Chip Kelly has a better winning percentage at Lambeau than Vince Lombardi: OK, so Kelly has coached just one game here while Lombardi went 32-7-1 on this field. Still, it was another new experience for the rookie NFL head coach.
“Special place,” Kelly said. “It’s one of the iconic places in football. The fans were really, really good. Most of the time when we come in on a bus, we don’t have people clapping for us. I think it says something about the fans here in Green Bay, they’re just big fans of the game. There’s so much history. That was the same field Vince Lombardi coached on. I think that’s pretty neat. It’s a lot neater when you win.”
It’s OK to be lucky as well as good: Nick Foles caught breaks on his first two touchdown passes. The first was deflected by a Packers defensive back and floated into the hands of DeSean Jackson. “You have to stay with the play,” Jackson said. “He didn’t catch it and I did.”
The second was underthrown. Riley Cooper saw it. The two defensive backs covering him didn’t. Cooper circled back, caught the ball at the 1-yard line and rolled into the end zone. “A few guys told me it looked like a baseball play,” said Cooper, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies before deciding to play football at Florida. “In baseball, you have a glove to block the sun. Here I didn’t.”
It’s better to be Goode than lucky: Linebacker Najee Goode played mostly on special teams before inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks left with a knee injury in the first quarter. Goode had an eventful game, blitzing Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien a couple times and almost getting his first career interception.
“I got to get some Jugs [radar gun],” Goode said. “I was playing aggressive on the tight end, just trying to beat him up on the line of scrimmage and then breaking on the ball. Adrenaline is moving so fast. I probably should have calmed down to catch that ball.”