Sep 18, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) runs for a first down against Chicago Bears safety Jaquan Brisker (9) in the third quarter during their football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Green Bay police chief apologizes to Packers’ AJ Dillon over encounter

The police chief in Green Bay apologized to Packers running back AJ Dillon for the actions of one of his officers during an exhibition soccer match at Lambeau Field in July.

The department conducted an investigation into the events surrounding the officer’s shove of Dillon and Chris Davis, the police chief, said it revealed two violations of department policy. He said “appropriate corrective action” would be taken but didn’t go into other detail, citing the confidentiality of personnel matters.

“I apologize to Mr. Dillon for the way he was treated,” Davis said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the strong relationship we have with the Packers organization, and the GBPD remains committed to working with them along with the entire Green Bay community to provide the best and most professional police service possible.”

The incident in question took place at a friendly between Manchester City and Bayern Munich, the first soccer match in Lambeau Field’s history.

Video surfaced on social media showing Dillon on the field trying to perform a Lambeau Leap to entertain the crowd during a weather delay.

A police officer interfered, first grabbing him by the back of his collar to stop him from jumping and then shoving Dillon aggressively as the running back offered an explanation.

“Two security told me and helped me come down to the field during the 30 minute rain delay, so I could do a lambeau leap and hype up the crowd… I’m assuming (the officer) missed them telling me to come down,” Dillon wrote on Twitter in the aftermath of the incident.

“Just miscommunication between parties, the @GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them down there for our games to keep us safe. Standing there in the pouring rain with all those people it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”

Dillon, 24, is in his third season with the Packers, who selected him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. In 30 career games, he has 1,537 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns.

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Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) autographs a football after their game Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 45-30.Packers13 28

Police review launched after officer shoves Packers RB AJ Dillon at Lambeau

The Green Bay Police Department will investigate the police officer who shoved Packers running back AJ Dillon during a soccer match at Lambeau Field on Saturday night.

“The Green Bay Police Department is aware of the social media video which shows an interaction between a Green Bay Police Officer and Green Bay Packer AJ Dillon at the soccer match at Lambeau Field on July 23, 2022,” the department said in a statement Monday. “It is clear that there was a miscommunication between the Officer and Mr. Dillon. The Green Bay Police Department appreciates the perspective and supportive words from Mr. Dillon. The Green Bay Police Department Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Division has initiated a review of this incident.”

The incident in question took place at a friendly between Manchester City and Bayern Munich, the first soccer match in Lambeau Field’s history.

Video surfaced on social media showing Dillon on the field trying to perform a Lambeau Leap to entertain the crowd during a weather delay.

A police officer interferes, first grabbing him by the back of his collar to stop him from jumping and then shoving Dillon aggressively as the Packers’ running back offered an explanation.

“Two security told me and helped me come down to the field during the 30 minute rain delay, so I could do a lambeau leap and hype up the crowd… I’m assuming (the officer) missed them telling me to come down,” Dillon wrote on Twitter.

“Just miscommunication between parties, the @GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them down there for our games to keep us safe. Standing there in the pouring rain with all those people it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass while pressured by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Justin Houston (50) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Packers hold off Ravens to clinch NFC North title

Aaron Rodgers passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Green Bay Packers edged the Baltimore Ravens 31-30 on Sunday to clinch the NFC North division title.

The Packers (11-3) won for the fourth time in five games and maintained control of the top seed in the NFC playoffs by sweating out a wild finish. Green Bay was outgained 354 yards to 346 and withheld a late Ravens surge, as Baltimore quarterback Tyler Huntley ran for an 8-yard score with 42 seconds left to pull the Ravens within one point.

Rather than attempt a point-after touchdown kick to tie the game, however, the Ravens elected for a two-point conversion. Huntley’s pass for Mark Andrews was incomplete.

The Ravens (8-6) lost their third straight game to fall into a tie with the Bengals atop the AFC North. The teams are set to meet in Cincinnati next week.

Huntley started in place of Lamar Jackson, who sprained his right ankle early in the second quarter of last week’s 24-22 loss at Cleveland. Huntley nearly helped Baltimore rally from a 21-point deficit a week ago and performed admirably against the Packers, going 28-for-40 for 215 yards and two touchdowns through the air while rushing for 73 yards and two scores.

Rodgers completed 23 of 31 passes. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had five receptions for 98 yards and a score, while Davante Adams and Aaron Jones added receiving TDs.

Andrews had 10 receptions for 136 yards and two TDs.

