Packers-49ers NFC Divisional Playoff Game Dope Sheet


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Here are some highlights from the Packers-49ers NFC Divisional Playoff Game Dope Sheet:

GREEN BAY (12-5) AT SAN FRANCISCO (11-4-1)Saturday, Jan. 12 - Candlestick Park - 7 p.m. CST


  • Green Bay will travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in an NFC Divisional playoff contest this Saturday night at Candlestick Park, the third straight season that the Packers have advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs.
  • The Packers are the lone NFC team to advance to the divisional round each of the past three postseasons (2010-12). The last time Green Bay accomplished that feat was when the team did so in five straight seasons (1993-97).
  • Green Bay beat division-rival Minnesota, 24-10, at Lambeau Field on Saturday night in an NFC Wild Card contest. The 10 points allowed were the fewest given up by the Packers in a playoff game since they allowed 10 at San Francisco on Jan. 11, 1998.
  • The Packers improved to 30-17 all-time in the posteason with the win, a .638 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in league history (min. five games).
  • Saturday night will feature a matchup of two of the winningest teams in postseason history. Green Bay ranks No. 3 in league history with 30 wins, while San Francisco ranks No. 4 with 26 playoff victories.
  • This will mark the sixth time the Packers and 49ers have squared off in the postseason. That is tied for the second most for Green Bay against one opponent behind only the Packers' seven playoff meetings with the N.Y. Giants.
  • The Packers have won four of the five previous meetings against the 49ers in the playoffs, including two of three at Candlestick Park. Including playoffs, Green Bay has won 13 of its last 15 games against the 49ers.
  • The clubs last met in the postseason in an NFC Wild Card contest in the 2001 season (Jan. 13, 2002) at Lambeau Field, a 25-15 Green Bay win. Prior to that, the teams met in four consecutive postseasons (1 995-98).
  • The playoff meeting in the 2001 season was the last time the teams played where each had 11-plus wins. In that contest, both teams entered the game with 12-4 records.
  • This will be the second meeting between the two clubs this season, with Green Bay having hosted San Francisco in the season opener, a 30-22 49ers win. This will be the third time in the history of the series (1996, 1998) that the teams have met in the regular season and the postseason.
  • The Packers have won three consecutive playoff games on the road, their longest road winning streak in franchise postseason history. Green Bay has a 3-1 road record (.750) in the playoffs under Mike McCarthy.
  • Since the start of the 2010 postseason, Green Bay has won 14 of its last 19 road contests, a .737 winning percentage that ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (12-4, .750).
  • Since 2011, Green Bay ranks No. 3 in the NFL with a scoring average of 31.0 points per game. San Francisco is No. 1 in the league over that span in scoring defense at 15.7 points per game.


  • FOX Sports, now in its 19th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a national audience.
  • Play-by-play man Joe Buckand color analystTroy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews reporting from the sidelines.
  • Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee(play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro BowlerLarry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
  • Dial Global Sports radio will air the game across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) will call the action with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines. Scott Graham hosts pregame and halftime shows.
  • Univision Radio will broadcast the game in Spanish to a national audience, with Rafael Hernandez Brito (play-by-play) and Raul Striker Jr.(color) calling the action.


  • Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers:
  • All-time regular season:30-26-1
  • All-time postseason:4-1
  • All-time, in San Francisco:11-16-1 (includes three postseason**meetings)
  • *Streaks: *The Packers have won 13 of the last 15 (including playoffs).
  • *Last meeting, postseason: *Jan. 13, 2002, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 25-15


  • Mike McCarthy: 80-41-0, .661, (incl. 6-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
  • Jim Harbaugh:25-8-1, .750, (incl. 1-1 postseason); 2nd NFL season
  • Head to Head:Harbaugh 1-0
  • vs. Opponent:McCarthy 3-1 vs. 49ers; Harbaugh 1-0 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY…Is in seventh year as the Packers' 14th head coach.

  • Joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
  • Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in five of his seven seasons as the helm, and the team's four postseason berths over the past five seasons are the most by an NFC team.
  • His .661 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • Has helped guide the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the last six seasons (2007-12), one of only two NFL teams (New England) to do so.
  • Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
  • Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).

 JIM HARBAUGH…Is in second year as the 49ers' 17th head coach.

  • Has led the 49ers to NFC West titles each of the last two seasons, the team's first division crowns since 2002.
  • San Francisco's 13-3 record in 2011 made him just the fourth rookie coach in NFL history to take a team with a losing record the previous season to 13 wins.
  • Was previously the head coach at Stanford (2007-10), where he led the Cardinal to its first BCS game appearance and victory in the Orange Bowl, in 2010.
  • Also was the head coach at the University of San Diego (2004-06). Began his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant with the Oakland Raiders (2002-03). Played QB for 15 seasons in the NFL with the Bears, Colts, Ravens, Chargers and Panthers.


  • Originally dating back to 1950, the series featured two games per season from 1953-66 with the teams trading dominant stretches.
  • San Francisco won 13 times in a span of 15 games between 1950-58, while the Packers won 10 of 11 games between 1959-64.
  • In more recent times, the series has been noted for its postseason clashes, including several defining moments in Packers history. Green Bay's 27-17 triumph in the 1995 NFC Divisional playoff was considered the breakthrough victory that established the Packers as an elite team for the next several years. The Packers also won the next two postseason meetings, a 35-14 home victory in the 1996 NFC Divisional playoff en route to the Super Bowl XXXI title, and a 23-10 win at San Francisco in the 1997 NFC Championship game.
  • The two teams met in the playoffs for a fourth straight season in 1998, with the 49ers winning 30-27 on QB Steve Young's last-second TD pass to WR Terrell Owens, marking one of San Francisco's two wins in these teams' last 15 contests. 

