Packers-Eagles Week 1 Dope Sheet

Green Bay kicks off its 89th season in franchise history Sunday by welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to historic Lambeau Field. Sunday marks the beginning of a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lambeau Field, the NFL’s longest-tenured facility. Packers-Eagles Game Center | Download The Dope Sheet (PDF) Click Here For All Your Gameday Information

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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 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 Packers-Eagles Week 1 Dope Sheet:*

PACKERS HOST EAGLES TO OPEN 89TH SEASON

-Green Bay kicks off its 89th season in franchise history Sunday - its 87th as a member of the National Football League - by welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to historic Lambeau Field.

-The Packers are 47-36-3 (.564) all-time in season openers but have lost three of their last four.

-Green Bay opens its season at home for the second consecutive season. The Packers have lost their first game at Lambeau Field each of the last four seasons.

-Sunday marks the beginning of a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lambeau Field. The NFL's longest-tenured facility, only Boston's Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914) have hosted their respective teams for a longer uninterrupted period.

-The Packers and Eagles have met five times over the past four seasons, including an NFC Divisional Playoff game in 2003, with Philadelphia earning the win in each of the five contests.

-Coming off an 8-8 season, the Packers narrowly missed the playoffs by virtue of a tiebreaker. Had the percentage points fallen in its favor, Green Bay would have traveled to Philadelphia for the NFC Wild Card Playoffs.

ALL ABOUT MOMENTUM

-The momentum of four straight victories to close the 2006 season - coupled with missing the NFC's final playoff berth by mere percentage points - produced record attendance in the offseason program and one of the most competitive training camps to date.

-Only defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis (5) enters 2007 with a longer winning streak than the Packers.

-Of the 22 players who started in the 2006 season finale at Chicago, 19 return to the team in 2007.

YOUTH WILL BE SERVED

-The youngest team in the NFL in 2006, the Green Bay Packers remain among the youngest teams in pro football this season.

-Since taking over general manager duties in 2005, Ted Thompson has vowed to build the team's foundation through the draft. Of the 53 active roster players, 20 have been drafted by Thompson.

-Only Indianapolis enters 2007 with a younger squad. A look at the five youngest teams in the NFL reveals that youth will be no excuse in 2007 - all five teams finished .500 or better in 2006.

Team, Average Age

Indianapolis - 26 yrs, 87 days

Green Bay - 26 yrs, 92 days

N.Y. Giants - 26 yrs, 193 days

Dallas - 26 yrs, 193 days

Jacksonville - 26 yrs, 236 days

ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

-65 of the 109 living Medal of Honor recipients arrived Monday in Green Bay for their annual conference.

-Those who have been honored with the highest military decoration awarded by the United States will participate in a series of activities around the Fox Valley area, culminating in a pregame ceremony on Lambeau Field Sunday.

WITH?THE?CALL

-FOX Sports enters its 14th season as an NFL network television partner and will air the contest to a regional audience. Play-by-play man Kenny Albert joins color commentator Daryl Johnston in the broadcast booth with Tony Siragusa serving as the sideline analyst.

-Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 56-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The network covers 47 markets in six states.

-For out-of-town listeners, the broadcast is available to NFL Field Pass subscribers on www.packers.com as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio as part of the network's NFL Sunday Drive.

-Sports USA Radio Network will air the game across the country. Howard David (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (analyst) will be in the booth while Ari Wolfe serves as sideline reporter.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:

Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles:

All-time regular season: 22-13-0

All-time postseason: 0-2

All-time, in Green Bay/Milwaukee: 15-4-0

All-time, at Lambeau Field:7-4-0

Streaks: The Eagles have won five straight (incl. playoffs) and nine consecutive games in Philadelphia (incl. playoffs). The Packers have won three of the last four at Lambeau Field.

Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 2, 2006, at Lincoln Financial Field; Eagles won, 31-9

Last meeting, regular season, at Lambeau Field: Nov. 10, 2003; Eagles won, 17-14

COACHES CAPSULES

Mike McCarthy: 8-8-0, .500; second NFL season

Andy Reid: 88-54-0, .620; ninth NFL season,

Head to Head: Reid 1-0

vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-1 vs. Eagles; Reid 5-1 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY...Begins second year as the Packers' 14th head coach.

-Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.

-Led the Packers to an 8-8 finish and near playoff berth, losing a tiebreaker with the New York Giants, who also finished 8-8.

