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Packers Pre-Season Finale Gets An Early Start Tonight

The Packers and Chiefs will meet in the team’s final pre-season game tonight at Lambeau Field. Game time is an hour earlier than last week and is slated for 6:00 PM.

This will be the 16th preseason meeting between the two clubs (7-7-1). Following the contest vs. Kansas, the Packers will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Thursday, September 4. It is the first time the Packers have faced the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 1.

Tonight also marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).

The series enjoys its 54th contest this year and has raised more than $3.7 million. For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game-program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 counties throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The Packers assumed many of those tasks beginning in 1994.

The Packers are 28-24-1 all-time in the series. The Chiefs will be the Packers’ opponent in the game for the third time in the last four years and for the sixth time overall (1978-79, 1992, 2011-12)

Green Bay has won four of the last five games in the series, including a 24-3 victory over Kansas City in 2012. Prior to that, the Packers had lost six consecutive Bishop’s Charities contests. That six-game losing streak (2003-08) came on the heels of a 12-game winning streak (1991-2002) in the series.


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