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McCarthy has third-best playoff record among Packers' head coaches

Jan. 5, 2013
 

Mike McCarthy takes a 5-3 playoff record into tonight's wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Among Packers head coaches, that .625 winning percentage ranks third on the franchise's all-time list behind Vince Lombardi (9-1, .900) and MIke Holmgren (9-5, .643).

A victory today would move McCarthy ahead of Holmgren on that list.

McCarthy has guided the Packers to five playoff berths in his seven seasons as head coach. Each year the Packers were seeded differently. Let’s review how they did in each of those seasons:

No. 1 seed (2011): The Packers carried a 15-1 record into the post-season but lost to the New York Giants 37-20 at home in the divisional round. Playoff record: 0-1.

No. 2 seed (2007): The Packers posted a 13-3 record and defeated Seattle in a divisional playoff game at Lambeau before losing 23-20 in overtime to the New York Giants at home in the NFC title game. Record: 1-1.

No. 3 seed (2012): After posting an 11-5 regular-season record, the Packers playoff fate will be determined beginning tonight.

No. 5 seed (2009): The Packers posted an 11-5 regular-season record but lost at Arizona in a wild-card playoff game 51-45 in overtime. Record: 0-1.

No. 6 seed (2010): The Packers squeaked into the playoffs with a 10-6 record on the basis of a tiebreaker, then won three straight road games to advance to the Super Bowl, where they defeated Pittsburgh. Record: 4-0.

So to review McCarthy’s playoff record, he is 1-1 in wild-card games, 2-1 in divisional playoff games, 1-1 in NFC title games and 1-0 in Super Bowls.

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