X. Relax." Rodgers was true to his word, completing 22 of 28 passes for 302 yards, 4 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions, and a passer rating of 151.2, making it the second game of his career where he had a passer rating of over 150. Two of his touchdown passes were to Randall Cobb as the Packers took advantage of two Jay Cutler interceptions, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half in a 38–17 win, which was also the Packers' 700th regular season win in the NFL.[46] This was only the second game in NFL history to not have a punt.

Week 5: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Five: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 0 10 10
Packers 14 14 14 0 42

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Continuing the momentum carried over from the victory over the Bears, the Packers trounced their other division rival, the Vikings, 42–10. Eddie Lacy ran for over 100 yards for the first time in the season, with 2 rushing touchdowns, while Julius Peppers reached a career milestone of accumulating over 100 career sacks as well as 10 career interceptions. The win improved the Packers to 3–2, the first time the team was over .500 for the season.

Week 6: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Six: Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 7 10 27
Dolphins 3 0 7 14 24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: October 12
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,875
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Packers had a solid showing in the first half against the Dolphins, spotting an early 10–3 lead, but the Dolphins were able to rally back and had a 24–17 lead late in the 4th quarter. After a Mason Crosby field goal, the Packers forced Miami to punt, and a 17-yard return by Micah Hyde got the Packers the ball at their own 40 yard line with just over 2 minutes left, but no timeouts remaining. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers rally, first converting a 4th and 10, and later a 3rd and 10. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, with the clock running, Rodgers discreetly called for a "fake spike" play, which he successfully executed with a pass to Davante Adams, who went out of bounds at the Dolphins 4 yard line with 6 seconds left. Rodgers then threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless, giving the Packers a 27–24 victory.

Week 7: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Seven: Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 3 0 14 17
Packers 21 7 10 0 38

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 19
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 78,106
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Packers roared out of the gate against Carolina, scoring the first 28 points of the game, and stayed in control for the rest of the game, only giving up two touchdowns to the Panthers late, with the game already out of reach. The Packers improved to 5–2 for the season, and were now 4–0 since Aaron Rodgers told Packers fans to "relax."

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Eight: Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 10 6 0 7 23
Saints 10 6 14 14 44

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 26
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,146
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the game tied at 16–16, Aaron Rodgers suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter, which hampered his playing for the rest of the game. The Saints dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the Packers 28–7 in the second half.

This would be only the third game in NFL history to not have a single punt.[47]

Week 9: Bye week[edit]

No game. Green Bay had a bye week.

Week 10: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Ten: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 7 7 14
Packers 14 28 6 7 55

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (0 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 78,292
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

After a week off to let his hurt hamstring to heal, Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers made a dominant showing over the rival Bears, building an insurmountable 42–0 lead in the first half. After forcing a Bears' punt, Rodgers marched the Packers 71 yards in 12 plays to take a 7–0 lead on a touchdown pass to Brandon Bostick on fourth-and-goal. The Bears' following possession lasted only two plays as Micah Hyde intercepted Jay Cutler and returned the ball 9 yards to the Bears 23-yard line. Four plays later Rodgers connected with Andrew Quarless for a 4-yard touchdown. After another punt by the Bears, the Packers went 72 yards in three plays. After the first two plays went for −1 yard, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 73-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter. After a three-and-out by the Bears offense, Rodgers once again hit Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown pass on the fourth play of the Packers responding drive. The Bears started to move the ball on their next drive as they drove 70 yards, but turned the ball over on downs at the Packers 4-yard line. The Packers responded by driving 95 yards with Rodgers hitting Eddie Lacy for a 56-yard touchdown on a screen pass, extending the lead to 35–0. The Bears turned the ball over on downs again on their next drive. After both teams lost fumbles, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb, making the score a 42–0 run-over. On their second possession of the second half, Mason Crosby extended the Packers' lead to 45-0. The Bears finally got the scoreboard on their next drive as Cutler connected with Brandon Marshall for a 45-yard touchdown pass to cap of a 75-yard drive. Crosby connected on a 20-yard field goal next and after a three-and-out each, Casey Hayward intercepted Cutler and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, extending the score to 55-7 early in the fourth quarter. Chris Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, making the final score 55–14. Rodgers threw six first-half touchdowns, which matched the Packers' single-game record (with Matt Flynn) and the NFL record for touchdowns in a half (with Daryle Lamonica, 1969). The final score of 55 points tied a Lambeau Field record and Rodgers threw his NFL-record 16th scoring pass of 70 yards or more.[48]

The Bears also became the first NFL team in over 90 years to give up over 50 points in consecutive games.

