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Packers-Chiefs Week 15 Dope Sheet

Posted Dec 13, 2011


Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.

Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com. This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Chiefs Week 15 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

Here are some highlights from the Packers-Chiefs Week 15 Dope Sheet:

GREEN BAY (13-0) AT KANSAS CITY (5-8)
Sunday, Dec. 18 l Arrowhead Stadium l Noon CST

13-0 PACKERS TRAVEL TO KANSAS CITY FOR ROAD FINALE

  • Green Bay travels to Kansas City this Sunday for the Packers’ final regular-season road game this season, the latest they have ever visited the Chiefs.
  • The Packers can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win on Sunday. The last time Green Bay was the top seed in the conference was 1996.
  • Green Bay will be looking to become just the sixth NFL team to post a perfect 8-0 road record in a season.
  • The Packers are off to a 13-0 start for the first time in franchise history. They are just the eighth team in NFL history to begin the season with 13 consecutive victories. Green Bay will be aiming to become just the fourth team in NFL history to start a season 14-0 (1972 Miami Dolphins, 2007 New England Patriots, 2009 Indianapolis Colts).
  • Including playoffs, the Packers have won 19 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history (12-game streak in 1961-62). It is the second-longest winning streak in NFL history, including the postseason, behind only the 2003-04 New England Patriots (21 games).
  • The Packers’ streak of 15 straight wins in the regular season (2010-11) is a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62. Green Bay has also set a single-season franchise record with 13 straight regular-season wins, topping the previous mark of 10 in 1929 and 1962.
  • For Head Coach Mike McCarthy, this will be 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 asst./quality control coach and the final four as the QBs coach. Sunday will be the second time McCarthy has coached against Kansas City in the regular season.
  • The two clubs famously met in the first-ever Super Bowl, a 35-10 Green Bay victory in Los Angeles. This marks just the second meeting between the teams in Kansas City over the past 15 seasons. Green Bay last visited the Chiefs in 2007, a 33-22 Packers win.

 

ROAD RUN

  • The Packers are off to their first 7-0 start on the road in franchise history, besting the 5-0 starts away from home in 1929, 1936, 1941 and 2007.
  • Green Bay has set a franchise record with the seven road victories, topping the previous single-season mark of six road wins in 2004 and 2007.
  • Including playoffs, Green Bay has won 10 consecutive road games, the longest current streak in the NFL, and 12 of its last 15. The .800 road winning percentage over that span ranks No. 1 in the league.
  • The Packers’ 10-game winning streak away from Lambeau Field is a franchise record, besting the nine-game road winning streak in 1966-67. Green Bay is the only team in the NFL that is undefeated on the road this season.
  • The Packers will be looking to tie the franchise record for the most consecutive regular-season road wins at eight, a streak that Green Bay also posted in 1941-42 and 1966-67.

 

WITH THE CALL

  • FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
  • Play-by-play man Kenny Albert and color analyst Daryl Johnston will have the call from the broadcast booth with Tony Siragusa reporting from the sidelines.
  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 86, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 711.

 

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs:
  • All-time regular season: 2-6-1
  • All-time, postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, in Kansas City: 2-3-0
  • Streaks: The Chiefs had a five-game winning streak snapped in the team’s last meeting, a 2007 Packers win.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 4, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium; Packers won, 33-22

 

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 66-34-0, .660, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
  • Romeo Crennel (interim coach): 24-40-0, .375, 5th NFL season
  • Head to Head: Never met
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Chiefs; Crennel 1-0 vs. Packers

 

MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.

  • Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, he joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
  • His .714 winning percentage (5-2) in the postseason is tied for first among active NFL head coaches, matching the mark of New England’s Bill Belichick (15-6) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (5-2).
  • One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last five seasons (2006-10).
  • Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
  • Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.
  • Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.

 

ROMEO CRENNEL…Named Kansas City’s interim coach on Monday.

  • Served as the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator from 2010-11. Was the head coach in Cleveland for four seasons (2005-08), where he led the Browns to a 10-6 record in 2007, the team’s best record since an 11-5 mark in 1994.
  • Was the defensive coordinator in New England for four seasons (2001-04), where he helped the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles. Was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America following the 2003 season.
  • Served as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in Cleveland in 2000 and as the defensive line coach for three seasons with the N.Y. Jets (1997-99) and four seasons with New England (1993-96).
  • Began his NFL coaching career with a 12-year stint with the N.Y. Giants (1981-92), where he was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams.

 

THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES

  • The first meeting between the two clubs was undoubtedly the most memorable game in the series. In January 1967, NFL champion Green Bay met AFL champion Kansas City in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
  • Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. In fact, the Chiefs have the third-highest winning percentage against the Packers (6-2-1, .722) among all NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (10-3, .769) and Jets (8-3, .728) have better records vs. Green Bay.
  • When the Packers traveled to Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip to that city since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.   

 

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
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 LB Erik Walden played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2008...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 asst. strength and conditioning coach and the final two in football operations...Ball played center at Central Missouri St. when Chiefs DB coach Emmitt Thomas was on the coaching staff there...Ball also coached at Missouri when Chiefs quality control coach Otis Smith played for the Tigers…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. ...Packers VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly spent seven seasons with the Chiefs (1989-95) as executive VP and chief operating officer...Packers asst. 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 college scout Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant in 1998...Chiefs assistant head coach Maurice Carthon interviewed for the Packers’ head-coaching job in 2006 when McCarthy was hired...Packers QB coach Tom Clements previously held the same post in Kansas City (2000) and also played quarterback for the Chiefs in 1980…Chiefs QB coach Jim Zorn played for the Packers in 1985…Packers TE Tom Crabtree spent 2009 training camp with the Chiefs and was a college teammate of Chiefs TE Jake O’Connell at Miami (Ohio)...Packers WR Jordy Nelson played at Kansas State and is a native of Manhattan, Kan. …Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford spent the 2006 training camp and the 2008 offseason with Green Bay…Chiefs WR coach Richie Anderson and Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry were teammates at Penn State…Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark and Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff together at Texas A&M…Chiefs special teams coach Steve Hoffman was on the staff at Miami when Packers asst. head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss played for the Hurricanes…Chiefs asst. offensive line coach Pat Perles and Packers TE coach Ben McAdoo coached on the staff together at Michigan State…Former college teammates include Packers QB Matt Flynn and Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Tyson Jackson and CB Travis Daniels (LSU), Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Chiefs QB Ricky Stanzi (Iowa), Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt and Packers C Scott Wells (Tennessee), Packers S Charlie Peprah and Chiefs DE Wallace Gilberry and FB Le’Ron McClain (Alabama), Packers CB Sam Shields and Chiefs DL Allen Bailey (Miami), Chiefs OL Butch Lewis and LB Clay Matthews (USC), Packers LB Brad Jones and Chiefs DB Jalil Brown (Colorado), Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Chiefs LB Justin Houston (Georgia), and Packers RB Brandon Saine and Chiefs DB Donald Washington (Ohio State).

 

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Nov. 4, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium; Packers won, 33-22.
  • The Packers trailed 22-16 in the fourth quarter when Brett Favre hit Greg Jennings for a 60-yard TD with 3:05 left. It was Jennings’ second TD of the game on just three receptions (for 85 yards).
  • Mason Crosby’s fourth FG of the game and Charles Woodson’s 46-yard interception return for a TD, with 59 seconds left, finished off the scoring. 
  • The Packers outgained the Chiefs by a wide margin, 432-234, as Jennings, WR Donald Driver (5-99) and TE Donald Lee (4-78) accounted for most of Favre’s 360 passing yards.

This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Chiefs Week 15 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

 
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