WHEN: 8:00 p.m. est Sept. 1st
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) & Rich Gannon (analyst) for CBS
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog
From the Dope Sheet:
- Green Bay welcomes Kansas City to Lambeau Field to close out the preseason slate with a game against the Chiefs on Thursday night. It will be the first time since 2008 that the Packers have played at home in their preseason finale.
- This will be the second straight season that the teams have squared off in the final preseason contest. Last year, Green Bay traveled to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Chiefs on Sept. 2, a contest Kansas City won, 17-13.
- The teams have met 12 times before in the preseason, with the Chiefs holding a 6-5-1 advantage. The last time the Packers hosted Kansas City at Lambeau Field during the preseason was on Aug. 8, 1992, a 21-14 Green Bay victory.
- For Head Coach Mike McCarthy, it is a matchup against the team where his NFL coaching career started. McCarthy spent six seasons on the Chiefs’ staff (1993-98), the first two as an offensive assistant/quality control coach and the final four as the quarterbacks coach. Thursday night will be the third time McCarthy has coached against Kansas City since taking over as head coach of Green Bay in 2006, with the other one in addition to last year’s preseason contest coming in a regular-season game on Nov. 4, 2007, a 33-22 Packers win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
- Ironically, McCarthy’s very first game as an NFL coach was a preseason contest between the Chiefs and the Packers on Aug. 7, 1993, at Milwaukee County Stadium. Kansas City won, 29-21.
- The Packers and Chiefs will meet during the regular season in Week 15 at Arrowhead Stadium, the latest in a season that Green Bay has ever paid a visit to Kansas City. The last time the teams met in both the preseason and regular season was in 2003.
BISHOP’S CHARITIES GAME
- Thursday night marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).
- The series enjoys its 51st contest this year and has raised more than $3.5 million.
- For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 Northeastern Wisconsin counties. The Packers assumed many of those tasks in 1994.
- The Packers are 26-23-1 all-time in the series. They will be playing Kansas City for the fourth time in the series, with the other meetings coming in 1978, 1979 and 1992.
- Green Bay has won two straight games in the series, including a 59-24 victory over Indianapolis in 2010. Prior to that, the Packers had lost six consecutive Bishop’s Charities contests. That six-game losing streak (2003-08) came on the heels of a 12-game winning streak (1991-2002) in the series.
THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES
- The first meeting between the two clubs was undoubtedly the most memorable game in the series. In January 1967, NFL champion Green Bay met AFL champion Kansas City in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
- Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. In fact, the Chiefs have the third-highest winning percentage against the Packers (6-2-1, .722) among all NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (10-3, .769) and Jets (8-3, .728) have better records vs. Green Bay.
- When the Packers traveled to Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip to that city since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.
- Green Bay’s only other victory in the regular-season series came in 1987, a 23-3 win in Kansas City.
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