The 2014 season edition of the AFC and NFC championship games will take place on Sunday when the Packers travel to Seattle and the Patriots host the Colts.
Green Bay, Indianapolis and New England are no strangers to these title games, while the Seahawks are fast becoming perennial championship contenders after their Super Bowl win last year.
Ten different NFL franchises have not made an appearance in a conference championship game this century. Three of those 10 teams played in the playoffs this season — Cincinnati, Dallas and Detroit – but none of the three advanced to the title contest.
Here is the last time each NFL franchise made an appearance in a conference championship game.
1991: Detroit, Washington
1993: Buffalo, Kansas City
2001: St. Louis Rams
2002: Oakland, Tampa Bay, Tennessee
2007: San Diego
2008: Arizona, Philadelphia
2009: Minnesota, New Orleans
2010: Chicago, New York Jets, Pittsburgh
2011: New York Giants
2012: Atlanta, Baltimore
2013: Denver, San Francisco
2014: Green Bay, Indianapolis, New England, Seattle
Here’s a few more stats about the conference championship games since 1970 (the NFL-AFL merger).
- Five AFC teams have not won a conference championship since 1970 (Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City and New York Jets), while only one NFC team has not won an NFC title since the merger (Detroit).
- San Francisco and Pittsburgh are tied with the most championship game appearances since 1970, 15. They are followed by Dallas (14), New England and Oakland (11), St. Louis/L.A. Rams and Denver (9), Minnesota (8), Indianapolis and Miami (7), Green Bay, Philadelphia and Washington (6).
- The Steelers have hosted the most conference title games since 1970 with 11. They are followed by San Francisco (9), Denver, Miami and New England (6), Dallas, Oakland, Washington (5).
- The Cowboys have won the most conference championship games on the road since 1970 with four. New England and the New York Giants have each won three, while Baltimore, Denver, Green Bay, Pittsburgh and San Francisco have each own two.
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With the Packers hosting the Falcons tonight, here’s a look at a few stats you may not know about the Pack:
1. Running back Eddie Lacy is one of four players that have 700 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving after 12 games.
2. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson each have 10 TDs this season. The only other team to have two players with 10 or more TDs are the Denver Broncos (Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas). Eddie Lacy’s next TD will give him 10 for the season.
3. Aaron Rodgers is one of only two QBs this season with 25 or more sacks and a QB Rating over 100 (Rodgers has 25 sacks and a QBR of 118.6). The other QB? Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers.
4. Through 12 games, the Packers have had the fewest number of offensive drives with 126. However, they have scored on the highest percentage of their drives, 48.4%.
5. Green Bay has scored nine TDs of 50 yards or more (six offensive TDs, two interceptions for TD and a punt return for TD). They have given up only two TDs of 50-plus yards… a kick-off return to the Bears and a 50-yard pass play to the Saints.
6. The Packers have had only one turnover since their bye week (Week #9). They have had no turnovers in the last three games. Until they played in the turnover-less game against the Patriots last week, the Packers had a takeaway in 11 straight games.
7. The Packers opponent tonight, the Atlanta Falcons, have 32 overall TDs this season. The Packers have 32 passing TDs of their 46 overall touchdowns.
8. Green Bay has punted only 39 times this season. The only team with fewer punts this season through 12 games were the Baltimore Ravens with 38.
9. The Packers defense is one of six teams in the NFL this year with three interceptions returned for TD.
10. The Pack have had only 6.3% of their offensive drives this season end with a turnover. Only the Seattle Seahawks have a lower percentage (5.4%).
11. Through 12 games, NFL placekickers have made 940 of 945 extra points (99.5%). Green Bay’s Mason Crosby is one of the five kickers to have a failed extra point.
12. While the Packers rank third in the league with 32 TD passes, they rank 23rd in the NFL with most pass attempts.
13. Green Bay ranks first in the league through 12 games in turnover ratio (takeaways/turnovers). The last seasons where the Packers led the league in this category were 2009, 2002 and 1965.
14. A great stat courtesy of ESPN: If the Packers win tonight against the Falcons in Aaron Rodgers’ 100th career start, Rodgers will have a 68-32 record in his first 100 starts. Former Packers QB Brett Favre was 68-32 in his first 100 starts.
