STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Packers beat Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl after 1996 season in New Orleans, with Desmond Howard winning Most Valuable Player award. … Matchup of only two teams in league to make playoffs each of last five seasons. … Patriots have won 14 straight against NFC North teams, including 3-0 this season – longest current streak by team against another division. … Patriots playing fourth straight game against first-place opponent. They won previous three as part of seven-game winning streak. … QB Tom Brady has 63 300-yard passing games, tied with Dan Marino for third on NFL career list behind Peyton Manning (90) and Drew Brees (84). … Offense has scored 40 or more points four times in 2014, one behind franchise mark set in 2012. … With 1,140 points, K Stephen Gostkowski needs 19 to pass Adam Vinatieri to become franchise career scoring leader. … TE Rob Gronkowski stands one touchdown short of becoming first tight end with four seasons of double-digit touchdowns. … LB Rob Ninkovich has 13 fumble recoveries since 2010, most in league in that span. … First meeting between Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers as starters. … Rodgers’ 119.2 passer rating leads NFL. … Packers have won six in row at home against AFC teams when Rodgers starts. … WR Jordy Nelson with three touchdown catches of 65 yards or more this season has most by Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four in 1998. … Eddie Lacy with 100-plus yards from scrimmage and receiving touchdown in three straight games is first Packers running back to do so. … DE-LB Julius Peppers first player in NFL history with 100 career sacks and four interception returns for touchdowns. … DB Micah Hyde has two interceptions and sack in last three games.
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