Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.
Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com. This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers 2012 Season-Ending Dope Sheet:
PACKERS CAPTURE SECOND STRAIGHT NFC NORTH CROWN
- The Packers won their second consecutive NFC North title in 2012, the first time Green Bay won its division in two straight years since the club captured three consecutive NFC North crowns from 2002-04.
- Green Bay finished the regular season with an 11-5 mark (.688), the fourth straight double-digit win season for the Packers. That matched the franchise record that was recorded three other times (1929-32, 1995-98, 2001-04). The Packers and the Patriots are the only teams in the league to post 10-plus wins each of the last four seasons (2009-12).
- After getting off to a 2-3 start this season, the Packers would go on to win nine of their next 10 contests. It was the second-best mark in the league over that span behind only the Denver Broncos’ 10-0 record.
- Green Bay finished with a 5-1 record in NFC North games this season, the seventh straight campaign that the Packers posted a winning record in the division. New England is the only other team in the NFL to accomplish that feat over the past seven seasons (2006-12).
- The Packers won their first five NFC North contests this season to bring their regular-season winning streak in the division to 12 games. That set a franchise record and tied the longest divisional streak in the league since realignment in 2002 (see page 2 for more).
- Green Bay ranked No. 5 in the league in scoring with an average of 28.9 points per game. It was the sixth straight season that the Packers finished in the top 10 in the league in scoring offense, with New England the only other team in the league to do so over that span (2007-12).
- The Packers were tied for No. 2 in the league in fewest giveaways with 16 this season, which was also tied for the second-fewest turnovers in a season in franchise history (also 16 in 2009).
- Green Bay’s offense ranked No. 3 in the league in red-zone efficiency with a 68.1 touchdown percentage and led the league in scoring outside the red zone for the second straight season with 155 points.
- The Packers ranked No. 11 in the NFL in overall defense (336.8 ypg), No. 11 in pass defense (218.3 ypg), No. 4 in sacks (47), No. 4 in opponent passer rating (76.8) and tied for No. 8 in interceptions (18).
- Green Bay gave up 20 or fewer points in eight of its final 10 games to help propel it to a No. 11 ranking in scoring defense at 21.0 points per game. It marked the third time in the last four seasons that the Packers finished the season ranked No. 11 in the league or better in the category.
- Green Bay’s special teams helped the club finish No. 4 in the league in average starting field position (31.2) and No. 8 in the NFL in average opponent starting field position (26.1). It marked the second consecutive season that the Packers ranked in the top 10 in the league in both categories.
- The Packers ranked No. 5 in the league in opponent punt return average (7.5) and allowed just 179 punt return yards in 2012 (No. 3 in the NFL), the second fewest allowed by Green Bay since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1976 (113 in 2007).
BACK IN THE POSTSEASON
- This season marked the 28th postseason berth for the Packers in franchise history and the 15th playoff appearance in the last 20 seasons for Green Bay.
- The Packers have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons and five of the last six, the only NFC team to accomplish those feats.
- Green Bay ranks No. 3 in NFL history with its 28 playoff appearances, trailing only the N.Y. Giants (31) and Dallas Cowboys (30).
- The Packers’ 15 postseason appearances in the free-agency era (since 1993) are the most of any team in the NFL.
- This season marked the third straight year that the Packers advanced to the divisional round of the postseason, the lone NFC team to do so each season from 2010-12. The last time Green Bay advanced that far in the playoffs in three or more seasons came when the team did so in five straight seasons (1993-97).
- The Packers’ victory vs. Minnesota in the Wild Card contest was their 30th postseason win. That ranks No. 3 in NFL playoff history behind only Dallas and Pittsburgh (33 each).
- The Packers have won 20 of their last 21 and 26 of their last 28 games at Lambeau Field in the regular season.
- Green Bay’s .929 winning percentage (26-2) at home since Week 10 of 2009 is No. 1 in the NFL over that span:
Team, W-L Record (Pct.)
1. Green Bay, 26-2 (.929)
2. New England, 24-3 (.889)
3. Baltimore, 24-4 (.857)
- Over the past three seasons, Green Bay has been one of the most productive offenses in the NFL.
- A glance at where the Packers rank in several offensive categories since 2010:
Team, Points Per Game
1. New England, 33.1
2. New Orleans, 29.0
3. Green Bay, 28.8
Team, Passing Touchdowns
1t. Green Bay, 122
1t. New Orleans, 122
3. New England, 110
2012 HONOR ROLL
- NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month – October
- All-Rookie Team – Pro Football Weekly/PFWA
- NFC Special Teams Player of the Week – Week 8 (vs. Jacksonville)
- NFC Special Teams Player of the Week – Week 2 (vs. Chicago)
- Midseason All-Pro Team – Pro Football Weekly
- 2013 Pro Bowl selection (fourth career)
- All-NFC Team – Pro Football Weekly/PFWA
- Second-Team All-Pro – The Associated Press
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 4 (vs. New Orleans)
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 6 (at Houston)
- FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week – Week 6 (at Houston)
- NFC Offensive Player of the Month – October
- Midseason All-Pro Team – Pro Football Weekly
- FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week – Week 16 (vs. Tennessee)
- 2013 Pro Bowl selection (third career)
- All-NFC Team – Pro Football Weekly/PFWA
- Second-Team All-Pro – The Associated Press
- 2013 Pro Bowl selection (sixth career)
STREAKS & MILESTONES – REGULAR SEASON
2 MASON CROSBY
- His 762 points from 2006-12 rank No. 1 in NFL history for the most points scored by a player in his first six seasons, topping the mark of Indianapolis Mike Vanderjagt (755, 1998-2003).
