Packers take on the 49ers in primetime

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The Green Bay Packers come off the bye week to face the San Francisco 49ers, who are tied with New England for the league’s best record.  

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Packers entered a game this late in the season (through 10 games or later) where both teams had a winning percentage of .800-plus was in 2007 when Green Bay and Dallas both entered their matchup with 10-1 records (.909).
  • Green Bay has won five of its last six at the 49ers, including its last trip in 2015 (17-3). 
  • It is the first of two straight road games for the Packers, marking the second straight year they played on the road in the first two games after the bye week.
  • It will be the second regular-season game for Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium (2015).
  • Dating back to 1996, Green Bay is 11-2 against San Francisco during the regular season.
  • Since 2007, the Packers have won the game going into the bye and coming out of the bye five times (2016, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007).
  • Green Bay faces an NFC opponent (San Francisco) for the ninth time after the bye since 2006. This is the second year in a row that the Packers will travel to California in the week after the bye (Los Angeles Rams in 2018).
  • The Packers have won six of the previous eight matchups against NFC teams in the week after the bye.
  • In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 16 of its last 23 (.696), including wins in seven of the last 10.
  • Since 2009, Green Bay is 58-39-1 (.597) overall after the bye.
  • The Packers have not turned the ball over for four straight games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it ties (2014, 2016) for the most consecutive games without a turnover by the Packers since 1933, the first year turnovers were tracked.
  • Green Bay has not fumbled in four straight games. The last time the Packers did not have a fumble in four straight games in a single season was 1967 (Oct. 15-Nov. 5).
  • This is the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Packers have played a night game coming out of the bye.
  • This week’s game was originally scheduled for 3:25 p.m. CST, but for the second time this season (vs. Carolina in Week 10), the Packers’ game time was flexed by the NFL. It will be the fifth time Green Bay appears in primetime this season, with a sixth appearance scheduled for Week 16. The Packers are 3-1 in primetime contests so far in 2019.

GOOD START

  • Green Bay has won eight of its first 10 games, marking the sixth time the Packers have won at least eight of their first 10 games of the regular season since 1970 (10-0 in 2011, 9-1 in 2007 and 8-2 in 2002, 1997 and 1996).  
  • With a win, Head Coach Matt LaFleur (8-2) would tie Mike Holmgren and Mike Sherman (9-7) for the most NFL wins by a Packer head coach in their first season.
  • Green Bay is one of seven NFL teams with at least eight wins this season, with five of those teams residing in the NFC.
  • The Packers are 6-1 this season in Sunday games, joining San Francisco (7-0) and New England (7-1) as the only teams with one of fewer losses this season in games played on Sundays.
  • The Packers are 3-1 on the road this season, a .750 winning percentage that ranks No. 8 in the NFL. This is the first time since 2011 (4-0) that Green Bay has won at least three of its first four road games.

WITH THE CALL

  • NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins analyst Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines. 
  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in four states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play), two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) and three-time Packers Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro John Kuhn (sideline) will call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 25th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 21st season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
  • Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Jason Taylor (analyst) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. 49ers:
  • Regular season, all-time: 32-27-1
  • All-time postseason: 4-3
  • All-time, at San Francisco: 12-18-1 (includes 2-2 in postseason)
  • Streaks: The Packers have won seven of the last 10 games played at San Francisco (including playoffs).
  • Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 15, 2018, Lambeau Field, Green Bay won, 33-30 

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 8-2, .800; 1st NFL season
  • Kyle Shanahan: 19-23, .452, 3rd NFL season 
  • Head to Head: 0-0
  • vs. Opponent: Shanahan 0-1 vs. Packers

MATT LAFLEUR…In his first season as the Packers’ 15th head coach.

  • In his 11th season in the NFL, having served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (Los Angeles Rams, 2017; Tennessee Titans, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington Redskins, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
  • Guided the Titans’ offense in 2018 to a No. 7 league ranking in rushing (126.4 ypg) as Tennessee registered 11 games with 100-plus rushing yards, tied for No. 2 in the NFL.
  • Helped the Rams lead the league in scoring with an average of 29.9 points per game in 2017, more than doubling their average from 2016 (14.0 ppg).
  • Tutored QB Matt Ryan, who led the league in passer rating (117.1) in 2016 on his way to being named NFL Most Valuable Player by The Associated Press.
  • Coached rookie QB Robert Griffin III with the Redskins in 2012, who became the first QB in team history to win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

KYLE SHANAHAN…In his third year as the 49ers’ 20th head coach. 

  • Despite losing QB Jimmy Garoppolo early in 2018 to a season-ending injury, TE George Kittle set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end (1,377) and earned a Pro Bowl selection. 
  • In his first season as head coach in 2017, led the team to a 6-10 record, a four-game improvement from the previous year for the 49ers. 
  • Possesses 16 seasons of coaching experience at the NFL level, including nine as an offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), Cleveland Browns (2014), Washington Redskins (2010-13) and Houston Texans (2008-09).
  • In 2016, helped the Falcons reach Super Bowl LI and guided the Atlanta offense to franchise records in yards per game (415.8), points scored (540), net passing yards per game (295.3) and yards per play (6.7). 
  • Was named Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 by both The Associated Press and the Pro Football Writers of America. 

THE PACKERS-49ERS SERIES

  • 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.
  • The clubs faced off in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons (2012-13), with San Francisco coming away with wins in both.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and his brother, 49ers passing game coordinator Mike, worked together in Atlanta for two seasons (2015-16)…Matt LaFleur has also worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta (2015-16), Washington (2010-13) and Houston (2008-09)…Shanahan’s father, Mike Shanahan, was the head coach of the Redskins when LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach…Packers offensive line coach Adam Stenavich spent two seasons as the 49ers’ assistant offensive line coach…Packers S Will Redmond was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft...Packers WR Jake Kumerow is the cousin of 49ers DL Nick Bosa…49ers offensive assistant Bobby Slowik is a native of Green Bay...Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy signed as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2007...Green Bay players with connections to California include: WR Davante Adams (Palo Alto, Fresno State), T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), DL Kenny Clark (Rialto, UCLA), CB Kevin King (Oakland), TE Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach, UCLA), LB Blake Martinez (Stanford), QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico, University of California) and RB Jamaal Williams (Fontana)…California natives on the Packers’ coaching staff include: offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (Fullerton), defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery (Los Angeles) and defensive backs coach Jason Simmons (Inglewood)…Mike LaFleur was an offensive intern in Cleveland in 2014 when Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the head coach…LaFleur has worked with a number of 49ers assistant coaches, including special teams coordinator Richard Hightower (Houston, 2008; Washington 2010-13), run game coordinator Mike McDaniel (Houston, 2008; Washington, 2011-13; Atlanta, 2015-16), defensive coordinator Robert Saleh (Central Michigan, 2004; Houston, 2008-09), assistant head coach/tight ends Jon Embree (Washington, 2010), offensive line coach John Benton (Houston, 2008-09), run game specialist/outside linebackers coach Johnny Holland (Houston, 2008-09), Slowik (Washington, 2011-13), offensive assistant Katie Sowers (Atlanta, 2016) and running backs coach Robert Turner Jr. (Washington, 2010-13; Atlanta, 2015-16)…Pettine, Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga and defensive backs coach Ryan Downard worked with Hightower (2014), McDaniel (2014) and 49ers defensive quality control Brian Fleury (2014-15) in Cleveland…Holland played linebacker for the Packers for seven seasons (1987-93)...LaFleur was on the Houston coaching staff when 49ers inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans played linebacker for the Texans…LaFleur was a graduate assistant at Central Michigan when 49ers T Joe Staley was on the team...Hackett coached alongside Saleh, Benton and 49ers safeties coach Daniel Bullocks in Jacksonville in 2016…Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten was on the Atlanta coaching staff with Matt and Mike LaFleur, McDaniel and Turner Jr. …Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti was on the Washington staff with Matt and Mike LaFleur, Shanahan, Hightower, Embree and Turner Jr. …Embree was the head coach at Colorado in 2011-12 when Bakhtiari played for the Buffaloes...Packers outside linebackers coach Mike Smith was 49ers DL Dee Ford’s position coach in Kansas City in 2018. Additionally, Smith and 49ers wide receivers coach Wes Welker were teammates at Texas Tech...Packers assistant chief of staff Joe McKillip worked with 49ers administrative assistant to the head coach Nick Kray on the N.C. State football operations staff (2015-16)…49ers RB Tevin Coleman, OL Mike Person and TE Levine Toilolo played in Atlanta when LaFleur and Outten were on the coaching staff (2015-16)…Packers wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted was on the Colorado State coaching staff when 49ers C Weston Richburg was on the team…Packers S Adrian Amos and 49ers K Robbie Gould played together in Chicago in 2015…Packers G/T Billy Turner and 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders played together in Denver for three seasons (2016-18)…Packers LB Za’Darius Smith and 49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk played together in Baltimore for two seasons (2015-16)…LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame when 49ers OL Mike McGlinchey was a freshman for the Fighting Irish…Packers TE Jimmy Graham and 49ers CB Richard Sherman played together in Seattle for three seasons (2015-17)…49ers CB K’Waun Williams signed as an undrafted free agent with Cleveland when Pettine was the head coach…Former college teammates include: Packers DL Montravius Adams and 49ers DL Dee Ford (Auburn); Packers RB Jamaal Williams and 49ers LB Fred Warner (BYU); Packers G Lucas Patrick and 49ers OL Laken Tomlinson (Duke); Packers CB Josh Jackson, 49ers QB C.J.Beathard and TE George Kittle (Iowa); Packers RB Dexter Williams, 49ers DL Sheldon Day and McGlinchey (Notre Dame); Martinez and 49ers DL Soloman Thomas (Stanford); King and 49ers WR Dante Pettis (Washington).

