PACKERS HOST CHIEFS IN PRIMETIME
– Green Bay plays Kansas City at Lambeau Field in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. This is the 23rd consecutive season (1993-2015) that Green Bay is appearing on MNF, the second-longest streak in the league behind only Denver’s 24-year span (1992-2015). It is the Packers’ lone MNF appearance this season.
– The Packers are 14-8-1 at home on MNF, including 4-1 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
– Green Bay is 15-3 in regular-season night games at Lambeau Field since 2006, including wins in 13 of the last 14.
– Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has a 4-1 record as the starter at home on MNF, completing 92 of 130 passes for 1,045 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 116.3.
– Of the 10 regular-season matchups between Green Bay and Kansas City, only one took place on MNF, a 23-16 victory by the Chiefs on Nov. 8, 1993, at Arrowhead Stadium.
– Tonight will be the Chiefs’ fourth trip to Lambeau Field during the regular season and first since 2003.
– Green Bay has won eight of its last 10 games against AFC opponents with Rodgers as the starter, including five of the last six.
– Rodgers has thrown 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last five matchups against the AFC.
– Green Bay has faced former Packers assistant coach Andy Reid nine times (including playoffs) since he has become a head coach in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles, 1999-2012), but this will be the first time since he became the head coach for Kansas City in 2013. Reid was 5-4 against the Packers as the head coach of the Eagles, but Green Bay has won the last three matchups.
– Seven of the previous nine games the Packers have played against teams that have been led by Reid have been decided by seven points or less, including four by three or fewer points.
– Tonight will be one of two games the Packers play this season against a franchise they faced in the Super Bowl. Green Bay and Kansas City met in Super Bowl I, and later this season the Packers will play the Oakland Raiders (Week 15), who they faced in Super Bowl II.
– The Packers and Chiefs have played 10 times during the regular season, and although Green Bay has only beaten Kansas City twice, one of the two victories came under the guidance of McCarthy (33-22 at Kansas City, 2007).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– The Packers have won 10 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.
– It is the third-longest home winning streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).
– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 21-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 21 wins are No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.
– Green Bay is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the third time under McCarthy (2007, 4-0).
– A win would give Green Bay its fourth victory in the last five games against AFC teams.
– The Packers’ offensive line only gave up two sacks in the first two games of the season (tied for fifth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first two games since 2008 (one).
– Green Bay has registered a sack in 38 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.
– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 451 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 38 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.
– Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating and 15-plus attempts in nine straight regular-season home contests. The NFL record is 10 by Kurt Warner in 1999-2000.
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has completed 75 percent or more of his passes in four straight games (Weeks 16-17 of 2014 and Weeks 1-2 of 2015), a franchise record. He is the first NFL quarterback to complete 75 percent of his passes (min. 20 attempts) in four straight games since Tom Brady in 2007 (Weeks 1-4).
– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first three games of the season once in his career (2011, first 12 games).
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 15 of the last 18 regular-season games, including the last four. The Packers are 14-1 in those games.
– Rodgers last threw an interception at home on Dec. 12, 2012, vs. Minnesota.
– The last time Rodgers threw multiple interceptions at home was Oct. 24, 2010, vs. Minnesota.
– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 13 of the last 18 regular-season games.
– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 43.
– Cobb registered the 11th 100-yard receiving game of his career, and first of this season, last week against Seattle (116 yards on eight catches). He looks to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games for the fourth time in his career (2012, 2013, 2014).
– WR James Jones has registered three touchdown receptions so far this season.
– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), Jones has registered a touchdown reception in four of the last five games. He has totaled five touchdown receptions over that span.
– If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the fourth time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in three consecutive games (2011, twice in 2012).
– In two MNF games, RB Eddie Lacy has 256 scrimmage yards (128.0 per game), 223 rushing yards (111.5 per game) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one rec.).
– LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last regular and postseason, he has seven sacks in the last six games.
– Peppers has registered three-plus sacks in the first three games he has played in a season twice in his career (three in 2002 / four in 2006).
