The 2010 Green Bay Packers season was the 92nd season overall and their 90th season in the National Football League. Although they finished with only a respectable 10–6 record, good for a second-place finish in the NFC North, the Packers never lost a game by more than four points, and never trailed by more than seven the entire season, becoming the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish this. All six of their regular season losses were by a combined 20 points. They entered the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21–16 in the Wild Card round, the Atlanta Falcons 48–21 in the Divisional round and long time rivals, Chicago Bears 21–14 in the NFC Championship, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV in which they faced the AFC's 2nd seed Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers defeated the Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship. The Packers became the second overall team after the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, and the first NFC team, to win the Super Bowl as a sixth seed, as well as becoming the second NFC team to win three straight road playoff games (the 2007 New York Giants won three straight road games as a five seed).
The Packers offense ranked ninth in yards per game, tenth in total points, & fifth in passing yards. The defense ranked fifth in yards allowed and finished second in fewest points allowed (240, second best in team history), sacks (47), and interceptions (24), while also limiting quarterbacks to a 67.2 passer rating, first in the league.
|2010 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Mike McCarthy|
|General manager||Ted Thompson|
|Owner||Green Bay Packers, Inc. (112,158 stockholders)|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
|Division place||2nd NFC North|
|Playoff finish||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 21–16|
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 48–21
Won NFC Championship (at Bears) 21–14
Won Super Bowl XLV (vs. Steelers) 31–25
|Pro Bowlers||WR Greg Jennings|
LT Chad Clifton
OLB Clay Matthews
CB Charles Woodson
CB Tramon Williams
FS Nick Collins
|AP All-Pros||Clay Matthews (1st team)|
Charles Woodson (2nd team)
Nick Collins (2nd team)
On the second day of the draft, with pick 2–56 the Packers selected Defensive end Mike Neal from Purdue. The Packers then traded picks 3–86 and 4–122 to the Philadelphia Eagles for pick 3–71. With pick 3–71, the Packers selected Safety Morgan Burnett from Georgia Tech.
On the third and final day of the draft, with pick 5–154 the Packers selected Tight end Andrew Quarless from Penn State. With their compensatory selection pick 5–169, the Packers selected Offensive guard Marshall Newhouse from Texas Christian. In the sixth round with pick 6–193, the Packers selected Running back James Starks from Buffalo. Their final selection of the draft came when the Packers selected Defensive end C. J. Wilson of East Carolina with pick 7–230.
|2010 Green Bay Packers draft|
|3||71||Morgan Burnett||S||Georgia Tech|
|5||154||Andrew Quarless||TE||Penn State||Pick acquired from PHI|
|7||230||C.J. Wilson||DE||East Carolina|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|Date signed||2010 team|
|RB||Ahman Green||UFA||Omaha Nighthawks (UFL)|
|RB||DeShawn Wynn||RFA/UFAa||August 23,||New Orleans Saints|
|FB||John Kuhn||RFA||April 15,||Green Bay Packers|
|FB||Spencer Havner||ERFA||April 2,||Green Bay Packers|
|G||Daryn Colledge||RFA||May 10,||Green Bay Packers|
|T||Chad Clifton||UFA||March 6,||Green Bay Packers|
|T||Mark Tauscher||UFA||March 15,||Green Bay Packers|
|C||Jason Spitz||RFA||April 5,||Green Bay Packers|
|DE||Johnny Jolly||RFA||June 15,||Green Bay Packers|
|NT||Ryan Pickett||UFA (FT)||March 12,||Green Bay Packers|
|OLB||Aaron Kampman||UFA||March 7,||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|CB||Will Blackmon||RFA||March 18,||Green Bay Packers|
|CB||Tramon Williams||RFA||June 17,||Green Bay Packers|
|SS||Atari Bigby||RFA||July 27,||Green Bay Packers|
|FS||Nick Collins||RFA||March 12,||Green Bay Packers|
|FS||Derrick Martin||RFA||February 22,||Green Bay Packers|
|P||Jeremy Kapinos||ERFA/UFAa||December 7,||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag|
|2010 Green Bay Packers final roster|
|2010 Green Bay Packers staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|QB||Aaron Rodgers||15+4 playoff||Matt Flynn||1|
|RB||Brandon Jackson||15+1 playoff||James Starks||0+3 playoff||Ryan Grant (IR)||1|
|FB||Korey Hall||12||Quinn Johnson||4+4 playoff|
