Packers-Panthers: Losing by the Numbers

What happened to the Packers on Sunday? We have 20 numbers in the story and two biggies coming later in a video.

A by-the-numbers look at he Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday:

Minus-9: Yards by Green Bay’s offense on the four possessions following its first-quarter touchdown drive. Those drives went minus-1, minus-1, zero and minus-7.

0: Sacks by Green Bay’s defense. For the second consecutive game, the Packers went without a sack. The Packers entered the Denver game with a league-high 42-game streak with at least one sack.

3: Plays of 36-plus yards by Green Bay’s passing game: 53 yards to Randall Cobb for a touchdown, 40 yards to Davante Adams at the end of the first half and 36 yards to James Jones to convert a fourth down. It entered the game with only five.

3.6: Yards allowed per rushing play by Green Bay. Its only better performance vs. the run was 2.9 yards per carry against San Diego in Week 6.

4: Passing touchdowns by Rodgers, the 16th time he has accomplished that in his career. The Packers are 15-1 with those games, with that lone loss coming at Minnesota in Week 17 of the 2012 season. That game will be referenced a couple times later.

5: Sacks by Carolina’s defense. Rodgers hadn’t been sacked five times in a game since the aforementioned loss at Minnesota.

10: Consecutive losses on the road with Rodgers at quarterback against teams that finished with winning records. (Assuming Denver and Carolina finish with winning records this season). The first of those losses was the aforementioned game at Minnesota. The rest of the games: at San Francisco in the 2012 playoffs, at San Francisco and Cincinnati in 2013, at Seattle, Detroit, Buffalo and Seattle in 2014, and at Denver and Carolina this season.

10: Tackles by Jake Ryan in the rookie linebacker’s first significant playing time.

14: Quarterback hits allowed by the Packers. In the first five games, opponents officially were credited with just 12 quarterback hits.

19.8: Yards per reception on Carolina’s 15 completions. That’s the third-highest figure in the league this season, according to STATS. In the first six games, the Packers didn’t allow more than 13.4 yards per completion. Last week, the Broncos averaged 16.2 per reception. Sam Shields was out of the lineup on Sunday and missed most of the Denver game.

24: Points for Carolina in the second quarter compared to zero for the Packers. Green Bay has been outscored 71-26 in the second quarter, a minus-45 scoring differential.

39: The length of Philly Brown’s touchdown reception. That’s his longest catch of the season.

52: The length of Devin Funchess’ big play on Sunday. That’s his longest reception of the season.

59: The length of Jerricho Cotchery’s big play on Sunday. That’s his longest reception of the season.

83: Receiving yards by James Starks, a career-high on a career-high-tying six receptions. His yardage total was more than he had in three games as a rookie in 2010, six games in 2012 and almost as many as in 13 games in 2013, when he had 10 catches for 89 yards.

117: Passing yards by Rodgers in the first half, on 8-of-16 accuracy with one touchdown and no interceptions. Forty of those yards came on a meaningless heave at the end of the first half.

127: Yardage advantage by Green Bay in the second half.

152: Yardage advantage by Carolina in the first half.

252: Passing yards by Rodgers in the second half, on 17-of-24 accuracy with three touchdowns and one interception.

427: Total yards by Carolina. Dating to 1940, according to Pro Football Reference, the Packers have allowed at least 425 yards in three consecutive games for just the second time. The other time was the final three games of the 2011 season.

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