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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-2) at GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3)
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at 4:25 p.m. ET
* Lambeau Field (80,750)*

The New England Patriots will play against the NFC North for the second straight week when they travel to Green Bay to face the Packers at Lambeau Field. Immediately after the game, the Patriots will travel to the West Coast as they begin the month of December at San Diego on "Sunday Night Football" on Dec. 7.

The Patriots beat Detroit last week for their seventh straight win that guaranteed the team will finish with a winning record for the 14th consecutive season. The Patriots have scored an average of 39.6 points per game during the seven-game winning streak.

The Patriots have won 14 straight games against NFC North teams, including a 3-0 record in 2014, following a 30-7 win at Minnesota on Sept. 14, a 51-23 win vs. Chicago on Oct. 26 and the 34-9 win last week against Detroit. Since realignment in 2002, the Patriots only loss against a current NFC North team was on Oct. 13, 2002, when they dropped a 28-10 decision at home against Green Bay in their very first game against the reconfigured division. That streak is the longest current streak any NFL team has against another division. Additionally, this week's game will be the fourth straight game the Patriots will play a first place team.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties with Phil Simms as the color analyst. Tracy Wolfson will work from the sidelines. The game will be produced by Lance Barrow and directed by Mike Arnold.

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NATIONAL RADIO:** This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience on Westwood One. Dave Sims and Mark Malone will call the game.

LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis.

PATRIOTS AIM FOR 10TH WIN
This week, New England seeks its 10th win for the 12th consecutive season, looking to build on the second-longest streak in NFL history. San Francisco set the record with 16 consecutive 10-plus win seasons from 1983-98.

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SERIES HISTORY

The Patriots will face the Packers for just the 11th time overall and the 10th time in the regular season. The Patriots lead the regular season series by a 5-4 margin. 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 and Packers last played in a "Sunday Night Football" game on Dec. 19, 2010, with the Patriots taking a 31-27 win at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will face Green Bay on the road for the fourth time and for just the third time at Lambeau Field. The teams played a 1988 game at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

The Patriots beat Green Bay, 35-0, in the last time that they met at Lambeau Field on Nov. 19, 2006 and are 1-2 in road games against the Packers, including 1-1 at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay beat New England, 28-10, at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 13, 2002. That is the only game the Patriots have ever lost to an NFC team at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots extended their winning streak to 14 straight against NFC North teams with the win over Detroit. The Patriots are now 3-0 against the North in 2014 after wins earlier in the season over Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit. Since realignment in 2002, their only loss against the current NFC North was on Oct. 13, 2002 when the Patriots dropped a 28-10 decision at home against the Green Bay Packers in their very first game against the reconfigured division. The Patriots streak is the longest current streak any NFL team has against another division.

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

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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.
  • Since that loss, the Patriots have won 14 straight games against NFC North teams.
  • Brady is 14-1 against the NFC North at home. His only loss at Gillette Stadium was the 28-10 loss on Oct. 13, 2002 to Green Bay.
  • Brady is 41-10 against the NFC overall in the regular season, including 20-5 on the road.
  • Tom Brady has thrown for 300 or more yards against 26 of 31 teams in the regular season. Green Bay is one of the teams that he has never thrown a 300-yard game against. The others are Carolina, New Orleans, Cincinnati and Jacksonville.
    CONNECTIONS

NEW ENGLAND TIES

Packers TE Richard Rodgers attended 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 TE Justin Perillo was a four-year player at Maine, where he played in 44 games with 35 starts from 2010-13, posting 128 receptions for 1,318 yards and 15 touchdowns. * Packers QB Scott Tolzien's younger brother, Mark, played quarterback at Holy Cross. * Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall graduated from Rockyville HS in Vernon, Conn., where he lettered in football. Marshall launched his coaching career as the offensive line coach at Plymouth State (N.H.) in 1979.
GREEN BAY TIES

  • Patriots LB Jonathan Casillas played collegiately at Wisconsin from 2005- 08, appearing in 48 games with 36 starts and recording 246 tackles, five passes defensed, four sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, three blocked punts and three touchdowns. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in each of his final three seasons with the Badgers.
  • 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).
  • Patriots special teams coach Scott O'Brien is a native of Superior, Wisc. He played linebacker at Wisconsin-Superior from 1975-78 before being signed to a contract by the Green Bay Packers in 1979. O'Brien then launched his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater from 1980-82.
    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 NFL TEAMMATES
  • Patriots CB Brandon Browner, DL Alan Branch and Packers QB Matt Flynn played together on the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.
  • 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 special teams coach Scott O'Brien was assistant head coach/special teams for the Carolina Panthers from 1999-2004, and during his tenure, the team drafted Packers DE Julius Peppers in 2002. Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac also served as the defensive coordinator alongside O'Brien on that Panthers staff from 2003-04.
  • Patriots special teams coach Scott O'Brien (coordinator of football operations/ assistant to the head coach) and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers (special assistant to the head coach) both served on the Miami Dolphins staff in 2006 under then-head coach Nick Saban.
    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 WR Brandon LaFell used to catch passes from Packers QB Matt Flynn when they were teammates at Louisiana State from 2005-07. In his senior season – his first and only as a starter – Flynn led the Tigers to a BCS National Championship, and LaFell caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Flynn in the second quarter of the 38-24 win against Ohio State.
  • 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 LB Akeem Ayers and Packers DE Datone Jones were defensive teammates at UCLA from 2008-10.
  • 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.
  • Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall was the offensive line coach at California during Patriots RB Shane Vereen's final two seasons with the Golden Bears from 2009-10.
    NOVEMBER REIGN
    The New England Patriots own an NFL-best 40-14 (.741) record in the month of November since 2001. During that time, the Patriots have had four undefeated Novembers (2003, 2004, 2007 and 2012). The patriots are 3-0 so far in 2014 in the month of November.
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