Official Playoffs Game 2: Green Bay vs San Francisco Thread

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The Green Bay Packers will take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Playoffs.
  • This will be the 10th postseason meeting between the Packers and 49ers, the most between any two teams in NFL playoff history.
  • San Francsico holds a 5-4 edge in the postseason series while Green Bay holds the advantage in points (218-204).
  • Of the nine postseason contests betweeen the Packers and 49ers, only three games have been decided by single digits with all three of those contests having a margin of three points. Two of those three-point games have come in the last three matchups (2013 Wild Card and 2021 Divisional).
  • Saturday will be the fifth meeting between Green Bay and San Francisco in the Divisional Playoffs, (1995, 1996, 2012, 2021) with each team winnning two games.
  • Green Bay will be facing San Francisco in the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons (2020, 2022). Dating back to the 2014 season, the 49ers will become the second opponent the Packers have faced three times in the playoffs (Dallas, 2014, 2016, 2023).
  • The Packers are 3-2 against San Francisco at Levi's Stadium (including postseason), including wins in each of their last two visits (2020-21). Green Bay has a winning percentage of .600 at Levi's, which is tied with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks (both are 6-4) for No. 1 in the NFL among teams to play there more than twice.
  • The Packers (56) and 49ers (54) have the top regular-season win totals in the NFC since 2019. Including the playoffs, Green Bay has the top winning percentage in the NFC (.663, 59-30) while the 49ers check in at No. 2 (.652, 60-32) over that span.
WITH THE CALL
FOX Sports, now in its 30th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.
  • Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst Greg Olsen with Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sidelines.
  • All Packers games can be heard on the Packers Radio Network, which is made up of 51 stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and North and South Dakota. 97.3 The Game – WRNW-Milwaukee begins its second season as the flagship station of the Packers Radio Network. For a map and full listing of radio affiliates, go to packers.com/video/radio-network.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 29th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 25th season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio and on the app (Packers Radio Network feed).
  • Westwood One Sports will be broadcasting on radio to a national audience with Ryan Radtke (play-by-play) and Mike Golic (analyst) on the call with Laura Okman reporting from the sidelines and Scott Graham hosting pregame and halftime shows.


THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers at San Francisco:

  • All-time, regular season: 34-28-1
  • All-time, postseason: 4-5 (2-3 at San Francisco)
  • All-time, at San Francisco (regular season): 12-17-1
  • Streaks: Green Bay has won four of the last five regular-season contests.
  • Last meeting, NFC Divisional Playoff: Jan. 22, 2022, Lambeau Field, 49ers won, 13-10
COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 56-27-0, .675; (3-3 postseason); 5th NFL season
  • Kyle Shanahan: 64-51, .557; (6-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 2-1 vs. Shanahan (0-2 postseason)
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 2-1 vs. 49ers (0-2 postseason); Shanahan 1-3 vs. Packers (2-0 postseason)
MATT LaFLEUR…In his fifth season as the Packers' 15th head coach.
  • Is in his 15th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (Los Angeles Rams, 2017; Tennessee Titans, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington Redskins, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
  • In his first five seasons leading the Packers, has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, his 56 wins are tied for the second most in league history by a head coach in his first five seasons in the NFL, trailing only George Seifert (62 in 1989-93). Green Bay's 56-27 regular-season record since 2019 is tied for No. 3 in the NFL and ranks No. 1 in the NFC.
  • Became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons and his 39 wins from 2019-21 passed Seifert (38) for the most wins by an NFL head coach in his first three seasons in the league (Elias). His 39 wins are also tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in league history, trailing only Andy Reid's 40 wins with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2020-22 and Mike Ditka's 40 wins with the Chicago Bears from 1985-87 (Elias).
  • Guided the Packers to a 32-9 record (.780) in the regular season from 2019-23 at Lambeau Field, the top home mark in the NFL since 2019. His .733 win percentage (22-8 record) against NFC North opponents in his first five seasons also ranks as the best in the history of the NFC North/Central (min. 10 games).
  • In his first season leading the Packers in 2019, became the first coach in club history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season. Also led the largest one-year win improvement in team history (plus-seven wins).
KYLE SHANAHAN…In his seventh season as the 49ers' 20th head coach.
  • Is in his 20th season as an NFL coach, having previously served nine seasons as an offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), Cleveland Browns (2014), Washington Redskins (2010-13) and Houston Texans (2008-09) prior to becoming the 49ers' head coach in 2017.
  • Named Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 2019 after leading the 49ers to an NFC West title and an appearance in Super Bowl LIV.
  • Under his guidance, San Francisco's offense in 2019 ranked first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (23), second in points per game (29.9) and rushing yards per game (144.1) and fourth in total offense (381.1 yards per game).
  • Directed an offense that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in yards gained in six of his nine seasons as an offensive coordinator (2008-09, 2012-13 and 2015-16).
  • Named AP Assistant Coach of the Year, Coordinator of the Year by Sporting News and Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America in 2016 after helping the Falcons to an NFC South division title, an appearance in Super Bowl LI and set franchise records in yards per game (415.8), points scored (540), net passing yards per game (295.3) and average yards per play (6.7).