|WR||Donald Driver||15+4 playoff||Jordy Nelson||1|
|WR||Greg Jennings||16+4 playoff||James Jones|
|TE||Andrew Quarless||9+4 playoff||Jermichael Finley (IR)||5||Donald Lee||2|
|LT||Chad Clifton||16+4 playoff|
|LG||Daryn Colledge||16+4 playoff|
|C||Scott Wells||16+4 playoff|
|RG||Josh Sitton||16+4 playoff|
|RT||Bryan Bulaga||12+4 playoff||Mark Tauscher (IR)||4|
|LDE||Ryan Pickett||14+4 playoff||C. J. Wilson||2|
|NT||B. J. Raji||16+4 playoff|
|RDE||Cullen Jenkins||12+4 playoff||Howard Green||3||C. J. Wilson||1|
|LOLB||Clay Matthews||15+4 playoff||Brady Poppinga (IR)||1|
|MLB||Desmond Bishop||12+4 playoff||Nick Barnett (IR)||4|
|MLB||A. J. Hawk||15+4 playoff||Brandon Chillar (IR)||1|
|ROLB||Frank Zombo||7+1 playoff||Brad Jones (IR)||6||Erik Walden||2+3 playoff||Robert Francois||1|
|RCB||Tramon Williams||16+4 playoff|
|LCB||Charles Woodson||16+4 playoff|
|SS||Charlie Peprah||12+4 playoff||Morgan Burnett (IR)||4|
|FS||Nick Collins||16+4 playoff|
|K||Mason Crosby||16+4 playoff|
|P||Tim Masthay||16+4 playoff|
|Week||Date||Kickoff||Opponent||Results||Game site||TV||NFL.com recap|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||August 14,||7:00 pm CDT||Cleveland Browns||L 24–27||0–1||Lambeau Field||State||Recap|
|2||August 21,||9:00 pm CDT||at Seattle Seahawks||W 27–24||1–1||Qwest Field||State||Recap|
|3||August 26,||7:00 pm CDT||Indianapolis Colts||W 59–24||2–1||Lambeau Field||ESPN||Recap|
|4||September 2,||7:00 pm CDT||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 13–17||2–2||Arrowhead Stadium||State||Recap|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 11||3:15 pm CDT||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 27–20||1–0||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox||Recap|
|2||September 19||12:00 pm CDT||Buffalo Bills||W 34–7||2–0||Lambeau Field||CBS||Recap|
|3||September 27||7:30 pm CDT||at Chicago Bears||L 17–20||2–1||Soldier Field||ESPN||Recap|
|4||October 3||12:00 pm CDT||Detroit Lions||W 28–26||3–1||Lambeau Field||Fox||Recap|
|5||October 10||12:00 pm CDT||at Washington Redskins||L 13–16 (OT)||3–2||FedExField||Fox||Recap|
|6||October 17||12:00 pm CDT||Miami Dolphins||L 20–23 (OT)||3–3||Lambeau Field||CBS||Recap|
|7||October 24||7:20 pm CDT||Minnesota Vikings||W 28–24||4–3||Lambeau Field||NBC||Recap|
|8||October 31||12:00 pm CDT||at New York Jets||W 9–0||5–3||New Meadowlands Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|9||November 7||7:20 pm CST||Dallas Cowboys||W 45–7||6–3||Lambeau Field||NBC||Recap|
|11||November 21||12:00 pm CST||at Minnesota Vikings||W 31–3||7–3||Mall of America Field||Fox||Recap|
|12||November 28||12:00 pm CST||at Atlanta Falcons||L 17–20||7–4||Georgia Dome||Fox||Recap|
|13||December 2||12:00 pm CST||San Francisco 49ers||W 34–16||8–4||Lambeau Field||Fox||Recap|
|14||December 12||12:00 pm CST||at Detroit Lions||L 3–7||8–5||Ford Field||Fox||Recap|
|15||December 19||7:20 pm CST||at New England Patriots||L 27–31||8–6||Gillette Stadium||NBC||Recap|
|16||December 26||3:15 pm CST||New York Giants||W 45–17||9–6||Lambeau Field||Fox||Recap|
|17||January 2||3:15 pm CST||Chicago Bears||W 10–3||10–6||Lambeau Field||Fox||Recap|
|Final score||Team record|
|NFC Wild Card||January 9,||3:30 pm CDT||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 21–16||1–0||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox||Recap|
|NFC Divisional||January 15,||7:00 pm CDT||at Atlanta Falcons||W 48–21||2–0||Georgia Dome||Fox||Recap|
|NFC Championship||January 23,||2:00 pm CDT||at Chicago Bears||W 21–14||3–0||Soldier Field||Fox||Recap|
|Super Bowl XLV||February 6,||5:25 pm CDT||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 31–25||4–0||Cowboys Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|(2) Chicago Bears||11||5||0||.688||5–1||8–4||334||286||L1|
|(6) Green Bay Packers||10||6||0||.625||4–2||8–4||388||240||W2|
|Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles|
The Packers began their season at Lincoln Financial Field against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were wearing throwback uniforms commemorating the 50th anniversary of the teams' victory over the Packers in the 1960 NFL Championship Game. Green Bay trailed in the first quarter as Eagles kicker David Akers made a 45-yard field goal. The Packers would then take control in the second quarter as kicker Mason Crosby nailed a 49-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Aaron Rodgers completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver. Crosby would then end the half with a 56-yard field goal.
