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Green Bay Packers Super Bowl touchdowns

Antonio Freeman

Antonio Freeman

Fourteen different players from the Green Bay Packers scored touchdowns in the team’s five Super Bowl appearances. Leading the way is receiver Antonio Freeman who had three TDs in two Super Bowl games. Three other Packers had multiple Super Bowl TDs: Greg Jennings, Max McGee and Elijah Pitts.

Freeman, Jennings, McGee and Pitts each had several regular season TD with the Packers: Freeman had 57, Jennings ad 53, McGee had 51, and Pitts had 35.

There were, however, a few of the remaining 10 players who scored TDs in the Super Bowl for the Packers that only a handful of regular season TDs for the Pack but scored a TD in the Super Bowl. Here are the 10 players who had/have one Super Bowl TD to their credit and the number of regular season TDs they scored with the Packers:

Player, Regular Season TDs with the Packers
Herb Adderley… 9
Donny Anderson… 31
Mark Chmura… 17
Nick Collins… 5
Body Dowler… 40
Brett Favre… 13
Desmond Howard… 3
Jordy Nelson… 49
Andre Rison… 1
Jim Taylor… 91

In addition to the players above, there are several Green Bay players who scored 30 or more regular season TDs for the team yet did not get a Super Bowl score. Topping the list is Ahman Green; he had 68 career touchdowns with the Packers yet did not have a Super Bowl score. Following are the 13 Packers players who scored 30 or more career TDs with the team but did not have a Super Bowl TD (since 1966).

Player, Regular Season TDs with the Packers
Ahman Green… 68
Sterling Sharpe… 65
Donald Driver… 62
James Lofton… 50
Dorsey Levens… 44
Paul Coffman… 39
James Jones… 37
Robert Brooks… 35
Gerry Ellie… 35
Carroll Dale… 33
John Brockington… 32
Bubba Franks… 32
Eddie Lee Ivery… 30

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A look at one-score Super Bowls

Cowboys loss

In the 48-year history of the Super Bowl, 17 of those games (35.4%) were decided by one score (eight points or less). Unfortunately, last year’s Seattle win over Denver, 43-8, finished at the other end of the spectrum with a blowout that was the third largest margin in the game’s history.

Three teams have lost multiple Super Bowl games by eight points or less: Dallas (lost three) and New England and Cincinnati (each lost two). For Dallas, they lost their three Super Bowls by three, four and four points. The Cowboys have, however, won five Super Bowls, which makes those close losses a little easier to take. The Bengals, on the other hand, lost two Super Bowls by four and five points in their only two appearances in the big game. New England has three Super Bowl victories and two losses by three and four points. It’s interesting to note that the Patriots won each of their three championships by three points each.

Here’s a look at the games in Super Bowl history that were decided by one score.

Point Differential, Super Bowl Games (Date of Game)
1: N.Y. Giants over Buffalo (1991)

3: Baltimore over Dallas (1971); New England over St. Louis (2002); New England over Carolina (2004); New England over Philadelphia (2005); N.Y. Giants over New England (2008); Baltimore over San Francisco (2013)

4: Pittsburgh over Dallas (1976); Pittsburgh over Dallas (1979); San Francisco over Cincinnati (1989); Pittsburgh over Arizona (2009); N.Y. Giants over New England (2012)

5: San Francisco over Cincinnati (1982)

6: Green Bay over Pittsburgh (2011)

7: Miami over Washington (1973); Denver over Green Bay (1988); St. Louis over Tennessee (2000)

Note: Six of the 17 one-score Super Bowls have happened in the past 10 years.

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How to win the Super Bowl… by the numbers

super bowl champions
What will it take for the Patriots or Seahawks to win this year’s Super Bowl? Win the turnover game? Running the ball? Red-zone offense?

Following is a look back at the previous 48 Super Bowls and which stats were a good indicator for victory. Here are 31 stats and how often a Super Bowl team won (and lost) the big game when they reached these noted statistical markers.

Note: The interesting thing about last year’s Super Bowl was that the Seahawks accomplished five of the top six stats listed below in their Super Bowl 48 win over Denver: They had at least a 10-point lead at halftime; returned an interception for TD; went into the fourth quarter with a lead of seven points or more; had a two or more takeaway margin over the Broncos; and had no turnovers in the contest.