Facing a fourth-and-1 from the Green Bay 15 and trailing 21-14, Baltimore lined up to go for it with three-plus minutes remaining in the third quarter. A false-start penalty on rookie offensive lineman Ben Cleveland proved costly, however, as the added yardage prompted the Ravens to kick a 38-yard field goal instead.

Justin Tucker’s kick was good, but Baltimore was unable to secure the stop it needed on the ensuing Packers possession. Rodgers connected with Valdes-Scantling for an 11-yard touchdown to cap an 11-play, 88-yard drive and put Green Bay on top 28-17. The scoring pass was No. 442 of Rodgers’ career, tying him with Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the most in franchise history.

Rodgers had an opportunity to surpass Favre about three minutes later, but he narrowly missed an open Allen Lazard in the right corner of the end zone on third-and-goal. The Packers settled for a 29-yard field goal to take a 31-17 lead with 9:30 to play.

Huntley capped a 75-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run to cut the deficit to seven with 4:47 to go before scoring his second TD in the final minute.

–Field Level Media

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (toe) returns to practice

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced on Friday for the first time since breaking his left pinkie toe more than three weeks ago.

Rodgers, who played through the pain in Green Bay’s past three games, appears to have benefited from the extra downtime during the bye week.

“The biggest key is rest,” he said during an appearance earlier this week on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “I wish there was another one of these (bye) weeks so I could get 14 to 21 great days without doing anything, but the toe is improving.”

Rodgers, 38, has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,878 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 starts this season (9-2 record).

The Packers (9-3) return to action Sunday night against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears (4-8) at Lambeau Field. Rodgers had two touchdown passes and a touchdown run in a 24-14 win at Chicago in Week 6.

Rodgers said he injured the toe while training on his own during his COVID-19 isolation period in early November. The injury could require surgery after the season.

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Nov 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers improve to 9-3 with win over Rams

Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers solidified their spot near the top of the NFC standings with a 36-28 victory Sunday over the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Davante Adams had eight receptions for 104 yards as the Packers (9-3) turned three Rams turnovers into 17 points and took control on Rasul Douglas’ 33-yard interception return for a touchdown to take a 36-17 lead late in the third quarter.

Rodgers was 28-of-45 passing while playing for the second consecutive game with a fractured toe as the Packers moved a half-game behind the Arizona Cardinals in the battle for first place in the NFC. Teammate AJ Dillon had 69 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was 21-of-38 for 302 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown for the third consecutive game, all defeats for Los Angeles (7-4).

Odell Beckham Jr. had a 54-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter while playing his second game since joining the Rams after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns.

Leading 20-17 at halftime, the Packers got a 5-yard TD reception from AJ Dillon and a 29-yard field goal from Mason Crosby for a 30-17 lead after a lost fumble by Rams punt returner J.J. Koski. Douglas’ interception return made it a three-score game with more than a quarter remaining.

The Rams nearly buried themselves in the first quarter. The Packers took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Rodgers after Green Bay took over on the Rams’ 6-yard line when Green Bay’s Rashan Gary forced Stafford to fumble.

On their next possession, the Rams tried to convert on fourth down, only to give the Packers the ball back at the 29-yard line. Crosby made it 10-0 on a 45-yard field goal with 13:29 remaining in the half.

The Rams got their offense on track when Stafford hit Van Jefferson on a 79-yard touchdown pass with 12:42 remaining in the half before a 28-yard field goal from Crosby put Green Bay up 13-7.

Randall Cobb’s 7-yard TD reception put Green Bay ahead 20-10 with 4:21 to go before halftime. Less than three minutes later, the Rams made it 20-17 on a 6-yard TD pass from Stafford to Darrell Henderson.

Cobb, who had four catches for 95 yards, did not return after halftime because of a groin injury.

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Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) carries the ball past Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos (31) during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Last-second FG lifts Vikings over Packers, 34-31

Kirk Cousins completed 24 of 35 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and Greg Joseph made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-31 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Justin Jefferson had eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota (5-5). Adam Thielen added eight catches for 82 yards and one touchdown, and Dalvin Cook had 22 carries for 86 yards and a score.

Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns for Green Bay (8-3). Davante Adams had seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling had four catches for 123 yards and one touchdown.

The Vikings trailed by one point when Cousins connected with Jefferson for a go-ahead touchdown with 2:17 remaining. Under pressure in the pocket, Cousins lofted a pass down the right sideline for Jefferson, who reeled it in for a 23-yard score.

The Minnesota added a two-point conversion on a run by Cook, making up for Joseph’s missed extra-point kick earlier in the game, giving the Vikings a 31-24 lead.

