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Packers defense pitches second half shutout in win over Atlanta

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Down 21-10 to Atlanta at halftime, things did not look good for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Fortunately, the defense held the Falcons scoreless in the second half and the Pack came away with a 22-21 win.

With the win on Sunday, the Packers are now 54-1 since 1990 in games when they hold their opponents scoreless in the second half. The last time the Pack lost a game where they held their opponents to zero points in the second half was September 25, 2005. The Tampa Bay Bucs won that game 17-16. Since that contest, Green Bay has won 18 straight games when they pitch a shutout in the second half.

If we look at the numbers of all NFL teams when they hold opponents scoreless in the second half since 2000, teams are 681-100 (a .872 winning percentage). The Minnesota Vikings have played in only six of those games, but they have won all of them, giving them a 1.000 winning percentage. The Packers are 31-1 (.969 winning percentage) in games when they hold opponents scoreless in the second half since 2000, the second best winning percentage in the league. Going back to 1966, the start of the Super Bowl era, the Packers are 88-14-3 in such games (a .852 winning percentage).

Let’s take it a step further… the Packers surrendered 21 points to the Falcons in the first half of last Sunday’s game. It was only the sixth time since 1966 that the Packers have won a game where they gave up 20 or more points in the first half and then allowed zero in the second half. Their other win was in 1982 against the Rams. The Rams on September 12, 1982 were leading 23-0 at halftime of that contest; the Packers scored 35 unanswered points in the second half in route to a 35-23 win.

Here’s a look at the six games (since 1966) where the Pack allowed 20-plus points in the first half and allowed zero in the second half.

December 8, 2013 vs. Atlanta: Pack losing 21-10 at halftime; they won the game 22-21.
December 10, 1989 vs. Kansas City: Pack losing 21-3 at halftime; they lost the game 21-3.
September 18, 1988 vs. Miami: Pack losing 24-14 at halftime; they lost game 24-17.
September 14, 1986 vs. New Orleans: Pack losing 24-3 at halftime; they lost game 24-10.
September 12, 1984 vs. Los Angeles Rams: Pack losing 23-0 at halftime; they won game 35-23.
December 7, 1975 vs. Minnesota: Pack losing 24-3 at halftime; they lost game 24-3.

Note: The two games above that they won were both played in Green bay; the other four games were played on the road.

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NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament seed matchups for the second round

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The NCAA men’s Division I basketball tourney second round begins tomorrow with second round games on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a look at how the seed matchups have played out in the second round in the past 10 tournaments (2002-2011). Also listed is how well each of the 16 seeds have fared in second round games in the last 10 years (Beware the #12 seed if they get in to the second round!).

Seed matchups in the Second Round, higher seed won-lost record

#1 vs. #8            19-3

#1 vs. #9            16-2

#4 vs. #5             6-13

#4 vs. #12           8-4

#5 vs. #13           4-1

#12 vs. #13         4-0

#3 vs. #6            15-7

#3 vs. #11          10-5

#6 vs. #14           3-0

#2 vs. #7            18-7

#2 vs. #10           8-7

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Seed records in the Second Round in the last 10 years

#1       35-5

#2       26-14

#3       25-12

#4       14-17

#5       17-7

#6       10-15

#7        7-18

#8        3-19

#9        2-16

#10      7-8

#11      5-10

#12      8-8

#13      1-8

#14      0-3

#15      0-0

#16      0-0

NCAA men’s Division 1 basketball tourney seed matchups for the first round

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog published multiple times weekly that focuses on stats that go beyond the numbers.

The NCAA men’s Division I basketball tourney begins tomorrow with first round games on Thursday and Friday. Here’s a look at how the seed matchups have played out in the first round in the past 10 tournaments (2002-2011).

Seed matchups in the First Round, higher seed won-lost record

#1 vs. #16          40-0

#8 vs. #9            22-18

#5 vs. #12          24-16

#4 vs. #13          31-9

#6 vs. #11          25-15

#3 vs. #14          37-3

#7 vs. #10          25-15

#2 vs. #15          40-0

10 stat factors that could influence the Packers-Giants playoff game

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a biweekly blog published every Wednesday and Sunday with a bonus “SIX STATS…” posting every Friday.

Here’s a look at some stats that may (or may not) have an affect on Sunday’s PackersGiants playoff game. Of the four playoff games this weekend, it appears that the Packers-Giants game is the one that most pundits feel could go either way. Which of the following stats may contribute to a Green Bay win… or a New York win? We’ll know Sunday night! (These are listed in no particular order.)

Ryan Grant. In his career, the Packers running back has 12 100-yard games. The Packers are 10-2 in those games. In games where his per-carry average was 5.0 or more, the Packers are 15-4 in his career. In three of his last four games, Grant averaged 5.5 yards per carry or more in the game. Grant has played in three playoff games, gaining 294 yards on 51 carries, a 5.8 average.

The Giants running game in 2011. The Giants averaged 99.7 yards per game in their nine wins; only 75.7 yards per game in their seven losses. They gained 100 or more yards in seven of their nine wins; in only one loss did they gain 100 or more yards on the ground. They gained 172 yards in their playoff win against the Falcons last weekend.

The kickers this season. New York’s Lawrence Tynes was successful on 19 of 24 field goal attempts in the regular season; Green Bay’s Mason Crosby made 24 of 28 field goals. On kicks of 30 yards or more, Tynes was seven of 12, Crosby was 19 of 22.

