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Green Bay Packers gain 300 yards for team-record 13th straight game

Dec. 11, 2011
 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) shouts instructions at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. He led the Packers' offense to 300 yards for the 13th consecutive game, a team record. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

Skeins of yards

Most consecutive regular-season games of 300 or more yards in Green Bay Packers history.

No. Year(s) QB Rec.
13 2011 A. Rodgers 13-0
12 2000-01 B. Favre 9-3
10 1984 L. Dickey 5-5
10 2002-03 B. Favre 4-6
10 2004 B. Favre 6-4
9 1996-97 B. Favre 7-2

Rolling 300s

Packers coaches whose teams produced the most 300-yard games during the regular season

No. Coach Years
79 Curly Lambeau 1933-49
78 Mike McCarthy 2006-11
75 Mike Sherman 2000-05
73 Mike Holmgren 1992-98
68 Vince Lombardi 1959-67
58 Bart Starr 1975-83

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Three games separate the Green Bay Packers from joining the select few who’ve gone 16 straight.

How’s that? New England is the only team to have gone 16-0.

Yes, but when talking consecutive games of 300 or more yards, not even the Patriots of 2007 hit or exceeded that figure in every regular-season game. Green Bay has ripped off 13 in a row to set a team record, and it is 12 quarters away from yet another form of perfection.

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a season-high 296 first-half yards as the team cruised to a 46-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. In gaining 391 yards overall, Green Bay pushed its season output to its highest level ever after 13 games.

Yards have come in bunches this season. The team has gained more than 400 yards four times with a season-high 507 arriving in a 49-23 win over the Broncos. The 349 yards Green Bay amassed against the Lions on Thanksgiving was a season-low.

Sunday, the Packers got solid production both on the ground and through the air. Rodgers and backup Matt Flynn provided 281 yards passing (minus 26 on four sacks), and Ryan Grant and John Kuhn spearheaded a rushing attack that generated 136 yards.

Grant got the team off on the right foot with a 47-yard touchdown run on the Packers’ first offensive play. It was one of seven gains of more than 20 yards the team uncorked in its first 35 plays.

Green Bay piled up 176 yards in the first quarter. It got another 120 in the second period.

Rodgers’ 28-yard pass to Donald Driver on the opening play of the second half sent Green Bay past 300 yards. It was the veteran receiver’s fourth and final catch, good for a season-high 75 yards.

By the time Mason Crosby kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Packers a 34-0 lead early in the third quarter, the team had 323 yards on 38 plays (8.5 per play).

The database at Pro-Football-Reference.com reveals six teams had seasons in which they gained 300 or more yards in all 16 games: the 1981 Chargers, the 1984 and 1994 Dolphins, the 1995 Lions, the 2001 Rams and the 2003 Vikings. Green Bay’s best effort was 15 such games in 2003.

Since arriving in Green Bay in 2006, coach Mike McCarthy’s Packers have posted 300 or more yards in 78 of 93 regular-season games. Those 78 games are one short of the team record set by Curly Lambeau over 17 years from 1933 through 1949.

Green Bay’s ability to move the ball has its offense ranked third. Only the Saints (5,821 yards) and Patriots (5,517) have been more productive.

The 5,254 yards the Packers have earned is well ahead of the 5,066 the 2004 team put up in its first 13 games. That’s the only other Green Bay club to have surpassed 5,000 yards so quickly.

So imposing is this 13-game total that it is more than what 11 Packers teams did throughout an entire 16-game season. The last of that group was the 2005 squad which checked in with 5,118 yards.

Even though Oakland cut the lead to 34-7, Rodgers played only one more series. He directed a 49-yard advance capped by Crosby’s 49-yard field goal.

Flynn took the helm late in the third quarter. Looking to run out the clock, Green Bay stayed primarily on the ground gaining just 19 yards in its last 14 plays.

The Packers last failed to gain 300 yards in the 2010 finale against the Bears. In beating Chicago 10-3, Rodgers directed Green Bay to 284 yards, 142 in each half.

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 aegoska@sbcglobal.net.

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