Statistical Oddities Of 2009

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LB Nick Barnett had 11 solo tackles against Minnesota in Week 4, the season-high for a Green Bay defensive player in 2009.

There's plenty of time in the offseason to digest everything that happened in 2009, and one way to do so is to look at some of the more obscure yet interesting statistics from the past season.

So here's a review of 2009 by the not-so-well-known numbers, 1 through 17 - one for each of the games played, including the NFC Wild Card playoff contest.

1: The number of games quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed less than 50 percent of his passes. It came in the loss at Tampa Bay in Week 9, when Rodgers missed topping 50 percent by one throw, going 17-of-35. In his two seasons as a starter, that's the only game Rodgers has dipped below 50 percent passing.

2: The number of times a Green Bay defender totaled double digits in solo tackles in a single game. Charles Woodson did it in Week 2 vs. Cincinnati with 10, and Nick Barnett did it in Week 4 at Minnesota with 11. Barnett also had nine solo tackles on three other occasions.

3: The number of times receiver Greg Jennings topped 100 yards in just one half of a game, the only Green Bay receiver to accomplish the feat. All three times it was in the first half, as Jennings had 121 yards in the first half vs. San Francisco, 104 at Pittsburgh, and 102 vs. Seattle. Donald Driver (95, first half at St. Louis) and Jermichael Finley (91, first half at Minnesota; 98 second half at Arizona in playoffs) came close but didn't quite pull it off.

4: The number of consecutive fourth downs the Packers converted to close the season. After going just 1-for-7 on fourth downs through the first 12 games (the lone conversion being a deflected pass caught by Jennings at Minnesota in Week 4), the Packers were 1-for-1 at Chicago in Week 14 and again at Arizona in Week 17. Then they were 2-for-2 at Arizona in the Wild Card contest, the most notable being the 30-yard TD catch by James Jones on fourth-and-5 in the fourth quarter.

5: The number of two-point conversions the Packers attempted, a season-high under Mike McCarthy and tied for the league-high with Cincinnati and the N.Y. Jets. In McCarthy's first two seasons (2006-07), the Packers didn't even attempt one, and then they were 2-for-2 in 2008. This past year, Green Bay was 3-for-5, with two of the successful attempts coming against the Bears in Weeks 1 and 14. The Bengals and the Jets were both 2-for-5.

6: The number of times the Packers scored 10 or more points in the first quarter. By contrast, that happened only once in 2008, and not until the season finale. This year the Packers were in double figures on the scoreboard by the end of the first quarter against Cincinnati, Detroit (Week 6), Tampa Bay, Chicago (Week 14), Seattle and Arizona (Week 17).

7: The number of games in which the Packers never trailed at any point in the contest. In wins over the Rams, Lions (Week 6), Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Seahawks and Cardinals (Week 17), the Packers were never playing from behind. There were only two games in which the Packers never led - at Minnesota in Week 4 and at Arizona in the playoffs.

8: The number of times the defense recorded at least two interceptions in a game, including three games with four interceptions and three others with three apiece. In leading the league in interceptions, the defense failed to record one only four times all season, against Minnesota twice, Pittsburgh, and Arizona in the playoffs.

9: The number of times the defense held the opponent under seven points in the fourth quarter. That was a significant improvement over 2008, when opponents scored fewer than seven points in the fourth quarter only three times.

10: The number of players, five on each side of the ball, who started all 17 games on the season. On offense, they were Rodgers, Driver, Ryan Grant, Josh Sitton and Daryn Colledge (who started two games at left tackle, the rest at left guard). On defense, they were Woodson, Barnett, Nick Collins, Johnny Jolly and Cullen Jenkins.

11: The number of scoring drives the Packers had that consumed more than 10 plays. Surprisingly, in a season during which the Packers set a franchise record for time of possession, this was only half the number of scoring drives of 11-or-more plays in 2008, when the Packers had 22.

12: The fewest number of first downs recorded by the Green Bay offense in a game, coming in the season opener against Chicago. The season-high for a single game came in the final game, with 32 first downs in the Wild Card playoff at Arizona.

{sportsad300}13: The number of rushing touchdowns the Packers had over their final five games, including the playoff contest. Green Bay had just nine rushing TDs over the first 12 games of the season but then had at least two in every game the rest of the way, including five vs. Seattle in Week 16.

14: The number of times the Packers challenged a call on the field. On those 14 challenges, replay reversed the call in Green Bay's favor five times, including twice in the Thanksgiving win at Detroit. Opposing teams challenged only eight calls, and were successful in getting the call overturned just twice.

15: Illustrating the importance of the outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, this was the number of times in 17 games the team's leader in quarterback hits played that position. The only non-outside linebacker to lead the team in QB hits in a game was Jenkins, who did it at Tampa Bay and at Pittsburgh.

16: The number of times Grant was the team's leading rusher in a game. The only time he wasn't was in Week 10 vs. Minnesota, when Rodgers had 52 yards rushing and Grant had only 30. As for receiving yards, only one player other than Driver, Jennings or Finley led the team in a single game, and that was Jones with 103 yards at Tampa Bay.

17: The total number of high-impact plays that Woodson, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was credited with statistically. He posted nine interceptions, five forced fumbles (including one in the playoffs), two sacks and one fumble recovery.

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