An omen for a Packers victory vs. the Lions?

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If you are a Packers fan, you are probably looking for that one stat or fact that will give you hope that a Green Bay win is in the bag for Sunday. Well, here is one stat that may fit that bill…

Since 1990, the Green Bay Packers have been the NFL’s best team on the last day of the regular season. The Pack is 19-4 (an .826 winning percentage) in Game #16, Week #17 games since 1990 (that was the year the NFL went to a 17-week season with each team getting one bye during the regular season).

To add to the above stat, can you guess which NFL team is tied for last on this list with a 7-16 record (a .304 winning percentage)? You guessed it, the Packers opponent on Sunday, the Detroit Lions.

Here’s a look at the record of each NFL team since 1990 in Game #16, Week #17 games.

Green Bay 19-4 (.826)

Tennessee 16-7 (.696)

San Diego 15-7 (.682)

New England 15-8 (.652)

Carolina 12-7 (.632)

Baltimore 11-7 (.611)

New York Giants 14-9 (.609)
Pittsburgh 14-9 (.609)
San Francisco 14-9 (.609)

Indianapolis 13-10 (.565)
Philadelphia 13-10 (.565)
Washington 13-10 (.565)

Atlanta 12-11 (.522)
Cincinnati 12-11 (.522)
Denver 12-11 (.522)
Kansas City 12-11 (.522)
New York Jets 12-11 (.522)
Seattle 12-11 (.522)

Miami 11-12 (.478)
Minnesota 11-12 (.478)

Tampa Bay 10-13 (.435)

Jacksonville 8-11 (.421)

Houston 5-7 (.417)

New Orleans 9-14 (.391)
St. Louis 9-14 (.391)

Cleveland 7-11 (.389)

Arizona 7-16 (.304)
Buffalo 7-16 (.304)
Chicago 7-16 (.304)
Dallas 7-16 (.304)
Detroit 7-16 (.304)
Oakland 7-16 (.304)

The Packers have won 10 of their last 11 Game #16, Week #17 games, and 18 of their last 20. This will be the fourth time since 2007 that the Packers and Lions have faced each other in Week #17 for the last game of the year. The Packers are 3-0 in such games, winning 34-13 in 2007; 31-21 in 2008; and 45-41 in 2011. They were all home games for the Packers. Speaking of which, the Packers have played 11 games at home for Game #16, Week #17; they are 11-0 in those contests.

Follow Jerry on Twitter @StatsonTapp

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2 responses

  1. Great blog. Super stat to give every Packer fan hope on Sunday. Thanks.

  2. Thanks, Chips. We’ll see if this stat holds for another year.

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