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The Green Bay Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football.

  • It is the 26th consecutive season (1993-2018) that Green Bay is appearing on MNF.
  • It is the fifth time in the last six seasons the Packers have played at Lambeau Field on MNF.
  • It will be the fourth time, and first since 1999, that Green Bay and San Francisco will face off on MNF, with the Packers winning two of the three matchups.
  • Green Bay has won three of its last four games on MNF.
  • The Packers lead the all-time series with the 49ers, 35-30-1, including a 4-3 record in the postseason.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay is 4-2 against San Francisco during the regular season.
  • The Packers have won 10 of the last 12 regular-season matchups with the 49ers, including six of seven contests at home.
  • Green Bay has scored 20-plus points in each of the last eight regular season home games it has played against San Francisco.
  • After the second Week 7 bye for Green Bay in the last four seasons (2015), the Packers will play four of five games on the road, including three games against teams that won their division last season (at Los Angles Rams, at New England Patriots, at Minnesota Vikings).
  • The Packers are 7-5 (.583) under McCarthy in the game heading into the open date on their schedule, including wins in two of the last three contests.

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AGAINST THE NFC WEST

  • Under McCarthy, Green Bay is 17-7 versus NFC West teams during the regular season. The Packers’ .708 winning percentage is tied for No. 4 in the NFL against the NFC West and Green Bay's 17 wins are tied for No. 1 (Atlanta, Minnesota) among teams outside the NFC West (profootball-reference.com).
  • QB Aaron Rodgers has started 19 regular-season games against teams from the NFC West with the Packers winning 14 of those. Rodgers has thrown 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions in the 19 games and his 105.1 passer rating ranks No. 1 in the NFL against the NFC West since 2008 (min. 100 pass att.).
  • Dating back to 2002, the Packers are 22-9 against the NFC West in the regular season. Green Bay’s .710 winning percentage against the NFC West is No. 1 in the NFC and No. 3 in the NFL.
  • The Packers’ 22 wins against the NFC West since 2002 are tied for the most in the NFL for a team outside the division.
  • Green Bay has a plus-259 point differential against the NFC West since 2002, No. 2 in the NFL behind the Seattle Seahawks (plus-619).

WITH THE CALL

ESPN is in its 13th season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore is joined by analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland for the 49th season of MNF broadcasts, with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.

  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in four states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and twotime Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 24th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 20th season of broadcasts together. In Week 1, they surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers.
  • Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Kurt Warner (analyst) will call the action, with Olivia Dekker reporting from the sidelines and Jim Gray hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).

BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER

The Packers have a 53-man roster that is composed of 25 offensive players, 25 defensive players and three specialists.

  • Of the 53 players on Green Bay’s roster, 30 of them (56.6 percent) were draft picks of the Packers. Green Bay has eight players that were drafted in the first round, including seven that were selected by the Packers.
  • Green Bay has 37 players on the roster that were draft picks (69.8 percent), including 21 players that were selected in the first three rounds (41.5 percent).
  • Over a third of the players (19 of 53, 35.8 percent) on Green Bay’s roster entered the league as a sixth-round or seventh-round pick or as an undrafted player.
  • Of the 53 players on the roster, 42 of them (79.2 percent) are 28 years old or younger (as of Oct. 15) and 28 players (52.8 percent) are 24 years old or younger.
  • The Packers have 10 players that have made at least one Pro Bowl, with seven of those players being draft picks of Green Bay (Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Randall Cobb, Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, Aaron Rodgers).
  • Of the 53 players on the roster, 40 began their pro careers with the Packers (75.5 percent).
  • Over half the roster consists of players with experience ranging from rookie to three years (33 of 53, 62.3 percent).

GREEN BAY'S ROSTER ...