Philadelphia would respond in the third quarter as running back LeSean McCoy scored on a 12-yard touchdown run, yet Green Bay came right back with Rodgers finding wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 32-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles tried to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Michael Vick completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, followed by a 24-yard field goal from Akers. Fortunately, the Packers' defense prevented any further progress stopping Michael Vick on a key 4th and 1 rush up the middle for no gain.
With the win, Green Bay not only began its season at 1–0, but also got its first victory in Philadelphia since 1962.
|Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers|
Hoping to continue their current winning streak, the Packers returned to Lambeau Field for their home opener, an interconference duel with the Buffalo Bills. In the 1st quarter Green Bay took the early lead as kicker Mason Crosby made two field goals from 44 and a 24-yards. RB Brandon Jackson added a touchdown on a 1-yard run. The Bills then answered in the 2nd quarter when RB Fred Jackson scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run. In the third quarter the Packers increased their lead when WR Donald Driver hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers, followed by Rodgers scrambling 9 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. The Packers continued to dominate in the fourth quarter when Rodgers completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to WR James Jones.
With the win, Green Bay improved their record to 2–0 on the season tied with the Chicago Bears for the division lead. Both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions fell to 0–2. Linebacker Clay Matthews, became the first Packer and one of only eight players in NFL history to record at least 6 sacks in the first two weeks of the season.
|Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears|
Coming off their home win over the Bills, the Packers traveled to Soldier Field for a Week 3 Monday night duel with their hated divisional rival, the Chicago Bears. Green Bay would deliver the opening strike in the first quarter as quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Packers would add onto their lead in the second quarter as kicker Mason Crosby got a 38-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Bears would close out the half as quarterback Jay Cutler found tight end Greg Olsen on a 9-yard touchdown run. After a scoreless third quarter, Chicago took the lead in the fourth quarter as wide receiver Devin Hester returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown. Fortunately, Green Bay came right back with a 9-yard touchdown run from Rodgers. However, the Bears' Robbie Gould scored two field goals, from 25 and 19 yards, the final points being set up by a James Jones fumble, to win the game for Chicago.
The Packers committed a franchise record 18 penalties in the game.
With the loss, the Packers fell to 2–1.
|Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers|
Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Bears the Packers played on home ground for an NFC North rivalry match against the Lions. The Packers took the lead in the 1st quarter when QB Aaron Rodgers made a 29-yard TD pass to WR Donald Driver. The Lions replied in the 2nd quarter with QB Shaun Hill making a 23-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Packers started to rally with Rodgers making a 13-yard TD pass to TE Jermichael Finley and then a 17-yard TD pass to WR Greg Jennings. The Lions cut the lead as QB Shaun Hill made a 21-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Packers continued to progress in the 3rd quarter when CB Charles Woodson returned an interception 48 yards into the endzone for a touchdown. The Lions tried to cut the lead with four field goals by kicker Jason Hanson. He kicked a 39 and a 52-yard field goal for the rest of the 3rd quarter, and then a 49 and a 24-yard field goal in the fourth. However, the Packers defense never allowed the Lions to take the lead and the offense ran out the clock behind fullback John Kuhn.
With the close win, the Packers improve to 3–1.
|Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins|
Coming off their win over the Lions the Packers flew to FedExField for an NFC duel with the Redskins. In the first quarter the Packers took the lead as QB Aaron Rodgers completed a 5-yard TD pass to TE Donald Lee. This was followed in the 2nd quarter by kicker Mason Crosby hitting a 52-yard field goal. The Redskins replied with kicker Graham Gano getting a 26-yard field goal. Then in the third quarter Crosby made a 36-yard field goal to put the Packers up 13–3. The Redskins rallied to tie the game with QB Donovan McNabb completing a 48-yard TD pass to WR Anthony Armstrong, followed by Gano making a 45 yard-field goal. At overtime, the decision was made when Gano successfully put away a 33-yard field goal to give the Packers their second loss of this season. Donavan McNabb would finish the game with 357 passing yards and run his career record against Green Bay to 6 wins and 1 loss.
With the loss, Green Bay fell to 3–2.
|Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers|
For the second consecutive week the Packers lost by an overtime field goal, falling to 3–3 on the season.
|Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers|
Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Packers stayed at home for a Week 7 NFC North Sunday night duel with the Minnesota Vikings, as quarterback Brett Favre made his return to Lambeau Field. Green Bay delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as running back Brandon Jackson got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Vikings answered with wide receiver Percy Harvin getting a 17-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, the Packers regained the lead as quarterback Aaron Rodgers finding tight end Andrew Quarless on a 9-yard touchdown pass. Minnesota would take the lead with running back Adrian Peterson getting a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by kicker Ryan Longwell making a 28-yard field goal.
Green Bay regained the lead in the third quarter as Rodgers hooked up with wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 14-yard touchdown pass, followed by linebacker Desmond Bishop returning an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings answered with Favre completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss. Late in the 4th quarter, Favre led the Vikings to a last-minute drive to near the Packer 20 and nearly had a game-winning touchdown pass, but official review showed the receiver, Percy Harvin, did not have both feet in the end zone, therefore making the pass incomplete. The Vikings tried a game-winning pass on 4th down, but Favre's throw was high to Moss and the Packers held on to their first victory over their former QB.
