Packers-Cardinals Wild Card Playoff Dope Sheet
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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Here are some highlights from the Packers-Cardinals Wild Card Playoff Dope Sheet:

GREEN BAY (11-5) at ARIZONA (10-6)
Sunday, Jan. 10 - University of Phoenix Stadium - 3:40 p.m. CST

PACKERS-CARDINALS MEET AGAIN IN PLAYOFFS
- One week after wrapping up the regular season in Arizona, Green Bay returns to University of Phoenix Stadium to take on the Cardinals in the NFC Wild Card playoffs.

- At 11-5, the Packers earned their second postseason berth in three seasons and will be the No. 5 seed as one of two NFC Wild Card entrants.

- Sunday will mark the third meeting this season between the two clubs and the second postseason meeting in the all-time series.

- Green Bay comes into the game with plenty of momentum thanks to a 33-7 victory over the Cardinals this past weekend and an outstanding second half. Winners of seven of their last eight, the Packers own the NFC's best record (7-1) over the second half of 2009. Only San Diego (8-0) enjoyed a better second half than Green Bay.

- The Packers' lone defeat in the second half came on a last-second play at Pittsburgh. Though momentum may be on their side, Head Coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Monday that the team faces an uphill challenge, playing the defending NFC champions in their own stadium.

- Arizona, by virtue of its second consecutive NFC West title, secured the No. 4 seed. Last year, the Cardinals earned the No. 4 overall seed and won three consecutive games before falling in Super Bowl XLIII.

- Dating back to 1921 when the Cardinals franchise resided in Chicago, this remains one of the oldest rivalries in football. Green Bay owns a 43-22-4 advantage in the all-time series, including wins in six of the last seven regular-season games.

- The two franchises met in the playoffs after the 1982 strike-shortened season when the Packers hosted the then-St. Louis Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Behind three TD passes from Lynn Dickey, the Packers defeated the Cardinals 41-16.

WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 16th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a national audience.

- Play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call with Pam Oliver and Chris Myers on the sidelines.

- Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 11th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.

- Westwood One will air the game across the country. Marv Albert (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will be in the broadcast booth with Tony Boselli reporting from the sidelines.

- Univision Radio, with Clemson Smith Muñiz (play-by-play) and Alfredo Béjar (color), will broadcast in Spanish to a national audience.

- For out-of-town listeners, the broadcast is available to NFL Field Pass subscribers on www.packers.com as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio as part of the network's NFL Sunday Drive.

BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS
- Green Bay's 25th postseason berth in team history marks the franchise's 12th appearance in the last 17 seasons.

- The Packers own the league's second-best postseason winning percentage (.625, 25-15) among NFL teams behind Baltimore (.636, 7-4).

- A second-place finish in the NFC North gave Green Bay one of the NFC's two Wild Card berths. Not including the 1982 season, which involved a different playoff system due to a strike-shortened season, the Packers have made their way to the postseason via the Wild Card four previous times: 1993, ' 94, ' 98 and 2001. In three out of four appearances as an NFC Wild Card, Green Bay won its first game.

- Green Bay is 3-3 against 2009 playoff teams, with all three wins (vs. Dallas, vs. Baltimore, at Arizona) coming in the second half of the year. Arizona was 1-2 on the year against ཅ playoff teams.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals
All-time, regular season: 43-22-4
All-time, postseason: 1-0
All-time, in Arizona: 4-1-0

Streaks: The Packers have won six of the last seven regular-season meetings.
Last meeting, regular season: Jan. 3, 20101, University of Phoenix Stadium; Packers won, 33-7
Last meeting, postseason: Jan. 8, 1983, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 41-16

COACHES CAPSULES
Mike McCarthy: 39-27-0, .591 (incl. 1-1 postseason); 4th NFL season
Ken Whisenhunt: 30-22-0, .577 (incl. 3-1 postseason); 3rd NFL season
Head to Head: McCarthy 1-0
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-0 vs. Cardinals; Whisenhunt 0-1 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY...Is in fourth year as the Packers' 14th head coach.

- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.

- Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.

- Became the first Packers coach since Vince Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.

- One of only three head coaches to lead an offense ranked in the top 10 in the league each of the past three years.

KEN WHISENHUNT...Is in third year as the Cardinals' 34th head coach.

- In just his second season as an NFL head coach in 2008, led the franchise to its first Super Bowl berth.

- Played nine seasons as a tight end for three different clubs -- the Atlanta Falcons (1985-88), Washington Redskins (1989-90) and N.Y. Jets (1991-93).

- Before taking over the Cardinals in 2007, served as an NFL assistant coach for 10 seasons, the last six as tight ends coach (2001-03) and then offensive coordinator (2004-06) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team that beat Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.

- Is just the second Cardinals head coach to go .500 or better in his first two seasons (Arnie Horween 1923-24).

THE PACKERS-CARDINALS SERIES
- One of the oldest rivalries in sports, the series launched on Nov. 20, 1921, when the Packers and Chicago Cardinals tied 3-3. That afternoon marked one of four ties in the series, with the last tie coming in 1971.

- The series has been noted for its streaks, with the Packers winning 15 straight between 1937 and 1946, followed by the Cardinals winning seven straight through 1949, and the Packers winning 15 of the last 19 (with one tie) since.

- With the Cardinals franchise located in Chicago prior to 1960, the two teams played two or more times in a season 20 different years between 1926 and 1949.

- One postseason meeting following the 1982 season marked the Packers' first trip to the playoffs in 10 years and first playoff victory since winning Super Bowl II.

- In the teams' meeting in Arizona in 2003, the kickoff temperature was 102 degrees, tied for the hottest game ever recorded in Packers history. The temperature reached 106 in the fourth quarter.

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