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    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    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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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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