With the win, Green Bay improved to 4–3.
|Green Bay Packers at New York Jets|
After finally beating former quarterback Brett Favre in Week 7, the Packers traveled to New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ to take on the New York Jets. The Packers took a 3–0 lead on a Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal in the first quarter and held that lead until the fourth quarter. Crosby then hit two field goals in the fourth quarter (from 41 and 40 yards respectively) to seal the victory for the Packers. While Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense sputtered against the vaunted Jet defense, Green Bay's defense excelled in stopping the NFL's second-ranked rushing offense and intercepted Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez twice.
The win improved the Packers to 5–3 and in first place in the NFC North.
|Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers|
After winning against the New York Jets for the first time in the New York Area, the Green Bay Packers took on the lowly Dallas Cowboys. After a scoreless first quarter, the Packers offense that was limited to 9 points against the New York Jets, built a 28–0 lead before the Cowboys scored their only touchdown before the end of the first half. The Packers would score 17 more points in the second half before closing the game out 45–7 over the Dallas Cowboys. The Green Bay Packers intercepted Jon Kitna 3 times including one to Clay Matthews which would result in 62-yard touchdown, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 3 touchdowns. With the win, the Packers improved to 6–3.
|Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings|
In the Packers last game ever against the Vikings with Brett Favre under center, the Packers blew out the Vikings in a 31-3 victory. Aaron Rodgers completed 22/31 passes for 301 yards, with 4 touchdown passes, no interception, and a season high passer rating of 141.3.
|Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons|
|San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers|
|Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions|
Green Bay lost to Detroit for the first time in 11 games against the Lions. Also at the end of the 1st half, Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion and wouldn't play the next week.
|Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots|
|New York Giants at Green Bay Packers|
|Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers|
The Packers finished the 2010 regular season vs the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Going into the final Sunday of the season, the Packers needed a win or a New York Giants and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to clinch the sixth and final NFC wild-card seed. The Bears, on the other hand, had the NFC North Division title and the number 2 NFC seed wrapped up, though played their starters for the contest. Tampa defeated the New Orleans Saints in their 1 o'clock contest before the Packers game, so the Packers had to come out of the game with a win.
During the first quarter, the Packers and Bears offenses exchanged possession with no scoring. The Bears forced a turnover with 5:58 left in the 1st when Donald Driver was stripped of the ball after an 8-yard reception and the fumble was recovered by the Bears.
In the second quarter, the Bears put their first and only points on the board for the day when Robbie Gould successfully converted a 30-yard field goal with 4:35 left in the half. The scoring drive was highlighted with two 20+ yard passes by Jay Cutler to WR Rashied Davis and RB Matt Forte to get them into field goal range. The teams entered went into halftime of the defensive contest with the Bears holding onto a slim 3–0 lead.
After the half, the Bears started the quarter with the ball. After moving the ball into Packers territory, the Bears chose to go for it on a fourth and two at the Packers 40. Jay Cutler failed to complete a short pass to Rashied Davis and the Packers took over on downs. On the Packers' first play of the second half, Rodgers threw a deep pass intended for Greg Jennings but the pass was intercepted by CB Charles Tillman and returned to the Packers 15-yard line. The interception was challenged but upheld. After a holding penalty and a couple of short gains by the Bears, Jay Cutler was intercepted on 3rd down in the endzone by Packers safety Charlie Peprah for a touchback.
The Packers and Bears swapped possessions and CB Tramon Williams returned the Bears punt back to the Bears 44-yard line to set the Packers up in optimal field position. Three plays into the drive, Aaron Rodgers completed a 33-yard pass to Greg Jennings down to the Bears 1-yard line. The Packers failed to score a touchdown and settled for a 23-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby which was successfully converted to tie the game at 3–3.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Packers had possession and again got into the red zone highlighted by two key plays, a 21-yard pass over the middle to Donald Driver and a 46-yard pass deep right to Greg Jennings that set up the Packers for a 1st and goal at the Bears 1-yard line for the second time of the game. This time though, the Packers scored a touchdown on 1st down when Aaron Rodgers completed a pass into the end zone to Donald Lee short right for his second 1-yard touchdown reception in two games to give the Packers a 10–3 lead with 12:46 remaining in the game.
After exchanging possessions, the Bears took over with 4:49 left in the game at the Bears 2-yard line. The Bears moved the ball into Packers territory with many short passes down to the Packers 32-yard line. Needing a touchdown to tie the game, the Bears continued to pass the ball but their drive came to an end when Cutler passed deep left to Devin Hester and the pass was intercepted by Nick Collins and returned 24 yards to the Bears 35-yard line. The game marked the 16th time in the past 17 seasons that Green Bay had won its final regular season game.
