The 2015 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 97th season overall, 95th in the National Football League, and the tenth under head coach Mike McCarthy. With a Week 15 win over the Oakland Raiders, the Packers clinched a playoff spot for the seventh consecutive season, but they failed to win their fifth consecutive NFC North title after a Week 17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings as does matching their 12-4 record from last season. As a result, the fifth-seeded Packers traveled to Washington to face the fourth-seeded Redskins in the Wild Card round. They beat the Redskins 35–18, and then traveled to Arizona for a rematch against the second-seeded Arizona Cardinals, where the Packers' season ended as they lost to the Cardinals in overtime, 20–26.
|2015 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Mike McCarthy|
|General manager||Ted Thompson|
|Owner||Green Bay Packers, Inc. (360,760 stockholders)|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
|Division place||2nd NFC North|
|Playoff finish||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Redskins) 35–18|
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Cardinals) 20–26 (OT)
|Pro Bowlers||John Kuhn, FB|
Clay Matthews, MLB
Julius Peppers, OLB
Aaron Rodgers, QB
Josh Sitton, G
|QB||Matt Flynn*||UFA||June 11, 2015||New England Patriots|
|QB||Scott Tolzien||UFA||March 8, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|RB||DuJuan Harris||ERFA||March 19, 2015||Minnesota Vikings|
|FB||John Kuhn||UFA||April 13, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|WR||Jarrett Boykin||RFA||March 27, 2015||Carolina Panthers|
|WR||Randall Cobb||UFA||March 7, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|OT||Don Barclay||RFA||April 9, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|OT||Bryan Bulaga||UFA||March 10, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|NT||Letroy Guion||UFA||March 30, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|NT||B. J. Raji||UFA||March 30, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|ILB||Jamari Lattimore||UFA||April 1, 2015||New York Jets|
|CB||Davon House||UFA||March 10, 2015 ||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|CB||Tramon Williams||UFA||March 16, 2015 ||Cleveland Browns|
|SS||Sean Richardson||RFA||April 13, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
|FS||Chris Banjo||ERFA||April 17, 2015||Green Bay Packers|
Re-signed Signed Away Suspended, Released
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag
*Player was signed after the June 1st deadline and will not count towards compensatory selections.
|2015 Green Bay Packers draft|
|1||30||Damarious Randall||Cornerback||Arizona State|
|2||62||Quinten Rollins||Cornerback||Miami (OH)|
|3||94||Ty Montgomery||Wide Receiver||Stanford|
|5||147||Brett Hundley||Quarterback||UCLA||from Cleveland via New England|
|6||210||Christian Ringo||Defensive End||Louisiana-Lafayette||compensatory selection|
|6||213||Kennard Backman||Tight End||Alabama-Birmingham||compensatory selection|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|2015 Green Bay Packers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|2015 Green Bay Packers final roster|
|RB||Eddie Lacy||12||James Starks||3|
|FB||John Kuhn||6||James Starks||1|
|WR||Davante Adams||12||Ty Montgomery||3|
|TE||Richard Rodgers||12||Andrew Quarless||1|
|C||Corey Linsley||13||JC Tretter||3|
|RG||T. J. Lang||15||Lane Taylor||2|
|RT||Bryan Bulaga||12||Don Barclay||5|
|DE||Mike Pennel||5||Letroy Guion||1|
|DT||Mike Daniels||16||Mike Neal||2|
|NT||B. J. Raji||15||Letroy Guion||3|
|OLB||Mike Neal||12||Nick Perry||1|
|ILB||Clay Matthews III||16||Jake Ryan||5|
|ILB||Nate Palmer||11||Sam Barrington||1|
|CB||Sam Shields||12||Damarious Randall||9|
|CB||Casey Hayward||11||Quinten Rollins||4||Micah Hyde||2|
|SS||Morgan Burnett||11||Micah Hyde||5|
|FS||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||16|
|S||Sean Richardson||1||Chris Banjo||1|
|WR||Randall Cobb||2||Jared Abbrederis||1|
|LT||J. C. Tretter||1||David Bakhtiari||1|
|RG||T. J. Lang||2|
|NT||B. J. Raji||2|
|ILB||Clay Matthews III||2|
|CB||Quinten Rollins||1||Sam Shields||1|
|FS||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||2|
|(3) Minnesota Vikings||11||5||0||.688||5–1||8–4||365||302||W3|
|(5) Green Bay Packers||10||6||0||.625||3–3||7–5||368||323||L2|
|5[a]||Green Bay Packers||North||10||6||0||.625||3–3||7–5||.531||.450||L2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|8[b]||St. Louis Rams||West||7||9||0||.438||4–2||6–6||.527||.482||L1|
|11[b]||New Orleans Saints||South||7||9||0||.438||3–3||5–7||.504||.402||W2|
