GREEN BAY (13-4) AT SEATTLE (13-4)
SUNDAY, JAN. 18 - CENTURYLINK FIELD - 2:05 P.M. CST
GREEN BAY TRAVELS TO SEATTLE FOR NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
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- The Packers go on the road to take on the Seahawks to decide who will represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLIX.
- Green Bay will play Seattle in the playoffs for the third time, but for the first time in the NFC Championship.
- The Packers won the previous two postseason matchups against the Seahawks, with both games taking place at Lambeau Field. In the 2003 NFC Wild Card game, Green Bay CB Al Harris returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Packers a 33-27 win. The two met in the 2007 NFC Divisional round, with Green Bay scoring on six consecutive possessions after Seattle scored the first 14 points of the game to win 42-20.
- The Packers are 3-2 in NFC Championships and have won the last two they played on the road.
- Including the postseason, the Packers have won their last three games and eight of the last nine contests.
- Green Bay and Seattle were the only teams to go 7-1 over the final eight games of the 2014 regular season.
- The Packers made the postseason for the seventh time under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and in each of those seven appearances, Green Bay has faced at least one team that it played during the regular season.
BACK IN THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
- Sunday will be the sixth time Green Bay has played in the NFC title contest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
- This will be Green Bay’s third NFC Championship appearance in the past eight seasons (2007 and 2010), which is tied with San Francisco for the most in the NFC over that span.
- The team’s first appearance in the NFC Championship came in 1995, when it traveled to Dallas. Green Bay held a fourth-quarter lead but fell behind after two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns from Emmitt Smith as the Packers’ season ended in Dallas for the third straight year.
- The Packers reached the NFC title game again the following year, hosting the first title game at Lambeau Field since the ‘Ice Bowl.’ The Packers overcame two early deficits to defeat the Panthers, 30-13, for their first Super Bowl appearance in 29 years. They would go on to beat New England in the Super Bowl.
- In ’97, the Packers reached the title game for the third consecutive season, this time traveling to San Francisco. Green Bay built a comfortable 13-3 lead on a rain-soaked afternoon in an eventual 23-10 win as they bounced the 49ers from the playoffs for the third straight year.
- In ’07, the Packers hosted the Giants in the third-coldest contest in championship game history with a game-time temperature of minus-1 and wind chill of minus-23. Lawrence Tynes sent New York to the Super Bowl with a 47-yard field goal in overtime for the Giants’ 23-20 victory.
- Green Bay was last in the NFC Championship in ‘10, beating longtime division rival Chicago, 21-14. In a game that included five interceptions, Packers DT B.J. Raji helped seal the victory with an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown that put Green Bay up 21-7 with just over six minutes remaining. The Packers went on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers for the club’s fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 21st season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a national audience.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins analyst Troy Aikman with Erin Andrews and Chris Myers 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. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) will call the action with Mark Malone (sideline), while Scott Graham will host 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.
- The game will broadcast across the country in Spanish on ESPN Deportes with Kenneth Garay (play-by-play) and Sebastian Martinez Christensen (analyst) calling the action.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- All-time regular season: 8-7-0
- All-time, postseason: 2-0
- All-time, in Seattle: 2-4-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won the only two postseason games between the two.
- Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 4, 2014, at CenturyLink Field; Seahawks won, 36-16
- Mike McCarthy: 101-54-1, .651, (incl. 7-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Pete Carroll: 90-65-0, .581 (incl. 7-4 postseason); 9th NFL season (5th with Seahawks)
- Head to Head: Carroll 2-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-3 vs. Seahawks; Carroll 2-2 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 sixth consecutive playoff appearance this season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to seven playoff appearances in the last eight years (2007, 2009-14).
- Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past eight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat.
- His .656 winning percentage during the regular season ranks No. 2 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.
PETE CARROLL…Is in fifth year as the Seahawks’ eighth head coach.
- Led Seattle to the first Super Bowl win in franchise history last season.
- Spent nine years as head coach at Southern California (2001-09), where he led the Trojans to seven consecutive Pacific-10 titles and two national championships (2003-04).
