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  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • 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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • 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.

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Packers-49ers storyline best of Week 1 theater

Posted Sep 5, 2013


GREEN BAY—It’s all about storylines, which create good theater, and that’s the league’s intent for the opening week of the season.

Let’s start with tonight’s “Kickoff” game between the Ravens and the Broncos. It’s a return-to-the-scene-of-the-crime game, Invesco Field, where the Ravens stole a win from Peyton Manning and the Broncos in last year’s playoff. It began the Ravens’ run to the Super Bowl title, and it ended Manning’s season with another one-and-done playoff loss.

Look around the league. The Week 1 schedule is loaded with storylines, even in the not-so-juicy games.

Seattle at Carolina—The 2011 season’s hotshot rookie quarterback, Cam Newton, against one of last year’s hotshot rookie quarterbacks, Russell Wilson, as the team from the cool northwest is forced to travel across the country to play in the hot and steamy south.

Minnesota at Detroit—Which team will emerge as the immediate challenger to the Packers’ grip on the NFC North?

Kansas City at Jacksonville—The two worst teams in the league last season square off. Is this the Jadeveon Clowney Bowl?

Atlanta at New Orleans—This is a headliner game, the kind of game usually reserved for midseason. The winner immediately emerges as the team to beat in the South.

Tampa Bay at New York Jets—Welcome back, Mr. Revis.

New York Giants at Dallas—Jerry Jones scheduled this one with his comments of a year ago. They still play.

Philadelphia at Washington—Chip Kelly gets the chance to show the Redskins and RG3 how the read option is really done.

How about Green Bay at San Francisco? You know the storylines. Another one was even added this week. Good theater? No, this one is great theater.

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the 49ers.

1. Be physical—If you’ve been looking forward to this column since the last such version ran, which is to say a few days prior to the Packers’ loss to the 49ers in the playoffs, you had to know what the No. 1 thing would be. It was the focus of the Packers’ offseason and training camp. Now, it’s time to be physical.

2. Stop Frank Gore—Don’t be fooled by the read-option diversion. It’s Gore the 49ers want to have the ball. They fooled the Falcons into falling for Colin Kaepernick, and then Gore beat them.

3. Run it enough—It would be foolish to expect the Packers to run to win, as the saying goes. The 49ers were No. 4 in the league against the run last season, and the Packers’ running game is a work in progress. Just run it enough to make the 49ers play run. That’ll work.

4. Win the battle of passer rating—Despite having arguably the best quarterback in football, the Packers lost the rating battle to the 49ers on opening day, 125.6-93.3, and eked out only a 91.5-91.2 win in the rematch. The Packers need to dominate this stat, and that would involve the play of the team’s defense, too.

5. Make kicks, catch kicks—A fumble fielding a punt was one of the deciding plays in the January playoff game. Big games usually turn on those types of mistakes and the Packers can’t afford another such event, nor can they afford to miss field goal attempts when they have a chance to put points on the board.

6. Win the line of scrimmage—OK, that’s a tall order against the 49ers’ two lines, but if the Packers can’t claim victory up front, they must at least avoid defeat. It would not be cliché in this type of game to say it’ll be decided along the line of scrimmage.

7. Help Micah HydeJim Harbaugh will no doubt target the rookie as he did Nick Perry last season, in what was Perry’s first game as a pro. Until Hyde gets his feet under him, give him a little help.

8. Pinch Kaepernick—The Packers’ edge defenders must contain the 49ers quarterback by forcing him to the middle of the field. That’s where the big bodies are.

9. Help David BakhtiariA rookie left tackle against the “Smith Brothers?” That’s too daunting of a challenge for a guy in his pro debut to address without the help of a tight end or running back.

10. Do your job—There must be no bickering or finger pointing, and that includes not using scheme as an excuse. The preparation for this game has been intense and complete. This team is ready.

Additional coverage - Sept. 5

 
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