|12[c]||New York Giants||East||6||10||0||.375||2–4||4–8||.500||.396||L3|
|14[c]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||6||10||0||.375||3–3||5–7||.484||.406||L4|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||West||5||11||0||.313||1–5||4–8||.539||.463||W1|
|1||August 13||at New England Patriots||W 22–11||1–0||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 23||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 19–24||1–1||Heinz Field||Recap|
|3||August 29||Philadelphia Eagles||L 26–39||1–2||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|4||September 3||New Orleans Saints||W 38–10||2–2||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|1||September 13||at Chicago Bears||W 31–23||1–0||Soldier Field||Recap|
|2||September 20||Seattle Seahawks||W 27–17||2–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|3||September 28||Kansas City Chiefs||W 38–28||3–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|4||October 4||at San Francisco 49ers||W 17–3||4–0||Levi's Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 11||St. Louis Rams||W 24–10||5–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|6||October 18||San Diego Chargers||W 27–20||6–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|8||November 1||at Denver Broncos||L 10–29||6–1||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|9||November 8||at Carolina Panthers||L 29–37||6–2||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 15||Detroit Lions||L 16–18||6–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|11||November 22||at Minnesota Vikings||W 30–13||7–3||TCF Bank Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 26||Chicago Bears||L 13–17||7–4||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|13||December 3||at Detroit Lions||W 27–23||8–4||Ford Field||Recap|
|14||December 13||Dallas Cowboys||W 28–7||9–4||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|15||December 20||at Oakland Raiders||W 30–20||10–4||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
|16||December 27||at Arizona Cardinals||L 8–38||10–5||University of Phoenix Stadium||Recap|
|17||January 3||Minnesota Vikings||L 13–20||10–6||Lambeau Field||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
|Playoff round||Date||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|Wild Card||January 10, 2016||at Washington Redskins (4)||W 35–18||1–0||FedExField||Recap|
|Divisional||January 16, 2016||at Arizona Cardinals (2)||L 20–26 (OT)||1–1||University of Phoenix Stadium||Recap|
The Packers opened their season against their famed arch-rival, the Bears. The Bears, behind the strong running of Matt Forte, had the early lead against the Packers, but the Packers were able to gain the advantage in the second half behind Aaron Rodgers' three touchdown passes, two of which were to James Jones, who had been cut by the New York Giants just a week prior. The Packers clinched the win with a Clay Matthews interception, followed by an Eddie Lacy touchdown run, giving the Packers their tenth win over the Bears in the rivals' 12 most recent games.
The Packers' home opener featured a rematch of the 2015 NFC Championship Game between the Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, who had won in their previous three meetings with the Packers, all of them in Seattle. The Packers got the early 13–3 lead, helped by James Jones' 3rd touchdown reception in only two games, but the Seahawks were able to rally back on two Russell Wilson touchdown passes, giving Seattle a 17–13 lead in the third quarter. The Packers then scored 14 unanswered points, aided by two Seahawks turnovers and shut down the Seahawks offense, holding their star running back, Marshawn Lynch, to only 42 yards rushing with a 2.7 yards per carry average. The Packers won 27–17, building up a 2–0 record and adding to a ten-game winning streak at Lambeau Field.
The Chiefs came in as one of only two teams in the NFL, the other being the Houston Texans, who have never lost at Lambeau Field (until Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season.) The Packers dominated the Chiefs for most of the game, with Aaron Rodgers throwing five touchdown passes, though the Chiefs managed to outscore the Packers 21–14 in the second half. The Packers' 38–28 victory ended the Chiefs' being undefeated at Lambeau and extended the Packers' own home winning streak to eleven games.
Aaron Rodgers threw his first interception at home since 2012, which was picked off by James Laurinaitis. The Packers' defense intercepted St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles four times, one of them returned for a touchdown by Quinten Rollins for 45 yards.