The kick returners this season. The Giants averaged 6.1 yards per punt return and 23.3 yards per kickoff return. Green Bay averaged 10.9 yards per punt return and 24.5 yards per kickoff return. Green Bay’s Randall Cobb averaged 11.3 yards per punt return and 27.7 yards per kickoff return. Cobb returned both a punt and kickoff for a TD this season; the Giants did not return a kick for a TD.

Turnovers in 2011. In their nine wins, the Giants only turned the ball over seven times; in their seven losses, they turned the ball over 17 times. The Giants “D” forced 20 turnovers in their nine wins, only 11 turnovers in their seven losses. The only game in which the Packers defense did not force a turnover was their only loss of the season to Kansas City. The Packers “D” forced more turnovers at home, 20, than on the road, 18.

Turnovers in the series. The Packers turned the ball over 43 times in their 22 games against the Giants since 1967. In their 14 wins against New York, the Packers turned the ball over 16 times (an average of 1.1 turnovers per game); in their eight losses, the Packers turned the ball over 27 times (an average of 3.4 turnovers per game). In 12 of the 14 wins, the Packers had fewer turnovers than the Giants. The Giants have 56 turnovers in their 22 games vs. the Pack. In their eight wins, the Giants had only 13 turnovers (and average of 1.6 per game). In their 14 losses, they had 45 turnovers (an average of 3.2 turnovers per game).

Sunday games. The Packers have won 13 of the 18 games against the Giants played on Sundays. The Giants are 3-1 in games played against the Packers on non-Sundays.

The last eight match-ups between the two teams. The Packers have won six of the last eight games between the two teams. New York’s wins were the playoff game on January 20, 2008 and an October, 2004 contest.

Close games in 2011. The Giants had five wins by four points or less in 2011. The Packers had six wins of nine points or less this season.

Rodgers vs. Manning. Will the quarterback that has the better game lead his team to victory? Here’s a handful of stats on these two QBs that may determine the outcome on Sunday.

* Manning had 11 TDs and 12 interceptions in the Giants seven losses; he had 18 TDs and only four “picks” in their nine wins. Rodgers had 24 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in eight games at Lambeau Field.

* Rodgers is 4-1 in playoff starts and a 112.6 passer rating in those games. Manning is 5-3 in playoff starts with an 84.9 passer rating in those games. In his five playoff wins, Manning’s passer rating was 117.1, 132.4, 72.0, 87.3 and 129.3 In his three playoff losses, 35.0, 85.6 and 40.7

* Rodgers and Manning have faced each other two times, the Packers winning both games. Manning had five TDs and five interceptions in those two games; Rodgers had eight touchdowns and one interception.

The 20 best “three-season” teams during the NFL’s Super Bowl era

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a biweekly blog published every Wednesday and Sunday with a bonus “SIX STATS…” posting every Friday.

With each Green Bay Packers win this season, the conversation on sports radio gets deeper and deeper into “the best of all-time?” debate: If the Pack goes 16-0 and wins the Super Bowl, are they the best team ever? Some people have argued that one season does not a “best team ever” make.

Let me muddy the waters a bit…

What about looking at more than one season; say, three seasons. Who is the best team ever over a three-season period?

Well, here’s one person’s take on that question. Following is my list of the 20 best “three-season” teams in the NFL Super Bowl era (since 1966). The teams are listed with their regular season record during that three-year period and significant playoff feats.

Do you agree or disagree with the list? Let me know.

1. Miami Dolphins, 1971-73. Regular season record: 36-5-1 (.869)… Won two Super Bowls; lost one Super Bowl

2. Miami Dolphins, 1972-74. Regular season record: 37-5 (.881)… Won two Super Bowls

3. Green Bay Packers, 1965-67. Regular season record: 31-9-2 (.762)… Won two Super Bowls; won NFL Championship

4. Denver Broncos, 1996-98. Regular season record: 39-9 (.813)… Won two Super Bowls

5. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-76. Regular season record 32-9-1 (.774)… Won two Super Bowls; lost conference championship game

6. New England Patriots, 2003-2005. Regular season record 38-10 (.792)… Won two Super Bowls

7. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1973-75. Regular season record 32-9-1 (.792)… Won two Super Bowls

8. Oakland Raiders, 1974-76. Regular season record 36-6 (.857)… Won one Super Bowl; lost two conference championship games

9. Chicago Bears, 1985-87. Regular season record 40-7 (.851)… Won one Super Bowl

10. Washington Redskins, 1982-84. Regular season record 33-8 (.805)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

11. Oakland Raiders, 1975-77. Regular season record 35-7 (.833)… Won one Super Bowl; lost two conference championship games

12. Dallas Cowboys, 1976-78. Regular season record 35-9 (.795)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

13. Chicago Bears, 1984-86. Regular season record 39-9 (.813)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one conference championship

14. Indianapolis Colts, 2005-2007. Regular season record 39-9 (.813)… Won one Super Bowl

15. Dallas Cowboys, 1975-77. Regular season record 33-9 (.786)…Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

16. Baltimore Colts, 1968-70. Regular season record 32-8-2 (.786)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

17. Oakland Raiders, 1967-69. Regular season record 37-4-1 (.893)… Lost one Super Bowl

18. Minnesota Vikings, 1973-75. Regular season record 34-8 (.810)… Lost two Super Bowls

19. Minnesota Vikings, 1969-71. Regular season record 35-7 (.833)… Lost one Super Bowl

20. Minnesota Vikings, 1974-76. Regular season record 33-8-1 (.798)… Lost two Super Bowls