BY AGE (as of Oct. 15)

  • 21-24: 28 players
  • 25-28: 14 players
  • 29-32: 7 players
  • 33-plus: 4 players

BY EXPERIENCE

  • R-1: 16 players
  • 2-3: 17 players
  • 4-5: 6 players
  • 6-9: 9 players
  • 10-plus: 5 players

BY DRAFT ROUND

  • 1st: 8 players
  • 2nd/3rd round: 13 players
  • 4th/5th round: 13 players
  • 6th/7th round: 3 players
  • Undrafted: 16 players

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT

Packers vs. 49ers:

  • Regular season, all-time: 31-27-1
  • All-time postseason: 4-3
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 13-6 (includes 2-1 in postseason)
  • Streaks: The 49ers have won four of the last five matchups, but the Packers have won nine of the last 13 games (including playoffs).
  • Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 4, 2015, Levi’s Stadium, Green Bay won, 17-3

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 133-80-2, .623 (incl. 10-8 postseason); 13th NFL season
  • Kyle Shanahan: 7-14, .333, 2nd NFL season
  • Head to Head: 0-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 4-4 vs. 49ers; Shanahan 0-0 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 13th year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.

  • Led Green Bay to its eighth consecutive playoff appearance in 2016, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. Has led the team to nine playoff appearances in the last 11 years (2007, 2009-16).
  • Ranks second in franchise history in total victories, trailing only Curly Lambeau.
  • Guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring in eight straight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat over that span; Packers led the league in scoring in 2014.
  • Reached the 100-win plateau faster than any active NFL head coach, needing just 155 games.
  • 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.

KYLE SHANAHAN…Is in his second year as the 49ers’ 20th head coach.

  • In his first season as head coach in 2017, led the team to a 6-10 record, a four-game improvement from the previous year for the 49ers.
  • Possesses 14 seasons of coaching experience at the NFL level, including nine as an offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), Cleveland Browns (2014), Washington Redskins (2010-13) and Houston Texans (2008-09).
  • In six of nine seasons as an offensive coordinator (2008-09, 2012-13 and 2015-16), directed an offense that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in yards gained.
  • In 2016, helped the Falcons reach Super Bowl LI and guided the Atlanta offense to franchise records in yards per game (415.8), points scored (540), net passing yards per game (295.3) and average yards per play (6.7).

THE PACKERS-49ERS SERIES

Originally dating back to 1950, the series featured two games per season from 1953-66 with the teams trading dominant stretches.