Green Bay wasted no time pulling even at 31-31. On the first play of the next possession, Rodgers heaved a deep ball to Valdes-Scantling, who caught it in stride and sprinted 40-plus yards for the 75-yard tying touchdown.

Joseph ended the Vikings’ final possession with a winner from short range. Minnesota got inside the red zone and had Cousins take a knee on back-to-back plays to run down the clock for the field-goal attempt.

After Minnesota had taken a 16-3 lead early in the second quarter, Packers tight end Josiah Deguara caught his first career touchdown pass. Rodgers rolled right and fired a 25-yard strike to Deguara, who was the Packers’ third-round pick (No. 94 overall) out of Cincinnati in 2020.

The Vikings led 16-10 at the half, but Jefferson increased the Vikings’ lead to 23-10 with a 9-yard touchdown catch with 8:26 left in the third quarter.

The Packers pulled back within 23-17 later in the quarter. On a broken play, Adams changed directions in the back of the end zone, and Rodgers hit him for a 10-yard touchdown.

Rodgers and Adams connected again, this time from 18 yards, to give Green Bay a 24-23 lead with 7:49 remaining.

Green Bay left tackle Elgton Jenkins went down in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury. He hobbled to the sideline and eventually was carted to the locker room.

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Nov 7, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tershawn Wharton (98) during the second quarter at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs end Packers’ seven-game winning streak

Patrick Mahomes overcame a rocky performance, passing for just 166 yards and one touchdown, but the host Kansas City Chiefs still edged the Green Bay Packers 13-7 on Sunday.

The loss of quarterback Aaron Rodgers after he tested positive for COVID-19 proved costly for the Packers (7-2), who lacked offensive consistency and had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Packers QB Jordan Love, making his first NFL start, often got saddled with poor field position as the Chiefs (5-4) overcame their offensive ineffectiveness with well-placed punts by Tommy Townsend.

Love passed for 190 yards, going 19 of 34, though the Packers went only 2-for-12 on third-down plays. Love completed his first nine attempts of the second half, and after an interception by the Chiefs’ L’Jarius Sneed, he connected with Allen Lazard for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 4:54 remaining to make it 13-7.

The Packers could not get the ball back, however, exhausting their timeouts before Mahomes fired a 13-yard strike to Tyreek Hill on third-and-10 from the Green Bay 48 to seal the outcome.

Mahomes went just 20 of 37 as Kansas City seemed reluctant to rely on a decent run game in an effort to thaw out their passer. The Chiefs logged four three-and-outs, exceeding their season total (three).

Darrel Williams rushed for 70 yards on 19 carries. After coming in with a league-high 19 giveaways, the Chiefs committed no turnovers while totaling only 237 yards.

Special teams cost Green Bay in the first half. Mason Crosby missed a field goal and had another blocked. Then, a punt that bounded off the foot of Malik Taylor was recovered by Chris Lammons, setting up Kansas City for an easy 24-yard field goal by Harrison Butker with 1:51 left.

Butker tacked on a 55-yarder with one second remaining in the half after the Packers stalled on downs and gave the Chiefs the ball at the Green Bay 38 with 27 seconds left.

Mahomes engineered a methodical 15-play touchdown drive after Love and Green Bay went three-and-out on their first possession. Williams gained 33 yards on the 64-yard march, which ended with a 1-yard strike to Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs recorded six first downs on the drive before finishing with just 14.

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Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) reacts while standing on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place WR Davante Adams on COVID-19 list

The Green Bay Packers placed wide receiver Davante Adams on the reserve-COVID-19 list Monday, casting doubt on the star’s availability for the team’s Thursday matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

Players are placed on the COVID-19 list if they test positive or are in close contact with an infected person.

ESPN reported that Adams, 28, tested positive, meaning he would have to return two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play agaist the undefeated Cardinals.

Adams, a four-time Pro Bowler and 2020 All-Pro, is having another stellar season in 2021, notching 52 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns.

Earlier Monday, the Packers announced defensive coordinator Joe Barry might also miss the Cardinals game due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the team is utilizing enhanced COVID-19 protocols. All coaches meetings Monday were virtual, while mask wearing became mandatory.

The Cardinals (7-0) play host to the Packers (6-1) Thursday in a battle of two of the NFL’s top teams.

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Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) celebrates after kicking a game-winning field goal during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Packers top Niners as Mason Crosby hits winning 51-yard FG

Mason Crosby converted a 51-yard field goal Sunday night as time expired, lifting the Green Bay Packers to a 30-28 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.

