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Packers-Lions Week 14 Dope Sheet

Posted Dec 4, 2012


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 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

Here are some highlights from the Packers-Lions Week 14 Dope Sheet:

DETROIT (4-8) AT GREEN BAY (8-4)
Sunday, Dec. 9 - Lambeau Field - 7:20 p.m. CST

PACKERS AND LIONS TO SQUARE OFF IN PRIME-TIME CONTEST

  • The Packers stay home to host the Detroit Lions on Sunday evening in a nationally televised contest, the first prime-time meeting between the division rivals since a Sunday night game at Lambeau Field in 2005.
  • Green Bay has won six of its last seven games entering Sunday’s contest, which is tied for the second-best record in the league since Week 6 behind only Denver (7-0).
  • The Packers have won six of their last eight games played on Sunday night. Green Bay is 19-6 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .760 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in the NFL.
  • This is the second in a stretch of three straight NFC North games for Green Bay, the first time the Packers have had three consecutive divisional contests on the schedule since 2006 (Weeks 15-17). Three of Green Bay’s final four remaining games are against divisional foes.
  • With their 23-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field, the Packers extended their franchise-record divisional winning streak to 10 games (previous mark was eight games). It is the longest current divisional winning streak in the NFL, one ahead of New England’s nine-game winning streak against AFC East foes.
  • The Packers have won eight straight NFC North games at home, the longest streak by the team since a 10-game streak from 2000-02.
  • Green Bay is currently tied with Chicago (8-4) for first place in the NFC North, two games ahead of Minnesota (6-6). The Packers beat the Bears in Week 2, and the teams square off again at Chicago in Week 15.
  • 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. Some two seasons later, the clubs began a yearly series. This Sunday marks meeting No. 166 in the all-time series.
  • Now rivals in the NFC North, the Packers own a 92-65-7 (.585) advantage over the Lions in the regular season and have won both playoff games.
  • Green Bay has a 12-1 mark (.923) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Overall, the Packers have won 13 of the last 14 and 21 of the last 24 in the series.
  • The Packers have won 21 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including a 1994 playoff game). The streak started with Green Bay’s win over the Lions at County Stadium in Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 1992.
  • Green Bay’s 20-game regular-season home winning streak against Detroit is the longest in NFL history, ahead of Washington’s 18-game home winning streak against the Lions (1939-present) and Pittsburgh’s 16-game streak versus the Cleveland Browns (1970-85).
  • The Packers have won 18 of their last 19 regular-season games (.947) at Lambeau Field and 24 of their last 26 (.923) at home.
  • Green Bay has won 25 of its last 30 regular-season games overall (.833), the best record in the league over that span.

 
WITH THE CALL

  • NBC Sports will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
  • Dial Global Sports radio will air the game across the country. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines. Scott Graham hosts pregame and halftime shows.
  • Univision Radio will broadcast the game in Spanish to a national audience, with Rafael Hernandez Brito (play-by-play) and Jim Rodriguez (color) calling the action.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 93, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

 
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Lions:
  • All-time, regular season: 92-65-7
  • All-time, postseason: 2-0
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 29-10-3
  • Streaks: The Packers have won 13 of the last 14 meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 18, 2012, at Ford Field, Packers won, 24-20.
  • Last meeting, regular season, in Green Bay: Jan. 1, 2012, at Lambeau Field, Packers won, 45-41.

 
COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 76-40-0, .655, (incl. 5-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
  • Jim Schwartz: 22-39-0, .361, (incl. 0-1 postseason); 5th NFL season
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 6-1
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 12-1 vs. Lions; Schwartz 1-6 vs. Packers

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

  • 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.
  • Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in four of his six seasons as the helm, and the team’s four postseason berths over the past five seasons are the most by an NFC team.
  • His .655 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each season from 2006-11.
  • Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
  • Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).

 
JIM SCHWARTZ
…Is in fourth year as the Lions’ 25th head coach.

  • In 2011, guided the Lions to their first playoff appearance since 1999.
  • Before coming to Detroit, spent 10 years with the Tennessee Titans, including the last eight as defensive coordinator.
  • Broke into the NFL as a college and pro scout for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-95 before becoming a defensive assistant coach for the Ravens after the franchise moved to Baltimore.
  • Coached as a graduate assistant and then position coach at four different colleges (Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina Central, Colgate) after a playing career as a LB at Georgetown University.

 
THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES

  • No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers first met the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. Including a pair of playoff clashes in the early 1990s, this week marks Game No. 166 in the all-time series.
  • Green Bay has scored more points (3,458 in the regular season) against the Lions than any other franchise.  
  • The Packers have won 21 straight games over Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans eight Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08) and Schwartz (2009-11).
  • The 20 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among active NFL streaks at one team’s home field.

