The Green Bay Packers kick off their 95th season in team history, and 93rd as a
member of the National Football League Sunday against the 49ers. This will be
the first time in franchise history that Green Bay opens the regular season by
visiting San Francisco.
It marks the second consecutive year that the Packers have opened their season
against the 49ers (at Lambeau Field in 2012), the first time Green Bay has
faced the same opponent in Week 1 in consecutive seasons since it squared off
with the Chicago Bears in three straight season openers from 1979-81.
Outside of the last two seasons, the only other time the Packers and 49ers
played each other in Week 1 came in 1976 at Green Bay.
Sunday’s matchup will feature two of the three teams in the NFL to have won 24
or more regular-season games over the past two years. Since 2011, Green Bay has
a 26-6 mark (.813) in the regular season, No. 1 in the league over that span.
San Francisco is 24-7-1 (.765) since ’11, No. 3 in the NFL behind only the
Packers and New England (25-7, .781).