When a Super Bowl team…

Had a 10-point lead at halftime… 24-0 1.000
Returned an interception for TD… 12-0 1.000

Went into the fourth quarter with a lead of at least seven points… 32-2 .941
Had a two or more takeaway margin over the opponent… 28-2 .933
Scored 30 or more points in the game… 25-2 .926
Had 0 turnovers… 18-2 .900

Had three or more takeaways… 32-4 .889
Did not throw an interception… 30-4 .882
Did not let the opposition score in the second half… 7-1 .875
Had two or more rushing touchdowns… 16-3 .842
Had 30 or more rushing attempts… 35-7 .833
Made three of more field goals… 10-2 .833
Rushed for 150-plus yards… 17-4 .810
Held the opponent scoreless in the fourth quarter… 20-5 .800
Had more than 100 yards of total offense than the opposition… 16-4 .800

Allowed 24 or fewer points in the game…43-16 .789
Had 400 or more total yards… 14-4 .778
Held the opponents to under 50% pass completions… 17-5 .773
Completed 70% or more of their passes… 10-3 .769
Held opponents to 0 rushing touchdowns… 25-9 .735

Held the opponents scoreless in the third quarter… 23-10 .697
Had three or more passing touchdowns… 11-5 .688
Held the opponents under 10 points in the first half… 28-13 .683
Held the opponents to 0 points in the first quarter… 25-12 .676
Scored first in the game… 32-16 .667
Did not allow a sack… 8-4 .667
Passed for 300 or more yards… 9-5 .643
Scored 10 or more points in the first quarter… 10-6 .625

Recovered a fumble for touchdown… 3-3 .500

Returned a kick-off for TD… 4-6 .400

Attempted 30 or more passes… 20-34 .370

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Seahawks eye back-to-back Super Bowl titles

Will Seattle hoist another Lombardi Trophy?

Will Seattle hoist another Lombardi Trophy?

The Seattle Seahawks will try to become the ninth team in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowls when they face the New England Patriots (the last team to win back-to-back titles) on February 1,

It has been 10 years since the Patriots won their consecutive Super Bowls in Super Bowl #38 and #39. If the Patriots defeat the Seahawks, it will be the longest drought for back-to-back Super Bowl championships in history. A Seahawks win will tie for the longest gap (10 years) between back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

Following are the teams that won consecutive Super Bowl crowns:

Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl #1, #2
Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl #7, #8
Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl #9, #10
Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl #13, #14
San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl #23, #24
Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl #27, #28
Denver Broncos, Super Bowl #32, #33
New England Patriots, Super Bowl #38, #39

Of the above eight teams, six of them had winning records in the year following their back-to-back titles (Green Bay, 6-7-1, and Denver, 6-10 did not) and five of the eight made the playoffs that third year (Green Bay, Pittsburgh in 1980 and Denver did not). Three of the teams (Pittsburgh in 1976, San Francisco in 1990 and Dallas in 1994) lost in the conference championship the year following their back-to-back crowns.

If Seattle loses in this year’s Super Bowl, they will become the fourth Super Bowl champ to lose in the Super Bowl the following season. The three:

Dallas won Super Bowl #12 and lost Super Bowl #13 to Pittsburgh.
Washington won Super Bowl #17 and lost Super Bowl 318 to the L.A. Raiders.
Green By won Super Bowl #31 and lost Super Bowl #32 to Denver.

Each of the three teams above made the playoffs in the season after that Super Bowl loss, and each finished with a 11-5 record that season. None of the three reached the conference championship game that third season.

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Packers Numbers Notebook: Stats from their playoff loss to Seattle



Here are a few stats you may not know from the Packers 28-22 overtime loss to Seattle in the NFC Championship Game.

1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix became the first Green Bay rookie to intercept a pass (he intercepted two Russell Wilson passes) in the playoffs since Sam Shields intercepted a pair of passes in the January 23, 2011 playoff game versus the Bears. Other Packers rookies who intercepted a pass in the playoffs: Tyrone Williams, Craig Newsome, George Teague and Herb Adderley.

