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Packers on the wrong end of another 400-yard passer

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For Green Bay Packers fans, this is getting to be all-too-common… an opposing quarterback having a big game and throwing for 300 or more yards.

Sunday’s game against the 49ers was no different. San Fran QB Colin Kaepernick passed for 412 yards in his team’s 34-28 win over the Pack. Not only was this Kaepernick’s first game with over 400 yards passing, it was also his first game with over 300 yards passing.

For the record, Kaepernick was one of three QBs with 400 or more yards passing in Week One. Peyton Manning had 462 passing yards in Denver’s win over Baltimore on Thursday; little brother Eli had 450 passing yards in his team’s Sunday night loss to the Cowboys.

But back to the Packers. What’s frustrating for the Packers and their fans is QB’s torching their defense has been a frequent occurrence. Consider this: In the last 10 seasons (2003-2012) and the first week of this season, there were 96 games where a quarterback passed for 400 or more yards in a game. Of those 96, the Packers were the defensive team that QB had the 400-yard game against 11 times. Next on the list is New Orleans which gave up 400 or more yards passing to a QB six times since 2003.

Here’s a look at the teams that have surrendered 400 or more yards passing to a QB three or more times since 2003.

11 times: Green Bay

6 times: New Orleans

5 times: Arizona, Denver, Houston, San Diego

4 times: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco

3 times: Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Oakland, Seattle, Washington

Two more quick stats:

* In those 96 games where a QB amassed 400 or more yards passing, that QB’s team won 36 and lost 60.

* In the 11 games where the Packers have allowed a QB to throw for 400 or more yards since 2003, Green Bay won five of those games and lost six.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#79) Boxscore trifecta not enough to give 49ers a Super Bowl victory

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The San Francisco 49ers fell three points short in Super Bowl XLVII, but a look at the boxscore reveals that the team did achieve a rare feat in their 34-31 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 302 yards; running back Frank Gore had 110 yards rushing; and, receivers Michael Crabtree (109 yards) and Vernon Davis (104) each passed the 100-yard mark in receiving yards. This was the first time in Super Bowl history that a team that had a running back with 100-plus yards, a receiver with 100-plus yards, and a QB with 300-plus yards lost in the Super Bowl.

This 100-100-300 trifecta had happened only twice before in the 47-year history of the Super Bowl: The Washington Redskins did it in 1988 with running back Timmy Smith, receiver Ricky Sanders and QB Doug Williams. The Denver Broncos did it in 1999 with running back Terrell Davis, receiver Rod Smith and QB John Elway.

You will also notice that this was the second time in Super Bowl history that the team that lost had teammates both gain 100 or more yards receiving. The Cincinnati Bengals receiving duo of Cris Collingsworth and Dan Ross did it their 1982 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Here’s a look at the runners with 100-plus yards, receivers with 100-plus yards, and QBs with 300-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss.

Runners with 100-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss
Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 1991, 135 yards
Tom Matte, Baltimore, 1969, 116 yards
Thomas Jones, Chicago, 2007, 112 yards
Frank Gore, San Francisco, 2013, 110 yards

Receivers with 100-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss
Andre Reed, Buffalo, 1993, 152 yards
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina, 2004, 140 yards
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona, 2009, 127 yards
Antonio Freeman, Green Bay, 1998, 126 yards
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia, 2005, 122 yards
Vance Johnson, Denver, 1987, 121 yards
John Henderson, Minnesota, 1970, 111 yards
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco, 2013, 109 yards
Cris Collingsworth, Cincinnati, 1982, 107 yards
Dan Ross, Cincinnati, 1982, 104 yards
Vernon Davis, San Francisco, 2013, 104 yards
Wes Welker, New England, 2008, 103 yards

Quarterbacks with 300-plus yards passing in Super Bowl loss
Kurt Warner, Arizona, 2009, 377 yards
Kurt Warner, St. Louis, 2002, 365 yards
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia, 2005, 357 yards
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 2010, 333 yards
Jake Delhomme, Carolina, 2004, 323 yards
Dan Marino, Miami, 1985, 318 yards
John Elway, Denver, 1987, 304 yards
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco, 2013, 302 yards
Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, 1982, 300 yards

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#76) Colin Kaepernick goes from less than a half season as starting QB to the Super Bowl

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Despite only nine career regular starts at quarterback (seven regular season and two playoff), the legend of second-year San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick continued to grow as the 2012 season came to a close. With a start at QB in the Super Bowl after only seven regular-season starts, Kaepernick’s legend certainly could have skyrocketed with a Super Bowl win, but the Ravens had other ideas.

But just taking the field as the 49ers QB was enough to put Kaepernick in special company. Consider this: Kaepernick became the fifth starting QB in Super Bowl history with less than half of his team’s regular-season starts at that position. Kaepernick started seven of the 49ers 16 games, replacing an injured Alex Smith in the 10th game of the year. He led the 49ers to a win over Chicago and never relinquished the starting position. San Francisco went 5-2 in the games he started at QB.

Kaepernick’s seven starts in the regular season is not, however, the fewest by a Super Bowl quarterback in that season. A pair of NFC QB’s had only two regular starts in the year that they started the Super Bowl. Washington’s Doug Williams started only two regular season games (Washington lost both games) for the Redskins in the 1987 season replacing Jay Schroeder, but he started at QB for the Redskins when they went on to win the Super Bowl that year. Williams was the MVP of that game.

New York Giant Jeff Hostetler in 1990 started only a pair of regular season contests for the “G-Men” replacing an injured Phil Simms. The Giants won the Super Bowl that year.

Here’s a look at the five QBs who started less than half their teams regular-season games in a year when they started at QB in the Super Bowl.

Season, QB, team, regular-season starts at QB
1972: Bob Griese, Miami (five regular-season starts)
1979: Vince Ferragamo, L.A. Rams (five regular-season starts)
1987: Doug Williams, Washington (two regular-season starts)
1990: Jeff Hostetler, N.Y. Giants (two regular-season starts)
2012: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco (seven regular-season starts)

Note: Two more Super Bowl starting quarterbacks started only seven games in the regular season before their Super Bowl start: Len Dawson and Terry Bradshaw. For both Dawson and Bradshaw, those seven starts represented exactly half of the 14 games their teams played that season.

One more note: Of the 94 starting QBs in the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, 47 (exactly half) started all of his team’s regular-season games that season.

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