Nuggetpalooza’s Boxscore Breakdown: Patriots vs. Packers
|12.20.10 at 8:53 am ET|
A few quick statistical notes and observations from last night’s win over Green Bay:
* – New England’s 19:12 time of possession was their lowest in any game since a 2004 loss at Pittsburgh (17:02). It was their lowest at home since they began tracking the stat in 1981, thirty seasons ago. Their previous home game low was 19:53 in a 31-30 loss to the Dolphins in 1999.
* – The Patriots scored a touchdown in every quarter for the fourth time this season. It’s just the second season since at least 1997 that they’ve had four or more such games (they had six in 2007). In 2010, the Patriots are the only team with more than two such games. It was just the third time since the start of the 2007 season that Green Bay has allowed a touchdown in every quarter.
* – New England has scored in 21 of their last 22 quarters.
* – The Patriots allowed three or more passing touchdowns for the 17th time since the end of the 2002 season. It’s incredible to me that they are now 12-5 in those games, one of only three teams that have a winning record in such games in that span:
* – New England got two TD catches from tight end Aaron Hernandez last night, the third time this season that a Pats’ tight end has had multiple touchdown catches in a game. Since coming into the league in 1960, the Patriots had never had three such games in a season.
* – After allowing 30 total first downs over the last two weeks, the “bend but don’t break” Patriots defense allowed 26 to the Packers last night. It was the fifth time in New England’s last 16 games that they’ve allowed 26 or more first downs. Prior to that, they allowed 26+ just once in their previous 71 games.
* – The Packers had 26 first downs to the Patriots’ 14 last night, the first time since 2005 that an opponent has “out-first downed” the Patriots by more than 10 in a game. It was just the third time since 1991 that New England won such a game and the first since 2003.
* – Green Bay had five drives of 10 or more plays last night (New England had none). The Patriots entered the game having allowed 26 such drives in their first 14 games, the most in the league.
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