Tuesday, November 19, 2019

NFL Week 11—Four QBs Threw for Four Interceptions

LOOKING BACK
By John Turney
Mason Rudolph, Kyle Allen, Jameis Winston, and Philip Rivers each threw for four interceptions this week.
NFL.com
The last time four quarterbacks did that in the same week was December 16, 1983, which was
Week 16 of that year.

The quartet that week?   Lynn Dickey, John Elway, Ron Jaworski, and  Joe Theismann.

A year earlier, Week 15, 1982, the fivesome of Terry Bradshaw, Archie Manning, Joe  Theismann, Jim Zorn, and Jim Plunkett threw for at least four picks that day.

Week 10, 1980 also had four quarterbacks throw four interceptions— Vince Ferragamo,
Jim Hart, Danny White, and Jim Zorn.

Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Steve Myer, and Joe Pisarcik all threw four interceptions
in Week 4, 1977.

That is the complete list since the 1970 merger so you can see how rare an event it is,
especially in this era, where interceptions are around 2.5% of all attempts as opposed
to almost double that when the rest of these groups of quarterbacks threw four picks.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Great NFL Playoff Clinchers of the 1970s!

By Joe Zagorski


            The term “must-win game” has been used in the realm of sports for many generations. It probably is overused these days, having been voiced even before the middle of a typical season. In a more specific tone, what it really means, at least as far as the NFL is concerned, is a team needing to win one specific game which would enable them to go to the playoffs. 
            There were many games throughout the decade of the 1970s in pro football where a team could point to and claim that such a meeting with an opponent was vital in aiding their effort to make a postseason appearance. The following six games represent just some of the more noteworthy contests to fall under that delegation. These games served as the winning ticket for the victorious team to enter the NFL playoffs during the 1970s.
1971 Detroit at San Francisco
            The 1971 season was the first year that the 49ers played in Candlestick Park, and despite going to the NFC Title Game following the 1970 season, the 1971 version of the 49ers had struggled throughout that year. The Detroit Lions were eliminated from the playoffs the week prior to this game, and as a result, they had nothing to lose. The Lions put forth a great effort on December 19, taking the lead over the 49ers in a see-saw affair which was not decided until very late in the fourth quarter. Yet in statistical terms, it appeared as if San Francisco would have little if any trouble defeating Detroit. The 49ers out-rushed and out-passed the Lions, both individually and collectively.   They accounted for 357 total yards, compared to 310 for the Lions. Both teams only had one turnover each.
            But Detroit remained within striking distance of San Francisco all game long. They answered almost every 49ers score with one of their own. When the Lion rushers Altie Taylor and Steve Owens were stopped, quarterback Greg Landry connected on some critical passes. The San Francisco defense was also aware that Landry was just as dangerous of a runner as any quarterback in the league.  He set a (then) NFL record of 530 ground yards the previous season. In 1972, Landry rushed for 524 yards. Nevertheless, the 49ers defense limited the Detroit quarterback to just 25 yards on five carries in this contest, and that statistic was quite important in helping San Francisco triumph.
            Frank Nunley and Dave Wilcox were a pair of 49ers linebackers who did yeoman work in keeping the Lions from scoring in the fourth quarter. Nunley also contributed the game-clinching interception on Landry’s final pass of the 1971 season.
            Veteran San Francisco quarterback John Brodie did not start the game against the Lions, but he nevertheless managed to lead the 49ers to their ninth win of the year. Brodie scrambled out of his passing pocket in the fourth quarter and scored the winning touchdown from 10 yards out.  San Francisco’s 31-27 triumph won them another NFC West title, and granted them a home playoff game the following week against the Cinderella Washington Redskins. Had San Francisco lost to Detroit, they would have not made the playoffs.
            “John came off the bench and did a great job,” said 49ers head coach Dick Nolan.  “He was our shot in the arm.”
1972 Pittsburgh at San Diego  

