2016 Green Bay Packers season

The 2016 Green Bay Packers season was their 98th season overall, 96th season in the National Football League, and the 11th under head coach Mike McCarthy. Despite a 4-6 start to the season, the Packers went on a 6-game winning streak to finish the regular season with a 10–6 record. The team clinched the NFC North for the fifth time in six years with their week 17 win over the Detroit Lions. They routed the fifth-seeded New York Giants 38–13 in the wild card round of the playoffs and upset the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys 34–31 in the divisional round of the playoffs, but their season came to an end when they were beat by the second-seeded Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game 44–21.

2016 Green Bay Packers season
Head coachMike McCarthy
General managerTed Thompson
OwnerGreen Bay Packers, Inc.
(360,760 stockholders)[1]
Home fieldLambeau Field
Division place1st NFC North
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 38–13
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 34–31
Lost NFC Championship (at Falcons) 21–44
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Packers 2015 uniforms


Free agents

Position Player Free agency
Date signed Team
S Chris Banjo ERFA March 8, 2016[2] Green Bay Packers
T Don Barclay UFA April 18, 2016[3] Green Bay Packers
K Mason Crosby UFA March 1, 2016[4] Green Bay Packers
DE Mike Daniels UFA December 14, 2015[5] Green Bay Packers
LS Brett Goode UFA September 5, 2016[6] Green Bay Packers
DE Letroy Guion UFA February 12, 2016[7] Green Bay Packers
CB Casey Hayward UFA March 13, 2016[8] San Diego Chargers
WR James Jones UFA August 2, 2016[9] San Diego Chargers
FB John Kuhn UFA August 5, 2016[10] New Orleans Saints
OLB Andy Mulumba RFA April 1, 2016[11] Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Mike Neal UFA
TE Justin Perillo ERFA March 9, 2016[12] Green Bay Packers
OLB Nick Perry UFA March 11, 2016[13] Green Bay Packers
TE Andrew Quarless UFA August 15, 2016[14] Detroit Lions
NT B. J. Raji UFA N/A N/A – Hiatus from football[15]
SS Sean Richardson UFA
RB James Starks UFA March 22, 2016[16] Green Bay Packers
G Lane Taylor RFA March 8, 2016[17] Green Bay Packers
QB Scott Tolzien UFA March 11, 2016[18] Indianapolis Colts

      Re-signed         Signed Away         Suspended, Released
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag[19]

2016 NFL draft

2016 Green Bay Packers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 27 Kenny Clark Nose tackle UCLA
2 48 Jason Spriggs Offensive tackle Indiana
3 88 Kyler Fackrell Outside linebacker Utah State
4 131 Blake Martinez Inside linebacker Stanford
4 137 Dean Lowry Defensive end Northwestern
5 163 Trevor Davis Wide receiver California
6 200 Kyle Murphy Offensive tackle Stanford


  • As the result of a negative differential of free agent signings and departures that the Packers experienced during the 2015 free agency period, the team received two compensatory selections for the 2016 draft.[20] Free agent transactions that occurred after May 12, 2015 did not impact the team's formula for determining compensatory selections for the 2016 draft.[21]
  • Thompson traded three picks to the Indianapolis Colts for their second round (48th overall) and selected Jason Spriggs. Thompson traded the Packers' second round pick (57th overall) a fourth-round pick (125th) and a seventh-round pick (248th).[22]

Undrafted free agents

All undrafted free agents were signed after the 2016 NFL draft on April 30,[23] unless noted otherwise.

Position Player College Notes
WR Geronimo Allison Illinois
S Kentrell Brice Louisiana Tech
LB Beniquez Brown Mississippi State
QB Joe Callahan Wesley 2015 Gagliardi Trophy winner
CB Makinton Dorleant Northern Iowa
C Jacob Flores Dartmouth
LB Reggie Gilbert Arizona
TE David Grinnage NC State
CB Josh Hawkins East Carolina
RB Don Jackson Nevada
T Josh James Carroll
CB Randall Jette UMass
DT Tyler Kuder Idaho State
P Peter Mortell Minnesota
WR Dennis Parks Rice
LB Manoa Pikula BYU
DT Brian Price UTSA
WR Devonte Robinson Utah State
WR Herb Waters Miami (FL)
G Kyle Steuck Northern Michigan


2016 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Mark Lovat
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Chris Gizzi
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Thadeus Jackson
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Grant Thorne

