Packers-Lions: Losing by the Numbers

Here are 20 mostly stomach-turning numbers that tell you why the Green Bay Packers lost to the Detroit Lions 18-16 on Sunday.

Minus-95: Detroit’s scoring deficit in the second and third quarters this season before Sunday. They outscored Green Bay 9-0.

0: Sacks by Green Bay’s defense for the third consecutive game. That comes on the heels of a 42-game streak with at least one sack.

0: Third-down conversions by Detroit in the first half. It’s first was the 2-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew to open the second half.

1.4: Yards allowed per carry by the Packers against the Lions’ running backs (23 carries for 33 yards).

1.7: Yards allowed per carry by the Packers against the Lions (26 carries for 45 yards). Green Bay’s previous season-best figure was 2.9 vs. San Diego. It’s the Packers’ best rate since allowing 1.1 at Chicago in Week 3 of the 2011 season.

3: Times in Aaron Rodgers career in which the Packers have lost with him throwing for at least 333 yards with multiple touchdowns and no interceptions. He is 14-3 in those games, with the losses at Pittsburgh in 2009 (37-36) and Minnesota in 2012 (37-34).

3: Consecutive losses by the Packers, the first with Rodgers quarterbacking since dropping five in a row late in 2008.

3: First-half points, the fewest for the Packers in a game with Rodgers at quarterback since being skunked in Week 3 of the 2012 season.

5.46: Yards per attempt by Rodgers. That’s the sixth-worst day of his career in a game that he started and didn’t depart because of an injury.

7: Career touchdown receptions by Richard Rodgers, the second-most by a Packers tight end in his first two seasons since the 1970 merger. Bubba Franks had 10 touchdown catches in his first two seasons.

16: Running plays (vs. 65 passes/sacks/scrambles by Rodgers) against a Detroit defense that entered the day ranked 30th with 133.8 rushing yards allowed per game.

21: Passes thrown to Packers receiver Davante Adams. Since the NFL began tracking that statistic in 1992, that’s by far the most for the Packers, according to Pro Football Reference. Antonio Freeman was targeted 18 times against Denver and San Francisco in 1996. It’s the third-most passes to a player this season, behind the 23 to Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown vs. Oakland on Nov. 8 and the 22 to Buffalo’s DeAndre Hopkins vs. Houston on Oct. 4. It’s also the 11th-most since 1992.

24: Games, the length of the Packers’ home winning streak against the Lions. Not only did that streak end but so did Green Bay’s 12-game regular-season home winning streak.

47.4: Green Bay’s third-down efficiency, its best since going 6-of-10 for 60.0 percent at Chicago in Week 1. The Packers had been 30.9 percent since that game.

47: Rushing yards by the Packers, by far their worst of the season. After starting with 120-plus rushing yards in each of the first four games, Green Bay rushed for 90 vs. Denver and 71 vs. Carolina. It’s Green Bay’s fewest rushing yards since being limited to 24 by Detroit on Nov. 28, 2013.

79: Receiving yards by Adams. Of the 23 receivers to be targeted 21 times in a game in NFL history, that’s the fewest yards. In fact, 22 of the 23 broke had at least 111 yards.

83.6: Rodgers’ passer rating, despite 333 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. How rare is that feat? Only three other times in NFL history has a quarterback thrown for at least 300 yards with two-plus touchdown passes and zero interceptions with a rating of less than 83.6: Jake Delhomme, Peyton Manning and Ken O’Brien. Neither threw for more than Rodgers, though.

108: Yards of the Lions’ field-position advantage, with Green Bay starting three drives inside its 10-yard line.

166: Yards by Green Bay on its final three possessions, with two touchdowns and the missed field goal.

206: Yards by Green Bay on its first 11 possessions, with nine punts, a field goal and a take-a-knee to end the half. Six of those drives failed to gain a first down.


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