          In 1972, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally made the playoffs in their 40th year of existence. It was a matter of fact that owner Art Rooney’s team was finally “due” for a successful season. Indeed, the 1972 season was magical for the Steelers, as they advanced as far as the AFC Title Game, thanks to Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception in the divisional playoffs against the Oakland Raiders. But before the Steelers could play the Raiders, they had to win their final game of the regular season at San Diego Stadium to give them an 11-3 record and a berth in the postseason.
            Pittsburgh head coach Chuck Noll knew that his team would play an inspired game against the Chargers. What he did not expect, though, was how truly dominant of an effort that the Steelers would exhibit on this day. The Pittsburgh defense shut down the San Diego offense, limiting them to a meager 56 rushing yards, and forcing them into committing seven turnovers.
            “Defensively, we have more depth overall,” admitted Noll in the victorious Steelers locker room after the playoff-clinching victory. “This is the money year. We’ll have the champagne in private. The season isn’t over.”
            Indeed it wasn’t.  But getting to the postseason was the result of a beautiful blending of players on both sides of the ball, and of all levels of experience. Pittsburgh’s phenomenal rookie running back Franco Harris scored the first touchdown against San Diego on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. Backfield mate John“Frenchy” Fuqua duplicated Harris’ score in the second quarter.  Wide receiver Ron Shanklin scored the final Steelers touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Noll received what would be in his head coaching tenure the first of many victory rides on the shoulders of his Pittsburgh players following the glorious 24-2 Steelers win.
            Veteran Pittsburgh center Ray Mansfield summed up his feelings by simply stating, “It’s fantastic.”
1974 New York Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
            The 1974 St. Louis Cardinals highlight film was entitled Big Play, Big Season.  At the beginning of that season, however, nobody really expected the St. Louis Cardinals to win too many games, or to make too many big plays. They finished the previous year with a 4-9-1 record, and even though second-year head coach Don Coryell was expecting improvement, he just was not sure how much his team would improve. Those feelings were soon to be overcome with high hopes and optimistic excitement all across Missouri, as the Cardinals somehow put together a 7-0 record to start the year.
            Then the losing began. Losses to Dallas and Minnesota were followed by wins over Philadelphia and the Giants. Then came two more losses to the lowly Chiefs and Saints. St. Louis needed to defeat the Giants on the final Sunday of the season to claim the NFC Eastern Division Championship, something that it appeared as if would be theirs in a runaway after the second month of the year.  Surely the 2-11 Giants would not present much of a challenge to the Cards. But the Giants began the game by playing the spoiler role to the hilt, take a 14-0 lead into the third quarter.  Concern and then outright worry and despair enveloped the fans at Busch Memorial Stadium.
            But the Cardinals defense made a couple of stops, and then the St. Louis offense finally put together some progressive drives. Then came longer drives. Then came successful drives. Coryell’s bunch managed to score four touchdowns within a nine-minute span of time against the Giants.  Greybeards Ken Willard and Jackie Smith each caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Jim Hart, and elusive tailback TerryMetcalf added two more scoring runs to provide the winning points. The Cardinals survived this gut-check to claim a 10-4 record and their first division title and playoff berth since 1948.