The Packers went to 5–0 for the first time since 2011.
The Packers wore new throwback uniforms, replicas of their uniforms from the 1940s, for their game against the Chargers.
The Packers took another early lead, helped by James Starks' two touchdown runs, but the Chargers came back, with Philip Rivers hitting key passes to Keenan Allen. The two teams traded points in the second half, with the Chargers able to keep pace with the Packers. In the last play of the game, Packers rookie cornerback Damarious Randall has deflected what could have been a game-tying touchdown pass from San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 500 yards in a game and lose the game.
With the win, the Packers entered their bye week at 6–0. It is also the second time the Packers started 6–0 after the 2011 season.
No game. Green Bay had a bye week.
The Broncos took the lead early in the first quarter when Ronnie Hillman scored a 1-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter, Hillman scored another touchdown and the Broncos led 14–0. The Broncos lead became 17–0 when Brandon McManus made a 50-yard field goal. Von Miller was injured during the second quarter. The Packers struck back when Eddie Lacy scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. They trailed 7–17 at halftime.
The Packers defense finally recorded an interception when Damarious Randall picked off Peyton Manning. In this game, the Broncos held Rodgers to 77 yards passing, the lowest of his starting career in a game where he hasn't came off with injury.
Green Bay would travel to Charlotte to take on the undefeated Panthers. The Panthers would lead all game. The Panthers would lead 37-14 at one point. Green Bay would try to come back, but they wouldn't, as Carolina hung on for the win. Despite the loss, Aaron Rodgers would throw 4 touchdown passes with only 1 interception.
With the loss, the Packers fell to 6-2.
For the first time since 1991, the Packers lost to the Lions at home.
The Packers broke their three-game losing streak with a victory in Minnesota. Green Bay held Minnesota to two scores, including a 47-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph for the game's first touchdown. The Vikings' extra point try went wide, and after three Green Bay field goals, the Packers closed out the first half with a TD pass from Rodgers to Cobb to take a 10-point lead. Adrian Peterson scored in the third quarter to bring the Vikings within six points of the Packers, but Green Bay got it back with a long pass from Rodgers to James Jones in the corner of the end zone. Two second-half Crosby field goals brought Green Bay's total to 30, and the Vikings relinquished their brief first-place standing in the NFC North back to the Pack.
On a night where the Packers would retire long-time star quarterback Brett Favre's jersey, Chicago would upset Green Bay, winning 17-13. The Packers had a chance near the end to steal the win from Chicago, but the Bears defense would force a turnover on downs to end the game.
With the loss, the Packers fell to 7-4.
In a game dubbed "The Miracle in Motown" by Jim Nantz, the Packers trailed 20–0 at halftime before pulling off a comeback in the second half. This game is well known by Packer fans for its ending. Towards the end, the Packers tried to lateral the ball to get down the field and score a game-winning touchdown. The play looked like a total bust, as Aaron Rodgers was wrapped up and brought down, seemingly ending the game. However, the Lions were called for a controversial facemask penalty that gave the Packers one more chance on an untimed down. On the next play, Rodgers threw a 61-yard Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers to end the game. The ball traveled 68 yards through the air, making it the longest touchdown pass in NFL history by air. The pass gave the Packers a 27–23 win. Some Packers fans refer to this play as "Hail Rodgers" or "Rodgers to Rodgers".
With the win, the Packers improved to 8–4.
In a rematch of "Dez Bryant's no catch game", the Packers rattled the depleted Cowboys 28-7. This was the first game Mike McCarthy took back play-calling duties after relinquishing it to Tom Clements.
With the win, the Packers improved to 9-4.
The Packers would travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders. The defense had a good day, intercepting Derek Carr twice, as the Packers won 30-20.
With the win, the Packers improved to 10-4.
In this game, Aaron Rodgers suffered, what many call, the worst game of his career, as the Packers got destroyed 38-8 in Glendale to a good Arizona Cardinals team. The Packers would commit 4 turnovers in this game and Rodgers would be sacked a career-high 9 times.
With the mistake-filled loss, the Packers fell to 10-5, and now have to face Minnesota next week for the NFC North championship.