– In six career games on MNF, LB Clay Matthews has recorded five sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery he returned 42 yards for a touchdown.
– Matthews has six sacks and three forced fumbles in his past seven games against AFC opponents.
– K Mason Crosby (273) is five field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. Last week, Crosby (1,057) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.
– WR Ty Montgomery ranks No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.3). In Week 1, he recorded a kick return of 46 yards, the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee John Parry (132), umpire Mark Pellis (131), head linesman Greg Bradley (98), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Jabir Walker (26), side judge Greg Gautreaux (80) and back judge Perry Paganelli (46).
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PACKERS HOST SEAHAWKS IN HOME OPENER
– The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will face each other for the 16th time during the regular season and for the second consecutive year in a nationally televised primetime game. In 2014, the two teams met in the Thursday night opener to begin the season.
– From the first meeting in 1976 until 2005, Green Bay and Seattle played just 10 times in the regular season. The teams have squared off five times from 2006-14.
– Including playoffs, the Packers have played the Seahawks seven times since 2006. That is tied with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers for the most games Green Bay has played against a non-division opponent over that time span.
– Tonight will be the Seahawks’ first trip to Lambeau Field since 2009. Including the postseason, the Packers are 8-3 against Seattle at home, with wins in the last five. Green Bay has won three of the last five home games against the Seahawks by 20-plus points (22, 22, 38).
– The Packers and Seahawks were the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs last year and met in the NFC Championship Game at Seattle.
– This will be the first time the Packers have hosted Seattle for the home opener.
– Green Bay has won each of its last five Week 2 games and is 7-2 in Week 2 contests since 2006.
– Tonight’s game starts a stretch of four home games over the next five weeks for the Packers.
– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 7-2 in home openers, including winning seven of the last eight.
– It is the fourth time the Packers play the home opener in Week 2 under McCarthy. Last season, Green Bay beat the New York Jets, 31-24, in 2013 the Packers beat the Washington Redskins, 38-20, and in 2010, the Green Bay defeated the Buffalo Bills, 34-7.
– Green Bay is 6-1 in home openers with Aaron Rodgers starting at quarterback. Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards in each of the last four home openers (312, 303, 480, 346). He has registered a passer rating over 100.0 in five home openers (115.5, 116.3, 132.1, 146.0, 109.8) and was above 90.0 in the other two (92.0, 93.3).
– It is only the 18th time in franchise history that Green Bay will play its home opener outside of Week 1. The Packers are 9-8 in the previous 17 contests.
– Of the 17 times Green Bay has opened at home outside of Week 1, only once did it come after the second week of the season. That occured in 1924, when the Packers beat the Kansas City Blues 16-0 in Week 3.
– The Packers have 51 victories all-time in home openers, joining the Bears (65) and Lions (52) as the only NFL teams to win 50-plus home openers. Green Bay is the only NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (54 victories).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– The Packers have won nine of their last 12 games played on Sunday night.
– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 10-5 overall (.667) on Sunday night.
– Green Bay is 22-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .759 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history (since 1978).
– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 20-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 20 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.
– With a win, Green Bay will start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. It would be the fifth 2-0 start under McCarthy.
– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine consecutive home games, it is the third-longest streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).
– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 418 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 36 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.
– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first two games of the season three times in his career (2008, 2011, 2013).
– If Rodgers throws three-plus touchdowns, it will mark just the second time he has registered three or more touchdowns in back-to-back games to start the season (2013).
– In regular-season games with five-plus attempts, Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating in 12 straight home contests.
– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 42.
– Cobb recorded one touchdown reception in both games against the Seahawks last season.
– RB Eddie Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history. Last week against Chicago, Lacy recorded 99 yards from scrimmage, 1 yard short of extending the streak.
– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last nine games.
– WR James Jones registered two touchdown receptions in Week 1 vs. Chicago, his first game back with the Packers. It was his sixth career game with muliple touchdowns (all with Green Bay), including his third against the Bears.
