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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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Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.

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Game notes: Crosby wanted to kick

Posted Dec 4, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Mason Crosby wasn’t going to lie. It didn’t bother him at all that receiver Jordy Nelson couldn’t stay in bounds and continue down the sideline on his 27-yard catch on the game’s final drive at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Crosby wanted to kick.

He hadn’t made a last-second, game-winning field goal since his NFL debut in Week 1 of 2007, and he wanted this one, badly. He even gave Nelson a thanks after the game, which ended 38-35 in favor of the Packers on Crosby’s successful 30-yard boot as time expired.

“He’s just lucky he made the field goal, or I would have been mad I stepped out of bounds,” Nelson said with a smile. “He did say that.

“I think that does a lot for a person’s confidence. To be in that situation and experience it, maybe we’ll need it down the road.”

Since Crosby beat the Philadelphia Eagles with a 42-yard kick in the final seconds of his first NFL game, he had been 0-for-3 in potential game-winning situations. In 2008, a 52-yard try at Minnesota sailed just wide in a 28-27 loss, and a 38-yarder late that season in Chicago was blocked in a game the Packers eventually lost in overtime. Then, last season, a 53-yarder at Washington clanged off the upright, sending another game into OT that the Packers lost.

“It’s special … to be able to do it on the road in a close game with a lot on the line for this team,” Crosby said. “It was really important to me and this team.”

This kick to beat the Giants was the shortest of Crosby’s game-winning tries, but an impressive element to it was that Crosby had to shake off a 43-yard attempt that he missed wide right on the final play of the first half.

The miss – Crosby’s second in his last three games after making all 16 of his field goal attempts through the season’s first nine contests – loomed large when the Giants drove 69 yards for the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 58 seconds left. But Crosby wasn’t thinking about it on the sideline as quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed four straight passes covering 68 yards, or as he took the field with holder Tim Masthay and long-snapper Brett Goode for the final kick.

“No, I had moved on from that a long time ago,” said Crosby, who joked that he was just as proud of the bandage on his arm, a war wound from making a diving tackle on a kickoff return earlier in the game.

“As soon as they scored and got the two-point conversion, I saw we had a minute left and I was like, ‘All right, here we go. We’re going to get a chance to win.’ I looked at Tim and Brett and said, ‘Let’s get ready.’ I knew Aaron and our offense were going to get us in position to kick a game-winner.”

Like Nelson said, it might not be the last time the Packers will need points at crunch time.

“I definitely think it helps us in the long run,” receiver Greg Jennings said. “We haven’t had a game like this all year, down to the wire, the last drive, pretty much on us.

“It was a great overall win. It tested our poise and our resiliency and we were able to be resilient.”

No one more so than Crosby.

More visible impact: All season, fans have wondered where Clay Matthews’ big sacks and splash plays have been, while the coaching staff has defended the steady impact he’s had in every game, against the run and as a pass-rusher.

On Sunday, Matthews provided the best of both worlds.

Matthews intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, and he recorded a sack/fumble near the end of that period for another turnover.

It was the second straight game Matthews intercepted a pass. He also got one on Thanksgiving in Detroit, off a deflection by defensive lineman Ryan Pickett. This time, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw released into the flat and quarterback Eli Manning tried to zip the throw in along the sideline. Matthews broke early, picked it in stride and strolled untouched for his third career defensive touchdown.

“It was a big play and I’m happy I got it,” Matthews said. “I was able to make some key plays for this defense.”

The sack was his sixth of the season and the forced fumble his second. He also got a couple of other quarterback hits, one in the end zone just as Manning released the ball – the type of play he’s been making all season but that doesn’t make a lot of headlines.

“I think I’ve been putting pressure on the quarterback throughout the whole year,” Matthews said. “Tonight I was able to get a great amount of pressure on the quarterback, being in his face. I liked the way I played tonight.”

QB streaks: With a passer rating of 106.2, Rodgers’ streak of 11 consecutive games with a rating above 110 came to an end. It was the longest single-season streak in league history for a rating above 110.

Rodgers did, however, record his eighth 300-yard passing game of the season, with 369 yards. That’s a new franchise record, topping the seven 300-yard games by Brett Favre in both 1995 and 2007.

With four touchdown passes, Rodgers also threw for at least three TDs in his ninth game this season, also a franchise record. Favre had eight three-TD games in 1996.

Injury update: In the fourth quarter, cornerback Charles Woodson left the game with a concussion sustained on a tackle attempt of Bradshaw, and tight end Andrew Quarless departed with what Head Coach Mike McCarthy termed a “significant” knee injury on kickoff coverage.

Earlier in the game, running back James Starks left with an ankle injury.

Additional coverage - Dec. 4

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