Broken tackles spur Eddie Lacy, Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Running backs coach Sam Gash had the official count, but Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements did not need an exact number to know running back Eddie Lacy was a tackle-breaking machine in Sunday's 38-17 win over the Carolina Panthers.

"I think Sam has the number, but I think it was in the teens," Clements said Monday. "So that's quite a few."

It was perhaps Lacy's most efficient performance of the season. Without the benefit of a big run (he had a long of 29 in his 105-yard game against Minnesota in Week 5), Lacy rushed for 63 yards on just 12 carries with a long gain of 11. His 5.3-yard average was his best other than the Vikings game (8.1-yard average).

ProFootballFocus.com credited Lacy with more than half of his yardage (34) after contact.

"We actually talked about that, T.J. [Lang] and I," Packers left guard Josh Sitton said Monday. "We were kind of standing around a couple plays, looking like [expletives], you know, not blocking and Eddie's just squirting out of there. He probably did it four or five times. It was impressive."

It wasn't just Lacy who was breaking free from Panthers' defenders. Receiver Randall Cobb worked the short and intermediate routes and turned them into big plays. He caught six passes for 121 yards, 89 of which came after contact according to PFF.

In its initial film review, PFF charged the Panthers with 11 missed tackles, but that could change by Wednesday, when it posts its revised numbers.

"I think we had 16 broken tackles at halftime," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "That's unbelievable. That's off the charts."