GREEN BAY (8-3) VS. NEW ENGLAND (9-2)

Sunday, Nov. 30 - LAMBEAU FIELD - 3:25 p.m. CST

PACKERS RETURN HOME TO TAKE ON THE PATRIOTS

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  • Sunday’s game between Green Bay and New England features two division leaders and the only two teams in the NFL to finish with a winning record each of the last five seasons (2009-13).
  • The Packers and Patriots are the only teams in the league to make the playoffs each of the last five seasons (2009-13).
  • This week will be a matchup of two head coaches who have the second- (Bill Belichick, .660) and third-best (Mike McCarthy, .652) regular-season winning percentages among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • Sunday’s matchup is between two of the six teams in the NFL with at least eight wins this season.
  • Green Bay (plus-108) leads the NFC in point differential this season while New England (plus-130) leads the AFC.
  • Both the Packers (6-0) and the Patriots (7-0) are undefeated this season when scoring 30 or more points.
  • New England (32.5) ranks first in the NFL in points per game this season with Green Bay (32.2) in second place.
  • This season the Packers (44) lead the NFL in touchdowns scored, while the Patriots (40) are third.
  • The two teams rank No. 1 and No. 2 in total points scored this season, separated by three points (New England-357 / Green Bay-354).
  • Through 11 games this season, the Packers have won five games by 20 or more points and the Patriots have won six to lead the league. Green Bay has won an NFL-leading three games by 30 or more points while New England has not won any by that amount this season.
  • The Packers (twice) and Patriots (once) are two of four teams to score at least 50 points in a game this season.
  • Green Bay is 2-0 against AFC teams this season and New England is 3-0 against NFC teams.
  • Sunday will be the first matchup between Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Patriots QB Tom Brady as starters.
  • Rodgers (119.2) leads the NFL in passer rating this season whie Brady is sixth (101.0).
  • They are both in the top five in the NFL in passing touchdowns, touchdown percentage, interception percentage and touchdown/interception ratio this season.
  • Rodgers ranks first in NFL history (min. 1,500 pass att.) in passer rating (106.4) and Brady is sixth (96.0).
  • Since Rodgers became a starter in 2008, he is 71-36 (.664) during the regular and postseason while Brady is 75-26 (.743) during that span.
  • Next week the Packers will play the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.

WITH THE CALL

  • CBS will broadcast the game to a regional audience with play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms handling the call from the broadcast booth and Tracy Wolfson 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 Sports will air the game across the country. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting the 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 715.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Patriots:
  • All-time regular season: 4-5
  • All-time, postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, at home: 2-1
  • Streaks: The Patriots have won two in a row.
  • Last meeting, at Lambeau Field, regular season: Nov. 19, 2006; Patriots won, 35-0

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 96-53-1, .643 (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Bill Belichick: 227-116, .662 (incl. 19-9 postseason) 20th NFL season
  • Head to Head: Belichick 2-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-2 vs. Patriots; Belichick 3-2 vs. Packers

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthyMIKE 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 .651 winning percentage during the regular season (90-48-1) ranks No. 3 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.

BILL BELICHICK…Is in his 15th year as the Patriots’ 15th head coach.

  • Is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span.
  • He leads all active head coaches and is currently ranked fifth on the NFL’s all-time list in total victories.
  • He is the eighth NFL coach to reach 200 career wins.
  • In the first 14 years as the Patriots head coach, he has won three Super Bowls, five conference titles and 11 division crowns.
  • His three Super Bowl titles tie Washington's Joe Gibbs and San Francisco's Bill Walsh for the second most all time behind Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll (four).

