Published January 08, 2015
NEW ENGLAND (9-2) at GREEN BAY (8-3)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Packers by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 7-4, Green Bay 5-5-1
SERIES RECORD — Tied 5-5.
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Packers 31-27, Dec. 19, 2010
LAST WEEK — Patriots beat Lions 34-9; Packers beat Vikings 24-21
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 1, Packers No. 2
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (15), PASS (6)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (14), PASS (17)
PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (18), PASS (8)
PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (30), PASS (13)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Packers beat Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl after 1996 season in New Orleans, with Desmond Howard winning Most Valuable Player award. ... Matchup of only two teams in league to make playoffs each of last five seasons. ... Patriots have won 14 straight against NFC North teams, including 3-0 this season — longest current streak by team against another division. ... Patriots playing fourth straight game against first-place opponent. They won previous three as part of seven-game winning streak. ... QB Tom Brady has 63 300-yard passing games, tied with Dan Marino for third on NFL career list behind Peyton Manning (90) and Drew Brees (84). ... Offense has scored 40 or more points four times in 2014, one behind franchise mark set in 2012. ... With 1,140 points, K Stephen Gostkowski needs 19 to pass Adam Vinatieri to become franchise career scoring leader. ... TE Rob Gronkowski stands one touchdown short of becoming first tight end with four seasons of double-digit touchdowns. ... LB Rob Ninkovich has 13 fumble recoveries since 2010, most in league in that span. ... First meeting between Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers as starters. ... Rodgers' 119.2 passer rating leads NFL. ... Packers have won six in row at home against AFC teams when Rodgers starts. ... WR Jordy Nelson with three touchdown catches of 65 yards or more this season has most by Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four in 1998. ... Eddie Lacy with 100-plus yards from scrimmage and receiving touchdown in three straight games is first Packers running back to do so. ... DE-LB Julius Peppers first player in NFL history with 100 career sacks and four interception returns for touchdowns. ... DB Micah Hyde has two interceptions and sack in last three games.
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