2. Green Bay scored first in the game and are now 19-10 in playoff games when they score first.

3. The Packers had a 13-0 lead after the first quarter. It was the fifth time in Packers playoff history that they had a 13-point lead after one quarter. They are now 3-2 in those games; they also lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on January 11, 2004 in a playoff game where they led the Eagles 14-0 after the first quarter. That game also ended in overtime with a Packers loss.

4. Green Bay held Seattle scoreless in the first quarter, the 20th time in their playoff history. It was only their fifth loss in such games in the post-season when they hold their opponents scoreless in the first quarter.

5. Mason Crosby kicked five field goals for the Packers in the contest, becoming the ninth placekicker since 1966 (the Super Bowl era to have five or more field goals in a playoff game. Kickers are 6-3 in these playoff games when they kick five-plus field goals  for their teams.

6. Clinton-Dix became the fourth Green Bay player to have two or more interceptions in a playoff game. The others: Sam Shields (1/23/2011), Tramon Williams (1/15/2011) and Eugene Robinson (1/4/1997). It was the first time the Pack lost a playoff game when one of their players intercepted two or more passes in a game.

7. Green Bay had five takeaways in the game. NFL teams are 67-9 (.882 winning percentage) in games when they have had five or more takeaways in a playoff game since 1966. This was the first loss by a team in the playoffs with five-plus takeaways since the Raiders lost to the Jets 17-14 in a playoff game in 1983 when they had five takeaways.

8. The Packers had a 16-point lead at halftime. Prior to the loss by the Packers yesterday, teams with a 16-point (or more) lead in a playoff game since 1966 were 85-3. Prior to yesterday’s loss, the Packers were 14-0 in playoff games since 1966 when they had a lead of 10 points or more.

9. The Packers had a nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter. In the Super Bowl era, teams with a lead of nine points or more going into the fourth quarter of a playoff game are 245-12 (includes the Packers loss), a .953 winning percentage.

10. The Packers became only the second team in the playoffs since 1966 to have four or more interceptions and lose the game. Defenses with four-plus interceptions in a game are now 42-2 in playoff games since ’66.

11. Green Bay allowed Seattle to score 15 points in the fourth quarter, the second time in their playoff history that they have allowed an opponent to score 15 or more in the last period. The other game was a 37-20 playoff loss to the New York Giants on January 15, 2012.

12. With his QB Rating of 44.3 for the game, Seattle’s Russell Wilson became the sixth QB to have a playoff game QBR under 50 versus the Packers. He was the first QB to win a playoff game with that low of a QBR. The lowest QBR versus the Packers in a playoff game was Tampa Bay’s Trent Dilfer on January 4, 1998 when the Pack defeated the Bucs 21-7. Dilfer’s QBR for the game was 27.5.

13. This was only the seventh playoff game in Packers history where they scored only one offensive touchdown. They are 3-4 in such games.

14. With 157 yards, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch became the fifth opposing player to rush for over 150 yards in a playoff game versus the Packers. The others: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco (1/12/2013, 181 yards), Terrell Davis, Denver (1/25/1998, 157 yards), Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1/14/1996, 150 yards) and Barry Sanders, Detroit (1/8/1994, 169 yards). The Packers have won only one of these five playoff games when an opposing players had 150 or more yards rushing, that was the 1994 contest versus the Lions.

15. By going five-for-five in the field goal department in the game, Mason Crosby has now made 19 of 21 field goal attempts in the post-season (90.5%). Crosby is one of only seven kickers (minimum of 10 playoff field goals attempted) to have made 90% or more of his FG attempts in the post-season. The seven:
Steven Hauschka (currently with Seattle) 12-for-12, 100.0%
Martin Gramatica 13-for-14, 92.5%
John Kasay 23-for-25, 92.0%
Steven Gostkowski (currently with New England) 20-for-22, 90.9%
Chuck Nelson 10-for-11, 90.9%
Mason Crosby (currently with Green Bay) 19-for-21, 90.5%
Brad Daluiso 9-for-10, 90.0%

16. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), there have been 27 playoff games that went to overtime. The Packers have now lost four of those games, most in the league.

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