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Packerstats 2018: Game 15, 44-38 OT win over the Jets


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Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 44-38 overtime win over the New York Jets on December 23.

  • The Pack’s win over the Jets came in the 15th game of the season. The Packers are 18-7 (.720) in Game #15 games since 1994. That is the second-best winning percentage of all the NFL teams in Game #15 games. The New England Patriots are 19-6 (.760) in Game #15 games since ’94.
  • Green Bay is now 5-8 (.385) in regular season games versus the Jets. They are one of four teams that the Packers have an all-time regular season winning percentage under .400; the others… Kansas City Chiefs (3-7-1 .318), Miami Dolphins (5-10 .333) and Buffalo Bills (5-8 .385). The victory on Sunday was only the second time in history that the Packers have defeated the Jets on their home field.
  • With the win on the road, the Packers are now 7-23-1 since 1970 in road games against AFC East teams.
  • Since 2000, the Packers are now 21-18 (.538) in all road games in December.
  • The Jets scored first in the game. The Packers are 4-4 this season when their opponents score first in the game; they are 2-4-1 when they, the Packers, scored first in a 2018 contest.
  • New York rookie QB Sam Darnold had a 128.4 Passer Rating in the game. It was the second highest ever Passer Rating by a rookie QB against the Packers; topping the list is a 149.6 Passer Rating by rookie QB Charlie Batch of the Detroit Lions on October 15, 1998.
  • Darnold became the seventh rookie QB in history to have three TD passes in a game against the Packers. The Packers defense has given up three TD passes to a rookie QB in three straight seasons: 2016-Dak Prescott (Dallas); 2017-DeShone Kizer (Cleveland) and Darnold this season.
  • Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed the 4,000 yards passing mark for the seventh season in his career. That places him in a tie for sixth in this stat with Detroit’s Matthew Stafford. The players ahead of Rodgers: Peyton Manning (14 4,000-yards passing seasons), Drew Brees (12), Tom Brady and Philip Rivers (10) and Matt Ryan (8).
  • Jets returner Andre Roberts returned a kickoff for a TD. It was the first kickoff returned for TD against the Packers since Indianapolis returned a kickoff for TD on November 6, 2016. It’s interesting to note that the Packers have now won seven of their last eight games when an opposing player returns a kickoff for a TD.
  • The Jets had a 21-17 lead at halftime. Since 2000, the Packers are now 9-27 (.250) in games when the opposition tallies 20 or more points in the first half. They are now 4-20 (.167) in road games since 2000 when their opponents score 20 or more points in the first half.
  • Green bay running back Jamaal Williams had 15 carries for 95 yards in the game. The 95 yards rushing was the second-most in a game in his career. With six receptions for 61 yards, Williams had 156 total yards for the day… that was a career-high.
  • Davante Adams had the game-winning TD reception. Adams turns 26 today (December 24) and has 39 career TD receptions. That is the 10th most TD receptions by a player prior to turning 26. Randy Moss tops the list with 60.
  • Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby made all three of his field goal attempts. The Packers are 25-7 (.781) in games when Crosby is perfect in a game with at least three field goal attempts.
  • Rodgers had a pair of TD runs in the game. It was only the second regular season game in his career that he scored two TDs (the other was October 2, 2011 against Denver).
  • Rodgers two TD runs and a two-point conversion run tallied him 14 points in the game. That was the most points he scored in a game in his career. Paul Hornung holds the team record with 33 points scored in a game. Rodgers became the 42nd Packers player to score 14 or more points in a game since 1950.
  • Jets QB Sam Darnold became the first rookie QB in history to have three TD passes, 300 or more yards passing and no interceptions in a game versus the Packers.
  • Green Bay is 14-8 (.636) since 2000 in games where both teams score 30 or more points in a game.
  • Rodgers had 442 yards passing in the game, tied for the second-most in his career. His career-high is 480 yards passing in a 2013 games versus the Redskins. Green Bay is 5-2 in the seven games where Rodgers has 400 or more yards passing.
  • Davante Adams had 11 catches in the game, the third most in his career. Green Bay is 4-3 in games when Adams has 10 or more catches in a contest. Adams had 71 yards receiving in the game; the 71 yards receiving was the fewest he has had in a game where he had 9 or more catches.
  • Green Bay scored 18 points in the fourth quarter. They are now 32-4 (.889) in games in their history when they score 18 or more points in the fourth quarter.
  • The Pack had 20 running attempts in the game. They are now 20-11-1 (.641) since 2016 in games when they run the ball at least 20 times in a game. They are 5-3-1 in games this season when they have 20 or more rushing attempts, 1-5 when they have fewer than 20 rushing attempts in a game.
  • Green Bay had 540 total yards in the game. They are now 22-2-1 (.900) in team history when they have 500 or more total yards in a game.
  • For the first time in a game in team history, the Packers had five receivers gain 60 or more yards via catches. Equanimeous St. Brown led the way with 94 receiving yards. He was followed by Marques Valdes-Scantling (75), Davante Adams (71), Jake Kumerow (68) and Jamaal Williams (61).
  • The game was the second-highest scoring overtime game in Green Bay history. The Pack lost an overtime game to the Falcons in Atlanta on November 27, 1983, 47-41, a combined 88 points.
  • The 44-38 final score was the fifth time in NFL history that a game ended with that score. The last time was in 2012 when Carolina defeated New Orleans 44-38 on December 30.

