Dope Sheet: Packers back at home to play Seahawks

Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks.

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After playing four of the last five games on the road, the Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks.

  • Green Bay has won nine straight home games (including playoffs) against the Seahawks.
  • It is the sixth regular-season meeting with Seattle in the last eight seasons.
  • Including the postseason, it will be the ninth time the two teams have played in 10 seasons (since 2012).
  • Including the playoffs, Green Bay has won four of the last five games against Seattle, including the last meeting, a 28-23 victory in a 2019 Divisional Playoff.
  • Each of the last three matchups have been decided by eight points or less (including the postseason).

AGAINST THE NFC

  • Green Bay plays six of its final eight regular-season games against the NFC.
  • The Packers are 5-1 versus NFC teams this season, an .833 winning percentage that is tied for No. 1 in the conference (Los Angeles Rams).
  • Under Head Coach Matt LaFleur, Green Bay is 25-5 against the NFC in the regular season, an .833 winning percentage that leads the NFC and ranks No. 3 in the NFL over that span.
  • The Packers' point differential of plus-152 against NFC teams since 2019 ranks No. 3 in the league.

WITH THE CALL

CBS will broadcast the game. Play-by-play man Jim Nantz joins analyst Tony Romo with Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.  

  • Sports USA will air the game on radio across the country. Josh Appel (play-by-play) and Mark Carrier (analyst) will call the action.
  • Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 49 stations in four states. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to www.packers.com. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team's broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 26th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 23rd season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago. Both McCarren and Larrivee are members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:

Packers vs. Seahawks: 

  • Regular season, all-time: 11-8
  • All-time, Postseason: 3-1
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 12-3 (including 3-0 in postseason) 
  • Streaks: The Packers have won the last nine matchups between the two teams at Lambeau Field dating back to 2003.
  • Last meeting: Jan. 12, 2020, Lambeau Field, NFC Divisional Playoff, Packers won, 28-23

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 33-8-0, .805; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
  • Pete Carroll: 148-99-1, .599; 16th NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Carroll 
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Seattle; Carroll 4-6 vs. Packers (including coaching tenures with NYJ, NE and SEA) 

MATT LaFLEUR…In his third season as the Packers' 15th head coach.

  • In his 13th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (Los Angeles Rams, 2017; Tennessee Titans, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington Football Team, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
  • In his first two seasons leading the Packers, has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. For the second consecutive season in 2020, led Green Bay to a 13-3 record and captured the NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2011. It was just the second time in team history that the Packers had won 13-plus games in back-to- back seasons (13-3 in 1996 and 1997).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the sixth head coach since 1970 to lead his team to the conference championship game in both of his first two seasons as a head coach, joining Jim Harbaugh (2011-12), Rex Ryan (2009-10), Barry Switzer (1994-95), George Seifert (1989-90) and Don McCafferty (1970-71). 
  • Became just the second NFL head coach since the league went to a divisional format in 1967 to win 13-plus games and a division title in both of his first two seasons, joining Seifert (1989-90).
  • In his first season leading the Packers in 2019, became the first coach in club history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season. Also led the largest one-year win improvement in team history (plus-seven wins).

PETE CARROLL…In his 12th season as head coach, being hired by Seattle on January 11, 2010.

  • Seattle has advanced to the divisional round in seven of Carroll's 11 seasons as coach, winning two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl, while claiming the No. 1 seed in the NFC twice, and for the third time in franchise history.
  • His defense led the NFL in scoring defense for four consecutive seasons from 2012-15, becoming the first defense in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat.
  • In 2016, he became the 39th head coach in NFL history with 100 wins in the regular season.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Seahawks executive vice president/general manager John Schneider was with the Packers for 13 years as a personnel intern (1992), scout (1993-96), personnel analyst to the general manager (2002-07) and director of football operations (2008-09)...Schneider also worked under the late Ted Thompson in Seattle in 2000 and attended Abbot Pennings High in De Pere, Wis. ...Schneider and Packers executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball worked together with the Washington Football Team in 2001...Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst also worked with Schneider in Kansas City (1997-99)...Seahawks senior executive advisor to the general manager Alonzo Highsmith spent 19 seasons in the Packers' player personnel department…Packers defensive backs/passing game coordinator Jerry Gray spent one season (2010) coaching the defensive backs for the Seahawks…Packers assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus spent two seasons as a quality control assistant in Seattle (2010-11)...Seahawks offensive line coach Mike Solari was the assistant offensive line coach for Green Bay in 2015…Seahawks running backs coach Chad Morton was the Packers' coaching administrator in 2009 and special teams assistant from 2010-13...Packers director of college scouting Matt Malaspina served as an area scout in Seattle for five seasons (2000-04)...Seahawks QB Russell Wilson played one season (2011) at the University of Wisconsin...Green Bay CB Kevin King (2013-16) played at the University of Washington...Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive line coach Clint Hurtt was the outside linebackers coach with the Chicago Bears when Packers S Adrian Amos was on the team (2015-16)…Packers LB Whitney Mercilus was a member of the Houston Texans, where he was teammates with Seahawks T Duane Brown (2012-17)...Seahawks special teams coordinator Larry Izzo was teammates with Packers director of player engagement Grey Ruegamer in New England (2001-02)…Packers coaching assistant Ruvell Martin played WR for the Seahawks in 2010…Former college teammates include: Packers CB Kevin King, Seahawks QB Jacob Eason, CB Sidney Jones IV and TE Will Dissly (Washington); Packers DL T.J. Slaton, Seahawks WR Freddie Swain and T Stone Forsythe (Florida); Packers LB Jonathan Garvin, Seahawks RB Travis Homer and RB DeeJay Dallas (Miami); Packers LB Preston Smith and Seahawks G Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State); Packers S Darnell Savage and Seahawks TE Tyler Mabry (Maryland); Packers LB Rashan Gary, G Jon Runyan and Seahawks DT Bryan Mone (Michigan); Packers C Jake Hanson and Seahawks FS Ugo Amadi (Oregon).

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