Week 11: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Eleven: Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 6 7 7 20
Packers 17 13 9 14 53

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

The Packers' utter dominance continued with another overwhelming performance over another NFC power, the Eagles. Aaron Rodgers broke Tom Brady's mark of 288 passes at home without being intercepted.[49] The Green Bay quarterback set several other records for passing at home, including an NFL-record 29 straight touchdown passes without an interception.[50]

The Packers scored touchdowns on all three parts of the team, offense, defense, and special teams. Julius Peppers returned an interception for a touchdown, his second of the year, and Micah Hyde returned a punt for a touchdown.

The Packers got going from the very beginning. They drove 75 yards on their opening drive, but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Crosby. After an Eagles' punt, the Packers marched on a 13 play, 88-yard drive culminating in a 4-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams. On the drive, the Packers converted three 3rd-and-longs and took 6:47 off the clock. The Eagles punted again, but this time Micah Hyde returned the punt 75 yards for a touchdown, giving the Packers a shocking 17-0 lead. The Eagles responded on their next possession with a 33-yard field goal by Cody Parkey early in the second quarter. The Eagles, though, had no answer for the Packers' passing game. Rodgers marched the Packers 80 yards in merely 6 plays to increase the lead to 24-3 on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. After a punt, the Packers struck again. 80 yards on another time consuming drive ending with Eddie Lacy driving in a 1-yard touchdown run, but a failed two-point conversion. The Eagles reached the Packers' 15, but settled for another 33-yard field goal as the half expired. Mark Sanchez was stripped early in the 3rd quarter with Nick Perry recovering. The Eagles defense finally made a stand and forced a punt, but the Eagles were forced to punt on their responding drive. The Eagles' defense couldn't hold this time and Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal increasing the lead to 33-6. The Eagles buried themselves on the next drive as Sanchez threw a 52-yard pick-six to Julius Peppers (with a blocked PAT), making the score 39-6. The Eagles immediately answered, driving 80 yards (with a 4th down conversion) with Sanchez throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. However, the Packers struck right back with an 80yard scoring drive capped off with Rodgers throwing a screen pass to Lacy who took it 32 yards for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 46-13. However, Eagles mishaps continued as Sanchez threw an interception to Tramon Williams, but Crosby missed a field goal. Then on the following drive after reaching the Packers 40, Sanchez fumbled and Hayward returned the fumble 49 yards for a touchdown, making the score a mind boggling 53-13. The Eagles were able to March 80 yards and score on a 20-yard touchdown reception by Jeremy Maclin on their next drive closing the scoring.

The Packers achieved a new franchise mark, as this was the first time ever since the franchise started playing in the NFL that they scored over 50 points in consecutive games (the Packers had scored over 50 points in 6 consecutive games as a "town team" in 1919, their first season of existence.).[51] Green Bay improved to a record of 7–3.

Week 12: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Twelve: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 3 7 24
Vikings 0 10 3 8 21

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Coming off two consecutive 50+ points wins, the Packers were able to improve to a 8–3 record and captured the first place in their division.

With the Vikings playing their home games at TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium was being built, this marked the first outdoor Packers at Vikings game since 1981.

Week 13: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Thirteen: New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 14 0 7 21
Packers 13 10 0 3 26

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 30
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 25 °F (−4 °C), (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 78,431
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Packers improved to a 9–3 record by defeating the New England Patriots 26–21, despite going 0 for 4 in the red zone. It was the first matchup between Rodgers and Brady, as Rodgers missed the 2010 matchup at Gillette Stadium with a concussion. Aaron Rodgers continued a streak of passes at home without an interception: 360 passes including 31 touchdown passes. The Patriots were only behind 16-14 with a minute left in the first half, but a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson gave Green Bay a 9-point halftime lead. A scoreless third quarter, and no red-zone touchdowns for the entire game for the Packers, gave New England a chance for victory. The Patriots scored again to make it only a two-point deficit, but another Green Bay field goal and stout fourth-quarter defense gave the Packers victory over a strong Patriots squad.[52]

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 0 10 20 37
Packers 7 24 3 9 43

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Once again Aaron Rodgers had a big day shredding the Falcons' last-ranked defense, but the Falcons fought back.

