Week 13: Patriots at Packers

We take our first look at Sunday's marquee showdown at Lambeau Field, with statistical leaders and notes on the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers.

PATRIOTS (9-2) AT PACKERS (8-3)

LAST GAME — 12/19/10: Packers 27 at Patriots 31. New England’s defense recorded five sacks and CB Kyle Arrington had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown against Packers QB Matt Flynn. Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis added a 33-yard TD run.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 11/19/06: Patriots 35, Packers 0. New England QB Tom Brady threw for 244 yards and four TDs, including a 54-yarder to WR Reche Caldwell. Patriots defense recorded five sacks in shutout.

BROADCAST — CBS (3:25 p.m.): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark MaloNew England. SIRIUS: 132 (New England), 85 (Green Bay). XM: 85 (Green Bay).

PATRIOTS NOTES: New England one of six NFL teams with 14-plus consecutive winning seasons and first since 49ers (1983-98). Aim for eighth win in row…During seven-game win streak, QB Tom Brady has 2,207 passing yards (315.3 per game) with 22 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 111.7 rating. In past two vs. Green Bay, has passed for 407 yards and 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.3 rating…In 1st game since re-joining New England, RB LeGarrette Blount led team with 78 rushing yards and two TDs. In past five with Pats (including playoffs), has rushed for 515 yards and 10 TDs…In past seven, TE Rob Gronkowski has 45 catches for 665 yards and 6 TDs. Has 5 TDs in past four. Since entering NFL in 2010, he leads NFL with 51 receiving touchdowns. WR Julian Edelman led team with season-high 11 catches for 89 yards last week. TE Tim Wright has 6 TDs in past seven, including career-high 2 last week vs. Lions…LB Akeem Ayers has sack in three of past four since joining New England in Week 8. In past six, LB Rob Ninkovich has 5 sacks, INT and FR. S Logan Ryan had INT last week and has INT in two of past three vs. NFC.

PACKERS NOTES: Aim for third in row at home with 50-plus points…QB Aaron Rodgers has 322 consecutive attempts and 29 TDs in row without an interception at home, both longest streaks in NFL history. In past nine games at home (minimum 10 attempts), he has 29 TDs, 0 INTs and 133.2 rating (Green Bay is 9-0). Aims for fifth win in row vs. AFC and has 103.6 rating (10 TDs, 1 INT) in past four…RB Eddie Lacy aims for third in row with 100-plus scrimmage yards, rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown. In past 12 at home, has 1,275 scrimmage yards (106.3 per game) and 12 TDs (10 rushing, 2 receiving)…WR Jordy Nelson aims for seventh in row at home with TD (including playoffs). At home in 2014, has 24 catches for 616 yards (123.2 per game) and 6 TDs. In past two vs. AFC, has 18 catches for 316 yards (158 per game) and 2 TDs. Has 11 TDs in past 13 vs. AFC (including Super Bowl). WR Randall Cobb has 5 TDs in five at home. Rookie WR Davante Adams has TD in three of past four at home…LB Clay Matthews has 4 sacks and 3 FFs in past 5 vs. AFC. LB Julius Peppers is only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (123.5) and 10-plus INTs (11). In past four at home, CB Casey Hayward has 2 INTs, 2 FRs and 2 TDs (INT-TD, FR-TD).

PATRIOTSPACKERS
SERIES LEADER5-4
STREAKSPast 2
COACHES VS. OPP.Belichick: 3-2McCarthy: 0-2
LAST WEEKW 34-9 vs. LionsW 24-21 at Vikings
PASSINGBrady: 271-417-2998-26 (3C)-6-101.0Rodgers: 228-342-2957 (3C)-30 (1C)-3-119.2 (1L)
RUSHINGVereen: 78-340-4.4-1Lacy: 154-672-4.4-6
RECEIVINGEdelman: 70-695-9.9-2Nelson: 68-1066 (1C)-15.7-9 (T3C)
OFFENSE385.9368.8
TAKE/GIVE+11 (1C)+15 (1L)
DEFENSE350.3371.1
SACKSNinkovich: 6Peppers: 5
INTs3 tied: 2Hayward: 3
PUNTINGAllen: 46.4Masthay: 45.8
KICKINGGostkowski: 117 (1L) (39/39 PAT; 26/27 FG)Crosby: 88 (T3C) (40/41 PAT; 16/18 FG)

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.


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