GREEN BAY (4-2) VS. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-3)
Sunday, Oct. 30 l Georgia Dome l 3:25 p.m. CDT
- The Green Bay Packers will take on the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in the first road game in six weeks. Green Bay last played an away game in Week 2 at Minnesota.
- Dating back to 2006, the Packers rank No. 3 in the NFL with a road winning percentage of .561 (46-36).
- Including the postseason, Green Bay has won four consecutive games against the Falcons, including two in Atlanta.
- The Packers are 17-13 overall against the Falcons, including a 2-1 record in the postseason.
- Eight of the last nine regular-season matchups between Green Bay and Atlanta have been decided by eight points or less, including six by four or fewer points.
- The two teams last met in 2014, a 43-37 Green Bay victory at Lambeau Field. The 43 points scored by the Packers were the second most they scored against the Falcons in the regular-season series (56 in 1966).
- Green Bay last played at the Georgia Dome in 2011, winning 25-14.
- Sunday will mark the Packers’ sixth consecutive game against an NFC opponent.
- The Packers have won three of their last four games.
- Green Bay has registered four or more wins in the first six games of the season for the fourth consecutive year (4-2, 6-0, 4-2, 4-2) and the seventh time overall under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (6-0 in 2011, 4-2 in 2009 and 5-1 in 2007).
- The Packers have a record of .500 or better through six games for the 10th consecutive season.
- Under McCarthy, Green Bay has compiled a 44-22 record in the first six games of the season. Dating back to 2006, the Packers’ .667 winning percentage in the first six games of the season is No. 3 in the NFL behind New England (52-14, .788) and Denver (46-20, .697), according to pro-football-reference.com.
- Dating back to 2006, the Packers (30-10, .750) hold the second-best winning percentage in the month of October behind the New England Patriots (38-7, .844).
- Green Bay has won 15 of the last 17 games it has played in the month of October.
- The Packers last lost a road game in the month of October in 2014 (New Orleans).
- According to STATS, Green Bay is 19-12 in indoor games during the regular season since 2006, including 1-1 at Atlanta.
- Green Bay will play four of its next five games on the road, including three road games in a row for the first time since 2012.
- Next week, the Packers return to Lambeau Field to play the Indianapolis Colts. It will be the Colts’ first trip to Green Bay since 2008.
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WITH THE CALL
FOX Sports, now in its 23rd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to the majority of the country.
- Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
- 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 22nd season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 18th season of broadcasts together.
- Sports USA Radio will air the game on radio across the country. John Ahlers (play-by-play) and Charles Arbuckle (analyst) will call the action.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 709.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Falcons:
- All-time, Regular season: 15-12-0
- All-time, Postseason: 2-1
- All-time, in Green Bay: 7-4-0
- Streaks: The Packers have not lost since 2010, winning one playoff contest and three regular-season games.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 8, 2014; Packers won, 43-37, Lambeau Field
Mike McCarthy: 116-64-1, .644 (incl. 8-7 postseason); 11th NFL season
Dan Quinn: 12-11-0, .522; 2nd NFL season
Head to Head: Tied 0-0
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 4-2 vs. Falcons; Quinn 0-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 11th 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 seventh 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 eight playoff appearances in the last nine years (2007, 2009-15).
- Guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring in eight straight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat over that time; Packers finished first overall in scoring in 2014.
- His .654 winning percentage during the regular season (108-57-1) ranks No. 3 among active NFL head coaches (min. 50 games).
- Had 104 regular-season wins in his first 10 seasons as a head coach, ranking No. 3 in NFL history.
DAN QUINN…Is in his second year as the Falcons’ 11th head coach.
- Coached the Atlanta defense to keep five opposing quarterbacks under 200 passing yards and allowed just one 100-yard rusher in 2015.
- Inherited the No. 32 defense from 2014 and improved it to No. 16 in his first season as head coach.
- Coached Atlanta a 5-0 start in 2015, the best start for a head coach in franchise history.
- Coordinated a Seattle defense that led the league in yards allowed per game, passing yards allowed per game and points allowed per game for two consecutive seasons (2013-14).
- In 2012, led the University of Florida’s defense to allow just 12.9 points per game in the regular season.
THE PACKERS-FALCONS SERIES
- Green Bay averaged 34.4 points while winning the first five games of the series, with the first coming in 1966 en route to becoming the first Super Bowl champions.