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Here are some stats you might not know from Green Bay’s win over the Patriots.
1. The Packers are now 6-0 this season in games at Lambeau Field. With remaining home games versus Atlanta and Detroit, the Pack could have their first undefeated home season since 2011. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966) the Packers were unbeaten at home in 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2011.
2. Green Bay held the Patriots to only seven points in the second half. The Packers have now won 31 straight in games when they hold their opponents to seven points or less in the second half in home games. They have won 25 of their last 29 games (all games) when they hold the opposition to seven or fewer points in the second half.
3. With nine wins and four games remaining, the Packers will likely end up with 10 or more wins for the 10th time in a season since 2000. Indianapolis and New England have each had 12 10-win seasons since 2000, tops in the NFL. The Packers are tied with the Eagles for most 10-win seasons since 2000 by NFC teams with nine.
4. Green Bay and New England played the eighth turnover-less game in the NFL this year. It was the Packers first such game this season; the Patriots have now played in two such games.
5. Rookie receiver Davante Adams led the Green Bay receivers with six catches for 121 yards. It was the 10th game in Packers history that a rookie receiver had 100 or more yards receiving in a game and the first since October 29, 2007 when James Jones had three catches for 107 yards. Adams is the eighth rookie receiver to have 100-plus receiving yards in a game (Greg Jennings and Sterling Sharpe did it twice in their rookie campaigns). The other four rookies to have 100 or more yards receiving in a game: Ruvell Martin, Lee Morris, Gerry Ellis and James Lofton.
6. The Pack held the Patriots scoreless in the third quarter. They are 18-2 since 2011 in games where they hold the opponents scoreless in the third quarter.
7. Green Bay had the ball for over 36 (36:35 to be exact) minutes in the game, a 13-minute advantage over the Patriots. Since 2000, the Packers 33-5 when they have a time of possession over 35 minutes (non-overtime games).
8. The Packers had a 23-14 lead at halftime in the game. They have now won 68 of their last 73 games when they hold the lead at halftime at home.
9. Placekicker Mason Crosby had four field goals. Since 1960, Green Bay is 39-1 in games where their kicker has four or more field goals. The only loss was in 1986 when Al Del Greco had four field goals in a 25-12 loss to the Bears.
10. There are seven quarterbacks in NFL history with 300 or more career touchdown passes. Yesterday’s opposing QB, Tom Brady, is one of the seven. Here’s a look at how well (win-loss record) each of these seven QBs has done in games versus the Packers: Peyton Manning, 527 TD passes (1-2 against the Packers); Brett Favre, 508 TD passes (2-2 against the Packers); Dan Marino, 420 TD passes (5-1 against the Packers); Drew Brees, 390 TD passes (3-3 against the Packers); Tom Brady, 387 TD passes (2-2 against the Packers); Fran Tarkenton, 342 TD passes (13-14-1 against the Packers); John Elway, 300 TD passes (2-1-1 against the Packers).
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The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings on Sunday will play for the 107th time. The Packers lead the series 56-49-1.
Here’s a quick six-question trivia quiz for Packers fans to see how well you know the series against the neighbors to the west. Answers appear at the end of the column.
1. Four Green Bay quarterbacks have thrown 20 or more TD passes in games versus the Vikings. Brett Favre leads the group with 54, followed by Aaron Rodgers with 26 and Bart Starr with 25. Who is the fourth Packers QB who has tossed 20-plus TD passes against the Vikings? (one point)
2. Twenty times in the Packers-Vikings rivalry a Packers running back has gained 100 or more yards in a game. Can you name the Packers running back who has the most games (four) with 100 or more yards rushing? (one point)
3. During their careers with the Packers, three receivers accumulated 1,000 or more receiving yards against Minnesota. Name the three receivers. (three points)
5. In the history of this series, three Green Bay players have 10 or more sacks against the Vikings. Name these three players. (three points)
6. When was the last time the Vikings swept the two-game season series with the Packers? Name the season, and who was the Minnesota QB who accomplished this feat? (two points; one for the year, one for the QB)
1. Lynn Dickey is the fourth QB who had 20-plus TD passes against the Vikings. He had 21 in his career.
2. John Brockington had four games with 100 or more yards rushing for the Packers in games versus the Vikes, tops in that category.
