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. This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Giants Week 12 Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY (7-3) AT N.Y. GIANTS (6-4)
Sunday, Nov. 25 - MetLife Stadium - 7:20 p.m. CST
PACKERS AND GIANTS TO MEET IN PRIME-TIME MATCHUP
- In a meeting of the two most recent Super Bowl champions, the Packers will travel to face the N.Y. Giants on Sunday night.
- Green Bay enters Sunday’s game having won five straight games, which is tied with Denver for the longest current winning streak in the NFL.
- The last time the Packers posted winning streaks of five-plus games in back-to-back seasons was in 1996-97. Green Bay started out the 2011 campaign with 13 consecutive wins.
- The Packers improved to 7-3 on the season with a 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday, Green Bay’s ninth straight win in the NFC North. That set a franchise record for the longest divisional winning streak, besting eight-game streaks in 1996-97 and 2001-02.
- For Green Bay, it marked the fourth straight season that it won its first game after the bye. The Packers improved to 6-1 (.857) under Head Coach Mike McCarthy in the first game after the open date.
- With Chicago’s loss at San Francisco on Monday night, the Packers and Bears sit atop the NFC North with 7-3 marks. The Packers beat the Bears in Green Bay in Week 2 and the teams will meet in Chicago in Week 15.
- This will mark the third straight year that the Packers and Giants have faced off in the regular season, the first time that has happened since 1985-87. Green Bay has won the last three regular-season meetings.
- It is also the third straight year that the Packers have played at MetLife Stadium, with a Week 13 contest in 2011 against the Giants and a Week 8 game with the Jets in 2010, the stadium’s first season.
- The Packers and Giants also met in a NFC Divisional playoff contest last season at Lambeau Field, one that was won by New York, 37-20.
- Two of the most venerable franchises in professional football history, the Packers and Giants have combined for 21 championships. Green Bay ranks No. 1 among all NFL franchises with 13 titles, while the Giants check in at No. 3 with eight championships.
- The Packers and Giants have squared off in five NFL championship games, with Green Bay winning four of those contests. New York won the 1938 title at the Polo Grounds in New York, but the Packers defeated the Giants in the championship game in 1939, 1944, 1961 and 1962.
- Green Bay holds a 31-24-2 edge in the all-time series, which includes a 4-3 postseason record. The teams first met in 1928 in New York.
- Including playoffs, Green Bay is 13-3 (.813) away from Lambeau Field over its last 16 games. The Packers have won three straight road games and 10 of their last 13 (.769) regular-season road contests.
- The Packers have won 24 of their last 28 regular-season games overall (.857), the best record in the league over that span.
WITH THE CALL
- NBC Sports will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
- Dial Global Sports radio will air the game across the country. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines. Scott Graham hosts pregame and halftime shows.
- Univision Radio will broadcast the game in Spanish to a national audience, with Rafael Hernandez Brito (play-by-play) and Jim Rodriguez (color) calling the action.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 92, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Giants:
- All-time regular season: 27-21-2
- All-time, postseason: 4-3
- All-time, in New York: 16-15-2
- Streaks: The Packers have won seven of the last 10 meetings.
- Last meeting, in New York: Dec. 4, 2011, at MetLife Stadium; Packers won, 38-35
- Mike McCarthy: 75-39-0, .658, (incl. 5-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
- Tom Coughlin: 160-125-0, .561 (incl. 12-7 postseason); 17th NFL season (9th with Giants)
- Head to Head: McCarthy 3-2
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-2 vs. Giants; Coughlin 3-5 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in seventh year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
- Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in four of his six seasons as the helm, and the team’s four postseason berths over the past five seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- His .658 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each season from 2006-11.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
TOM COUGHLIN…Is in ninth year as the Giants’ 16th head coach.
- In his first 16 years as an NFL head coach, won four division titles and led his team to the playoffs nine times, with two Super Bowl titles (2007 and 2011).
- Has led two different franchises to four consecutive postseason berths (Giants, 2005-08; Jacksonville Jaguars, 1996-99), one of only three coaches in league history to accomplish the feat.
- Was the original head coach of the expansion Jaguars for their first eight seasons (1995-2002).
- Also was a head coach in the collegiate ranks with Boston College (1991-93).
THE PACKERS-GIANTS SERIES
- Two of the most venerable franchises in professional football history, the teams have combined for 21 championships. Green Bay (13 titles) ranks No. 1 among all NFL franchises, while the Giants (eight) rank third behind the Packers and the Bears (nine).
- Their first five postseason meetings, prior to the 2007 NFC Championship, were all NFL title games (1938, ’39, ’44, ’61, ’62), with the Packers going 4-1 in those games. Brooklyn-born Vince Lombardi, formerly an offensive assistant with the Giants before accepting the head coach and GM position in Green Bay in 1959, led the Packers over the Giants in the 1961 and ’62 NFL championships.
- With both teams finishing 8-8 in 2006, it took four tiebreakers and percentage points to give the Giants – and not the Packers – the NFC’s second Wild Card berth that year.
Packers DT B.J. Raji was born in New York City and attended Westwood Regional High in Washington Township, N.J. ...Packers RB James Starks is a Niagara Falls, N.Y. native and attended the University at Bufalo...Packers TE Andrew Quarless was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended Uniondale (N.Y.) High...Packers DE Mike Daniels was born in Blackwood, N.J., and attended Highland Regional High there...Packers S Jerron McMillian was born in Newark N.J., and attended Hillside (N.J.) High...Packers LB Dezman Moses was born in Mount Holly, N.J., and went to Willingboro (N.J.) High...Packers DE Mike Neal’s father, Michael, went to training camp with the Giants in 1988...Packers special teams assistant Chad Morton played two seasons for the Giants (2005-06)...Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was wide receivers coach in Green Bay for two seasons (1986-87) under Forrest Gregg...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was Coughlin’s defensive coordinator for the Jaguars for two seasons (1999-2000); Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was on Capers’ defensive staff as DB coach...Giants QB David Carr played for the Texans when Capers was the head coach in Houston…Giants TE Travis Beckum is from Milwaukee and played collegiately at Wisconsin...Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn coached defensive tackles in Green Bay for four seasons (2005-08)...Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann was in his first season as the University of Michigan’s defensive coordinator (1997) when Packers DB Charles Woodson won the Heisman Trophy and the Wolverines won the national title...Herrmann and Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram were college teammates of Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac at Michigan...Trgovac and Ingram coached together at Michigan and Ball State...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot and Giants asst. strength and conditioning coach Marcus Paul were teammates with the Chicago Bears...Giants strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri was on the Saints’ staff in 2003 with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and asst. head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss…Packers DE C.J. WIlson and Giants LB Keith Rivers are cousins...Former college teammates include Packers LB Clay Matthews and Rivers (Southern California), Packers CB Sam Shields and Giants S Kenny Phillips (Miami), Raji and Packers LB Robert Francois and Giants LB Mark Herzlich and LB Mathias Kiwanuka (Boston College), Wilson and Giants DT Linval Joseph (East Carolina), Packers TE Ryan Taylor and RB Johnny White and Giants WR Hakeem Nicks and DT Marvin Austin (North Carolina), and Daniels and Moses and Giants S Tyler Sash (Iowa)...Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry is a native of Hempstead, N.Y. ...Packers college scout Mike Owen was born in Brookhaven, N.Y. and played at Syracuse...Packers head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss is a native of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
LAST MEETING, IN NEW YORK
- Dec. 4, 2011, at MetLife Stadium; Packers won, 38-35.
- With just less than a minute remaining, QB Aaron Rodgers led the offense on a five-play, 68-yard drive to set up K Mason Crosby’s game-winning 31-yard field goal as time expired, With Detroit’s loss to New Orleans later that night, Green Bay clinched their first NFC North title since 2007.
- The victory was Green Bay’s 10th consecutive regular-season road win, a franchise record (previous best was nine games from 1966-67).
- Rodgers completed 28 of 46 passes for 369 yards and four TDs. It was his eighth 300-yard game of the season and his ninth with three-plus TDs, both single-season franchise records.
- WR Greg Jennings caught seven passes for 94 yards (13.4 avg.) and a score, TE Jermichael Finley posted 87 yards and a TD on six catches (14.5 avg.) and WR Jordy Nelson added 94 yards on four grabs (23.5 avg.).
- LB Clay Matthews intercepted QB Eli Manning in the third quarter and returned the pick 38 yards for a TD, becoming the first player in team history to score a defensive TD each of his first three seasons in the league.
STAT OF THE WEEK
- Sunday’s 24-20 victory at Detroit was Mike McCarthy’s 75th win (including playoffs) as head coach as he became the fourth head coach in franchise history to reach that mark (Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren).
- By reaching the 75-win plateau in his 114th game as head coach, McCarthy tied Philadelphia’s Andy Reid for the fastest to 75 wins among active NFL head coaches.
- Behind McCarthy and Reid, Washington’s Mike Shanahan (119 games) and the N.Y. Giants’ Tom Coughlin (140 games) are the next fastest to 75 career wins among active coaches.
- McCarthy is the third fastest to 75 victories in franchise history behind Lombardi (102 games) and Holmgren (111 games) but ahead of Lambeau (117 games).
- McCarthy has a 75-39 overall record as head coach of the Packers, a .658 winning percentage that ranks No. 4 in the league among active head coaches (min. 50 games).