– In Week 1 at Chicago, LB Clay Matthews registered an interception he returned 42 yards. In 2014, he returned an interception 40 yards at Chicago. They were the second- and third-longest interception returns of his career behind the 62-yard INT he ran back for a touchdown against Dallas in 2010.
– If Matthews records an interception this week, it will be the second time in his career with INTs in back-to-back games (2011).
– LB Julius Peppers led the team with 1.5 sacks in Week 1 at Chicago. Dating back to last season, he has six sacks in the last five games (including playoffs).
– In two games against the Seahawks last season, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded 13 tackles (10 solo), a sack and two interceptions.
– K Mason Crosby (1,044) needs 11 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.
– Crosby (269) is nine field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.
– In his first career game, WR Ty Montgomery averaged 35.3 yards on three kick returns, including a long of 46 yards. It marked the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Barry Anderson (20), head linesman Ed Walker (123), line judge Dana McKenzie (8), field judge Mike Weatherford (116), side judge Bob Waggoner (25) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).
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– The Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 1 for the first time since 1981.
– For the third year in a row and just the fourth time in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2010), the Packers open the season on the road. It is the first time since 1977-79 that the Packers have opened on the road for three consecutive seasons.
– The last time Green Bay opened the season with a road game against a division opponent was at Detroit in 2005.
– Including playoffs, the Packers have won five straight games at Soldier Field and six of the last seven at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in seven of the last eight games at Soldier Field.
– Today will mark game No. 191 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-91-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).
– This will mark the 53rd time the two teams have met in the month of September, with both teams recording 24 wins (24-24-4). Only seven of those September matchups took place in Chicago, and the Packers were 5-2 in those games, including a 38-17 win last season in Week 4.
– The Packers have won four of the last five matchups against the Bears in games played in September.
– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 13-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including 7-3 on the road.
– In all but one of the 13 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points.
– Today will be the 22nd time the Packers open the regular season against the Bears (10-10-1) and just the third time the game has been played in Chicago (1979, 1981).
– Green Bay has played Chicago in Week 1 six times since 1970, with the Packers holding a 4-2 record in those matchups.
– Since 1990, the Packers are 7-4 against division opponents in Week 1, including 2-1 under McCarthy.
– The last division opponent Green Bay faced in Week 1 was Chicago in 2009, a 21-15 Packers win at Lambeau Field.
– Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Bears (54 victories in Week 1). The Packers and Bears are the only teams in the NFL with 50-plus wins on Kickoff Weekend.
– Since 2006, Green Bay is 18-9 (.667) on the road against division opponents in the regular season, tied for No. 3 in the league over that time span.
– Green Bay has won its first road game in six of nine seasons under McCarthy.
– 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.
– The Packers hold the record for the most wins (53) in road openers in the NFL.
– In the 13 seasons of the NFC North (2002-14), the Packers (eight) and Bears (three) have accounted for 11 division titles.
– Today is the Packers’ lone NFC North game in the first eight contests. Green Bay will finish the regular season with five of the final eight games against division opponents.
– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 19-12 (.613) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 19 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.
RODGERS AND THE BEARS
– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 12-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.
– In the 15 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 106.2 and has thrown for a 100-plus passer rating in five of the last eight matchups.
– Rodgers has guided Green Bay to four consecutive regular-season wins at Chicago, throwing for a combined 1,208 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 115.2 in the four contests.
– In the two games against the Bears last season, Rodgers completed 40 of 55 passes for 617 yards, 10 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 149.0. He was the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TDs and no INTs against an opponent in a single season. Green Bay scored 38 and 55 points in the two matchups against Chicago last season.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– A win would mark the Packers’ 10th in the last 11 matchups against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including the sixth consecutive win at Chicago, which would be the second-longest road winning streak for the Packers in the series (11, 1994-2005)
– Green Bay is looking to score at least 30 points against the Bears for the fourth consecutive game.
