GameDay: Lions vs. Packers

All the news, notes and other relevant info Packers fans need for today's game against the Detroit Lions


WHEN: 1:00 p.m. est Jan. 1st
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play) & Brian Billick (analyst)
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog

The Green Bay Packers, who lead the league in scoring (515 points) this year, can crack the top-five for most points scored in one season in NFL history if they record at least 11 points against the Detroit Lions this Sunday, in a game where the team could sit a number of starters for an extended period of time, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers.


QB AARON RODGERS is 1st Packer & 4th player in NFL history to pass for 45+ TDs in season. Leads NFL with 122.5 rating, which would be best in NFL history. Has 13 games with 100+ rating, most in season all-time

WR JORDY NELSON has career-highs in catches (59), yards (1,101) & TDs (12). 6 of his TDs have been 35+ yards. WR DONALD DRIVER is 1st Packer with 10,000 (10,008) rec. yards. WR JAMES JONES had 65-yard TD in last meeting. Had 2 TDs last week.

TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY has 48 catches for 703 yards with 7 TDs & can become 1st GB TE with 2 seasons of 50+ catches, 600+ yards & 5+ TDs

CB CHARLES WOODSON has 7 INTs & 3 INT-TDs in past 7 meetings. Since joining GB in 2006, has 37 INTs (2nd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL). Since 2008, Woodson leads NFL with 25 INTs & CB TRAMON WILLIAMS is 4th with 19.

LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 11 sacks in past 15 vs. division. Has 5 sacks & INT in 5 meetings.

S CHARLIE PEPRAH had INT last week & has career-high 5 INTs.


Clinched 1st playoff berth since 1999…Have won 4 games after trailing by 13+ points, most in NFL history

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has passed for 4,518 yards & team-record 36 TDs, 2nd youngest QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards & 30+ TDs in season (HOFer DAN MARINO). His 4,518 yards & 36 TDs are most in franchise history. Team is 10-0 when he has 100+ rating

RB KEVIN SMITH had rush & rec. TD last week

WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads NFC with 1,437 rec. yards & 15 rec. TDs. Joins HOFers LANCE ALWORTH & JERRY RICE as only players with 12+ rec. TDs in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Since start of 2008, has 44 TD catches, most in NFL. Is 1st Lions WR with 1,000+ rec. yards in 3 of 1st 5 seasons.

TE BRANDON PETTIGREW has 76 catches, most by TE in team history

DE CLIFF AVRIL had INT-TD last week. Has 9 sacks, 5 FFs, 2 FRs (1 TD) & INT-TD in past 9. Had sack & FF in last meeting.

From the Dope Sheet:


  • Packers vs. Detroit Lions:
  • All-time regular season: 90-65-7
  • All-time, postseason: 2-0
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 28-10-3
  • Streaks: Green Bay has won 11 of the last 12 meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 24, 2011, at Ford Field; Packers won, 27-17
  • Last meeting, in Green Bay: Oct. 3, 2010; Packers won, 28-26


  • Green Bay closes out the 2011 regular season with an NFC North tilt against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field this Sunday.
  • The Packers clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win over the Bears this past Sunday. It marks the first time Green Bay will be the top seed in the conference since 1996.
  • The Packers set a franchise record for the most wins in the regular season with their 14th victory. That topped the 13-win totals posted by the team in 1962, 1996, 1997 and 2007. Green Bay will try to become just the sixth team in NFL history to finish 15-1 or better.
  • Sunday will be the first time in the history of the series that both the Packers and Lions will enter the game with double-digit win totals.
  • This will be the 11th time that the franchises have met in a regular-season finale and just the fourth time (1939, ’45, ’93) that both clubs have had winning records when they played in the final regular-season contest.
  • This marks the third time that Green Bay has closed the season with a home contest vs. Detroit under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007 and 2008). It will be the first time the Packers have played on New Year’s Day since the 2005 season when they hosted the Seattle Seahawks.
  • 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. Sunday marks meeting No. 165 in the all-time series.
  • Now rivals in the NFC North, the Packers own a 90-65-7 (.580) advantage over the Lions in the regular season and have won both playoff matchups.
  • Green Bay has a 10-1 mark against the Lions under McCarthy. Overall, Green Bay has won 19 of the last 22 games in the series.
  • The Packers have won 20 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including ’94 playoff game). The streak started with Green Bay’s win over the Lions at County Stadium in Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 1992.
  • Green Bay’s 19-game regular-season home winning streak against Detroit is the longest streak in the NFL, one game ahead of Washington’s 18-game home winning streak against the Lions.
  • Sunday is the last of three holiday games for the Packers, who played at Detroit on Thanksgiving and hosted Chicago this past Sunday on Christmas. Green Bay is the only team in NFL history to play on all three holidays in the same season.


