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 Packers-Giants Week 13 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Giants Week 13 Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY (11-0) AT N.Y. GIANTS (6-5)
Sunday, Dec. 4 l MetLife Stadium l 3:15 CST
11-0 PACKERS HEAD EAST TO TAKE ON THE GIANTS
- Green Bay stays on the road this week as it travels to face the Giants at MetLife Stadium, the team’s first visit to New York to face the Giants since 2007.
- The Packers will be looking to clinch a postseason berth for the third straight season. Green Bay can lock down a playoff spot with a win and can also clinch the NFC North title with a victory and a Detroit loss.
- The Packers are off to an 11-0 start for the first time in franchise history. They are just the 11th team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to begin the season with 11 consecutive victories.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 17 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history (12-game streak in 1961-62). That is one victory shy of tying the second-longest winning streak in NFL history behind the 2003-04 New England Patriots (21 games).
- The Packers’ streak of 13 straight wins in the regular season (2010-11) is a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62. Green Bay has also set a single-season franchise record with 11 straight regular-season wins in 2011, topping the previous mark of 10 in 1929 and 1962.
- This marks the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure (eight-game streak in 2006-07).
- Two of the most venerable franchises in professional football history, the Packers and Giants have combined for 20 championships. Green Bay ranks No. 1 among all NFL franchises with 13 titles, while the Giants check in at No. 3 with seven championships.
- The Packers and Giants 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 30-23-2 edge in the all-time series, which includes a 4-2 postseason record. The teams first met in 1928 in New York.
- This will be the first meeting between the teams at MetLife Stadium. It will be the second straight season that the Packers have played at the stadium, with Green Bay topping the N.Y. Jets, 9-0, last season in Week 8.
ON A ROLL ON THE ROAD
- The Packers are off to their first 6-0 start on the road in franchise history, besting the 5-0 starts away from home in 1929, 1936, 1941 and 2007.
- Including playoffs, Green Bay has won a league-best nine consecutive road games and 11 of its last 14. The .786 road winning percentage over that span ranks No. 1 in the NFL.
- The Packers’ nine-game winning streak away from Lambeau Field ties a franchise record, matching the nine-game road winning streak in 1966-67.
- Green Bay is the only team in the league that is undefeated on the road this season.
- Since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, the Packers’ best road records came in 2004 and 2007, when the team registered 6-2 marks each of those seasons.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a national audience.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- Westwood One radio will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 94, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 715.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. New York Giants:
- All-time regular season: 26-21-2
- All-time, postseason: 4-2
- All-time, in New York: 15-15-2
- Streaks: The Packers have won five of the last seven meetings
- Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 16, 2007, at the Meadowlands; Packers won, 35-13
- Mike McCarthy: 64-34-0, .653, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Tom Coughlin: 147-119-0, .553 (incl. 8-7 postseason); 16th NFL season (8th with Giants)
- Head to Head: McCarthy 2-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-1 vs. Giants; Coughlin 2-4 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, he 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.
- His .714 winning percentage (5-2) in the postseason is tied for first among active NFL head coaches, matching the mark of New England’s Bill Belichick (15-6) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (5-2).
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last five seasons (2006-10).
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.
TOM COUGHLIN…Is in eighth year as the Giants’ 16th head coach.
- In his first 15 years as an NFL head coach, won four division titles and led his team to the playoffs eight times, with one Super Bowl title (2007).
- 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 20 championships. Green Bay (13 titles) ranks No. 1 among all NFL franchises, while the Giants (seven) rank third.
- 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 RB Ryan Grant entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Giants in 2005; he spent the ’05 season on the team’s practice squad and the ’06 campaign on the non-football injury reserve list…S Charlie Peprah was the Giants’ fifth-round pick in 2006 and was claimed off waivers by Green Bay before the start of the ’06 season...Packers NT B.J. Raji was born in New York City and attended Westwood Regional High in Washington Township, N.J. …Packers TE Andrew Quarless is a New York City native, born in Brooklyn...Giants CB Will Blackmon was a fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2006 and played four seasons in Green Bay (2006-09)...Giants S Derrick Martin played two seasons for the Packers (2009-10)…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 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 CB 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 running backs 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 LB Winston Moss...Packers special teams assistant Chad Morton played two seasons for the Giants (2005-06)...Giants asst. off. line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. was the head coach at Louisiana Tech for Packers CB Tramon Williams’ entire college career there (2002-05)...Williams and Giants RB Brandon Jacobs were teammates at Assumption High School in Napoleonville, La. …Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty coached at the University of Iowa together in 1999...Giants TE Travis Beckum is from Milwaukee and played collegiately at Wisconsin…Former college teammates include Grant and Giants DE Justin Tuck (Notre Dame), Packers T Chad Clifton and C Scott Wells and Giants S Deon Grant (Tennessee), Packers LS Brett Goode and Giants G Mitch Petrus (Arkansas), Packers CB Sam Shields and Giants DT Dwayne Hendricks and S Kenny Phillips (Miami), Packers QB Matt Flynn and Giants CB Corey Webster (LSU), Webster and Giants WR Michael Clayton and Packers DE Howard Green (LSU), Packers RB Brandon Saine and Giants TE Jake Ballard and C Jim Cordle (Ohio State), Raji and Packers LB Robert Francois and Giants LB Mark Herzlich and LB Mathias Kiwanuka (Boston College), Packers DE C.J. Wilson and Giants DT Linval Joseph (East Carolina), Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Giants CB Aaron Ross (Texas), Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Giants S Tyler Sash (Iowa), and Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Giants RB D.J. Ware (Georgia).
LAST MEETING, IN NEW YORK
- Sept. 16, 2007, at the Meadowlands; Packers won, 35-13
- Brett Favre became the winningest QB in NFL history with his 149th win, surpassing Hall of Famer John Elway, as the Packers put on a dominant display in the fourth quarter.
- Leading 14-13 in the fourth quarter, the Packers marched 80 yards in 10 plays, with a 3-yard TD pass to Lee capping it off.
- Green Bay forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and recovered the ball in Giants territory. The offense needed just five plays to cover the distance, as Favre found Driver in the back of the end zone.
- A late 38-yard TD run by RB DeShawn Wynn capped the scoring.
STAT OF THE WEEK
- With the win at Detroit last Thursday, Green Bay is off to its first 11-0 start in franchise history. The Packers are also just the 11th team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to register an 11-0 start.
- Of the 10 previous NFL teams to start the season 11-0, eight of those clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and five of those teams won the world championship.
- The Packers have won every game this season by at least six points, becoming only the third 11-0 team in the Super Bowl era (1985 Chicago Bears, 2005 Indianapolis Colts) to win each of its first 11 contests by at least six points.
- Green Bay is just the second defending Super Bowl champion to start the season 11-0, joining the 1998 Denver Broncos, who began that season with a 13-0 mark on their way to a win over Atlanta in Super Bowl XXXII.
- The Packers have scored at least 24 points in each of the first 11 contests this season, becoming the first defending Super Bowl champion to accomplish that feat. Green Bay’s streak to open the season tops the previous mark held by the 2000 St. Louis Rams (10 games).