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Packers-Bears: The Winning Numbers

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers’ 26-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

1: Missed extra point by Green Bay’s Mason Crosby. He entered the game as one of four kickers with at least 20 attempts to have not missed from the longer point-after distance established before last season.

1: Catch (four targets) for 9 yards by Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson.

1: Catch (two targets) for 12 yards by Chicago’s Cameron Meredith. He had 20 catches the last two games combined.

3: Catches (11 targets) for 33 yards by Chicago’s top receiver, Alshon Jeffery.

3: Packers players with at least 10 receptions. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Green Bay became the second team in NFL history to have three players with at least 10 catches, with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery matching New England’s Leroy Thompson (11), Ben Coates (10) and Michael Timpson (10) in an overtime win vs. Minnesota on Nov. 13, 1994.

10: While the Packers had three players with at least 10 receptions, the Bears had 10 completions as a team. That’s tied for the fewest of Dom Capers’ tenure as a defensive coordinator. Amazingly, the Packers lost the last three times they allowed 10 completions: at home vs. Minnesota in last year’s regular-season finale, the Fail Mary game at Seattle in 2012 and the 7-3 loss at Detroit in 2010 when Rodgers was knocked out with a concussion.

10: Receptions by Green Bay receiver/running back Ty Montgomery. He’s the first Packers player with back-to-back games of 10 receptions since Sterling Sharpe in 1993. The only other player is Don Hutson in 1942.

11: The number of 10-catch games in the entire NFL entering this week’s games. The Packers added three to that total.

11: Receptions by Randall Cobb, which matched his career high set at Tampa Bay in 2014.

13: Receptions by Davante Adams. That’s a career high, as were his 132 yards and two touchdowns. Adams’ catch total was the second-most in franchise history behind Hutson’s 14 in 1942. Adams has the only game in the NFL this season of 10-plus catches and at least two touchdowns.

19: Minutes (and 12 seconds) of Green Bay’s time-of-possession advantage.

19: More first downs for the Packers (32) than the Bears (13).

21: Passing first downs by the Packers, tied for the second most since that data is available at Pro Football Reference. The Packers had 22 vs. Minnesota in 2007.

32: First downs by the Packers, tied for the second-most in franchise history – with those coming in overtime games against Tampa Bay in 1980 and Atlanta in 1983. The franchise record of 37 was set in a 49-0 rout of Philadelphia in 1962.

39: Completions by Rodgers, eclipsing Brett Favre’s record of 36 against Chicago in 1993. 

45: Plays by the Bears. At one point, Rodgers had more completions (36) than the Bears had plays (35).

56.3: Green Bay’s third-down percentage. The Packers entered the game as the NFL’s best third-down team at 49.3 percent.

60: Rushing yards by Montgomery, who also had 10 catches for 66 yards. How rare is that? Over the past 10 seasons, Montgomery became only the 13th player with at least that production in those three categories. He is the first player to do it this season, and only Baltimore’s Javorius Allen did it last season and only Matt Forte (three times) did it in 2013 and 2014.

81: Plays by the Packers. That’s the fourth-most by the Packers under coach Mike McCarthy.

132.9: Rodgers’ second-half passer rating, when he went 20-of-26 for 176 yards and three touchdowns.

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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