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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Dom Capers reveals game plan for beating Minnesota

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Adrian Peterson is the star, but Christian Ponder is 'The Man'

GREEN BAY—Every opponent focuses on stopping Adrian Peterson. The Texans are one of the few teams that have succeeded, and they lost the game.

That’s one of the underlying concerns the Packers have for Sunday’s showdown with the Minnesota Vikings: Don’t focus enough on stopping Peterson, and he’ll mow you down; focus too much on Peterson, and somebody else will you beat you.

“When you combine the run game and (Christian Ponder’s) ability to throw on the move, they tie together. He’ll pull it down and run. He was very efficient running against Houston,” Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said on Friday, as the Packers put the finishing touches to a game plan to beat the Vikings, sweep the NFC North and clinch the No. 2 playoff spot in the NFC and the first-round bye that goes with it.

It’s a game plan that, no doubt, begins with a strategy for stopping the most dominant running back in recent history. Should Peterson rush for 208 yards on Sunday, he’ll cap the most dominant single-season rushing effort in NFL history.

So why do the Packers sound equally concerned about Ponder, whose 78.8 passer rating puts him near the bottom of the league’s passer rankings?

“He has had some consistent success against us,” Inside Linebackers Coach Winston Moss said of Peterson, who rushed for 210 yards in the last meeting between the two teams and rushed for 175 yards against the Packers in the Metrodome last season.

“When was the last time we lost to the Minnesota Vikings?” Moss asked.

The last time the Packers lost to the Vikings was in 2009. The Packers lost to the Vikings twice that season. Peterson reached the 100-yard mark neither time.

“You have to focus more on the process and the game,” Moss said. “If (we) win (our) one-on-ones … everything takes care of itself.”

In a 23-14 win over the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Dec. 2, Peterson had reached 182 yards rushing on just the first play of the second half, with the Vikings leading, 14-10. He would gain just 28 yards in the remainder of the game, as two interceptions by Morgan Burnett turned the game decidedly in the Packers’ favor.

That second-half performance was a turning point in the season for the Packers defense, which was coming off a weak performance against the Giants and two quarters and one play of soft defense against Peterson. Since the Burnett interception that killed the Vikings’ opening drive of the second half, the Packers defense has been overpowering. It’s allowed just 40 points in three games and is playing its best football since 2010.

“Last year, we limped (into the playoffs) on defense,” Capers said.

This year, the Packers defense is on the rise, all the way to No. 10 in the league. Can Capers’ unit stay hot this Sunday and carry that into the postseason? In their attempt to do just that, the Packers will use this game plan: “Try to stop the run, make the game one-dimensional, and then try to put pressure on the quarterback,” Capers said.

Even against a team that possesses the best running back in the game, winning still comes down to stopping the opposing quarterback.

“It’s a quarterback-driven league,” Capers said.

“Adrian has had so many big games that it’s kind of been overshadowed that we’ve had so many players contribute to our success,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “Adrian should get the attention, but we have some other guys that are contributing. They understand it’s a team game and they’ve bought into that philosophy.”

Stopping Ponder, not Peterson, is what won the last meeting between the two teams for the Packers.

Additional coverage - Dec. 28

 
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