PACKERS TRAVEL TO CANTON FOR HALL OF FAME GAME
- The Green Bay Packers’ 2016 season officially kicks off Sunday night when they take on the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
- The Packers and Colts will close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after Green Bay legend Brett Favre is formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Edward DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel.
- The Packers are making their fifth appearance in the Hall of Fame game and first since 2003. Green Bay holds a 1-2-1 record in the game:
1969 vs. Atlanta Falcons W, 38-24
1980 vs. San Diego Chargers T, 0-0*
1993 vs. Los Angeles Raiders L, 3-19
2003 vs. Kansas City Chiefs L, 0-9*
*Games ended early due to lightning and heavy rain
- The Packers and Colts will meet during the preseason for the 10th time, with Indianapolis leading the series 5-4.
- The last time the two teams met during the preseason came in 2011, when Green Bay traveled to Indianapolis for the third preseason game and came away with a 24-21 victory. That came a year after the Packers beat the Colts in Green Bay, 59-24, also in the third game of the preseason.
- The Packers will return to Green Bay for their second preseason game, facing the Cleveland Browns in the Midwest Shrine Game on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m.
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FAVRE TO TAKE HIS PLACE AMONG THE GREATS
- Brett Favre played 16 of his 20 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and led the resurgence of the franchise, culminating in a Super Bowl XXXI victory. He is the 24th member of the Packers to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft, but was traded to Green Bay following his rookie season.
- He played for Green Bay from 1992-2007 and finished his Packers career with 442 passing touchdowns, 61,655 passing yards, 5,377 completions and 8,754 attempts.
- He started 253 consecutive games for the Packers, and his 16 seasons matched QB Bart Starr (1956-71) for the longest tenure in team history.
- Favre led the Packers to 11 playoff appearances, seven division titles, two NFC championships and one Super Bowl title.
- At the time of his retirement following the 2010 season, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (71,838), attempts (10,169), completions (6,300) and touchdowns (508).
- He recorded 3,000-plus yards passing in all but his first and last season while eclipsing 4,000 yards in a season six times.
- Favre was named NFL MVP three times (1995-97) and registered four-plus touchdown passes in 23 games.
- He led the league in touchdown passes four times, including three straight seasons (1995-97).
WITH THE CALL
- Sunday night’s game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN, with play-by-play man Sean McDonough and analyst Jon Gruden handling the call from the broadcast booth and Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.
- In Northeast Wisconsin, FOX affiliate WLUK (Ch. 11) will also carry ESPN’s broadcast of the Sunday night contest.
- 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 (color) 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.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Colts:
- All-time, Regular season: 20-21-1
- All-time, Postseason: 1-0
- All-time, Preseason: 4-5
- Streaks: The Packers and Colts have alternated wins in the past six regular-season contests.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 7, 2012; Colts won, 30-27, Lucas Oil Stadium
- Mike McCarthy: 112-62-1, .643 (incl. 8-7 postseason); 11th NFL season
- Chuck Pagano: 44-26-0, .629 (incl. 3-3 postseason); 5th NFL season
- Head to Head: Pagano 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Colts; Pagano 1-0 vs. Packers
…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 .653 winning percentage during the regular season (94-55-1) ranks No. 2 among active NFL head 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.
…Is in his fifth year as the Colts’ 15th head coach. CHUCK PAGANO
- Beginning his fifth season as head coach; only Tony Dungy (seven, 2002-08) has started more seasons as the Colts’ head coach since relocation.
- In 2014, coached the Colts to a playoff upset of Denver to appear in his first AFC Championship as a head coach (second overall).
- One of five current NFL head coaches to not have a losing season in his first four full seasons of head coaching.
- Was the defensive coordinator for Baltimore in 2011 when the Ravens had the No. 3-ranked overall and scoring defense, which resulted in an AFC title game berth.
- As a secondary coach (2008-10) and defensive coordinator (2011), oversaw Ravens All-Pro S Ed Reed as he posted 23 interceptions and three TDs.
THE PACKERS-COLTS SERIES
- The teams have only played seven games since the Colts relocated to Indianapolis in 1984 (Colts have won four of the seven).
- Starting in 1953, the clubs were division opponents and played twice each season up until the 1967 season when the NFL was realigned in preparation for the NFL-AFL merger.
