GREEN BAY (11-4) VS. DETROIT (11-4)

Sunday, Dec. 28 - Lambeau Field - 3:25 p.m. CST

PACKERS HOST LIONS IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

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  • For the fourth time in the last eight years (2007, 2008, 2011), Green Bay will play Detroit at Lambeau Field to close out the regular season.
  • The winner of this Sunday's game will be the NFC North champion. This will be the second consecutive season the Packers will play for the NFC North title in Week 17. Last year, Green Bay beat Chicago, 33-28 at Soldier Field to win the division.
  • With a 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay in Week 16, the Packers clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth, tying a franchise record (1993-98). Green Bay joins New England as the only teams in the league to make the playoffs each of the last six years.
  • This Sunday will be the first time two NFL teams with 11-plus wins will meet in the final game of the regular season to determine a division champion since 1993 (Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants)
  • Head Coach Mike McCarthy won his 99th career game (including palyoffs) last week, moving past Vince Lombardi (98) for the second-most victories in franchise history.
  • McCarthy has led the Packers to five seasons with 11-plus wins, passing Lombardi and Mike Holmgren (four each) for the most in team history.
  • The Packers have won 23 straight games against Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans eight Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08) and Jim Schwartz (2009-13).
  • The 23 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home.
  • No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
  • The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Sunday marks meeting No. 171 in the all-time series (including playoffs).
  • The Packers lead the regular-season series 94-67-7 (.580) and have won both postseason contests the two have played. Green Bay’s 94 wins over the Lions are the most the Packers have against any team.
  • Green Bay has a 14-3 mark (.824) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, which is tied with Seattle (14-3 vs. St. Louis) and Baltimore (14-3 vs. Cleveland) for the third-best winning percentage by a team vs. a divisional foe since 2006 (New England, 16-1 vs. Buffalo / Pittsburgh, 15-3 vs. Cleveland). Dating back further, the Packers have won 15 of the last 18 against Detroit and 23 of the last 28 in the series.
  • Of the 14 wins over Detroit, eight have been decided by 10 points or more, including four by more than 20 points.
  • Dating back to 2006, Green Bay is 7-1 in Week 17 games, including 4-0 at home.
  • The Packers’ seven wins in Week 17 are tied for the second most in the NFL from 2006-13 (New England, Pittsburgh, San Francisco), behind only San Diego's eight wins.
  • Under McCarthy, the Packers are 25-12 in the month of December, including wins in 13 of their last 17.

WITH THE CALL

  • FOX Sports, now in its 21st season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
  • Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins analyst Troy Aikman with Erin Andrews 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 five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. McCarren, who is in his 26th year in Green Bay television, has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
  • Westwood One will air the game across the country. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting pre-game and halftime shows.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 706.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Lions:
  • All-time, regular season: 94-67-7
  • All-time, postseason: 2-0
  • All-time, at home: 56-24-4
  • Streaks: The Packers have won 15 of the last 18 meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 21, 2014, at Ford Field; Lions won, 19-7

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 99-54-1, .646, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Jim Caldwell: 39-28, .582, (incl. 2-2 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Head to Head: Caldwell 1-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 14-3 vs. Lions; Caldwell 1-0 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his ninth 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.
  • Led the Packers to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance last season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to six playoff appearances in the last seven years (2007, 2009-13).
  • Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past seven seasons (2007-13), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat.
  • His .642 winning percentage during the regular season ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.

JIM CALDWELL…Is in his first year as the Lions’ 26th head coach.

  • Prior to joining the Lions, Caldwell spent 2012-13 as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. He orginally joined the Ravens as the quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator with three weeks left to play in the 2012 season. He went on to help Baltimore win the AFC North and Super Bowl XLVII.
  • From 2002-11, Caldwell coached for the Indianapolis Colts, including three years as the head coach (2009-11).
  • While in Indianapolis the Colts had nine consecutive playoff appearances that included six AFC South titles, two AFC Championships and one Super Bowl title.
  • Caldwell began his NFL coaching career as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterbacks coach in 2001.

THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES

  • No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers first met the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. Including a pair of playoff clashes in the early 1990s, this week marks Game No. 171 in the all-time series.
  • Green Bay has scored more points (3,548 in the regular season) against the Lions than any other franchise.  
  • The Packers have won 23 straight games against Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans eight Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08) and Jim Schwartz (2009-13).
  • The 23 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers LB Nick Perry is a Detroit native and prepped at both Mackenzie High School and Martin Luther King High School...Packers G T.J. Lang attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Mich., and played at Eastern Michigan...LB Brad Jones is a native of East Lansing, Mich. ...Packers WR Jeff Janis is from Tawas City, Mich., and is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Saginaw Valley State...Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is the grandson of legendary Packers head coach Vince Lombardi…Packers running backs coach Sam Gash was on the Lions’ coaching staff from 2007-12...Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was a three-year starter (1978-80) at middle guard on the defensive line for the University of Michigan, where he played in three Rose Bowls...Trgovac also began his coaching career at Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1984-85...In 1985, Lions linebackers coach Bill Sheridan joined Trgovac as a graduate assistant at Michigan...Packers offensive quality control coach Luke Getsy worked as the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2013...Lions WR Jeremy Ross played in eight games for Green Bay from 2012-13...Lions LB DeAndre Levy played collegiately at Wisconsin and attended Milwaukee Vincent High...Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was Kansas City’s QBs coach when Detroit senior coaching assistant Gunther Cunningham was defensive coordinator for the Chiefs…Cunningham was on the staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) in 1981 when Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements played QB for Hamilton and he was also on the Raiders staff when Packers assistant head coach/LBs Winston Moss played for them...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball worked in Kansas City with Cunningham and in New Orleans with Lombardi and Lions defensive backs/CBs Tony Oden...Ball was also with the Saints when Lions RB Reggie Bush played for New Orleans...Cunningham was the head coach of the Chiefs while Clements was the quarterbacks coach (2000) and Packers assistant special teams coach Ron Zook coached defensive backs (1999)...From 1978-79, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Cunningham were on the defensive coaching staff together at the University of California...Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego worked in the same position for the Packers from 2003-05...In 1999-2000, Capers and Bonamego worked in the same positions for the Jaguars...Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett and Lions EVP of Football Operations/GM Martin Mayhew were teammates for one season at Florida State...Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin coached at Penn State while Gash and Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry played for the Nittany Lions...In 2003-04, Austin was the defensive backs coach in Seattle while Packers EVP/GM/Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson was the VP of Football Operations for the Seahawks...Packers QB Matt Flynn and Lions WR Golden Tate were teammates in Seattle...Packers DT Letroy Guion and Lions DE George Johnson played for the Vikings while Lions defensive backs/safeties coach Alan Williams was the defensive coordinator...From 2006-07, Packers WR Jordy Nelson played for Kansas State while Lions assistant head coach/tight ends Ron Prince was the head coach...Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff at Texas A&M when Lions LS Don Muhlbach played for the Aggies...Former college teammates include Lang and Lions DE Jason Jones (Eastern Michigan), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Bush (Southern California), Packers LB A.J. Hawk and Lions G Rob Sims (Ohio State), Packers T Bryan Bulaga, DT Mike Daniels and DB Micah Hyde and Lions T Riley Reiff (Iowa), Packers WR Randall Cobb and Lions G Larry Warford (Kentucky), Guion and Lions DT Andre Fluellen (Florida St), and Packers T Josh Sitton and Lions K Matt Prater (Central Florida).

LAST MEETING, AT HOME

  • Oct. 6, 2013, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 22-9.
  • Green Bay used five K Mason Crosby field goals, which tied a franchise record, and an 83-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR James Jones to defeat the Lions by 13.
  • RB Eddie Lacy led the way on the ground, registering a game-high 99 yards on 23 carries.

stat of the week

  • Green Bay allowed just 106 yards of total offense in Week 16 at Tampa Bay, the fewest allowed by the team since Dec. 21, 2006 (vs. Minnesota, 104 yards).
  • Dating back to 2000, last week was just the fifth time the Packers held a team to three points or less on the road and the first since Nov. 21, 2010 at Minnesota (three).
  • Green Bay’s six first downs allowed were the fewest since giving up three vs. Minnesota on Dec. 21, 2006.
  • The Packers gave up 16 yards rushing, the third fewest allowed in a game by the team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
  • Green Bay registered a season-high seven sacks, its most since posting the same number vs. Tennessee on Dec. 23, 2012.