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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

     
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    ‘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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One last look: Two Bears mainstays missing on defense

Posted Nov 2, 2013

It’s been 14 years since Packers faced Bears with neither Brian Urlacher nor Lance Briggs on the field

GREEN BAY—It will be a rare sight for a Packers-Bears game on Monday night at Lambeau Field.

Neither Brian Urlacher nor Lance Briggs will be on the field for the Chicago defense. Two of the best linebackers over the past decade-plus in the NFC North, and in the entire NFC for that matter, won’t be suited up against the Bears’ biggest rival.

"It’s a little different not seeing Brian Urlacher out there. I'm not going to deny that," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said, referring to the film study and preparation this past week. "Brian was a great player for so many years, and even so now with Lance. Lance is so productive and instinctive."

Urlacher retired after last season, his 13th in the league, which ended with him injured. Briggs, a starter for the Bears since his rookie season in 2003, is out a month or more with a shoulder injury.

The two played together against the Packers 17 times over the past 10 seasons. Urlacher missed three games in that time (Week 17 in ’04, Week 14 in ’09 and Week 15 in ’12) and Briggs missed one (Week 16 in ’07), but the other was always out there. The two have combined for 10 interceptions, including one each returned for a score, against Green Bay.

To find the last time neither Urlacher nor Briggs suited up against the Packers, you have to go all the way back to 1999, the year before Urlacher was drafted.

The matchup at Lambeau that season ended with Chicago’s Bryan Robinson blocking a 28-yard field goal try by Ryan Longwell on the game’s final snap, giving the Bears a 14-13 victory and helping them salvage something from an otherwise rough 6-10 year. The Packers would finish 8-8, one spot ahead of Chicago in the division standings.

The Bears’ leading tacklers back then were linebacker Barry Minter and safety Tony Parrish.

“It will be different,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of walking up to the line of scrimmage on Monday night and not seeing Urlacher or Briggs looking back at him.

“It’s a credit to those guys how long they played. Brian, the years and years he played at a really high level, I loved the competition. Lance has been playing at a Hall of Fame level himself for years.”

Rodgers went on to say that Briggs, despite the respect of his peers, has probably never received “the due that he deserves” throughout a superb career. That was perhaps coming this year with Urlacher no longer around, but the shoulder injury has rudely interrupted his season, and that of the Bears’ defense.

Briggs is being replaced by rookie fourth-round draft pick Khaseem Greene, while the Bears are already on a second replacement for Urlacher, with rookie second-rounder Jon Bostic taking over for veteran D.J. Williams, who is on injured reserve.

The Bears simply don’t a have a Bears-like defense in 2013, ranking 27th in total defense and 29th in scoring defense. They have yet to hold anyone under 21 points.

“Change in personnel usually leads to change in production, one way or the other,” McCarthy said.

"That's really the challenge of what our offense has to go through. You have to get ready for new faces, new tendencies, new mannerisms, how they fit and so forth."

Where the Bears haven’t changed, however, is in the turnover department. They’re fifth in the league with 18 takeaways, and all 10 of their interceptions have come from the secondary, with three returned for touchdowns.

Starting cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman lead the way with three interceptions and two forced fumbles apiece, and Jennings has brought back two picks for scores. Tillman, of course, is a master at punching the ball out, with his 41 career forced fumbles tops in the NFL since he entered the league in 2003.

“I can’t say enough about the respect we have for Charles Tillman and Jennings and the whole crew and what they’ve been able to accomplish for years down there in Chicago,” McCarthy said. “Obviously our awareness is heightened. I’d like to think it’s high every week, but this group is exceptional.

“It’s what they do with the football after they do take it away.”

The Packers endlessly preach ball security, but they don’t hesitate to talk about it even more during Bears week, particularly in the passing game. Rodgers said receivers coach Edgar Bennett is always on his players to tuck the ball away, no different than when he was coaching the running backs.

“A friendly reminder from myself or an offensive lineman goes a long way as well,” Rodgers said. “Those guys know their role. They know how important it is to take care of the football, especially in division rivalries.

“We talked about that last week in Minnesota. We had a zero-turnover game and came out on top. We’ve got to do the same thing again this week.”

To see all the Packers-Bears preview headlines from the week, go to the Game Center.

 
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