Eric Goska column: Packers put up points on the road

Dec. 4, 2011

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Donald Driver connected for two of the team's five touchdowns against the New York Giants on Sunday at East Rutherford, N.J. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

Pointing in the right direction

Packers teams that posted the highest scoring averages on the road.

Avg. Year Leading scorer
32.1 2011 Mason Crosby 75
31.0 1962 Jim Taylor 72
30.3 2009 Mason Crosby 56
28.0 1961 Paul Hornung 64
28.0 1965 Don Chandler 46
27.7 1943 Don Hutson 70
27.4 2004 Ryan Longwell 62
27.3 2003 Ryan Longwell 62


If thereís a point to be made regarding Green Bayís shootout with the New York Giants itís this: these Packers of 2011 can score on the road.

Jermichael Finley, Clay Matthews, Donald Driver and Greg Jennings delivered touchdowns while Mason Crosby chipped in extra points and the game-winning field goal as the Packers outscored the Giants 38-35 at MetLife Stadium. Sundayís game was the eighth straight regular-season road game in which Green Bay scored at least 25 points ó a team record.

The Packers needed every point they could muster against Eli Manning and his offense. Manning quarterbacked the Giants to leads of 7-0, 10-7 and 17-14, then tied the game 35-35 with a 2-yard touchdown pass to receiver Hakeem Nicks with 58 seconds left.

When an opponent is that adamant about getting its points across, one needs to go one better. Aaron Rodgers and the offense did just that by assembling a drive that delivered victory as time ran out.

Beginning at his 20-yard line, Rodgers completed four straight passes. He hit Finley for 24 yards, Jordy Nelson for 27, Brandon Saine for minus-1 and Greg Jennings for 18.

Green Bay called time with three second left. Crosby, who had missed a 43-yard attempt at the end of the first half, nailed a 31-yarder for the win.

Scoring on the road has become second nature for Green Bay. In seven games, the Packers have amassed 225 points for an average of 32.1 per game.

On just two previous occasions has Green Bay averaged better than 30 points on the road: in 1962 (31.0) and 2009 (30.3). The Packers need 24 or more point in their final road game (at Kansas City) to establish the franchise record.

Coming up with 24 points in away games hasnít been a problem of late. Starting with last seasonís 31-27 loss in New England, the Packers have put up at least 25 in each of their last eight regular-season road games.

Their point totals for their first six road games this season have been 30 (at Carolina), 27 (at Chicago), 25 (at Atlanta), 33 (at Minnesota), 45 (at San Diego) and 27 (at Detroit).

In getting 38 against the Giants, the Packers scored at least one touchdown in every quarter. Four TDs came from the arm of Rodgers and one was engineered by Matthews as he returned an Manning pass intended for Ahmad Bradshaw at the start of the second quarter.

Rodgers has thrown four TD passes four times this season. Sunday was the second time (San Diego) heís done it on the road.

His scoring tosses went to Finley (12 yards), Driver (13), Jennings (20) and Driver (7). His second to Driver gave the Packers a 35-27 lead with 3:34 to go.

Nine players have scored at least one touchdown on the road for Green Bay this season. Finley and Jennings, each with six, lead the Pack.

Crosby, with 75 points, is the top scorer. His second-quarter miss was his first on the road this season where heís connected on 17 of 18 including blasts of 56 and 58 yards.

Should he make two or more field goals at Kansas City, Crosby will establish the team record for most field goals on the road in one season. His success rate (94.4 percent) is second only to Ryan Longwell who did not miss (12 of 12) in 2003.

Rogers, too, has played well when out of town. Heís fired 20 touchdown passes to just two interceptions and has compiled a passer rating of 123.4.

By defeating the Giants, the Packers matched the team record of seven road wins set in 1929. Put up enough points in Kansas City, and Green Bay could become the first team to go 8-0 on the road since the Patriots did it in 2007.

Eric Goska is a Press-Gazette correspondent, a Packers historian and the author of "Green Bay Packers: A Measure of Greatness," a statistical history of the Packers. Email him at

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