– The Packers have held the Bears to 17 points or less in four of the last six contests.
– Seven of the last eight games played in Chicago between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less.
– A win would improve the Packers to 6-4 in season openers under McCarthy, including 2-2 in season openers on the road.
– McCarthy will begin his 10th regular season as Green Bay’s head coach, passing Vince Lombardi (1959-67) and Bart Starr (1975-83) for the second-most seasons as head coach in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau’s 31 (1919-49).
– QB Aaron Rodgers looks to throw for 300-plus yards for the fourth time in the last five season openers. In 2013, Rodgers tied the franchise record for passing yards in a season opener, with 333 at San Francisco.
– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 41st 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
– Rodgers has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four of the last five season openers.
– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine in a row against Chicago in games Rodgers throws at least five passes.
– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his consecutive games with a catch to 47, including the postseason.
– In the last three season openers, Cobb has recorded 243 yards receiving on 22 receptions (11.0 avg.) with two receiving touchdowns.
– Cobb has registered 100-plus yards receiving in two of the last four games he has played in against the Bears, including hauling in seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns at Chicago last season.
– Cobb has recorded five touchdown receptions in the last three games he has played in against the Bears.
– RB Eddie Lacy has registered a touchdown in all four games vs. Chicago and has totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage in two of the contests.
– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last eight games.
– Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history, and scored at least one touchdown in six of those games.
– WR James Jones set a career high with three receiving touchdowns at Chicago in 2012.
– LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks in the last four games he has played in against the Bears.
– Matthews recorded an interception he returned 40 yards at Chicago last season.
– Matthews has registered a total of 6.5 sacks in six season openers.
– From 2009-11, LB Julius Peppers recorded a sack in each season opener.
– Peppers registered a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and tipped a pass that was picked off by S Morgan Burnett in the Packers’ 55-14 win over Chicago last season.
– Burnett set a career high with 14 tackles in the 2011 season-opening win over New Orleans.
– LB Nick Perry registered career highs with nine tackles and seven solo tackles in the 2012 season opener against San Francisco, his first NFL regular-season game.
– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded six tackles (four solo) and a sack in the 2014 season opener at Seattle.
– K Mason Crosby (1,037) needs 18 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.
– Crosby (268) is 10 field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.
– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
– Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Craig Wrolstad (4), umpire Roy Ellison (81), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Julian Mapp (10), field judge Steve Zimmer (33), side judge Jeff Lamberth (21) and back judge Lee Dyer (27).
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– For the second straight season, the Green Bay Packers (8-7-1, No. 4 seed) and San Francisco 49ers (12-4, No. 5 seed) will meet in the postseason, the first playoff matchup between the clubs at Lambeau Field since a Wild Card contest on Jan. 13, 2002.
– It is the first time the Packers have faced the same opponent in back-to-back postseasons since Green Bay played San Francisco in the playoffs in four consecutive seasons (1995-98). The Packers and 49ers played in an NFC Divisional contest last season at Candlestick Park.
– This will mark the seventh time that the Packers and 49ers have met in the postseason. That is tied for the most games for Green Bay against one opponent in the playoffs (N.Y. Giants, seven). The Packers hold a 4-2 advantage over San Francisco in the postseason series.
– This will be the second meeting this season and the fourth in the last 16 months between the clubs. The Packers visited San Francisco in Week 1 this season, a 34-28 win for the 49ers. It marks the fourth time (1996, 1998, 2012) in the history of the series that the clubs have squared off in both the regular season and the postseason.
– Since 2010, Green Bay has a .695 regular-season winning percentage (44-19-1), No. 1 in the NFC over that span, with San Francisco checking in at No. 2 in the conference with a .664 winning percentage (42-21-1).
– Today’s game will be a matchup of two of the most successful teams in the postseason. Green Bay is 30-18 all-time in the playoffs, a .625 winning percentage that ranks No. 2 in NFL history. San Francisco checks in at No. 5 in the league at 28-19 (.596) in the postseason. The teams have combined for 18 world championships (Green Bay 13, San Francisco 5).
