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Packers make another trip to the postseason

Posted Jan 26, 2016

Packers tied the Cowboys and Giants for the most postseason appearances in NFL history

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  • The Green Bay Packers earned the 31st postseason berth in team history and the franchise’s 18th appearance in the last 23 seasons.
  • The Packers tied the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants for the most postseason appearances in NFL history.
  • Green Bay set a franchise record with its seventh consecutive playoff appearance (2009-15).
  • The Packers joined the New England Patriots as the only teams to make the playoffs each of the past seven years. Both teams join Houston (1987-93) and San Francisco (1992-98) for the seventh-longest postseason streak in NFL history (Nine: Dallas, 1975-83 / Indianapolis, 2002-10; Eight: Dallas, 1966-1973 / Pittsburgh, 1972-79/ L.A. Rams, 1973-80 / San Francisco, 1983-90).
  • Green Bay leads the NFC with eight trips to the postseason since 2007.
  • The Packers have made the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
  • McCarthy’s eight postseason appearanaces are tied with Vince Lombardi for the most by a Packers coach since the NFL postseason began in 1933.
  • Green Bay advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons (2010-12, 2014-15). The Packers are tied with Denver and Seattle for the second-most appearances in the divisional playoffs since 2010, trailing only New England’s six.
  • Under McCarthy, the Packers have made the divisional round of the playoffs six times, the most by a Packers coach (dating back to 1970).
  • Green Bay’s six appearances in the divisional playoffs are the second most in the NFC and the fourth most in the NFL since 2006 (New England, eight / Baltimore and Seattle, seven).

 

REGULAR-SEASON SUCCESS

  • Green Bay has 83 regular-season wins since 2008, No. 2 in the NFL over that span (New England Patriots, 96).
  • This season the Packers reached 10 regular-season wins for the 28th time in franchise history, and for the sixth time in the last seven years.
  • Green Bay has recorded 10 or more wins 15 times in the last 21 seasons (since 1995) after registering 10-plus victories just 13 times in the first 73 seasons Green Bay was in the NFL (1921-1994).
  • McCarthy’s seven regular seasons with 10-plus wins are a franchise record (since 1921).
  • The Packers’ seven 10-plus win regular seasons since 2006 are the most in the NFC and the third most in the NFL over that span (New England, 10 / Indianapolis, eight).
  • In Aaron Rodgers’ eight seasons as the starting quarterback (since 2008), the Packers have recorded 10-plus wins six times, tying them with the Colts for the second-most seasons with 10 or more wins from 2008-15 (Patriots, eight).

ON THE ROAD

  • With a 5-3 road record during the regular season (best since 2011), Green Bay finished with at least a .500 record away from Lambeau Field for the eighth time in 10 seasons under McCarthy.
  • The Packers won five-plus regular-season road games for the fifth time since 2006 (7-1 in 2011 / 6-2 in 2007 / 5-3 in 2006, 2009, 2015).
  • Green Bay is 45-35 in regular-season away games during the McCarthy era. Its .563 road winning percentage since 2006 is tied (Dallas) for No. 2 in the NFC and tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span (New England: 55-25, .688 / Indianpolis: 46-34, .575 / Philadelphia: 45-34-1, .569).
  • Green Bay is 4-4 in road playoff games under McCarthy, with the Packers’ four wins tied (New York Jets, 4-3) for the third-most in the NFL since 2006 (Baltimore Ravens, 7-5 / New York Giants, 5-1).
  • Green Bay’s .500 road playoff winning percentage since 2006 is the fifth best in the NFL (min. three games) over that span (Giants, .833 / San Francisco 49ers, 3-1, .750 / Ravens, .583 / Jets, .571).
  • The Packers have averaged 30.4 points per game on the road in the postseason since 2006, No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
  • Rodgers’ 95.5 passer rating in road playoff contests ranks fourth in the NFL (min. 100 att.) behind Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (104.0), San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (99.3) and Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (97.9).
  • Rodgers has registered 17 passing touchdowns in road playoff games, ranking No. 3 in NFL history behind Brett Favre and Flacco (18).

