* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS OPEN SEASON IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE FIRST TIME
– Green Bay kicks off its 95th season in team history, and 93rd as a member of the National Football League, by visiting San Francisco in Week 1 for the first time in franchise history.
– It marks the second consecutive year that the Packers have opened their season against the 49ers (at Lambeau Field in 2012), the first time Green Bay has faced the same opponent in Week 1 in consecutive seasons since it squared off with the Chicago Bears in three straight season openers from 1979-81.
– Outside of the last two seasons, the only other time the Packers and 49ers played each other in Week 1 came in 1976 at Green Bay.
– Today’s matchup will feature two of the three teams in the NFL to have won 24 or more regular-season games over the past two years. Since 2011, Green Bay has a 26-6 mark (.813) in the regular season, No. 1 in the league over that span. San Francisco is 24-7-1 (.765) since ’11, No. 3 in the NFL behind only the Packers and New England (25-7, .781).
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the first Week 1 matchup since 1991 featuring two teams that have won 24-plus games over the previous two regular seasons. On Sept. 2, 1991, San Francisco (28 wins from 1989-90) visited the N.Y. Giants (25 wins from 1989-90) in Week 1 on Monday Night Football.
– This will be the third matchup between the two clubs in the last 12 months, with the teams meeting last year on Sept. 9 in Green Bay and also in a NFC Divisional playoff contest on Jan. 12, 2013, in San Francisco.
– Green Bay enters today’s contest having won nine of the last 10 regular-season meetings against the 49ers. Including the playoffs, the Packers have won 13 of the last 16 against San Francisco.
– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have won five of their last six season openers, which is tied for the No. 2 mark in the NFL with Baltimore over that span behind only New England (6-0 since 2007).
– That included five straight Week 1 wins from 2007-11, which made McCarthy the only head coach in franchise history to accomplish that feat.
– Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Chicago Bears (53 victories in Week 1).
– This will mark just the second time in McCarthy’s eight seasons (2006-13) that the Packers have opened their season away from Lambeau Field. The only other instance over that span was in 2010 at Philadelphia.
– Opening on the road has been a rare occurrence dating back even further. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Packers have opened their season at home 32 times while opening on the road just 12 times. Since 1986, 23 of Green Bay’s season openers have been at home, making today’s game just the fifth time in the past 28 years that the Packers have gone on the road to start their season.
– Although this will only be the second time under McCarthy (2010 at Philadelphia) that the Packers have played away from Lambeau Field in Week 1, they have had success in their first road contest of the season.
– Green Bay has won its first road game in six of seven seasons under McCarthy, with last season at Seattle in Week 3 the lone exception.
– The Packers have an all-time record of 53-37-2 (.596) in road openers, the most wins and third-best winning percentage in the NFL.
– With a six-game winning streak in the first road game of the season from 2006-11, McCarthy joined Vince Lombardi (eight straight, 1960-67) as the only coaches in team history to win six or more consecutive road openers.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– Over the past four seasons (2009-12), Green Bay posted a 9-4 record (.692) in the month of September, which was tied for No. 2 in the league over that span behind only Baltimore (10-3, .769).
– The Packers are 11-5 (.688) on the road over the past two seasons, which is tied for No. 2 in the NFL behind only New England (12-4, .750).
– Green Bay turned the ball over seven times on the road last season, tied for the fewest giveaways in the league away from home in 2012.
– Including their two playoff games in 2012, the Packers have scored TDs on 17 of their last 20 trips (85.0 percent) inside the red zone.
– QB Aaron Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 144 consecutive passing attempts in the regular season, the longest current streak in the NFL. His career-long streak is 181 passes without an INT in 2010. Rodgers has not had a two-INT game in 39 straight regular-season starts, the longest streak in NFL history since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
– In three career regular-season starts against the 49ers, Rodgers has completed 83 of 119 passes (69.7 percent) for 945 yards and seven TDs with one interception for a 109.4 passer rating. He has also rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries (4.9 avg.) in those three contests.
– Over the last two seasons, Rodgers has completed 369 of 550 passes (67.1 percent) for 43 TDs and five INTs for a 116.2 passer rating on the road. That passer rating is the best by a QB in NFL history on the road over a two-season span (min. 300 attempts).
– WR Randall Cobb is the only player in NFL history to score on a kick return (kickoff or punt) in Week 1 of each of his first two seasons in the league. Cobb scored on a 108-yard kickoff return vs. New Orleans in the 2011 opener and on a 75-yard punt return vs. San Francisco in Week 1 of 2012.
– TE Jermichael Finley needs five catches to move past No. 3 Ed West (202) on the all-time franchise list for tight ends and 110 receiving yards to move past No. 2 Ron Kramer (2,594). In his last three regular-season games, Finley has caught 18 passes for 203 yards (11.3 avg.).
– In two games against San Francisco last season, LB Clay Matthews registered 3.5 sacks.
– WR James Jones has caught 18 passes for 222 yards (12.3 avg.) and five TDs in his last three regular-season games. He has caught at least one TD pass in three consecutive regular-season contests, which matches his career high.
– In two games against the 49ers last season, P Tim Masthay posted a 47.7-yard average and a 43.7-yard net average on 10 punts, with six of those punts placed inside the 20-yard line.
– With a start today, T David Bakhtiari would become just the fourth Green Bay rookie to start at left tackle in a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (Bill Bain, 1975; Mark Koncar, 1976; Ken Ruettgers, 1985).
– With a start this afternoon, RB Eddie Lacy would become just the third Green Bay rookie to start a season opener at running back since the merger (John Brockington, 1971; Brandon Jackson, 2007).
As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
– Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), DT B.J. Raji (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
Today’s officiating crew includes referee Bill Leavy (127), umpire Ruben Fowler (71), head linesman John McGrath (5), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Jimmy Buchanan (86), side judge Keith Parham (87) and back judge Keith Ferguson (61).
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