            “We just came in at halftime and made up our minds to play some football,” said Coach Coryell from the din of celebrations in the St. Louis locker room. “Nobody made any excuses for our first half.  Nobody had any alibis, but you could see our desire taking its effect in the final two quarters.”
            The Cardinals were unable to extend that desire past the first round of the divisional playoffs, but their playoff-clinching victory over the Giants in 1974 kept them from making headlines as one of the most forlorn “choking” teams in modern NFL history.
1976 Washington at Dallas
            Washington head coach George Allen had worked a miracle of sorts. He took a perennial loser and turned them into a winner overnight. In each of Allen’s first four years, he took the Redskins to the playoffs.  He even took them to Super Bowl VII in 1972. But in 1975, Washington failed to make the postseason, and in 1976, the fans and the media pundits were somewhat doubtful as to Allen’s ability to get his mostly veteran players to rebound and get back to their previous winning ways.  True, Allen had infused some younger players into his roster, but for the most part, Allen continued to trade for older and more experienced players.
            All of Allen’s wheeling and dealing helped his team to rebound in a year’s time to challenge his divisional foes, namely the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals, for the 1976 NFC Eastern Division Title. The Redskins managed to win several games that most predictors felt that they had no business winning, as evidenced by their sweep over the Cardinals. But Washington also suffered upsetting defeats from mediocre teams such as Kansas City, Chicago, and the New York Giants. 
            It all came down to the final game of the season. St. Louis had beaten the Giants in week 14, and a wild card berth would be theirs if the Cowboys could defeat the Redskins, something that Dallas was predicted by most experts to occur.  But if Washington could somehow achieve an upset over the Cowboys, George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang” would be going back to the playoffs.  As it turned out, that is exactly what happened.  Dallas owned a 14-13 lead into the final quarter, but two Redskin touchdown runs, one each by John Riggins and former Cowboy Calvin Hill, boosted Washington to a surprise 27-14 win. 
            In all reality, it was not as much of an upset as one might think. This was due mainly because Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach had sustained an injury to his throwing hand in the middle of the 1976 season and was never really the same again for the remainder of the year. Once the Cowboys fell behind in their December 12th game against the visiting Redskins, they were unable to complete many passes. As a matter of fact, Staubach would complete only five passes in 22 attempts for a mere 91 total passing yards. Washington also intercepted two Staubach passes in the game and sacked him five times. The Redskins were headed back to the NFC Playoffs.
            “We’re too old, too slow, and they say we’re over the hill,” said Allen following the win.  “But these guys managed to play 60 minutes. We have the right kind of competitors. We have the kind of guys I like to refer to as solid citizens.”
            The clutch victory over Dallas would lead George Allen to his final playoff game as head coach for the Redskins. And although Washington failed to beat the eventual NFC Champion Minnesota Vikings the following week in the divisional playoffs, their 1976 season was certainly one of the team’s most exciting of the decade.
1978 New York Giants at Philadelphia 