3. The three Packers receivers who totaled 1,000 or more receiving yards in games against the Vikings were Donald Driver (1,296), Boyd Dowler (1,258) and James Lofton (1,184).
5. The three players with 10 or more sacks in Green Bay-Minnesota games were Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilla (11.5), Aaron Kampman (10.5) and Reggie White (10).
6. The last time the Vikings won both regular-season games against the Pack was in 2009. The quarterback was Brett Favre.
8-11: Expert… You know your Packers-Vikings history
5-7: Not bad, but there is room for improvement
2-4: You need to pay more attention when watching the game
0-1: You may be spending way too much time watching “The Kardashians”
The Green Bay Packers open up their 2013 regular season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. As you get ready for the opening game kickoff, here are 50 stats that you may now know about the Packers and some of their players (and coaches), past and present.
- The Packers have the best record of NFC teams in this century (131-77, .630). The New England Patriots have the NFL’s best record since 2000 (151-57, .726).
- Lindy Infante won 24 games as Packers coach from 1988-91. His 40 wins as an NFL head coach (he won 16 as head coach of the Colts) are the most by any NFL head coach with the last name starting with the letter “I.”
- The Packers are one of nine NFL teams that has had fewer than three head coaches since 2000.
- Mike McCarthy is tied for fourth with most seniority for current head coaches with 112 regular season games coached.
- Green Bay has a winning percentage of .795 since 2000 in games where their defense has two or more takeaways.
- The last time the Packers lost three straight games in a season was 2008. Only two teams (New England, 2002 and Atlanta, 2007) have a longer stretch of avoiding three-game losing streaks.
- Former Green Bay head coach Forrest Gregg is one of only two individuals who coached 160-plus NFL games and played in 160-plus NFL games.
- The Packers are 21-15 in non-Sunday games since 2000.
- The Packers will appear on Monday Night Football for the 21st straight season in 2013. Only the Denver Broncos have a longer streak (they will appear in their 22nd straight season this year).
- Green Bay is one of only five teams to have a winning percentage of .600 or better in games in September since 2000 (they are 27-19).
- Since 2000, the Packers are 42-6 (.875 winning percentage) in games when they don’t commit a turnover.
- The Pack has allowed 130 sacks in the last three seasons, fourth most in the league.
- Aaron Rodgers tossed four TD passes in the team’s Nov. 4, 2012, 31-17 win over Arizona, but completed less than 50% of his passes in that game. He became the 31st QB since 1966 to have four or more TDs passes with a completion rate under 50% in that game.
- Green has had eight starting quarterbacks in the last 25 years. The Bears have had 28.
- Sixteen different quarterbacks have had five or more playoff games with a 100.0 or better Passer Rating in that game. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers are both on this list. Favre had 10; Rodgers has five.
- Rodgers is the first QB in NFL history to have been sacked 50 or more times in a season and have a Passer Rating above 100.0 in that season twice.
- Former Green Bay running back Ahman Green is one of only nine running backs in NFL history to have 250 or more carries and 50 or more receptions in a season.
- The Packers have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ryan Grant in 2009. The Packers are one of six teams that did not have a 1,000-yard rusher in any of the last three NFL seasons.
- Greg Jennings last year became the fifth Packers receiver to have 400 catches and 50 TD receptions with the team (he joined Donald Driver, Sterling Sharpe, Don Hutson and Antonio Freeman). No other NFL team has five receivers with 400-plus catches and 50-plus TD receptions.
- Randall Cobb last season had 10 rushes, 80 pass receptions, 31 punt returns and 38 kickoff returns. That was the first time in NFL history that a player had attained those numbers in a season.
- Cobb became the sixth player in NFL history to have 1,000 or more yards from scrimmage and 1,000 or more yards in kick return yards in a season (he had 1,086 yards from scrimmage and 1,256 yards in kick returns).
- Former Packers placekicker Ryan Longwell is one of only nine kickers to have made 100 or more field goals with two NFL teams. He had 226 with the Packers and 135 with the Vikings.
