It isn’t easy reaching the NFC title game two straight seasons — as Packers have done

By JERRY TAPP

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 32-18 playoff win over the Los Angeles Rams in Green Bay on Saturday.

— The Packers will appear in the NFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year. The last NFC team to appear in back-to-back NFC Championship games were the 2013 and 2014 Seattle Seahawks. The Packers also appeared in back-to-back NFC title games in 1996 and 1997.

— This will be the third NFC Championship Game played in Green Bay since the NFL merger in 1970, The Packers hosted the title game in 1996 (a win over Carolina) and in 2007 (a loss to the New York Giants)

Green Bay has now won four straight home playoff games. Since 1982, the Packers are 14-5 in home playoff games.

The Pack has now won six of their last seven meetings with the Rams. The two teams, however, are tied in their all-time series, 47-47-2.

Green Bay is 13-2 in playoff games since 1970 when they score 30 or more points. They are 14-1 in playoff games when they hold the opposition under 20 points.

— The Packers scored first in the game on a Mason Crosby field goal. They are 17-8 in playoff games (in the Super Bowl era) when they score first in a playoff game.

— Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connected on a TD pass in the second quarter. It was Adams’ seventh career playoff TD reception. That puts him in a tie for second place on the all-time list for the team with John Kuhn (yes, that John Kuhn). Antonio Freeman has the team record for most playoff TD receptions with 12.

— The Packers defense had four sacks in the contest. They are 12-4 in playoff games since 1966 when they have four or more sacks in the game.

— Aaron Rodgers had a rushing TD, the fourth of his career in the post-season.

— Green Bay had a 19-10 lead at halftime. They are 17-1 in playoff games since 1966 when they have a lead of nine points or more at halftime. The only playoff game they have lost when they had a nine-point lead at halftime was on January 18, 2015 when they led 16-0 at halftime against Seattle and ended up losing 28-22 in overtime.

— The Pack scored three of their four TDs in the game from one-yard. The Packers scored 27 of their 66 TDs in the regular season from five yards or shorter.

— Aaron Jones had 99 yards rushing on 16 carries. The 99 yards was a career playoff high for Jones. He also had a TD run in the game, the fourth career playoff rushing TD. Jones has five career playoff TDs in three playoff games.

— The Packers offensive line did not allow a sack in the contest. It was the fifth playoff game in team history where they did not allow a sack. The team is 4-1 in those games.

— Green Bay had 36:12 of Time of Possession in the game. It was the third highest TOP for the Packers in a playoff game. The team is 12-3 in playoff games when they have 32:00 or more TOP in a post-season game.

— Green Bay had 188 yards rushing on 36 attempts. The 188 yards was the fourth most rushing yards in a playoff game since 1970.
They also had 484 total yards in the game. They fell nine yards short of the team record for most total yards in a playoff game; the team had 493 in a January 10, 2010 post-season game against Arizona. They lost that game 51-45 in overtime.

— The defense held the Rams to only 244 total yards. They have won their last five playoff games when they hold the opponents under 250 total yards.

— The Packers scored in every quarter. In the Super Bowl era, they are 11-3 in playoff games when they score in each quarter.

— Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes for 296 yards and two TD. He had no interceptions and a Passer Rating of 108.1 in the game. The team is 8-1 in games when Rodgers has a Passer Rating of 100 or higher in a post-season game. They are also 8-0 in playoff games if Rodgers has two or more TD passes and no interceptions. Green Bay is 2-7 in playoff games when Rodgers has one or more interceptions.

— Green Bay did not have a turnover in the game. It was the 11th game this season (regular season and playoffs) where they did not have a turnover. That tied the league record held by the 2010 and 2016 New England Patriots teams. The Pack could break the all-time record with 12 games if they do not have a turnover in their NFC Championship Game versus Tampa Bay


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