Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.
Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com. This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Lions Week 12 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Lions Week 12 Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY (10-0) AT DETROIT (7-3)
Thursday, Nov. 24 - Ford Field - 11:30 a.m. CST
PACKERS HEAD TO DETROIT FOR THANKSGIVING TILT
- Green Bay travels to Detroit this Thursday to take on the Lions at Ford Field, the third Thanksgiving Day matchup between the teams in Detroit in the last five seasons.
- The Packers emerged victorious in the Thanksgiving contests at Detroit in 2007 and 2009. This will be Green Bay’s 34th league game on Thanksgiving in franchise history and their 20th in Detroit.
- The Packers will be the first undefeated NFL team to play on Thanksgiving since a 10-0 Green Bay team visited Detroit on Nov. 22, 1962.
- That 1962 contest was also the last time that both the Packers (10-0) and the Lions (8-2) entered the matchup this late in the season with a winning percentage of .700 or better.
- No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
- The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Some two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Thursday marks meeting No. 164 in the all-time series.
- Now rivals in the NFC North, the Packers own a 89-65-7 (.577) advantage over the Lions in the regular season and have won both playoff matchups.
- Green Bay has a 9-1 mark against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Overall, Green Bay has won 18 of the last 21 games in the series, including seven of the last 10 matchups in Detroit.
- The Packers are off to a 10-0 start for the first time since 1962 and only the third time in franchise history. The two previous 10-0 starts in team history (1929 and 1962) both resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 16 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history (12-game streak in 1961-62).
- The Packers’ streak of 12 straight wins in the regular season (2010-11) is a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62. Green Bay has also tied a single-season franchise record with 10 straight regular-season wins (’29 and ’62).
- This is the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during McCarthy’s tenure (eight-game streak in 2006-07).
- The Packers are off to only their fifth 5-0 start on the road in franchise history (1929, 1936, 1941, 2007).
- Including playoffs, Green Bay has won eight consecutive road games and 10 of its last 13. The .769 road winning percentage over that span is tied for No. 2 in the NFL behind only Atlanta (7-2, .778).
- Green Bay’s eight-game winning streak away from Lambeau Field is one shy of the franchise record, a nine-game road streak in 1966-67.
- The Packers are one of only two teams in the league (San Francisco, 4-0) that are undefeated on the road this season.
- On Thursday at Detroit, Green Bay will be looking to get off to its first 6-0 start on the road in franchise history.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a national audience.
- 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 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- Westwood One radio will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines. Scott Graham hosts the pregame and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
STAT OF THE WEEK
- QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3,168 yards and 31 TDs this season, franchise records through 10 games.
- He is the first quarterback in NFL history to register 3,100-plus passing yards and 30-plus TDs in the first 10 games of the season.
- Rodgers joins Patriots QB Tom Brady (38 in 2007) and Colts QB Peyton Manning (35 in 2004) as the only signal-callers in NFL history to have at least 30 TD passes in the first 10 games of the season.
- Rodgers has thrown at least two TD passes in every game this season, a 10-game streak that is a single-season franchise record.
- He is just the fifth QB in league history to throw two-plus TD passes in each of his team’s first 10 games of the season as he joins Colts QB Johnny Unitas (1959), Dolphins QB Dan Marino (1984), Manning (2004) and Brady (2007).
- Rodgers’ eight games of at least three TD passes in the first 10 contests ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 1960 behind only Brady’s 10 games with three-plus TDs in the first 10 contests of 2007.
- With the eight three-TD games, Rodgers has already tied Brett Favre’s single-season franchise record (1996).
- Rodgers has posted a passer rating of at least 110 in every game this season, the longest single-season streak in NFL history. He set an NFL single-season mark on Sunday by posting a 100-plus rating in his 10th straight game, topping the mark held by Manning (nine in 2004).
- With the 10 games of at least a 110 passer rating, Rodgers now trails only 49ers QB Steve Young (11 in 1994) for the most in a season in league history.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Detroit Lions:
- All-time regular season: 89-64-7
- All-time, postseason: 2-0
- All-time, in Detroit: 36-40-3 (6-3 at Ford Field)
- Streaks: Green Bay has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 12, 2010, at Ford Field; Lions won, 7-3
- Mike McCarthy: 63-34-0, .649, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Jim Schwartz: 15-27-0, .357; 3rd NFL season
- Head to Head: McCarthy 3-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 9-1 vs. Lions; Schwartz 1-3 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, he 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.
- His .714 winning percentage (5-2) in the postseason is tied for first among active NFL head coaches, matching the mark of New England’s Bill Belichick (15-6) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (5-2).
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last five seasons.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.
