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  • 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
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     

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Micah Hyde: 'It was a catch I should have made'

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Packers defense can't get 49ers, Colin Kaepernick off the field at crunch time

GREEN BAY—In his mind, Micah Hyde will probably see that ball coming his way over and over again, at least until he can play another football game.

Hyde came oh-so-close to intercepting San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick with just over four minutes left of a tie game on Sunday at Lambeau Field, leaping to try to snag a quick out to receiver Anquan Boldin.

But Hyde couldn’t haul it in, one of three huge opportunities the Packers had to get the ball back on the 49ers’ final drive, which ended with a walk-off field goal in a 23-20 NFC wild-card playoff battle that ended Green Bay’s season.

“I tried to get up there and get it, and I just dropped it,” the rookie Hyde said. “It was a catch I should have made. I make those catches in practice all the time.

“I was there to make the play, tried to climb the ladder to get it, and it slipped out of my hands.”

Had Hyde come down with it, around the San Francisco 30-yard line, the Packers would have been in field-goal position, at least. Had he caught it and kept his feet, he might have scored going the other way.

“Definitely, it’s going to hurt a little bit, knowing you could have made that play,” Hyde said. “But bad things happen to football players. You just have to move on.”

Unfortunately, it’s the 49ers moving on in the playoffs because the Packers defense – which fought valiantly given several injury substitutions and adjustments throughout the game – couldn’t get one more stop.

The Packers had two other chances. One play after Hyde’s close call, Kaepernick converted on third-and-10 with a pass for 17 yards over the middle to receiver Michael Crabtree.

Five snaps later, it was third-and-8 from the Green Bay 38 with 1:13 left, and the Packers came with a blitz. Cornerback Jarrett Bush charged from the slot to Kaepernick’s left but was picked up, and Kaepernick snuck out of the pocket to that side for 11 yards and the backbreaking first down that put San Francisco in field-goal range.

“I saw him getting ready to throw the ball, so I tried to get my hands up, tried to make a tip,” Bush said. “If I bat it down, it’s fourth down.”

Kaepernick pumped and tucked, and he easily ran away from outside linebacker Andy Mulumba, who could barely run, having left with a leg injury before returning to gut it out. Once Kaepernick got to the sideline, he easily cruised past the first-down marker, and the rest was academic.

Mulumba was just one of several defensive players who went down during the game. Cornerback Sam Shields and outside linebacker Mike Neal were lost early to knee injuries. When Mulumba left, defensive end Datone Jones had to play some outside linebacker.

Davon House filled in for Shields the bulk of the game, but even House had to exit briefly and, one play after he did, Kaepernick attacked the matchup of tight end Vernon Davis against linebacker A.J. Hawk for a 28-yard TD pass.

The game was a microcosm of the season, as far as dealing with injuries, but the Packers hung in there, forcing three punts in the third quarter.

Kaepernick’s late third-down scramble was one of three crucial long gainers he made on the run. His 42-yard scamper late in the first half and his 24-yard burst early in the fourth quarter on third down both set up go-ahead TDs for the 49ers in a game whose lead changed hands four times.

“Too many big plays,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. “You just know, particularly when it comes down to crunch time, he trusts his legs at the end of the day. To give up those plays was definitely disheartening.”

Raji added the plan was to “rush smart” against Kaepernick, and the Packers were able to sack him three times and hold him to barely better than 50 percent passing (16-for-30).

Crabtree was on the receiving end of 125 of Kaepernick’s 227 passing yards, but it was the QB’s 98 rushing yards on seven attempts that Green Bay’s defensive players will remember into the offseason. It wasn’t 181 rushing yards, like last year in the playoffs, but the damage nonetheless was done.

“The legs hurt us,” cornerback Tramon Williams said.

The result was a painful loss, a fourth straight to the 49ers dating back to Week 1 of 2012.

The way the Packers prevailed in so many close games late this season to steal an NFC North title, this one was set up for another dramatic triumph. Three prime opportunities to get off the field on defense and give an offense that had scored 10 points on its last two possessions one more chance.

Not to be.

“We were expecting to walk off the field with a win,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “That’s what we wanted. Close in the fourth quarter, and we felt like we could pull it out.

“Again, we just didn’t make a play.”

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