On Now
Coming Up
  • 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.

  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘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.

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans

News

Print
RSS

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.”

Additional coverage - Packers vs. Vikings

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers move into dorms at St. Norbert College

    (1:44) Posted 11 hours ago

    Packers began to move into Victor McCormick Hall at St. Norbert College on Thursday, July 24, in preparation for 2014 Training Camp. Hear from WR Jared Abbrederis and TE Ryan Taylor.

  • Mark Murphy speaks on Favre's Return to Lambeau

    (2:10) Posted 11 hours ago

    Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy addressed members of the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium on Thursday, July 24, following the 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting.

  • Mark Murphy excited for chance to play in London

    (1:38) Posted 11 hours ago

    Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy addressed members of the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium on Thursday, July 24, following the 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting.