Packers-Seahawks Divisional Playoff Dope Sheet

Playoff football returns to Green Bay as the Packers host the Seahawks Saturday at Lambeau Field in the Divisional round. The Packers last playoff win came against the Seahawks at Lambeau Field in the 2003 Wild Card round. Al Harris’ 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in overtime remains the only NFL postseason game ended by a sudden-death defensive score. - More | Packers-Seahawks Game Center


*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 Packers-Seahawks Divisional Playoff Dope Sheet:*


SEATTLE (11-6) at GREEN Bay (13-3)

-Playoff football returns to Green Bay as the Packers host the Seahawks Saturday at Lambeau Field in the Divisional round.

-Green Bay matched a club record with 13 regular-season wins, a feat it accomplished in 1962, '96 and '97. It played for the NFL championship each of those previous times.

-Winners of the NFC North, the Packers collected their 18th division title in club history. The team makes its 24th postseason appearance in club history, this year as the NFC's No. 2 seed. It marks the first time since 1997 the Packers have earned a first-round bye.

-Saturday marks the 267th consecutive sellout at Lambeau Field (253 regular season, 14 playoffs), the league's longest-tenured stadium.

-Familiar faces return to Lambeau Field this weekend as Mike Holmgren and Matt Hasselbeck lead the NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks into Green Bay. Holmgren coached in Green Bay for seven seasons (1992-98), while Hasselbeck was a sixth-round draft pick by the Packers in 1998 who spent his first three seasons in Green Bay. Head Coach Mike McCarthy served as his position coach with the Packers in 1999.

-The Packers last playoff win came against the Seahawks at Lambeau Field in the 2003 Wild Card round. Al Harris' 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in overtime remains the only NFL postseason game ended by a sudden-death defensive score.

-A dominant Week 17 performance highlights a club entering the playoffs on a roll. Green Bay has won 17 of its last 20 games and has not lost back-to-back games in over one year. Its last losing streak came in Weeks 12-13 (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3) in 2006.


-Green Bay made the postseason for the 11th time in 15 seasons

-Its 24-14 (.632) W-L record in the playoffs is the second-best winning percentage in National Football League history.

-Also second-best in NFL postseason history is the Packers' 14-2 (.875) record at home. Only the New England Patriots (9-1, .900) own a better home record (min. 10 games).

-In the Divisional round, the Packers are 3-5 all-time. However, they are 2-0 in the Divisional round coming off a first-round bye (1996 and '97). The two wins also are the only Divisional round games Green Bay has hosted.

-In NFL history, teams coming off a first-round bye are 83-29 (.741) in the Divisional round. NFC teams are 45-11 (.804).

-This season, the Packers were 3-1 against playoff teams, including 2-1 vs. Divisional round participants.

-McCarthy makes his debut as a head coach in the postseason. He has coached in eight playoff games previously as an NFL assistant.

-Quarterback Brett Favre will start his 21st playoff game Saturday, his 274th consecutive start overall. He owns an 11-9 (.550) career W-L record in the postseason and has thrown a TD pass in an NFL-record 16 consecutive playoff games.


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

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

-Westwood One will air the game across the country. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and Bob Trumpy (analyst) will call the action with Tim Van Vooren as the sideline reporter. Tommy Tighe hosts the pregame and halftime shows.

-Univision Radio, with Rafael Hernandez Brito (play-by-play) and Eduardo Martell (color), will broadcast in Spanish to a national audience.

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


Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks:

All-time regular season: 6-5-0

All-time postseason: 1-0

All-time, in Green Bay: 4-1-0

Streaks: The Packers have won three of the last four contests

Last meeting: Nov. 26, 2006, at Qwest Field; Seahawks won, 34-24

Last meeting, in Green Bay: Jan. 1, 2006, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 23-17

Last meeting, postseason: Jan. 4, 2004, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 33-27 OT


Mike McCarthy: 21-11-0, .656, (first postseason); second NFL season

Mike Holmgren: 170-109-0, .609, (13-10 postseason); 16th NFL season

Head to Head: Holmgren 1-0

vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-1 vs. Seahawks; Holmgren 2-3 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY...Is in 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.

-Won more games (16) in his first 25 contests than any other coach in franchise history.

-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.

MIKE HOLMGREN...In ninth year as the Seahawks' sixth head coach.

-Earned a postseason berth in 2007 for the fifth consecutive season.

-Posted his seventh winning season in Seattle this season, including his fifth division title.

-Joined the Seahawks after a seven-year tenure as head coach in Green Bay (1992-98), during which he led the Packers to three straight NFC Championship Games, two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl victory (XXXI).