- In 1992, Atlanta won the first game of the series after trading QB Brett Favre to Green Bay in February.
- Favre and the Packers had revenge with a 37-20 win in the 1995 NFC Wild Card, where the defense held the Falcons to just 21 rushing yards.
- No. 6-seeded Green Bay upset the top-ranked Falcons in the 2010 NFC Divisional playoffs, 48-21, as part of the Packers’ run to become just the second team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl as a No. 6 seed.
Packers LB Clay Matthews is the elder cousin of Falcons T Jake Matthews...Falcons LB A.J. Hawk was drafted No. 5 overall by Green Bay in the 2006 NFL draft and played nine years (2006-14) with the Packers, leading the team in tackles during five seasons...Green Bay S Morgan Burnett is from College Park, Ga., and attended Georgia Tech for three seasons (2007-09), spending 2007 as a teammate of Falcons LB Philip Wheeler...Falcons secondary/senior defensive assistant coach Marquand Manuel started 16 games Green Bay in 2006...Packers director-football operations Eliot Wolf held three scouting internships with Atlanta and filed his first scouting report for the Falcons at age 14...Green Bay secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr was Atlanta’s assistant defensive backs coach in 2007...Green Bay LB Julius Peppers (No. 2 overall) and Falcons DE Dwight Freeney (No. 11 overall) were the first two DEs taken in the 2002 NFL draft...Peppers (138.5 sacks) and Freeney (122.5) are in the top 20 among all-time sacks leaders...In 2009, Peppers was coached in Carolina by Atlanta defensive coordinator Richard Smith...Smith coached special teams for the Oilers during two seasons (1988-89) that Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith played for Houston...Green Bay RB Knile Davis played in Kansas City in 2013 with Falcons DE Tyson Jackson...Atlanta assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich coached on the staff of Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers in Houston from 2002-05...Capers coached in Miami with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn (2006), special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong (2006-07) and defensive assistant/linebackers coach Chad Walker (2006-07)...Atlanta assistant head coach/wide receivers Raheem Morris was colleagues with Green Bay defensive quality control coach Ejiro Evero (2007-09) and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt (2010-11) in Tampa Bay...Packers tight ends coach Brian Angelichio spent two seasons (2012-13) coaching with Atlanta defensive line coach Bryan Cox with the Buccaneers and coached the 2014 season in Cleveland with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, offensive assitant Mike LaFleur and offensive assistant Mike McDaniel...Packers TE Jared Cook played with Atlanta G Mike Person in St. Louis in 2014...Cook and Falcons FB Patrick DiMarco were South Carolina teammates from 2007-08...Green Bay LB Blake Martinez and T Kyle Murphy played at Stanford with Falcons TEs Austin Hooper (2014-15) and Levine Toilolo (2012)...Hooper (2014) and Toilolo (2011-12) were Cardinal teammates with Green Bay WR Ty Montgomery...Packers associate head coach/offense Tom Clements and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac coached at Notre Dame in 1993 with Armstrong...Walker and Packers defensive front assistant Jerry Montgomery coached together at Oklahoma for two seasons (2013-14)...Atlanta linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich coached Green Bay DT Kenny Clark (2013-14) and DE/LB Datone Jones (2012) at UCLA...Packers T Bryan Bulaga played with Atlanta DE Adrian Clayborn from 2007-09 at Iowa...Falcons WR Justin Hardy played at East Carolina from 2012-14 with Green Bay CB Josh Hawkins...Green Bay T Jason Spriggs and Atlanta RB Tevin Coleman were Indiana teammates from 2012-14...Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook coached at Ohio State from 1989-90 with Atlanta running backs coach Bobby Turner...Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played with Falcons OLB Courtney Upshaw in 2011 at Alabama...Green Bay S Chris Banjo played at Southern Methodist from 2008-10 with Falcons WR Aldrick Robinson.
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LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
Dec. 8, 2014, Lambeau Field, Packers won, 43-37
- QB Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7 percent) for 327 yards and three TDs (123.3 passer rating).
- The Packers exploded for 24 points in the second quarter behind two Eddie Lacy TDs.
- WR Julio Jones posted 259 yards on 11 receptions (23.5 avg.) and one TD in the loss.
- The second TD for WR Jordy Nelson (eight receptions for 146 yards and two TDs) provided insurance as the Packers took a 40-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.