– Including playoffs, the Packers have won 13 of the last 17 games against the 49ers, but San Francisco has emerged victorious in the last three.
BACK IN THE POSTSEASON
– With a thrilling 33-28 win over the Bears last Sunday, the Packers clinched their third straight NFC North title, the first time they have done so since 2002-04. It marked Green Bay’s 21st division crown in franchise history.
– In the 12 seasons of the NFC North (2002-13), Green Bay has captured the division title seven times (2002-04, 2007, 2011-13).
– This marks the Packers’ fifth consecutive playoff appearance (2009-13), one of only two NFL teams (New England) to do so over that span. Green Bay has advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons.
– Green Bay’s streak of five straight playoff appearances ranks second in franchise history behind only a six-season stretch from 1993-98.
– This is the Packers’ 29th postseason berth in team history and their 16th appearance in the last 21 seasons. Green Bay’s 16 appearances in the free-agency era (since 1993) are the most of any team in the NFL.
– The Packers currently rank No. 3 in NFL history with their 29 playoff appearances, trailing only the N.Y. Giants (31) and Dallas Cowboys (30).
– Today will be Green Bay’s 49th postseason game, which will move them into the No. 3 spot in league history behind only the Cowboys (58) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (54).
– Since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, Green Bay has been the No. 4 seed three other times (1994, 2001, 2003).
– This will be the 11th time that the Packers have played in the Wild Card round in their 16 playoff appearances since 1990. Green Bay has a 7-4 (.636) record in Wild Card games, including a 2-1 mark under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
– As per team tradition, the Packers alternated game captains each week during the regular season. The team elects captains for the entire postseason.
– Players elected captains were WR Jordy Nelson and QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), S Morgan Burnett and LB A.J. Hawk (defense), and K Mason Crosby and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Rich Hall (49), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Mike Weir (50), side judge James Coleman (95) and back judge Lee Dyer (27). Alternates include Larry Rose (128), Mike Spanier (90) and Terry Brown (43).
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– Green Bay’s 5,931 yards this season (No. 4 in the NFL) are the third most by the team through 15 games in franchise history, trailing only the 5,970 yards posted in 2004 and the 5,932 yards in 2011. The Packers enter today’s game 551 yards shy of the single-season franchise record for yardage (6,482 in 2011) and 426 yards shy of the No. 2 mark (6,357 in 2004) in team history.
– The Packers enter today’s game ranked No. 7 in the league in rushing yards per game (131.7) and No. 8 in passing yards per game (263.7). They will be looking to finish in the top 10 in both categories for the first time since 2004 (No. 10 rushing/No. 3 passing).
– Green Bay has had at least one 100-yard receiver in eight of 15 games this season and is tied for No. 3 in the NFL with 10 100-yard receivers on the season. The Packers need one more 100-yard receiver to tie the single-season franchise record set in 1995 (11).
– The Packers have converted 9 of 11 red-zone opportunities in the last two games, an 81.8 conversion percentage that ranks No. 3 in the NFL over that span.
– The Packers have scored 63 second-half points in their last three games, No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only Philadelphia (85).
– Green Bay has posted 10 takeaways in its last four games, which is tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span. The Packers have recorded two-plus takeaways in four consecutive games.
– Green Bay’s defense has recorded 15 sacks over the last five games, which is tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span.
– In his last five regular-season games against Chicago, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 95 of 137 passes (69.3 percent) for 1,117 yards and 12 TDs with two INTs for a 117.0 passer rating.
– Rodgers has a career rating of 110.7 against NFC North foes, which ranks No. 1 in NFL history by a quarterback against divisional opponents. He has completed 680 of 975 passes (69.7 percent) for 8,197 yards and 64 TDs with 15 INTs in his career against the NFC North.
– RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 1,061 yards over the last 11 games, which ranks No. 1 in the league over that span. Lacy is tied with John Brockington (four in 1971) for the most 100-yard rushing games by a Green Bay rookie.
