On Thursday night, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 22-11 in both teams' preseason opener. Far more important than the final score, however, was the performance of the Packers' backups and young players, and for most of those individuals, the first football of 2015 should have left them feeling positive.
We'll break down in more detail some specific players who are on the rise in a little while, but for now, check out the recaps from other Packers media to get a look at some things you may have missed during last night's game.
Mike McCarthy likes hands-free approach to coaching Green Bay Packers | ESPN.com
He did joke that he "didn't know what to do with (his) hands," something that he never has had to worry about before since he carried the playsheet around with him at all times.
Scott Tolzien fulfills Packers' expectations | Packersnews.com
It was great to see the former Badger carry over his strong camp performance into the game, as he looked confident and accurate with the football throughout the second quarter and into the third.
Notes - Undrafted Alonzo Harris shines in Packers' exhibition win | JSOnline
Harris led the Packers in rushing last night, racking up 41 yards on seven carries, including a long 25-yard touchdown.
Montgomery keeps momentum going | ESPN Wisconsin
The third-round pick returned a punt early in the game and caught two passes for 28 yards - a nice start for a player who has been impressing anyone and everyone in camp.
Rookie corners shine in preseason-opening win | Packers.com
You'll probably hear a lot about the performances of Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter over the next few days, as they took advantage of a large number of snaps on Thursday night.
"Chips Report" from Packers 22-11 preseason win at Patriots | 247sports
No arguments here - Rollins was one of the most impressive players on the field last night, and the Packers' pass rush deserves recognition for the play of the entire unit.
NFL preseason results and scores 2015: Tom Brady starts, Jimmy Garoppolo uneven in loss to Packers - SBNation.com
Here's a look at all of the preseason games from Thursday night from around the league.