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was the 49ers offensive coordinator in 2005...Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene played for the 49ers in 1997...Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo served as assistant offensive line coach/quality control for the 49ers in 2005...Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is from Chico, Calif., and played collegiately at Butte College in Oroville, Calif., and the University of California…Packers RB Alex Green also played at Butte College…Packers WR Jeremy Ross played at the University of California and attended high school in Elk Grove, Calif. ...Packers C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith is from Salinas, Calif. ...Packers CB Jarrett Bush is a native of Vacaville, Calif. ...Packers WR James Jones is from San Jose and attended San Jose State…Packers LB Clay Matthews' grandfather, Clay Sr., played defensive line for the 49ers for four seasons (1950, 1953-55)...49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell served as Green Bay's defensive coordinator from 2000-03…49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot were teammates with the Chicago Bears…Harbaugh and Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry were teammates with the San Diego Chargers in 1999...Packers DB Charles Woodson played for the Raiders when Harbaugh was on the staff there as an offensive assistant in 2002-03; Woodson was also a teammate of 49ers WR Randy Moss for one season (2005) in Oakland…McCarthy coached with 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari in Kansas City from 1997-98…Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio coached together with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL), the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans…49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman worked on Capers' staffs in Carolina and Houston…49ers special teams coordinator/asst. head coach Brad Seely also worked on Capers' staff in Carolina…Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was 49ers LB Patrick Willis' position coach for one season at Ole Miss (2005)...Packers vice president/general counsel Ed Policy's father, Carmen, worked in San Francisco's front office in the 1980s and 1990s, including a time as president and chief executive officer…49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was born in MIlwaukee...49ers QB Scott Tolzien played at the University of Wisconsin...49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst is a native of Madison, Wis., and coached at Wisconsin-Platteville (1987) and Wisconsin (1988)…49ers assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson coached on the staff at Wisconsin in 2010...Former college teammates include Packers LB A.J. Hawk and 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr. and S Donte Whitner (Ohio State), Packers QB Graham Harrell and 49ers WR Michael Crabtree and CB Darcel McBath (Texas Tech), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and 49ers CB Tarell Brown (Texas), Packers CB Sam Shields and 49ers LB Tavares Gooden (Miami), and Packers G Josh Sitton and 49ers FB Bruce Miller (Central Florida).


  • Jan. 13, 2002, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 25-15.
  • The Packers trailed the 49ers, 7-6, at the half before outscoring San Francisco, 19-8, in the second half.
  • QB Brett Favre connected on 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 269 yards and two TDs with one INT for a 112.6 passer rating.
  • WR Antonio Freeman caught six passes for 84 yards (14.0 avg.) and a TD and RB Ahman Green rushed for 86 yards and a score on 21 carries (4.1 avg.).
  • 49ers QB Jeff Garcia completed 22 of 32 passes (68.8 percent) for 233 yards and a TD with one INT.
  • Garcia's 14-yard TD pass to WR Tai Streets with 12 minutes remaining tied the game at 15, but a 45-yard FG by Ryan Longwell and a 9-yard TD run by Green with less than two minutes remaining gave Green Bay the win.


  • In Saturday's 24-10 Wild Card win vs. Minnesota, FB John Kuhn scored on a 3-yard run and a 9-yard reception.
  • For Kuhn, it marked the second time in his career that he scored on a rushing TD and a receiving TD in a playoff game (also at Atlanta, Jan. 15, 2011). He became the first player in franchise playoff history to accomplish that feat.
  • Kuhn also became the only current NFL player to score at least one touchdown in each of the last four postseasons (2009-12).
  • Kuhn joined RB Dorsey Levens (five straight, 1994-98) and WR Antonio Freeman (four straight, 1995-98) as the only Packers in team history to score a TD in four or more consecutive postseasons.
  • With the two scores on Saturday night, Kuhn brought his career postseason total to six TDs. That is tied for No. 2 in team history behind only Freeman (12 TDs).


  • The Packers have won two straight NFC North titles for the first time since 2002-04, when the team captured three consecutive divisional crowns.
  • This season's NFC North title marks the Packers' 20th division crown in franchise history.
  • With the Week 15 win at Chicago, Green Bay clinched its 28th postseason berth in team history and its 15th appearance in the last 20 seasons.
  • The Packers have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons and five of the last six, the only NFC team to accomplish those feats.
  • Green Bay currently ranks No. 3 in NFL history with its 28 playoff appearances, trailing only the N.Y. Giants (31) and Dallas Cowboys (30).
  • The Packers' 15 postseason appearances in the free-agency era (since 1993) are the most of any team in the NFL.
  • Green Bay improved to 30-17 all-time in the postseason with a win over Minnesota this past Saturday. The Packers' .638 winning percentage in the postseason ranks No. 1 in NFL history (min. five games):

 Team, W-L Record (Pct.)1. Green Bay, 30-17 (.638)
2t. Pittsburgh, 33-21 (.611)
2t. Baltimore, 11-7 (.611)
3. Carolina, 6-4 (.600)

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