The Packers received the opening kickoff and stormed 81 yards needing only 7 plays with James Starks running in a 3-yard touchdown. The drive was so efficient they didn't even face a third down. As a sign of things to come, the Falcons struck right back with a 4-yard Steven Jackson touchdown run to end a 72-yard drive. The Packers, as they did often, answered the Falcons with another touchdown of their own. Showing off their ability to kill the clock with long drives, the Packers used 13 plays and over 7 minutes to go 80 yards with Lacy running in his second touchdown of the game on the first play of the second quarter. After a Falcons three-and-out the Packers again worked the clock, driving 80 yards in just under six minutes, but the Falcons defense made a rare stand and Crosby kicked a field goal. Morgan Burnett intercepted Matt Ryan on their next possession and returned it 32 yards to the Falcons 15. Four plays later Rodgers threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Lacy. The Falcons offense continued to sputter as they punted. The Packers stayed hot with Rodgers hitting Nelson for a 10-yard touchdown with twenty-four seconds left in the half. The Falcons managed to reach field goal range with the big play being a Ryan 30-yard bomb to Julio Jones. However, Brad Jones blocked Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal attempt, leaving the score 31-7 at halftime. The Falcons busted out in the third quarter. On the first play from scrimmage Ryan launched a pass to Jones for 79 yards the Packers 3-yard line. However, they lost two yards on their next three plays, but on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line Ryan threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Eric Weems, trimming the score to 31-14. After a Packers punt the Falcons reached the Packers 31, but were forced to settle for a 50-yard field goal. The Packers added a field goal on their next drive, the Falcons mimicked the Packers clock-killing strategy (possibly, ultimately to their detriment) taking six-and-a-half minutes off the clock as they traveled 72 yards with Ryan dropping a 22-yard touchdown pass into the hands of Jones who had the best game of his career. However, Rodgers and the Packers offense regrouped and stormed 74 yards in four plays with Rodgers hitting his number one guy Nelson for a 60-yard touchdown pass. The Falcons' Rashede Hageman blocked Crosby's PAT keeping the deficit two scores at 40-24. The shootout continued as the Falcons answered right back with Ryan lobbing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White, but the two-point conversion failed which would prove critical as the score remained 40–30. The Falcons onside kick attempt failed, but they didn't allow a first down, keeping them in the game as Crosby nailed a 53-yard field goal, increasing the lead to 43–30. Ryan continued to shred the Packers' defense, darting a 2-yard touchdown pass to Harry Douglas, making the score 43–37 and giving the Falcons a chance to pull off the improbable comeback. However, a 41-yard run by James Starks enabled the Packers to run out the clock and hold on for the win.

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Fifteen: Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 7 0 3 13
Bills 7 3 6 5 21

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

Both teams' defenses dictated the game throughout by not allowing a TD-pass and only two overall. Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions after only three the whole season. The Packers' receivers had a bad day as well, dropping 8 passes, the most drops by an NFL team in a game since 2008. The Packers fell to 10–4 with that loss, and 0–6 in Buffalo as a franchise.

Week 16: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Sixteen: Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 0 10 20
Buccaneers 0 3 0 0 3

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

The Packers gave a strong defensive show in a win over the lowly Buccaneers, holding Tampa Bay 109 yards of net offense, and only 16 yards rushing. The Packers offense scuffled some, as Aaron Rodgers nursed a sore calf. Running back Eddie Lacy broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season, making him the first Packer since John Brockington to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. The 20–3 win gave Green Bay an 11-4 record and secured the Packers a spot in the playoffs.

Week 17: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Seventeen: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 7 6 20
Packers 7 7 7 9 30

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 28
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 27 °F (−3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 78,408
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Packers and Lions, both 11–4 and playoff-bound, faced off with the NFC North division title on the line, as well as a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Packers got the early lead on a Micah Hyde punt return for a touchdown, but then suffered a potentially crippling loss when Aaron Rodgers reinjured his calf while throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Rodgers had to be helped off the field and was then carted to the locker room. The game's momentum swung to the Lions as they came back to tie the game in the third quarter. Aaron Rodgers then returned to the game, gutting through the calf injury to give the Packers the lead back with first another touchdown pass to Cobb and then scoring a touchdown of his own on a quarterback sneak. The 30–20 win gave the Packers a final 12–4 record, the number 2 seed in the playoffs, and their 4th straight NFC North division title.[53]

Postseason[edit]

NFC Wild card Playoffs[edit]

Clinching the division and the #2 overall seed in the NFC, the Packers had a first round bye.

