Packers-Lions: Winning by the Numbers

We have 18 story-telling numbers that tell you how the Green Bay Packers shocked the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers’ shocking victory over the Detroit Lions:

0: Seconds the Packers spent in the lead. In their first seven wins, the front-running Packers led for about 46 minutes, 51 seconds per game. It's rare feat, though the Ravens did it two weeks ago vs. the Rams.

0.12: Points per play for the Lions on their final nine possessions, with six points on 50 plays.

1.06: Points per play for the Lions on their first three possessions, with 17 points on 16 plays.

2.8: Yards per carry by the Lions in the second half, with 15 carries for 42 yards. In the first half, they averaged 5.9 per carry with 10 attempts for 59 yards.

4.63: Ezekiel Ansah’s 40-yard time at the 2013 Scouting Combine. Rodgers beat Ansah to the end zone on his 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

6: Points allowed in the final nine possessions by the Packers’ defense.

6: Consecutive games in which Rodgers lost the passer-rating battle vs. the opposing quarterback. Matthew Stafford finished at 102.1 while Rodgers was 96.2.

7: Sacks by Julius Peppers this season, including the sack-strip that set up Green Bay’s second touchdown. That gives Peppers 132.5, tying Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal or No. 12 all-time.

8: Catches by tight end Richard Rodgers. His previous career was six vs. the Rams earlier this season.

10: Tackles and a fumble recovery by rookie Jake Ryan as the former Michigan star made his first NFL start.

20: The deficit Green Bay overcame. It’s the fourth time the Packers won after trailing by at least 20 points, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: down 23-0 at halftime in a 35-23 victory vs. the Rams in 1982, down 21-0 in the second quarter in a 35-34 victory over the Saints in 1989 and down 26-3 in a 37-36 victory over the Cowboys with Matt Flynn at quarterback in 2013.

25: Yards, the length of Richard Rodgers’ previous season-long catch. He had catches of 61, 26 and 26 yards vs. the Lions.

27: Rushing yards by Aaron Rodgers, a team-high. It’s the second time he’s led the team in rushing this season, also doing it with his 39 yards vs. the Rams in Week 5.

61: Yards, the length of the game-winning touchdown pass. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the second-longest game-winning touchdown on the final play of the fourth quarter in NFL history. Almost exactly 45 years ago – Dec. 4, 1960 -- Earl Morrall hit Jim Gibbons for a 65-yard touchdown pass as the Lions beat the Colts.

134.0: Rodgers’ second-half passer rating, on 14-of-20 accuracy for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He was at 49.0 in the first half.

146: Receiving yards by Richard Rodgers. That’s almost triple his previous career-high total of 58 yards vs. the Saints in 2014.

146: Richard Rodgers’ receiving total is the second-most for a tight end this season. The Saints’ Ben Watson had nine catches for 147 yards vs. the Saints on Nov. 1.

146: Receiving yards by Richard Rodgers, the most by a Packers tight end since at least 1960, according to Pro Football Reference. Jermichael Finley’s best game was for 128 yards vs. Minnesota in 2009, though he did put up 159 yards vs. Arizona in the 2009 playoffs.

Bill Huber is publisher of 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 www.twitter.com/PackerReport.


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