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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

A complete edition of the Dope Sheet will be available each week during the season in PDF format, located in the Game Centers.

Here are some highlights from the Wild Card Playoff Dope Sheet:

In a postscript to a rivalry that seemingly reached its peak two weeks ago, Green Bay hosts Minnesota in the teams' first-ever playoff meeting. The Packers won both regular-season tilts, but won each on a game-ending field goal, 34-31.

-The Packers play their 38th postseason contest, a 10th playoff appearance since the 1993 collective bargaining agreement, most in the NFL. A win would send them to Atlanta and the Divisional round. A loss would give them only their third ever postseason losing streak, which would tie for fewest in NFL history.

-Green Bay is 14-1 (.933) all-time in home playoff games, the best mark among NFL teams who've hosted at least three postseason contests. In Green Bay, the Packers are 12-1. In Milwaukee, they're 2-0. The early forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds, with highs in the low 30s and lows in the upper teens.

NATIONAL TELEVISION: FOX Sports, with play-by-play man Joe Buck, color analysts Troy Aikman and Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporters Pam Oliver and Chris Myers, producer Richie Zyontz and director Artie Kempner, will air the game to 100 percent of the country. The crew produces a Packers game for the eighth time this season. It's the 15th time this year, including preseason, that the televising network broadcasts a Packers game to its largest national audience.

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

NATIONAL RADIO: CBS Sports/Westwood One will air the game in two languages. In English, Brad Sham (play-by-play), Jack Ham (color), Kenny Albert (sideline) and Mike Eaby (producer) will describe the action from Lambeau Field. In Spanish, Clemson Smith-Muniz and Roberto Abramowicz will broadcast from their New York studio.


Packers vs. Vikings:

All-time regular season: 44-42-1

All-time, postseason: 0-0

All-time, Lambeau Field: 14-14-1

Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 24, Metrodome, Packers won, 34-31

Last meeting, Lambeau Field: Nov. 14, Packers won, 34-31


Mike Sherman: 55-30-0, .647, fifth NFL season, fifth with Packers

Mike Tice: 23-26-0, .469, third NFL season, third with Vikings

Head to Head: Sherman 4-2 vs. Tice (2002-04)

vs. Opponent: Sherman 7-3 vs. Vikings, Tice 2-4 vs. Packers

MIKE SHERMAN...Is in his fifth year as Packers head coach, and fourth as executive vice president and general manager.

-Counting only regular-season games since 1970, only Chuck Knox, George Seifert, Joe Gibbs and Mike Ditka have posted a better record over their first five seasons as an NFL coach.

-With a win Dec. 24, surpassed No. 4 Bart Starr (53, 1975-83) on the team's all-time victory list. His overall wins are more than any Packers coach other than Curly Lambeau (212), Vince Lombardi (98) and Mike Holmgren (84).

-Inspired his players with a passionate speech on the eve of an Oct. 17 win at Detroit. The Packers, 1-4 at the time, are 9-2 since.

-After Tom Rossley underwent a heart angioplasty Oct. 12, stepped forward to serve as the team's primary play caller.

-Now has more wins at Minnesota (3-2) in five trips than Mike Holmgren (1-6) had in seven seasons as Green Bay head caoch. Also has more wins against Minnesota (7-3) than Holmgren (5-9).

-Is 25-9 against division foes.

-Is now 6-0 against teams that played in the Super Bowl the previous season, including Sept. 13 at Carolina.

MIKE TICE...A highly regarded former NFL player, is in his third full season at the helm of the Vikings.

-Tice guided Minnesota to nine consecutive wins from 2002-03, tied for the third-best stretch in team history.

-Association with Vikings began in 1992. He lined up as a tight end from 1992-93 and in 1995, then coached the position in 1996 and coached Minnesota's offensive line from 1997-2001. In those five seasons as line coach, he produced five Pro Bowlers and 10 total Pro Bowl appearances.

-First Vikings alumni player to serve as head coach. Played 14 NFL seasons overall, the most by any active NFL head coach. Also played for the Seahawks and Redskins.

THE PACKERS-VIKINGS SERIES: Few, if any, rivalries in sports have exhibited more parity. These clubs have nearly split 86 meetings overall (44-42-1).

