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  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    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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Packers defense adjusts to Webb, clamps down on Peterson

Posted Jan 5, 2013

Charles Woodson returns, Clay Matthews gets two sacks in playoff victory

GREEN BAY—New quarterback, same running back, very different results.

The Packers had to adjust to Joe Webb taking over at quarterback for Christian Ponder on Saturday night, but it was still Adrian Peterson running the ball right at them for the third time in 35 days.

This time, the Packers bottled up the 2,000-yard rusher, holding him to 99 yards on 22 carries to key a comfortable 24-10 NFC Wild Card Playoff victory at Lambeau Field. His 4.5-yard average paled in comparison to the 7.4 mark Peterson put up through the first two meetings against the Packers as he piled up 409 yards.

“That’s the type of football we want to play,” outside linebacker Clay Matthews said. “Tonight was a great step, especially against a great running back and a scheme that wanted to kind of punch us right in the face. I think we responded, set our jaws and kept him in check, relatively speaking, of course.”

Peterson’s long run of the night was just 18 yards, and that didn’t occur until the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. The Packers talked all week about not being over-aggressive against Peterson, which had allowed him in previous games to escape the pile and bounce runs outside for big gains.

Matthews referred to it as a “tempo back” approach, slowing down and staying under control. As a result, Peterson didn’t get to the edges nearly as often, and he was held under 100 yards for just the second time in his last 11 games.

“We tried to keep him inside,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. “Adrian, obviously his lateral ability is phenomenal, so he’s going to make some plays just off his athleticism. But ultimately, if you can keep him in the box, you can limit his long-yardage runs.”

It helped to get safety Charles Woodson back after a nine-game absence due to his broken collarbone. A fearless player against the run, Woodson attacked at the line of scrimmage in certain packages and was credited with six tackles, including one behind the line.

Wearing larger-than-normal shoulder pads he said he didn’t particularly like, Woodson showed very little if any rust after his long layoff. He spoke of keeping himself in prime condition over the past month, waiting to get clearance to play.

“The game of football to me is second nature, so during the time off I’m not going to forget how to play football,” Woodson said. “A great line from the movie ‘Lincoln’ was ‘Once learned, always learned.’ I just had to get out there and do my thing.”

The Packers were thrown a bit of a curveball when they found out 90 minutes before kickoff that Ponder would be sidelined by an elbow injury and Webb would make his first start of the season, and just the fourth of his career.

A 6-4, 220-pound running quarterback, Webb ran some zone-read option plays early and combined with Peterson to lead the Vikings on a 53-yard drive for a field goal to open the game.

But once the Packers and Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers settled in, they made Webb pass the ball, and the Vikings struggled. Before Minnesota got a late TD and some junk yardage on the final possession, the Vikings gained just 152 yards over a stretch of nine drives from the middle of the first quarter to the middle of the fourth, and they didn’t score.

Webb gained 68 yards on seven rushes but was just 11-of-30 passing for 180 yards, with a 54.9 rating. Sam Shields intercepted him once, Matthews sacked him twice (forcing and recovering a fumble), and Erik Walden added a third sack and nearly a couple more.

“We were just thinking that’s a different type of athlete back there, so we have to be alert for boots and quarterback keeps and that zone-option read they were running,” Raji said. “We didn’t really prepare for that much this week, so it was good to see us adjust on the run like that. You have to give a lot of credit to Coach Capers and his staff.”

Most of the credit goes to the work against Peterson, though. On exactly half his carries (11), he was held to three yards or less. His first five carries went for 33 yards, his last two picked up 29, and the 15 in between gained just 37 yards.

“I’m happy that chapter is over and we can move on to something else,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said.

They’re moving on to San Francisco, a team that also likes to pound the ball and that features a mobile QB. Frank Gore isn’t Peterson – no one is – but Colin Kaepernick is far more dangerous than Webb.

A third confrontation with Peterson was a tough test the Packers were forced to pass, and time will tell if it has prepared them for the rest of the postseason.

“I think we’re a team right now that’s battle-tested,” Woodson said. “We’ve been in some tight ballgames and been able to pull them out. We feel like this week, going into a tough environment against a good team, that we’re ready for it.”

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