JIM SCHWARTZ…Is in third year as the Lions’ 25th head coach.
- Before coming to Detroit, spent 10 years with the Tennessee Titans, including the last eight as defensive coordinator.
- Broke into the NFL as a college and pro scout for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-95 before becoming a defensive assistant coach for the Ravens after the franchise moved to Baltimore.
- Coached as a graduate assistant and then position coach at four different colleges (Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina Central, Colgate) after a playing career as a LB at Georgetown University.
THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES
- No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers first met the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. Including a pair of playoff clashes in the early 1990s, this week marks Game No. 164 in the all-time series.
- The Packers are looking for their 11th win in the last 12 meetings between the teams.
- Green Bay has scored more points (3,386 in reg. season) against the Lions than any other franchise.
- The Packers have won 20 straight games over Detroit in Wisconsin, including the ’94 playoffs. The streak spans eight Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08) and Schwartz (2009-10).
- The 19 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among active NFL streaks at one team’s home field.
Packers WR Greg Jennings (Kalamazoo), LB Brad Jones (East Lansing), G T.J. Lang (Birmingham) and LB Frank Zombo (Sterling Heights) are Michigan natives…Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham held the same position in Kansas City for four seasons (1995-98) when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was an offensive assistant for the Chiefs…Cunningham was on the staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) in 1981 when Packers QB coach Tom Clements played QB for Hamilton...Lions asst. special teams coach Bradford Banta played for the Bills in 2004 when Clements was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator…Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett and Lions GM Martin Mayhew were teammates for one season at Florida State...Lions O-line coach George Yarno finished his playing career with the Packers in 1990 but did not appear in any regular-season games...Lions DT Corey Williams was a Packers’ sixth-round draft choice in 2004 and played four seasons in Green Bay (2004-07)...Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was a three-year starter (1978-80) at middle guard on the defensive line for the University of Michigan, where he played in three Rose Bowls...Trgovac also began his coaching career at Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1984-85...Trgovac and Panthers special teams coach Danny Crossman coached on the staff in Carolina together…Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry and Lions RB coach Sam Gash were teammates at Penn State…Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff at Texas A&M when Lions LS Don Muhlbach played for the Aggies...Packers assistant wide receivers/special teams coach John Rushing was a teammate of Lions K Jason Hanson at Washington State...Lions T Jeff Backus and Packers CB Charles Woodson were teammates on Michigan’s 1997 national championship team...Jennings and Lions TE Tony Scheffler were teammates at Western Michigan and were both drafted in the second round in 2006...Jennings and Lions S Louis Delmas played together for one season (2005) at Western Michigan...Packers G Josh Sitton blocked for Lions RB Kevin Smith at Central Florida, including Smith’s 2,567-yard season in 2007, the second-best rushing yardage total in NCAA history…Lions G Rob Sims, LB Bobby Carpenter and Packers LB A.J. Hawk were Ohio State teammates all drafted in 2006…Other college teammates include Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Lions CB Amari Spievey and P Ryan Donahue (Iowa), Packers NT B.J. Raji and Lions T Gosder Cherilus (Boston College), Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Lions QB Matthew Stafford (Georgia), Packers LS Brett Goode and Lions CB Chris Houston (Arkansas), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Lions DE Lawrence Jackson (USC), Packers DE Howard Green and Lions G Stephen Peterman (LSU), Packers RB Ryan Grant and Lions WR Maurice Stovall…Lions LB DeAndre Levy played collegiately at Wisconsin and attended Milwaukee Vincent H.S.
LAST MEETING, AT DETROIT
- Dec. 12, 2010, at Ford Field; Lions won, 7-3.
- The Lions snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Packers and a 19-game losing streak in the NFC North with the victory.
- Green Bay was without starting QB Aaron Rodgers from late in the second quarter on after he sustained a concussion on an 18-yard scramble up the middle.
- Lions QB Drew Stanton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to TE Will Heller midway through the fourth quarter, and the Lions held on for the win.
- After neither team scored in the first half, backup QB Matt Flynn led the Packers on a drive early in the third quarter that culminated with a 42-yard field goal from Mason Crosby to give Green Bay the 3-0 lead.
- Flynn completed 15-of-26 passes for 177 yards on the afternoon. He led the Packers to the Detroit 31 late in the fourth quarter, but his long pass on fourth-and-1 fell incomplete.
- TE Andrew Quarless led the offense with a career-high five receptions for a career-best 62 receiving yards.
- Green Bay’s defense limited the Lions to 286 yards of total offense, with CB Tramon Williams and S Charlie Peprah each recording interceptions.
This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Lions Week 12 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.