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GREEN BAY (6-6-1) AT DALLAS (7-6)
Sunday, Dec. 15 - AT&T Stadium - 3:25 p.m. CST
packers to visit cowboys for first time since 2007
- Green Bay will go on the road this week to visit the Dallas Cowboys for the first time since a Week 13 matchup in 2007 at Texas Stadium.
- The Packers are currently third in the NFC North after improving to 6-6-1 on the season with a 22-21 win over Atlanta at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The Packers trail the Detroit Lions (7-6) and the Chicago Bears (7-6) with three games remaining.
- Including this Sunday’s game, the last seven meetings between the Packers and Cowboys (1999, 2004, 2007-10) have been either a late-afternoon tilt or a prime-time matchup.
- This will be the first meeting between the teams since a Week 9 matchup in 2010 at Lambeau Field, a 45-7 Green Bay win. The Packers have won the last two games against the Cowboys (2009-10).
- The 2010 contest capped off a stretch of four straight seasons (2007-10) where the Packers and Cowboys met.
- Sunday will mark the Packers’ first game against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009. Green Bay played the Pittsburgh Steelers at the stadium in Super Bowl XLV, then known as Cowboys Stadium, on Feb. 6, 2011.
- This will be only the third visit to Dallas for the Packers over the past 17 seasons (1997-2013). Green Bay will be looking to win its first game in Dallas against the Cowboys since a 20-10 win at Texas Stadium on Christmas Eve in 1989.
- That 1989 contest is the only other regular-season meeting between the clubs in Dallas in December/January.
- The Packers and Cowboys represent two of the proudest and most successful clubs in the NFL. The teams have combined for 18 NFL championships (Green Bay 13, Dallas 5) and nine Super Bowl titles (Green Bay 4, Dallas 5).
- Green Bay topped the Cowboys, 34-27, in the 1966 NFL Championship in Dallas on its way to winning Super Bowl I vs. Kansas City.
- After Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry turned it into one of the league’s great rivalries, the Packers-Cowboys series reached another peak in the 1990s with some memorable playoff battles.
- Though the Cowboys have won 11 of the last 15 overall meetings, the all-time regular-season series is deadlocked at 12-12.
- Since 2009, the Packers have a 16-5 (.762) overall record in December/January, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (19-3, .864).
- Green Bay enters Sunday’s game with a 34-12-1 record over their last 47 regular-season games, a .734 winning percentage that is tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span (with San Francisco, 34-12-1) behind only New England (37-10, .787).
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 20th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to the majority of the country.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 50-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo is in its 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 markets in six states.
- The broadcast is also available on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 714.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Cowboys:
- All-time, regular season: 12-12
- All-time, postseason: 2-4
- All-time, in Dallas: 5-12
- Streaks: The Packers have won the last two meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 7, 2010, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 45-7
- Mike McCarthy: 86-48-1, .641, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
- Jason Garrett: 28-25, .528; 3rd NFL season
- Head to Head: Never met
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-2 vs. Cowboys; Garrett 0-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his eighth 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.
- Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in five of his seven seasons at the helm, and the team’s five postseason berths over the past six seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- Led Green Bay to 47 regular-season victories from 2009-12, the second most in the NFL over that span and the second most in franchise history over a four-year period.
- His .638 winning percentage (including playoffs) 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.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
JASON GARRETT…Is in his third full season as the Cowboys’ eighth head coach. Was the interim head coach for the final eight games in 2010.
- Is the only former Cowboys player to be the team’s head coach.
- Was named NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by Pro Football Weekly for the 2007 season.
- Played quarterback for the Cowboys (1992-99), the N.Y. Giants (2000-03), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004) and the Miami Dolphins (2004). Was a member of three Super Bowl teams with Dallas.
THE PACKERS-COWBOYS SERIES
- These clubs squared off in one of the most famous games in league history, the 1967 NFL Championship, dubbed the ‘Ice Bowl.’ Kickoff temperature was recorded as minus-13 with a minus-46 wind chill, the coldest game in league annals. Bart Starr’s game-winning TD, a 1-yard dive with 13 seconds left, sealed Green Bay’s third straight championship en route to its second consecutive Super Bowl title.
- Green Bay won 10 of the first 15 in the series, in which Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi - former assistants on the same N.Y. Giants staff in the 1950s - turned it into one of the NFL’s preeminent rivalries.
