Packerstats 2018: Game Two, 29-29 tie with the Minnesota Vikings

PACKERSTATS-Game #2-2018 season

Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 29-29 tie with the Minnesota Vikings on September 16.

  • The 29-29 final score was the first time in NFL history that a game ended with a 29-29 score.
  • This is the first 1-0-1 start after two games for the Packers in the Mike McCarthy era. The Packers have started the first two games of a season 0-2 only once (2006) during the McCarthy era, were 1-1 after two games in six seasons (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017) and have begun the season 2-0 five times (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015).
  • Green Bay is now 12-5-2 versus the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field since 2000. In their last six games at Lambeau against the Vikes, the Pack is 2-2-2.
  • The Packers are 58-42-4 (.577 winning percentage) in September games at Lambeau since 1966. They are, however, 23-10-1 in September games at Lambeau since 2000, a .691 winning percentage since 2000.
  • Green Bay has now gone five straight regular season games without scoring on their first drive of the game.
  • The blocked punt recovered for a TD by rookie Josh Jackson was the first special teams TD since September 9, 2012 when Randall Cobb returned a punt 75 yards in a game versus the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Josh Jackson’s TD was the first by a Green Bay rookie since Jamaal Williams scored a TD last December 10. It was, however, the earliest point in a season that a rookie scored a TD since Eddie Lacy scored a TD in Game One of the 2013 season.
  • Green Bay scored first in the contest. They are 84-25-2 (.766 winning percentage) in games they score first in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006). The Packers are 55-9-2 in games at Lambeau Field since 2006 when they score first, a .848 winning percentage.
  • The Pack had a 10-point lead at halftime. They are now 70-5-1 (.928) in games since 2000 when they have a lead of 10 points or more at halftime. They are now 51-1-1 (.972) when they have a 10-point lead or more at Lambeau since 2000.
  • Mason Crosby made five field goals in the game, the third time in his career that he connected on five field goals. The Packers are now 11-0-1 when Crosby has four or more field goals in a game. The six field goal attempts (he missed one) are a career-high. Green Bay is 16-2-1 in games when Crosby attempts four or more field goals in a contest.
  • The Pack had a 13-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 20-7. This was the first time since 2003 that the Packers did not win a game where they had a lead of 13 points or more going into the fourth quarter in a contest at Lambeau Field.
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted his 12th pass of his career. The Packers, however, are only 5-4-1 in games where Clinton-Dix has an interception (he had two games with a pair of picks).
  • Kirk Cousins became the fourth QB in history to have four TD passes and 400 or more yards passing in a game versus the Packers. Cousins had four TD passes and 425 yards in the game. The others: Matthew Stafford, Donovan McNabb and Randall Cunningham.
  • The Vikings had 22 points in the fourth quarter. Green Bay has given up 20 or more points in the fourth quarter 12 times since 1966… they are 3-8-1 in those games. The 22 points scored in the fourth quarter were the third-most in the Super Bowl era against the Pack in the fourth quarter. The most: 31 points in the fourth quarter by the Atlanta Falcons in 1982.
  • This was the 35th overtime regular season game in team history. GB is 14-15-6 in OT games. This was the fourth OT game the Packers have played in their last 16 contests.
  • Minnesota kicker Daniel Carlson missed on all three of his field goal attempts. He is the first kicker to miss three FG attempts versus the Packers since Greg Zuerlein went one-for-four on October 11, 2015 for the St. Louis Rams. The last kicker to go 0-for-3 in field goals versus the Pack was Steve Christie of the NY Giants on October 3, 2004. Four kickers have gone 0-for-4 in field goal attempts versus the Packers; the last to do so was Detroit’s Eddie Murray on September 30, 1990.
  • The Packers did not have a turnover in the game. They are now 53-10-2 (.831) in the Mike McCarthy era when they do not commit a turnover in a game.
  • Aaron Rodgers attempted 42 passes, completing 30 of those passes, a 71.4% completion rate. It was the eighth game in his career where he attempted 40 or more passes and had a completion rate over 70%. That ranks him 13th on the all-time list. Drew Brees has 30 such games, 15 more than the two players tied for second in this stat, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
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