           The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFL Championship in 1960, but since then, they had known nothing but defeat. Then in 1976, the young and fiery Dick Vermeil was hired as the team’s latest head coach. Within two seasons, the Eagles started to win again. Vermeil whipped them up to a frenzy by 1978, and plenty of victories resulted. The Eagles had miraculously defeated the New York Giants on November 19, thanks to “The Miracle in the Meadowlands,” a fumbled handoff that was returned for a score with just seconds left in the game. That unusual and unexpected victory kept Philly in the playoff chase in 1978. 
            By the final week of that eventful year, Vermeil’s team was slated to play the Giants again but this time, at home in Veterans Stadium.  A win in this game would give the Eagles a Wild Card berth in the NFC Playoffs. The weather on December 17 was sunny, but cold and windy. So windy, in fact, that 22 mile-per-hour gusts were swirling all throughout the stadium all game long. Films from that day show trash flying in and out of team huddles. A strong rushing attack would certainly be the deciding factor in this struggle.
            The Eagles possessed just such a runner who could cut through the wind squalls and the Giants defense as well. Philadelphia tailback Wilbert Montgomery broke into New York’s secondary several times in the contest, as he rushed for a game-high 130 yards and two touchdowns, which kept the Eagles in charge of the action. But Eagles fullback Mike Hogan added another 100 yards to add an exclamation point to the outcome. The Eagles were simply too inspired not to win this game.  Whenever it appeared as if the Giants might try to make a comeback, the Philly defense rose up and thwarted them with three interceptions, the most important of which coming in the fourth quarter, when Eagles linebacker Frank LeMaster snared a Joe Pisarcik pass and returned it nine yards for the game-clinching touchdown.
            A loss in this game to the Giants would have meant another year of “waiting until next year” for the Birds. But Philadelphia’s 20-3 win enabled them to go to the next round…to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.
            “It’s like a dream come true to be able to say that we are winners, a playoff team,” admitted Vermeil after the win over New York.  “It’s a real, real warm feeling.”
1979 Kansas City at Tampa Bay
            The warm feelings in Florida were a long time in coming back in 1979. Expansion teams in the NFL rarely win many games in their earliest years. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into the league in 1976 and lost their first 26 league games before finally claiming their first victory late in 1977. By 1979, head coach John McKay had put together a team with a very strong defense, and a vastly improved offense, featuring halfback Ricky Bell, who followed McKay from the campus at the University of Southern California to Tampa Bay, and who rushed for 1,263 yards in 1979. The Buccaneers’ defense allowed a league-low 247 opposing first downs all year long, and they surrendered only 237 points in 1979, which was easily the best mark in the entire NFL.  The Bucs were primed for victory. 
            But just like the 1974 St. Louis Cardinals, the 1979 Tampa Bay team started to lose games at the absolute worst time of the year. They only needed one more win to claim the NFC Central Division Title. Then came a one-point loss to the rival Minnesota Vikings, a 14-0 loss to another rival, the Chicago Bears, and a 23-7 defeat, courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers.  Only one game remained, and if the Buccaneers would lose to the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on December 16, they would go from a sure playoff team to just another team who would be watching the playoffs on television.
            Fortunately for McKay’s team, they had an ally going into their contest with the Chiefs…the Florida weather. A deluge of rain fell on Tampa Stadium all game long.  Not a drizzle, mind you.  A full-blown downpouring of rain, rain, rain.  It never let up. 
            Neither did the Tampa defense on this day.  Defensive end Lee Roy Selmon and linebacker David Lewis led a ferocious charge into the Chiefs’ offensive backfield. Numerous fumbles resulted, as Kansas City could earn only four first downs and 58 rushing yards in fourth quarters. 
            Ricky Bell managed to obtain 137 of his team’s 224 rushing yards in this game, but the Bucs were never able to score, as they committed three untimely turnovers. The struggle wound down to the final minutes, when Tampa Bay placekicker Neil O’Donoghue was given one last chance to lift his team to a win, and to give his team a division championship. O’Donoghue came through with a 19-yard field goal through the pouring rain, and the Buccaneers were losers no more. They were going to the playoffs.
            “We out-scored them 3-0,” exclaimed Coach McKay from a jubilant Tampa Bay locker room.  “They (his players) held up under all of this pressure. I’m proud of them.  (And) we did it on a bright, beautiful Sunday afternoon in Tampa (laughter).”
            Each of the above six winning teams during the 1970s were unfortunately unable to go on and win a Super Bowl in the year that they clinched playoff berths that were depicted here. But they did give the league a whole lot of excitement, and fans of the 1970s in the NFL are still fondly remembering those games, those teams, and those very special years.
Sources:
Articles:
Associated Press, “John Brodie Still Think It’s More Fun Playing Than Sitting On Bench.”
Avalanche Journal, December 20, 1971, 37.
-----.  “Cardinal rally earns 1st title since ’48.”  Red Bank Register, December 16, 1974, 18.
-----.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Finally Win NFC Central.”  Panama City News Herald, December
17, 1979, 11.
Bernstein, Ralph.  “Eagles card rare year.”  Franklin News-Herald, December 18, 1978, 28.
Cernkovic, Rudy.  “Chuck Noll’s prediction comes true – Steelers in ‘money year.’” Franklin
News Herald, December 18, 1972, 31.
 Means, Ray.  “Steelers end 39 years of frustration.”  Franklin News Herald, December 18, 1972,
31.
Scherf, Chris.  “Kilmer passes sobriety test in win over Dallas.”  El Paso Herald-Post, December
13, 1976, 55.
Books:
Neft, David S., and Cohen, Richard M.  The Sports Encyclopedia Edition 6.  Pro Football the
Modern Era, 1960-1988.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988.
Zagorski, Joe.  The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football’s Most Important Decade.  Jefferson, North
Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2016.

