Matthews moves up to fifth-most sacks in NFL playoff history

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 8, 2017 – 10:30 pm

QB Aaron RodgersPACKERS TOP GIANTS IN NFC WILD CARD GAME
– Green Bay beat the Giants, 38-13, on Sunday in an NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field. It marks the third straight season that the Packers have won their opening playoff game, the longest streak by Green Bay since a five-season stretch from 1993-97.

– It marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons (2010-12, 2014-16) that the Packers have advanced to the Divisional round of the playoffs, tied with Seattle for the most in the NFC over that span.

– Sunday’s victory was Green Bay’s 33rd all-time win in the postseason, third most in league history behind Pittsburgh (35) and Dallas (34). It was the Packers’ 10th Wild Card win, the most in league annals.

– The 38 points scored by the Packers were the most in a postseason game since Jan. 15, 2011, at Atlanta (48-21). It ranks No. 5 in team history for most points in a playoff contest, with four of the top five scoring games coming under the direction of Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

– With the victory, McCarthy has led the Packers to nine wins in the postseason, tying Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren for the most in team history.

– Green Bay will go on the road next Sunday to face the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Divisional Playoff contest at 3:40 p.m. (CST). It will be the second postseason meeting between the teams in the last three years (2014 NFC Divisional) and the eighth meeting all-time in the playoffs.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– QB Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 40 passes for 362 yards and four TDs for a 125.2 rating. He has now posted a 110-plus rating in six of his 14 career playoff starts, tied for the most in NFL postseason history (Joe Montana, six in 23 starts; Tom Brady, six in 30 starts).

– Rodgers became just the fourth QB in NFL history to throw for 350-plus yards, four-plus TDs and no INTs in a playoff game (Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Alex Smith).

– Rodgers tied the single-game franchise playoff record with the four TD passes, and became the first QB in team history to have two four-TD passing games in the postseason (at Arizona, Jan. 10, 2010).

– Rodgers posted his sixth career playoff game with three-plus TD passes, the most in franchise history (Brett Favre, five). He also became the first NFL QB to throw four TD passes against the Giants in a postseason game.

– Rodgers registered his fifth career 300-yard game in the postseason as he further extended his franchise record.

– Rodgers’ 42-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb as time expired in the first half was the second-longest TD pass of Rodgers’ career in the postseason, trailing only his 46-yard TD to WR Davante Adams vs. Dallas (Jan. 11, 2015).

– In his last eight games (regular season and playoffs), Rodgers has completed 193 of 281 passes (68.7 percent) for 2,380 yards and 22 TDs with no INTs for a 120.7 rating.

– WR Randall Cobb tied the single-game NFL postseason record with three TD catches. The only other Packer with three TD catches in a playoff game was Sterling Sharpe (at Detroit, Jan. 8, 1994).

– Cobb became the first player in franchise history to register two TD catches of 30-plus yards (42, 30) in a playoff game.

– Cobb finished with 116 yards on five receptions, his second career 100-yard receiving game in the postseason. That ties him for No. 4 in team history behind three players with three (Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, Greg Jennings).

– WR Davante Adams led the Packers with eight catches for 125 yards (15.6 avg.) and a TD, the second 100-yard receiving game of his postseason career to move him into a tie for No. 4 in franchise annals.

– Adams’ eight receptions are tied for the fourth most in a game by a Packer in the playoffs (three players with nine).

– LB Clay Matthews registered a sack, giving him 11.0 for his career in the playoffs (No. 1 in team history). He moved into a tie with Charles Haley and LaMarr Woodley for the fifth-most sacks in NFL postseason history.

– LB Julius Peppers posted a sack in the second quarter, giving him at least one sack in each of his three postseasons with the Packers.

– CB Damarious Randall’s 78-yard INT return in the fourth quarter was the second longest in team playoff history, trailing only George Teague’s 101-yard return at Detroit on Jan. 8, 1994.

– K Mason Crosby made his lone FG attempt of the day, a 32-yarder in the third quarter, extending his NFL-record streak of consecutive FGs made in the postseason to 21.

– G T.J. Lang became the first player in franchise history to play in a postseason game in each of his first eight seasons in the league.


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