- In 2011, set a franchise record with a 58-yard field goal in Week 7 at Minnesota, eclipsing the mark of 56 yards he held (Week 1 at Philadelphia, 2010; Week 5 at Atlanta, 2011).
- Ranks No. 4 in team annals with 762 career points, having surpassed Paul Hornung (760) this season at Minnesota in Week 17. Needs 59 points to surpass No. 3 Chris Jacke (820).
- Reached the 700-point mark for his career in his 89th game, second fastest to 700 in team history behind only Hornung (87 games).
- Ranks No. 2 in team history for the most 100-point seasons with six, trailing only K Ryan Longwell (eight).
- Made 23 straight field goals from Week 13 of 2010 through Week 10 of 2011, the longest regular-season streak in franchise history as he eclipsed Chris Jacke’s mark of 17 (1993).
- For his career, has hit 100 of 111 field goals (90.1 percent) from 39 yards and closer.
- Has hit 38 of 54 field goals (70.4 percent) from 40-49 yards.
- Has hit 14 of 34 field goals (42.4 percent) from 50-plus yards.
80 DONALD DRIVER
- Has 10,137 career receiving yards, which ranks No. 1 on the franchise’s all-time list. Surpassed James Lofton (9,656) at Carolina in Week 2 of 2011.
- Surpassed Sterling Sharpe (595) in 2009 to become the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions. Driver now has 743 career catches.
- Had a reception in 133 consecutive games, besting the franchise’s previous long streak of Sharpe’s 103 (1988-94), before not catching a pass in Week 7 of 2011 against Minnesota.
- In 2010, had 50-plus receptions for the ninth time, extending his franchise record. Lofton and Sharpe each had seven seasons with 50-plus catches.
- Holds Lambeau Field records for receptions (363) and receiving yards (5,000).
- Topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark for a seventh overall season and sixth consecutive in 2009, extending his own team record in each category.
- Ranks No. 2 in team annals with 27 TD catches at Lambeau Field, trailing only WR Antonio Freeman (36) in the stadium’s history.
- Has 22 career 100-yard receiving games, which is No. 5 in team history.
- With 61 career TD receptions, ranks No. 3 in team history behind only Hutson (99) and Sharpe (65).
- Is tied for No. 5 in team history with Paul Hornung with 62 overall touchdowns. Is four shy of No. 4 Sharpe (66).
- Ranks No. 2 all-time in yards from scrimmage with 10,354, trailing only RB Ahman Green (11,048).
- Ranks No. 2 in team history for the most games played with 204, trailing only QB Brett Favre (255).
88 JERMICHAEL FINLEY
- Is the only tight end in franchise history to register three 55-catch seasons (2009, 2011, 2012).
- Ranks No. 2 all-time among Green Bay tight ends with three 100-yard receiving games in his career, trailing only Paul Coffman (six).
- Ranks No. 3 among TEs in team history with 2,485 receiving yards and needs 110 more yards to surpass No. 2 Ron Kramer (2,594).
- Is No. 4 among TEs in team annals with 198 receptions. Needs five more catches to move past No. 3 Ed West (202).
- In Week 4 vs. New Orleans, surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards in his 52nd career game, fastest among tight ends in franchise history (Coffman, 66 games).
85 GREG JENNINGS
- With 12 TD receptions in 2010, joined Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman and Billy Howton as the only Packers to post 12-plus TD catches in two different seasons.
- By eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark in 2010, became the fifth player in team history to post three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, joining Lofton, Sharpe, Freeman and Driver.
- His four career TD catches of 80-plus yards are a franchise record.
- Had 120 receiving yards in Week 17 at Minnesota for his 23rd career 100-yard game, which moved him into sole possession of the No. 4 spot in franchise history, one shy of No. 3 Don Hutson (24).
- In Week 12 vs. Detroit in 2011, surpassed 6,000 career receiving yards in his 86th career game, which tied him for the second fastest to 6,000 yards receiving in team annals behind only WR Sterling Sharpe (84 games).
- Ranks No. 7 in team history with 6,537 career receiving yards and needs 115 more yards to surpass No. 6 Antonio Freeman (6,651).
- Ranks No. 7 in franchise annals with 425 career catches and needs seven more receptions to surpass No. 6 Freeman (431).
- Ranks No. 5 in team history with 53 TD catches.
52 CLAY MATTHEWS
- Only player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl each of his first four seasons in the league (2009-12).
- Only player in team history to score a defensive TD in each of his first three seasons in the league (2009-11).