With the interception, the Packers sealed their victory over the rival Bears along with the 6th seed in the NFL playoffs. The Giants later won their game against the Washington Redskins, but it was all for naught due to the Packers holding tie breakers over the Giants and Buccaneers.
|Playoff Round||Date||Kickoff||Opponent (seed)||Result||Game Site||NFL Recap||TV|
|Wild Card||January 9,||3:30 pm CDT||Philadelphia Eagles (3)||W 21–16||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap||Fox|
|Divisional||January 15,||7 p.m. CDT||Atlanta Falcons (1)||W 48–21||Georgia Dome||Recap||Fox|
|NFC Championship||January 23,||2 p.m. CDT||Chicago Bears (2)||W 21–14||Soldier Field||Recap||Fox|
|Super Bowl XLV||February 6,||5:25 pm CDT||Pittsburgh Steelers (2)||W 31–25||Cowboys Stadium||Recap||Fox|
|NFC Wild Card|
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
Entering the postseason as the NFC's No. 6 seed, the Packers began their playoff run at Lincoln Financial Field for the NFC Wild Card game against the No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles. This was a rematch of their Week 1 win. The Packers delivered the game's opening strike in the first quarter as quarterback Aaron Rodgers found rookie tight end Tom Crabtree on a 4-yard touchdown pass. Green Bay would add onto their lead in the second quarter as Rodgers connected with wide receiver James Jones on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles answered with kicker David Akers getting a 29-yard field goal.
Philadelphia managed to cut away at their deficit in the third quarter as quarterback Michael Vick completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Avant, yet the Packers responded with Rodgers hooking up with running back Brandon Jackson on a 16-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles tried to rally as Vick got a 1-yard touchdown run (with a failed two-point conversion), yet Green Bay's defense held on to preserve the victory as Tramon Williams intercepted a Michael Vick pass in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining.
With the win, the Packers improved their overall record to 11–6.
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Coming off their win over the Eagles, the Packers flew to the Georgia Dome for the NFC Divisional Round against the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons, in hopes to avenge their Week 12 loss. Aaron Rodgers had arguably the greatest game of his career. He completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and 4 total touchdowns. It was one of the greatest performances in NFL playoff history. Green Bay trailed in the first quarter as Falcons running back Michael Turner got a 12-yard touchdown run. The Packers answered in the second quarter as quarterback Aaron Rodgers found wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a 6-yard touchdown pass, but Atlanta immediately struck back as wide receiver Eric Weems returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. Green Bay took the lead with a 1-yard touchdown run from fullback John Kuhn, followed by Rodgers finding James Jones on a 20-yard touchdown, along with cornerback Tramon Williams returning an interception 70 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half.
The Packers added onto their lead in the third quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run from Rodgers, followed by his 7-yard touchdown pass to Kuhn. Atlanta tried to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Matt Ryan completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roddy White, yet Green Bay closed out their dominating night with a 43-yard and a 32-yard field goal from Crosby. The Packers never once punted during the game. With the win, the Packers improved their overall record to 12–6.
Green Bay's 48 points became the franchise's single-game postseason record and the 48-21 final score is also the second largest win margin in Packers playoff history.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Coming off their win over the Falcons, the Packers flew to Soldier Field for the NFC Championship Game against their historic rival, the No. 2 seed Chicago Bears, in Round 3 of their 2010 series. This would be the second playoff meeting between the two teams, the first since falling to Chicago 33–14 in 1941.
Green Bay delivered the game's opening strike in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run from rookie running back James Starks. After a scoreless third quarter, the Bears answered in the fourth quarter as running back Chester Taylor got a 1-yard touchdown run. Afterwards, Green Bay struck back with nose tackle B.J. Raji returning an interception 18 yards for a touchdown. Chicago tried to rally as quarterback Caleb Hanie completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Earl Bennett, the Packers' defense held on to preserve the victory.
With the win, not only did they improve their overall record to 13–6, but they advanced to Super Bowl XLV (their first appearance since Super Bowl XXXII). In the process, they became the NFC's first No. 6 seed to reach the Super Bowl. They also became the 3rd NFC wild card team to reach the Super Bowl, and the first since the New York Giants in 2008.
The Packers also went 3–0 on the road in the postseason after going 3–5 on the road in the regular season, including losses in their last three road games.
|Super Bowl XLV|
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers
|Player(s)||Value||NFL Rank||NFC Rank|
|Passing Yards||Aaron Rodgers||3,922 Yards||7th||3rd|
|Passing Touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers||28 TDs||T-6th||T-3rd|
|Rushing Yards||Brandon Jackson||703 Yards||32nd||15th|
|Rushing Touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers and John Kuhn||4 TDs||T-32nd||T-14th|
|Receiving Yards||Greg Jennings||1,265 Yards||4th||2nd|
|Receiving Touchdowns||Greg Jennings||12 TDs||T-2nd||T-2nd|
|Points||Mason Crosby||112 Points||11th||5th|
|Kickoff Return Yards||Jordy Nelson||496 Yards||34th||29th|
|Punt Return Yards||Tramon Williams||326 Yards||9th||7th|
|Tackles||A. J. Hawk||111 Tackles||T-22nd||12th|
|Sacks||Clay Matthews||13.5 Sacks||4th||2nd|
|Interceptions||Tramon Williams||6 INTs||T-5th||T-2nd|
stats are correct through Week 17.
