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-Lions Week 17 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Lions Week 17 Dope Sheet:
DETROIT (10-5) AT GREEN BAY (14-1)
Sunday, Jan. 1 - Lambeau Field - Noon CST
PACKERS HOST LIONS IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE
- Green Bay closes out the 2011 regular season with an NFC North tilt against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field this Sunday.
- The Packers clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win over the Bears this past Sunday. It marks the first time Green Bay will be the top seed in the conference since 1996.
- The Packers set a franchise record for the most wins in the regular season with their 14th victory. That topped the 13-win totals posted by the team in 1962, 1996, 1997 and 2007. Green Bay will try to become just the sixth team in NFL history to finish 15-1 or better.
- Sunday will be the first time in the history of the series that both the Packers and Lions will enter the game with double-digit win totals.
- This will be the 11th time that the franchises have met in a regular-season finale and just the fourth time (1939, ’45, ’93) that both clubs have had winning records when they played in the final regular-season contest.
- This marks the third time that Green Bay has closed the season with a home contest vs. Detroit under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007 and 2008). It will be the first time the Packers have played on New Year’s Day since the 2005 season when they hosted the Seattle Seahawks.
- 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. Some two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Sunday marks meeting No. 165 in the all-time series.
- Now rivals in the NFC North, the Packers own a 90-65-7 (.580) advantage over the Lions in the regular season and have won both playoff matchups.
- Green Bay has a 10-1 mark against the Lions under McCarthy. Overall, Green Bay has won 19 of the last 22 games in the series.
- The Packers have won 20 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including ’94 playoff game). The streak started with Green Bay’s win over the Lions at County Stadium in Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 1992.
- Green Bay’s 19-game regular-season home winning streak against Detroit is the longest streak in the NFL, one game ahead of Washington’s 18-game home winning streak against the Lions.
- Sunday is the last of three holiday games for the Packers, who played at Detroit on Thanksgiving and hosted Chicago this past Sunday on Christmas. Green Bay is the only team in NFL history to play on all three holidays in the same season.
- The Packers have won 12 straight contests at Lambeau Field and 18 of their last 19 at home. It is the fifth-longest home winning streak by Green Bay in the regular season in franchise history and the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.
- Green Bay’s 18-1 (.947) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span, ahead of New England (17-1, .944).
- The Packers are off to their first 7-0 start at home since 2002. That season, Green Bay went on to post a perfect 8-0 mark at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers are one of only three teams in the league that are unbeaten at home this season (Baltimore, 7-0; New Orleans, 7-0).
- Green Bay is averaging 39.4 points per game at home this season (No. 2 in the NFL). The Packers’ franchise record is 38.0 ppg at home in 1942.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman and color analyst Brian Billick will have the call from the broadcast booth with Laura Okmin 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.
- 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 in HD on Channel 712.
SEVEN PACKERS EARN PRO BOWL SELECTIONS
- The NFL announced Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday, and the Packers were represented with seven selections on this year’s team.
- WR Greg Jennings, FB John Kuhn, LB Clay Matthews, QB Aaron Rodgers, NT B.J. Raji, C Scott Wells and CB Charles Woodson were all named to the team, with Kuhn, Matthews, Rodgers and Woodson selected as starters for the NFC squad.
- It marks the first time since 2004 that the Packers have had four offensive players selected to the Pro Bowl. For the fourth straight season, Green Bay has had at least three defensive players honored.
- For three of the players (Kuhn, Raji, Wells), it marks the first Pro Bowl selections of their careers.
- For Jennings, it is his second straight Pro Bowl selection as he becomes the first Green Bay wide receiver to be honored in back-to-back years since Donald Driver (2006-07).
- Matthews becomes the first Packer since RB John Brockington (1971-73) to earn Pro Bowl recognition each of his first three seasons in the league.
- Rodgers, who also was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009, was selected as the starter for the NFC for the first time in his career.
- Woodson has earned his eighth career Pro Bowl bid and fourth straight as a member of the Packers (also four straight years as a starter). He is the first Green Bay cornerback since Herb Adderley (1963-67) to be selected to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Detroit Lions:
- All-time regular season: 90-65-7
- All-time, postseason: 2-0
- All-time, in Green Bay: 28-10-3
- Streaks: Green Bay has won 11 of the last 12 meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 24, 2011, at Ford Field; Packers won, 27-17
- Last meeting, in Green Bay: Oct. 3, 2010; Packers won, 28-26
- Mike McCarthy: 67-35-0, .657, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Jim Schwartz: 18-29-0, .383; 3rd NFL season
- Head to Head: McCarthy 4-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 10-1 vs. Lions; Schwartz 1-4 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.
