PACKERS GO ON THE ROAD TO PLAY WASHINGTON IN WILD CARD MATCHUP
– The Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins will square off this afternoon in the final game of the Wild Card round.
– Green Bay last played on the road in the Wild Card round during the 2010 playoffs, beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-16. It was also the last time the Packers played on the road against an NFC East team in the postseaosn.
– The Packers are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs for the third time (1998, 2009) since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.
– The Packers are making their 31st postseason appearance, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants for the most in the NFL.
– Green Bay set a franchise record by appearing in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year (2009-15). The Packers join the New England Patriots as the only teams to make the postseason each of the past seven seasons. Both teams join Houston (1987-93) and San Francisco 1992-98) for the seventh-longest postseason streak in NFL history (Nine: Dallas, 1975-83 / Indianapolis, 2002-10; Eight: Dallas, 1966-1973 / Pittsburgh, 1972-79/ L.A. Rams, 1973-80 / San Francisco, 1983-90).
– Green Bay is 31-20 all-time in the postseason. The Packers’ 31 wins are the third most in the NFL behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (33-22) and Dallas Cowboys (34-26).
– Green Bay’s .608 postseason winning percentage ranks No. 3 in NFL history (Baltimore, 15-8, .652 / New England, 28-18, .609).
– The Packers’ 51 postseason games played are the third most in the NFL, trailing only Dallas (60) and Pittsburgh (55).
– The Packers and Redskins will meet in the postseason for the third time. They last met in the playoffs in an NFC Divisional game at Washington in 1972, a 16-3 Redskins victory. The only other meeting was in the NFL Championship in 1936 when the Washington franchise was located in Boston. The game was played in New York and Green Bay won, 21-6.
– The Packers have made the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
– The Packers have won an NFL-record eight Wild Card games (1982, 1993-95, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2012), including two under McCarthy.
– The Packers are 2-2 in Wild Card playoff games during the McCarthy era.
– Green Bay leads the NFC with eight trips to the postseason since 2007.
– As productive as QB Aaron Rodgers has been during the regular season in his eight years as the starter, he has also carried that over to the playoffs.
– Rodgers has a 101.0 passer rating in the postseason, No. 3 in NFL history (min. 150 att.) behind Bart Starr (104.8) and Kurt Warner (102.8).
– He ranks No. 5 in NFL postseason history (min. 150 attempts) with a completion percentage of 65.37 and No. 4 in interception percentage (1.81).
– Rodgers capped off the 2010 postseason with a 304-yard, three-TD effort vs. Pittsburgh that earned him Super Bowl MVP honors. He became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and three TDs with no INTs in a Super Bowl, joining Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jake Delhomme.
– Rodgers has posted a 110-plus passer rating in five of his 11 career postseason starts, including a 125.4 rating in the Divisional win against Dallas last season. That already ties him with Brett Favre (five in 24 starts), Troy Aikman (five in 16 starts), Terry Bradshaw (five in 19 starts), Peyton Manning (five in 24 starts) and Joe Flacco (five in 15 starts) for third in league history (min. 15 att.) behind Montana (six in 23 starts) and Tom Brady (six in 28 starts).
– Since becoming the starter, Rodgers has thrown 23 touchdowns in the playoffs, No. 3 in the NFL since 2008 (Tom Brady, 27 / Joe Flacco, 25).
– LB Clay Matthews’ 8.5 postseason sacks are No. 1 in franchise history.
– Matthews’ three forced fumbles in the postseason are tied for the most in the NFL since 2009 (Terrell Suggs, Raheem Brock).
– CB Sam Shields already owns the franchise postseason record for interceptions with five.
– K Mason Crosby is on a current franchise-record streak of 16 consecutive field goals made in the playoffs, which is also tied for second in NFL playoff history behind only David Akers (19). He also has scored in his last 13 consecutive postseason games, a franchise record.
– Crosby owns the Packers postseason records for field goals (19) and points (101).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Rodgers (2,983) needs 17 passing yards to join Brett Favre (5,311) as the only Packers to throw for 3,000-plus yards in the postseason.
– If Rodgers records a 100-plus passer rating, it will be the seventh of his career and pass Starr for the second most in Packers postseason history behind Favre’s nine.
– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, he would join Peyton Manning (nine), Tom Brady (eight), Drew Brees (six), Warner (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Montana (six) and Dan Fouts (five) as the only quarterbacks to have at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.
– FB John Kuhn is one rushing touchdown away from tying Edgar Bennett (five) for the most in franchise postseason history. Kuhn’s seven overall touchdowns in the postseason are No. 2 to WR Antonio Freeman’s 12.