THE PACKERS-49ERS SERIES
  • The series began between Green Bay and San Francisco in 1950 when the Packers defeated the 49ers, 25-21, in Green Bay.
  • After the series-opening loss, San Francisco won 13 of 15 regular-season games between 1950-58, but Green Bay had a run of its own, winning 10 of 11 contests between 1959-64 and nine in a row from 1996-2010.
  • This will be the 10th playoff contest played between the Packers and 49ers, the most between any two teams in NFL playoff history. Since 2000, these franchises have met five times in the playoffs with San Francisco winning four of the five games.
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan coached together in Atlanta (2015-16), Washington (2010-13) and Houston (2008-09)…Shanahan's father, Mike Shanahan, was the head coach of Washington when LaFleur was the team's quarterbacks coach…Packers players connections to California: DL Kenny Clark (Rialto, UCLA), TE Josiah Deguara (Folsom), WR Romeo Doubs (Los Angeles), QB Jordan Love (Bakersfield), CB Keisean Nixon (Los Angeles), LS Matt Orzech (Menifee, Azusa Pacific), G Sean Rhyan (San Juan Capistrano, UCLA), P Daniel Whelan (Rancho Mirage, UC Davis)…Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich served as the assistant offensive line coach for the 49ers from 2017-18…Stenavich coached the offensive line at San Jose State University from 2015-16…Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry was a defensive quality control coach for San Francisco for one season (2000)…Barry played at the University of Southern California (1992-93) and then went on to be a graduate assistant (1995) and linebackers coach for the Trojans (2010-11)…Packers director of college scouting Matt Malaspina worked in the 49ers personnel department from 2005-16…Packers assistant special teams coach Byron Storer was born in Modesto, Calif., and played collegiate football at the University of California-Berkeley (2004-06)…Packers offensive quality control coach Ramsen Golpashin was born in Culver City, Calif., and coached four seasons at UCLA (2018-21) and one at Cal (2017)…Packers college scout Sean Linton played at San Jose State (2011-14)… 49ers linebackers coach Johnny Holland was drafted by the Packers in the second round (No. 41 overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft, played seven seasons (1987-93) for Green Bay and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2001…Holland also coached for Green Bay in various roles from 1995-99…49ers run game coordinator/offensive line coach Chris Foerster is from Milwaukee, Wis. …Foerster also served as the offensive line coach for Washington when LaFleur, Kyle Shanahan and Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti were on the coaching staff…49ers defensive quality control coach Jacob Webster served as a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin during the 2022 season…49ers LB Oren Burks was drafted by Green Bay in the third round (No. 88 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft and played four seasons (2018-21) with the Packers…49ers LS Taybor Pepper played in four games for the Packers in 2017…49ers TE George Kittle was born in Madison, Wis. …Shanahan spent time in Tampa Bay as an offensive quality control coach (2004-05) while Barry and Packers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia were on the Buccaneers' coaching staff…Shanahan also spent the 2014 season in Cleveland with Packers defensive backs coach Ryan Downard…49ers quarterbacks coach Brian Griese also played quarterback for Tampa Bay during that time (2004-05) and again in 2008 when Bisaccia was still there and special teams assistant Byron Storer was a fullback for the team…49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Packers pass game coordinator (defense) Greg Williams coached together on the defensive side of the ball for the Chargers (2009-11)…Bisaccia was also on the Chargers' staff with Wilks and Williams for one season (2011)…49ers assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn served in the same role on the Bills' coaching staff, as well as offensive coordinator (2016) and interim head coach (2016), with Packers wide receivers/passing game coordinator Jason Vrable and pass rush specialist Jason Rebrovich in 2015-16…Packers offensive line coach Luke Butkus served as a quality control assistant on Seattle's staff when 49ers special teams coordinator Brian Schneider held the same title for the Seahawks…Butkus was also on the Bears' coaching staff with Wilks in 2007-08…49ers wide receivers coach Leonard Hankerson was a wide receiver for Washington (2011-13) and Atlanta (2015) while LaFleur served as quarterbacks coach on both those staffs…Packers LB Preston Smith played for Atlanta in 2016 when Shanahan and LaFleur were there…49ers running backs coach Robert Turner Jr. served in the same role with Atlanta (2015-16) and as an assistant head coach/running backs coach for Washington (2010-13) when LaFleur and Shanahan were also on both those staffs…49ers T Trent Williams played for Washington (2010-18) with Packers LB Preston Smith while LaFleur, Barry, and Olivadotti were on the team's coaching staff…Packers CB Keisean Nixon and 49ers DB Deommodore Lenoir were high school teammates at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles, Calif. …Former college teammates include: Packers C Josh Myers, 49ers DL Nick Bosa and DL Chase Young (Ohio State); Packers S Anthony Johnson Jr. and 49ers QB Brock Purdy (Iowa State); Packers CB Keisean Nixon, 49ers WR Deebo Samuel and DT Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina); Packers LB Kristian Welch and 49ers TE George Kittle (Iowa); Packers S Zayne Anderson and 49ers LB Fred Warner (BYU).
 
