* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS VISIT KANSAS CITY TO CLOSE OUT THE PRESEASON
– Green Bay (1-2) will take on the Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) tonight at Arrowhead Stadium in the preseason finale.
– It marks the fourth consecutive year (2010-13) that the teams have met in the preseason finale. For eight straight seasons (2002-09) before that, the Packers squared off with the Tennessee Titans in the final preseason contest each year.
– The teams have met 14 times before in the preseason, with Green Bay holding a 7-6-1 advantage. The Packers hosted the Chiefs in the preseason finale each of the last two seasons and last visited Kansas City in the final preseason contest in 2010. Green Bay has won the last two preseason meetings with the Chiefs.
– The first preseason contest between the clubs came in 1972 at Milwaukee County Stadium. The preseason series includes a 1998 meeting in Tokyo, Japan, and a 2003 meeting in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, that was called with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter due to heavy rain and lightning.
– For Head Coach Mike McCarthy, it is a matchup against the team where his NFL coaching career started. McCarthy spent six seasons on the Chiefs’ staff (1993-98), the first two as an offensive assistant/quality control coach and the final four as the quarterbacks coach. Tonight will be the sixth time McCarthy has coached against Kansas City since taking over as head coach of Green Bay in 2006 (two regular-season games, fourth preseason matchup).
– Ironically, McCarthy’s very first game as an NFL coach was a preseason contest between the Chiefs and the Packers on Aug. 7, 1993, at Milwaukee County Stadium. Kansas City won, 29-21.
– The first meeting between the clubs was undoubtedly the most memorable game in the series. In January 1967, NFL champion Green Bay met AFL champion Kansas City in Los Angeles in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
– Green Bay enters tonight’s contest having won three of its last four road games in the preseason.
THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES
– The first meeting between the teams came in January 1967 when the NFL champion Packers met the AFL champion Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
– Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. The Chiefs have the second-highest winning percentage against the Packers (7-2-1, .750) among NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (10-3-0, .769) have a better regular-season record against Green Bay.
– When the Packers visited Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip there since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
– Aug. 30, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 24-3.
– QB Graham Harrell completed 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards and two TDs for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
– Harrell found RB Alex Green for a 17-yard TD pass just before halftime and then connected with WR Jarrett Boykin (five catches, 82 yards) for a 12-yard score early in the third quarter. Green also scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.
– CB Sam Shields posted an interception and the Green Bay defense limited the Chiefs to 95 net passing yards on the evening.
SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
– 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.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy began his NFL coaching career in Kansas City, first as quality control/offensive assistant (1993-94) and later as quarterbacks coach (1995-98)…Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements served as the quarterbacks coach in Kansas City (2000) and also played quarterback for the Chiefs in 1980…Chiefs general manager John Dorsey served as Green Bay’s director of college scouting from 2000-11 and as director-football operations in 2012. He also played for the Packers from 1984-88 and worked in scouting from 1991-98…Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was on Green Bay’s coaching staff from 1992-98, serving as the tight ends/asst. offensive line coach from 1992-96 and the quarterbacks coach from 1997-98…Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is a former Packers QB who backed up Brett Favre from 1996-98 and 2001-04…Chiefs defensive assistant/secondary coach Al Harris played CB for the Packers for seven seasons (2003-09)…Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin spent 11 seasons (1995-2005) on Green Bay’s coaching staff…Chiefs LB Frank Zombo signed with Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 and played in 25 games with the Packers from 2010-12…Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford was with the Packers during 2006 training camp and the 2008 offseason…Chiefs DT Anthony Toribio played in one game for the Packers in ’09 and spent parts of 2008-09 on Green Bay’s practice squad…Chiefs OL Tommie Draheim was with the Packers during the 2012 preseason…Chiefs DE Austen Lane is from Iola, Wis. …Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee…Chiefs spread game analyst/special projects Brad Childress coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin from 1991-98…Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball began his NFL career with the Chiefs and went on to work 10 seasons there (1989-98), the first eight as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and the final two in football operations…Ball played center at Central Missouri St. when Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas was on the staff there…Thomas was Green Bay’s defensive coordinator in 1999, when McCarthy was the QB coach for the Packers…Thomas also coached in Atlanta with Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. …Chiefs QB Alex Smith played for the 49ers in 2005 when McCarthy was San Francisco’s offensive coordinator…Packers QB Vince Young played for the Eagles in 2011 when Reid was the head coach in Philadelphia…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot and Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck played on the offensive line together in Chicago from 1994-96…Packers VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly spent seven seasons with the Chiefs (1989-95) as executive VP and chief operating officer…Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry (1999) and director of player development Rob Davis (1996) went to training camp as players with the Chiefs…Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant in 1998…Packers WR Jordy Nelson played at Kansas State and is a native of Manhattan, Kan.
As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
– Tonight’s captains will be G Josh Sitton (offense), DT Ryan Pickett (defense) and TE D.J. Williams (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Walt Coleman (65), umpire Roy Ellison (81), head linesman Jerry Bergman (91), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge Greg Gautreaux (80), side judge Rick Patterson (15) and back judge Greg Yette (38).
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