GREEN BAY (9-3) VS. ATLANTA (5-7)
Monday, Dec. 8 - Lambeau Field - 7:30 p.m. CST
PACKERS PLAY THE FALCONS IN PRIMETIME
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- Green Bay will host Atlanta in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.
- This is the 22nd consecutive season (1993-2014) that Green Bay is appearing on Monday Night Football, the second-longest streak in the league behind only Denver’s 23-year span (1992-2014). It is the Packers’ lone MNF appearance this season.
- The Packers are 13-8-1 at home on MNF, including 3-1 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
- Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has a 3-1 record as the starter at home on MNF, completing 68 of 94 passes for 718 yards, eight touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 113.7.
- Green Bay and Atlanta will meet on MNF for only the second time, with the first coming at Atlanta on Nov. 22, 1971, a 28-21 Falcons victory.
- The Packers have won 16 consecutive home games during the regular season with Rodgers as the starting quarterback (min. 10 pass att.).
- Green Bay is 15-3 at home in the month of December under McCarthy, including 10-1 with Rodgers as the starting quarterback.
- Green Bay has won each of the last three games against the Falcons in the regular and postseason.
- Atlanta’s last win in Green Bay came on Oct. 5, 2008, by three points.
- Dating back to 2001, this will be the 10th meeting between the two teams, including the postseason. It has been an evenly matched series over that time, with Green Bay winning five of the contests and five of the games being decided by three points or less, including last year’s contest that the Packers won 22-21.
- This will be the second consecutive season that the Packers and Falcons will meet in Week 14, on Dec. 8th.
- Green Bay is tied for the NFC and NFL lead with nine wins this season (Arizona, Denver, New England, Philadelphia).
- Entering Week 14, the Packers lead the NFC North by one game over the Detroit Lions (8-4) while the Falcons are tied for the NFC South lead with the New Orleans Saints (5-7).
- The Packers are currently on a four-game winning streak. Green Bay has posted at least one winning streak of four or more games each of the past six seasons (2009-14), the only NFL team to accomplish that feat over that span.
- The Packers have registered winning streaks of four games twice this season. It marks the ninth time in franchise history that Green Bay has registered two separate winning streaks of four or more games in the same regular season (2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1996, 1966, 1961, 1939).
- In Week 15, Green Bay travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills. The Packers are 3-0 against AFC teams this season.
WITH THE CALL
- ESPN is in its ninth season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Mike Tirico is joined by analyst Jon Gruden for the 45th season of MNF broadcasts, with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.
- The contest also will air as a simulcast locally on WBAY (ABC, Ch. 2) in Green Bay and WISN (ABC, Ch. 12) in Milwaukee.
- 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. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) will call the action with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines. Jim Gray will host the pre-game and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
- Check out Packers.com's 2013 interview with Gruden:
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Falcons:
- All-time, regular season: 14-12
- All-time, postseason: 2-1
- All-time, at home: 10-5
- Streaks: The Packers have won three in a row (including playoffs).
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 8, 2013, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 22-21
- Mike McCarthy: 97-53-1, .646 (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Mike Smith: 66-47, .584, (incl. 1-4 postseason); 7th NFL season
- Head to Head: McCarthy 3-2
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-2 vs. Falcons; Smith 2-3 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 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 .654 winning percentage during the regular season (91-48-1) 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.
MIKE SMITH…Is in his seventh year as the Falcons’ 14th head coach.
- Guided the Falcons to a franchise-record five consecutive winning seasons (2008-12), including three seasons with 11-plus victories.
- Led Atlanta to the top seed in the NFC in both 2010 and 2012 with 13-3 records in both of those seasons.
- In 2008, guided the Falcons to an 11-5 mark, marking a seven-win turnaround from the previous season. Was named the NFL Coach of the Year by The Associated Press and Sporting News.
- Served as the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-07. Also coached on Baltimore’s staff from 1999-2002, which included the Ravens’ 2000 Super Bowl season.
THE PACKERS-FALCONS SERIES
- For a series that began with the Packers cruising to a 56-3 victory over the then-expansion Falcons in their first meeting in 1966, it has evolved into a closely contested rivalry. Including postseason, the Packers lead the all-time series, 16-13.
- Since the 1990s, Atlanta-Green Bay clashes have proven memorable. In 1994, the Packers defeated the Falcons in the final NFL game in Milwaukee (Dec. 18). QB Brett Favre’s lunging, 9-yard TD scramble on the game’s final play sealed the 21-17 victory.
