The Green Bay Packers finished the 2016 regular season 10-6, beating the Detroit Lions in Week 17 to capture the team's fifth division title in the last six seasons.
- The Packers’ five NFC North titles in the last six years are the most in the NFC over that span, with no other NFC club winning more than three division titles since 2011.
- Green Bay finished the regular season with six consecutive wins, becoming the only team in the NFL to have a winning streak of four-plus games in each of the last eight seasons (2009-16). The six-game winning streak was the longest to end the season by the Packers since a nine-game streak in 1941. Green Bay has registered at least one winning streak of four-plus games in 10 of 11 seasons under McCarthy.
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BACK IN THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
- Green Bay played in its seventh NFC title contest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
- The Packers are the only NFC team to appear in the NFC Championship two times in the last three years (2014-16).
- It was Green Bay’s fourth NFC Championship appearance (2007, 2010, 2014, 2016) in the past 10 seasons (2007-16), the most in the NFC over that span.
PACKERS MAKE EIGHTH STRAIGHT TRIP TO THE PLAYOFFS
- The Packers joined the New England Patriots as the only teams to make the playoffs each of the last eight years.
- Green Bay’s franchise-record eight consecutive playoff berths is tied for the third-longest streak in NFL history behind two teams with nine (Dallas, 1975-83; Indianapolis, 2002-10). It marks just the eighth time in NFL history that a franchise has had a streak of eight-plus playoff berths.
- Mike McCarthy became just the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead a single franchise to eight-plus consecutive playoff appearances, joining Tom Landry, Chuck Noll and Bill Belichick.
- The Packers have made the playoffs nine times in 11 seasons under McCarthy.
- McCarthy’s nine playoff appearances are the most by a Packers coach since the NFL postseason began in 1933.
- Green Bay leads the NFC with nine trips to the postseason since 2007.
- The Packers scored 93 points during the 2016 playoffs, the third most in a single postseason in team history (121 in 2010 and 100 in 1996).
- Green Bay advanced to the Divisional round of the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven seasons (2010-12, 2014-16), tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the most in the NFC over that span.
- Under McCarthy, the Packers have made the Divisional round of the playoffs seven times, the most by a Packers coach (dating back to 1970).
- Green Bay’s seven appearances in the Divisional playoffs are the second most in the NFC (Seattle, eight) and tied for the third most in the NFL since 2006 (New England, nine / Baltimore, seven).
- With a victory over Dallas in the 2016 playoffs, Green Bay beat the No. 1 seed in the Divisional round for the second time since 2010, the only NFL team to do so over that span.
- Green Bay’s victory at Dallas in the Divisional round snapped a streak of 12 straight NFL playoff games won by the home team (dating back to the 2015 postseason). Prior to the victory at Dallas, the last NFL team to win a road playoff game was the Packers at Washington in a 2015 Wild Card game.
- The Packers scored 30-plus points in back-to-back games (38 vs. New York Giants and 34 at Dallas Cowboys) in the same postseason for the third time in franchise history (three straight in 1996, two straight in 1966).
- Green Bay beat the Giants, 38-13, in an NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field. It marked 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.
- The 38 points scored by the Packers against the Giants were the most by Green Bay 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 McCarthy.
- The Packers have won an NFL-record 10 Wild Card games (1982, 1993-95, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2012, 2015-16), including four under McCarthy.
- The Packers are 4-2 in Wild Card playoff games during the McCarthy era.
10-WIN REGULAR SEASON
- In 2016, the Packers reached 10 regular-season wins for the 29th time in franchise history, and for the seventh time in the last eight years.
- Green Bay has recorded 10 or more wins 16 times in the last 22 seasons (since 1995) after registering 10-plus victories just 13 times in the first 74 seasons the Packers were in the NFL (1921-94).
- Green Bay’s eight 10-plus-win regular seasons since 2006 are the most in the NFC and tied for the second most (Indianapolis) in the NFL over that span (New England, 11).
- Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s eight regular seasons with 10-plus wins are a franchise record (since 1921).