Packerstats 2018: Game #13, 34-20 win over Atlanta

Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons on December 9.

  • It was 26 degrees at game time. Since 2010, the Packers are 17-5-1 (.761 winning percentage) in games where the temperature is below 32 degrees at game time.
  • Green Bay is now 12-5 (.706) since 2000 against the NFC South.
  • The Packers now have an 18-16 lead in the all-time series against the Falcons (that includes a 2-2 record in the playoffs). Since 2010, Green Bay has won five of the nine games versus Atlanta.
  • The Packers won the coin toss and are now 30-7-1 (.803) in games at Lambeau Field since 2010 when they win the coin toss.
  • Atlanta scored first in the game. The Pack is 11-21 (.344) since 2014 in games when the other team scores first.
  • Atlanta’s Julio Jones had eight receptions for 108 yards. It was his third career game against the Packers where he had 100 or more yards receiving. He is the 12th player in history to have three or more 100-yard receiving games against Green Bay. Randy Moss tops the list with seven.
  • Davante Adams had another TD reception in the game, his 10th game this year with a TD reception. With three games remaining, Adams has a shot at the Green Bay record which is 11 games with a TD reception. Jordy Nelson had a TD in 11 games in 2016; Sterling Sharpe had TD catches in 11 games in 1992 and 1994.
  • Bashaud Breeland had a TD on an interception, the first “Pick-6” for the Packers since Damarious Randall on October 8, 2017. The Packers have now won 16 straight when they have a player score a TD on an interception.
  • Mason Crosby had a pair of field goals in the game giving him 301 for his career. He became the 31st kicker in NFL history to reach 300 made field goals in a career. His 80.1% field goal percentage ranks 20th of the 31 kickers who have 300 or more career field goals made. Three other kickers who played for Green Bay are also on the list of those with 300 or more career field goals: Ryan Longwell, Al Del Greco and Jan Stenerud.
  • The Packers had a 20-7 lead at halftime. They have now won 29 straight games when they score 20 or more points by halftime in home games. Since 2000, Green Bay is 40-2 (.952) in home games when they score 20 or more points in the first half.
  • Aaron Rodgers had 44 yards rushing in the game. That’s the most yards rushing for ARod in a game this season and the most since he had 60 yards rushing in a game on October 30, 2016… also a game against the Falcons.
  • Randall Cobb was on the receiving end of a Rodgers TD pass. It was the 33rd game that Cobb caught a TD pass; Green Bay is 23-10 (.697) in those games.
  • Rodgers broke the NFL record for most passes without an interception with 358 pass attempts. To put that record in perspective, there have been 930 times when a QB has passed 358 or more times in an NFL season. The fewest interceptions by a QB with 358 or more pass attempts in a season are two by Tom Brady in 2016. Of those 930 QBs with 358 or more pass attempts in an NFL season, 806 of those QBs had at last 10 interceptions that season.
  • Clay Matthews had a sack. Green Bay is 45-18-1 (.711) in games when Matthews has at least a half-sack or more in a contest.
  • Green Bay had scored 34 points heading into the fourth quarter. They have won 94 of their last 98 games where they had 30 or more points on the scoreboard heading into the fourth quarter.
  • Breeland became the 12th Packer since 2002 to have an interception and fumble recovery in the same game for the team.
  • Aaron Jones had a rushing TD for the fifth straight game. He became the 110th player in NFL history to have a rushing TD in five straight games. Other Packers on the list: Paul Hornung (7 straight games), Ryan Grant and Terdell Middleton (six straight games each). The NFL record is 18 straight games with a rushing TD by LaDainian Tomlinson.
  • Rodgers had two TD passes and no interceptions in the game. It was the 69th game in his career that he had at least two TD passes and no interceptions in a game. He is fifth in this stat in the league; Tom Brady has 100 games, Drew Brees 77, Brett Favre 74 and Peyton Manning 73. Green Bay is 59-10 (.855) in games when Rodgers has two or more TD passes with no interceptions in a game.
  • The Pack has now won 15 straight at home when they tally 30 or more points in a game. The team is 57-3 (.950) since 2000 at home when they reach the 30 point mark.
  • Green Bay had zero turnovers. They are 38-4-2 (.886) at home since 2000 when they do not have a turnover in the game.

