Packers-Raiders Press Box Notes

The Packers clinched the NFC North title Sunday with a 38-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. Packers-Raiders Game Center



-Green Bay welcomes Oakland to Lambeau Field this weekend for the first time since 1999.

-Prior to that 1999 meeting, the Raiders' last trip to Wisconsin was in 1993, when LeRoy Butler spontaneously invented the 'Lambeau Leap'.

-The Packers come into the matchup winners of 14 of their last 16 games and stand in second place in the NFC by virtue of their 10-2 record.

-Green Bay looks to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in over one calendar year. The Packers last lost back-to-back games in Weeks 12-13 last year (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3).

-The Packers hope to continue their dominance over the AFC West. They have won five straight against the division and eight of their last 10, dating back to a 1996 victory over Denver.

-The first meeting between the two clubs came on the biggest of stages at Super Bowl II in Miami in January 1968. That day, the Packers won their second consecutive Super Bowl title in Vince Lombardi's final game as head coach for Green Bay.

-Lane Kiffin is believed to be the youngest coach ever to take an NFL team into Lambeau Field. Previously, the youngest coach in the modern era was the Los Angeles Rams' Harland Svare, who first brought his team to Lambeau Field at age 32 years, 10 months on Oct. 6, 1963 - incidentally a 42-10 win over Vince Lombardi. Kiffin enters the game Sunday at age 32 years, 7 months.


-With a win Sunday over Oakland, Green Bay clinches not only a postseason berth but its 18th division title in franchise history.

-Clinching against the Raiders wouldn't be new for Brett Favre and the Packers. They did so in 1993 against the Raiders at Lambeau Field, ending an 11-year playoff drought.

-A loss Sunday doesn't mean the Packers can't clinch a spot - they'd just need some help. According to the NFL, the Packers clinch the NFC North with 1) Green Bay win or tie OR a 2) Detroit loss or tie.

-According to the league, Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with an Arizona loss or tie.

-If Green Bay were to wrap up the division with three games remaining, it would mark the earliest the club has clinched the division since 2002, when the Packers clinched the NFC North with four games remaining. The Dec. 1 victory over the Bears in '02 marked the earliest such occasion for the Packers since the NFL implemented division play in 1933.

-The previous franchise mark came in 1967, when the Packers beat the eventual second-place Bears Nov. 26 to capture the Central division crown with three games remaining.


-Today's game matches the two hottest running backs in the NFL.

-Ryan Grant assumed running back duties in the second quarter at Denver in Week 8 and responded with his first 100-yard performance. He has three so far on the season.

-Only one running back has totaled more yards since Week 8 than Grant. It just so happens to be Sunday's opponent, Oakland's Justin Fargas.

Justin Fargas, OAK -- 591

Ryan Grant, GB -- 561

Adrian Peterson, MIN -- 527

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD -- 522

Clinton Portis, WAS -- 514


Today's officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Chad Brown (31), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Tom Symonette (100), field judge Tom Sifferman (118), side judge Don Carlson (39) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).


The Packers travel to St. Louis to play the Rams while the Raiders return home to host the Indianapolis Colts.




-Has played in 251 straight games (271 including playoffs) and started 249 in a row (269 including playoffs), the NFL's record among quarterbacks and the second-longest recorded streak in NFL history. Only Jim Marshall (270, 1961-79) has been documented to have started more games in consecutive fashion.

-Needs 450 passing yards to break Marino's record of 61,361. Favre enters with 60,912.

-Threw his 200th TD pass at Lambeau Field in Week 10 to extend the league's single-stadium record. He enters with 205.

-Needs 471 passing yards at Lambeau Field to surpass John Elway (27,889 at Mile High Stadium) for the single-stadium record. Favre has 27,419.

-Has 40 career game-winning comebacks (fourth quarter deficit or tie), including four this season.

-Has 55 career 300-yard passing games, including seven already this season, tying his own record of seven 300-yard passing games established in 1995.


-Has a reception in 92 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).

-Needs 92 receiving yards to surpass No. 4 Boyd Dowler (6,918) on the Packers' all-time list. Driver (6,827) enters No. 5 in team history.

-Became one of four players in team annals to produce as many as six seasons with 50 receptions, joining James Lofton and Sterling Sharpe (both seven) and Antonio Freeman (six).

-Stands 92 Lambeau Field receiving yards from surpassing No. 2 James Lofton (3,330) and 239 from becoming the stadium's all-time leader ahead of Antonio Freeman (3,477). Driver enters with 3,239.

-Needs 102 receiving yards to tie a franchise record with 1,000 receiving yards in a fifth overall season. Only James Lofton and Sterling Sharpe have five 1,000-yard campaigns. Driver enters with 898.

-Needs 9 receptions to become the third player in team annals to reach 500, joining Sharpe (595) and Lofton (530). Driver enters with 491.


-Needs 2 sacks to surpass No. 4 Ezra Johnson (411/2) on the franchise list. He enters with 40 career sacks.

-Has started 70 consecutive games.


-Needs 1/2 sack for his fifth season of 10-or-more sacks. Gbaja-Biamila stands tied with White (4) for the most seasons with 10-or-more sacks.


-Needs one interception for 30 career.


-Has played in 166 straight games (156 regular season, 10 playoffs), a streak that began in Philadelphia in 1998. Since coming to Green Bay in 2003, has started all 79 games (76 regular season, 3 playoffs) as a Packer.

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