Here are several stats you may not know from the Packers 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game on January 22, 2017 (the stats all reflect playoff games unless otherwise noted).
- Green Bay is now 5-4 in NFC Championship Games in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). They are 2-1 at home and 3-3 in road NFC title games. They have now lost three of the last four NFC title games in which they played. Their nine Championship Game appearances is tied for seventh most in the league and their four losses is tied for eighth.
- The Packers are now 13-11 in playoff games when they do not score first in the contest.
- Green Bay is 1-2 in playoff games when Mason Crosby misses a field goal.
- The Pack did not score in the first quarter (the Falcons had a 10-0 lead). They are now 10-8 in playoff games when they do not score in the first quarter… they have lost five of their last eight.
- Green Bay had a pair of turnovers in the game and are now 3-9 in playoff games when they commit two or more turnovers.
- Atlanta had a 24-0 lead at halftime. The Packers have now been scoreless in the first half of two playoff games since 1966, both at the hands of the Falcons (the other game was a 27-7 loss to Atlanta in 2002). NFL teams are 17-88 (.162 winning percentage) in playoff games when they do not score in the first half.
- Atlanta QB Matt Ryan had a Passer Rating of 139.4 in the game. It was the third best Passer Rating in a playoff contest against the Packers (Kurt Warner has the best at 154.1 with Arizona on January 10, 2010). Green Bay is 2-7 in playoff games when the opposing QB has a Passer Rating over 100.
- Atlanta receiver Julio Jones had nine receptions for 180 yards. It was the most receiving yards versus the Packers in a playoff game by an opposing player. The Pack is 1-4 in playoff games when an opposing player has 150 or more yards receiving.
- The Falcons had 493 total yards of offense in the game. The Packers have lost six of the last seven playoff games when they allow 400 or more total yards.
- Aaron Rodgers’ Passer Rating for the game was 91.6. When Rodgers’ PR is 100 or better the team is 6-1 in playoff games; when his PR is under 100, the Packers are 3-6 in playoff contests.
- Rodgers had an interception in the game… Green Bay is now 2-6 in playoff games when Rodgers throws an interception.
- Atlanta scored in every quarter in the game. When the opposition scores in every quarter of a playoff game, the Pack is 3-7.
- Rodgers led the team with 46 yards rushing. That was the second most rushing yards for him in a playoff game; the most was 66 yards rushing against the New York Giants on January 15, 2012.
- The Falcons converted on 76.9 percent of their third downs. That was the highest percentage against the Packers in a playoff game. Green Bay is 5-6 in playoff games when the opponents convert 50% or more of their third downs.
- Atlanta tallied 10.3 yards per pass play in the game, the second most in a playoff game versus the Packers. Green Bay is now 0-5 when the opponents average 8.0 of more per pass play in a playoff contest.
- Green Bay had only 26:21 time of possession in the game and are now 2-5 in playoff games when their T.O.P. is under 27 minutes.
- The Pack has now lost five straight and 10 of their last 12 playoff games when they score less than 24 points.
- The Packers are now 1-12 in playoff games when they allow 30 or more points, and are 0-9 all-time when they allow 32 or more points in a playoff contest.
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I think a lot of blame could be placed on the Packers defense. Do we have access to any stats that could validate which defensive players hurt the team the most in the NFC championship game?
Jim: I don’t have any specific stats on particular defensive players, but it’s safe to say that when the opposing QB has a Passer Rating of 139.4 that the defensive line did not do a very good job of putting pressure on the QB. Secondly, when a receiver gets 180 yards in a game, that tells me that the defensive back(s) assigned to him did not do a very good job of locking him up. Other than that, the defense was sound 😉 😉