THE PACKERS-PATRIOTS SERIES

  • This marks the 11th overall meeting between the two teams.
  • The two teams first met in 1973 at New England. The first time the Patriots visited Lambeau Field was in 1979. This will be New England’s third trip to Green Bay (2006).
  • The most significant meeting was the lone postseason contest, Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans. A matchup of decorated head coaches in Mike Holmgren and Bill Parcells went Green Bay’s way as Desmond Howard returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and Reggie White recorded three sacks.
  • New England’s 35-0 win over the Packers in 2006 is the only shutout in the series but not the most lopsided game. The Packers beat the Patriots 45-3 in 1988 in Milwaukee.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

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Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was a special assistant and secondary coach for the Patriots in 2008...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played FB for the Patriots from 1992-97...Packers TE Richard Rodgers attended St. John’s High School in Shrewbury, Mass. ...Packers  strength and conditioning assistant Thadeus Jackson was an athletic training intern for the Patriots during the team’s 2003 training camp...Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien is a native of Superior, Wis., and played collegiately as a LB for the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 1975-78. He also started his coaching career there in 1980...O’Brien coached special teams at the University of Pittsburgh while Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum were on staff there and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt played for the Panthers...Packers LB Julius Peppers played for Carolina and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac coached for the Panthers while O’Brien was the assistant head coach/special teams...O’Brien was also on the staff for the Miami Dolphins with Capers in 2006...Patriots RB James White played at the University of Wisconsin with Packers QB Scott Tolzien...Patriots LB Jonathan Casillas played for Wisconsin as well...Packers LB Clay Matthews was selected No. 26 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft with a pick acquired from New England in exchange for Green Bay’s second-round choice (No. 41) and two third-round picks (Nos. 73 and 83). The Packers also received a fifth-round selection in the trade...Matthews’ father, Clay Jr., played under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and O’Brien for three seasons in Cleveland (1991-93)...In 2007, Capers coached for the Dolphins while Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich played for Miami...Packers DT Letroy Guion played for the Vikings while Patriots Brendan Daly was a defensive assistant and defensive line coach for Minnesota and Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea was an offensive assistant/wide receivers...In 1998, Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett played running back for the Chicago Bears while Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears coached receivers...Van Pelt worked in the same position for Tampa Bay while Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount played for the Buccaneers...Packers QB Matt Flynn and Patriots CB Brandon Browner and DL Alan Branch were teammates in Seattle...Packers assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley was a graduate assistant/defense at the University of Pittsburgh when Patriots CB Darrelle Revis played...Packers T David Bakhtiari played at the University of Colorado with Patriots T Nate Solder and while Patriots assistant strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera worked in the same position...Packers RB Eddie Lacy and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played at Alabama with Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower and while Patriots assistant special teams coach Joe Judge was on the staff there...Other college connections include: Packers QB Matt Flynn and Patriots WR Brandon Lafell (LSU), Packers DT Josh Boyd and Patriots LB Chris White (Mississippi St.), Packers C Corey Linsley and Patriots DB Nate Ebner (Ohio State) and Packers DE Datone Jones and Patriots LB Akeem Ayers (UCLA).

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Dec. 19, 2010, at Gillette Stadium; Patriots won, 31-27.
  • With QB Aaron Rodgers sidelined due to injury, QB Matt Flynn made his first career start and threw for 251 yards on 24 of 37 passing with three touchdowns and one interception.
  • Green Bay took a 17-7 lead in the second and then New England OL Dan Connolly returned a squib kick 71 yards to the 4-yard line, setting up the first of two touchdowns that gave New England a 21-17 advantage.
  • In a back-and-forth game, the Packers took a six-point lead after Flynn found FB John Kuhn for a 6-yard touchdown late in the third quarter and a K Mason Crosby field goal early in the fourth quarter.
  • The Patriots responded with a Shayne Graham field goal and touchdown pass from QB Tom Brady to win 31-27.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • A win would make McCarthy 91-48-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.
  • The Packers have recorded three home games with 40-plus points. Dating back to 1940, it is tied for the second-most 40-plus point games at home by Green Bay, trailing only the five 40-point games the Packers recorded in 2011.
  • Green Bay has scored more than 30 points in each of the first five home games (31, 42, 38, 55, 53). Dating back to 1921, it is the first time the Packers have registered at least 30 points in each of their first five home games.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay has scored 30-plus points at home 33 times, winning 31 of those contests. The Packers’ 33 home games with at least 30 points are the third most in the league since 2006 (NO, 35 / NE, 37).
  • Green Bay has recorded at least four scoring drives in the first half in four of the last five games.
  • The Packers have outscored their opponents 128-9 in the first of the last four home games:
  • Green Bay 30, Philadelphia 6
  • Green Bay 42, Chicago 0
  • Green Bay 28, Carolina 3
  • Green Bay 28, Minnesota 0
  • The Packers have recorded at least one sack in 31 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history (28-1995-97 / 26-1986-88).
  • The Packers’ defense is looking to hold the opposing starting quarterback to a passer rating below 85.0 for the 10th game this season (MIN-Teddy Bridgewater, 79.8 / PHI-Mark Sanchez, 80.3 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 68.8 / CAR-Cam Newton, 72.6 / MIA-Ryan Tannehill, 81.5 / MIN-Christian Ponder, 45.8 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 82.5 / DET-Matthew Stafford, 61.6 / NYJ-Geno Smith, 64.1).

