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2012 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Mike McCarthy
General manager Ted Thompson
Owner Green Bay Packers, Inc. (112,158 stockholders)
Home field Lambeau Field
Record 11–5
Division Place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 24–10
Lost Divisional playoffs (49ers) (45–31)
Pro Bowlers Aaron Rodgers, QB
Jeff Saturday, C
Clay Matthews, LB
Josh Sitton, G
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The 2012 Green Bay Packers season was the Green Bay Packers' 92nd season in the National Football League, the 94th overall and the seventh under head coach Mike McCarthy.


2012 NFL Draft

Round Pick Overall Player Position College
1 28 28 Nick Perry Linebacker USC
2 19 51 Jerel Worthy Defensive end Michigan State
30 62 Casey Hayward Cornerback Vanderbilt
4 37 132 Mike Daniels Defensive tackle Iowa
38 133 Jerron McMillian Safety Maine
5 28 163 Terrell Manning Linebacker North Carolina State
7 34 241 Andrew Datko Offensive Tackle Florida State
36 243 B. J. Coleman Quarterback Tennessee-Chattanooga


The Packers acquired the No. 224 selection in a trade that sent guard Caleb Schlauderaff to the New York Jets.

The Packers have received the maximum number of compensatory selections available to teams through the NFL's compensatory draft program. Two addition picks in both the 4th and 7th rounds.

The Packers traded the No. 54 and No. 123 picks to receive No. 51 from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Packers traded the No. 90 and No. 163 picks to receive No. 62 for the New England Patriots .

Free agents

Position Player Free agency
Date signed 2012 team
QB Matt Flynn UFA March 18, Seattle Seahawks
RB Ryan Grant UFA September 25 Washington Redskins
TE Jermichael Finley UFA February 22, Green Bay Packers
C Scott Wells UFA March 16, St. Louis Rams
NT Howard Green UFA
OLB Erik Walden UFA April 23, Green Bay Packers
CB Jarrett Bush UFA March 20, Green Bay Packers
CB Pat Lee UFA March 21, Oakland Raiders

RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise Tag


  • On January 1 the Packers signed QB Nick Hill.
  • On March 23 the Packers signed former Indianapolis Colts C Jeff Saturday.
  • On March 23 the Packers signed former Indianapolis Colts DE Daniel Muir.
  • On March 30 the Packers signed former Seattle Seahawks DE Anthony Hargrove.
  • On May 23 the Packers signed former Miami Dolphins DE Philip Merling.
  • On August 12 the Packers signed former Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson.
  • On September 3 the Packers signed WR Diondre Borel, TE Brandon Bostick, QB B. J. Coleman, T Andrew Datko, DE Lawrence Guy, G/T Chris Scott, RB Marc Tyler and G Greg Van Roten signed to practice squad.


  • On April 23 the Packers released T Chad Clifton after a failed physical.
  • On April 25 the Packers released S Nick Collins after agreeing to part ways after his neck injury sustained in 2011.
  • On May 23 the Packers released QB Nick Hill.
  • On July 25 the Packers released S Charlie Peprah.
  • On August 24 the Packers released WR Andrew Brewer, DE Anthony Hargrove, S Micah Pellerin, T Herb Taylor and CB Dion Turner.
  • On August 26 the Packers released FB Jon Hoese and DE Jarius Wynn.
  • On August 31 the Packers released S Anthony Levine, CB Otis Merrill, WR Dale Moss, DT Daniel Muir, RB Marc Tyler, G Greg Van Roten, G/T Reggie Wells, T Shea Allard, WR Diondre Borel, TE Brandon Bostick, QB B. J. Coleman, FB Nic Cooper, T Andrew Datko, C/G Tommie Draheim, C/G Sampson Genus, WR Curenski Gilleylen, WR Tori Gurley and DE Lawrence Guy as part of the cutdown to the 53 man regular season roster.

Coaching changes

  • On January 21, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was named the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
  • On February 2, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements was promoted to the team's offensive coordinator position.

