Packers-Redskins: Winning By the Numbers

We have our usual 20 story-telling numbers that tell you why the Green Bay Packers beat the Washington Redskins to advance to next week's Divisional playoff game at Arizona.

0: Third-down conversions by the Packers on their first four possessions. They went 5-of-11 thereafter.

1: Sack allowed by the Packers, a huge improvement after giving up 14 the past two weeks.

2: Quarterback hits allowed by the Packers, a huge improvement after giving up 23 the past two weeks.

2: Points allowed by the Packers’ offense on their first four possessions, coming on Preston Smith’s end-zone sack of Aaron Rodgers.

2: Sacks by Mike Neal and Nick Perry. Since individual sacks began being tracked in 1982, that’s the second-most in a playoff game behind only Reggie White’s three in Super Bowl XXXI vs. New England.

4: Road playoff wins in as many games during Wild Card Weekend, a first in NFL history.

5: Career playoff games in which Rodgers has thrown two-plus touchdowns with no interceptions. That’s tied for the fourth-most in NFL history behind Joe Flacco (seven), Tom Brady (six) and Joe Montana (six).

5: Consecutive scoring drives by the Packers spanning the second through fourth quarters. The Packers’ previous season best was three consecutive scores vs. Seattle in Week 2 and Minnesota in Week 11.

6: Sacks by Green Bay, tying for the second-most in a playoff game since team sacks began being tracked in 1963. The Packers had eight sacks at Philadelphia on Jan. 11, 2004, and six sacks in Super Bowl I vs. Kansas City.

6: Playoff wins in as many games when the defense allows 21 points or less in the Rodgers era.

11: The second-quarter deficit overcome by the Packers. It’s the biggest comeback victory in a road playoff game in franchise history. On Jan. 8, 1994, the Packers trailed 17-7 in the third quarter at Detroit.

11: Losses in the Packers’ last 12 road games against teams that finished their seasons with a winning record until Sunday. Since beating the Bears late in the 2012 season, Green Bay’s lone win had been at Minnesota this season.

17: Points by the Packers in the second quarter. They averaged 17 points in their previous three games.

27.4: The difference in Kirk Cousins’ passer rating over his previous 10 games (119.1) and Sunday (91.7).

30:32: Time spent trailing by the Packers on Sunday. Other than the Hail Mary win at Detroit, where Green Bay trailed for 53:48, the Packers were behind for a combined for 31:30 in its other nine wins.

35: Points scored by the Packers, their second-highest scoring output of the season. Since Green Bay’s 38-28 win over Kansas City in Week 3, it had averaged 20.9 points per game during its final 13 regular-season games.

100: Percent of the passes caught by Davante Adams, who hauled in all four targets from Rodgers. Since catching 5-of-5 vs. Seattle, the game in which he sprained his ankle, Adams had caught only 50.6 percent.

100: Percent of the goal-to-go situations turned into touchdown by the Packers, who went 3-for-3. They finished the regular season with a 60.0 percent success rate that tied for 27th in the NFL.

120: Receiving yards by Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. He also had a touchdown. That’s a big day but Reed was targeted 17 times for a 52.9 percent completion rate. Green Bay was No. 1 in the league during the regular season by allowing a 55.1 percent completion rate to opposing tight ends.

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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