As football season has officially come to a close, it’s time to reflect on what a crazy year it was for the Green Bay Packers, from going 4-6 to “running the table” well into the postseason. Let’s take a look back at the season and remember some of the wild moments and statistics of this season.
By the Numbers
63: The Packers offense combined for 63 touchdowns during the regular season and postseason. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 49 of the 63 touchdown, and receiver Jordy Nelson caught a league-high 14 touchdown passes.
27.6: The Packers averaged 27.6 points per game this season, good for fourth best in the NFL. Their best offensive performances were each 38 points, which they scored against the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.
8: The Packers recorded eight wins in a row after Aaron Rodgers was quoted saying he thought the Packers could “run the table.” Although they fell two games short of their goal, it’s still impressive to note that they snapped their four-game losing streak and replaced it with an eight game winning streak, which included playoff wins against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.
4: Four Packers players were honored with he opportunity to play in this years NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, offensive guard T.J. Lang, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers all got the nod for the game between the NFC and the AFC.
2: Aaron Rodgers received two MVP votes after helping the Packers claim the NFC North and go on to play in the NFC championship game. He was ultimately beat out by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who received 25 votes.
2: Jordy Nelson played in the NFC title game with two fractured ribs. Nelson ordered a military-grade ballistic blast shield, which is also used to protect from bullets, to make sure he made it on to the field for the game. Even while injured, Nelson managed to snag 67 yards and a touchdown pass.
1: Aaron Rodgers let the ball air out on one Hail Mary pass this season. The touchdown pass came right before halftime in the wild card game against the New York Giants. Randall Cobb caught the pass in the back of the end zone while surrounded by Giants defenders.
In a sea full of Giants, Randall Cobb still managed to catch the ball in the back of the end zone in the wild card round of the playoffs, putting the Packers up 14-6 at the half.
Mason Crosby came up clutch against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional round game. Crosby nailed a 51-yard field goal to give the Packers the final lead as the clock hit zero, sending Green Bay to Atlanta for the NFC Championship game.
In week one of the NFL regular season, Jordy Nelson caught his first touchdown pass in over a year. It gave the Packers the lead against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and eventually gave them the win. This was just one of the many highlights that helped Nelson win AP Comeback Player Of The Year.
Through a lot of ups and downs, with many exciting plays along the way, the Packers overcame midseason expectations, taking a team that was two games below .500 to the NFC Championship game. For most Packer fans, September can’t come soon enough.