– With one 100-yard rushing game, RB Eddie Lacy is tied with six other players for the second most in Packers postseason history (Dorsey Levens, three).
– Matthews has registered at least a half a sack in seven of 10 postseason games. He has four sacks in his last four playoff games.
NOTES ON THE REGULAR SEASON
– The Packers earned the 750th total victory in franchise history this season. Green Bay is 751-567-37 and joined the Chicago Bears as the only teams in NFL history to reach 750 total wins.
– Head Coach Mike McCarthy has now led Green Bay to seven seasons with 10-plus regular-season wins, the most in franchise history (since 1921).
– McCarthy is the 10th coach to record seven-or-more 10-win seasons in their first 10 years as an NFL head coach (Don Shula, Marty Schottenheimer, Chuck Knox, Joe Gibbs, Bud Grant, Tony Dungy, Mike Ditka, George Seifert, Bill Walsh).
– Green Bay posted eight zero-turnover games during the 2015 regular season, tied for No. 1 (2009) in franchise history (since 1933).
– Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games during the regular season tied a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).
– The Packers had four players with 50-plus receptions for only the third time (1983, 2002) since 1940.
– QB Aaron Rodgers reached 30 passing touchdowns (31) during the regular season for the fifth time in his career. He ranks second in team history behind Brett Favre’s eight. Rodgers’ five 30-plus passing touchdown seasons since 2009 are tied for the second most in the NFL over that time span (Brady and Manning, five / Brees, seven).
– Rodgers only threw eight interceptions, marking his fifth season with 500-plus attempts/eight or fewer interceptions. He has five of the 13 seasons in NFL history (Brady – three / Aaron Brooks, Marc Bulger, Jason Campbell, Brett Favre, Alex Smith – one).
– WR Randall Cobb has recorded a reception in 56 consecutive regular-season games, the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. He trails WR James Lofton (58, 1979-1983) for the fourth longest.
– WR James Jones set a career high with 890 receiving yards on 50 receptions (17.8 avg.), his fourth consecutive season with 50-plus catches.
– TE Richard Rodgers hauled in 58 receptions for 510 yards (8.8 avg.) and eight touchdowns. He became only the fourth tight end in team history with 55-plus receptions in a season: Jermichael Finley (three), Paul Coffman (two), Jackie Harris (one).
– Rodgers has 10 career receiving touchdowns, tied for the most by a Green Bay tight end in his first two seasons since the 1970 merger (Bubba Franks, 10, 2000-01).
– With 3,075 rushing yards, Lacy is one of only two players in team history (RB John Brockington, 3,276) to rush for 3,000-plus yards in his first three seasons in the NFL.
– Lacy (758) and James Starks (601) gave the Packers two players with 600-plus rushing yards in the same season for the first time since 1985 (Jessie Clark-633 / Eddie Lee Ivery-636).
– Starks (career-high 993) and Lacy (946) each recorded over 900 yards from scrimmage, making the Packers one of three teams in the NFL with two running backs with 900-plus yards from scrimmage (Denver and Tampa Bay).
– LB Clay Matthews finished second on the team with 85 tackles, eclipsing his previous career high of 83 tackles (2010).
– Matthews (6.5) recorded the seventh consecutive season he recorded six or more sacks, tying him with LB Julius Peppers, KC LB Tamba Hali and DEN LB DeMarcus Ware for the most six-plus sack seasons in the NFL since 2009.
– Peppers recorded his ninth season with 10-plus sacks (team-high 10.5), which tied John Randle for the fourth-most 10-sack seasons since 1982 (Bruce Smith, 13 / Reggie White, 12 / Kevin Greene, 10).
– Peppers tied Jared Allen (136.0) for No. 9 on the all-time sacks list (since 1982). He trails both Richard Dent and John Randle (137.5) for the seventh most.
– P Tim Masthay finished the regular season with a net punting average of 40.25 yards, the top mark in franchise history (since 1976) as he surpassed his own record of 38.95 in 2013. He now holds the top five single-season marks in team annals (2010-13, 2015).
– Crosby recorded 108 points, giving him the ninth 100-point season of his career and passing with Ryan Longwell (1997-2004) for the franchise record.
– As per team tradition, the Packers elect captains for the entire postseason.
– Players elected captains were QB Aaron Rodgers and FB John Kuhn (offense), LBs Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo and K Mason Crosby (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Butch Hannah (40), head linesman Steve Stelljes (22), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Eugene Hall (103), side judge Bob Waggoner (25) and back judge Todd Prukop (30).
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