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    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.

     
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    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:

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    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
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    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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    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     
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One last look: Crunch time is next step for Packers defense

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Opposing QBs’ success late in games needs to change

GREEN BAY—For an explanation as to why the Packers rank 28th in the league in pass defense, start at the end and work your way back.

Late in games is when Green Bay is surrendering big yards through the air, a disturbing trend that seems to have no sensible explanation.

Safety Morgan Burnett has been back for the last two games heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. The run defense has become the unit’s strength, forcing teams to throw, so the Packers know what’s coming. Yet neither development has helped.

Here are the numbers, and they don’t paint a pretty picture: Through five contests, on drives that began in the final third of the game (the last five minutes of the third quarter or anytime in the fourth quarter), opposing passers have an otherworldly 147.8 passer rating against Green Bay. They’ve completed 47 of 60 passes (78 percent) for 688 yards and six TDs without an interception.

The beginning two-thirds of the game? Different story. The opposing passer rating is only 88.3. The Packers have given up just 883 yards and five TDs in the first 40 minutes of games, with two interceptions. The completion percentage is nearly 20 points lower (71 of 121, 59 percent).

So what gives?

“We really don’t know,” safety M.D. Jennings said. “The biggest thing is we just have to try to finish better. I really don’t know what it is. I wish we knew where we could pinpoint it and it’s easy to fix. The only thing I can say is we have to finish better.”

It’s fair to point out that both Washington’s Robert Griffin III and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford piled up some numbers late in their losses at Lambeau Field that didn’t impact the game’s outcome. True enough.

But take out those “garbage time” stats and the collective late-game passer rating compiled by San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco actually goes up, to a near-perfect 155.8 (22 of 27, 415 yards, three TDs, no INTs).

Granted, those numbers represent a smaller sample size, and over the next two weeks the Packers will face quarterbacks in Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden and Minnesota’s Josh Freeman that lack the pedigree of Green Bay’s opponents to date.

But any NFL passer is capable of getting a hot hand, and the late-game struggles to defend the pass have altered Green Bay’s games in the blink of an eye.

The last two road games have been particularly troubling. Trailing 30-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Bengals marched 95 yards in just seven plays – with 76 yards passing – in jump-starting their comeback.

Then last week, trailing 19-10 with under three minutes left, the Ravens’ Flacco completed a 63-yard bomb on fourth-and-21 and then connected on an 18-yard TD pass one snap later. Two plays, 81 yards, and the Packers were holding on for dear life.

“Take away a play here or there, and we have a couple dominant performances,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “We want to get that dominant performance.”

What the Packers need, and the sooner the better, is for the defense to close out a win at crunch time, when the pass is coming and it must be stopped.

“We definitely need to finish,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said. “We need to find a way to put games away, especially last week. We let that thing get really close and it almost got away from us.”

The offense had been scuffling in late-game situations, too, until two weeks ago against Detroit, when it put together a pair of field-goal drives in the fourth quarter to extend the lead. Then last week, the offense consumed seven minutes and 35 seconds of the fourth quarter to drive for a field goal and then killed the last 2:04 with a pair of first downs to seal the win in Baltimore.

That side of the ball has begun making clutch plays down the stretch. The other side needs to now, too.

“It’s something we work on, but you can work on things all week, and if you don’t take it to the field, it means nothing,” Hawk said. “For us, we need to prove that on Sundays. We have to take it to the field if we want to prove we can play four quarters.”

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