– Lacy has rushed for nine TDs since Week 7, which ranks No. 1 in the league over that span.
– WR Jordy Nelson needs 47 receiving yards for his second career 1,200-yard receiving season (1,263 in 2011). He would join Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman, James Lofton, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver as the only players in team history to post two or more 1,200-yard receiving seasons.
– Nelson is tied for No. 1 in the NFL this season with 16 catches of 25-plus yards. That is also tied for the top mark by a Packer since 1994 (Nelson, 16 in 2011; Greg Jennings, 16 in 2010).
– WR James Jones needs 9 receiving yards to top his career high of 784 yards set in 2012.
– DE/LB Mike Neal has posted a sack in four of the last six games. He has registered a career-high 5.0 sacks on the season.
– K Mason Crosby has made at least one field goal in 14 consecutive games, which is tied for the second-longest streak (Ryan Longwell, 14 in 1997-98) in franchise history behind only Longwell’s streak of 15 games in 2004-05.
– Crosby has made a career-high five FGs this season from 50-plus yards, the second most in a season in franchise history behind only Chris Jacke’s six 50-yarders in 1993.
– Crosby needs six points to hit the 900-point mark for his career. If he does so today, in his 112th career game, he would be the third fastest to 900 career points in NFL history behind only Gino Cappelletti (106) and Stephen Gostkowski (108).
– With 296 punt return yards on the season, CB Micah Hyde needs 11 more to set the franchise record for the most punt return yards by a rookie in a season (Veryl Switzer, 306 in 1954).
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PACKERS AND BEARS SET TO SQUARE OFF TODAY FOR NFC NORTH TITLE
– The Packers (7-7-1) will take on the Chicago Bears (8-7) today at Soldier Field in the regular-season finale, the second time in the last four seasons (2010) that the NFC North rivals have squared off in the final game of the season.
– The Packers are currently second in the division behind Chicago, but can clinch their third straight NFC North title and their fifth straight playoff berth with a win over the Bears. Green Bay will be looking to win three consecutive division championships for the first time since 2002-04.
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the first time that two teams from the NFC North/Central Division have met in the season finale with the winner capturing the division title since Green Bay played at Detroit in 1993. The Lions won the NFC Central title with a 30-20 victory, but both teams made the playoffs that season.
– In the 11 seasons of the NFC North (2002-12), the Packers (six) and Bears (three) have accounted for nine division titles.
– This marks the second straight year that the Packers have closed out their season away from Lambeau Field (at Minnesota in 2012). It is the first time Green Bay has gone on the road for its season finale in back-to-back years since 2001-02 (at N.Y. Giants, at N.Y. Jets).
– This will be just the eighth time in the last 80 seasons that Green Bay and Chicago have met in the regular-season finale. The 2010 meeting was the first time that the teams played at Lambeau Field in a season finale. The Packers last played in Week 17 at Soldier Field in 2006, Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s first season at the helm.
– The Packers have won nine of their last 10 season finales and 17 of their last 19 dating back to 1994. Green Bay’s loss at Minnesota last season in Week 17 snapped a nine-game winning streak in season finales.
– Green Bay has won six of its last seven season finales against NFC North foes. The Packers have won four straight season finales vs. Chicago.
– Today’s game will mark the sixth time in eight seasons under McCarthy that the Packers have played at Soldier Field in December (2006-09, 12).
– Including playoffs, the Packers have won three straight games at Soldier Field and four of the last five at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in six consecutive games at Soldier Field.
– Today will mark game No. 188 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-88-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).
– The Packers have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Bears (including playoffs). Chicago’s 27-20 win over the Packers earlier this season at Lambeau Field in Week 9 snapped Green Bay’s six-game winning streak against the Bears, the Packers’ longest since a seven-game streak vs. Chicago from 2000-03.
– Eight of the last 11 contests between the Packers and Bears (including postseason) have been decided by eight points or less.
