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Clay Matthews

LB

#52

Experience: 10 years

Height: 6-3

Age: 32

Weight: 255 lbs

College: Southern California

2017 SEASON

  • TCKLS
    27
  • SCK
    7.5
  • FF
    1
  • INT
    0

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WK OPP RESULT Total Comb AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
17 @Lions L 11 - 35 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Vikings L 0 - 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Panthers L 24 - 31 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 @Browns W 27 - 21 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Buccaneers W 26 - 20 5 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @Steelers L 28 - 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Ravens L 0 - 23 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 @Bears W 23 - 16 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Lions L 17 - 30 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Saints L 17 - 26 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 @Vikings L 10 - 23 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
5 @Cowboys W 35 - 31 5 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Bears W 35 - 14 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 Bengals W 27 - 24 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Falcons L 23 - 34 2 5 3 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Seahawks W 17 - 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Career Stats

Defense Career

SEASON TEAM G GS Total Comb AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
2009 Green Bay Packers 16 13 37 51 14 10 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
2010 Green Bay Packers 15 15 54 60 6 13.5 0 4 1 62 62 62 1 2 0
2011 Green Bay Packers 15 15 37 50 13 6 0 9 3 47 15.7 38 1 3 0
2012 Green Bay Packers 12 12 32 43 11 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013 Green Bay Packers 11 11 26 41 15 7.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 16 16 45 61 16 11 0 9 1 40 40 40 0 2 0
2015 Green Bay Packers 16 16 49 66 17 6.5 0 3 1 42 42 42 0 0 1
2016 Green Bay Packers 12 9 20 24 4 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017 Green Bay Packers 14 14 27 43 16 7.5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 127 121 327 439 112 80 0 40 6 191 31.8 62 2 14 5

Biography

Pro Highlights:

  • Ranks No. 1 on the Packers’ all-time list (since 1982) with 80 career sacks and is tied for No. 1 in franchise history (since 1982) with four 10-sack seasons (DEs Reggie White and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila). 
  • Ranks No. 4 in the NFL among active players with 80 sacks since 2009.
  • Joins Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers (84 and seven) as the only active players in the NFL with 80-plus sacks (80) and five-plus interceptions (six) from 2009-17. Has recorded five-plus sacks in each of his first nine seasons in the league, and is one of just four NFL players (Calais Campbell, Peppers, Cameron Wake) to record five-plus sacks in each season from 2009-17. 
  • Has 11 sacks in 15 career playoff games, the most in franchise postseason history (since 1982) and tied for No. 5 in NFL playoff history. Became just the fourth NFL player to reach the 10-sack mark for his career in the postseason in 11 or fewer playoff games, joining LaMarr Woodley (six games), Richard Dent (seven) and Terrell Suggs (nine).
  • Named an alternate for the Pro Bowl in 2017 after starting all 14 games he played in and posting 52 tackles (33 solo), 11 tackles for a loss (tied for No. 2 on the team), a team-high 7½ sacks, a fumble recovery, three passes defensed, 15 QB hits (No. 2 on the team) and 20 QB pressures (tied for No. 2 on the team). Led the team in sacks for the seventh time in his career, a franchise record.
  • Played in 12 games with nine starts (six at OLB, three at ILB) in 2016, missing four contests (Weeks 3, 8-10) due to ankle/hamstring injuries. Also suffered a shoulder injury in Week 12 that would limit him the rest of the season. Registered 24 tackles (19 solo), five sacks (No. 3 on the team), six tackles for a loss, 13 QB hits (No. 4 on the team) and 14 pressures (tied for No. 2).
  • Started all 16 games for the second straight season in 2015, opening every game at MLB, and earned his sixth selection to the Pro Bowl (first at inside linebacker).
  • Ranked No. 2 on the team in 2015 with a career-high 84 tackles (56 solo) and 6½ sacks. Led the team in QB pressures (27) and QB hits (14) while also recording an interception, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed.
  • In 2014, started four games at LOLB, six at ROLB and six at MLB. Played on the inside for the first time in his career beginning in Week 10. 
  • Recorded 69 tackles, a team-best 11.0 sacks (No. 12 in the NFL), an interception, two forced fumbles, six passes defensed, 17 QB hits (tied for No. 2 on the team) and 21 pressures (No. 2 on the team) in 2014.
  • Joined Houston DE J.J. Watt and Denver OLB DeMarcus Ware as the only players in the league with at least one interception, one forced fumble and 10 sacks in 2014.
  • Has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week four times in his career (Week 13 of 2009; Weeks 2 and 9 in 2010; Week 16 of 2014). Is tied with CB/S Charles Woodson for the most POW awards by a defensive player in franchise history.
  • Appeared in 11 games in 2013, missing five contests due to a broken thumb. The injury sidelined him for four games (Weeks 6-9) and was re-aggravated in Week 16, ultimately ending his season. 
  • Returned to the ROLB position for the 2012 campaign and was en route to what would have been his finest statistical season when a hamstring injury suffered in Week 10 sidelined him for four games (Weeks 11-14).
  • Finished the 2012 season having started all 12 games in which he appeared, registering 60 tackles (45 solo), 13 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble, earning his fourth consecutive bid to the Pro Bowl.
  • Started all 15 games in which he played for the second consecutive season in 2011, finishing with 69 tackles (49 solo), six sacks and three forced fumbles.
  • Set career highs with three interceptions and nine passes defensed in 2011. The INT total was tied for the most by a Green Bay LB since 1984.
  • Scored a touchdown on a fumble return in 2009 and returned interceptions for TDs in both 2010 and 2011, becoming the first player in franchise history to score a defensive TD in each of his first three seasons in the league. 
  • At the conclusion of 2011, his 29½ career sacks tied LB Tony Bennett’s franchise record for the most sacks by a Packer in his first three seasons in the NFL.
  • Named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2010, the first Green Bay LB to earn that honor since Tim Harris in 1989. Finished second to Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu in the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year voting in ’10.
  • Was voted the 2010 NFL Defensive MVP by Pro Football Weekly and Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News, while also earning NFC Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Committee of 101.
  • Finished fourth in the NFL with 13½ sacks in 2010, adding 83 tackles (55 solo), and helped the Packers rank tied for No. 2 in the NFL with 47 sacks as a team, Green Bay’s highest finish in the category since sacks began to be recorded as a team stat in 1963.
  • Became the only Packer (since 1982) to record a double-digit sack total in each of his first two seasons in the league.
  • Became the first NFL player to post 10-plus sacks and a defensive TD in each of his first two seasons in the league.
  • Burst onto the scene in 2009 with a franchise rookie-record 10 sacks, becoming the first Packers rookie since WR James Lofton in 1978 to be selected to the Pro Bowl.
  • Was selected to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team, earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors twice (Weeks 6 and 10), and finished third in the AP’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.
  • His 17 sacks in his first 20 games were the most by an NFL player to start a career at that time, topping the previous mark of 16½ set by San Diego’s Leslie O’Neal (1986, 1988) and the N.Y. Jets’ John Abraham (2000-01).
  • Became the first player former GM Ted Thompson moved up into the first round to select in the 10 drafts he had run to that point (five each with Seattle and Green Bay). The Packers acquired the pick from the Patriots, along with a fifth-round pick (No. 162 overall), in exchange for Green Bay’s second-round choice (No. 41 overall) and two third-round selections (Nos. 73 and 83).

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