- A year later, the Packers and Falcons crossed paths in the postseason for the first time - on Dec. 31, 1995, at Lambeau Field. With RB Edgar Bennett rushing for 108 yards, the NFC Central champion Packers pulled out a 37-20 win with the aid of a 76-yard punt return for a TD by rookie WR Antonio Freeman.
- In the 2010 season, Green Bay topped Atlanta, 48-21, in an NFC Divisional contest at the Georgia Dome as part of its run to a Super Bowl XLV title. The 48 points were a franchise playoff record for the Packers, and it was only the second time that a No. 6 seed topped a No. 1 seed in the NFC since the league went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.
Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. broke into the NFL coaching ranks as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Falcons in 2007…Packers S Morgan Burnett played at Georgia Tech and attended North Clayton High in College Park, Ga. …Packers CB Casey Hayward is from Perry, Ga. and played at Perry High School...Packers LB Clay Matthews’ father, Clay Jr., played three seasons for Atlanta (1994-96)…Matthews will face his cousin, Falcons T Jake Matthews...Falcons secondary coach Tim Lewis was a first-round draft pick by the Packers in 1983 and played four seasons in Green Bay before his career was cut short by a neck injury…Falcons OL Gabe Carimi is from Cottage Grove, Wis., and played at the University of Wisconsin with Falcons S Dezmen Southward and Packers QB Scott Tolzien...Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy coached on Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s staff in San Francisco in 2005…Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac coached on the staff at Notre Dame with Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong…Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played fullback for the Ravens while Falcons head coach Mike Smith, Nolan and assistant offensive line coach Wade Harman were on the coaching staff in Baltimore...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers coached with Falcons linebackers coach Glenn Pires, assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie and Armstrong on the staff in Miami. During that time Falcons DT Paul Soliai played for the Doplhins…Falcons assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich coached on Capers’ staff in Houston…In 2008, Capers was on the coaching staff in New England when Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli was the VP of player personnel...Armstrong coached for the Chicago Bears when Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett played running back...Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss played for the Raiders when Robiskie was on the coaching staff…In 1996, Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot was teammates on the Bears with Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox...Cox played for the New Orleans Saints in 2002 while McCarthy coached for New Orleans...Clements (2000-03), Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry (played 1992-98, coached 2003-06), assistant special teams coach Ron Zook (1996-98) were with the Pittsburgh Steelers while Lewis (1995-2003) was a coach there...Packers LB Julius Peppers played for Carolina and Trgovac was the defensive coordinator while Lewis coached the secondary in 2007-08...Trogovac was on the same coaching staff for Washington in 2000 with Robiskie...Peppers played for the Bears with Falcons WR Devin Hester (2010-13), Carimi (2011-12) and WR Eric Weems (2012-13), and when Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice was on the staff (2010-12)...College teammates include Packers RB Eddie Lacy and Falcons WR Julio Jones and CB Javier Arenas (Alabama)...Packers CB Sam Shields and Falcons P Matt Bosher and G Harland Gunn (Miami), and Packers P Tim Masthay and Falcons DT Corey Peters (Kentucky)…Packers director of pro personnel Eliot Wolf worked three scouting internships with the Falcons…Packers college scouting coordinator Danny Mock spent 17 seasons (1980-96) with the Falcons in various roles…Packers box office manager Philip Caldwell worked 13 years in the Falcons’ ticket office...Falcons general manager of the new Atlanta stadium Scott Jenkins served as the VP of stadium operations for the Milwaukee Brewers and GM of the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin...Falcons national scout Mark Olson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Dec. 8, 2013, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 22-21.
- With QB Aaron Rodgers sidelined due to injury, QB Matt Flynn started and led Green Bay back from a double-digit halftime deficit.
- Trailing 21-10 after two quarters, the Packers used two K Mason Crosby field goals in the third quarter to pull within five points.