  • San Francisco won 13 times in a span of 15 games between 1950-58, while the Packers won 10 of 11 games between 1959-64.
  • In more recent times, the series has been noted for its postseason clashes, including several defining moments in Packers history. Green Bay’s 27-17 triumph in the 1995 NFC Divisional playoff was considered the breakthrough victory that established the Packers as an elite team for the next several years. The Packers also won the next two postseason meetings, a 35-14 home victory in the 1996 NFC Divisional playoff en route to the Super Bowl XXXI title, and a 23-10 win at San Francisco in the 1997 NFC Championship game.
  • The two teams met in the playoffs for a fourth straight season in 1998, with the 49ers winning, 30-27, on QB Steve Young’s last-second TD pass to WR Terrell Owens.
  • The clubs faced off in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons (2012-13), with San Francisco coming away with wins in both.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was San Francisco’s offensive coordinator in 2005…Green Bay S Jermaine Whitehead signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and spent that season on the San Francisco practice squad...Packers offense – pass game coordinator Jim Hostler served as the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach from 2005-06 and as the offensive coordinator in 2007...Green Bay quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti worked in the same role for San Francisco in 2007...49ers run game specialist/outside linebackers coach Johnny Holland played linebacker for the Packers from 1987-93, and worked as a Green Bay assistant coach from 1995-99...San Francisco assistant offensive line coach Adam Stenavich spent time on the Green Bay practice squad in 2006 and is from Marshfield, Wis. ...Green Bay chief operating officer and general counsel Ed Policy’s father, Carmen, worked in San Francisco’s front office in the 1980s and 1990s…Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is from Chico, Calif., and played collegiately at Butte College in Oroville, Calif., and the University of California…Other Packers with connections to northern California include: WR Davante Adams (Palo Alto), T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), offensive line coach James Campen (Sacramento), CB Kevin King (Oakland), LB Blake Martinez (Stanford) and RB Ty Montgomery (Stanford)...49ers defensive quality control coach Bobby Slowik is a native of Green Bay, Wis. ...Packers LB Clay Matthews’ grandfather, Clay Sr., played for San Francisco for four seasons (1950, 1953-55)...Packers TE Jimmy Graham played in Seattle with 49ers CB Richard Sherman (2015-17), DL Cassius Marsh (2015-16) and OL Garry Gilliam (2015-16)...Green Bay T/G Byron Bell played in Dallas with San Francisco RB Alfred Morris in 2017...Packers TE Marcedes Lewis teamed with 49ers DL Sheldon Day in Jacksonville in 2016 and for part of 2017...49ers assistant head coach/tight ends coach Jon Embree was Lewis’ position coach at UCLA from 2004-05...Green Bay TE Lance Kendricks was teammates with San Francisco OL Mike Person in St. Louis in 2014...Person also played with Packers LB Antonio Morrison in Indianapolis in 2017...Green Bay CB Tramon Williams played with 49ers CB K’Waun Williams (2015), RB Raheem Mostert (2015) and T Shon Coleman (2016) while with the Browns...Green Bay defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the Browns’ head coach from 2014-15. A number of Packers and 49ers coaches served on Pettine’s coaching staff in Cleveland: Green Bay tight ends coach Brian Angelichio, defensive quality control coach Ryan Downard, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, special teams coordinator Richard Hightower, defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur, offensive assistant T.C. McCartney and run game coordinator Mike McDaniel...Packers secondary coach Jason Simmons played for Houston (2002-07) while a number of 49ers coaches served on the Texans’ staff: Shanahan, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Hightower, offensive line coach John Benton, Holland and McDaniel...San Francisco defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina was also teammates with Simmons in Houston in 2007...Benton worked as the offensive line coach in Miami while Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin coached the Dolphins...Mostert (2015) and San Francisco NT Earl Mitchell (2014-15) also played for the Dolphins during Philbin’s tenure as head coach in Miami...Angelichio and Hafley coached together in Tampa Bay in 2012...Angelichio, Cignetti and Hafley also coached together at Rutgers in 2011 and at the University of Pittsburgh from 2009-10...49ers CB K’Waun Williams played for the Panthers in 2010...Zgonina was an assistant to Packers defense – run game coordinator/inside linebackers coach Patrick Graham when Graham coached the New York Giants’ defensive line in 2016...Cignetti was also on the Giants’ coaching staff in 2016...Stenavich coached with Packers defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery at Michigan for two seasons 2011-12...Embree was the Colorado head coach during Bakhtiari’s final two seasons (2011-12) playing for the Buffaloes...McCartney also served as a graduate assistant at Colorado in 2012...San Francisco pass rush specialist Chris Kiffin worked as an assistant at Southern California in 2010 while Green Bay LB Nick Perry played for the Trojans...Former college teammates include: Packers P JK Scott and 49ers LB Reuben Foster (Alabama), Packers DL Montravius Adams, S Jermaine Whitehead and Coleman (Auburn), Packers RB Jamaal Williams and 49ers LB Fred Warner (BYU), Packers CB Bashaud Breeland and 49ers P Bradley Pinion (Clemson), Packers G Lucas Patrick and 49ers OL Laken Tomlinson (Duke), Packers CB Josh Jackson, 49ers QB C.J. Beathard, TE George Kittle and DB Greg Mabin (Iowa), Packers QB DeShone Kizer, WR Equanimeous St. Brown, 49ers T Mike McGlinchey and Day (Notre Dame), Matthews, Perry and 49ers LB Malcolm Smith (Southern California), Martinez, Montgomery and 49ers G Joshua Garnett (Stanford), Packers DL Kenny Clark and Marsh (UCLA).

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