 

2015 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • While Green Bay did not reach its ultimate goal, it did make it to the divisional round of the playoffs and put up some numbers in the two postseason games.
  • The Packers opened the 2015 NFL playoffs with a road victory at Washington, Green Bay’s first road playoff win since the 2010 postseason.
  • After a slow start that saw Green Bay fall behind 11-0, the Packers outscored the Redskins 35-7 to finish with a 35-18 victory. The Packers’ comeback from 11 points down was the second largest in franchise playoff history (2007 vs. Seattle, 14-point deficit) and the largest postseason comeback on the road in team annals.
  • It was Green Bay’s sixth 30-plus point game in the postseason since 2006, tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span
  • The Packers allowed just one sack to a Washington defense that registered 17 in its final four regular-season games. In the divisional round at Arizona, Green Bay allowed just one sack on 44 pass attempts.
  • P Tim Masthay’s 44.0-yard net average at Washington was the second-best mark posted in franchise playoff history (since 1976, min. four punts), trailing only his 47.0-yard average at San Francisco on Jan. 12, 2013.
  • Green Bay’s defense only allowed 18 points in the win over Washington, the fourth time the Packers had given up less than 20 points in a playoff game since 2009, tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span.
  • LBs Mike Neal (2.0) and Nick Perry (2.5) led the pass rush against Washington and became the first duo in team playoff history to both record two-plus sacks in a postseason game.
  • Green Bay recorded six sacks against the Redskins, tied for No. 2 in a postseason game in franchise history (since 1963)
  • LB Clay Matthews recorded 1.5 sacks in the Wild Card win over Washington to give him 10.0 for his career and extend his postseason franchise record. He also recorded one forced fumble.
  • Perry registered 3.5 sacks in the two games, tying the franchise record (Matthews, 2010) for the most sacks in a single postseason.
  • Matthews and Perry both rank in the top five in the NFL in postseason sacks since 2009.
  • Matthews leads the NFL with four forced fumbles in the postseason since 2009.
  • In the Wild Card win at Washington, RBs Eddie Lacy (63 yards and a touchdown) and James Starks (53 yards and a touchdown) became the first Green Bay duo to both record 50-plus rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a playoff game in franchise history.
  • Lacy averaged 6.3 yards per carry during the 2015 postseason. It was the single-best mark in franchise postseason history by a player with 10-plus attempts.
  • As a team, Green Bay registered 141 yards on 32 carries (4.4 avg.) against the Redskins, marking just the fifth time since 1990 that the Packers recorded over 140 rushing yards in a postseason game and the first time since the 2011 playoffs.
  • The Packers totaled 276 rushing yards in the 2015 postseason, ranking No. 7 in Green Bay postseason history (since 1921).
  • In the divisional round against Arizona, WR Jeff Janis recorded seven receptions for 145 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Janis had 101 of those yards on the final drive of the fourth quarter, including 41-yard touchdown reception as time expired to tie the game at 20. The 101 yards were the most receiving yards on a single drive in a playoff game since the merger.
  • Janis was the first player in franchise history with seven-plus catches, 140-plus receiving yards and two-plus receiving touchdowns in a single postseason game.
  • Janis’ 145 rec. yards rank No. 3 in a postseason game in franchise history.

 

NOTES ON THE REGULAR SEASON

  • The Packers earned the 750th total victory in franchise history this season. Green Bay joined the Chicago Bears as the only teams in NFL history to reach 750 total wins.
  • Head Coach Mike McCarthy has now led Green Bay to seven seasons with 10-plus regular-season wins, the most in franchise history (since 1921).
  • McCarthy is the 10th coach to record seven-or-more 10-win seasons in their first 10 years as an NFL head coach (Don Shula, Marty Schottenheimer, Chuck Knox, Joe Gibbs, Bud Grant, Tony Dungy, Mike Ditka, George Seifert, Bill Walsh).
  • Green Bay posted eight zero-turnover games during the 2015 regular season, tied for No. 1 (2009) in franchise history (since 1933).
  • The Packers finished the regular season 7-5 against NFC teams. It was the eighth regular season since 2006 that Green Bay finished with seven-plus wins against NFC opponents.
  • Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games during the regular season tied a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).
  • The Packers had four players with 50-plus receptions for only the third time (1983, 2002) since 1940.

 

