Interesting stats highlight Sunday’s Packers’ win over the Lions

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The Packers upped their 2012 record to 9-4 with a hard-fought 27-20 win over the Lions last Sunday night that featured a few interesting numbers in their final stat line. Here’s a look inside the numbers to Green Bay’s most recent victory.

No TD passes, no problem. The Packers had no touchdown passes in Sunday’s win, only the second time this season that has happened (the other time was the “Fail Mary” game in Seattle on Sept. 24). For quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Pack, it was the seventh game in the last five seasons (since 2008) where they had no TD passes in a game. The Packers are 3-4 such games since 2008.

In comparison to the rest of the league, the Packers rank third with the fewest “no TD” pass games in the last five years. The teams with the fewest games without a TD pass since 2008: New Orleans (5), Dallas (6), Green Bay (7), New England (9) and San Diego, Denver and Atlanta (each 10). The Cleveland Browns have the most games with no TD passes in the timeframe, 31.

If we go back to 1966 (the start of the Super Bowl era), the Packers have played in 172 games without a TD pass, compiling a 56-116-5 record in those games, a .340 winning percentage.

As stated above, this was the seventh game that Rodgers has started in his Green Bay career with no TD passes. Rodgers’ predecessor, Brett Favre, had 37 regular season games with no TD passes in 253 starts; the Pack was 12-25 in those games.

One final stat on Rodgers: This was the second game in his career that he had no TD passes in a game, but had a rushing TD in the contest. The other game was a 27-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 21, 2008.

Two rushing TDs, no passes TDs in a game. This was the 42nd game since 1966 that the Packers had no TD passes and two or more rushing touchdowns in the same game. This was the first game like this since Dec. 13, 2009. The Packers are 29-11-2 since 1966 in games with this scoring stat, a .714 winning percentage.

Two or more rushing TDs in a game. This was the 138th game since 1966 that the Packers had two or more rushing TDs in a game. The team has a 108-28-2 record in those games, a hefty .790 winning percentage.

140 or more rushing yards in a game. There has been a great deal made about the Packers not having a 100-yard rusher since James Starks ran for 123 yards in the Packers Jan. 9, 2011 playoff game versus the Eagles (the team has not had a 100-yard rusher in a regular season game since Oct. 10, 2010 when Brandon Jackson had 115 yards in a loss to the Redskins). But the team has put together a few games since then where they have gained 140 or more yards as a team in a game.

The Packers had 140 yards in their win over Detroit on Sunday, the 181st time the team has gained 140-plus on the ground in a game since 1966. The team has won 144, lost 31 and tied six in such games in the Super Bowl era, a winning percentage of .812. They have gained 140-plus yards rushing in seven playoff games since 1966, compiling a 4-3 record.

This past win with 140 yards rushing was the ninth straight win for the Pack in games where they gained 140 or more yards rushing, going back to Dec. 27, 2009.

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