Tuesday, January 07, 2014

NFC Wild Card Playoff

We cap off the Packers’ 2013 season with a set of photos we took at Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game. Above is the game program cover, featuring RB Eddie Lacy.

The cold may have reduced some of the tailgating beforehand, but there were still many who continued the tradition despite the elements.

There were a number of 49ers’ followers at the game, but not as many opposing fans as you’d see at a Bears or Vikings game.

Looking out at the pre-game festivities beyond the players’ parking area.

The usual pre-game radio show was taking place in the Lambeau Field Atrium. From left to right are Jeff Falconio, former Packers’ offensive lineman Mark Tauscher, and Dennis Krause.

Fans hanging out in the Atrium to keep warm before heading out to the cold aluminum benches.

San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick comes out for pre-game warm-ups.

49ers RB Frank Gore goes through his pre-game paces.

Some more 49ers fans hanging out behind the North end zone to watch their team warm up.

The view of Lambeau about an hour before the game.

The Packers going through their own pre-game warm-ups on the South end of the field.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh with his players in the North end zone. Prior to this, he was taking snaps as the QB while handing off to his RB’s during warm-ups.

Introductions of “your 13-time champions!”

QB Aaron Rodgers is the last player introduced, to loud cheers, of course.

Rodgers throwing just before the national anthem.

The national anthem.

WR Randall Cobb comes out for the opening kick-off, and gets the crowd going on that end of the field.

The Packers’ huddle on their first drive.

The offense trying to get something going.

They couldn’t, so we see P Tim Masthay out to punt.

CB Sam Shields goes out almost immediately with a serious knee injury.

Cobb tries to get a first down.

Rodgers fakes a hand-off to RB Eddie Lacy.

Kaepernick and the 49ers’ offense coming at us.

Kaepernick gets off a pass.

Head coach Mike McCarthy bundled up on the sideline.

Rodgers looks for a receiver behind his linemen.

Players bundled up against the cold on the sideline.

49ers huddle.

Lacy set to head through the hole.

Rodgers in the shotgun.

Rodgers passing.

Rodgers and coaches during a timeout.

Packers fans are a hardy bunch. It didn’t get as cold as they initially predicted, but it was still cold by any measurement.

Another throw by Rodgers, this time at midfield.

WR Michael Crabtree tries to stay up and get around CB Davon House.

The FOX overhead camera that zooms all over the field.

From the Packerville, U.S.A. seats… looking left…

… looking down the field…

… and looking right.

RB James Starks gets instructions from Rodgers.

We did.

Rodgers ready to dump off a short pass to FB John Kuhn.

Down at the North end zone late in the game, the Packers are only able to tie the game at 20-20.

K Phil Dawson ends the game as time expires.

The final score.

That’s it for 2013. We’ll be around with periodic updates, so check back once and a while during the offseason — and thanks for stopping by throughout this year. We appreciate all the comments and e-mails we get from our readers. Go Pack!