-Previously served first as quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator in San Francisco (1986-91).


-Saturday marks the second time that the teams will meet at Lambeau Field during the postseason, including a 2003 Wild Card meeting.

-The two clubs have met just 12 times, including the regular season and playoffs, since Seattle entered the National Football League in 1976.

-Other than the fact that they simply haven't played very often, which has changed with Seattle's shift to the NFC in 2002, most differences stop there. Much of Seattle's front office, their coaching staff and even their starting quarterback inaugurated their NFL careers or built their reputations with a stop at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.

-The movement west, beginning with Mike Holmgren in 1999, has reversed itself in some respects, as Packers GM Ted Thompson and personnel men John Dorsey and John Schneider have returned to Green Bay after stops in Seattle.

-Green Bay owns a 4-1 advantage in the five games in the series played at Lambeau Field. Seattle's only win at the NFL's longest-tenured stadium came in 1999, Holmgren's first year coaching in Seattle.


Packers GM Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks' vice president of football operations...Packers personnel analyst John Schneider (2000) and director of college scouting John Dorsey (1999) both worked in Seattle's front office...Green Bay assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss played his final three seasons in Seattle (1995-97) and began his coaching career with the Seahawks as defensive quality control in 1998...Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Gil Haskell (1992-97), defensive coordinator John Marshall (1980-82), wide receivers coach Nolan Cromwell (1992-98), tight ends coach Jim Lind (1992-98), offensive assistant/quality control Gary Reynolds (1996-98) and special projects/defense coach Ray Rhodes (1992-93, 1999), coached previously in Green Bay; Rhodes (1999) was the 12th head coach in Packers history, succeeding Holmgren, who coached the Packers from 1992-98...Former Packers GM Ron Wolf selected Matt Hasselbeck in the sixth round of the 1998 draft; the quarterback spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, including his rookie campaign on the Packers' practice squad. McCarthy was his positional coach during the 1999 season...Packers WR Koren Robinson was taken as the No. 9 overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft by Seattle, where he spent his first four (2001-04) seasons...Packers LB Tracy White made the Seahawks roster as a non-drafted free agent in 2003 and spent two seasons in Seattle...Packers WR Shaun Bodiford is a Federal Way, Wash., native...Seattle vice president Lance Lopes worked in the Packers' front office from 1993-2000...Seahawks head athletic trainer Sam Ramsden worked six seasons in the Packers training room.


Brett Favre is 4-2 in six career starts against Seattle. His career numbers against the Seahawks include 1,418 yards on 122-of-205 passing with 10 TDs and 8 INTs...Donald Driver has caught 22 passes for 345 yards and two scores in four games against Seattle...A.J. Hawk posted a career-high 20 tackles (16 solo) in the Nov. 27, 2006, matchup...Also in the 2006 game, Charles Woodson recorded his second career two-INT game.


January 4, 2004, at Lambeau Field; Packers won 33-27 OT.

-Al Harris returned a Matt Hasselbeck INT 52 yards for a TD in the only NFL postseason game ended by a sudden-death defensive score.

-Green Bay jumped out to a 13-6 halftime advantage thanks to a Favre TD pass to Bubba Franks and two Ryan Longwell field goals.

-Two Shaun Alexander touchdown runs in the third quarter gave Seattle a 20-13 lead before Packers running back Ahman Green responded with two fourth-quarter TD runs of his own.

-Alexander's third rushing touchdown of the day, with 51 seconds remaining, tied the score, and Ryan Longwell's 47-yard field goal attempt as time expired fell short.

-Both teams were forced to punt on their first possession of overtime. After Seattle got the ball back, it was Harris who scored on the game's only turnover.


Nov. 26, 2006, Qwest Field; Seahawks won 34-24.

-Four first-half takeaways, a defensive score, and a big pass play for a touchdown to open the second half gave Green Bay a tremendous chance to knock off the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks on a Monday night.

-However, missed opportunities, costly penalties, and a surprisingly porous run defense took away that chance as Seattle posted a 34-24 decision at a snowy and noisy Qwest Field.

-Charles Woodson collected two of three Packers interceptions, the first leading to the game's opening touchdown (Ahman Green 5-yard run).

-Rookie linebacker Abdul Hodge scooped a fumble and returned it 29 yards for a score to give the Packers a 14-9 lead.

-Matt Hasselbeck, who threw three touchdown passes, combined with running back Shaun Alexander (201 yards) to lead the Seahawks in a second-half comeback.

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