On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., May. 05, 2016 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM CDT Community Blood Drive

    Community Blood Drive

    Lambeau Field in the Legends Club

    May 5, 2015

    7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Thu., Jun. 30, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Bill Schroeder appearance


    Bill Schroeder appearance

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Great Clips
    Summerfest Ground – Milwaukee, WI

  • Sat., Jul. 23, 2016 7:00 PM CDT Packers HOF Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced that it will induct former Packers players Chad Clifton and Nick Collins, and former broadcaster Russ Winnie at the 46th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 23, 2016, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

    Information about tickets for the banquet, which begins with a cash bar at 4:30 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., is still being finalized and will be released in the near future (www.packershalloffame.com). The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 11, 2016, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

News

Print
RSS

Packers defense more aggressive in second half, again

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Late-game interceptions difference-makers in Packers' rally for win


GREEN BAY—The Packers defense needs to transfer to the first half the aggressiveness with which they’ve played in the second half of the last two games.

“We made a few adjustments. We probably pressured a little more. We did get there with pretty good pressure in the second half,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said on Monday, as he evaluated his unit’s tale-of-two-halves performance in the Packers’ 37-36 win in Dallas on Sunday.

At halftime, the Packers trailed the Cowboys, 26-3. The Packers had allowed 332 yards, 17 first downs and a nearly five-minute time-of-possession advantage. The Packers were in danger of being embarrassed.

With the help of an offense that scored touchdowns in all five of its second-half possessions, the Packers were able to rally for the win, but it was two crunch-time interceptions that were the difference-makers: Sam Shields’ interception led to the game-winning touchdown, and Tramon Williams’ pick sent the Packers into victory formation.

“I like the taking the ball away we’ve had the last couple of weeks. We have to build on that,” Capers said.

In a comeback win against the Falcons the previous week, in a game the Packers trailed 21-10 at halftime, Capers’ defense forced a Matt Ryan fumble at the Falcons 21-yard line, and Matt Flynn converted the takeaway into the eventual game-winning touchdown.

Capers was aggressive with his scheme on at least one high-profile play in Dallas. On second-and-six at the Dallas 35-yard line with 2:58 to play, Capers was expecting a running play, which is what Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett had sent into the game. Quarterback Tony Romo, however, saw the Packers in a run-heavy defensive scheme and audibled to a pass play. Romo then threw behind his intended receiver, Miles Austin, and Shields made the interception.

“You always weigh the pluses and minuses. We had nine guys standing in the box. If they run the ball for (six) yards, you’re not getting it back,” Capers said. “It was a real key play at crunch time by Sam. Any time you throw the ball, it’s flip a coin.”

Williams’ interception occurred with the Cowboys trailing by a point with 1:24 to play. The pass was initially ruled incomplete but Mike McCarthy called time out to give the booth-review official time to signal for a review. After the review, the call was reversed to that of an interception.

“All they needed was to get into field goal range. We were able to make the big plays,” Capers said.

Suddenly, a defense that was at the bottom of the league in takeaways for most of the season, is now making game-changing plays.

“We made plays at critical times,” Capers said.

It made up for a lot of yardage allowed.

“There are a lot of things we have to clean up,” Capers added.

Additional coverage - Dec. 16

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos