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.

  • 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 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

  • 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.


Mike Spofford

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


Sunday likely to be Flynn's time

Posted Dec 30, 2011

Quarterback Matt Flynn not only might get the lion’s share of playing time on Sunday, he might get his second NFL start.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy indicated on Friday the starter for the regular-season finale was up in the air, raising the distinct possibility Aaron Rodgers may not play at all against Detroit.

“The most important thing with Aaron is he’s ready to play,” McCarthy said. “Whether he starts, we’ll talk about that today.”

McCarthy was referring to his regular Friday game-management meeting with the coaching staff, which occurs right after he speaks with the media.

He hasn’t revealed all week how much certain players will play in a game that means nothing playoff-wise to the Packers, though receivers Randall Cobb (groin) and Greg Jennings (knee) plus running back James Starks (ankle/knee) have been ruled out. Tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) is doubtful on the injury report, while linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle) and cornerback Charles Woodson (knee) are questionable and also may not play.

McCarthy did hint that he views Sunday as Flynn’s game, when he was asked what he’d like to see from his backup signal-caller.

“I want to see Matt Flynn play like he did in New England, but take it a step further – win the game,” McCarthy said.

The New England game on Dec. 19, 2010, was Flynn’s first pro start, in place of Rodgers, who was out with a concussion. Playing against the AFC’s top team on the road in prime time, Flynn completed 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and he had the Packers 15 yards from a game-winning TD when he was sacked on fourth down, ending a 31-27 loss.

With Flynn in the final year of his contract, there’s been all sorts of speculation about his future and whether another team will sign him as a free agent in the offseason to give him a chance to start.

Flynn said this week he feels no extra pressure in that regard heading into this game, but there’s no doubt his performance will matter for his future. A quiet, unflappable leader who earned the confidence of his teammates last year in the Patriots game, Flynn has spent the week focused on the here and now – mastering the game plan and applying what he’s learned since last year’s start to perform even better.

“I’m not really trying to go out there and prove anything to anybody or the rest of the NFL,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and try to win the game. My job as the backup is to do my best to not let there be too much of a drop-off at the position.

“Go in there, execute the offense, move the chains and put points up. That’s my job, and that’s all it should be.”

If Rodgers doesn’t play, he would finish the regular season with the NFL’s single-season record for passer rating at 122.5, besting Peyton Manning’s 121.1 in 2004.

It would then be up to Flynn to help the offense chase various single-season team records that are within reach, though several would take a really big game to achieve.

  • With 326 first downs, the offense needs 29 to surpass the 354 first downs in 2004. With 210 passing first downs, 26 are needed to beat the 235 in 1995.

  • With 5,932 net yards, the offense needs 426 yards to eclipse the 2004 total of 6,357.

  • With 345 pass completions, 39 are needed to beat the 383 completions from both 2005 and 2007.

One record sure to be reached is for gross passing yards. The Packers have 4,681 this season and need just eight to top the 4,688 from 1983. The offense already has set team records for net passing yards (4,455), points (515), touchdowns (64) and TD passes (45, all by Rodgers) and can extend those.

Flynn also can help the offense hold onto the team record for completion percentage. The Packers have completed 67.9 percent of their passes this season (345 of 508), better than the 66.3 percent from 2007.

Truthfully, of course, those numbers are the last things on Flynn’s mind as he prepares for what’s likely to be his most extensive playing time in 54 weeks.

“There’s no experience out there that’s better than live bullets,” he said. “That’s what quarterbacks really and truly grow from.

“I’ve always had confidence in myself, but it’s one thing to have the confidence, and another thing to go out there and show it and prove it. If I get the opportunity, that’s what I’ll have to do.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 30
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