Opponent First Look: Packers at Cardinals

We take our first in-depth look at Saturday's playoff matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, with stats and notes on both teams.


BROADCAST — NBC (7:15 p.m.): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth. Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (GB), 82 (Ari). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (GB), 83 (Ari).

TEAMS MEET — For third time in postseason. Green Bay won 1982 playoff meeting (41-16 on 1/8/83) and Arizona won 2009 Wild Card (51-45 in OT on 1/10/10). Green Bay leads all-time series (including playoffs 45-24-4). Arizona won Week 16 meeting 38-8.

LAST GAME (REG. SEASON) — 12/27/15: Packers 8 at Cardinals 38: Arizona QB Carson Palmer passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Cardinals DE Cory Redding and CB Jerraud Powers both recorded fumble-return touchdowns.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 12/27/15

LAST PLAYOFF — 1/10/10: Packers 45 at Cardinals 51 (OT). Arizona LB Karlos Dansby had 17-yard fumble-return touchdown in OT. Cardinals QB Kurt Warner threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns. 

REFEREE — Clete Blakeman.

LAST WEEK W 35-18 at Redskins Bye (Wk. 17: L 36-6 vs. Seahawks)
STREAKS (REG. SEASON) 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 3-2 Bruce Arians: 1-0
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Mike McCarthy: 8-6 Bruce Arians: 0-1
PASSING Rodgers: 347-572-3821-31-8-92.7 Palmer: 342-537-4671 (2C)-35 (T1C)-11-104.6 (3L)
RUSHING Lacy: 187-758-4.1-3 D. Johnson (R): 125-581-4.6-8
RECEIVING Cobb: 79-829-10.5-6 Fitzgerald: 109 (2C)-1215 (3C)-11.1-9
OFFENSE 334.6 408.3 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +5 +9 (2C)
DEFENSE 346.7 321.7 (2C)
SACKS Peppers: 10.5 Freeney: 8
INTs 3 tied: 3 R. Johnson: 5 (T3C)
PR Hyde: 5.8 Peterson: 8.1
KR Janis: 29.0 D. Johnson (R): 27.2
PUNTING Masthay: 43.9 Butler: 42.9
KICKING Crosby: 108 (36/36 PAT; 24/28 FG) Catanzaro: 137 (3L) (53/58 PAT; 28/31 FG)

PACKERS NOTES: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .615 postseason winning pct. (32-20) is best in NFL history among teams with 25-plus games played. Club has 32 playoff wins, third-most all-time. This is team’s 31st playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history…Mike McCarthy has led team to playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons as head coach…Packers had four players selected to Pro Bowl: FB John Kuhn (3rd), LB Clay Matthews (6th), QB Aaron Rodgers (5th) and G Josh Sitton (3rd)…Rodgers has 104.1 career passer rating, highest in NFL history. Has 100.3 postseason passer rating, fourth-best in NFL history. Has 103.8 passer rating (including playoffs), highest in NFL history. Passed for 423 yards, four touchdowns and 121.4 rating in 2009 Wild Card loss…RB Eddie Lacy has 12 touchdowns (10 rushing, two receiving) in 17 career Dec./Jan. games (including playoffs). Has rushed for 3,075 yards (1,025 per season) and 23 touchdowns in first three NFL seasons. RB James Starks was one of four running backs this season with 600-plus rushing yards (601), two-plus rush touchdowns (2), 350-plus receiving yards (392) and two-plus receiving touchdowns (3). In last week’s Wild Card win, Lacy (63 yards, touchdown) and Starks (53 yards, touchdown) were first Green Bay running backs with 50-plus rushing yards and rushing touchdown in same playoff game. Kuhn is only player in 2015 playoffs with four-plus rush (4) and three-plus receiving (3) touchdowns in postseason…WR Randall Cobb led team in catches (79) and was second in receiving yards (829). Ranked third on club with seven total touchdowns (six receiving, one fumble recovery). In past two seasons, has 170 catches for 2,116 yards (1,058 per season) and 18 touchdowns. Aims for fourth postseason game in row with 100-plus yards or touchdown. WR Davante Adams had a touchdown catch last week and has a touchdown in two of his first three career playoff games. He might not play due to a knee injury. WR James Jones and TE Richard Rodgers tied for team lead with eight touchdowns. Jones has four career postseason receiving touchdowns. Rodgers’ eight receiving touchdowns were second-most by NFC tight end…LB Matthews has 10 career postseason sacks, most in franchise history (Hall of Famer Reggie White, eight). In 11 postseason games, has 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, including 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble last week. Ranked second on club with 6.5 sacks. LB Julius Peppers led team with 10.5 sacks, his ninth career season with 10-plus sacks. Is only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (136) and 10-plus INTs (11). Also has 4.5 sacks and interception in postseason career. CB Sam Shields has five interceptions, including 52-yard touchdown, in his past eight playoff games. Tied for team lead with three interceptions this season with rookie CB Damarious Randall and CB Micah Hyde. Randall led club with 14 passes defensed. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has two interceptions in three career postseason games. Led team with 99 tackles. DT Mike Daniels has 16 sacks in past three seasons. Had 1st career interception in Week 16. LB Mike Neal had two sacks, forced fumble and fumble recovery last week. Had four sacks in 2015, his fourth consecutive season with four-plus sacks. LB Nick Perry had two sacks last week and has 4.5 sacks in four career playoff games.