- The Packers have lost 12 of the last 13 games against the Cowboys in Dallas, including three postseason games. Their lone win during that time came on Christmas Eve in 1989, a 20-10 Green Bay victory.
- The 2007 meeting marked the eighth time in league history that two 10-1 clubs met, just the second such instance since the 1970 merger.
Packers GM Ted Thompson is a native of Atlanta, Texas, about 175 miles east of Dallas, and attended SMU...T Marshall Newhouse was born in Dallas, attended Lake Highlands High in Dallas and played at Texas Christian. His uncle, Robert Newhouse, played FB for 12 seasons (1972-83) with the Cowboys...Packers S Chris Banjo attended Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, and played at SMU...Packers G Lane Taylor is a native of Arlington, Texas, and attended Martin High School in the city...Other native Texans on the Green Bay roster include K Mason Crosby (Georgetown), QB Matt Flynn (Tyler), DT Johnny Jolly (Houston) and LB Victor Aiyewa (Missouri City)...Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was born in Bryan, Texas, and played and coached at Texas A&M...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot was a three-time all-conference selection at Texas A&M...Cowboys DE Jarius Wynn was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round in 2009 and played in 36 games for Green Bay from 2009-11...Cowboys QB Tony Romo is a Burlington, Wis., native, while Cowboys T Doug Free is from Manitowoc, Wis. ...Cowboys C Travis Frederick (Sharon, Wis.) and DT Nick Hayden (Hartland, Wis.) both played at the University of Wisconsin...Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin coached the linebackers in Green Bay in 1983...Cowboys asst. secondary coach Joe Baker was Green Bay’s secondary/safeties coach in 2005 and also coached at the University of Wisconsin in 1999...Baker coached on the staff in New Orleans with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach Winston Moss and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo...Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry and Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown were teammates at Penn State...Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin from 1990-94...Callahan coached in Philadelphia with Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and Cowboys assistant special teams coach Chris Boniol and secondary coach Jerome Henderson played for the Eagles when Trgovac coached there...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers coached on the staff in Miami with Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley in 2006...Former college teammates include Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Cowboys LS Louis-Philippe Ladouceur (California), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Cowboys T Tyron Smith (Southern California), Packers TE Andrew Quarless and Cowboys LB Sean Lee (Penn State), Banjo and Cowboys WR Cole Beasley and CB Sterling Moore (SMU), Taylor and Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, K Dan Bailey, LB Orie Lemon and RB Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State), Packers DE C.J. Wilson and Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris (East Carolina), Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Cowboys LB Bruce Carter (North Carolina), and Packers T Derek Sherrod and DE Josh Boyd and Cowboys LB Cameron Lawrence (Mississippi State).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Nov. 7, 2010, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 45-7.
- The 45 points matched the most ever scored by Green Bay against the Cowboys (1964, 1997) and the 38-point win was the largest margin of victory by either team in the series, eclipsing the record of 34 points by the Packers in their 41-7 win over Dallas on Nov. 13, 1960.
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and three TDs with no INTs for a 131.5 passer rating.
- WR James Jones led the offense with eight catches for 123 yards and a TD and WR Greg Jennings added seven grabs for 80 yards and a TD.
- RB Brandon Jackson posted a rushing TD and a receiving TD for the second time in his career.
- Green Bay received TDs from its special teams and its defense, with S Nick Collins returning a fumble 26 yards for a TD on a Dallas kickoff return and LB Clay Matthews returning a QB Jon Kitna interception 62 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter. It was Matthews’ first career INT.
stat of the week
- With 10 points in Sunday’s 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, K Mason Crosby brought his career scoring total to 880 points.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Crosby’s career scoring total is the most by a player in league history in his first seven seasons, topping the previous mark held by Indianapolis K Mike Vanderjagt (874 points from 1998-2004).
- Crosby has cleared the 100-point mark in all seven of his seasons in the league, the only kicker in the NFL to do so over that span (2007-13). He ranks No. 2 in franchise history in 100-point seasons, trailing only K Ryan Longwell (eight, 1997-2004).
- With 118 points this season and three games remaining on the schedule, Crosby is in striking distance of the third 140-point of his career, standing 22 points shy of that mark.
- Crosby will be looking to join K David Akers (2008, 2010-11) and K Stephen Gostkowski (2008, 2011-12) as the only players in league history to record three 140-point seasons.
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