Redemption for Packers kicker Mason Crosby

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For a player who was literally run out of town because of a terrible 2012 season, Green Bay placekicker Mason Crosby has certainly turned things around. After fighting off competition for his job during the pre-season, Crosby, now in his seventh season with the Packers, has made all nine of his field goal attempts this season, including four from 40 yards or more. In fact, if you go back and include the last two weeks of the 2012 season and add the two playoff games, Crosby is on a run of 15 straight made field goals.

This past week Crosby had five field goals against the Lions (most he’s ever made in a game) and added an extra point for 16 points in the Pack’s 22-9 win over Detroit. For his efforts, Crosby was selected as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Let’s take a look at the 16 points Crosby scored in last week’s game. The 16 points tied Crosby’s career high (he scored 16 points in a December 11, 2011 game against the Raiders). It also made Crosby the 10th Packers player since 1966 (start of the Super Bowl era) to have two or more games with 16 points. Here’s a look at the players since 1966 who scored 16 or more points in a game for the Packers in two or more games.

Three games: Chris Jacke, Sterling Sharpe

Two games: John Brockington, Mason Crosby, Antonio Freeman, Ahman Green, Dorsey Levens, James Lofton, Ryan Longwell, Jordy Nelson

If we go back a little further in Packers history, that list grows with a pair of Packers legends. Paul Hornung, who performed double-duty as running back and kicker, had 10 games with the Pack where he scored 16-plus points in a contest. Fellow running mate Jim Taylor had seven such games in his career with Green Bay. Hornung holds the Packers record with 33 points scored in a game. He did it on October 8, 1961 in Green Bay’s 45-7 win over Baltimore.

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50 stats Packers fans may not know