Final roster

2016 Green Bay Packers final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 6 Inactive, 11 Practice squad


Regular season


Pos. Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 16
RB Eddie Lacy
Ty Montgomery
Don Jackson
James Starks
WR Randall Cobb
Geronimo Allison
WR Jordy Nelson 16
WR Davante Adams
Jeff Janis
FB Aaron Ripkowski 8
TE Jared Cook
Richard Rodgers
Justin Perillo
LT David Bakhtiari 16
LG Lane Taylor 16
C JC Tretter
Corey Linsley
RG T. J. Lang
Don Barclay
Jason Spriggs
RT Bryan Bulaga 16


Pos. Name GS
DT Mike Daniels 16
NT Letroy Guion
Kenny Clark
DE Kenny Clark
Datone Jones
OLB Nick Perry
Datone Jones
OLB Clay Matthews III
Julius Peppers
ILB Jake Ryan
Joe Thomas
ILB Blake Martinez
Clay Matthews III
Morgan Burnett
CB LaDarius Gunter
Sam Shields
CB Damarious Randall
Micah Hyde
CB Quinten Rollins
Demetri Goodson
SS Morgan Burnett
Micah Hyde
Kentrell Brice
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 16
S Micah Hyde 2



Pos. Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 3
RB Ty Montgomery 3
WR Randall Cobb 3
WR Jordy Nelson
Geronimo Allison
WR Davante Adams 3
TE Jared Cook 3
LT David Bakhtiari 3
LG Lane Taylor 3
C Corey Linsley 3
RG T. J. Lang 3
RT Bryan Bulaga 3


Pos. Name GS
DT Mike Daniels 3
NT Letroy Guion 3
OLB Clay Matthews III 3
OLB Julius Peppers 3
ILB Jake Ryan 3
ILB Blake Martinez
Joe Thomas
CB LaDarius Gunter 3
CB Damarious Randall 3
CB Micah Hyde 3
SS Morgan Burnett 3
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 3



NFC North
(4) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 432 388 W6
(6) Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 346 358 L3
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 327 307 W1
Chicago Bears 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 279 399 L4


Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3–3 6–6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .504 .250 L1
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.



On February 16, the NFL announced that the Packers would play the Indianapolis Colts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The game would have occurred on Sunday, August 7, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, but was cancelled due to field conditions. However, the two teams met during the regular season in Green Bay.

The remainder of the Packers' preseason opponents and schedule were announced on April 7.[24]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Recap
HOF August 7 vs. Indianapolis Colts Cancelled due to field conditions
1 August 12 Cleveland Browns W 17–11 1–0 Lambeau Field Recap
2 August 18 Oakland Raiders W 20–12 2–0 Lambeau Field Recap
3 August 26 at San Francisco 49ers W 21–10 3–0 Levi's Stadium Recap
4 September 1 at Kansas City Chiefs L 7–17 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–23 1–0 EverBank Field Recap
2 September 18 at Minnesota Vikings L 14–17 1–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Detroit Lions W 34–27 2–1 Lambeau Field Recap
4 Bye
5 October 9 New York Giants W 23–16 3–1 Lambeau Field Recap
6 October 16 Dallas Cowboys L 16–30 3–2 Lambeau Field Recap
7 October 20 Chicago Bears W 26–10 4–2 Lambeau Field Recap
8 October 30 at Atlanta Falcons L 32–33 4–3 Georgia Dome Recap
9 November 6 Indianapolis Colts L 26–31 4–4 Lambeau Field Recap
10 November 13 at Tennessee Titans L 25–47 4–5 Nissan Stadium Recap
11 November 20 at Washington Redskins L 24–42 4–6 FedExField Recap
12 November 28 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–13 5–6 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
13 December 4 Houston Texans W 21–13 6–6 Lambeau Field Recap
14 December 11 Seattle Seahawks W 38–10 7–6 Lambeau Field Recap
15 December 18 at Chicago Bears W 30–27 8–6 Soldier Field Recap
16 December 24 Minnesota Vikings W 38–25 9–6 Lambeau Field Recap
17 January 1 at Detroit Lions W 31–24 10–6 Ford Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
Wild Card January 8, 2017 New York Giants (5) W 38–13 11–6 Lambeau Field Recap
Divisional January 15, 2017 at Dallas Cowboys (1) W 34–31 12–6 AT&T Stadium Recap
Conference January 22, 2017 at Atlanta Falcons (2) L 21–44 12–7 Georgia Dome Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 4: Bye week

No game. Green Bay had their bye week on Week 4.

