When the Green Bay Packers (11-5) take the field in Glendale to face the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) on Sunday, it will mark the 73rd meeting of these two franchises.
This rivalry, one of the oldest in the NFL, began back in 1921 when the Cardinals were in Chicago. That game ended in a 3-3 tie.
From that first meeting in 1921 through last week's Packer victory over the Cardinals in week 17 of the 2009 season, the Packers own an all time 45-23-4 edge in the series. The Packers are 27-9 at home and 18-14-4 as the visiting team.
The teams have only met in the playoffs once before, following the strike shortened 1982 season when the Cardinals were in St. Louis. The Packers won that first round playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, 41-16. The 41 points scored in that game is a Packers franchise playoff record.
This will be Green Bay's 25th playoff appearance and the Cardinals' eighth playoff appearance in franchise history. The Packers have won 12 NFL titles while the Cardinals have won two.
The Packers have reached the playoffs as a Wild Card team four times prior to this season in 1993, 1994, 1998, and 2001. The Packers are 3-1 in Wild Card games.
Packers vs. Cardinals - University of Phoenix Stadium
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010
3:40 p.m. CST
FOX Sports -Troy Aikman, Joe Buck, Pam Oliver, Chris Myers
Arizona -1 1/2
Green Bay - 28
Arizona - 23