|Player(s)||Value||NFL Rank||NFC Rank|
|Passing Yards||Aaron Rodgers||1,094 Yards||1st||1st|
|Passing Touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers||9 TDs||1st||1st|
|Rushing Yards||James Starks||315 Yards||1st||1st|
|Rushing Touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers||2 TDs||T-2nd||T-2nd|
|Receiving Yards||Greg Jennings||303 Yards||1st||1st|
|Receiving Touchdowns||Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson & James Jones||2 TDs||T-2nd||T-2nd|
|Points||Mason Crosby||25 Points||1st||1st|
|Kickoff Return Yards||James Starks||70 Yards||T-7th||T-3rd|
|Punt Return Yards||Tramon Williams||31 Yards||4th||2nd|
|Tackles||Desmond Bishop||26 Tackles||2nd||1st|
|Sacks||Clay Matthews||3.5 Sacks||3rd||1st|
|Interceptions||Tramon Williams||3 INTs||1st||1st|
stats are correct through Super Bowl XLV.
Stats correct through week 16.
The Packers 2011 Pro Bowl selections were announced on December 28,. The Packers initially had five players on the Pro Bowl list. These players were WR Greg Jennings, LT Chad Clifton, OLB Clay Matthews, CB Charles Woodson and S Nick Collins. CB Tramon Williams was later added as a reserve on January 20, when Philadelphia Eagles CB Asante Samuel pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to injury. The Packers also had a first alternate in QB Aaron Rodgers and four lower alternates, NT B. J. Raji, G Josh Sitton, LB A. J. Hawk and WR Donald Driver. No Packers took part in the Pro Bowl, due to their participation in Super Bowl XLV.
The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League (NFL), the American Football Conference (AFC) being the other. Prior to 1970, there were two separate professional football leagues, the National Football League and the American Football League (AFL). In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC. As of the 2018 season only the Detroit Lions have not won an NFC championship.
|Q1||4:23||PHI||David Akers 45-yard field goal||PHI 3–0|
|Q2||13:52||GB||Mason Crosby 49-yard field goal||Tie 3–3|
|Q2||1:48||GB||Donald Driver 6-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 10–3|
|Q2||:00||GB||Mason Crosby 56-yard field goal||GB 13–3|
|Q3||8:36||GB||John Kuhn 3-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 20–3|
|Q3||4:24||PHI||LeSean McCoy 12-yard run (David Akers kick)||GB 20–10|
|Q3||1:56||GB||Greg Jennings 32-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 27–10|
|Q4||10:23||PHI||Jeremy Maclin 17-yard pass from Michael Vick (David Akers kick)||GB 27–17|
|Q4||5:43||PHI||David Akers 24-yard field goal||GB 27–20|
|Q1||11:49||GB||Mason Crosby 44-yard field goal||GB 3–0|
|Q1||7:35||GB||Mason Crosby 24-yard field goal||GB 6–0|
|Q1||:11||GB||Brandon Jackson 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 13–0|
|Q2||10:49||BUF||Fred Jackson 3-yard run (Rian Lindell kick)||GB 13–7|
|Q3||8:32||GB||Donald Driver 7-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 20–7|
|Q3||1:56||GB||Aaron Rodgers 9-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 27–7|
|Q4||11:41||GB||James Jones 30-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 34–7|
|Q1||4:26||GB||Greg Jennings 7-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q2||4:41||GB||Mason Crosby 38-yard field goal||GB 10–0|
|Q2||:26||CHI||Greg Olsen 9-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick)||GB 10–7|
|Q4||14:39||CHI||Devin Hester 62-yard punt return (Robbie Gould kick)||CHI 14–10|
|Q4||6:52||GB||Aaron Rodgers 3-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 17–14|
|Q4||3:59||CHI||Robbie Gould 25-yard field goal||Tie 17–17|
|Q4||:04||CHI||Robbie Gould 19-yard field goal||CHI 20–17|
|Q1||12:40||GB||Donald Driver 29-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q2||14:14||DET||Calvin Johnson 23-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick)||Tie 7–7|
|Q2||10:05||GB||Jermichael Finley 13-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–7|
|Q2||6:48||GB||Greg Jennings 17-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–7|
|Q2||:08||DET||Calvin Johnson 21-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick)||GB 21–14|
|Q3||14:34||GB||Charles Woodson 48-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 28–14|
|Q3||9:26||DET||Jason Hanson 39-yard field goal||GB 28–17|
|Q3||1:43||DET||Jason Hanson 52-yard field goal||GB 28–20|
|Q4||13:35||DET||Jason Hanson 49-yard field goal||GB 28–23|
|Q4||11:51||DET||Jason Hanson 24-yard field goal||GB 28–26|
|Q1||8:59||GB||Donald Driver 5-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q2||7:30||GB||Mason Crosby 52-yard field goal||GB 10–0|
