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Packers-Cowboys: The Winning Playoff Numbers

We've got about 30 noteworthy numbers to illustrate what happened on Sunday, including this one: The Packers had five plays of more than 25 yards on Sunday. They had none in the first matchup vs. Dallas.

1: Interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers. The Packers had lost four consecutive playoff games when Rodgers threw an interception.

2: Consecutive playoff wins by the Packers, a first since the run to the Super Bowl in 2010.

2: Wins in as many weeks by the Packers when giving up the first points of the game. They went 0-5 in the regular season.

2: Field goals of 50-plus yards by Mason Crosby in the final 1:33 of the game, a 56-yarder to give the Packers a 31-28 lead and a 51-yarder to give the Packers 34-31 win. That marked his first game of two 50-yard field goals in his career. He had made only one in the regular season.

3: Field goals of at least 50 yards in the final 2 minutes of regulation, a first for a playoff game since at least 1994, according to Pro Football Reference.

6: Catches for 104 yards by tight end Jared Cook. In his last five games, he’s caught 24 passes for 330 yards. In his first seven games, he caught 17 passes for 197 yards — and that includes a six-catch, 105-yard game vs. Washington.

7: Consecutive scoring drives by the Packers — four in a row to end the New York game and the first three against Dallas — excluding a take-a-knee drive to run out the clock against the Giants. Green Bay scored six touchdowns and one field goal on those drives.

8: Consecutive wins by the Packers. For the first time since the 1970 merger, each of the team’s in the NFL’s version of the Final Four finished the regular season with winning streaks of at least four games, according to the NFL. So, maybe momentum does matter. 

9: Wins, with no losses, when the Packers lead a playoff game by at least 15 points entering the fourth quarter since 1940. Since Mike McCarthy took over as coach in 2006, the Packers are 41-0 when taking a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter.

25: The Packers had five plays of more than 25 yards on Sunday. They had none in the first matchup vs. Dallas.

36.5: Points per game at home by Atlanta in its last eight home games. The Falcons scored at least 30 points in seven of those games, with the low being “only” 28 vs. Kansas City. They beat the Packers 33-32 in Week 8 and return to the Georgia Dome for Sunday’s NFC title game. 

50.0: Dallas’ red-zone touchdown rate. It went 2-of-4 in the red zone after scoring touchdowns on 66.7 percent of its trips inside the 20-yard line this year, the third-best rate in the league.

51: Length of Crosby’s field goal as time expired, the longest game-winning field in NFL postseason history, according to Elias.

100.0: Green Bay’s red-zone touchdown rate. It went 3-of-3, pushing its total during its winning streak to 24-of-31. What does that 74.2 percent  success rate mean? Tennessee led the league at 72.0 percent.

110.4: Rodgers’ rating when not blitzed. According to Pro Football Focus, he was 18-of-28 for 288 yards and one touchdown. When blitzed, however, he was 9-of-15 for 68 yards with one touchdown and one interception, which equates to a passer rating of 65.4.

138: Yards by Packers tight ends Cook (six catches, 104 yards, one touchdown) and Richard Rodgers (one catch, 34 yards, one touchdown). Dallas allowed a league-worst 7.5 receptions for 75.4 yards per game to tight ends this season, including 100-plus yards in each of the last three games.

146.8: Rodgers’ passer when out of the pocket, compared to 82.7 when in the pocket, according to the NFL.

318: Consecutive passes of Rodgers’ interception-free streak, spanning one late in the Nov. 13 game at Tennessee and one in the third quarter against the Cowboys two months and two days later. That was the second-longest streak in NFL history.

356: Passing yards by Rodgers after throwing for 362 yards against the Giants. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to top 350 passing yards in back-to-back playoff wins in one postseason.

How close was the game?

1: Turnover by each team

6.6: Yards per play by Green Bay.

6.7: Yards per play by Dallas.

25: First downs for Dallas.

27: First downs for Green Bay.

28: Seconds of Dallas’ time-of-possession edge.

54.5: Percent conversion rate on third down by both teams.

63: Plays by the Packers.

64: Plays by the Cowboys.

414: Yards by the Packers.

429: Yards by the Cowboys.

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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