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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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.”
  3. The Packers are one of nine NFL teams that has had fewer than three head coaches since 2000.
  4. Mike McCarthy is tied for fourth with most seniority for current head coaches with 112 regular season games coached.
  5. Green Bay has a winning percentage of .795 since 2000 in games where their defense has two or more takeaways.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The Packers are 21-15 in non-Sunday games since 2000.
  9. 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).
  10. 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).
  11. Since 2000, the Packers are 42-6 (.875 winning percentage) in games when they don’t commit a turnover.
  12. The Pack has allowed 130 sacks in the last three seasons, fourth most in the league.
  13. 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.
  14. Green has had eight starting quarterbacks in the last 25 years. The Bears have had 28.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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).
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Since 2000, Green Bay is 3-10 in games when they are scoreless at halftime.
  27. 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.
  28. The Pack has scored 10 or more points in 35 straight games, the fourth longest active streak in the league.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Since 2000, the Packers have won three road playoff games. The Ravens lead the NFL with nine road playoff wins since 2000.
  35. Ryan Longwell was one of only nine rookie placekickers to score points in a Super Bowl game.
  36. In 2012, the Packers scored points in 70 of their 173 possessions.
  37. In 2012, Packers’ opponents scored on 62 of their 176 possessions.
  38. The last time the Packers were shutout in a game was Nov. 19, 2006. They have been shutout in only two games since 2000.
  39. 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.
  40. The last time the Packers won an overtime game on the road was October 29, 2007.
  41. Green Bay has scored 50 points or more in a game five times since 1966.
  42. The Packers last had a losing season in 2008. The Patriots lead the NFL having not had a losing season since 2000.
  43. 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.
  44. Mason Crosby’s 12 missed field goals last year were the most by a Packers placekicker since Chester Marco missed 14 in 1974.
  45. 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.
  46. The Packers are 63-18 (.778 winning percentage) since 2000 in games where one running back gets 20 or more carries in the game.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.

Packers stay with Mason Crosby despite the numbers

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Let me state the obvious: Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby has had a terrible season!

That having been said, I’m not one to kick a man when he is down (pun intended). You have to give the Packers brass credit for sticking with Crosby, but if things don’t get better with his kicking, and a game, or worse yet, a playoff game, is lost due to a missed field goal, Packer Nation will have little to no sympathy for those who kept Crosby as their kicker.

Let’s look at Crosby’s season.

In many respects, sticking with a kicker who is in a slump is not traditionally standard operating procedure in the NFL. The fact that the Packers are staying with Crosby despite the lowest field goal percentage in the league (58.6 percent) and that he is one of only two kickers with 10 or more missed field goals this season (Crosby has 12, San Francisco’s David Akers has 10 misses) is pretty rare.

Since 2000, three kickers have ended the season with a field goal percentage under 60 percent (minimum of 20 attempts). They were: Neil Rackers (Cincinnati), Todd Peterson (Pittsburgh) and Jake Arians (Buffalo). Each of these three men finished their season at 57.1 percent. Should Crosby end the year under 60 percent, he would be the first kicker with this low of a FG percentage since Peterson in 2002.

Going back to 1966 (the start of the Super Bowl era), we have had seven kickers with a minimum of 20 FG attempts who ended the year under 40 percent. They were:

Kicker, year, FG made/FG attempt, FG pct.
Happy Feller, 1971, 6/20, 30.0 percent
Fred Steinfort, 1983, 7/21, 33.3 percent
Ken Vinyard, 1970, 9/25, 36.0 percent
Joe Danelo, 1976, 8/21, 38.1 percent
Errol Mann, 1976, 8/21, 38.1 percent
Mac Percival, 1969, 8/21, 381. percent
Lou Groza, 1976, 9/23, 39.1 percent

I think we can say two things about the above list: (1) It’s highly unlikely Crosby will approach these numbers; (2) Teams certainly did not change kickers back in the 60’s and 70’s like they do now.

When comparing Crosby’s 2012 season to other Packers kickers, we discover a couple of interesting stats:

* Crosby’s 12 misses are the most by a Packers kicker since Chester Marcol missed 14 in 1974. Crosby is the 10th Green Bay kicker (since 1966) to miss 10 or more in a season since Ryan Longwell missed 11 in 2001.

* Using the criteria of a minimum of 20 field goal attempts, Crosby currently has the third worst FG percentage since 1966. His 58.6 percentage is higher than Don Chandler’s 42.9 percentage (12 of 28) in 1966 and Dale Livingston‘s 53.6 percentage (15 of 28) in 1970.

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