- Mason Crosby is one of 22 kickers with a playoff field goal success rate over 80%. Crosby has made 83.3% of his playoff field goal attempts.
- John Kuhn and Jordy Nelson are active leaders in a unique TD category. Kuhn leads active players with the last name starting with “K” in touchdowns with 19. LeRoy Kelly leads all “K” players with 90. Nelson leads active players with the last name starting with “N” in TDs with 28. Ozzie Newsome heads the “N” list with 49 career touchdowns.
- The Packers have won four games since 1970 when they scored less than 10 points in a game. Buffalo and the Colts lead that category with 10 wins each when they scored less than 10 points in a game.
- Since 2000, Green Bay is 3-10 in games when they are scoreless at halftime.
- The Packers are one of only four NFL teams that has lost only two or fewer home games by 30 points or more since 1966.
- The Pack has scored 10 or more points in 35 straight games, the fourth longest active streak in the league.
- In the last five seasons, the Packers have scored 26 offensive TDs of 50 yards or more, most in the NFL. Jordy Nelson scored seven of those TDs.
- The Packers are tied with the Atlanta Falcons for most wins by an NFC team in the last three seasons (36). The Patriots top the NFL with 39 wins since 2010.
- From 1990-2012, the Pack are 15-9 in games after the bye week. They are one of only nine teams with a winning percentage of .600 or above in those games.
- Over the last five years, Green Bay has won 40 and lost 16 in games played in the Central time zone (a .714 winning percentage). In games played outside Central Standard Time, the Packers are 13-11 (.542) since 2008.
- Since the beginning of the Super Bowl era (1966) the Packers have been “one-and-out” in the playoffs six times. The Colts and Vikings have each been “one-and-out” in the playoffs in 13 seasons, tops in the league.
- Since 2000, the Packers have won three road playoff games. The Ravens lead the NFL with nine road playoff wins since 2000.
- Ryan Longwell was one of only nine rookie placekickers to score points in a Super Bowl game.
- In 2012, the Packers scored points in 70 of their 173 possessions.
- In 2012, Packers’ opponents scored on 62 of their 176 possessions.
- The last time the Packers were shutout in a game was Nov. 19, 2006. They have been shutout in only two games since 2000.
- The last time the Pack scored on a kickoff return was Sept. 8, 2011. The last time they scored on a punt return was Sept. 9, 2012.
- The last time the Packers won an overtime game on the road was October 29, 2007.
- Green Bay has scored 50 points or more in a game five times since 1966.
- The Packers last had a losing season in 2008. The Patriots lead the NFL having not had a losing season since 2000.
- Green Bay scored four rushing touchdowns in last season’s 55-7 win over Tennessee on December 23. It was the ninth time in Packers history they scored four-plus rushing TDs in a game. They have won all nine of those games.
- Mason Crosby’s 12 missed field goals last year were the most by a Packers placekicker since Chester Marco missed 14 in 1974.
- Receiver James Jones had three TD receptions in the Pack’s December 16, 2012 win over the Bears. Jones only had 60 yards receiving in that game. It was the 25th time since 1966 that an NFL receiver had three or more TD receptions with 60 yards or less of receiving yards in that game.
- The Packers are 63-18 (.778 winning percentage) since 2000 in games where one running back gets 20 or more carries in the game.
- On December 9, 2012, Aaron Rodgers had no TD passes in that game. It was the seventh time he started a game and had no TD passes (the Packers are 3-4 in such games). Brett Favre had 37 regular season games without a TD pass with the Pack. The team was 12-25 in those contests.
- The 28-point loss to the New York Giants last season on November 25 was the first loss of 28-plus points since December 23, 2007 when the Packers lost 35-7 to the Chicago Bears.
- In the September 13, 2012 win over the Bears, the Packers “D” had seven sacks and four interceptions. It was third game in team history where they had seven-plus sacks and four-plus interceptions in the same game. Last time was in September 24, 1978 when they defeated San Diego 24-3 with eight sacks and five interceptions.
- The last Packers runner to have 100 or more yards rushing in a season-opening game was Ahman Green in 2006 when he gained 110 yards.