– Green Bay enters today’s game with a 2-2-1 record in NFC North contests this season. The Packers have finished with a winning record in the division in every season under McCarthy (2006-12), one of two teams in the league (New England) to accomplish that feat over that span.
– Since 2009, the Packers have a 17-6 (.739) overall regular-season record in December/January, which ranks No. 3 in the NFL behind only New England (20-4, .833) and San Diego (18-6, .750).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Clete Blakeman (34), umpire Garth DeFelice (53), head linesman Tony Veteri (36), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Dave Meslow (118), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Terrence Miles (111).
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– 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).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– 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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– Green Bay (6-6-1) will take on the Dallas Cowboys (7-6) today at AT&T Stadium, the first meeting between the clubs at Dallas since a Week 13 matchup in 2007 at Texas Stadium.
– The Packers are currently third in the NFC North after improving to 6-6-1 on the season with a 22-21 win over Atlanta at Lambeau Field last Sunday. Green Bay trails the Detroit Lions (7-6) and the Chicago Bears (7-6) with three games remaining.
– Including today’s game, the last seven meetings between the Packers and Cowboys (1999, 2004, 2007-10) have been either a late-afternoon tilt or a prime-time matchup.
– This will be the first meeting between the teams since a Week 9 matchup in 2010 at Lambeau Field, a 45-7 Green Bay win. The Packers have won the last two games against the Cowboys (2009-10).
– The 2010 contest capped off a stretch of four straight seasons (2007-10) where the Packers and Cowboys met.
– Today will mark the Packers’ first game against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009. Green Bay played the Pittsburgh Steelers at the stadium in Super Bowl XLV, then known as Cowboys Stadium, on Feb. 6, 2011.
– This will be only the third visit to Dallas for the Packers over the past 17 seasons (1997-2013). Green Bay will be looking to win its first game in Dallas against the Cowboys since a 20-10 win at Texas Stadium on Christmas Eve in 1989.
– That 1989 contest is the only other regular-season meeting between the clubs in Dallas in December/January.
– The Packers and Cowboys represent two of the proudest and most successful clubs in the NFL. The teams have combined for 18 NFL championships (Green Bay 13, Dallas 5) and nine Super Bowl titles (Green Bay 4, Dallas 5).
– Green Bay topped the Cowboys, 34-27, in the 1966 NFL Championship in Dallas on its way to winning Super Bowl I vs. Kansas City.
– After Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry turned it into one of the league’s great rivalries, the Packers-Cowboys series reached another peak in the 1990s with some memorable playoff battles.
– Though the Cowboys have won 11 of the last 15 overall meetings, the all-time regular-season series is deadlocked at 12-12.
– Since 2009, the Packers have a 16-5 (.762) overall record in December/January, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (19-3, .864).
– Green Bay enters today’s game with a 34-12-1 record over their last 47 regular-season games, a .734 winning percentage that is tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span (with San Francisco, 34-12-1) behind only New England (37-10, .787).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’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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– The Packers (5-6-1) will take on the Atlanta Falcons (3-9) today at Lambeau Field, the first meeting between the clubs in Green Bay since Week 5 of the 2008 season.
– Today’s game was originally scheduled to be a prime-time matchup, but was shifted to a noon kickoff through the league’s flexible scheduling.
– Green Bay is currently third in the NFC North at 5-6-1 after losing to the Lions, 40-10, on Thanksgiving in Detroit. The Packers trail the Lions (7-5) and Chicago (6-6) as they head into the final month of the season.
– Today will be a matchup of two of the most successful teams in the NFC in recent years. Since 2009, the Packers rank No. 2 in the conference with 52 regular-season wins, trailing only New Orleans (53). The Falcons rank No. 3 in the NFC over that span with 48 victories.
– Including two playoff meetings (1995 and 2002 seasons), the Packers and Falcons have met nine times before at Lambeau Field, with Green Bay holding a 5-4 edge at the stadium. The teams also squared off five times in Milwaukee between 1966-1994, including the last NFL game played in the city on Dec. 18, 1994, a 21-17 Green Bay win.