Aaron Rodgers set up Crosby’s winning field goal with 25- and 17-yard completions to Davante Adams, putting the ball at the 33-yard line. Rodgers and his teammates rushed to the line after the second pass to Adams to kill the clock with a spike, since they were out of timeouts.

After Crosby made his 26th consecutive field-goal attempt dating back to last year, he and his teammates celebrated in the end zone, just yards from where the ball went through the uprights.

San Francisco (2-1) took a 28-27 lead with 37 seconds left when Jimmy Garoppolo found Kyle Juszczyk with a 12-yard touchdown pass, capping a 75-yard drive. Garoppolo finished the game 25 of 40 for 257 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Rodgers hit on 23 of 33 attempts for 261 yards with two scores. Adams caught a dozen passes for 132 yards as Green Bay (2-1) moved into first place in the NFC North.

Green Bay controlled most of the first half as Rodgers picked apart San Francisco’s defense, one carefully considered pass at a time while the Packers’ defense looked nothing like the unit that was shredded in their first six quarters.

Crosby ended the Packers’ first possession by bombing a 54-yard field goal less than five minutes into the first quarter. Rodgers made it 10-0 by hitting Adams with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 3:19 left in the period.

Aaron Jones powered in from the 3 with 1:02 remaining in the half for a 17-0 lead that looked insurmountable. But the 49ers got a 68-yard kickoff return from Trenton Cannon that set up Trey Lance’s 1-yard touchdown run that sent them to the locker room with momentum.

San Francisco pressed the attack to start the third quarter, driving 83 yards in 13 plays and drawing within 17-14 as Garoppolo fired an 8-yard scoring strike to Brandon Aiyuk.

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Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) speaks with  quarterback Jordan Love (10)  during the game against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers, Packers look to get well vs. Lions

Aaron Rodgers tends to shrug off adversity and an occasional poor performance. The reigning Most Valuable Player is staying true to form after an inept season-opening game against New Orleans.

Rodgers fully expects the Green Bay Packers to look a whole lot better in their home opener against the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

“I’m not going to make it bigger than it was. I’ll let you guys (in the media) and the outside world do that,” he said. “We’ve won a lot of games around here. We’ve lost a few, but you move on. Doesn’t matter if you play incredible and put up 50 or get blown out. You move on to the next opponent. … If we’re starting to freak out after one week, we’re in big trouble.”

The same player who threw 48 regular-season touchdowns and five more in the playoffs was held to 133 passing yards and got picked off twice in the 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

The offensive line and running backs didn’t help matters as the Packers were limited to 43 yards on 15 carries. The defense gave up five Jameis Winston touchdown passes.

A matchup with the Lions usually makes any troubles for Rodgers and the Packers go away. He’s led them to nine wins in 11 home games against the Lions with 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The Packers have also won their last eight home openers.

The Lions were down 24 to San Francisco in the fourth quarter of Dan Campbell’s head coaching debut, then scored 16 points and got the ball back to make things interesting in the closing seconds of a 41-33 loss.

“They had an opportunity right at the end of the game to tie the game,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “That tells you everything you need to know about the Detroit Lions.”

Campbell, an assistant head coach and tight ends coach with New Orleans before getting the Lions job, expects to see an angry Packers squad on Monday.

“New Orleans kicked the hornet’s nest, so we’re going to get everything they’ve got,” he said.

The 49ers gashed Campbell’s defense, averaging 8.0 yards per play. San Francisco also recorded a pick six against new Lions quarterback Jared Goff and sacked him three times.

“They’re coming off a loss. So are we,” Campbell said. “We don’t like that taste either. We’ve just got to clean it up. We’re trying to build a belief and a certain style of play.”

Goff bounced back from his early struggles, racking up 338 passing yards and three touchdowns. Running backs Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift combined for 93 yards on 20 carries and caught eight passes apiece.

Williams will have some extra motivation going against his former team for the first time. He signed a two-year contract with the Lions as a free agent in March.

“It’s the same old Jamaal that you saw when he was playing for us,” LaFleur said. “You could see it in the game against San Francisco, just competing to the best of his ability and getting tough yards and bringing a lot of energy and juice. I’m sure he will be fired up to come in here and play.”

Lions defensive back Jeff Okudah suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the opener. Wide receiver Tyrell Williams and defensive end Kevin Strong are in the league’s concussion protocol.

Packers offensive guard Lucas Patrick and tight end Josiah Deguara are under the same restrictions. Linebacker Za’Darius Smith (back) also missed Thursday’s practice.

–Field Level Media