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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet

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Boldin made big plays for 49ers when it counted

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Clay Matthews regrets sideline play that resulted in penalty

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin runs from Green Bay Packers CB Tramon Williams. VIEW PHOTOS

SAN FRANCISCO – This time at Candlestick Park, it wasn’t a young, rising superstar quarterback who was the toughest customer to handle.

It was a veteran receiver who’s now Colin Kaepernick’s new favorite target.

Anquan Boldin torched the Packers for 13 receptions, 208 yards and a TD in the 49ers’ 34-28 victory on Sunday in the rematch of last January’s NFC divisional playoff. The big, physical pass catcher worked the sideline and the middle, making leaping catches and one-handed grabs as the Green Bay secondary missed cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Morgan Burnett, who were out with injuries.

Tight end Vernon Davis did his share of damage, too, with six catches for 98 yards and two scores, but the Packers knew he’d be a tough matchup. He always is.

To think the 49ers got Boldin for nothing more than a sixth-round draft pick from the Super Bowl champion Ravens. He was the difference.

“Hell of a deal,” cornerback Sam Shields said.

Already having a huge game, Boldin broke the Packers’ back with two clutch plays late in the ballgame.

Two plays after the Packers had taken a 28-24 lead, Boldin found all kinds of space along the right sideline for a 43-yard catch and run, setting up the go-ahead TD with just under six minutes left.

Then, with the Packers needing one more stop with three minutes to go, Kaepernick rolled right and found Boldin for 15 yards to convert a crucial fourth-and-2 that led to a final field goal.

Unlike the playoff game eight months ago, the Packers held the 49ers running game in check (2.6 yards per carry on 34 attempts) and didn’t let Kaepernick beat them with his feet (22 yards rushing). But Boldin was the go-to guy for whom the Packers had no answer.

“They just found holes,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “They have a quarterback that can extend plays. Those things happen.”

Boldin was responsible for just over half of Kaepernick’s 412 passing yards. The QB’s 129.4 rating was superb and featured numerous explosive plays. Boldin caught three passes for 22 yards each, plus one for 30 before the two big grabs late. Davis added a 20-yard TD and a 37-yard catch.

“We gave up too many big plays,” linebacker Clay Matthews said. “Give the credit to the quarterback, he made plays when he needed to.”

One of the few times Kaepernick tried to run, Matthews took him down with a hard, late hit out of bounds near the goal line that led to a confusing situation after San Francisco left tackle Joe Staley took exception to Matthews’ hit and was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play.

They were ruled offsetting fouls, giving San Francisco a replay of third down, which resulted in a TD over the middle to Boldin. But former director of officiating Mike Pereira tweeted the penalties weren’t administered correctly, and it should have been fourth down, with presumably San Francisco kicking a field goal.

Matthews wasn’t aware of that immediately after the game, but he knows had he eased up near the sideline, the whole mess would have been avoided and it would have been fourth down.

“First off, it wasn’t a very smart play,” Matthews said. “I had already committed to hitting the quarterback, and I should have figured he’d step out of bounds. It was nothing personal. I went up to him later and was joking around with him. But not a very smart play.”

Overall, Green Bay’s defense was more formidable than it was in January, with 494 total yards allowed not quite the 579 from the playoff game. The unit kept the Packers in the game through three quarters, getting out of two tough field-position spots in the second quarter and not allowing any points.

But three scoring drives beginning late in the third and into the fourth quarter – two field goals and a touchdown – accounted for more than 200 yards of offense for the 49ers. The defensive effort was better than before, but still not good enough with the rough finish.

“As a defense, I felt like we put it all out there,” said Matthews, who had one of two sacks of Kaepernick and also got him for a big loss on a running play. “You see the emotion of the guys in this room, it’s devastating. We’ll rebound from this and we’ll come back and we’ll remember what this feels like and be stronger.

“We lost. That’s the bottom line, but I am happy with the edge we carried into this game. The defenders who played in this game, we put it out there. We gave up too many big plays, but I feel good about where we’re going and our mentality.”

Additional coverage - Sept. 8

 
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