Packers Numbers Crunches: Playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys

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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-31 playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys on January 15. (All stats are playoff stats unless otherwise noted.)

  1. The Packers are now 7-7 in divisional round playoff games since 1990 (4-1 at home, 3-6 on the road). The win over Dallas was their first division round playoff win on the road since 2010 when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 15, 2011 (same date five years later) 48-21.
  2. In all road playoff games in the Super Bowl era (since 1966), the Pack is 9-12, but they are 5-3 since 2010.
  3. The Cowboys scored first in the game. Green Bay has won four of their last six playoff contests when the opposition scores first. They are 7-8 since 2000.
  4. Green Bay had the lead after the first quarter, 7-3. Since 1966 the Packers are now 16-4 in playoff games when they are ahead after the first quarter.
  5. Ty Montgomery had a pair of rushing TDs in the game becoming the first Packers running back to have two rushing TDs in a playoff game since Ryan Grant had three on January 12, 2008 against Seattle. Montgomery is the sixth Packers running back to have two or more rushing TDs in a playoff game; in addition to Montgomery and Grant, the others are Ahman Green, Edgar Bennett, Travis Williams and Elijah Pitts.
  6. Green Bay had the halftime lead, 21-13. In playoff games where the Packers have scored 20 or more points in the first half, the team is 11-1. Their only loss was on January 12, 2013 to the 49ers.
  7. Micah Hyde had an interception and sack in the contest. It was his first career playoff sack and first career playoff pick. He became the 47th player in NFL history to have a sack and interception in a playoff game. Other Packers on this list are Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett and LeRoy Butler.
  8. Aaron Rodgers threw an interception in the game; the team is now 2-5 in playoff games where he throws one or more pick. The team is 7-1 in playoff games when he does not throw an interception.
  9. The Packers led 28-13 going into the fourth quarter. NFL teams are 147-2 in playoff games when they have a 15-point or more lead going into the final period.
  10. Green Bay did allow 15 points to Dallas in the fourth quarter. Teams are 20-35 when they allow the opposition to score 15 or more in the fourth quarter. It was the third time the Packers have done so, but it was their first playoff win when they allowed 15+ points in the final quarter.
  11. Mason Crosby had 10 points in a playoff game for the third time in his career. He is now tied with Antonio Freeman for most playoff games with 10 or more points for the Packers.
  12. Rodgers passed for 356 yards and two TDs. It was his fourth career playoff game with 350 passing yards and two or more TD passes. That ties him with Drew Brees for third on the all-time list. Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner top the list with five such games.
  13. Green Bay scored in each quarter of the game versus the Cowboys. The team is now 12-3 in playoff games when they tally points in each of the four quarters.
  14. Jared Cook had six catches for 104 yards for his first 100-yard receiving game of his career in the playoffs.
  15. Two special team stats of note: Crosby had six touchbacks on six kickoffs; punter Jake Schum had three punts for an average of 54.7 yards.
  16. In the Super Bowl era, the Packers are now 15-2 in playoff games when they score 30 or more points. Those 17 games are second most in NFL playoff history (Dallas has 21 playoff games with 30 or more points scored). In playoff games where the Pack allowed the opponents to score 30 or more points, they are 1-11… this was their first playoff win when they allowed 30 or more points.
  17. The Packers were 0-4 coming into this game in playoff contests decided by three points or less. This was their first win in a playoff game decided by three points or less in the Super Bowl era.
  18. Dallas and Green Bay combined for 65 points. The Pack is 5-5 in games where the teams combined for 60 or more points. The 65 points is tied for fourth most in Packers history for a playoff game.

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Packers Numbers Crunches: Wild Card Game versus the Giants

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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 38-13 playoff win over the New York Giants on January 8. (All stats are playoff stats unless otherwise noted.)

