What Green Bay Packers coach has the most postseason wins in franchise history?
Vince Lombardi? Nope. Mike Holmgren? Guess again.
The answer: Mike McCarthy. With Sunday’s 34-31 victory over the Cowboys, McCarthy notched his 10th playoff win as the head coach. Lombardi has the best winning percentage at 9-1 (.900) and Holmgren’s is .643 (9-5), but McCarthy has the most Ws.
McCarthy will go for No. 11 this Sunday when the Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC Championship Game.
On the other sideline, also trying to get his squad to the Super Bowl, will be Dan Quinn, head coach of the Falcons.
Quinn has been at the helm for only two seasons. Last week’s Divisional Round game against the Seahawks was his first postseason appearance as a head coach. Quinn and Co. got the job done with a 36-20 victory over Seattle.
Quinn’s Falcons defeated McCarthy and the Packers 33-32 in Week 8 during the regular season. To say the stakes are higher Sunday would be a gross understatement.
Ahead of Sunday’s game, get to know the head coaches a little bit better:
Mike McCarthy File
Age: 53 (b. November 3, 1963)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hired by Packers: January 2006
Regular Season Record with Packers: 114-61-1 (.651)
Postseason Record with Packers: 10-7 (.588)
Overall Record: 124-68-1 (.645)
Contract & Salary: $6 million in 2016
Career Honors & Awards: Super Bowl champion (XLV); 6-time Division champion (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Career vs. Falcons: 4-3
Prior Jobs: Fort Hays State (1987–1988 Graduate assistant); U. of Pittsburgh (1989–1991 Graduate assistant); U. of Pittsburgh (1992 Wide receivers coach); Kansas City Chiefs (1993–1994 Offensive quality control coordinator; Kansas City Chiefs (1995–1998 Quarterbacks coach); Green Bay Packers (1999 Quarterbacks coach); New Orleans Saints (2000–2004 Offensive coordinator); San Francisco 49ers (2005 Offensive coordinator)
College: Tight end at Baker University, an NAIA school in Kansas
Family: Married wife Jessica Kress in March 2008. The couple has two daughters — Gabrielle (8) and Isabella (5). McCarthy has a daughter (Alexandra) from a previous marriage and two stepsons — Jack and George.
The Dan Quinn File
Age: 46 (b. September 11, 1970)
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey
Hired by Falcons: February 2, 2015
Regular Season Record with Falcons: 19-13 (.594)
Postseason Record with Falcons: 1-0 (1.000)
Overall Record: 20-13 (.606)
Contract & Salary: Approx. $4.5 million in 2016
Career vs. Packers: 1-0
Prior Jobs: William & Mary (1994 Defensive line coach); VMI (1995 Defensive line coach); Hofstra (1996–1999 Defensive line coach); Hofstra (2000 Defensive coordinator & defensive line coach); San Francisco 49ers (2001–2002 Defensive quality control coordinator); San Francisco 49ers (2003–2004 Defensive line coach); Miami Dolphins (2005–2006 Defensive line coach); New York Jets (2007–2008 Defensive line coach); Seattle Seahawks (2009–2010 Assistant head coach & defensive line coach); Florida (2011–2012 Defensive coordinator & defensive line coach); Seattle Seahawks (2013–2014 Defensive coordinator)
College: Salisbury State, a Division III school in Maryland. He was a defensive lineman from 1990-93 and a member of the Track & Field team (hammer throw).
Family: His wife is Stacey and the couple lives in Suwanee, Georgia.