ODDS AND ENDS

  • In Week 10, WR Davante Adams registered 118 receiving yards on seven receptions (16.9 avg.), the 14th 100-yard receiving game of his career.
  • Adams returned from injury in Week 9 and over his first two weeks back in action, he had 14 receptions (tied for No. 8 in the NFL in Weeks 9-10) for 159 yards.
  • Green Bay is tied for No. 9 in the NFL in total touchdowns (30) this season.
  • Since Week 4, the Packers rank in the top 10 in the NFL in yards per play (No. 3, 6.22), points per game (No. 5, 27.4) and first downs (No. 9, 156). 
  • The Packers averaged 8.75 yards per play vs. Oakland in Week 7, the best average by Green Bay since Nov. 16, 1997, at Indianapolis (10.02).
  • Green Bay has allowed two or fewer sacks in seven games this season, tied for No. 5 in the NFL.
  • LB Blake Martinez totaled 20 tackles (10 solo) in Week 7, the most by a Packer in a game since LB Desmond Bishop had 20 tackles vs. St. Louis on Oct. 16, 2011. 
  • Martinez has a team-best 133 tackles on the season (85 solo), marking the third consecutive year he has surpassed 130 tackles (158 in 2017 and 147 in 2018).
  • TE Jimmy Graham recorded a reception of 54 yards in 2018 and of 48 yards in Week 10 this season, becoming the first Packer TE to register a reception of 45-plus yards in two consecutive seasons since Ron Kramer tallied one in four straight seasons (1961-64).
  • Graham posted a pair of 25-plus-yard receptions (29, 25) in Week 7 for his second time in a Green Bay uniform (Week 2 vs. Minnesota in 2018), finishing with four catches for 65 yards (16.3 avg.) and a TD.
  • Graham has three receiving TDs this season, tied for No. 9 in the NFL among tight ends.

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