|Q2||:13||WSH||Graham Gano 26-yard field goal||GB 10–3|
|Q3||7:34||GB||Mason Crosby 36-yard field goal||GB 13–3|
|Q4||11:35||WSH||Anthony Armstrong 48-yard pass from Donovan McNabb (Graham Gano kick)||GB 13–10|
|Q4||1:07||WSH||Graham Gano 45-yard field goal||Tie 13–13|
|OT||8:06||WSH||Graham Gano 33-yard field goal||WSH 16–13|
|Q1||11:58||GB||Mason Crosby 46-yard field goal||GB 3–0|
|Q1||6:52||MIA||Davone Bess 2-yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpeneter kick)||MIA 7–3|
|Q1||1:03||GB||Greg Jennings 86-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 10–7|
|Q2||:20||MIA||Dan Carpenter 53-yard field goal||Tie 10–10|
|Q3||7:42||MIA||Dan Carpenter 41-yard field goal||MIA 13–10|
|Q4||10:45||GB||Mason Crosby 26-yard field goal||Tie 13–13|
|Q4||5:20||MIA||Anthony Fasano 22-yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick)||MIA 20–13|
|Q4||:13||GB||Aaron Rodgers 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||Tie 20–20|
|OT||9:01||MIA||Dan Carpenter 44-yard field goal||MIA 23–20|
|Q1||5:07||GB||Brandon Jackson 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q1||1:11||MIN||Percy Harvin 17-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick)||Tie 7–7|
|Q2||14:53||GB||Andrew Quarless 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–7|
|Q2||10:16||MIN||Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick)||Tie 14–14|
|Q2||3:59||MIN||Ryan Longwell 28-yard field goal||MIN 17–14|
|Q3||8:44||GB||Greg Jennings 14-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–17|
|Q3||7:45||GB||Desmond Bishop 32-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 28–17|
|Q3||4:12||MIN||Randy Moss 4-yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)||GB 28–24|
|Q1||4:41||GB||Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal||GB 3–0|
|Q4||6:36||GB||Mason Crosby 41-yard field goal||GB 6–0|
|Q4||:27||GB||Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal||GB 9–0|
|Q2||14:15||GB||Brandon Jackson 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q2||8:26||GB||Brandon Jackson 2-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–0|
|Q2||2:13||GB||Greg Jennings 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–0|
|Q2||2:04||GB||Nick Collins 26-yard fumble return (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 28–0|
|Q2||:16||DAL||Dez Bryant 2-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick)||GB 28–7|
|Q3||8:38||GB||James Jones 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 35–7|
|Q4||13:08||GB||Mason Crosby 26-yard field goal||GB 38–7|
|Q4||11:07||GB||Clay Matthews 62-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 45–7|
|Q1||6:06||MIN||Ryan Longwell 24-yard field goal||MIN 3–0|
|Q2||9:44||GB||Mason Crosby 42-yard field goal||Tie 3–3|
|Q2||5:14||GB||Greg Jennings 11-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 10–3|
|Q2||:05||GB||James Jones 3-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 17–3|
|Q3||12:01||GB||Greg Jennings 46-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 24–3|
|Q4||9:42||GB||Greg Jennings 22-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 31–3|
|Q1||9:31||ATL||Matt Bryant 38-yard field goal||ATL 3–0|
|Q1||:04||GB||Mason Crosby 22-yard field goal||Tie 3–3|
|Q2||:08||ATL||Tony Gonzalez 4-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick)||ATL 10–3|
|Q3||7:17||GB||Aaron Rodgers 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||Tie 10–10|
|Q4||14:24||ATL||Michael Turner 1-yard run (Matt Bryant kick)||ATL 17–10|
|Q4||:56||GB||Jordy Nelson 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||Tie 17–17|
|Q4||:09||ATL||Matt Bryant 47-yard field goal||ATL 20–17|
|Q1||11:49||SF||Jeff Reed 44-yard field goal||SF 3–0|
|Q2||12:34||SF||Jeff Reed 26-yard field goal||SF 6–0|
|Q2||7:02||GB||Greg Jennings 57-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–6|
|Q2||1:46||GB||John Kuhn 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–6|
|Q2||1:26||SF||Vernon Davis 66-yard pass from Troy Smith (Jeff Reed kick)||GB 14–13|
|Q3||11:52||GB||Donald Driver 61-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–13|
|Q3||6:39||SF||Jeff Reed 23-yard field goal||GB 21–16|
|Q3||3:37||GB||Greg Jennings 1-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 28–16|
|Q4||13:50||GB||Mason Crosby 43-yard field goal||GB 31–16|
|Q4||3:10||GB||Mason Crosby 24-yard field goal||GB 34–16|
|Q3||10:55||GB||Mason Crosby 42-yard field goal||GB 3–0|
|Q4||7:55||DET||Will Heller 13-yard pass from Drew Stanton (Dave Rayner kick)||DET 7–3|
|Q1||8:45||GB||Mason Crosby 31-yard field goal||GB 3–0|
