LAMBEAU FIELD PLAYS HOST TO OLD-TIME RIVALRY
- No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
- The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Some two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Sunday marks meeting No. 160 in the all-time series.
- Now rivals in the NFC North, Green Bay owns a 86-64-7 advantage over the Lions in the regular season and have won both playoff matchups.
- Green Bay's current seven-game winning streak is the longest in the series in over 50 years, dating back to Detroit's 11-game winning streak from 1949-54.
- Longer still is Green Bay's win streak over the Lions in the state of Wisconsin. It spans 18 consecutive games, including a 1994 playoff game, and seven Lions head coaches.
- Taking away the '94 Wild Card playoff win at Lambeau Field, the Packers' 17-game regular-season home winning streak over the Lions ranks second among active NFL streaks:
18 - Washington over Detroit
17 - *Green Bay over Detroit
14 - *Dallas over Arizona
14 - *Pittsburgh over San Diego
* — Green Bay defeated Detroit at Lambeau Field in '94 playoffs; Arizona defeated Dallas at Texas Stadium in '98 playoffs; San Diego defeated Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium in '94 playoffs.
GREEN AND GOLD AND PINK
- The Green Bay Packers will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month at today's game with Lambeau Field and Packers players prominently featuring the color pink in several ways.
- Fans will receive gold pom poms with pink strands as they enter the stadium, and then see cheerleaders and TundraLine members sporting the color.
- Pink ribbon stencils will don the playing surface on Lambeau Field, along with pink wall banners, pink goal post padding, special kicking balls with pink ribbon decals, a pink coin used for the coin toss and pink sideline caps for coaches and team sideline personnel. Players will be using and wearing pink equipment, including pink cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, helmet decals, sideline towels and quarterback towels. Game officials will be wearing pink caps and pins.
- The Packers Pro Shop also will be featuring some of the special pink equipment, including the sideline caps, wristbands, pompoms, referee caps with pink ribbons, pins and pink mini-helmets. The items will be available in the Packers Pro Shop, Packers Pro Shop GameDay Store and some concession stands. All game-worn pink items will be autographed postgame and auctioned online at www.nflauction.nfl.com, with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.
- As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
- Today's captains will be WR Greg Jennings (offense), LB Nick Barnett (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).
COMING OFF THE BYE
- In games immediately following their bye week, the Packers have won nine of their last 13 games. Under McCarthy, the team is 2-1.
- In 2006, Green Bay got a hard-earned victory at Miami in scorching temperatures. McCarthy called the game a clear turning point in the season as the team collected seven of its eight wins after the bye.
- The next season, it enjoyed one of its more memorable victories in the week following the bye. In a Monday night contest, WR Greg Jennings hauled in an 82-yard TD pass on the first play of overtime to beat the Broncos in Denver.
- Last season, it fought hard and forced overtime against previously unbeaten Tennessee in Nashville. The Packers eventually dropped the game, 19-16.
- Green Bay finished a disappointing 2-7 (.222) after the bye week in 2008, a stark contrast to the previous two seasons under McCarthy.
- In 2007, the team finished 8-2 (.800) after the bye which helped wrap up a first-round playoff bye. In McCarthy's first season, the team was 7-4 (.636) after the week off.
- Since 2000, the Packers over the balance of their season after the bye are a combined 53-33 (.616).
WEARING THE STRIPES
Today's officiating crew includes referee Jerome Boger (23), umpire Carl Paganelli (124), head linesman John Schleyer (21), line judge Gary Arthur (108), field judge Doug Rosenbaum (67), side judge Joe Larrew (73) and back judge Tony Steratore (112).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
2 MASON CROSBY
- For his career, has hit 42-of-46 field goals from 39 yards-and-closer.
- Has hit 16-of-23 field goals from 40-49 yards.
- Has hit 7-of-13 field goals from 50-plus yards.
80 DONALD DRIVER
- Needs one reception to surpass No. 1 Sterling Sharpe (595) on the team's all-time catches list. Driver enters with 595 career catches.
- Has a reception in 115 consecutive games, besting the franchise's previous long streak of Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
- Is the all-time leading receiver at Lambeau Field, surpassing Antonio Freeman (3,477 yards). Driver has 3,961 career receiving yards at the stadium. Also is Lambeau Field's all-time leader in receptions with 283. Freeman (213) also ranks No. 2.
25 RYAN GRANT
- Enters with 2,416 career rushing yards.
- Has nine 100-yard games in his career.
85 GREG JENNINGS
- His 15 catches of 40-plus yards from 2007-08 was tops in the NFL. His three in 2009 is tied for the NFL lead.
uHas 11 career 100-yard games.
74 AARON KAMPMAN
- With 51½ career sacks, is No. 4 on the team's all-time sacks list. Needs four more to move past No. 3 Tim Harris (55).
12 AARON RODGERS
- Has five career 300-yard passing games and four 3-TD games.
21 CHARLES WOODSON
- Has 39 career interceptions, 22 in 50 games since coming to Green Bay in 2006. Woodson had 17 interceptions in 106 games with Oakland.
- With six defensive touchdowns as a member of the Packers (five interceptions, one fumble return), is No. 3 on the team's all-time list. Needs one more to match Herb Adderley and Darren Sharper with seven atop the list.