Packers-Steelers press box notes

Posted by on December 22, 2013 – 12:25 pm

– The Packers (7-6-1) will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) today at Lambeau Field in the regular-season home finale, Pittsburgh’s first visit to Green Bay since 2005 and only its fourth visit to Lambeau Field in the last 30 seasons.

– The Packers are currently second in the NFC North after improving to 7-6-1 on the season with a 37-36 win at Dallas last Sunday, their first win there since 1989. Green Bay trails the Chicago Bears (8-6) in the NFC North race, but the Packers can win the division with a victory today vs. Pittsburgh and a win at Chicago in Week 17.

– Green Bay overcame a 23-point halftime deficit (26-3) in the win over the Cowboys last Sunday, matching the biggest comeback in team history (down 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams, Sept. 12, 1982, won 35-23).

– The Packers have won their home finale every season under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2006-12) and in each of their last eight (since 2005). Dating back to 1992, Green Bay is 20-1 in home finales (.952), No. 1 in the NFL over that span.

– This will be just the third visit for the Steelers to Lambeau Field in the month of December, with the last visit in that month a memorable one for Green Bay. The Packers topped Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve in 1995 in the season finale, a win that clinched the NFC Central title for Green Bay.

– The Packers hold a 19-14 edge in the all-time series with the Steelers (including Super Bowl XLV), but Pittsburgh has won seven of the last 10 meetings. The teams first played on Oct. 15, 1933, in Green Bay, and the Packers won the first nine games between the clubs.

– This will be the first matchup between the clubs since the Packers defeated the Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6, 2011. The last regular-season meeting came at Pittsburgh in 2009 when the Steelers topped the Packers, 37-36, in Week 15. It was the highest-scoring game in the series with the 73 combined points.

– The Packers and Steelers have won 19 world championships between them, with Green Bay’s 13 titles more than any other team in NFL history. Pittsburgh’s six world titles are the most by an AFC team.

– Since the advent of free agency in 1993, Green Bay owns the second-best regular-season winning percentage in the league (.636) behind only New England (.659), with Pittsburgh checking in at No. 3 (.621).

– At 30-18 (.625), Green Bay owns the league’s second-best all-time postseason winning percentage behind only Baltimore (14-7, .667). Checking in right behind the Packers at No. 3 is Pittsburgh, with a 33-21 mark (.611) in the playoffs.

– The Packers enter today’s game having won 13 consecutive regular-season games at Lambeau Field that were played Dec. 1 or later, the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.

– Since 2009, the Packers have a 17-5 (.773) overall regular-season record in December/January, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (19-4, .826).


– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Carl Cheffers (51), umpire Undrey Wash (96), head linesman Kent Payne (79), line judge Tom Symonette (100), field judge Jeff Lamberth (21), side judge Laird Hayes (125) and back judge Todd Prukop (30).

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