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Game Preview: New England Patriots host Green Bay Packers in preseason home opener

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (0-0) vs. GREEN BAY PACKERS (0-0)
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

After beginning training camp on July 29, the New England Patriots will open the preseason at home against the Green Bay Packers on Thurs., Aug. 13, at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will open the preseason at home for the first time since 2012.

The Patriots and Packers will be facing off in the preseason for the 14th time overall and for the first tie since Aug. 26, 2005 when the Patriots claimed a 27-3 victory at Lambeau Field.

The Patriots traveled to Green Bay last season for a regular season game, where the Packers claimed a 26-21 victory on Nov. 30 at Lambeau Field.

The Patriots first regular season home victory under the ownership of Robert Kraft was on Oct. 2, 1994 in a 17-16 win against Green Bay.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION:This week's game will be broadcast by the Patriots Preseason Television Network and can be seen in every New England state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The preseason network's flagship station is WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. WBZ-TV's Dan Roche provides play-by-play and is joined by former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria in the broadcast booth. Former Patriots linebacker Matt Chathamwill provide sideline analysis along with WBZ-TV's Steve Burton. Patriots Football Weekly's beatwriters Paul Perillo and Andy Hart will also provide insight and analysis.

PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK

Massachusetts
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22

Connecticut
Hartford, Conn. WTNH-TV Ch. 8

Maine
Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8
Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7

New Hampshire
Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9

Rhode Island
Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12

Vermont
Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3

Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska KYUR-TV Ch. 13
Fairbanks, Alaska KATN-TV Ch. 2
Juneau, Alaska KJUD-TV Ch. 8

Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii KFVE-TV Ch. 5

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network's 39 stations can be found here. Play-by- play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis.

The New England Patriots take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

SERIES HISTORY

The Patriots will face Green Bay in the preseason for the first time since 2005 and for the 14th time overall in a preseason game. The last time the two teams met in a preseason contest was on Aug. 26, 2005 at Lambeau Field with New England claiming a 27-3 victory.

The Packers will play a preseason game in Foxborough for the first time since 1993. Green Bay leads the preseason series, 7-6. The last four preseason meetings between the the two clubs have been played in Green Bay.

This week's game will be Green Bay's first preseason meeting at Gillette Stadium and third visit overall to Gillette Stadium. The Packers beat the Patriots, 28-10, in a 2002 regular season game at Gillette and lost, 31-27, in a Sunday Night Football game on Dec. 19, 2010 in their last visit to New England.

The Patriots traveled to Green Bay last year for a regular season game, where the Packers claimed a 26-21 victory on Nov. 30 at Lambeau Field. The regular season series between the two teams is tied, 5-5. Green Bay beat the Patriots in the one postseason meeting between the two teams, a 35-21 Packers victory in Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 26, 1997.

The Patriots first regular-season home victory under Robert Kraftwas on Oct. 2, 1994 in a 17-16 win against Green Bay.

QUICK HITS

  • The Packers were the first team to defeat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, claiming a 28-10 victory on Oct. 13, 2002, in New England's first season in its new home.
  • Following that loss, the Patriots won 14 straight against the NFC North until losing, 26-21, at Green Bay on Nov. 30, 2014.

PRESEASON HISTORY

The Patriots are 47-39 (.547) in the preseason since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. Prior to 1994, the Patriots were 60-96-1 (.385) in the preseason. New England enters this week's game with an all-time preseason mark of 107-135-1 (.442).

BELICHICK IN THE PRESEASON

Bill Belichick has compiled an overall record of 44-37 (.543) in the preseason, including a 33-28 (.541) mark as Patriots head coach. Belichick's teams have been .500 or above in 17 of his 20 previous preseasons as a head coach in the NFL.

