Packers on the wrong end of another 400-yard passer
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For Green Bay Packers fans, this is getting to be all-too-common… an opposing quarterback having a big game and throwing for 300 or more yards.
Sunday’s game against the 49ers was no different. San Fran QB Colin Kaepernick passed for 412 yards in his team’s 34-28 win over the Pack. Not only was this Kaepernick’s first game with over 400 yards passing, it was also his first game with over 300 yards passing.
For the record, Kaepernick was one of three QBs with 400 or more yards passing in Week One. Peyton Manning had 462 passing yards in Denver’s win over Baltimore on Thursday; little brother Eli had 450 passing yards in his team’s Sunday night loss to the Cowboys.
But back to the Packers. What’s frustrating for the Packers and their fans is QB’s torching their defense has been a frequent occurrence. Consider this: In the last 10 seasons (2003-2012) and the first week of this season, there were 96 games where a quarterback passed for 400 or more yards in a game. Of those 96, the Packers were the defensive team that QB had the 400-yard game against 11 times. Next on the list is New Orleans which gave up 400 or more yards passing to a QB six times since 2003.
Here’s a look at the teams that have surrendered 400 or more yards passing to a QB three or more times since 2003.
11 times: Green Bay
6 times: New Orleans
5 times: Arizona, Denver, Houston, San Diego
4 times: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco
3 times: Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Oakland, Seattle, Washington
Two more quick stats:
* In those 96 games where a QB amassed 400 or more yards passing, that QB’s team won 36 and lost 60.
* In the 11 games where the Packers have allowed a QB to throw for 400 or more yards since 2003, Green Bay won five of those games and lost six.
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