Editor’s Note: Joe Zagorski’s first book, The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football’s Most Important Decade, was released in 2016.  His second book, The Year the Packers Came Back: Green Bay’s 1972 Resurgence is scheduled for release in December of 2019.  His third book, America’s Trailblazing Middle Linebacker: The Story of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier, will be released in February of 2020.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Aaron Donald Joining Elite Company

LOOKING BACK
By John Turney
Aaron Donald had two garbage-time sacks in tonights SNF game versus the Bears (hey, they all count) which took his total to eight. It's the sixth straight season he's had 8 or more sacks.

Since 1982 only Reggie White, Derrick Thomas, and DeMarcus Ware have accomplished that feat for their first six NFL seasons. Now add Donald to that list.

There are caveats to that, however. Lawrence Taylor had 9½ sacks as a rookie in 1981 (a year prior to sacks becoming official. He had 7½ sacks in 1981, less than eight but there were only nine games played in 1982. So, he'd be on it if not for some anomalies.

The six seasons of 8 or more sacks also put Donald on this list: Most seasons of 8 or more sacks among defensive tackles.

John Randle = 11 of 14 seasons
Alan Page = 11 of 15 seasons
Alex Karras = 8 of 12 seasons
Steve McMichael = 7 of 15 seasons
Aaron Donald = 6 of 6 seasons
Randy White = 6 of 14 seasons

Here are Donald's career stats through November 17, 2019.

Jamal Adams Likely to Set NFL Single-season Sack Mark for Defensive Backs

LOOKING AHEAD
By John Turney
With three sacks today, and six in the last three weeks Jamal Adams of the Jets has six sacks on the 2019 season in ten games. The official record (since 1982) is eight. He seems sure to break the record if he keeps up his current pace. In fact, he has a shot at double-digits.

All he needs is three more sacks in the next six game to set the record and four for double-digits.

Now, be aware, there are a couple of anomalies on this list. Bill Bates and Rod Kush were listed at safeties but in the seasons in question they mostly played linebacker in nickel/dime situations. But the same is true of Adrian Wilson and others.

Also, as of today, Adams is averaging the most sacks per 16 games of anyone since sacks became official. He's good in all phases, even dominant, but he can sure get to the quarterback when tasked with that duty.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Highest NFL Passer Rating, Without the Limits

PERSPECTIVE
By John Turney
Most fans know the NFL passer rating is flawed. While there isn't a need to replace it, it's still been imperfect since the beginning. It was never meant to be a single-game statistic, though, but at some point the NFL began using it that way.

The formula was meant to even out or make the four major passing statistics "about even" according to Former Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Don Smith who headed the committee in 1972 that developed the formula.

The four major categories were completion percentage, average gain per attempt, touchdown percentage and interception percentage.

Those categories were also given a minimum and a maximum.

Those were for completion percentage—min = 30.0% and max = 77.5%
Average gain—min = 3.0 and max = 12.50
Touchdown percentage—min = 0.0%  and  max = 11.9%
Interception percentage—min = 0.0 and max = 9.5%

So, if a passer maxes out on all for he gets the "perfect"rating of 158.3.

For players with 15 or more passing attempts, there are current 51 performances of 158.3.

However, when one takes out the limits, the list changes significantly. So, we did that. Hat tip to Pro Football Reference.com for the inital list. We then removed the limits and listed them under "Actual" rating.

The bolded players have the 158.3 max rating. The others, have a rating of less than 158.3 but
with the limits removed they surpass many of the perfect ratings.

Norm Van Brocklin has the highest for 15 or more attempts
Lamar Jackson has the highest for 20 or more attempts
Aaron Rodgers has the best 'unlimited' passer rating for 30 or more attempts

Here is the top 99 passer ratings for players with 15 or more attempts in a game.
 

The NFL Sack Leader From 2017-19 Is . . .

PERSPECTIVE
By John Turney
Certainly, everyone knows the sack leader for the last two-and-a-half seasons is. Has to be a dominant edge rusher like Von Miller or Khalil Mack, right? No. They are tied for ninth.

Well, then it must be Aaron Donald, the 2018 sack champ, right? No, but close. He's second.

Who then?

Chandler Jones, of course.
Jones is currently tied for the NFL lead in sacks this season and led in 2017 as well. But who knows it? He's quietly putting together quite a decade. Currently, he has 88.5 career sacks and has averaged 11 sacks a season since entering the NFL.

He's played both 3-4 OLBer (the nickel DE) and also 4-3 DE and in New England would een take some snaps inside.

He's a taller (6-5) rangy type, not the shorter, explosive types like Miller, Mack, or even Donald but he gets it done through a myriad of techniques, and hand usage. He does not really look as fast as he is for some reason. He's got good lean, has a good inside move and can fake tackles out with his hand moves.

Toiling in Arizona where they have been 6-19-1 over the past two seasons doesn't help in terms of publicity but next time you catch a Cardinals game, keep an eye out for Jones. He's a special player.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Fourth was with the Pack in Win over Panthers

By Eric Goska
Would they or wouldn’t they?

