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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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Packers clinch crown, bring playoffs back to Lambeau

Posted Dec 16, 2012

James Jones catches three touchdown passes in 21-13 win over Bears

Wide receiver James Jones makes the catch

CHICAGO—A couple of months ago, the Packers appeared to be playing for a wild-card spot in the playoffs. Following Sunday’s 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears, the Packers are NFC North Division champions with their sights set on a first-round playoff bye.

“This is the first step for us,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following the win. “We know we’re in the tournament. Now we fight for the seed.”

As the Packers headed back to Green Bay, the San Francisco 49ers were preparing to play a game in New England that would go a long way toward deciding how high the Packers reach in the NFC playoff seeding. At 10-4, the Packers would appear to have a realistic chance of winning the No. 2 spot.

"We’re just getting started. I’m not being arrogant. We fully expected to come in here and win this thing,” McCarthy added.

Beating the Bears was more grit than art. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers got hot late in the first half and threw three touchdown passes to James Jones in a flurry of offense that sandwiched halftime.

The Bears wouldn’t go away, however, and when McCarthy ordered a curious throwback play on a punt return in the fourth quarter, with the Packers leading by 11 points, the resulting fumble and recovery by the Bears made for some tense moments for the Packers.

“That was clearly not the highlight of my career,” McCarthy said of the throwback play, on which Randall Cobb attempted a lateral. The Bears took possession at the Packers 16-yard line but could only manage a field goal.

“We had a couple of guys with injuries. It’s a play we’ve been working on,” McCarthy explained. “In the end, it’s not a very good decision. I wish I had it back.”

The Bears had two opportunities late in the game to send the game into overtime, but failed to move the ball in each case. Defense was clearly the star of this win.

“I thought Dom (Capers) did a great job,” McCarthy said of his team’s defensive coordinator. “I just really like the patience of our defense and making the quarterback beat you. I thought it was outstanding.”

Once again, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler did not beat his nemesis from the north. Cutler suffered another statistical nightmare, completing only 12 of 21 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a 72.5 passer rating. It was an interception Cutler threw to rookie cornerback Casey Hayward late in the first half that led to a Rodgers-to-Jones touchdown pass and a 14-7 halftime lead. It put the Packers in the driver’s seat.

The Bears scored first but the Packers immediately responded with an 89-yard touchdown drive, the big plays of which were third-down completions of 31 yards to Randall Cobb and a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jones.

“That was really important; keep the crowd at bay. We didn’t let them get a couple of scores and get into what they wanted to do. It looked like they wanted to run Forte. Getting up took them out of that stuff,” Rodgers said.

“Third down is the money down. You have to be able to make plays.”

Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes for 291 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 116.8 passer rating.

Kicker Mason Crosby suffered another down day, missing field goal attempts of 43 and 42 yards. McCarthy also elected not to attempt a field goal from similar yardage, which might suggest slumping confidence in his kicker, though the coach said he remains committed to Crosby.

“Mason needs to make those kicks. It’s time for him to step up. We’re not going to change our kicker. He’s our guy. He has to do his part,” McCarthy said.

The defense certainly did its part, and the Packers’ rally from a slow start to the season has brought the postseason back to Green Bay and Lambeau Field.

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