PACKERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH 38-25 VICTORY OVER VIKINGS
– The Packers (9-6) posted their fifth straight win with a 38-25 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay finishes the regular season with a 6-2 record at Lambeau Field, the 10th straight season (2007-16) that the Packers have been .500 or better at home.
– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in three straight games, their first time doing so since 2013 (Weeks 15-17).
– Green Bay improved to 21-3 (.875) at home in the month of December under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. That winning percentage ranks tied for No. 1 in the league since 2006 (New England).
– The Packers did not turn the ball over for the third straight game and the fourth time in the last five contests. Green Bay has posted a plus-12 turnover differential over the last three games.
– With two TDs on Saturday, QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson set the franchise record for the most productive TD combination (59) as the duo surpassed Brett Favre/Antonio Freeman (57).
– The Packers will go on the road next Sunday to face the Detroit Lions for the NFC North title. It will be the first time since 1993 that Green Bay has ended the regular season with a game in Detroit.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 77,856, the 326th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.
– QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 347 yards to bring his season total to 4,128, the sixth 4,000-yard passing season of his career. That sets the franchise record as he surpassed Brett Favre’s mark of five 4,000-yard seasons.
– Rodgers threw four TD passes on Saturday, giving him 36 for the year, his franchise-record fourth season (2011-12, 2014, 2016) with 35-plus TD passes (Favre, three, 1995-97).
– Rodgers now has three games this season with four-plus TD passes and zero INTs, tied for the most in a season franchise history with his own mark set in 2011 and Favre’s total in 1995.
– Rodgers now has five seasons with 4,000-plus passing yards and 30-plus passing TDs, further extending his team mark.
– With 28 completions, Rodgers set the single-season franchise record with 374 on the season, surpassing Favre’s mark of 372 in 2005.
– With 13 rushing yards on Saturday, Rodgers eclipsed the 2,500-yard rushing mark (2,502) for his career. He became just the fourth QB in NFL history to post 35,000-plus passing yards and 2,500-plus rushing yards in his career, joining Fran Tarkenton, John Elway and Donovan McNabb as the only players to accomplish that feat.
– Rodgers has not thrown an interception in the last six games, tying the franchise record (min. 15 att.). He had six-game streaks in 2014 and 2014-15 and QB Bart Starr had a six-game streak in 1964. Rodgers has not thrown an INT in his last 206 attempts, six shy of his career high (212) set in 2014 (second-best mark to Starr’s streak of 294).
– Rodgers has 10 zero-INT games this season (min. 15 att.), the third time in his career with 10-plus zero-INT games (13 in 2014, 12 in 2009). The only other QB in team history to have 10 in a season was Starr (10) in 1964.
– In 17 career starts at Lambeau Field in the month of December, Rodgers has completed 359 of 531 passes (67.6 percent) for 4,743 yards and 43 TDs with five INTs for a 118.7 passer rating. The Packers have won 16 straight games at Lambeau Field in December with Rodgers as the starter.
– WR Jordy Nelson’s two TD catches on Saturday gave him 14 for the season, making him the first player in franchise history to register 13-plus TD catches in three different seasons (2011, 2014, 2016). He is the only player in the NFL with three seasons of 13-plus TD receptions since 2011.
– Nelson’s two TD grabs brought his career total to 63 as he moved past WR Donald Driver (61) for sole possession of the No. 3 spot in team annals.
– Nelson had nine catches on Saturday, giving him 491 for his career as he moved past Don Hutson (488) for No. 4 in team history.
– Nelson has 91 catches on the season, his third straight season with 85-plus receptions. He joined WR Sterling Sharpe (1992-94) as the only players in team history to do so.
– Nelson posted his 25th career 100-yard game (154 yards) as he moved past Hutson (24) for sole possession of the No. 3 spot in franchise history.
– WR Davante Adams’ 20-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his 10th of the season, making him and Nelson just the second duo in team history to both record 10-plus TD catches in the same season (Nelson and WR Randall Cobb in 2014).
– LB Nick Perry posted two sacks on Saturday to bring his season total to 10. He became the 11th player in team history (since 1982) to register a double-digit sack total in a season.
– WR Geronimo Allison started as the third WR, the first start of his NFL career.