Week 6: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Packers wore their throwback uniforms for this game.

The Dallas defense forced four Green Bay turnovers. It was the first time since 2008, and second time in Cowboys history, that Dallas had won at Lambeau.

This was the Packers first loss wearing throwback uniforms.

Week 7: vs. Chicago Bears

For the first time since 1989, the Packers wore their white jerseys at a home game. As part of the NFL Color Rush, they wore white jerseys and white pants for the first time.

Week 8: at Atlanta Falcons

Despite Aaron Rodgers throwing for 4 touchdowns and the team holding a 32-26 lead with less than a minute left in the game, Matt Ryan threw a game-sealing touchdown pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to stun Green Bay. The Packers drop to 4-3 after the last-second loss.

Week 9: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Despite Aaron Rodgers throwing for 3 touchdowns and just one interception, the Colts got their first victory at Lambeau since 1988 with a 31-26 win. The Packers drop to 4-4 with the loss.

Week 11: at Washington Redskins

The Packers fell to 4-6 for the first time since 2006. Days later, Aaron Rodgers coined the phrase "Run The Table", which the Packers did by going on an 8-game winning streak (6 regular-season, 2 playoff) that lasted until the NFC Championship against the Falcons.

Week 12: at Philadelphia Eagles

With the 27–13 win, the Packers improved to 5–6. This was the start of an eight-game winning streak going into the NFC Championship against the Falcons.

Week 13: vs. Houston Texans

The Packers beat the Texans for the first time at home 21–13 to improve to 6–6 at a snowy Lambeau Field. With the Texans' loss, no team has an undefeated record at Lambeau. This was also the first time the Packers had beaten a Houston NFL team at home.

Week 14: vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Packers intercepted Russell Wilson a career-high five times as the Packers routed the Seahawks 38–10 to improve to 7–6. Aaron Rodgers, with his 3:0 TD-INT ratio in this game, posted a 150.8 passer rating, the highest allowed by the Seattle defense (which was without safety Earl Thomas, who was out for the year with a broken leg) since Pete Carroll became the Seahawks' head coach in 2010.

Week 15: at Chicago Bears

The Packers led 27–10, but the Bears came back and tied the game at 27. Aaron Rodgers then threw a 60-yard pass to Jordy Nelson to set up a Mason Crosby field goal to win 30–27 and improve to 8–6.

The Packers tied the series with the Bears for the first time since 1933.

Week 16: vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Packers defeated the reeling Vikings 38–25 to improve to 9–6 as Rodgers became the first quarterback to throw for 300 yards against the Vikings defense.

This was the Packers first win over the Vikings since November 2015. With the win, the Packers eliminated the now 7-8 Vikings from the playoffs.

Week 17: at Detroit Lions

The Packers successfully ran the table as they improved to 10–6 and won the NFC North, matching last year's record.


NFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (#5) New York Giants

The Packers hosted the fifth seeded New York Giants, who defeated the Packers at Lambeau in the 2007 and 2011 playoffs. It was also a rematch of week five, which was won by the Packers 23–16. The Giants had one of the best defenses in the NFL going into the game, but Rodgers threw for 4 touchdowns, including a 42-yard Hail Mary pass to Cobb at the end of the first half as the Packers would lead 14–6. The Packers went on to rout the Giants 38–13 and would travel to face the top-seeded Cowboys.

NFC Divisional Playoffs: at (#1) Dallas Cowboys

This game was a rematch of week six, a game the Packers lost 16–30. However, unlike Week six, the Packers were expected to give the Cowboys difficulties. Dallas clinched the #1 seed as well as home-field advantage, but the Packers were able to prevail and upset the Cowboys with a Mason Crosby field goal as time expired 34–31.

NFC Championship: at (#2) Atlanta Falcons

This was the end of an 8-game winning streak for the Packers as they were crushed 44–21. The Packers were scoreless until they scored a touchdown when they were behind 31–0 as Atlanta took an early 7–0 lead and never trailed from there. Green Bay's 24-0 halftime deficit was also the largest deficit Aaron Rodgers had faced in his entire career.


