Following are a few stats you may not know from the Packers 30-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on December 20.
- Green Bay went 3-1 against the AFC West this season. In the Mike McCarthy era, the Packers are 10-2 versus the AFC West; they also went 3-1 in 2011 and were 4-0 in 2007. They were 6-0 at home and 4-2 on the road in those games.
- Running back John Kuhn scored on a five-yard run in the contest. It was Kuhn’s 23rd regular season TD. Sixteen of his 23 TDs came from less than five yards out. His longest TD was a 10-yard pass reception in 2009 versus the Rams. Kuhn’s longest run for TD was eight yards; yesterday’s five-yard TD run was the second longest run for TD in his career.
- The Pack scored first in the game and has now won four straight when they score first in a game on the road. Since 2006 the Packers are 23-14 when they score first in an away game.
- Rookie corner back Demarious Randall returned an interception for TD in the first quarter. Green Bay is 32-3 in games since 2000 when they have an interception returned for TD and they have now won 14 straight in those games.
- Randall is the third Packers rookie to score a TD for the team this season (fellow rookies Ty Montgomery and Quinten Rollins scored TDs earlier this year). It is the most rookies to score a TD for the team since 2007 when four rookies scored TDs (Ryan Grant, Tramon Williams, James Jones and DeShawn Wynn).
- Green Bay is now 31-3 since 2010 in games when they intercept two or more passes in a game.
- The Pack scored 14 points in the first quarter and are now 10-2 since 2000 in games on the road when they tally 14 or more points in the first quarter.
- They had a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The last time the Packers lost a game on the road when they had a 14-point (or more) lead at the end of the first quarter was in November of 1984.
- New England and the Packers this year became the ninth and 10th teams in NFL history to make the playoffs in seven straight years (during the Super Bowl era, since 1966). Dallas (1975-83) and Indianapolis (2002-10) top the league by making the playoffs in nine straight seasons.
- Green Bay had the lead at halftime and has now won 10 straight when they lead at half in a road contest. They are 52-14 since 2000 when they lead at half in an away game.
- Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper became the 12th rookie receiver to have two or more TD receptions versus the Packers since 1966. He also had over 100 yards receiving in the game, the 16th rookie player to reach that milestone versus the Packers since ’66.
- James Jones had a TD reception in the game. The Pack is 7-0 this season when Jones scores a TD and they are 31-7 in games when Jones has scored a TD in his career for the Packers.
- The Pack had the lead going into the fourth quarter and is now 60-15 since 2000 when they have the lead after the third quarter in a road game.
- Green Bay scored 30 points in the contest and are 26-3 during Mike McCarthy’s tenure (since 2006) when they score 30 or more in a game.
- The Packers had the first 19-play drive of the 2015 season in the NFL in the game. Since 2010 there have been 13 times when a team had a drive of 19 plays or more. The Pack could only muster a field goal after the 19-play drive. In the 13 drives of 19 plays or more since 2010, six ended with a TD, four ended with a made field goal, two ended with a missed field goal, and one ended on downs. This was the first 19-play (or longer) drive for the Packers since 2004.
- Julius Peppers had 2 ½ sacks in the game, the 27th time in his career that he has had two or more sacks in a game. It was his second game with two-plus sacks as a member of the Packers. Peppers’ teams are 19-8 when he collects two or more sacks in a game.
- Aaron Rodgers had a QB Rating of 68.8 in the game. It was the 10th start in his career where his QBR was under 70 and only the second win. The other win was in 2010 when the Pack defeated the Jets 9-0; Rodgers QBR in that game was 59.7.
(Jerry Tapp is the author of the recently-published book, “250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know”)