Packers-Lions NFL Capsule

Posted by on December 28, 2011 – 3:10 pm

PACKERS: Have scored team-record 515 points…QB Aaron Rodgers is the first Packerand fourth player in NFL history to pass for 45+ TDs in a season. He leads the NFL with 122.5 rating, which would be the best in NFL history. Rodgers has 13 games with 100+ rating, most in season all-time…WR Jordy Nelson has career-highs in catches (59), yards (1,101) and TDs (12). Six of his TDs have been 35+ yards. WR Donald Driver is the first Packer with 10,000 (10,008) receiving yards. WR James Jones had a 65-yard TD in last meeting. He had a career-high two TDs last week…TE Jermichael Finley has 48 catches for 703 yards with 7 TDs and can become the first Green Bay tight end with two seasons of 50+ catches, 600+ yards and over five TDs…CB Charles Woodson has seven interceptions and three touchdown returns in the past seven meetings vs. the Lions. Since joining Green Bay in 2006, Woodson has 37 INTs (second in NFL) and nine interceptions returned for touchdowns (first in NFL). Since 2008, Woodson leads NFL with 25 interceptions and CB Tramon Williams is fourth with 19…LB Clay Matthews has 11 sacks in his past 15 games vs. NFC North foes. He has five  sacks and an interception in five games vs. the Lions…S Charlie Peprah had an interception last week and has career-high five interceptions in 2011.

LIONS: Have clinched their first playoff berth since 1999…Have won four games after trailing by 13+ points, most in NFL history…QB Matthew Stafford has passed for 4,518 yards and a team-record 36 TDs, the second youngest QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards and 30+ TDs in a season (joining Dan Marino). Stafford’s 4,518 yards and 36 TDs are the most in franchise history. The Lions are 10-0 when he has 100+ rating….RB Kevin Smith had a rushing and receiving TD last week…WR Calvin Johnson leads the NFC with 1,437 receiving yards and 15 receiving TDs. He joins Hall of Famers Lance Alworth and Jerry Rice as only the players with 12+ receiving TDs in three of their first five seasons. Since the start of 2008, Johnson has 44 TD catches, most in NFL. He is the first Lions WR with 1,000+ receiving yards in three of his first five seasons…TE Brandon Pettigrew has 76 catches, most by a tight end in team history…DE Cliff Avril had an interception for a touchdown last week. He has nine sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one for a TD) and the interception for a touchdown in the past nine games. Avril had a sack and a forced fumble in the last meeting with the Packers, Nov. 24.

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