Regular season statistical leaders

Statistic Player(s) Value
Passing yards Aaron Rodgers 4,428
Passing touchdowns 40
Rushing yards Ty Montgomery 457
Rushing touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 4
Receptions Jordy Nelson 97
Receiving yards 1,257
Receiving touchdowns 14
Kickoff return yards Ty Montgomery 366
Punt return yards Trevor Davis 115
Tackles Morgan Burnett 93
Sacks Nick Perry 11.0
Interceptions Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 5

Playoffs statistical leaders

Statistic Player(s) Value
Passing yards Aaron Rodgers 1,004
Passing touchdowns 9
Rushing yards Ty Montgomery 91
Rushing touchdowns 2
Receptions Randall Cobb
Jared Cook
Receiving yards Randall Cobb 260
Receiving touchdowns 3
Kickoff return yards Jeff Janis 77
Punt return yards Micah Hyde 50
Tackles Jake Ryan 20
Sacks Micah Hyde
Clay Matthews III
Julius Peppers
Nick Perry
Interceptions Damarious Randall
Micah Hyde

Best game performances

Player(s) Value Opponent
Passing yards Aaron Rodgers 371 @ Tennessee Titans
Passing touchdowns 4 Detroit Lions
@ Atlanta Falcons
Minnesota Vikings
@ Detroit Lions
New York Giants
Rushing yards Ty Montgomery 162 @ Chicago Bears
Rushing touchdowns 2 @ Dallas Cowboys
@ Chicago Bears
Receiving yards Davante Adams 156 @ Tennessee Titans
Receiving touchdowns Randall Cobb 3 New York Giants
Tackles Jake Ryan 12
Sacks Nick Perry
2 Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings
Interceptions Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Damarious Randall
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
2 Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks
Chicago Bears

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 4,199 262.4 7
Rushing offense 1,701 106.3 20
Total offense 5,900 368.8 8
Passing defense 4,308 269.2 31
Rushing defense 1,515 94.7 8
Total defense 5,823 363.9 22

Statistical values are correct through the end of the season[25][26]


Recipient Award(s)
Davante Adams Week 7: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[27]
David Bakhtiari 2016 All-Pro second team[28]
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Probowler[29]
2016 All-Pro second team[28]
Week 15: NFC Defensive Player of the Week[30]
T. J. Lang Probowler[29]
Aaron Rodgers Probowler[29]
Week 7: FedEx Air Player of the Week (Quarterbacks)[31]
Week 14: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[32]
Week 14: FedEx Air Player of the Week (Quarterbacks)[31]
Week 16: NFC Offensive Player of the Week[33]
Week 16: FedEx Air Player of the Week (Quarterbacks)[31]
NFC Player of the Month – December[34]


  1. ^ Shareholders Retrieved September 26, 2016
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  3. ^ "Packers sign free-agent LB McCray, re-sign OL Barclay". packers.com. April 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mason Crosby signs four-year contract with Packers". NFL.com. March 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Packers sign DT Daniels to contract extension". packers.com. December 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Packers sign LS Goode; claim RB Pressley". Packers.com.
  7. ^ "Packers re-sign DT Letroy Guion". packers.com. February 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "CB Casey Hayward heads to San Diego". packers.com. March 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Henne, Ricky (August 2, 2016). "Chargers Sign Veteran WR James Jones". Chargers.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Jackson, Zac. "Report: Saints signing fullback John Kuhn". ProFootballTalk.
  11. ^ "Former Packers OLB Andy Mulumba signs with Chiefs, can return to U.S." espn.com. April 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Report: Packers tender contract tight end Justin Perillo as free agency begins". wtmj.com. March 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "LB Nick Perry re-signed; G/T Vince Kowalski signed". packers.com. March 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lions sign TE Andrew Quarless and LB Dominique Tovell". DetroitLions.com. August 15, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "B.J. Raji will not play football in 2016". packers.com. March 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Packers re-sign RB James Starks". packers.com. March 22, 2016.
  17. ^ "Packers re-sign G Lane Taylor". packers.com. March 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "QB Scott Tolzien signs with Colts". packers.com. March 11, 2016.
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  25. ^ Statistics
  26. ^ "NFL.com Statistics". NFL.com. December 27, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  27. ^ AFC & NFC Players of the Week - Week 7
  28. ^ a b Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team
  29. ^ a b c NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters
  30. ^ AFC & NFC Players of the Week - Week 15
  31. ^ a b c FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week
  32. ^ AFC and NFC Players of the Week - Week 14
  33. ^ AFC & NFC Players of the Week - Week 16
  34. ^ "AFC & NFC Players of the Month – December". Nflcommunications.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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