CONNECTIONS

NEW ENGLAND TIES

  • Packers DT Lavon Hooks was born in New Haven, Conn. -
  • Packers TE Justin Perillo played in 44 games with 35 starts at Maine, where he hauled in 128 receptions for 1,318 yards and 15 TDs.
  • Packers TE Richard Rodgersattended St. John's HS in Shrewsbury, Mass., where he was named a PrepStar All-American after leading all Massachusetts Division C-1 players in receiving (1,064 yards), sacks (eight) and scoring (17 touchdowns) as a senior in 2010.
  • Packers QB Scott Tolzien's younger brother, Mark, played quarterback at Holy Cross

GREEN BAY TIES

  • Patriots RB James White played collegiately at Wisconsin from 2010-13, appearing in 52 games with 12 starts and finishing his career ranked No. 4 all-time at Wisconsin with 4,015 rushing yards. He also finished third all-time at Wisconsin with 45 rushing touchdowns, which is tied for the eighth-most in Big Ten history, and third all-time with 48 total touchdowns, the ninth-most by a Big Ten player. White also broke school records for longest run (93 yards) and career receiving yards by a running back (670).

FORMER PATRIOTS

  • Packers running backs coach Sam Gash was originally drafted by New England in the eighth round (205th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Penn State. He spent six seasons (1992-97) with the Patriots, appearing in 88 games, rushing 105 times for 291 yards and two touchdowns and catching 104 passes for 826 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers served as a special assistant – secondary for the Patriots in 2008.
  • Packers strength and conditioning assistant Thadeus Jackson got his first NFL experience as an athletic training intern for the Patriots during their 2003 training camp.

FORMER PACKERS

  • Patriots QB Matt Flynn was selected by the Packers in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Flynn served as the backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for seven seasons (2008-11, 2013-14), appearing in 46 games with six starts and passing for 2,227 yards and 16 TDs. His performance against the Lions on Jan. 1 2012 set Packers franchise records in single-game yards (480) and TDs (6) – marks which he now shares with Aaron Rodgers.

FORMER NFL TEAMMATES

  • Patriots defensive assistant Brendan Daly tutored Packers DT Letroy Guion from 2012-13, when Daly was the defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Guion set career highs with 15 starts and 31 tackles in 2012, his first year under Daly.
  • Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea and Packers offensive line coach Mike Solarispent two seasons (2004-05) together on the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff underDick Vermeil, O'Shea as a volunteer special teams assistant and Solari as the offiensive line coach.

FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES

  • Patriots T Nate Solder and Packers T David Bakhtiari were teammates along the offensive line at Colorado from 2009-10. Bakhtiari redshirted as a true freshman in 2009 before playing all 11 games at right tackle opposite Solder in 2010. Following Solder's graduation, Bakhtiari moved over to the blind side full-time in 2011.
  • Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower(2008-11), Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix(2011-13) and RB Eddie Lacy (2009-12) were teammates at Alabama in 2011, when they helped lead the Crimson Tide to the BCS National Championship.
  • Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui (2007-09) and DB Tavon Wilson (2008-11) played under Packers assistant special teams coach Ron Zook when he was serving as head coach at Illinois from 2005-11.
  • Packers DT Josh Boyd and Patriots LB Chris White were defensive teammates at Mississippi State from 2009-10.
  • Patriots T Nate Solder and Packers LB Brad Jones were teammates at Colorado from 2006-08.
  • Patriots RB James White and Packers QB Scott Tolzien were offensive teammates at Wisconsin in 2010.
  • Patriots RB James White played with Packers WR Jared Abbrederis for four seasons (2010-13) and Packers QB Scott Tolzien for one season (2010) at Wisconsin.
  • Packers defensive front assistant Jeremy Montgomery tutored Patriots DL Geneo Grissom when he was serving as the defensive line coach at Oklahoma from 2013-14. During that time, Grissom tallied 79 tackles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 54 yards for a touchdown.
  • Patriots RBTyler Gaffney and Packers WR Ty Montgomery were offensive teammates at Stanford from 2011-12.
  • Patriots DB Jordan Richards and Packers LB James Vaughters were defensive teammates at Stanford from 2011-14.

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