CARDINALS NOTES: Won NFC West for first time since 2009. Set franchise record with 13 wins. Scored team-record 489 points (30.6 avg.) and led NFL in total offense (408.3 yards per game). Club has won 10-plus games in all three seasons under head coach Bruce Arians. Arians has 34-14 record (.708) with Arizona. His 34 wins are most in a three-year span in franchise history. Are 19-5 (.792) in past three seasons at home...Cardinals had seven players selected to Pro Bowl: ST Justin Bethel (3rd), DE Calais Campbell (2nd), WR Larry Fitzgerald (9th), G Mike Iupati (4th), S Tyrann Mathieu (1st), QB Carson Palmer (3rd) and CB Patrick Peterson (5th)…Palmer has won 26 of past 31 starts, including 10 of past 12 at home. Set franchise record with 35 passing touchdowns, 4,671 passing yards and 104.6 passer rating. Is first quarterback in team history with two 4,000-yard seasons. Had 100-plus passer rating in 11 games, most in NFL. Had 100-plus passer rating in six of eight home games…RB David Johnson led NFL rookies with 13 touchdowns. Had eight rushing touchdowns, four receiving touchdowns and kickoff-return touchdown joining Hall of Famer Gayle Sayers (1965) as only rookies in NFL history to do so. In past five (first five career starts), has 658 scrimmage yards (131.6 per game), most in NFL. Had 127 scrimmage yards and touchdown in Week 16…Fitzgerald had team-record 109 catches, his third career 100-catch season. Had 1,215 receiving yards, his club-record seventh career 1,000-yard season. Has catch in 186 consecutive games, including playoffs. Since entering NFL in 2004, has 107 receiving touchdowns (including playoffs), most in NFL. In seven career postseason games, has 45 catches for 736 yards (105.1 per game) and nine touchdowns. In three career home playoff games, has 21 catches for 335 yards (111.7 per game) and six touchdowns. Holds NFL records for most catches (30), receiving yards (546) and receiving touchdowns (seven) in single postseason. Has five touchdowns in four games vs. Green Bay, including two touchdowns in Wild Card. WR John Brown had career-high 65 catches, 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns. Has touchdown in four of past five at home. WR Michael Floyd has five 100-yard games in past eight, including 111 yards vs. Green Bay in Week 16. Since 2013, averages 16.7 yards per catch, second-best in NFL (minimum 150 catches)…Cardinals had 33 takeaways (19 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries), second-most in NFL. S Rashad Johnson and Mathieu tied for team lead with five interceptions. Johnson is only player in NFL with 14-plus interceptions and three-plus interception-return touchdowns since 2012. Peterson has recorded two-plus interceptions in all five career NFL seasons. Is one of four in NFL history (Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith) to be selected to five Pro Bowls before age 26. LB Deone Bucannon led team with 109 tackles, his first career 100-tackle season. Is one of two in NFL (Thomas Davis) with 100-plus tackles, three-plus sacks, three forced fumbles and interception. Had sack and forced fumble in Week 16. LB Dwight Freeney had eight sacks in 11 games, including three sacks in Week 16. Has nine career postseason sacks. Campbell was second on club with five sacks, his seventh consecutive season with five-plus sacks. Had 2.5 sacks in Week 16. DE Cory Redding (36 yards) and CB Jerraud Powers (7 yards) each had fumble-return touchdowns in Week 16.

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