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Packers-Falcons: The Losing Numbers

In a weekly postgame staple, here are 20 defining numbers from the Green Bay Packers' loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

0: Catches by receivers Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery, who were inactive. They caught a combined 38 passes the previous two games, including 21 in last Thursday’s win over Chicago.

0: Takeaways. The Packers had forced at least one turnover in 11 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the league.

1: Pass play of 25 yards allowed by the Packers. The Falcons entered the game with a league-high 21 completions of 25-plus yards. That lone big play went for a touchdown, giving the Falcons eight touchdown passes of 25-plus yards.

1: Pass play of 25 yards by the Packers. Green Bay entered the game tied for 30th with eight completions of 25-plus yards.

4: Touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were 15-2 when Rodgers threw at least four touchdown passes, including a loss at Carolina last year.

8.8: Yards per completion by Rodgers. He’s averaged less than 10 yards per completion in each of the last three games. Over the past 17 regular-season games, Rodgers has averaged less than 10 yards per completion eight times. In the 56 regular-season games from 2011 through 2014, Rodgers was held to less than 10 yards per completion just five times.

12: Receptions by Davante Adams. He caught 13 last week against Chicago.

14: Rushing yards on seven carries by running backs Don Jackson (four carries, 10 yards) and Knile Davis (three carries, 4 yards).

25: Adams’ catch total over the past two games. Pro Football Reference has game logs going back to 1950. The most catches in a two-game span was 20 by Ty Montgomery (Week 5 and 6) and Sterling Sharpe (1993), with Sharpe (1994) and Antonio Freeman (1996) having 19 catches over two-game stretches. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Don Hutson had a two-game haul of 24 catches in 1942.

29: Receiving yards by Atlanta’s star receiver, Julio Jones. The Falcons have won all three of his least-productive games (one catch, 16 yards vs. New Orleans; two catches, 29 yards vs. Denver).

34: Rushing yards by Aaron Ripkowski on six attempts. His predecessor, John Kuhn, had only four games with more yardage. Ripkowski averaged 5.7 yards per carry, better than any game in which Kuhn has had at least three carries.

55: Yards on Trevor Davis’ punt return in the second quarter. The Packers had 37 punt-return yards all season while the Falcons had allowed 54 punt-return yards.

60: Rushing yards by Rodgers on six attempts. It was the best rushing game of Rodgers’ career. He had four games of 50-plus rushing yards, led by his 57 yards vs. Indianapolis in 2012.

60.0: The Packers’ third-down conversion rate. They entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL with a 50.6 percent success rate.

80.0: The Packers’ red-zone success rate. They entered the game ranked 17th with a 52.0 percent touchdown rate, including 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) the previous three weeks.

80.0: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan’s completion percentage. The Packers entered the game ranked 11th with an opponent completion percentage of 60.3.

125.5: Rodgers’ passer rating. The Packers were 41-1 when Rodgers’ rating tops 115.0. The only other blemish was a 37-34 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 30, 2012, when Rodgers’ rating was 131.8.

129.5: Ryan’s passer rating. The Packers have allowed a passer rating of at least 112 in four games this season, with a 1-3 record in those games.

139.5: Career sacks for Julius Peppers, including his one vs. Atlanta. That ties him with Jason Taylor for sixth in NFL history. Michael Strahan is fifth with 141.5.

288: Passing yards by Ryan, extending his NFL record to 47 consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards.

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