Regular Season

Regular Season Transactions

Starters on Offense

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS
QB Aaron Rodgers 4
RB Cedric Benson 4
FB John Kuhn 4
WR Greg Jennings 3 James Jones 1
WR Jordy Nelson 4
TE Jermichael Finley 4
LT Marshall Newhouse 4
LG T. J. Lang 4
C Jeff Saturday 4
RG Josh Sitton 4
RT Bryan Bulaga 4

Starters on Defense and Special Teams

POS Name GS Name GS Name GS Name GS
LDE Ryan Pickett 4
NT B. J. Raji 4
RDE C. J. Wilson 3 Jerel Worthy 1
LOLB Nick Perry 4
MLB A. J. Hawk 4
MLB D. J. Smith 4
ROLB Clay Matthews 4
RCB Tramon Williams 4
LCB Sam Shields 3 Jarrett Bush 1
SS Charles Woodson 4
FS Morgan Burnett 4
K Mason Crosby 4
P Tim Masthay 4



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site
1 August 9 at San Diego Chargers L 13–21 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 August 16 Cleveland Browns L 10–35 0–2 Lambeau Field Recap
3 August 23 at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–13 1–2 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
4 August 30 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–3 2–2 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site
1 September 9 San Francisco 49ers L 22–30 0–1 Lambeau Field Recap
2 September 13 Chicago Bears W 23–10 1–1 Lambeau Field Recap
3 September 24 at Seattle Seahawks L 12–14 1–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
4 September 30 New Orleans Saints W 28–27 2–2 Lambeau Field Recap
5 October 7 at Indianapolis Colts L 27–30 2–3 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
6 October 14 at Houston Texans W 42–24 3–3 Reliant Stadium Recap
7 October 21 at St. Louis Rams W 30–20 4–3 Edward Jones Dome Recap
8 October 28 Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–15 5–3 Lambeau Field Recap
9 November 4 Arizona Cardinals W 31–17 6–3 Lambeau Field Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 at Detroit Lions W 24–20 7–3 Ford Field Recap
12 November 25 at New York Giants L 10–38 7–4 MetLife Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Minnesota Vikings W 23–14 8–4 Lambeau Field Recap
14 December 9 Detroit Lions W 27–20 9–4 Lambeau Field Recap
15 December 16 at Chicago Bears W 21–13 10–4 Soldier Field Recap
16 December 23 Tennessee Titans W 55–7 11–4 Lambeau Field Recap
17 December 30 at Minnesota Vikings L 34–37 11–5 Mall of America Field Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site
Wild Card January 5, 2013 Minnesota Vikings (6) W 24–10 1–0 Lambeau Field Recap
Divisional January 12, 2013 at San Francisco 49ers (2) L 31–45 1–1 Candlestick Park Recap


Regular season statistical leaders

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 4,295 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 39 TDs
Rushing Yards Alex Green 464 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers, DuJuan Harris and Ryan Grant 2 TDs
Receptions Randall Cobb 80 Receptions
Receiving Yards Randall Cobb 954 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns James Jones 14 TDs
Points Mason Crosby 103 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Randall Cobb 964 Yards
Punt Return Yards Randall Cobb 292 Yards
Tackles A. J. Hawk and Morgan Burnett 116 Tackles
Sacks Clay Matthews 13 Sacks
Interceptions Casey Hayward 6 INTs

statistical values are correct through Week 17.

Best game performances

Player(s) Value Opponent
Passing Yards Aaron Rodgers 365 Yards @ Minnesota Vikings
Passing Touchdowns Aaron Rodgers 6 TDs @ Houston Texans
Rushing Yards Cedric Benson 84 Yards New Orleans Saints
Rushing Touchdowns Ryan Grant 2 TDs Tennessee Titans
Receiving Yards Jordy Nelson 122 Yards @ St. Louis Rams
Receiving Touchdowns Jordy Nelson and James Jones 3 TDs @ Houston Texans and @ Chicago Bears
Points Jordy Nelson and James Jones 18 Points @ Houston Texans and @ Chicago Bears
Tackles Morgan Burnett 14 Tackles New Orleans Saints
Sacks Clay Matthews 3.5 Sacks Chicago Bears
Interceptions Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward and Morgan Burnett 2 INTs Chicago Bears, @ Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings

statistical values are correct through Week 17.

Statistical league rankings

  • Total Offense (YPG): 13th
  • Passing (YPG): 10th
  • Rushing (YPG): 20th
  • Points (PPG): 7th
  • Total Defense (YPG): 10th
  • Passing (YPG):12th
  • Rushing (YPG): 14th
  • Points (PPG): 7th

Stats correct through December 24, 2012

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