Dope Sheet: Packers face 49ers in divisional playoff

The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will square off on Saturday night. 

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QB Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will square off on Saturday night. It will be the third time the Packers have hosted a playoff game at Lambeau Field in primetime (2002 vs. Atlanta and 2012 vs. Minnesota).

  • This is the second straight year that the Packers will play in a Divisional Playoff on a Saturday, having defeated the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field last season.
  • The Packers are 10-3 all-time in playoff games played on a Saturday, including a 7-1 mark at home.
  • This will be the ninth postseason meeting between the two teams, with each club winning four times.
  • Green Bay traveled to San Francisco in Week 3 this season, beating the 49ers, 30-28, on a 51-yard field goal by K Mason Crosby as time expired.
  • It is the sixth time (1996, 1998, 2012, 2013, 2019) that the Packers and 49ers will play each other in the postseason after meeting in the regular season. In four of the previous five times, the team that won during the regular season won in the postseason.
  • Saturday will mark the sixth time the two teams have played since 2018, with Green Bay having won three of the last five matchups.
  • One or both teams have scored 30-plus points in each of the last five games they have played against each other (including postseason).
  • Green Bay finished 9-3 against the NFC during the regular season, a .750 winning percentage that ranked No. 2 among NFC teams this season.

AGAINST THE 49ers

  • QB Aaron Rodgers has played the 49ers 12 times, including the postseason, and has registered a passer rating of 90-plus in 11 of those games and a passer rating of 100-plus in six contests, including in each of the last two matchups (147.2 and 113.3)
  • Overall, Rodgers has posted 25 TDs, five INTs and a passer rating of 104.7 (including postseason) against San Francisco.
  • Including the postseason, Rodgers has thrown for over 300 yards in three of the last five games against San Francisco (305, 326, 425).
  • WR Davante Adams has played in five games against the 49ers (including playoffs), averaging 9.6 receptions, 123.6 yards and a TD per game.
  • Adams has posted seven-plus receptions in each contest and reached 10 receptions three times, while recording 130-plus receiving yards four times (173, 138, 132, 132).
  • In the last two contests against San Francisco, Adams has recorded 10 receptions for 173 yards (17.3 avg.) and a TD and 12 receptions for 132 yards (11.0) and a TD.

WITH THE CALL

FOX Sports, now in its 28th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.

  • Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins analyst Troy Aikman with Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the field.
  • Westwood One will air the game on radio across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and Ben Leber (sideline reporter) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting pregame and halftime shows.
  • 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. 49ers:

  • Regular season, all-time: 34-28-1
  • All-time, postseason: 4-4
  • All-time, at Lambeau Field, postseason: 2-1
  • Streaks: San Francisco has won the last three postseason meetings (2012-13; 19).
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 26, 2021, Levi's Stadium, Packers won, 30-28

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 39-10-0, .796; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
  • Kyle Shanahan: 39-42, 481; (3-1 postseason); 5th NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 2-1 vs. Shanahan (0-1 postseason)
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 2-1 vs. 49ers (0-1 postseason); Shanahan 1-2 vs. Packers (1-0 postseason)

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).
  • Has a regular-season record of 39-10 (.795), giving him the most wins by a head coach in his first three NFL seasons (George Seifert, 38 from 1989-91).
  • Also became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons (Elias Sports Bureau). His 39 wins since 2019 are tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in league history behind only Mike Ditka's 40 wins with Chicago from 1985-87 (Elias).
  • Is 22-2 (.917) at Lambeau Field in the regular season as he set the mark for the most wins by a head coach in NFL annals in his first three seasons at home.
  • 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.
  • 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).

KYLE SHANAHAN…In his fifth year as the 49ers' 20th head coach.

  • Named Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 2019 after leading the 49ers to a 13-3 regular-season record, the NFC West division title and an appearance in Super Bowl LIV.
  • His 2019 offense led the NFL in rushing touchdowns (23), ranked second in points per game (29.9) and rushing yards per game (144.1), and fourth in total offense (381.1 yards per game).
  • Possesses 17 seasons of coaching experience at the NFL level, including nine as an offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), Cleveland Browns (2014), Washington (2010-13) and Houston Texans (2008-09).
  • 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 yards per play (6.7).
  • Was named Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 by both The Associated Press and the Pro Football Writers of America.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta (2015-16), Washington (2010-13) and Houston (2008-09)…Shanahan's father, Mike Shanahan, was the head coach of Washington when LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach…Packers offensive line coach Adam Stenavich spent two seasons as the 49ers' assistant offensive line coach (2017-18)…49ers offensive passing game specialist Bobby Slowik is a native of Green Bay...Green Bay players with connections to California include: WR Davante Adams (Palo Alto, Fresno State), T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), LB Krys Barnes (Bakersfield, UCLA), Corey Bojorquez (Lakewood), (DL Kenny Clark (Rialto, UCLA), TE Josiah Deguara (Folsom), C Jake Hanson (Eureka), CB Kevin King (Oakland), TE Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach, UCLA), QB Jordan Love (Bakersfield), QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico, University of California)…California natives on the Packers' coaching staff include offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (Fullerton), defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery (Los Angeles)...LaFleur has worked with a number of 49ers assistant coaches, including special teams coordinator Richard Hightower (Houston, 2008; Washington 2010-13), offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel (Houston, 2008; Washington, 2011-13; Atlanta, 2015-16), assistant head coach/tight ends Jon Embree (Washington, 2010), linebackers coach Johnny Holland (Houston, 2008-09), Slowik (Washington, 2011-13), Butch Barry (Green Bay, 2020), and running backs coach Robert Turner Jr. (Washington, 2010-13; Atlanta, 2015-16)…Holland played linebacker for the Packers for seven seasons (1987-93)...49ers LS Taybor Pepper played for Green Bay in 2017...Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten was on the Atlanta coaching staff with LaFleur, McDaniel and Turner Jr. …Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti was on the Washington staff with LaFleur, Shanahan, Hightower, Embree and Turner Jr. …Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry's first NFL job was with the 49ers in 2000...Packers quarterbacks/passing game coordinator Luke Getsy signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2007...Packers director of college scouting Matt Malaspina was with the 49ers from 2005-16...Embree was the head coach at Colorado in 2011-12 when Bakhtiari played for the Buffaloes and coached at UCLA when TE Marcedes Lewis played for the Bruins...Packers outside linebackers coach Mike Smith and 49ers wide receivers coach Wes Welker were teammates at Texas Tech...Packers assistant chief of staff Joe McKillip worked with 49ers administrative assistant to the head coach Nick Kray on the N.C. State football operations staff (2015-16)…LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame when 49ers OL Mike McGlinchey was a freshman for the Fighting Irish.

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