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. #3 Dallas Cowboys[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#3) Dallas Cowboys at (#2) Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 7 7 0 21
Packers 7 3 10 6 26

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

NFC Championship: vs. #1 Seattle Seahawks[edit]

NFC Championship: (#2) Green Bay Packers at (#1) Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Packers 13 3 0 6 0 22
Seahawks 0 0 7 15 6 28

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: January 18, 2015
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. CST/12:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 68,538
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Green Bay lost this match despite having a 16–0 halftime lead and a 19-7 lead plus possession of the football with 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. The Packers forced 5 turnovers, with 4 of them being Wilson interceptions. However, the Packers only scored 6 points off of those 5 turnovers and had only one touchdown, allowing the Seahawks to remain within striking distance. With over 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, Wilson was intercepted for the 4th time by safety Morgan Burnett, who then slid down as if the game was just won. The Packers executed an ultra-conservative tactic by running the ball three times in a row, for negative 2 yards, negative 2 yards, and two yards, wasting only 10 seconds of clock due to Seattle timeouts. The Packers punted and the Seahawks scored their first offensive touchdown on their next drive to cut the deficit to 5. With 2:09 remaining and the Packers leading 19-14, the Seahawks were able to recover an onside kick that was fumbled by Packer TE Brandon Bostick. They scored a touchdown on the following drive to go up 20-19. A hailmary attempt on a two-point conversion made it 22-19 Seahawks with 1:30 remaining in regulation. The Packers forced overtime with a Mason Crosby field goal, but the Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. The Seahawks scored a touchdown on their first drive in overtime, ending the game and the Packers' season.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 486 348 W2
(6) Detroit Lions 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 321 282 L1
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 325 343 W1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 319 442 L5

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[a] *Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 140 W6
2[a] zGreen Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 486 348 138 W2
3[a] yDallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 467 352 115 W4
4 yCarolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 –35 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] wArizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 11 L2
6[b] wDetroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 321 282 33 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 474 400 74 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 –34 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 –23 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 325 343 –18 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 380 400 –20 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 –36 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 –30 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 319 442 –123 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 301 438 –137 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 –133 L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ 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 4,381 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 38
Rushing Yards Eddie Lacy 1,139 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Eddie Lacy 9
Receptions Jordy Nelson 98 Receptions
Receiving Yards Jordy Nelson 1,519 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Jordy Nelson 13
Kickoff Return Yards DuJuan Harris 456 Yards
Punt Return Yards Micah Hyde 221 Yards
Tackles Morgan Burnett 129 Tackles
Sacks Clay Matthews III 11 Sacks
Interceptions Casey Hayward
Tramon Williams
3 INTs

Statistical values are correct through Week 17[56]
*leads the league in statistical category

Best game performances[edit]

Player(s) Value Opponent
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 418 Yards New Orleans Saints
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 6 Chicago Bears
Rushing Yards Eddie Lacy 125 Yards Minnesota Vikings
Rushing Touchdowns Eddie Lacy 2 Minnesota Vikings
Receiving Yards Jordy Nelson 209 Yards New York Jets
Receiving Touchdowns Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson
Randall Cobb
2 New York Jets
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons
Detroit Lions
Tackles Morgan Burnett, A. J. Hawk 13 Tackles Chicago Bears
Sacks Clay Matthews III 2.5 Sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Interceptions Tramon Williams
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davon House
Clay Matthews III, Sam Shields
Jamari Lattimore, Julius Peppers
Casey Hayward, Sam Shields
Casey Hayward
Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde
Julius Peppers, Tramon Williams
Micah Hyde
Morgan Burnett
Tramon Williams
Datone Jones
1 INT New York Jets
Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins
Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles
Minnesota Vikings
Atlanta Falcons
Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Statistical values are correct through Week 17

Awards[edit]

Recipient Award(s)
Aaron Rodgers Week 4: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[57]
Week 7: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[58]
Week 10: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[59]
Week 17: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[60]
November: NFC Offensive Player of the Month[61]
Week 10: FedEx Ground Player of the Week[62]
Week 11: FedEx Ground Player of the Week[62]
Probowler[63]
All-Pro First Team[64]
NFL Most Valuable Player[2]
Julius Peppers Week 5: NFC Defensive Player of the Week[65]
Eddie Lacy Week 12: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[66]
Clay Matthews III Week 16: NFC Defensive Player of the Week[67]
Probowler[63]
Micah Hyde Week 17: NFC Special teams Player of the Week[60]
John Kuhn Probowler[63]
All-Pro First Team[64]
Jordy Nelson Probowler[63]
All-Pro Second Team[64]
Josh Sitton Probowler[63]
All-Pro Second Team[64]

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