  • The Packers have won 12 straight contests at Lambeau Field and 18 of their last 19 at home. It is the fifth-longest home winning streak by Green Bay in the regular season in franchise history and the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.
  • Green Bay’s 18-1 (.947) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span, ahead of New England (17-1, .944).
  • The Packers are off to their first 7-0 start at home since 2002. That season, Green Bay went on to post a perfect 8-0 mark at Lambeau Field.
  • The Packers are one of only three teams in the league that are unbeaten at home this season (Baltimore, 7-0; New Orleans, 7-0).
  • Green Bay is averaging 39.4 points per game at home this season (No. 2 in the NFL). The Packers’ franchise record is 38.0 ppg at home in 1942.
Status Report
DOUBTFUL CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (knee)
QUESTIONABLE DT Nick Fairley (foot), CB Chris Houston (hand, knee), S Amari Spievey (knee), DT Corey Williams (hip), DE Willie Young (ankle)
PROBABLE DE Cliff Avril (back), WR Calvin Johnson (achilles), RB Kevin Smith (ankle), S John Wendling (illness)
Practice Report
Wednesday S Louis Delmas (knee), CB Chris Houston (hand, knee), WR Calvin Johnson (achilles), DT Corey Williams (hip), DE Willie Young (ankle)
Thursday S Louis Delmas (knee), CB Chris Houston (hand, knee), WR Calvin Johnson (achilles), DT Corey Williams (hip)
Friday CB Chris Houston (hand, knee), S John Wendling (illness), DT Corey Williams (hip)
Wednesday DE Cliff Avril (back), CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), DT Nick Fairley (foot)
Thursday CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), DT Nick Fairley (foot), S Amari Spievey (knee), DE Willie Young (ankle)
Friday CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Nick Fairley (foot), WR Calvin Johnson (achilles), S Amari Spievey (knee), DE Willie Young (ankle)
Wednesday RB Kevin Smith (ankle), S Amari Spievey (knee)
Thursday DE Cliff Avril (back), RB Kevin Smith (ankle)
Friday DE Cliff Avril (back), RB Kevin Smith (ankle)
Status Report
OUT WR Randall Cobb (groin), WR Greg Jennings (knee), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
DOUBTFUL T Bryan Bulaga (knee)
QUESTIONABLE LB Clay Matthews (ankle), CB Charles Woodson (knee)
PROBABLE T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), TE Jermichael Finley (knee), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion)
Practice Report
Wednesday WR Greg Jennings (knee)
Thursday WR Greg Jennings (knee)
Friday WR Greg Jennings (knee)
Wednesday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Randall Cobb (groin), TE Jermichael Finley (knee), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Thursday WR Randall Cobb (groin), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Friday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Randall Cobb (groin), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Wednesday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), CB Charles Woodson (knee)
Thursday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), TE Jermichael Finley (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), CB Charles Woodson (knee)
Friday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), TE Jermichael Finley (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), CB Charles Woodson (knee)
Friday DE Ryan Pickett (concussion)
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January 06, 2012 at 09:21 am

Very good article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

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