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers needs one more three-touchdown/zero-interception game to tie Patriots QB Tom Brady (eight in 2007) for the most in NFL history in a single season.
  • Rodgers looks to extend his NFL records of throwing 322 passes at home without an interception and 29 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception.
  • Rodgers has thrown for three or more touchdowns in six of the last eight games.
  • Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of at least 120.0 in five of the last eight contests.
  • WR Jordy Nelson has recorded at least nine receptions in four games this season. If Nelson registers one more game with at least nine receptions, it will be the most in a single season in franchise history.
  • Nelson has three touchdown receptions of 65 yards or more this season, the most by a Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four touchdown catches of 65-plus yards in 1998.
  • Nelson has five touchdown receptions of 40-plus yards this season, no other receiver in the league has more than three in 2014.
  • WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 35 consecutive regular-season games.
  • Cobb has caught at least one touchdown in eight of 11 games this season. He has 12 receiving touchdowns in his last 12 regular-season games, dating back to last season.
  • Cobb is two touchdown receptions shy of becoming the 18th player in franchise history to reach 25 receiving touchdowns.
  • Cobb is looking for his fifth game this season with at least 100 yards receiving, which would extend his career high (three-2012).
  • Over the last four games, RB Eddie Lacy has 16 receptions for 249 yards (15.6 avg.) and three touchdowns. Although he has only played in four games in the last five weeks due to the bye, Lacy’s 249 receiving yards lead all running backs from Weeks 8-12.
  • Last week, Lacy became the first Packers’ running back to record 100-plus yards from scrimmage and a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games.
  • Lacy has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage five times this season, including in each of the last four games. Green Bay is 4-1 when Lacy has 100 yards or more from scrimmage.
  • Lacy has scored at least one touchdown in six of the last eight games.

DEFENSE

  • LB Clay Matthews has one sack in three of the last four games.
  • Matthews (54.5) passed DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the team’s career sacks list. He needs one sack to pass LB Tim Harris (55.0) for No. 3 in franchise history (since 1982).
  • DB Micah Hyde has two interceptions and a sack in the last three games.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Hyde returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in Week 11, the second of his career. He is tied for No. 3 in franchise history behind only WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon (three each).
  • Cobb needs either a punt return for a touchdown or a kickoff return for a touchdown to take sole possession of second place in Packers history for combined returns for touchdowns (Travis Williams, six). Cobb, who has three returns for touchdowns, currently is tied with six other players.
  • K Mason Crosby needs nine points to become the second kicker in franchise history to 1,000 career points (Ryan Longwell, 1,054).

stat of the week

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this week will be the first matchup at Lambeau Field in Week 13 (or earlier) that features two teams with eight-plus wins since the Packers played the Bears on Dec. 9, 2001.
  • Entering that game, Green Bay was 8-3 and Chicago was 9-2. The Packers won the game 17-7.
  • Green Bay has won six of its last seven against AFC teams at Lambeau Field.
  • The Packers are 11-6 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy at home against AFC teams.
  • Green Bay has won six in row at home against AFC teams when QB Aaron Rodgers starts.
  • The Packers are looking to start 6-0 at home for the 10th time in franchise history.
  • In each of the times prior to this season that Green Bay started 5-0 at home, they went on to finish the season undefeated at home.