Packers To Open 2012

Two of the top teams in the NFC from 2011 will open their 2012 seasons today when the Green Bay Packers host the San Francisco 49ers.  The Packers were 15-1 last season before falling to the New York Giants in the second round of the NFC Playoffs.  The 49ers went 13-3 before losing to those same Giants in the NFC Championship game.  The 94th season of Packers football begins at Lambeau Field, which is a good omen for the home team.  The Packers have won 49 season openers in Green Bay, tied for second most in NFL history.  Head coach Mike McCarthy on opening the 2012 season at Lambeau Field…

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The Packers offense put up eye-popping numbers in 2011.  The 560 points they scored were the most in franchise history and second only to the 589 points that the New England Patriots scored in 2007.  The Packers also set league records for most 42-point games in a season (6) and their 70 touchdowns were tied for second most in NFL history.  The team also set a franchise record for yardage in a single season (6,482).  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked where the offense is at heading into the 2012 campaign…

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While the offense flourished last season, the defense struggled.  The Packers finished last in the NFL in total defense (14th against the run and 32nd against the pass) and they gave up 22.4 points per game (19th in the league).  The Packers tried to address their defensive deficiencies in April’s draft, using six of their eight picks on that side of the ball.  Defensive end Ryan Pickett feels that the defense is improved…

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Kickoff of today’s game between the Packers and 49ers is at 3:25 PM.

Notes:
The Packers 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend are tied with the Chicago Bears for the most in NFL history.

The Packers have won five straight season openers.  Their last loss to begin a season was in 2006 when they fell to the Bears at Lambeau Field, 26-0.

Including the playoffs, the Packers have beaten the 49ers eight straight times.  The Packers last lost to the 49ers in the 1998 playoffs, when Terrell Owens caught a 25-yard touchdown pass as time expired to give San Francisco a 30-27 win.

Including the postseason, the Packers have won 13 of their last 14 meetings with the 49ers.  In the all-time series with San Francisco, Green Bay has a record of 34-26-1, including a mark of 12-4 at Lambeau Field.

Safety Charles Woodson will be playing in his 200th game today.  Woodson needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie Rod Woodson for the most in the history of the NFL (12).

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