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers reached 30 passing touchdowns (31) during the regular season for the fifth time in his career. He ranks second in team history behind Brett Favre's eight. Rodgers’ five 30-plus passing touchdown seasons since 2009 are tied for the second most in the NFL over that time span (NE Tom Brady and IND/DEN Peyton Manning, five / NO Drew Brees, seven).
  • Rodgers only threw eight interceptions, marking his fifth season with 500-plus attempts/eight or fewer interceptions. He has five of the 13 seasons in NFL history (Tom Brady - three / Aaron Brooks, Marc Bulger, Jason Campbell, Brett Favre, Alex Smith - one).
  • Rodgers finished with 344 rushing yards, the second-highest total of his career (356 in 2010).
  • WR Randall Cobb has recorded a reception in 56 consecutive regular-season games, the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. He trails WR James Lofton (58, 1979-1983) for the fourth longest.
  • WR James Jones finished the regular season with a team-high 102 yards on four receptions (25.5 avg.) against Minnesota, giving him a single-season career-best three games with 100-plus receiving yards.
  • Jones set a career high with 890 receiving yards on 50 receptions, his fourth consecutive season with 50-plus catches.
  • Dating back to 1991, Jones’ 15 receptions for 25-plus yards tied the fourth-most in a single regular season by a Green Bay player (Jordy Nelson, 19 in 2013, 16 in 2011 / Greg Jennings, 16 in 2010).
  • TE Richard Rodgers hauled in 58 receptions for 510 yards (8.8 avg.) and eight touchdowns. He became only the fourth tight end in team history with 55-plus receptions in a season: Jermichael Finley (three), Paul Coffman (two), Jackie Harris (one).
  • Rodgers has 10 career receiving touchdowns, tied for the most by a Green Bay tight end in his first two seasons since the 1970 merger (Bubba Franks, 10, 2000-01).
  • RB Eddie Lacy finished the season with three 100-yard rushing games. He has recorded three or more 100-yard rushing games in each of his three NFL seasons (three in 2014 and four in 2013). He joins LeSean McCoy as the only NFL players to register three or more 100-yard rushing games in each season from 2013-15.
  • With 3,075 rushing yards, Lacy is one of only two players in team history (RB John Brockington, 3,276) to rush for 3,000-plus yards in his first three seasons in the NFL.
  • RB James Starks set new career bests in receptions (43), receiving yards (392) and receiving touchdowns (three) this season.
  • Starks recorded 100-plus yards from scrimmage four times during the regular season. His 993 yards from scrimmage were a new career high, surpassing the 794 yards in 2011.
  • With 601 rushing yards, Starks surpassed his single-season career high of 578 yards from 2011.
  • Lacy (758) and Starks (601) gave the Packers two players with 600-plus rushing yards in the same season for the first time since 1985 (Jessie Clark-633 / Eddie Lee Ivery-636).
  • Starks (993) and Lacy (946) each recorded over 900 yards from scrimmage, making the Packers one of three teams in the NFL with two running backs with 900-plus yards from scrimmage (Denver and Tampa Bay).

 

DEFENSE

  • LB Clay Matthews finished second on the team with 85 tackles, eclipsing his previous career high of 83 tackles (2010).
  • Matthews finished second on the team with 6.5 sacks this season. It was the seventh consecutive season he recorded six or more sacks, tying him with LB Julius Peppers, KC LB Tamba Hali and DEN LB DeMarcus Ware for the most six-plus sack seasons in the NFL since 2009.
  • Peppers led the team with 10.5 sacks during the regular season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 15.0 sacks in the last 20 games.
  • Peppers recorded his ninth season with 10-plus sacks, which tied John Randle for the fourth-most 10-sack seasons since 1982 (Bruce Smith, 13 / Reggie White, 12 / Kevin Greene, 10).
  • Peppers tied Jared Allen (136.0) for No. 9 on the all-time sacks list (since 1982). He trails both Richard Dent and John Randle (137.5) for the seventh most.
  • DB Micah Hyde, CB Damarious Randall and CB Sam Shields tied for the team lead with three interceptions each. It was the first time Green Bay had three players with three or more interceptions in the same regular season since 2011, when they had six.
  • Packers S Ha Ha Clinton Dix recorded three sacks during the regular season. According to STATS LLC, his three sacks tied for the fifth most in a single regular season by a Packers safety (since 1982) and the most since Mark Roman recorded 3.5 in 2004
  • Clinton-Dix’s three sacks were tied for No. 3 in the NFL during the 2015 regular season among safeties.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • P Tim Masthay finished the regular season with a net punting average of 40.25 yards, the top mark in franchise history (since 1976) as he surpassed his own record of 38.95 in 2013. He now holds the top five single-season marks in team annals (2010-13, 2015).
  • Masthay averaged 44.9 net yards per punt from Week 13-16, No. 1 in the NFL over that span. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the best by a Green Bay punter over a four-game stretch in a single season (min. four punts per game) since net punting began to be tracked in 1976.
  • From Week 13-15, Masthay became the first Packers punter to post a net average of 44-plus yards (min. four punts) in three straight games (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).
  • The Packers led the league in opponent punt return average (4.2) during the regular season. It was the best by a Green Bay team since 1969 (3.4 avg.).
  • K Mason Crosby was one of five players (min. 25 att.) to connect on all extra points this season. Among those five, his 36 attempts were the second most (NE Stephen Gostkowski, 52-52).
  • Crosby recorded 108 points, giving him the ninth 100-point season of his career and passing with Ryan Longwell (1997-2004) for the franchise record.
 
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