Here’s a look at some stats you might not know from the Packers 30-20 win over the Lions.
1. Micah Hyde returned his second punt for a TD in 2014 yesterday. He became the fifth Packers player to have two or more punt returns for TD in a season. The last player was Will Blackmon in 2008. Other Packers with two or more punt returns for TD in a season: Desmond Howard, three in 1996; Willie Wood, two in 1961; and Billy Grimes, two in 1950.
2. The Pack had a 7-0 lead over the Lions after the first quarter. They had the lead after the first quarter in 10 of their 16 games this season, compiling a 9-1 record in those games. (The only loss was in the first game of the year versus the Seahawks; the Packers led after the first quarter, but eventually lost the game.) Green Bay is 38-7-1 (.837 winning percentage) since 2010 in games where they have the lead after the first quarter.
3. The Packers ended the season with only 13 turnovers, tied with New England for fewest in the league. Only four teams previous to this year had 13 or fewer turnovers in an NFL season: San Francisco, 10 (2011); New England, 10 (2010) and Miami and the New York Giants (each 13 in 2008). The previous turnover low for the Pack in a season was 14 in 2011.
4. Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson had a pair of TD receptions in the contest. Since 1966, the Packers have allowed 115 receivers to have two of more TD receptions in a game. Johnson has now had four such games versus the Packers, most of any opponent receiver.
5. The Packers fell four points short of setting the team record for most points scored at Lambeau Field in a regular season. They ended the year with 318 points at home, an average of 39.8 pts. per game. The team record is 321 points scored by the 2011 Packers. The 2014 Packers became the fourth team in NFL history to score 300 or more points at home in a season, joining the 2011 New Orleans Saints (329 points), the 2011 Packers (321 points) and the 2013 Denver Broncos (316 points).
6. Jordy Nelson (13 TDs), Eddie Lacy (13 TDs) and Randall Cobb (12 TDs) became the third trio in football history to score 12 or TDs in a season for a team. They join the 1961 AFL Houston team and the 2013 Denver Broncos with three teammates with 12 or more TDs in a season.
7. The Packers had a 21-14 lead over the Lions going into the fourth quarter in yesterday’s game. With the win, the Packers are now 40-2 (.952 winning percentage) since 2011 in games where they had the lead going into the fourth quarter. They have now won 44 straight at home in games where they had the lead going into the fourth quarter. The last loss was on October 14, 2007 when they had a three-point lead over the Bears going into the fourth quarter, but lost the game 27-20.
8. Aaron Rodgers had a rushing TD in the game. The Packers are 12-10 (.545 winning percentage) in games (including playoffs) where Rodgers has a rushing TD, but they are 7-2 at home in games where Rodgers has a rushing TD.
9. Dom Capers defense held the Lions to a pass completion percentage under 50% in the game. Since 2000, the Packers are 42-10 (.808 winning percentage) when they hold their opponents under 50% in pass completions in a game.
10. Green Bay has now won 43 consecutive games at home when they hold the opposition to 20 or fewer points in a game at Lambeau. The last game they lost at home when opponents scored 20 or fewer points at Lambeau was in November of 2005 when they lost to Minnesota 20-17.
11. The 2014 Packers finished a perfect 8-0 in games at Lambeau. They became the fifth Packers team to go undefeated at Lambeau in a season. The other years: 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2011.
12. This is the 17th post-season appearance for the Packers since 1993. They will be the second seed for the third time (2007 and 1997). It will also be the fifth time since 1993 that they will have a bye for the first week of the playoffs. In those other four years, the Packers have compiled a playoff game record of 6-3 in games when they had a bye the first week of the playoffs. Here is a look at the playoff game record for the Packers when they were seeded #1 through #6 since 1993:
#1 Seed: 3-1
#2 Seed: 3-2
#3 Seed: 3-4
#4 Seed: 3-4
#5 Seed: 0-2
#6 Seed: 5-1
The Packers won the Super Bowl after the 1996 regular season as the #1 seed; they were the number 6 seed in their last Super Bowl-winning year.
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