The Packers looked to complete a 2–0 season sweep against the Vikings in order to win the division, but their hopes died late in the fourth quarter as Aaron Rodgers attempted another hail mary play that ended up being tipped by the Vikings defense, allowing Minnesota to win the division title for the first time since 2009 and preventing Green Bay from winning the division title for the fifth straight season. This was also the first time in franchise history that the Packers would go 0-3 at home against their division.
This loss dropped the Packers to 10–6, splitting the season series with Minnesota, 1–1.
The Packers would play in Washington for the first playoff game. The first half was all Redskins, as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead during the early point of the second quarter. However, the Packers would come back, and would outscore Washington 35-7 the rest of the game.
With the win, the Packers advanced to the Divisional Playoffs.
In a rematch of week 16's game, the Packers went back to Arizona for a rematch with the Cardinals. This game was a lot closer, as the Packers lost a shootout 26-20 in overtime. This game was wild, especially towards the closing. In the fourth quarter, trailing by 7 with less than 2 minutes left, facing a 4th and 20, the Packers converted with Rodgers completing a 61-yard pass to receiver Jeff Janis to set the Packers up. Later, with 5 seconds left, Aaron Rodgers would throw another Hail Mary pass, this time to Janis, and to tie the game at 20. In overtime, the Cardinals would get the ball first. On the first play from scrimmage, Carson Palmer would complete a 75-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald to the Green Bay 4 yard line. Two plays later, the Cardinals would win it after Fitzgerald took it in on a flip from Palmer to end the game and send Arizona to the NFC Championship game.
With the loss, the Packers ended their season with an overall record of 11-7.
|Passing Yards||Aaron Rodgers||3821 Yards|
|Passing Touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers||31|
|Rushing Yards||Eddie Lacy||758 Yards|
|Rushing Touchdowns||Eddie Lacy||3|
|Receptions||Randall Cobb||79 Receptions|
|Receiving Yards||James Jones||890 Yards|
|Receiving Touchdowns||Richard Rodgers
|Kickoff Return Yards||Jeff Janis||406 yards|
|Punt Return Yards||Micah Hyde||184 yards|
|Tackles||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||100 tackles|
|Sacks||Julius Peppers||10.5 sacks|
Statistical values are correct through Week 17
*leads the league in statistical category
|Passing yards||Aaron Rodgers||369 yards||@ Carolina Panthers|
|Passing touchdowns||Aaron Rodgers||5||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Rushing yards||Eddie Lacy||124 yards||Dallas Cowboys|
|Rushing touchdowns||Eddie Lacy
|1||@ Chicago Bears|
@ Denver Broncos
@ San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers
@ Oakland Raiders
|Receiving yards||Richard Rodgers||146 yards||Detroit Lions|
|Receiving touchdowns||Randall Cobb||3||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Tackles||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
|9 tackles||Seattle Seahawks|
San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
|Sacks||Julius Peppers||2.5 sacks||@ Oakland Raiders|
|Interceptions||Quinten Rollins||2 INT||St. Louis Rams|
Statistical values are correct through Week 17
|Mason Crosby||Week 11: Special Teams Player of the Week|
|Eddie Lacy||Week 14: FedEx Ground Player of the Week|
|Damarious Randall||Week 6: Castrol Edge Clutch Performer|
November: Rookie of the Month
|Aaron Rodgers||Week 3: NFC Offensive Player of the Week|
Week 3: FedEx Air Player of the Week
Week 11: Castrol Edge Clutch Performer
The Miracle in Motown was the final play of an American football game between the NFC North divisional rivals Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The game, which was broadcast on television nationally on Thursday Night Football, was played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan during the 2015 NFL season. On the final play of regulation, with no time remaining on the game clock, Packers quarterback (QB) Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard (56 m) Hail Mary pass into the end-zone that was caught by tight end (TE) Richard Rodgers for the game-winning touchdown after (DE) Devin Taylor face masked Aaron Rodgers which resulted in a one additional play.
The play resulted in a dramatic 27–23 come-from-behind victory for the Packers, who had trailed 20–0 in the second half. The victory was the Packers fourth-largest comeback in franchise history. It was also the start of a 3–game winning streak that would help the Packers clinch their seventh consecutive postseason berth. The Lions would end the season with a record of 7–9 and fail to reach the playoffs.
|Division championships (18)|
|Conference championships (9)|
|League championships (13†)|
|Current league affiliations|
Championship seasons in bold