|Q1||6:19||NE||BenJarvus Green-Ellis 33-yard run (Shayne Graham kick)||NE 7–3|
|Q2||14:51||GB||James Jones 66-yard pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 10–7|
|Q2||2:17||GB||Greg Jennings 1-yard pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 17–7|
|Q2||1:08||NE||Aaron Hernandez 2-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick)||GB 17–14|
|Q3||12:04||NE||Kyle Arrington 36-yard interception return (Shayne Graham kick)||NE 21–17|
|Q3||5:08||GB||John Kuhn 6-yard pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 24–21|
|Q4||13:49||GB||Mason Crosby 19-yard field goal||GB 27–21|
|Q4||11:05||NE||Shayne Graham 38-yard field goal||GB 27–24|
|Q4||7:14||NE||Aaron Hernandez 10-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick)||NE 31–27|
|Q1||7:53||GB||Jordy Nelson 80-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q1||1:47||GB||James Jones 3-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–0|
|Q2||11:40||NYG||Hakeem Nicks 36-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick)||GB 14–7|
|Q2||5:13||NYG||Mario Manningham 85-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick)||Tie 14–14|
|Q2||1:54||GB||John Kuhn 8-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–14|
|Q3||9:56||GB||Mason Crosby 31-yard field goal||GB 24–14|
|Q3||7:10||NYG||Lawrence Tynes 38-yard field goal||GB 24–17|
|Q3||4:44||GB||Donald Lee 1-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 31–17|
|Q4||6:58||GB||John Kuhn 5-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 38–17|
|Q4||4:20||GB||John Kuhn 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 45–17|
|Q2||4:31||CHI||Robbie Gould 30-yard field goal||CHI 3–0|
|Q3||2:39||GB||Mason Crosby 23-yard field goal||Tie 3–3|
|Q4||12:42||GB||Donald Lee 1-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 10–3|
|Q1||:08||GB||Tom Crabtree 7-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q2||5:21||GB||James Jones 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–0|
|Q2||1:11||PHI||David Akers 29-yard field goal||GB 14–3|
|Q3||13:50||PHI||Jason Avant 24-yard pass from Michael Vick (David Akers kick)||GB 14–10|
|Q3||7:33||GB||Brandon Jackson 16-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–10|
|Q4||4:02||PHI||Michael Vick 1-yard run (pass failed)||GB 21–16|
|Q1||5:00||ATL||Michael Turner 12-yard run (Matt Bryant kick)||ATL 7–0|
|Q2||12:04||GB||Jordy Nelson 6-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||Tie 7–7|
|Q2||11:50||ATL||Eric Weems 102-yard kickoff return (Matt Bryant kick)||ATL 14–7|
|Q2||6:06||GB||John Kuhn 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||Tie 14–14|
|Q2||:42||GB||James Jones 20-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–14|
|Q2||:00||GB||Tramon Williams 70-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 28–14|
|Q3||8:28||GB||Aaron Rodgers 7-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 35–14|
|Q3||2:41||GB||John Kuhn 7-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 42–14|
|Q4||14:21||ATL||Roddy White 6-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick)||GB 42–21|
|Q4||6:29||GB||Mason Crosby 43-yard field goal||GB 45–21|
|Q4||1:56||GB||Mason Crosby 32-yard field goal||GB 48–21|
|Q1||10:50||GB||Aaron Rodgers 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q2||11:13||GB||James Starks 4-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–0|
|Q4||12:02||CHI||Chester Taylor 1-yard run (Robbie Gould kick)||GB 14–7|
|Q4||6:04||GB||B.J. Raji 18-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–7|
|Q4||4:43||CHI||Earl Bennett 35-yard pass from Caleb Hanie (Robbie Gould kick)||GB 21–14|
|Q1||3:44||GB||Jordy Nelson 29-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 7–0|
|Q1||3:20||GB||Nick Collins 37-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 14–0|
|Q2||11:08||PIT||Shaun Suisham 33-yard field goal||GB 14–3|
|Q2||2:24||GB||Greg Jennings 24-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 21–3|
|Q2||:39||PIT||Hines Ward 8-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick)||GB 21–10|
|Q3||10:19||PIT||Rashard Mendenhall 8-yard run (Shaun Suisham kick)||GB 21–17|
|Q4||11:57||GB||Greg Jennings 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick)||GB 28–17|
|Q4||7:34||PIT||Mike Wallace 25-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Antwaan Randle El run)||GB 28–25|
|Q4||2:07||GB||Mason Crosby 23-yard field goal||GB 31–25|
|Division championships (18)|
|Conference championships (9)|
|League championships (13†)|
|Current league affiliations|
Championship seasons in bold