- In Aaron Rodgers’ nine seasons as starting quarterback (since 2008), the Packers have recorded 10-plus wins seven times, the second-most seasons with 10 or more wins from 2008-16 (New England, nine).
As productive as QB Aaron Rodgers has been during the regular season in his nine years as the starter, he has also carried that over to the playoffs.
- In the 2016 Wild Card win over the New York Giants, Rodgers completed 25 of 40 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns for a passer rating of 125.2, becoming 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).
- In the 2016 Divisional round win at Dallas, Rodgers totaled 355 passing yards, joining Drew Brees (2011) as the only QBs in NFL history to have back-to-back 350-yard passing games in a single postseason. He also became the first Green Bay QB to have back-to-back 300-yard passing games in the playoffs.
- Rodgers is tied for No. 4 in postseason games with 350-plus yards passing:
- Rodgers ranks No. 5 in NFL postseason history in passer rating (min. 150 attempts):
- Rodgers has five postseason games (min. 15 att.) with a 120-plus passer rating, tied for No. 1 in the NFL:
- Rodgers has posted a 110-plus passer rating in six career postseason starts to tie for No. 2 in league history (min. 15 att.):
- Since his first postseason start in 2009, he has recorded seven 100-plus passer rating games, No. 1 in the NFL:
OTHER PLAYOFF NOTES
- Including the regular and postseason, 2016 was the first time in franchise history (since turnovers were kept in 1933) that the Packers posted zero giveaways in five straight games (Weeks 14-17, Wild Card).
- 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.
- WR Randall Cobb tied the single-game NFL postseason record with three TD catches versus the New York Giants in the 2016 Wild Card. The only other Packer with three TD catches in a playoff game was Sterling Sharpe (at Detroit, Jan. 8, 1994).
- Against the Giants, Cobb also 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 versus the Giants and WR Davante Adams led the Packers with eight catches for 125 yards (15.6 avg.) and a TD. It was the second career 100-yard receiving game in the postseason for both players and tied them for No. 4 in team history:
- Adams’ eight receptions in the 2016 Wild Card tied for the fourth most in a game by a Packer in the playoffs (three players with nine).
- LB Clay Matthews registered a sack against the Giants, giving him 11.0 for his career in the playoffs (No. 1 in team history). He moved into a tie for the fifth-most sacks in NFL postseason history (since 1982):
- LB Julius Peppers posted a sack in the second quarter of the Wild Card game against the Giants, giving him at least one sack in each of his first three postseasons with the Packers (2014-16).
- CB Damarious Randall’s 78-yard INT return in the fourth quarter versus the Giants was the second longest in team playoff history, trailing only George Teague’s 101-yard return at Detroit on Jan. 8, 1994.
- Prior to the Super Bowl, TE Jared Cook ranked No. 1 in the NFL among tight ends in the 2016 playoffs in receptions (18) and receiving yards (229).
- Cook’s 18 receptions and 229 receiving yards in the 2016 postseason were the best by a Green Bay TE in a single postseason, topping Keith Jackson’s marks of 12 catches for 223 yards in 1995.
- Cook’s 18 receptions were the most by an NFL TE in a single postseason since Julius Thomas had 18 catches in the 2013 playoffs.
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AT THE HELM
Having led Green Bay to the playoffs in nine of his 11 seasons as head coach, Mike McCarthy is joined by Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl win with a victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
- McCarthy guided the Packers to a franchise-record fourth consecutive division title in 2014. In his 11 seasons, he has won six division titles, tying Lombardi for the second most in franchise history.
- With a win at Tampa Bay in Week 16 of the 2014 season, McCarthy passed Lombardi for the No. 2 spot in team history as far as overall victories:
- The 124 overall wins are the most in the NFC and the second most in the NFL since 2006 (New England, 152).
- McCarthy reached 100 career wins (including playoffs) in just his 155th game. He was the fastest to reach 100 wins in the NFL since George Seifert in 1996 (132 games).
- McCarthy's 114 regular-season wins in his first 11 years as a head coach (2006-16) are tied for No. 3 in NFL history