- His 17 sacks in his first 20 games were the most by an NFL player to start his career, eclipsing the mark of 16.5 set by Leslie O’Neal (1986, 1988) and John Abraham (2000-01).
- Is the first NFL player since sacks became an official stat in 1982 to post a double-digit sack total and a defensive TD in each of his first two seasons in the league.
- First player in franchise annals to post 10-plus sacks in each of his first two years in the NFL.
- Ranks No. 5 in team history with 42.5 career sacks.
- His 29.5 sacks from 2009-11 were tied
- for No. 1 in team history with Tony Bennett for the most sacks by a Packer in his first three seasons in the league.
- Ranks No. 5 in the NFL with 42.5 sacks since 2009.
- Set a franchise rookie record with 10 sacks in 2009.
12 AARON RODGERS
- Ranks No. 1 in NFL history with a 104.9 career passer rating.
- Set an NFL single-season record in 2011 with a 122.5 passer rating and set team marks for TD passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), TD/INT ratio (7.50) and 300-yard games (eight).
- Has posted 21,332 passing yards from 2008-12, the most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first five seasons as a starter.
- Threw a TD pass in 35 straight regular-season games at Lambeau Field from 2008-12, a team record (previous mark was 25 by Brett Favre, 1992-96). It was the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Dan Marino’s 39-game streak from 1983-88.
- Tied a single-game franchise record with six TD passes at Houston in Week 6, matching Matt Flynn’s mark (Jan. 1, 2012, vs. Detroit).
- In 78 regular-season starts, has 28 career 300-yard games, 32 three-TD games and 42 zero-INT games.
- Has posted a 100-plus passer rating 46 times. Set an NFL record for quarterbacks whose careers started since 1970 with 43 games with a 100-plus passer rating in his first 75 starts.
- Posted a 100-plus passer rating in four straight seasons (2009-12), one of only two QBs in league history to accomplish that feat (Steve Young, 1991-94).
- Is the only QB in team history with two 400-yard passing games.
- When he hit the 150-TD mark for his career, he had thrown just 42 INTs to that point, the fewest in NFL history as he surpassed Dan Marino’s mark of 69 INTs at the time of his 150th TD pass.
- In 2009, became first QB in NFL history to throw 30 or more TDs, seven or fewer INTs, and rush for five TDs in the same season.
- Has registered a passer rating over 110.0 in four or more consecutive games three times in his career (Weeks 3-7, 2009; Week 9, Weeks 11-13, 2010; Weeks 1-7, 9-12, 2011), one of only two quarterbacks in franchise history (Bart Starr, 1966) to accomplish the feat in a single season.
- Is the only NFL QB since the 1970 merger to post four straight 110-plus rating games in three straight seasons (2009-11).
- Posted four or more rushing TDs in three straight seasons (2008-10), becoming only the second Packers QB to accomplish that feat (Tobin Rote, 1954-56), and eclipsed 300 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons (2009-10), the first since Rote in 1954-56.
- Ranks No. 2 in team history with 171 TD passes, having surpassed Bart Starr (152) in Week 8.
- With 18 career rushing TDs, ranks No. 2 in team history among QBs behind only Tobin Rote (29).
21 CHARLES WOODSON
- His 10 defensive touchdowns with Green Bay (nine interceptions, one fumble recovery) are a team record.
- With nine interception returns for scores, ranks No. 1 on Green Bay’s all-time list, eclipsing the previous mark set by Herb Adderley (seven, 1961-69).
- For his career, has 11 INT-return TDs, which ranks tied for No. 2 in NFL history with Darren Sharper behind only Rod Woodson (12).
- Ranks No. 3 in the NFL with 26 interceptions since 2008.
- His five forced fumbles in 2010 were a career high and the most by a Packer since LB/DE Keith McKenzie posted five in 1999.
- In 2009, established career highs in interceptions (nine, tied league lead), and interception returns for TDs (three, tied league lead and team record), and matched a then career high with four forced fumbles.
- Has 55 career interceptions, 38 in 100 games since coming to Green Bay in 2006. Woodson had 17 interceptions in 106 games with Oakland. Is tied for No. 4 in team history with S LeRoy Butler with the 38 interceptions. Needs one more to tie CB Herb Adderley (39) for No. 3.
- Became the fourth player in NFL history since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to record at least nine interceptions and two sacks in a single season. Is the only player in NFL history to post at least seven interceptions and two sacks in back-to-back seasons.
- In 2009, became the first NFC player to win the conference’s Defensive Player of the Month award multiple times in one season (Sept., Nov., Dec.).
- With nine interceptions in 2009, became only the second player in franchise history to post at least seven interceptions in three different seasons (Bobby Dillon, 1953-57).
- With two interceptions against Minnesota in Week 7 of 2011, recorded the seventh multi-interception game of his career. Six of those games have come with Green Bay.
- Became the first NFL player since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to record two interceptions, an interception for a touchdown, a sack and a fumble recovery in the same game when he posted all of those statistics at Detroit on Thanksgiving in 2009.
- Is the only defensive back in Packers history (since 1982) to register at least two sacks in four straight seasons (2008-11).
This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.