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Packers-Falcons: The Losing Numbers

The Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl aspirations went up in smoke against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the carnage.

0: Takeaways by Green Bay. It had recorded at least one (and a total of 16) during the eight-game winning streak.

0: First downs by the Packers’ offense on two key drives: When Atlanta took a 17-0 lead and to start the second half.

1: Fumble by fullback Aaron Ripkowski. Green Bay hadn’t fumbled on offense – let alone lost a fumble – since the Week 13 game against Houston. They had gone six consecutive games without a fumble on offense.

2.8: Yards allowed by Green Bay against Atlanta’s running backs, with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman limited to 71 yards on 25 carries. So, at least the Packers did something well on defense.

3: Touchdowns by Atlanta in the first half. Green Bay had only three running plays in the first half.

4: Quarterbacks in NFL playoff history with four touchdown passes and one touchdown run in a game, with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan joining the list on Sunday. Rodgers had been the last quarterback, doing so in Green Bay’s 51-45 loss to Arizona in the 2009 playoffs.

6: Number of Packers full- or part-time starters who are headed to free agency with guard T.J. Lang, tight end Jared Cook, running back Eddie Lacy, outside linebackers Nick Perry and Julius Peppers, and defensive back Micah Hyde.

7: Quarterbacks in NFL playoff history with four touchdown passes, no interceptions and no sacks. Ryan was the first quarterback with that stat line since Peyton Manning and the Colts in 2003. The first was Bart Starr against the Cowboys in Green Bay’s 34-27 win in the 1966 NFL Championship.

7: Postseason games with three-plus touchdown passes by Rodgers. Only Joe Montana (nine) has more.

10: Passing plays of at least 16 yards by the Falcons. They all came in the first two-and-a-half quarters. Green Bay allowed only two in the first matchup vs. Atlanta.

20: First downs by Atlanta in the first half.

21: Plays by Green Bay in the first half.

23: Consecutive playoff field goals by Green Bay’s Mason Crosby, a streak snapped when he missed a 41-yarder on the opening possession. His last miss came at Atlanta in the 2010 playoffs.

24: Points of Green Bay’s halftime deficit, 24-0. That’s tied for the largest in Packers franchise history. Green Bay trailed 24-0 to Atlanta in the 2002 playoffs en route to a 27-7 loss.

35:41: Time, in minutes and seconds, before the Packers scored. That’s the longest it took the Packers to score in any of their 56 all-time postseason games. The previous record, according to Elias, was 35 minutes, 5 seconds, against the Colts in 1965. Green Bay won 13-10 in overtime.

44: Points allowed by Green Bay, the fourth-most in a playoff game in franchise history.

54:24: Minutes and seconds that the Packers trailed. Contrast that to the eight-game winning streak. Green Bay trailed for a total of 28:35, with 18:24 of that against the Giants.

67: Snaps played by Green Bay’s four rookie defensive draft picks (Kenny Clark, first round, 31; Kyler Fackrell, third round, zero; inside linebacker Blake Martinez, fourth round, 18; Dean Lowry, fourth round, 18). They combined for five tackles.

76.9: Atlanta’s third-down conversion rate, the highest in a playoff game since at least 1940, when Pro Football Reference has data.

139.4: Ryan’s passer rating, the second-worst figure in Packers playoff history. The Kurt Warner-led Cardinals posted a 153.6 against Green Bay in the aforementioned shootout in 2009.

180: Receiving yards by Atlanta’s Julio Jones, the most ever given up by the Packers in a playoff game. Last year, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald had 176.

183: Snaps played by Atlanta’s three rookie defensive draft picks (Keanu Neal, first round, 62; Deion Jones, second round, 64; De’Vondre Campbell, fourth round, 57). They combined for 15 tackles.

493: Total yards allowed by the Packers, the third-most in franchise playoff history behind the 579 vs. San Francisco in the 2012 playoffs and the 531 vs. Arizona in the 2009 playoffs.

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