Here’s a look at a dozen stats that helped define the Green Bay loss to the Saints Sunday night.
1. The Packers had three turnovers. It was their sixth straight loss when they have three-plus turnovers in a game. Since 2000 the Packers are 6-24 (.200 winning percentage) when they have three or more turnovers in a game.
2. The 21-point loss was the Packers third 20-point loss on the road in their last four away losses.
3. The game was tied 16-16 at halftime. Green Bay is now 14-18 since 1966 when they are tied at half on the road. They are 2-5 since 2000 in such games.
4. Randall Cobb had five catches for 126 yards, his eighth career 100-yard receiving game. The Pack are 6-2 when Cobb has a 100-yard receiving game.
5. Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions. Green Bay is 6-5 in the 11 games where Rodgers has had two or more interceptions.
6. New Orleans running back Mark Ingram became the 13th opposing runner to have 170 or more rushing yards in a game versus the Packers. It was the 19th time since 1966 that an opposing runner had 170 or more yards rushing in a game against the Pack. Green Bay is 4-15 (.211 winning percentage) in those games. Three running backs had multiple games with 170 or more rushing yards against the Packers: Adrian Peterson (4), Walter Payton (3) and Barry Sanders (2).
7. Green Bay was down by 14 points at the end of the third quarter (30-16). Since 2000, they have been behind by 14 or more points at the end of the third quarter in 25 games; they are 0-25 in those games.
8. The Packers defense came into the game with New Orleans with the lowest opposing QB Rating at 74. Drew Brees’ QB Rating for the game Sunday night was 138.4. It was the 26th game since 1966 where an opposing QB had a Passer Rating of 130 or above against the Packers. Green Bay is 1-25 in those games.
9. Rodgers had 418 yards passing, his fifth 400-yard passing game with the Packers. The team is 3-2 in those games. Since 1966 the Packers are 5-3-1 in games where their QB has 400 or more yards passing.
10. It was the third time since 2010 that the Packers allowed 40 or more points in a regular-season game. Tampa Bay leads the league with nine games where they allowed 40-plus points since 2010. The Packers are one of only four teams to win a game when they allowed 40-plus points in a contest since 2010. They did it in a 45-41 win over Detroit on January 1, 2012.
11. Eddie Lacy had eight receptions for 123 yards. He was the first Packers running back to have over 100 yards receiving in a game since Dorsey Levens did it January 12, 1997 in a playoff games versus the Panthers. Levens had five catches for 117 yards in that game.
12. Since 2010, the Packers are 20-17 in games on the road (.541 winning percentage). In games within their division (versus Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota) they are 9-5 (.643 winning percentage) in games on the road since 2010, while they are 11-12 (.478 winning percentage) in road games outside the division in that timeframe.
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Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy had 11 touchdowns in the regular season, most by any first-year player in the league. The Pack is hoping he gets a few more in the post-season.
Playoff TDs by rookies has been a common occurrence in the NFL. Over the last 20 years, at least one rookie has scored a touchdown in the NFL playoffs (the last season where no rookie scored a TD in the playoffs was 1992). Last season’s playoffs saw three rookies score touchdowns: Russell Wilson (Seattle), Devier Posey (Houston) and LaMichael James (San Francisco).
Of the 12 teams in this year’s playoffs, there are nine rookies who scored four or more TDs in the regular season and who may work their way into the end zone in the next four weeks. The nine:
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay, 11 TDs
Keenan Allen, San Diego, 8
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati, 8
Knile Davis, Kansas City, 5
Kenny Stills, New Orleans, 5
Montee Ball, Denver, 4
Aaron Dobson, New England, 4
Zac Ertz, Philadelphia, 4
Kenbrell, Tompkins, New England, 4
Here’s a few more stats from rookies who have scored TDs in the playoffs:
* The last time two rookies from the same team scored a TD in the same playoff game was on January 12, 2008 when Green Bay’s Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson scored for the Pack in their 42-20 win over Seattle. (Grant scored three TDs in that contest.)
* Grant, William Floyd (San Francisco) and Craig Baynham (Dallas) are the only three rookies to score three touchdowns in a single post-season game. Floyd did it on January 7, 1995 versus Chicago, while Baynham did it on December 24, 1967 against the Cleveland Browns.
* Floyd holds the NFL mark with five playoff TDs in a single playoff season by a rookie. Jamal Lewis (2000), Tony Dorsett (1977) and Ron Dixon (2000) each scored four TDs in a playoff season.
* The Dallas Cowboys have had a rookie score a TD in a playoff game 13 times, most in the NFL. They are followed by Denver, Green Bay and Pittsburgh, each with 10.
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Earlier this year we heard a lot about the Green Bay Packers going 44 games without a 100-yard rusher. In their second game of this season, James Starks rushed for 132 yards to break that streak. But the Packers weren’t done… in the following week Johnathan Franklin gained 103 yards on the ground for the Packers’ second 100-yard rusher of the season. But… there was more. A couple of weeks later, Eddie Lacy ran for 120 yards against the Ravens. From no 100-yard rushers in over two years to three different players rushing for 100-plus yards in a game in a matter of one month.
That, however, may not be the most amazing thing about the Packers this season. In addition to three different runners gaining 100-plus yards in a game, they also have had four different receivers amass 100 or more yards receiving in a game through the first six weeks of the season. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones each had 100-yard games prior to last week’s contest against the Browns. In last Sunday’s contest against Cleveland, another receiver, Jarrett Boykin had eight receptions for 103 yards, giving the Pack four different players who have had 100 or more yards receiving in a game this season.
Those seven different 100-yard players are the most of any team this year in the NFL. The San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots each have had five players with 100-yard rushing or receiving games this season (both teams have had one rusher and four receivers with 100-yard games).
Following are the number of different players for each team who have had either a 100-yard rushing or receiving game this year.
Number of 100-yard performers, team, (runners/receivers)
7: Green Bay Packers (3 runners-4 receivers)
5: New England (1-4), San Diego (1-4)
4: Dallas (1-3), Detroit (1-3), N.Y. Giants (1-3), N.Y. Jets (2-2), Philadelphia (1-3)
3: Atlanta (0-3), Denver (0-3), Houston (1-2), Jacksonville (0-3), Miami (0-3), Oakland (2-1), San Francisco (1-2), Washington (1-2)
2: Buffalo (1-1), Carolina (1-1), Chicago (0-2), Cleveland (0-2), Indianapolis (0-2), Kansas City (1-1), Minnesota (1-1), New Orleans (0-2), Pittsburgh (0-2), Seattle (2-0), St. Louis (0-2), Tampa Bay (1-1)
1: Arizona (0-1), Baltimore (0-1), Cincinnati (0-1), Tennessee (0-1)
* The Packers have the most 100-yard runners with three and are tied with New England and San Diego for most 100-yard receivers.
* Seattle is the only team in the NFL this year that has not had a 100-yard receiver in a game.
* This is the first season since 1980 that the Packers have had seven players with 100-yard rushing or receiving games. In 1980 they had two 100-yard rushers and five 100-yard receivers. It is the first time since 2006 that three players had 100-plus yards rushing in a game in a season for the Pack.
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