This will mark the second straight year that the Packers have opened the preseason away from Lambeau Field after opening at home the previous three seasons (2008-10). For the first time since 2005, Green Bay’s preseason slate is made up of four AFC teams. The Packers do not play any of their preseason opponents during the regular season in 2012.
Thursday’s game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN. Over the past 20 pre-seasons, the Packers have appeared on national television at least once in 19 of those years. The lone season that saw Green Bay not appear in front of a national audience over that span was in 2009.
Thursday marks only the fourth preseason meeting between the teams and the second in San Diego. The all-time series is knotted at 1-1-1.
Green Bay returns home next week to host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Aug. 16, in the 63rd annual Upper Midwest Shrine Game. Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children.