* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS TO HOST SEAHAWKS IN NATIONALLY TELEVISED CONTEST
- Green Bay returns home to host the Seattle Seahawks tonight at Lambeau Field in a matchup of two 11-win teams from 2012 that both advanced to the postseason.
- The game will be broadcast to a national audience on CBS. For the Packers, it marks the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that they have had at least one of their preseason games aired to a national audience. The 2009 preseason was the lone exception over that span.
- This marks the Packers’ fifth all-time preseason meeting with the Seahawks and the third under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007 and 2010). The last preseason matchup between the clubs at Lambeau Field was on Aug. 18, 2007, a 48-13 Green Bay victory that included two TD passes from QB Aaron Rodgers.
- The Packers and Seahawks met for the first time in the regular season in 1976, but didn’t square off in the preseason until 1983. After the ’83 meeting, the teams didn’t face each other in the preseason again until 2004. The all-time preseason series is tied at 2-2.
- Tonight’s contest will be a matchup of the No. 5 scoring offense from 2012 (Green Bay, 27.1 ppg) against the No. 1 scoring defense (Seattle, 15.7 ppg).
- Green Bay has an all-time regular-season record of 8-6 against the Seahawks and has also won both playoff meetings between the clubs. The teams have squared off in five of the last seven seasons (including a meeting in the 2007 postseason). The Packers visited CenturyLink Field last season in Week 3, a 14-12 Seattle victory.
- The Packers will close out their preseason slate next Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the fourth straight season that the clubs have squared off in the preseason finale.
MIDWEST SHRINE GAME
- One of the NFL’s longest team traditions, the Upper Midwest Shrine Game kicks off its 64th installment tonight. It marks the second time the Packers have hosted the Seahawks in the charity game (2007). Green Bay is 32-28-3 all-time in the series.
- Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. The Shriners’ facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost. To date, the series has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine’s burn centers and hospitals for disabled children.
- The series has called three separate stadiums home: Milwaukee’s State Fair Park (1950-51), Milwaukee County Stadium (1952-82, 1984-94) and Lambeau Field (1983, 1995-present).
- In his first season leading the Packers, Vince Lombardi made an agreement with George Halas to play in the Shrine game annually. Green Bay and Chicago played each preseason at County Stadium from 1959-73.
- The Packers annually designate the Shrine game as the first ‘Gold package’ game for season-ticket holders primarily from the Milwaukee area. The team created the three-game package after moving all of its home games to Green Bay in 1995. Also in the ‘Gold package’ this season are the contests against Detroit (Oct. 6) and Philadelphia (Nov. 10).
Packers GM Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks’ VP of football operations…Packers asst. head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss played his final three seasons in Seattle (1995-97) and began his coaching career with the Seahawks as defensive quality control coach in 1998…Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry played for the Seahawks for three seasons (2000-02)…Packers FB Jonathan Amosa attended the University of Washington and Rainier Beach High School in Seattle…Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Nick Perry played for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at Southern California; Matthews was also tutored by Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton with the Trojans…Seahawks P Jon Ryan played for Green Bay from 2006-07…Seahawks CB Will Blackmon (fourth round, 2006), T Breno Giacomini (fifth round, 2008) and WR Brett Swain (seventh round, 2008) were all drafted by the Packers and played for Green Bay…Seahawks S Chris Maragos, LB O’Brien Schofield and QB Russell Wilson all played at the University of Wisconsin…Maragos is from Racine, Wis. …Seahawks GM John Schneider served two different stints in the Packers’ personnel department (1993-96, 2002-09), concluding as director-football operations…Seahawks senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan worked as a Packers scout from 1995-99…Seahawks senior VP/general counsel Lance Lopes worked in the Packers’ front office from 1993-2000…Seahawks wide receivers coach Kippy Brown previously coached the Green Bay RBs (2000) and Seahawks asst. strength and conditioning coach Mondray Gee held the same position in Green Bay from 2008-09…Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played QB at the University of Wisconsin and coached on Green Bay’s staff from 2000-05…Seahawks assistant special teams coach Marquand Manuel played for the Packers in 2006…Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel held the same position with the Packers from 2001-02…Packers LB A.J. Hawk is the brother-in-law of Seahawks QB Brady Quinn; Hawk’s wife, Laura, is Quinn’s sister.
SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field
Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m., clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players
Sunday, Sept. 8 – Regular-season opener at San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.
- As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
- Tonight’s captains will be TE Jermichael Finley (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and LB Robert Francois (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
- Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ron Winter (14), umpire Carl Paganelli (124/first half), umpire Brent Sowell (152/second half), head linesman Jim Howey (37), line judge Gary Arthur (108), field judge Scott Steenson (88), side judge Tom Hill (97), back judge Greg Steed (83/first half) and back judge Steve Patrick (149/second half).
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