- In the 1965 season, the Colts and Packers met in the NFL playoffs after a tie in the Western Conference standings. Green Bay came back from a 10-point deficit to win 13-10 in overtime en route to the club’s ninth NFL title.
- Chuck Pagano has registered a victory against Green Bay, but he has not been present to coach the Colts in a game against the Packers.
Colts QB Scott Tolzien played for the Packers from 2013-15 and at the University of Wisconsin from 2007-10, winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2010...Indianapolis S Dezmen Southward never missed a game in his collegiate career at Wisconsin (2010-13)...While with the Badgers, Tolzien (2010) and Southward (2010-13) were teammates of Green Bay WR Jared Abbrederis...Colts assistant head coach/offensive line Coach Joe Philbin was a coach with the Packers from 2003-11, including five years as offensive coordinator (2007-11)...Green Bay defensive front assistant Jerry Montgomery coached under Philbin at Iowa in 2002...Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator in San Francisco during Indianapolis RB Frank Gore’s rookie season (2005)...McCarthy also coached with Colts defensive line coach Gary Emanuel and tight ends Coach Jim Hostler in 2005 with the 49ers...Hostler was colleagues in New Orleans with McCarthy (2001-02), Packers associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss (2001-02) and special teams coordinator Ron Zook (2001)...Green Bay associate head coach/offense Tom Clements coached in Kansas City with Hostler in 2000...Colts quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer played for Zook at Florida in 1995 and coached with McCarthy while with the Chiefs in 1998 and Packers defensive line Coach Mike Trgovac during the 2001 season in Washington...Colts CB Vontae Davis was named Freshman All-America in the first of his three seasons (2006-08) at Illinois when Zook was head coach...Zook also coached Indianapolis RB Josh Ferguson (2011) and G Hugh Thornton (2009-11) as the head man with the Fighting Illini...Colts assistant offensive line coach Joe Gilbert was on Zook’s staff at Illinois from 2009-11 and coached Green Bay G Josh Sitton at Central Florida for three seasons (2004-06)...Gilbert was Maine’s offensive coordinator when Packers Running Backs Coach Ben Sirmans held the same position from 1996-99...Packers WR Randall Cobb and P Tim Masthay played with Indianapolis S Winston Guy (2008-10) and DT Ricky Lumpkin (2008) at Kentucky...Green Bay LB Lerenteé McCray was teammates at Florida with Colts C Jonotthan Harrison, OLB Earl Okine and ILB Antonio Morrison...Indianapolis ILB Nate Irving (2014) played with McCray in Denver...Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy (2012) and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2012-13) played at Alabama with Colts C Ryan Kelly...Packers WR Ty Montgomery and Colts QB Andrew Luck played the 2011 season together at Stanford en route to a Fiesta Bowl appearance...Montgomery also played with Indianapolis DT David Parry (2011-14) at Stanford...From 2012-14 at Stanford, Parry was also teammates with Packers LB Blake Martinez and T Kyle Murphy...Green Bay DT Letroy Guion and Colts CB Patrick Robinson were Florida State teammates from 2006-07...Green Bay T David Bakhtiari played at Colorado in 2010 with Indianapolis CB Jalil Brown...Green Bay TE Jared Cook and Colts DE Kendall Langford were Rams teammates for two seasons (2013-14)...Packers LB Clay Matthews and Indianapolis T Kevin Graf are both from Agoura Hills, Calif., and alums of Agoura High School...Packers LB Julius Peppers was at North Carolina in 1999 when Indianapolis Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach Richard Howell was a graduate assistant for the Tar Heels...Packers T Jason Spriggs went to school at Indiana from 2012-15 and was raised in Elkhart, Ind. ...Green Bay DT Brian Price grew up in Lafayette, Ind. ...Colts OLB Erik Walden played in 40 games with 26 starts for Green Bay from 2010-12.
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Oct. 7, 2012, Lucas Oil Stadium, Colts won, 30-27
- QB Aaron Rodgers completed 20 of 32 passes (62.5 percent) for 235 yards and three TDs (103.0 passer rating).
- WR Randall Cobb had team highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (82) and added a TD on a 31-yard strike from Rodgers.
- QB Andrew Luck connected with WR Reggie Wayne (13 rec., 212 yards and a TD) for the go-ahead score on a 4-yard touchdown pass with less than 40 seconds remaining.
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