A 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the end result of Week 13 for the New England Patriots, as both sides landed at 9-3 on the season.
But beyond the final score and the win-loss records reside the numbers that factored into it.
Here is a closer look at what transpired at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.
Packers Score 13 Points in the First: Green Bay headed into the cross-conference matchup having outscored opponents 66-0 over the course of the team’s last four first quarters of home games. That trend continued, as the Patriots let the streak go to 79-0. But even so, the margin had another meaning for New England, as the 13 points conceded in the first quarter versus Green Bay matched the same output the defense allowed in its last three first quarters combined, dating back to Nov. 2 against the Denver Broncos. A total of 19 first-quarter points were notched during the Patriots’ seven-game win streak.
Two Years for Rodgers at Home: Neither side turned the ball over, yet that’s nothing new for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The former first-round pick hasn’t thrown an interception at Lambeau this season, and he hasn’t thrown one in any regular season since Week 13 of 2012. New England’s opportunistic secondary was unable to change the tides on the two-year anniversary.
Back at 3,000 for Brady: Albeit in unceremonious fashion, a 245-yard performance from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sent him over 3,000 passing yards for the 12th season in his 14-year career. Brady’s 3,243 passing yards through 12 games are exactly 1,100 shy of where he ended through 16 games last season. There is a good chance he’ll eclipse that threshold by the end of Week 17.
Seven Touchdowns on LaFell’s Campaign: Patriots wideout Brandon LaFell set a new tier for himself against the Packers, harnessing two touchdown grabs from Brady to give him seven on the season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound ex-Carolina Panthert now has two two-score games on the year and three on his NFL resume. And with a five-catch, 38-yard game on Sunday, he now also has a career-best 53 catches for 712 yards on the season.
One Glimpse from Dobson, Gray: Aaron Dobson’s return to the 46-man gameday roster was cut short due to a hamstring injury, as the 2013 second-round receiver came up limping after his lone target of the contest. Active for the first time since Week 6, Dobson was named a practice player of the week leading up to Green Bay, but it has been a trying year for the Marshall standout. And it has also been a trying couple of weeks for running back Jonas Gray, who garnered one carry for four yards versus the Packers after playing zero snaps versus the Detroit Lions.
Bolden Gains 17: Patriots running back Brandon Bolden is known for his work as a core special-teamer, entering in the offensive huddle for only 15 carries and 25 yards through Week 12. Yet in Week 13, Bolden appeared as one of two starting backs for the Patriots, and he went on to gain a season-high 17 yards on three carries. Although one of those three was responsible for 12 yards, another was also responsible for a touchdown. It marked the 2012 undrafted free agent’s first TD since Nov. 24, 2013.
Adams Amasses 121 Yards Receiving: Packers rookie second-round pick Davante Adams had 28 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns to his NFL name before Sunday’s game. He added another six catches for 121 yards by the time it was over, however. Behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, the Fresno State Bulldog found his openings and made the most of them, leading Green Bay in receiving in his first 100-yard showing.
Four Field Goals by Crosby: New England was able to employ the bend-don’t-break adage, as Green Bay’s drives went 0-for-4 inside the 20. But where the offense stalled, kicker Mason Crosby was called upon to stretch the difference. Crosby went 4-of-5 on field goals with a long from just 35 yards out. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, meanwhile, was called upon once – a 47-yard miss – as New England’s offense got into the end zone on all three trips into the red zone.
Green Bay 10-for-17 on Third Down: The Packers’ offense stayed on the field for over 36 minutes versus the Patriots, and the unit’s success moving the chains was essential in the reason why. Green Bay converted 10-of-17 third-down attempts, with the final one arriving with 2:28 remaining, as Rodgers found Cobb on a seven-yard pass from four yards out. Three knee-downs later, the five-point game was over.