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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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Game notes: Special teams suffer untimely breakdown

Posted Jan 13, 2013

Muffed punt was the only chance for the Packers to get the ball with the lead


SAN FRANCISCO—The Packers had touted their special teams as the most consistent phase of their game all season long, but those units let the team down in a big way on Saturday night.

A fumble by punt returner Jeremy Ross early in the second quarter gave the 49ers a short field and they took advantage to tie the score at 14. The Packers never led again in falling, 45-31, in an NFC Divisional playoff at Candlestick Park.

“I just wanted to make a play,” said Ross, a first-year player who got his chance on returns when Randall Cobb was injured late in the regular season. “At that moment, I was going to catch that ball and make the guy miss. I probably should have fair-caught it.”

The muff occurred at the Green Bay 9-yard line and was immediately recovered by San Francisco’s C.J. Spillman. The 49ers scored three plays later on a TD pass to Michael Crabtree.

Cobb took over on returns thereafter but was a bit shaky himself. He bobbled two kickoffs, one he was able to down in the end zone, but the other led to him getting tackled on the 11-yard line.

In the locker room after the game, the players weren’t blaming the turnover for the loss because the Packers still managed to tie the score twice – at 21 and at 24 later on. But there’s no doubt it was a turning point in the game. The Packers led 14-7 at the time, but they never got another chance to get the ball with the lead.

“That was adversity. We overcame it. We came back and scored and tied the ballgame,” tight end Jermichael Finley said. “The fumble didn’t cost us the game at all.”

Swan song?: Without calling anything definite, both receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings acknowledged they very well may have played their last game as Packers.

Driver had been a gameday inactive of late but was active on Saturday night and got a few snaps on special teams. He didn’t say anything about retiring after the game, but it’s certainly a possibility.

“You’re going to miss the guys you build relationships with,” said Driver, the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards who has played his entire career for the Packers since being drafted in the seventh round in 1999.

“I’m hoping that this relationship (with the Packers) won’t end, but if it does, I’ve gotten close to a lot of guys on this team. I’ll continue to be friends with most and probably everyone on this team and move on to the second chapter of my career, whatever that may be.”

Driver added that he appreciated all the fan support, which included a social network campaign pleading for him to be on the active gameday roster for Saturday night.

“It shows what you mean to the fans and the community,” Driver said. “I love them. They know that. I’ve given them so much and they’ve given me so much. They’ve supported me throughout my career and I hope that continues.”

Meanwhile, Jennings is in the final year of his contract and has said the Packers hadn’t opened any talks with his agent on a new deal. He’s expecting to test the free-agent market and see what happens.

If this was indeed his last game for Green Bay, his last play was a touchdown and set a franchise record in the process. He caught a 3-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers with 57 seconds left in the game to finish with six catches for 54 yards.

The six catches moved Jennings past Driver and into first place on the franchise’s all-time list for playoff receptions. Jennings has 50 catches in playoff games while Driver has 49.

“It’s been great,” Jennings said. “Love this organization, but the reality of it is there will probably be some changes made. Hopefully I’m here. If not, I’m ready to move on.

“It is what it is. I’m not naïve to that. I’m being a realist. I love this organization. I don’t want to go anywhere else, but if I have to, that’s what I’m ready to do.”

Streak broken: Rodgers threw an interception in the second quarter that was his first since Dec. 2 against Minnesota. He had gone five full games and 183 consecutive pass attempts without an interception until his deep ball for Jordy Nelson was picked off by Tarell Brown.

Streak continued: Linebacker Clay Matthews recorded the only sack of San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick, giving Matthews at least one sack in five consecutive playoff games. Matthews now has 7 ½ sacks in his career in the postseason, just a half sack behind the franchise leader, Reggie White, who had eight.

Additional coverage - Jan. 12


 
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