– The Packers hold a 15-13 edge in the all-time series (including playoffs). Green Bay topped the Falcons, 48-21, at the Georgia Dome in a 2010 NFC Divisional playoff game (Jan. 15, 2011) on its way to a Super Bowl XLV title.
– This will be just the second time that the Falcons have played a regular-season game at Lambeau Field in December or January, with the only other instance coming on Dec. 21, 1975, a 22-13 Green Bay win in the season finale in 12-degree weather.
– The Packers enter today’s contest having won 12 consecutive regular-season games at Lambeau Field that were played Dec. 1 or later, the longest current home winning streak in the league in games played in December/January. San Francisco’s 11-game winning streak at home in games played Dec. 1 or later is the No. 2 current mark in the league.
– Since 2009, the Packers have a 15-5 (.750) overall record in December/January, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (18-3, .857). Green Bay’s 11-0 mark (1.000) at home in December/January over that span is tied for the best winning percentage in the league with the 49ers (9-0, 1.000).
– The Packers have won 10 of their last 13 regular-season games at home with one tie and 23 of their last 27 with one tie at Lambeau Field.
– Green Bay enters today’s game with a 33-12-1 record over their last 46 regular-season games, a .728 winning percentage that is tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span (San Francisco, 33-12-1) behind only New England (36-10, .783).
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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– The Packers will take on the Detroit Lions today in an NFC North matchup at Ford Field, the fourth Thanksgiving Day meeting between the teams in Detroit in the last seven seasons.
– Green Bay is currently third in the NFC North at 5-5-1 after a 26-26 tie against Minnesota at Lambeau Field this past Sunday. The Packers trail the Lions and Bears, who are both 6-5.
– This will mark the 21st all-time meeting between the clubs on Thanksgiving, with the Lions holding an 11-8-1 edge in the series on the holiday. Green Bay and Detroit first met on Thanksgiving in 1951 and went on to meet on the holiday in 13 consecutive seasons (1951-63).
– No two teams have faced off on Thanksgiving more than the Packers and the Lions, with Detroit and Chicago ranking No. 2 with 15 meetings.
– The Packers emerged victorious in each of the last three meetings with the Lions on Thanksgiving, winning games in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
– Green Bay’s current three-game winning streak in Thanksgiving contests is tied for the longest in franchise history (league games only), matching the Packers’ three-game winning streak on Thanksgiving from 1930-32 (victories against the Frankford Yellow Jackets, Providence Steam Roller and Brooklyn Dodgers).
– No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
– The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Today marks meeting No. 169 in the all-time series (including playoffs).
– Green Bay has a 14-1 mark (.933) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, which is tied with New England (14-1 vs. Buffalo) for the best winning percentage by a team vs. a divisional foe since 2006. Dating back further, the Packers have won 15 of the last 16 against Detroit and 23 of the last 26 in the series.
– The Packers have won eight of 11 games (.727) at Ford Field against the Lions, the third-best winning percentage in the league among teams that have played four or more games at the stadium behind only Atlanta and Tampa Bay (both 3-1, .750).
– Green Bay has won the game leading into its Thanksgiving contest four of the last five times it has played on the holiday (2003, 2007, 2009, 2011).
– The Packers enter today’s game having won 14 of their last 17 regular-season games with one tie against NFC North foes. Green Bay’s .853 winning percentage in divisional contests over that span ranks No. 2 in the NFL behind only New England (.882, 15-2).
– Since 2006, Green Bay has a 34-11-1 (.750) regular-season record in NFC North contests (No. 2 in the NFL) and a 15-7 mark (.682) in divisional games on the road (No. 4 in the league).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Bill Schuster (129), head linesman Wayne Mackie (106), line judge Jeff Seeman (45), field judge Bob Waggoner (25), side judge Mike Weatherford (116) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).
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