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Packers-Lions: The Winning Numbers

We take an inside-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers’ 34-27 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

2: Sacks by Green Bay’s Nick Perry, his best regular-season game. He did have 2.5 sacks in the playoff win at Washington.

2.2: Yards per carry allowed by the Packers, an excellent number – but also their worst of the season.

4: Touchdown passes in the first half by Aaron Rodgers, only the second time in his career in which he has thrown four touchdown passes in a half. He threw six in the first half against Chicago on Nov. 9, 2014.

5: Key defenders on the Packers’ inactives list: cornerback Sam Shields, safety Morgan Burnett, outside linebacker Clay Matthews, elephant Datone Jones and defensive tackle Letroy Guion.

6.48: Yards per play by the Packers. They averaged 4.9 vs. Jacksonville and 4.1 vs. Minnesota and entered the game ranked 30th with 4.49 yards per play.

8.54: Rodgers’ average yards per passing attempt. That was his best since averaging 8.79 in last year’s Week 6 victory over San Diego. He entered the game ranked No. 31 with 5.41 yards per attempt.

9: Tackles for losses by the Packers, coming on three sacks, one pass and six running plays.

10: Leading up to the game, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the passing game needed to attack the middle of the field. Rodgers threw 10 passes over the middle compared to 13 in the first two games combined.

10:14: Time of possession advantage for the Lions.

17: More plays by the Lions.

34: Points by the Packers, their most in a regular-season game since scoring 38 in last year’s Week 3 win vs. Kansas City. The Packers averaged 35.0 points per game in 2011.

42.7: Rushing yards allowed per game by the Packers, tops in the NFL.

50: Rushing yards allowed by the Packers.

66: Yards gained via a pass-interference penalty against Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson on a long pass from Rodgers to Trevor Davis. That’s the longest such penalty in at least 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. ESPN’s penalty database goes back to 2001. The previous long? A 60-yarder against Cleveland defensive back Mike Adams against Baltimore in 2010.

103: Rushing yards by Eddie Lacy, his 11th career 100-yard game. Green Bay is 8-2-1 when he hits the century mark.

128: Rushing yards allowed by the Packers in the first three games. That’s the fewest allowed by Green Bay dating to 1933, when the NFL began compiling stats, according to Elias.

129.3: Rodgers’ passer rating. Not only did it snap a career-worst 14-game streak without a 100 rating, but it was his best since a 138.5 vs. Kansas City in Week 3.

205: Receiving yards by Detroit’s Marvin Jones. That’s the third-most yards allowed to a receiver by the Packers since Dom Capers took over as defensive coordinator in 2009, with Julio Jones putting up 259 yards for Atlanta in 2014 and Stefon Diggs gaining 182 yards last week.

250: When Detroit's Matthew Stafford throws for 250-plus yards against the Packers, Detroit is 1-5.

385: Passing yards by Stafford. In 12 career matchups against Green Bay, that’s his second-highest yardage total. Stafford threw for 520 yards at Lambeau Field in a 45-41 loss to the Packers on Jan. 1, 2012.

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