- Previously served as a head coach in the NFL with the New York Jets (1994) and New England (1997-99), leading the Patriots to two playoff appearances.
- Began his NFL career as a defensive backs coach for Buffalo (1984). Also served as an assistant coach for Minnesota (1985-89), N.Y. Jets (1990-93) and San Francisco (1995-96).
- A former all-conference free safety at Pacific, started his coaching career at his alma mater in 1974.
THE PACKERS-SEAHAWKS SERIES
- The two clubs have met 17 times, including the regular season and playoffs. The two playoff games (2007 Divisional, 2003 Wild Card) were both at Lambeau and won by the Packers.
- For a span of eight head-to-head meetings from 1996-2008, Mike Holmgren was the head coach for one of the teams.
- Since Seattle’s shift to the NFC in 2002, the two teams have met nine times (including playoffs). They met in six of seven seasons from 2003-09, with 2004 being the lone exception.
- Neither team has ever won more than three in a row in the series.
Packers EVP/GM/Dir. of Football Operations Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks’ VP of football operations...Packers asst. head coach/linebackers Winston Moss played his final three seasons in Seattle (1995-97) and began his coaching career with the Seahawks as defensive quality control coach in 1998...Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry played for the Seahawks for three seasons (2000-02)...Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Nick Perry played for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at Southern California; Matthews was also tutored by Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. with the Trojans...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played for New England when Carroll was the head coach (1997)…Packers QB Matt Flynn played for Seattle in 2012...Seahawks P Jon Ryan played for Green Bay in 2006-07...Seahawks DE O’Brien Schofield and QB Russell Wilson played at the University of Wisconsin...Seahawks EVP/GM John Schneider served two different stints in the Packers’ personnel dept. (1993-96, 2002-09), concluding as director - football operations...Seahawks wide receivers coach Kippy Brown previously coached the Green Bay running backs (2000) and Seahawks asst. strength and conditioning coach Mondray Gee held the same position in Green Bay in 2008-09...Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played quarterback at the University of Wisconsin and coached on Green Bay’s staff from 2000-05...Seahawks defensive assistant Marquand Manuel played for the Packers in 2006...Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel held the same position with the Packers from 2001-02...Seahawks assistant special teams coach Chad Morton worked for the Packers from 2009-13…Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith coached together with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL) and with New Orleans...In 2006, Capers was the special assistant to the HC/defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins while Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the defensive line coach…Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt worked in the same position for Tampa Bay while Seahawks DE Michael Bennett played for the Bucs (2010-11)…Gash was on the staff in Detroit while Seahawks DE Cliff Avril played for the Lions from 2008-12...Packers DT Letroy Guion and Seahawks DT Kevin Williams and QB Tavaris Jackson were teammates in Minnesota...In 1990-91, Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith played running back for the Dallas Cowboys while Norton played linebacker…Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry and Seahawks asst. HC/offensive line Tom Cable were on the same Oakland Raiders staff in 2007-08…Former college teammates include Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (California)...Packers RB Eddie Lacy and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood (Alabama)...Lacy and Norwood were also teammates at Alabama with Seahawks G James Carpenter...Matthews and Perry and Seahawks LBs Mike Morgan and Malcolm Smith (Southern California).
LAST MEETING, IN THE POSTSEASON
- Jan. 12, 2008, NFC Divisional Playoff, at Lambeau Field, Packers won 42-20
- Two fumbles by RB Ryan Grant led to a 14-0 Seattle lead early in the first quarter.
- The Packers responded by scoring six touchdowns on their next six possessions.
- Grant rebounded from a rough start and finished with 201 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries.
- QB Brett Favre had an efficient game in the snow, completing 18-23 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
- Green Bay’s defense held the Seahawks to just six points in the final three quarters.
- WR Greg Jennings led the way with six receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
GOOD SECOND HALF
- The Packers’ 12-win regular season was fueled by winning seven of the final eight regular-season 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.
- Over the last eight games of the regular season, Green Bay’s defense ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards allowed (691, sixth), rushing average (3.60, seventh) and rushing touchdowns (two, tied for first).