Quote, unquote: “We have to do a better job as a team putting teams away. That’s one of the things that we’ll learn from. We were still in control of the game in the second half, but that’s why you watch the video, that’s why you correct it and that’s why you hold each other accountable and you have a chance to get better as a team.” – Packers coach Mike McCarthy
Injury report: In addition to Lacy’s concussion, McCarthy said fullback John Kuhn suffered a hamstring injury. According to McCarthy, that’s the reason the Packers got aggressive on their final clock-killing drive after back-to-back handoffs to Starks.
Meanwhile, McCarthy all but said that safety Morgan Burnett, who was inactive for the second straight game with the hamstring injury from Aug. 23 that he aggravated in practice on Sept. 6, will miss next week’s game at Cincinnati. The Packers have a bye week the following week.
“He’s just not ready,” McCarthy said of Burnett, who did take snaps in practice during the week before being listed as questionable on the official injury report. “Morgan’s a tough competitor and he’s just not quite there. So we’ve done everything. We don’t want this to be a reoccurring situation, and frankly I don’t know if he’ll be ready this week.”
Extra points: The crowd of 78,020 was a Lambeau Field record, thanks to the $142 million south end expansion project that opened in preseason. While it was hard to tell from the press box if it was significantly louder in the stadium because of what the Packers’ game-day marketing folks were calling a “Wall of Sound,” Rodgers said it was. “I think it was louder than I remember,” Rodgers said. “We’re going to continue to encourage our fans to be as loud as they possibly want throughout the entire game. But definitely think in the first half it was very loud, louder than I remember. I think it can actually help with some of the wind as well, the height of the south end zone now. As a thrower, it’s appreciated.” … Rodgers wanted to make thing one clear about the sore neck he woke up with after waking up in pain Sunday morning. “Not the hotel’s fault,” he said. … Punter Tim Masthay continued to handle kickoffs and had touchbacks on four of his seven kickoffs. … Outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal got the Packers’ first – and, so far this season, only – takeaway with an interception off a Ryan Pickett deflection.
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