  1. The Packers are now 17-5 in home playoff games. They are 6-5 at home in the playoffs since 2000 and have now won three of their last four.
  2. Since 2001, the Packers have won the coin toss in a playoff game 11 times and are 7-4 in those games. They have won the last three playoff games in which they have won the coin toss.
  3. The Giants scored first in the game. Green Bay is 12-10 in playoff games since 1965 when the opponents score first; they are 9-5 at home and 3-5 on the road in these games.
  4. Green Bay was held scoreless in the first quarter. They are 10-7 in playoff contests when they do not score in the first quarter, 6-3 at home, 4-4 on the road.
  5. Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times in the game. You would think that would not be a good omen; however, the Pack is 4-1 in playoff games when their QB is sacked five or more times.
  6. The Pack had a 14-6 lead at halftime. In playoff games where they have a lead of seven points or more at halftime, the team is 22-3. They have now won seven of their last eight of these games.
  7. Randall Cobb had three TD receptions. It was only the second time in Packers history that a player had three TD receptions in a playoff game. Sterling Sharpe had three on Jan. 8, 1994 (did you notice it’s the same date!) in Green Bay’s 28-24 win over Detroit.
  8. Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes for the second time in a playoff game in his career (the other game was Green Bay’s 51-45 loss to Arizona on January 10, 2010). The other Green Bay QBs to have four TD passes in a single playoff game were Bart Starr and Lynn Dickey.
  9. Rodgers’ Quarterback Rating (QBR) for the contest was 125.2. It was his seventh playoff game with a QBR over 100; Brett Favre leads the team with nine. It was Rodgers’ fifth playoff game with a QBR over 120, most on the Packers team. In fact, Rodgers’ five playoff games with a QBR over 120 are tied with Joe Montana for the most in NFL history.
  10. With four TD passes, 350+ yards passing and no interceptions, Rodgers became only the fourth QB in league history to have a 4-350-0 game in the playoffs. The others: Peyton Manning, Alex Smith and Kurt Warner.
  11. The Packers were ahead 24-13 going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is now 15-3 in playoff games where they score 24 or more points before the start of the fourth quarter.
  12. Green Bay had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter; they are 19-0 in playoff games when they have a lead of 10 or more points going into the fourth quarter.
  13. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb both had over 100 yards receiving in the game. It was the fourth playoff game in Packers history where two receivers gained over 100 yards in a playoff game. Adams and Cobb did in on Jan. 11, 2015, Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings did it on Jan. 10, 2010 and Robert Brooks and Keith Jackson did it on Jan. 6, 1996.
  14. Green Bay had over 400 total yards in the game and is now 5-4 in playoff games when they gain 400 or more total yards in the contest.
  15. The Pack had two takeaways and is now 22-9 in playoff games when they get two or more takeaways in a post-season game. They also had zero turnovers in the game and are 12-1 in playoff contests when they do not turn over the ball.
  16. Green Bay had 34:31 minutes time of possession in the game and is now 6-0 in playoff games when they have the ball for 34 minutes or more (in a non-overtime game).
  17. They are now 15-2 in playoff games when they score 30 or more points. They are 22-2 when they hold the opposition to under 20 points in a playoff game.

Losing Game 7 of the World Series: Can a franchise recover?

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While we celebrated the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series in 2016, Cleveland Indians fans for the second time in almost two decades lost a Game 7 in the World Series. Back in 1997, the Tribe lost in Game 7 to the Florida Marlins. The franchise finally got back to the World Series again last season, but another Game 7 loss prevented a World Series crown and celebration for the city.

Over the past 40-plus seasons (since 1969 when baseball went from two leagues, American and National, to two divisions in each league), there has been 16 teams that have lost a Game 7 in the World Series… the Indians’ loss last year was the 16th time. Of the previous 15 times, 13 of those franchises that lost a Game 7 in the World Series eventually made it back to the World Series. Of those previous 15 times, 12 eventually won a World series.

Let’s take a look at the franchises since 1969 that have lost a World Series Game 7 and if/when they made it back to the World Series and if/when they won a World Series title.

Team, year they lost game 7 of World Series Back to World Series Won World Series
Cleveland, 2016 ? ?
Kansas City, 2014 2015 2015
Texas, 2011 (not yet) (not yet)
San Francisco, 2002 2010 2010
New York Yankees, 2001 2003 2009
Cleveland, 1997 2016 (not yet)
Atlanta, 1991 1992 1995
St. Louis, 1987 2004 2006
Boston, 1986 2004 2004
St. Louis, 1985 1987 2006
Milwaukee, 1982 (not yet) (not yet)
Baltimore, 1979 1983 1983
Boston, 1975 1986 2004
New York Mets, 1973 1986 1986
Cincinnati, 1972 1975 1975
Baltimore, 1971 1979 1983

 

As you can see, the Milwaukee Brewers have been waiting a long time to atone for that Game 7 loss in the 1982 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, more than 30 years since they have been back to the World Series as a franchise.