GB gives it's old college try but fall short in the end 30-24
 
Forecast for next Saturday night is temperatures in the 50's with 80% chance of rain. Both teams are going double tight and see who slows them down.

Might be a sloppy game but if it's mostly runs it'll go quick. No idea how this young team responses, to be honest you couldn't tell most of them were in their first playoff game etc. That was as veteran, go about your business etc game as you could of asked for.

I'll say this, if ML goes on the road again with this group and wins? Give him another extension.
 
I don't like their chances against SF, but that's not a shocker. I'll be rooting for GB. I heard they opened as 9.5 point underdogs? It doesn't even matter much to me, they are playing with house money.

Packers are alive in the playoffs, Love looks like a keeper, and GB kicked the asses of CHI and DAL in consecutive weeks.

This team is really fun to watch right now.
 
I don't post a lot but have to ask, how many people really thought 8 weeks ago that we would be an elite 8 team playing this weekend? Very few.

I think regardless of the outcome appreciate how hard these guys worked their tails off to bring us a heck of a season.

sb(tc(
 
I don't post a lot but have to ask, how many people really thought 8 weeks ago that we would be an elite 8 team playing this weekend? Very few.

I think regardless of the outcome appreciate how hard these guys worked their tails off to bring us a heck of a season.

sb(tc(
Big Ben!! Ben has been with us/me since we started our first board and everywhere we moved to. I want to say 19 years? gp((
 
I don't post a lot but have to ask, how many people really thought 8 weeks ago that we would be an elite 8 team playing this weekend? Very few.

I think regardless of the outcome appreciate how hard these guys worked their tails off to bring us a heck of a season.

sb(tc(
It was an amazing turn around. No matter what happens in San Francisco, we already know that this team is going to be even better next year, with the wealth of draft picks we have.
 
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