-Spent six seasons as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005).

-Began his coaching career as a college assistant at Fort Hays State (1987-88) and at the University of Pittsburgh (1989-92) before breaking into the NFL as a quality control assistant with the Chiefs in 1993.

ANDY REID...Begins ninth year as the 21st head coach in Philadelphia franchise history.

-Has compiled the best win total (88), highest winning percentage (.620) and most playoff victories (8) in team history.

-Including his tenure in Green Bay, Reid's teams have made the playoffs 12 times. He has coached in the Super Bowl three times and the NFC Championship seven times.

-Joined the Eagles after a seven-year stint as an assistant coach with Green Bay (1992-98) under Mike Holmgren. With Green Bay, Reid helped the Packers earn a Super Bowl XXXI victory over New England.

-Coached at Brigham Young (1982), San Francisco State (1983-85), Northern Arizona (1986), Texas-El Paso (1987-88), and Missouri (1989-91). Reid first met Holmgren, who was a member of BYU's coaching staff, when Reid was an offensive tackle and guard on three Cougar Holiday Bowl teams.

THE PACKERS-EAGLES SERIES

-The clubs first met in 1933, the Eagles' inaugural year in the NFL.

-The Packers' last victory in the series was a 6-3 decision on Sept. 17, 2000, at Lambeau Field.

-Since then, the Eagles have won five consecutive meetings, including a 20-17 victory in the NFC Divisional Playoffs in 2003 and a 31-9 decision last season on Monday Night Football.

-Philadelphia was the only team to defeat Vince Lombardi in a postseason game. The Eagles edged the Packers, 17-13, at Franklin Field for the 1960 NFL championship. The legendary coach won 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 4-8 career against Philadelphia. He's 4-2 at home (3-2 at Lambeau Field).

-Both teams have enjoyed the home field advantage recently in the series. Green Bay has won three of the last four at Lambeau Field, while Philadelphia has won the last nine contests played in the City of Brotherly Love.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

-In Green Bay, Andy Reid was a tight ends/offensive line assistant coach from 1992-96 and quarterbacks coach from 1997-98...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 quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur is the nephew of the late Packers defensive coordinator, Fritz Shurmur...Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders tutored Jevon Kearse at the University of Florida...Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin spent four years coaching at Allegheny College (Pa.).

INDIVIDUALLY VS. PHILADELPHIA

-While playing for St. Louis, DT Ryan Pickett had a career-best 12 tackles at Philadelphia on Dec. 1, 2002...QB Brett Favre's 53.8 completion percentage and 64.1 passer rating against the Eagles are his lowest marks in those categories against any NFC opponent...Including his two sacks in the 2003 Division playoff game, defensive end Aaron Kampman has 3.5 sacks against Philadelphia...Vernand Morency registered his second-highest career rushing total with 99 yards on 26 carries (3.8 avg.) last season against Philadelphia, while also pulling in a career-high six receptions.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

-Oct. 2, 2006, at Lincoln Financial Field; Eagles won, 31-9.

-On Monday Night Football, the Packers kept the Eagles' big-play offense relatively quiet for two-plus quarters and went into the locker room with a 9-7 halftime lead.

-In the third quarter with the Eagles clinging to a 10-9 lead, Donovan McNabb hit Greg Lewis on touchdown passes of 45 and 30 yards just one minute, 17 seconds apart.

-McNabb's fourth-quarter touchdown run, his second of the game, sealed the victory for Philadelphia.

-Kicker Dave Rayner hit three field goals in the contest, including a 54-yarder that tied a franchise record.

-The Packers dropped their ninth straight game in Philadelphia, a streak that began in 1974. The Packers last defeated the Eagles in Philadelphia in 1962, 49-0, under head coach Vince Lombardi.

LAST MEETING, AT LAMBEAU FIELD

Nov. 10, 2003; Eagles won 17-14.

-In a rainy contest on Monday Night Football, Donovan McNabb found wide receiver Todd Pinkston for the go-ahead score with 27 seconds left.

-Green Bay drove to midfield with eight seconds left before a fumble ended the drive and gave the Packers their third home loss of the season. The Packers fumbled six times in the game, losing two.

-Ahman Green established a new franchise record with 192 rushing yards - a mark he would break later in the season vs. Denver.

-The two teams would meet nine weeks later in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, with the Eagles again defeating the Packers.

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