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.
A complete edition of the Dope Sheet will be available each week during the season in PDF format, located in the Packers.com Game Centers.
Here are some highlights from the Week 13 Dope Sheet:
THIS WEEK'S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
-Two of the NFC's top four teams meet in a late-season battle that now means more to Green Bay, after Philly clinched its division Sunday.
-The Packers, controllers of their own destiny as leaders of the NFC North, hope to stay inches ahead of the Vikings in Green Bay's quest for a third straight division crown. Minnesota travels to Chicago.
-Green Bay returns to the site of its 2003 NFC Divisional playoff, a contest it lost, 20-17, in overtime. After leading more than half of regulation, Green Bay gave up a handful of heart-breaking plays, including allowing Philadelphia to convert a fourth-and-26 that arguably prevented a Packers berth in the NFC Championship at Carolina.
-The Packers bid for a seventh straight win, which would match their longest streak within a season since 1963 (the Packers also won seven in a row in 2002). Green Bay opened this season 1-4.
-Andy Reid and Mike Sherman, two of the league's few "full-power" head coaches - and two of its most successful since they earned those responsibilities - meet again. In 2000, Sherman got his first NFL win by beating Reid, but the Eagles' coach has taken the last two contests. Sherman and Reid, both former Green Bay tight ends coaches under Mike Holmgren, remain good friends.
NATIONAL TELEVISION: FOX Sports, with play-by-play man Joe Buck, color analysts Troy Aikman and Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Pam Oliver, producer Richie Zyontz and director Artie Kempner, will air the game to approximately 83 percent of the country. The crew produces a Packers game for the fifth time this season.
LOCAL RADIO: Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 62-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Larry McCarren (color). The broadcast also is available to NFL Field Pass subscribers on packers.com.
NATIONAL RADIO: The Sports USA Radio Network, with Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Gino Torretta (color) and Ari Wolfe (sideline).
LIONS, JAGUARS KICKOFFS MOVED: The NFL Monday granted FOX and CBS requests to move three December kickoffs on the league schedule, and two of them involve the Packers.
-The Packers will now highlight the key late-afternoon half of the FOX doubleheader Dec. 12 vs. Detroit. That game will now kick off at 3:15 CST, rather than noon.
-One week later, Dec. 19 vs. Jacksonville, the Packers-Jaguars contest also will kick off at 3:15 CST, serving as the marquee late-afternoon game in the CBS doubleheader.
-The moves mean that in 12 of their first 15 games, the Packers will have played in front of a network's No. 1 audience in its particular time slot, including the critical late-season kickoffs the league just moved.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles:
All-time, regular season: 22-10-0
All-time, postseason: 0-2
All-time, in Philadelphia: 7-8
Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 10, 2003, Lambeau Field; Eagles won, 17-14
Last meeting, Philadelphia: Jan. 11, 2004, Lincoln Financial Field, Eagles won, 20-17 (OT)
Jan. 11, 2004, Lincoln Financial Field, Eagles won, 20-17 (OT) ('03 NFC Divisional playoff)
Dec. 26, 1960, Franklin Field, Eagles won, 17-13 ('60 NFL Championship)
Mike Sherman: 52-28-0, .650, fifth NFL season, fifth with Packers
Andy Reid: 66-34-0, .660, sixth NFL season, sixth with Eagles
Head to Head: Reid 2-1 vs. Sherman
vs. Opponent: Sherman 1-2 vs. Eagles, Reid 2-1 vs. Packers
MIKE SHERMAN...Is in his fifth year as Packers head coach, and fourth as executive vice president and general manager. Sherman also:
-Earned his 50th career win Nov. 14, tied with Mike Martz for 18th fastest in NFL history and second in Green Bay annals to Lombardi.
-Inspired his players with a passionate speech on the eve of an Oct. 17 win at Detroit. The Packers, 1-4 at the time, haven't lost since.
-After Tom Rossley underwent a heart angioplasty Oct. 12, stepped forward and has served as primary play caller since.
-A Red Sox fan since his youth, is hoping Green Bay can rebound from an early deficit the way Boston did in climbing out of a three-game hole to defeat the Yankees, and eventually win the World Series.
-Became the last active head coach (minimum one season) to experience a three-game losing streak, on Oct. 3.
-Is now 6-0 against teams that played in the Super Bowl the previous season, including Sept. 13 at Carolina.
-Since 1970, only George Siefert, Chuck Knox and Joe Gibbs have posted a better regular-season mark over their first four years.