-Of late, the Packers have held a slight edge, 7-3 since Mike Sherman took Green Bay's reins in 2000.

-In 2003, the home clubs in the series were 0-2. The last time that happened was 1991.

-Over the last 11 seasons (1994-2004), these teams have accounted for nine division championships (NFC Central 1994-2001, NFC North 2002-04).

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS: Vikings receivers coach Charlie Baggett (receivers coach, 1999) and secondary coach Chuck Knox Jr. (defensive assistant/quality control, 1999) were on previous Green Bay staffs...Ben Steele recently played for the Vikings...Meanwhile, four individuals in the Packers organization have previously worked or played for the Vikings: Receivers coach Ray Sherman (quarterbacks coach, 1995-97 and O-coordinator, 1999); director of research and development Mike Eayrs (similar capacity, 1985-99); college scout Lee Gissendaner (player, 1996); and PR director Jeff Blumb (PR intern 1985 in Bud Grant's return season)...College teammates: Bryant McKinnie (Vikings), Nick Luchey and Bubba Franks (Packers) at Miami (Fla.)...Brian Russell (Vikings) and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (Packers) at San Diego State...Antoine Winfield (Vikings) and Na'il Diggs (Packers) at Ohio State...Minnesota's head trainer Chuck Barta and Packers assistant trainer Kurt Fielding were classmates at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse...Vikings running back Michael Bennett rushed for 1,681 yards in his only season as a Wisconsin starter, 2000, second in Badger history; a former Milwaukee Tech High School star, Bennett's uncle is former Packer Tony Bennett...Dean Dalton, Minnesota's running backs coach, was a coach at the University of Wisconsin (1986-87)...John Schneider, Green Bay's personnel analyst to the general manager, attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn. ...Packers Pro Hall of Famer Johnny (Blood) McNally attended St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

LAST MEETING, LAMBEAU FIELD: Nov. 14, Packers won, 34-31:

-Former Viking Ben Steele recovered a fumble at midfield in the closing minutes, and the Packers drove for Ryan Longwell's 33-yard field goal as regulation expired. The Packers claimed a share of first place with Minnesota, who had rallied to tie with two touchdowns in a 93-second span.

-Both Brett Favre and Daunte Culpepper threw four touchdown passes without an interception. It was Favre's 18th game with four or more TD tosses, second only to Dan Marino's 21. Favre hit receiver Javon Walker, tailback Tony Fisher, tight end Bubba Franks and fullback William Henderson in the end zone as the Packers built a seemingly safe 31-17 lead.

-Culpepper, working without star receiver Randy Moss (strained hamstring) for the second successive game, passed for 363 yards, connecting with Nate Burleson 11 times for 141 yards and a score.

-Ahman Green rushed for 145 yards on 21 carries despite injuring his left kneecap when he was leg-whipped in the first half.

-Culpepper was sacked four times.

LAST MEETING, METRODOME: Dec. 24, Packers won, 34-31.

-Brett Favre guided a 76-yard drive to set up Ryan Longwell 's game-ending 29-yard field goal, lifting the Packers to a 34-31 victory and clinching a third consecutive NFC North crown.

-The Packers trailed 31-24 with 8:18 left after Favre's third-down throw from his end zone was intercepted by Chris Claiborne and returned 12 yards for a touchdown. But Green Bay answered when Donald Driver - who had 11 receptions for 162 yards - made a nifty, falling-down catch of Favre's pass on fourth-and-goal at the 3 to tie it at 31 with 3:34 remaining after an 80-yard drive.

-Minnesota appeared on its way to retaking the lead. But a holding penalty wiped out a 16-yard run by Michael Bennett that would have given them the ball at the Green Bay 40 right before the 2-minute warning.

-After a punt, Favre got the ball at his 13 with 1:35 left. Twelve plays later, Longwell's kick sailed through the uprights, sending the Packers into celebration on their biggest rival's home field.

-Favre finished 30-for-43 for 365 yards, three touchdowns and the interception.

-Favre is now 4-9 at the Metrodome, with victories in three of his past five games.

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