Using every tick of game clock allotted, the Carolina Panthers plowed ahead seeking to force overtime with a touchdown and two-point conversion.

Could they or couldn’t they?

Bracing for whatever came their way, the Green Bay Packers scrambled to defend the end zone and prevent a crossover.

As the snowfall intensified at Lambeau Field Sunday evening, so, too, did the suspense. In a down-to-the-wire affair settled on the final play, Green Bay outlasted Carolina 24-16 to improve to 8-2 and remain atop the NFC North Division.

Eighteen. That’s the number of plays Carolina directed at Green Bay in the final 2 minutes, 25 seconds, roughly one every eight seconds.

Six. That’s the number of plays the Panthers got off from inside the Packers’ red zone in the last 32 seconds, about one every five seconds.

The slugfest came down to one final shot from the 2-yard line with four seconds to go.  Quarterback Kyle Allen tucked the ball into the chest of Christian McCaffrey then became a spectator like so many others, transfixed by the scene in front of him.

Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell shed the block of Panthers guard Greg Van Roten and met McCaffrey at the line of scrimmage. Fackrell slid off as the running back executed a spin move. At the same time, defensive end Preston Smith, who charged in unblocked from the backside, went low and locked onto McCaffrey’s legs.

His pace slowed, McCaffrey bumped up against Van Roten. The big lineman grabbed his teammate and twisted him toward the goal as the two fell to earth.

Jarius Wright signaled touchdown. Hands in the air, the Carolina receiver then turned his head to look for a striped uniform to confirm his assessment.

No confirmation was forthcoming. On the field, McCaffrey and the Panthers were ruled to have come up short.

The play immediately underwent review. Fox showed replays from multiple angles.

Finally, referee Jerome Boger flipped on his microphone. “After reviewing the play, the ruling on the field stands.”
Star Six Nine performed prior to the game inside Tailgate Village.
Those who have been following the Packers for some time have been here before. One of the more memorable nail-biters occurred on Christmas Eve 1995.

Neil O’Donnell and the Steelers foisted 19 plays upon the Packers in the closing minutes of that contest. Pittsburgh clambered to the Green Bay 6 before Yancey Thigpen failed to secure a fourth-down pass that caromed off his leg.

The Green and Gold weathered that onslaught 24-19. The Packers were handed an early Christmas present.

“Good to the last drop,” proclaimed one newspaper.

While that game and the Carolina contest share similarities, an NFC Central Division title was at stake 24 years ago. Nothing of that magnitude was on the line Sunday.

The Steelers also left 11 seconds on the clock. The Panthers drained it to double zero.

Drawn-out, last-minute flourishes often reek of desperation. So, too, do fourth quarters in which a team crams in as many plays as possible.

Twelve Packers opponents have run 29 or more plays in a fourth quarter since 1960. Green Bay prevailed 11 times, with only the Denver Broncos managing a 17-17 tie in 1987.

Down 24-10 and with time running out, the Panthers pushed hard in the fourth quarter. They accounted for 11 of their 26 first downs and 158 of their 401 yards in the period. Allen attempted more passes in the quarter (22) than in the other three combined (21).

The visitors shrugged off eight incompletions on their final drive. Allen’s 12-yard dart to D.J. Moore erased fourth-and-10 with 32 seconds left.

Carolina was dialed in.

Of course, had the Packers done some converting of their own, they might not have had to endure such a harrowing finish. Aaron Rodgers failed to connect with receiver Allen Lazard deep with 9:24 left, and Jimmy Graham came up three yards short on third-and-14 about six minutes later.

Having punted two times through three quarters, J.K. Scott booted twice in the last 15 minutes. To his credit, he placed both kicks inside Carolina’s 12.

The Panthers began their final drive at the 11. They advanced 88 yards on 18 plays before time expired.
Until Sunday, no team had run out the final quarter on the Packers with a drive of that length (based on number of plays). The Vikings of 1995 owned the previous record when they reeled off 16 plays to close out their 38-21 loss at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay survived then. It persevered Sunday.

It’s safe to say this Packers-Panthers’ matchup was good to the last stop.

Holding Fourth
Longest drives (based on number of plays) by Packers opponents that ran out the clock in the fourth quarter.