Packers Playoff Bye Week Dope Sheet
Divisional playoff contest awaits No. 2 seed Packers
DiVISIONAL PLAYOFF CONTEST AWAITS NO. 2 SEED PACKERS
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- Coming off a franchise-record fourth consecutive division title, Green Bay will enjoy a bye this weekend before returning to Lambeau Field on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 12:05 p.m. (CST) to host either the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers or Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Divisional playoff game.
- The Packers have only faced one of those teams this season, beating Carolina, 38-17, at home in Week 7. Green Bay last played the Cowboys in 2013, winning 37-36 at Dallas. The last time the Packers played the Cardinals was in 2012, a 31-17 win at Lambeau Field.
- From 1990-2006, the Packers only captured one of the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs twice (No. 1 in 1996 and No. 2 in 1997). This year will mark the third time since 2007 that Green Bay will be one of the top two seeds in the NFC (No. 2 in 2007 and No. 1 in 2011).
- The Packers enter the postseason having won their last two games and seven of the final eight.
- Dating back to 1978, Green Bay’s seven wins in Games 9-16 are tied for the most by the Packers (1984, 1997, 2009, 2011).
- Green Bay and Seattle are the only teams to go 7-1 over the final eight games of the 2014 regular season.
- Head Coach Mike McCarthy won his 100th career game (including playoffs) last week, the second-most victories in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau (212).
- The 100 overall wins are the most in the NFC and the third most in the NFL since 2006 (Indianapolis and New England).
- Green Bay won 12 regular-season games for the 11th time in franchise history.
- McCarthy recorded his third regular season with 12-plus wins (2007, 2011), passing Lambeau (1929, 1931), Vince Lombardi (1962, 1966), Mike Holmgren (1996-97) and Mike Sherman (2001-02) for the most by a coach 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.
HOT AT HOME
- When Green Bay takes the field a week from Sunday, it will mark the fourth consecutive year that the Packers have hosted a playoff game at Lambeau Field.
- Green Bay is 16-5 all-time at home during the postseason. The Packers’ 16 postseason wins at home are the fifth most in the NFL.
- Green Bay finished the regular season undefeated at home for the 13th time in franchise history, including the second time under McCarthy (2011). It is the eighth time the Packers finished with eight home wins during the regular season.
- Green Bay is one of two teams in the NFL to finish 8-0 at home this season (Denver Broncos).
- The Packers join the New Orleans Saints as the only NFL teams with two undefeated regular seasons at hom since 2011. The two undefeated seasons at home are tied for the second most in the league since 2006, trailing New England’s four.
- McCarthy is tied with Mike Holmgren (1996-97) for the second-most undefeated regular seasons at home in franchise history. They trail the seven recorded by Lambeau (1919, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1944).
- McCarthy and Holmgren are just one behind Lambeau (three) when it comes to regular seasons with at least eight wins at home.
BACK IN THE POSTSEASON
- Green Bay’s 30th postseason berth in team history marks the franchise’s 17th appearance in the last 22 seasons and the seventh in nine seasons under McCarthy.
- The Packers are the only team in the NFC to win its division each of the last four seasons (2011-14) and one of only three teams to do so over that span (Denver, New England).
- Green Bay tied a franchise record with its sixth consecutive playoff berth (1993-98).
- The Packers join the Patriots as the only teams to make the playoffs each of the last six years.
stat of the week
- The Packers’ 12-win season was fueled by winning seven of the final eight games. It was the third time Head Coach Mike McCarthy guided the Packers to a 7-1 record in the second half of the regular season (2009, 2011).
- Dating back to 1978, when the NFL went to a 16-game schedule, RB Eddie Lacy’s nine touchdowns in the final eight games of the season are tied for the second most by a Packers’ player (Ahman Green: nine in 2003 and 10 in 2000).
- Green Bay rushed for 1,137 yards in the final eight games of the season, the fourth most by the Packers since 1978.
- Lacy rushed for 592 yards on 117 attempts (5.1 avg.) over the final six games, No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (648) and Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (612).
- Lacy’s 929 yards from scrimmage in the final eight regular-season games are the fourth most by a Packers’ player since 1978 and the most since Ahman Green’s 1,098 in 2003.
- The Packers’ offensive line allowed the second-fewest sacks (nine) in the final eight games this season behind only Denver (eight in final eight). Dating back to 1983, it tied for the second fewest Green Bay had allowed in Games 9-16 (2007, six / 2004, nine).
- Dating back to 1982, LB Clay Matthews’ 8.5 sacks in Games 9-16 tied Ezra Johnson (1983) for the third most in the second half of the regular season in franchise history, and were the most since DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had 11.0 in 2004. Matthews tied for the fifth most in the NFL this season in Games 9-16.