ANDY REID...Clinched a fourth consecutive division title Sunday. Locked up the division in his 11th game, tied with Mike Ditka (1985 Bears) and Steve Mariucci (1997 49ers) for fastest since the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978. The Packers did it in a 12th game in 2002.
-Sunday also marked Reid's 66th career win, tying him with Greasy Neale for No. 1 among Eagles coaches.
-Spent seven seasons as a Green Bay assistant under Mike Holmgren (tight ends/assistant offensive line 1992-96, quarterbacks 1997-98). One of six current head coaches who previously coached in Green Bay (also Detroit's Steve Mariucci, Green Bay's Mike Sherman, the Giants' Tom Coughlin, Seattle's Mike Holmgren and Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden).
-Two-time NFL Coach of the Year (2000, 2002).
-During his 13-year coaching career, his teams have clinched playoff berths 10 times, including 2004. Has coached in two Super Bowls (both with Green Bay) and six NFC Championship games.
-First met Holmgren at BYU when Reid was an offensive tackle and Holmgren a Cougars assistant. After 10 seasons as a college coach, Reid received his first NFL coaching job from Holmgren in 1992.
THE PACKERS-EAGLES SERIES:
-Streaks: Philadelphia has taken the last two, and three of the last five.
-The Packers have not won in the City of Brotherly Love since 1962. They've lost six straight, including the 2003 playoffs.
-These clubs first met in 1933, the Eagles' inaugural year in the NFL.
-Mike Sherman earned his first NFL victory against the Eagles, a 6-3 decision, Sept. 17, 2000, at Lambeau Field.
-Philadelphia was the only team to defeat Lombardi in a postseason game. The Eagles edged the Packers, 17-13, at Franklin Field for the 1960 NFL championship. The legendary coach won a league-record nine straight playoff games after that loss.
-Before that 1960 game, the Packers had won 13 of the teams' first 14 meetings, including the first nine in a row (1933-46).
-Including the 2003 NFC Divisional playoff, Brett Favre is 4-5 career against Philadelphia. He's 0-3 on the road.
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS: The Packers acquired Al Harris and the Eagles' fourth-round pick in 2003 for Green Bay's second-round selection in the same draft...Philadelphia assistant head coach Marty Mornhinweg spent two seasons (1995-96) on Green Bay's coaching staff...Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is one of several former assistants under Vince Tobin, now with the Packers, who went on to become an NFL coordinator; the list also includes Dave McGinnis, Dom Capers, Larry Marmie and Vic Fangio...Tobin also coached for the Philadelphia-Baltimore Stars of the USFL...Offensive coordinator Brad Childress spent 1991-98 on the University of Wisconsin coaching staff, where he tutored Darrell Bevell, now Green Bay's quarterbacks coach...Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur is the nephew of the late Packers defensive coordinator, Fritz Shurmur...Philadelphia college scout Terry Mickens played four years with the Packers...Running back Dorsey Levens spent his first eight seasons (1994-2001) in Green Bay...Linebacker Nate Wayne played three years (2000-02) for the Packers...Green Bay running backs coach Johnny Roland spent three seasons (1976-78) on the Eagles' staff.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 11, 2004, Lincoln Financial Field, 2003 NFC Divisional playoff, Eagles won in overtime, 20-17.
-Donovan McNabb and the Eagles prevailed as Brian Dawkins' interception of a high Brett Favre pass set up David Akers' winning field goal.
-With the Eagles trailing 17-14 and 1:12 left in regulation, McNabb breathed life into his team with a 28-yard completion to Freddie Mitchell on a fourth-and-26. That, in turn, led to a 37-yard field goal by Akers that sent the game into overtime.
-McNabb set a playoff record for quarterbacks by rushing for 107 yards, throwing for 248 yards and two touchdowns - 355 total yards.
-The win put the Eagles into their third straight NFC title game. The Packers headed back to Green Bay after winning seven of eight, including three straight since Brett Favre's father died just before Christmas. This was the Packers' second straight playoff overtime game; the week prior they beat Seattle at home on Al Harris' interception return.
-The Packers led 14-7 at halftime, but the Eagles had the momentum after stopping Green on fourth down from the 1-yard line late in the second quarter.
-Green Bay scored twice in the first quarter on passes of 40 and 17 yards from Favre to Robert Ferguson, the first set up by McNabb's fumble.
-The Eagles countered midway through the second quarter on McNabb's 7-yard TD pass to Duce Staley.
-Favre's 180 yards moved him ahead of Dan Marino into third on the career playoff passing list. He also extended his NFL record, throwing for a TD in a 15th straight playoff game.