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Dope Sheet: Packers open preseason at the 49ers

The Packers will travel to California to take on the San Francisco 49ers in preseason game No. 1.

CB Jaire Alexander
CB Jaire Alexander

The Packers will travel to California to take on the San Francisco 49ers in preseason game No. 1.

  • It is the first time since 2016 that the Packers and 49ers having faced each other in the preseason, with Green Bay winning that road contest, 21-10.
  • It is also the first time that the Packers have opened the preseason against the 49ers.
  • It will mark the first time since 2015 (at New England) that Green Bay starts the preseason as the road team.
  • It will be the third time in the last seven years (San Francisco in 2016 and at Oakland in 2018) that the Packers will play a preseason game in California.
  • Including the preseason, regular season and playoffs, this will be the 10th time Green Bay and San Francisco have played over the last 10 years (2013-22).
  • After the 49ers game, the Packers will welcome the New Orleans Saints to town for a couple of joint practices (Aug. 16-17) before facing them at Lambeau Field on Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.  
  • This is the second year that the NFL schedule will consist of three preseason games played in preparation for a 17-game regular season.


Flagshipped by Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Packers preseason games are televised over a 20-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and northeastern Minnesota, Peoria in Illinois, Cedar Rapids-Waterloo and Des Moines in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, St. Louis in Missouri, Bismarck, Fargo and Minot in North Dakota, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska.

  • The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS's Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside former Green Bay fullback John Kuhn (analyst) with Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter. Allan will also host an informative half-hour pregame show.
  • In addition to flagship station WTMJ-TV and WGBA-TV, the games are televised over WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau, Wis.; KQDS/FOX, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis.; WLUC-NBC/FOX UP, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; WMBD/CBS, Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.; KCCI/CBS, Des Moines, Iowa; KWWL/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KTVI/FOX, St. Louis, Mo.; KETV/ABC, Omaha, Neb.; KNDB/BEK, Bismarck, N.D.; KRDK/BEK, Fargo, N.D.; KNDM/BEK, Minot, N.D.; KDLT/NBC, Sioux Falls, S.D.; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska and KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska.
  • All Packers games can be heard on the Packers Radio Network, which is made up of 49 stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and South Dakota. This year, the Packers transitioned to a new flagship station in Milwaukee, iHeartRadio Milwaukee's 97.3 The Game WRNW. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to 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 28th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 24th 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.


Packers at 49ers:

  • Regular season, all-time: 34-28-1
  • All-time, postseason: 4-5
  • All-time, at San Francisco (regular season): 12-17-1 (3-1 at Levi's Stadium)
  • Streaks: This will be the fifth consecutive season where Green Bay and San Francisco have met in the regular or preseason. Green Bay is 3-1 vs. San Francisco in the last four seasons (2018-21). 
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 26, 2021, Levi's Stadium, Packers won, 30-28


  • Matt LaFleur: 41-13-0, .796; (2-3 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Kyle Shanahan: 43-44, .481; (4-2 postseason); 6th NFL Season 
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 2-3 vs. Shanahan; (0-2 postseason) 
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 2-3 vs. 49ers (0-2 postseason); Shanahan 3-3 vs. Packers (2-0 postseason) 

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

  • In his 14th 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 three seasons leading the Packers, has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. With a 13-4 record in 2021, he led the Packers to a third straight NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the second consecutive season. 
  • Became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons and his 39 wins from 2019-21 passed George Seifert (38) for the most wins by an NFL head coach in his first three seasons in the league (Elias Sports Bureau). His 39 wins are also tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in league history, trailing only Mike Ditka's 40 wins with the Chicago Bears from 1985-87 (Elias).
  • Has guided the Packers to a 22-2 record (.917) in the regular season at Lambeau Field, the top home mark in the NFL from 2019-21 and the best home winning percentage by a Packers head coach in his first three seasons. His 22 wins at home are also the most in NFL history by a coach in his first three seasons.
  • 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).

KYLE SHANAHAN…In his sixth 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 (29.9 ppg) and rushing (144.1 ypg) 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 Redskins (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.


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 from 2010-13…Packers offensive coordinator coach Adam Stenavich spent two seasons as the 49ers' assistant offensive line coach (2017-18)…49ers LB Oren Burks played for the Packers from 2018-21...49ers CB Ka'dar Hollman played for Green Bay in 2019-20...49ers LS Taybor Pepper played for the Packers in 2017...Green Bay players with connections to California include: T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), LB Krys Barnes (Bakersfield, UCLA), DL Kenny Clark (Rialto, UCLA), TE Josiah Deguara (Folsom), WR Romeo Doubs (Los Angeles), C Jake Hanson (Eureka), TE Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach, UCLA), QB Jordan Love (Bakersfield), G George Moore (Antioch), CB Keisean Nixon (Compton), T/G Sean Rhyan (San Juan Capistrano, UCLA), QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico, University of California)…San Francisco TE Troy Fumagalli attended the University of Wisconsin from 2014-17…California natives on the Packers' coaching staff include defensive line/running game coordinator coach Jerry Montgomery (Los Angeles), offensive quality control coach Ramsen Golpashin (Saugus) and assistant special teams coach Byron Storer (Modesto)…Wisconsin natives on the 49ers' coaching staff include offensive passing game coordinator Bobby Slowik (Green Bay) and offensive line/run game coordinator Chris Foerster (Milwaukee)…LaFleur has worked with some the of 49ers assistant coaches, including linebackers coach Johnny Holland (Houston, 2008-09) and Slowik (Washington, 2011-13)…Holland played linebacker for the Packers for seven seasons (1987-93)…Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti was on the Washington staff with LaFleur and Shanahan…49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans played linebacker in Houston when LaFleur was on the staff from 2008-09…Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry's first NFL job was with the 49ers in 2000…Packers special teams quality control coach Micheal Spurlock played for San Francisco in 2009…Packers director of college scouting Matt Malaspina was with the 49ers from 2005-16…Packers coaching operations coordinator Joe McKillip worked with 49ers chief of staff/coaching 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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