Sunday, October 25, 2015

Chargers at Packers

With the bye week, and with our busy work schedule, this photo update from the San Diego-Green Bay game has taken a week to post. Above, the game cover from the Sunday, October 18th game at Lambeau Field. 

Before the game, some of the Chargers warm up on our end of the field. 

The Packers’ “throwback” uniforms are seen as the offense huddles on their first drive early in the game. 

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) pitches to RB James Starks as a play develops. 

It was another gorgeous Fall day at Lambeau. 

Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers  tries to make himself heard over the loud Green Bay crowd while deep in the South end of the field.

Later, Rivers gets a pass away after crossing midfield. 

The Packers’ defense lines up against the Chargers’ offense. 

Special teams huddle before taking the field for a kickoff. 

QB Aaron Rodgers watches the replay board as the defense is at work. 

WR Randall Cobb (#18) and TE Richard Rodgers await the end of a time out. 

Also on a time out, QB Aaron Rodgers looks at the board and whatever is playing (Commercial? Highlight? A pump-up-the-crowd video?). 

The offense is all lined up, going the other way, 

Behind a wall of protection, QB Aaron Rodgers passes to the left side of the field. 

Another thing we’ve never seen... a game official stretching during a T.V. time out. 

Most of the offensive line and the starting TE catching their breath on the bench. 

Under mounting pressure, QB Aaron Rodgers looks to pass deep in the South end of the field. 

WR Ty Montgomery has quite the hole to gain yardage through. 

The late afternoon sunlight made for some great illumination in the second half of the game. 

A meeting of the offensive minds during a called time out. 

Some more of that nice sunlight shines on the Packers’ offense, coming from South to North. 

Is this a close enough view for you of QB Aaron Rodgers and C Corey Linsley?

The Packers’ offensive huddle in close-up form. 

Coming down to score in our very own North end zone

The Chargers’ WR/PR/KR Jacoby Jones awaits a P Tim Masthay kick.

San Diego at work, with QB Philip Rivers handing off to RB Branden Oliver. 

A look at a section of the Packers’ defense — DT Mike Daniels (#76, partially hidden), LB Nate Palmer (#51),  LB Julius Peppers (#56), and DB Micah Hyde (#33, in back).

LB Clay Matthews (#52) eyes the Chargers’ offensive formation. 

An official conference of officials, meeting officially. 

The CBS broadcast team of Jim Nantz (left), and Phil Simms, in their booth high above the field. 

The sun sets on the East-side upper scoreboard, with the then-tied score.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy seeking an explanation from the side judge. 

WR Randall Cobb lined up... well, wide. 

WR Jeff Janis attempts to make a move on Chargers’ CB Jason Verett.

The San Diego bench area. 

Another shot of the Green Bay defense down in our end. 

The Packers’ offense trying to run as much time off the clock as possible near the end of the game. 

The last time out before the BIG STOP at the end of the game. CB Damarious Randall (#23, left) batted down the ball on the game’s final play to secure the Packers’ win. Also seen here are CB Casey Hayward (#29) and CB Sam Shields (#37). 

Whew... the final score

And a 6-0 record. Next up, a road trip to Denver. No easy games ahead, but very few predicted them to be 6-0 going into the bye week.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rams at Packers

We’ve finally found some time to post photos from last Sunday’s St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field. Here’s a view of the stadium on Saturday afternoon as the area buzzed with football fans taking tours and buying a lot of merchandise at the Packers Pro Shop.

This is one of two fences along Lombardi Avenue which face Lambeau and have a yearly message painted on them. This is the newer of the two, this year featuring graffiti-like artwork.

Also along Lombardi Avenue are several “party homes” that can be rented for a lot of cash for game weekends. This is something which has been transforming the neighborhoods around Lambeau in recent years, diluting the quaint atmosphere that once was. 

Giant Lombardi Trophy replica in the backyard of one of these properties.

Similar in look is another party facility a few doors down.

Now it’s Sunday morning, and here’s our walk to the stadium about two hours before game time, approaching from the West. There aren’t a lot of people on the roads because most are tailgating in the parking areas on either side.

A panoramic view along the Packers’ sideline during warm-ups and set-up time, about two hours before game time.

Where are the custom seats with cup holders and waitress service? Nowhere to be found. In the original bowl at Lambeau, each fan his their own exclusive 18" of aluminum bench.

QB Aaron Rodgers warms up before heading back to the locker room to get his equipment on.

Back-up QB Scott Tolzien choose a couple of balls for his warm-ups.

P Tim Masthay and K Mason Crosby come out for their warm-ups all dressed and ready to go for the game.

A welcome on a warm, sunny day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Some of the St. Louis Rams during their team warm-up time.

The University of Wisconsin marching band played before the game, and also performed the National Anthem.

The Packers come out for team introductions.

The Packers on offense early in the game.

Scene along the Green Bay sideline.

A very stoic QB Aaron Rodgers looks to pass with a pass rusher seemingly about to sack him.

The offensive linemen take a breather on the sideline following an early scoring drive.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy at work on the sideline.

A beautiful sunny day at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, U.S.A.

Rodgers and some offensive teammates watch the defense on the field.

The Rams offense coming from South to North on the field.

The Packers’ defense gets itself organized as the Rams line up.

LB Nick Perry (#53) and LB Clay Matthews (#52) put a hit on Rams’ QB Nick Foles.

CB Sam Shields (#37) tries to break up a pass to WR Kenny Britt.

The offense rests during a timeout for change of possession.

QB Aaron Rodgers at work in his office.

Did we mention that it was a really nice sunny day in October?

We hadn’t seen this message before at any game.

Foles lets a pass go to one of his receivers downfield.

This is what it’s like to sit at a Lambeau game with close to 80,000 friends.

A spirited discussion following a punt about whether or not the ball was downed on the half-yard line.

This is what the Rams’ offense consisted mainly of: hand-offs to RB Todd Gurley.

Team president Mark Murphy (with tie) and partially-hidden GM Ted Thompson watch the game from high above. At left, the Packers Radio Network crew is at work broadcasting the game via flagship station WTMJ Radio 620 AM in Milwaukee.

K Mason Crosby boots an extra point at the other end.

Rodgers talks with T David Bakhtiari (#69, left) and C Corey Linsley (#63).

Rodgers at work again.

Handing off to RB Eddie Lacy (#27).

A sack of Nick Foles, Part I.

A sack of Nick Foles, Part II.

The U.W. band plays throughout the crowd during the second half of the game.

An offensive conference on the field near the end of the game.

The final score — another home victory!

Never get tired of seeing this.

Above and following, the U.W. band plays the “Fifth Quarter” after the game.

And then, the drive home for another week of work.