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Packers-Giants: The Winning Numbers

How many times in Packers playoff history have they had two receivers with 100-plus yards and at least one touchdown? We have that and much more with these 23 story-telling statistics.

minus-8: Yards by the Packers in their first three series.

0: Losses by the home teams during Wild Card round. They went 0-4 last year. All four games this year were decided by at least 13 points, the most-lopsided Wild Card Weekend since 1995.

0: Turnovers by the Packers, the sixth time during their seven-game winning streak they’ve accomplished that.

1: Player who played through the whistle on Clay Matthews’ sack-strip-recovery in the fourth quarter. That was Matthews, who sacked Eli Manning at the Giants’ 40-yard line. The ball bounced forward 15 yards, with the rest of the players believing Manning had thrown an incompletion. Instead, Matthews kept going, drilled running back Paul Perkins, who was casually picking up the loose ball, and then pounced on the ball at the Packers’ 45.

2: Receptions allowed by Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter, who spent most of the game on Giants star Odell Beckham.

2: Packers players with at least 100 receiving yards and one touchdown, with Davante Adams catching eight passes for 125 yards and one touchdown and Randall Cobb catching five passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns. That’s the first time in Packers playoff history in which two players accomplished that feat.

3: Touchdown receptions by Cobb, which ties an NFL playoff record. According to Pro Football Reference, 16 others have done it – none since the Giants’ Amani Toomer vs. San Francisco in the 2002 playoffs. Green Bay’s Sterling Sharpe did it in the 1993 playoffs at Detroit.

3: Green Bay’s deficit after the first quarter. The Packers were 0-5 when trailing after the first quarter.

4: Consecutive scoring drives in the second half, with Green Bay going touchdown, field goal, touchdown, touchdown to turn a close game into a rout.

4: Games in NFL history in which a quarterback threw for 350-plus yards with four-plus touchdowns and zero interceptions, with Aaron Rodgers joining the group on Sunday with 362 yards and four scores. Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning, Arizona’s Kurt Warner and Kansas City’s Alex Smith are the others. Warner did it against Green Bay in the 2009 playoffs.

4: Catches out of 11 targets on passes to Beckham. He turned those into just 28 yards.

9: Playoff wins by Packers coach Mike McCarthy, tying Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren for most in franchise history.

12: Tackles by Packers linebacker Jake Ryan. That led the team, and his three passes defensed tied for the team lead.

12: Passes defensed by the Packers (Ryan, 3; Damarious Randall, 3; Julius Peppers, 2; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, 2; Micah Hyde, 1; Joe Thomas, 1). Their previous season high was 10 vs. Houston. They never had more than seven during their four-game losing streak.

16: According to Pro Football Reference, there have been 16 games of four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, with Rodgers joining a list that includes Lynn Dickey (vs. the Cardinals in the 1982 playoffs) and Bart Starr (vs. Dallas in the 1966 NFL Championship Game).

21: Consecutive successful field goals by Mason Crosby, extending his NFL postseason record.

21:33: Green Bay’s time of possession in the second half.

41.2: Punter Jacob Schum’s net average. He beat Giants punter Brad Wing’s net average by 9.0 yards.

43.9: Eli Manning’s passer rating to the receivers who took the controversial trip to Miami. Manning’s rating to everyone else was 105.8.

121.7: Rodgers’ passer rating during the Packers’ seven-game winning streak. He is 167-of-240 (69.6 percent) for 2,029 yards with 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

125.2: Rodgers’ passer rating on Sunday. He’s topped 100 in six of his 14 career playoff starts and tied the record for most 100-rating games. The others? Joe Montana, who needed 23 starts, and Tom Brady, who’s made 30 starts.

168: Yards of field-position advantage for the Packers. Green Bay’s average drive started at its 36-yard line while New York’s average drive started at its 25. That’s 11 yards – or more than a first down.

406: Yards of total offense by the Packers. Broken down, they had 29 yards on their first five possessions and 378 on their next eight.

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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