 
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers WR Greg Jennings (Kalamazoo/Western Michigan), G/T T.J. Lang (Birmingham/Eastern Michigan) and LB Frank Zombo (Sterling Heights/Central Michigan) are Michigan natives and played collegiately in the state...LB Brad Jones is a native of East Lansing, Mich. …Packers DE Jerel Worthy played at Michigan State...Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was Kansas City’s QBs coach when Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham held the same position with the Chiefs for four seasons (1995-98)…Cunningham was on the staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) in 1981 when Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements played QB for Hamilton and he was also on the Raiders staff when Packers assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss played for them...Lions CB Pat Lee was a second-round pick by the Packers in 2008 and played four seasons (2008-11) in Green Bay…Packers WR coach Edgar Bennett and Lions GM Martin Mayhew were teammates for one season at Florida State...Lions offensive line coach George Yarno finished his playing career with the Packers in 1990 but did not appear in any regular-season games...Lions DT Corey Williams was a Packers’ sixth-round draft choice in 2004 and played four seasons in Green Bay (2004-07)...Lions LB DeAndre Levy played collegiately at Wisconsin and attended Milwaukee Vincent High...Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was a three-year starter (1978-80) at middle guard on the defensive line for the University of Michigan, where he played in three Rose Bowls...Trgovac also began his coaching career at Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1984-85...Trgovac and Lions special teams coach Danny Crossman coached on the staff in Carolina together…Crossman and Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt were teammates at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989; McCarthy was a volunteer assistant at Pitt that season...Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry and Lions RB coach Sam Gash were teammates at Penn State…Gash and Van Pelt were teammates with the Buffalo Bills...Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff at Texas A&M when Lions LS Don Muhlbach played for the Aggies...Lions T Jeff Backus and Packers CB Charles Woodson were teammates on Michigan’s 1997 national championship team...Jennings and Lions TE Tony Scheffler were teammates at Western Michigan and were both drafted in the second round in 2006...Jennings and Lions S Louis Delmas played together for one season (2005) at Western Michigan...Packers G Josh Sitton blocked for Lions RB Kevin Smith at Central Florida…Other college teammates include Packers LB A.J. Hawk and Lions WR Brian Robiskie and G Rob Sims (Ohio State), Packers DE Mike Daniels and Lions T Riley Reiff and CB Amari Spievey (Iowa), Packers DT B.J. Raji and LB Robert Francois and Lions T Gosder Cherilus (Boston College), Packers DE Mike Neal and Lions DE Cliff Avril (Purdue), Packers LS Brett Goode and Lions CB Chris Houston (Arkansas), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Lions DE Lawrence Jackson (Southern Cal), Packers CB Davon House and Lions CB Jonté Green (New Mexico State), Packers LB Terrell Manning and Lions DE Willie Young (North Carolina State), and Packers CB Sam Shields and Lions T Jason Fox (Miami).

 
LAST MEETING, IN GREEN BAY

  • Jan. 1, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 45-41.
  • With starting QB Aaron Rodgers resting for the playoffs, QB Matt Flynn set franchise records with 480 yards and six TD passes (TD record since tied by Rodgers), including a 4-yard scoring strike to TE Jermichael Finley with just over a minute remaining to give Green Bay the win.
  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for 520 yards and five TDs, making it the first game in NFL history in which opposing QBs each threw for 400-plus yards and five TDs in a game. The teams’ combined 971 net passing yards set an NFL record.
  • WR Jordy Nelson posted career highs in receptions (nine), receiving yards (162) and TD receptions (three).

 
STAT OF THE WEEK

  • S Morgan Burnett matched his career high on Sunday when he posted two interceptions in the Packers’ 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.
  • What made Burnett’s two interceptions of QB Christian Ponder even more significant was that both came with the Vikings deep in Green Bay territory.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Burnett became the first Packer to record two interceptions in a game where both plays started from the Green Bay 25-yard line or in since CB Doug Evans did so vs. Minnesota on Oct. 22, 1995.
  • Both of Burnett’s interceptions came in the third quarter as he became the sixth player in the NFL to record two INTs in a quarter this season. One of those six is teammate CB Casey Hayward (fourth quarter, at Houston), as the Packers are the only team in the league this season to have two different players register two interceptions in a quarter.
  • With the two INTs on Sunday, four of Burnett’s six career interceptions have come against NFC North foes.


This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

 
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