One final stat: Of the previous 15 teams that lost a Game 7 in the World Series since 1969, seven of the 15 made the playoffs the following year; in addition, four of the 15 had a winning percentage under .500 the year after they lost that Game 7 in the Fall Classic.

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NBA scorers who are not keen on passing the ball

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If you are an NBA fan you have probably heard a lot of attention paid to a few players, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo among others, who have been piling up triple-doubles early in the 2016-17 season.

While these players seem to have found a way to score a lot of points in addition to garnering assists by feeding teammates and grabbing lots of rebounds, there are some players who when it comes to scoring and passing just don’t seem to have numbers that show that they like to share the ball.

Hey, the numbers don’t lie, so let’s take a look at players past and present who have been big-time scorers but have low numbers when it comes to assists.

First, let’s look at players in NBA history who have averaged 25 or more points in a season yet had less than two assists per game that same campaign. Nine different players make our list with two of those players (Moses Malone and Amare Stoudemire) accounting for five of the 12 individual seasons with 25 or more points per game and less than two assists per contest.

NBA players with seasons with 25.0 points and less than two assists per game

Joe Fulks, Phil., 1948-49, 26.0/1.2
George Yardley, Det., 1957-58, 27.8/1.3
Paul Arizin, Phil., 1058-59, 26.4/1.7
Wilt Chamberlain, Phil., 1960-61, 38.4/1.9
Walt Bellamy, Balt., 1963-64, 27.0/1.6
Elvin Hayes, San Diego, 1968-69, 28.4/1.4
Bob Love, Chicago, 1971-72, 25.8/1.6
Moses Malone, Houst., 1979-80, 25.8/1.8
Moses Malone, Houst., 1980-81, 27.8/1.8
Moses Malone, Houst., 1981-82, 31.1/1.8
Amare Stoudemire, Phoe., 2004-05, 26.0/1.6
Amare Stoudemire, Phoe., 2007-08, 25.2/1.5

Looking at the numbers from this season, there is one player who may work his way onto the above list. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis is averaging 28.9 points and 2.1 assists per game. He will join the above list if his assist numbers drop below two per game.

Following are the players from this season who are averaging 20 or more points per game with less than three assists per contest.

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 21.8/2.8
Harrison Barnes, Dallas, 20.6/1.4
Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 28.9/2.1
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 20.3/2.7
Kevin Love, Cleveland, 21.8/1.7
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee 20.5/2.4
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, 20.1/1.3
Klay Thompson, Golden State, 21.7/2.0
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota, 21.7/2.3

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Green Bay Packers: A couple of playoff stats to ponder

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The Green Bay Packers begin the 2016 playoffs with a home game against the New York Giants, a team they defeated in the regular season… a Week #5 contest in Green Bay won by the Packers, 23-16.

Of the 12 playoff teams this year, the Packers played the most regular season games in 2016 against teams that eventually made the playoffs, seven. The Pack defeated division foes Detroit twice this season, and beat fellow playoff teams Houston, the Giants and Seattle. They lost to the NFC’s #1 and #2 seeded teams, the Cowboys and Falcons.

Let’s look at the records of this year’s 12 playoff team in games against teams that also made the playoffs.

Green Bay 5-2
New England 4-1
Seattle 3-1
Dallas 3-2
Kansas City 3-2
New York Giants 3-2
Atlanta 2-2
Houston 2-3
Pittsburgh 2-3
Miami 1-3
Oakland 1-3
Detroit 0-5

Here’s another stat to consider… In each of the last four post-seasons, the Packers were knocked out of the playoffs by a team they had lost to in the regular season. In 2015, the Packers lost in the playoffs to Arizona, a team they lost to in the regular season. In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks defeated Green Bay in the post-season and beat the Packers in the ’14 regular season. And, in both 2012 and 2013, the Packers were eliminated in the playoffs by the San Francisco, and were beaten in the regular season by the 49ers in each of those years.

Might this “trend” again hold for 2016? Well, the 2016 playoff teams the Packers lost to in the 2016 regular season were Dallas and Atlanta. The Packers, if they win this Sunday against the Giants, will face either one of these teams (Cowboys or Falcons) in the next round. If they get by one of those teams in the second round, there’s a good chance the Packers could face the other of the two (Cowboys or Falcons) for the NFC Championship.

Just something to think about!

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