- LB/DE Mike Neal forced a fumble by Atlanta QB Matt Ryan that was recovered by DT Johnny Jolly at the Falcons’ 21-yard line. Four plays later, Flynn found TE Andrew Quarless for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
- QB Aaron Rodgers will make his 100th career start on Monday.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers already has the most games (min. 15 pass att.) with zero interceptions as well as the most games with 100+ passer rating for a player in their first 100 starts:
Player - Zero INT
1. Aaron Rodgers, GB - 57
2. Alex Smith, SF/KC - 52
3. Tom Brady, NE - 51
Player - 100+ Passer Rating
1. Aaron Rodgers, GB - 59
2. Tony Romo, DAL - 50
3. Philip Rivers, SD - 46
stat of the week
- Last week against New England, five different players registered a reception of 25 yards or more. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Green Bay had five different players register a reception of 25-plus yards was on December 4, 1983, vs. Chicago.
- In all, eight different players recorded at least one reception against the Patriots. The Packers are 7-0 this season when seven or more players register a reception.
- Green Bay has completed one or more passes to a running back, tight end and wide receiver in every game this season.
- Rookie WR Davante Adams led the Packers with 121 yards receiving on six receptions (20.2 avg.) against the Patriots. It was the first time this season a player besides Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb led the Packers in receiving yards.
- Adams’ 121 receiving yards were the most by a Packers rookie since WR Sterling Sharpe registered 124 on Nov. 20, 1988, vs. Detroit.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy needs one win to tie Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi (98) for the second-most overall wins (regular and postseason) in franchise history.
- A win would make McCarthy 92-48-1 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 recorded at least four scoring drives in the first half in five of the last six games. Last week the Packers scored on all five first half drives (two TDs, three FGs).
- The Packers have outscored their opponents 151-23 in the first half of the last five home games, including 79-0 in the first quarter:
Green Bay 13, New England 0
Green Bay 17, Philadelphia 0
Green Bay 14, Chicago 0
Green Bay 21, Carolina 0
Green Bay 14, Minnesota 0
- The Packers have recorded at least one sack in 32 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history (28-1995-97 / 26-1986-88) and the longest active streak in the NFL.
- 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).
- 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 360 passes at home without an interception and 31 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception.
- Rodgers has thrown for three or more touchdowns in six of the last nine games.
- Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of at least 120.0 in five games this season.
- Rodgers has registered a passer rating of 100.0-plus in each of the last four games. He is one away from the second-longest streak of consecutive games with a passer rating over 100.0 in his career in a single regular season (12 in 2011 / five in 2009).
- 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 six touchdown receptions of 40-plus yards this season, tied for the second most in a season in team history behind Billy Howton’s seven 40-yard touchdown receptions in 1952.
- Nelson has a touchdown reception in all six home games this season.
- WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 36 consecutive regular-season games.
- Cobb has caught at least one touchdown in eight of 12 games this season. He has 12 receiving touchdowns in his last 13 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 five games, RB Eddie Lacy has 18 receptions for 266 yards (14.8 avg.) and three touchdowns. Although he has only played in five games in the last six weeks due to the bye, Lacy’s 266 receiving yards rank second among all running backs from Weeks 8-13 (PIT Le’Veon Bell, 304 yards).
- Lacy has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage six times this season, including in each of the last five games. Green Bay is 5-1 when Lacy has 100 yards or more from scrimmage.
- Lacy has scored at least one touchdown in six of the last nine games.
- LB Clay Matthews has one sack in three of the last five 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).
- K Mason Crosby eclipsed 1,000 points last week (1,005) to become the second kicker in franchise history to reach the 1,000 career points (Ryan Longwell, 1,054).
- Crosby is 19 points shy of passing NE K Stephen Gostkowski (1,023) for the most points by an NFL player in his first eight seasons.
- 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.
2014 HONOR ROLL
QB Aaron Rodgers
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 4 (at Chicago)
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 7 (vs. Carolina)
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 10 (vs. Chicago)
- -Ranks second in franchise history with 11 Player of the Week Awards (Brett Favre, 12).
- -Leads the league with the most Player of the Week Awards this season (3) and the most since 2010 (11).
- -Named Player of the Week for the fifth consecutive season.
- FedEX Air Player of the Week - Week 10 (vs. Chicago)
RB Eddie Lacy
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 12 (vs. Minnesota)
- -First Packer to be named Offensive Player of the Week in both his rookie and second season.
- -Joins Ahman Green (six times) are the only Green Bay running backs to be named Offensive Player of the Week multiple times.
LB Julius Peppers
- NFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 5 (vs. Minnesota)
- -Sixth career Player of the Week Award and first with Green Bay.
- -Second player to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week with three different teams (CAR/CHI/GB), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (MIN/ATL/SF).