- 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.
JIM SCHWARTZ…Is in third year as the Lions’ 25th head coach.
- Before coming to Detroit, spent 10 years with the Tennessee Titans, including the last eight as defensive coordinator.
- Broke into the NFL as a college and pro scout for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-95 before becoming a defensive assistant coach for the Ravens after the franchise moved to Baltimore.
- Coached as a graduate assistant and then position coach at four different colleges (Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina Central, Colgate) after a playing career as a LB at Georgetown University.
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. 164 in the all-time series.
- Green Bay has scored more points (3,413 in reg. season) against the Lions than any other franchise.
- The Packers have won 20 straight games over Detroit in Wisconsin, including the ’94 playoffs. 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 Schwartz (2009-10).
- The 19 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among active NFL streaks at one team’s home field.
Packers WR Greg Jennings (Kalamazoo), LB Brad Jones (East Lansing), G T.J. Lang (Birmingham) and LB Frank Zombo (Sterling Heights) are Michigan natives…Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham held the same position in Kansas City for four seasons (1995-98) when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was an offensive assistant for the Chiefs…Cunningham was on the staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) in 1981 when Packers QB coach Tom Clements played QB for Hamilton...Lions asst. special teams coach Bradford Banta played for the Bills in 2004 when Clements was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator…Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett and Lions GM Martin Mayhew were teammates for one season at Florida State...Lions O-line coach George Yarno finished his playing career with the Packers in 1990 but did not appear in any regular-season games...Lions DT Corey Williams was a Packers’ sixth-round draft choice in 2004 and played four seasons in Green Bay (2004-07)...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...Trgovac and Panthers special teams coach Danny Crossman coached on the staff in Carolina together…Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry and Lions RB coach Sam Gash were teammates at Penn State…Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff at Texas A&M when Lions LS Don Muhlbach played for the Aggies...Packers assistant wide receivers/special teams coach John Rushing was a teammate of Lions K Jason Hanson at Washington State...Lions T Jeff Backus and Packers CB Charles Woodson were teammates on Michigan’s 1997 national championship team...Jennings and Lions TE Tony Scheffler were teammates at Western Michigan and were both drafted in the second round in 2006...Jennings and Lions S Louis Delmas played together for one season (2005) at Western Michigan...Packers G Josh Sitton blocked for Lions RB Kevin Smith at Central Florida, including Smith’s 2,567-yard season in 2007, the second-best rushing yardage total in NCAA history…Lions G Rob Sims, LB Bobby Carpenter and Packers LB A.J. Hawk were Ohio State teammates all drafted in 2006…Other college teammates include Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Lions CB Amari Spievey and P Ryan Donahue (Iowa), Packers NT B.J. Raji and Lions T Gosder Cherilus (Boston College), Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Lions QB Matthew Stafford (Georgia), Packers LS Brett Goode and Lions CB Chris Houston (Arkansas), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Lions DE Lawrence Jackson (USC), Packers DE Howard Green and Lions G Stephen Peterman (LSU), Packers RB Ryan Grant and Lions WR Maurice Stovall…Lions LB DeAndre Levy played collegiately at Wisconsin and attended Milwaukee Vincent H.S.
LAST MEETING, IN GREEN BAY
- Oct. 3, 2010, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 28-26.
- The Packers won their 20th straight game against the Lions (including postseason) in the state of Wisconsin.
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 12-of-17 passes for 181 yards and three TDs, with WR Donald Driver catching one of those TD passes as part of a three-catch, 89-yard afternoon.
- CB Charles Woodson picked off QB Shaun Hill in the third quarter and returned the interception 48 yards for a touchdown. With the score, Woodson became the first player in NFL history to return an INT for a TD against the same team in three straight seasons.
- The Lions trimmed Green Bay’s lead to 28-26 behind four Jason Hanson field goals in the second half, but the Packers ran out the final 6:32 behind the running of John Kuhn (34 yards on seven carries) and a 16-yard scramble from Rodgers.