On the surface, it is easy for any fan to see just how good or bad of a season their team has had. Whether it be wins and losses or total points put up, some stats tell the story, god or bad, of the year of their favorite team.
What most fans fail to sometimes realize, however, is all the stats that go into making an NFL team successful. Here are a bunch you would never even think to remotely consider about the 2012 season of the New England Patriots.
You name it. If it can be statistically tracked in the NFL, it’s probably in this post.
0 – The number of wins the team had when their leading rusher was under 40 yards for the game (0-2).
0 – The Patriots had no two-point conversions on the year. Just kind of odd.
1 – The number of franchises to score 500 points four different times. New England accomplished that this year after 500-point seasons in 2007, 2010 and 2011 as well.
1 – The New England offense ranked first in the NFL in total yards, yards per game, points and points per game in 2012.
1 – Of the four members of the team who finished the year as the starting secondary, only one (Devin McCourty) was on the team last year. Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib, Steve Gregory were the other three.
1 – Vince Wilfork‘s four forced fumbles were tied for first in the NFL.
1 – The number of NFL quarterbacks to throw at least one touchdown pass in all 16 regular season games for three straight seasons – Tom Brady in 2010-12.
2 – The number of teams to ever win 10-plus games in 10 consecutive seasons – the Patriots became the second to accomplish that this year.
2 – Their two-game losing streak in Weeks 2 and 3 was tied for their longest losing streak since they lost four straight in the 2002 season.
2 – This season was the second time they have gone undefeated against the AFC East, joining the 2007 team.
2 – The number of teams to ever record 400 first downs in a season – the 2012 Pats and the 2011 Saints.
3 – Pass plays in the NFL this season longer than Shane Vereen‘s 83-yard reception in Week 12.
3 – It had been three years since the Patriots lost four or more games in a season (10-6 in 2009).
3 – The Pats have scored 500-plus points in three consecutive seasons.
4 – It was Brady’s fourth career season of throwing 30 or more touchdown passes, good for a tie for the fourth-most all-time.
4 – Welker finished four receptions behind league-leader Calvin Johnson, who had 122 on the year.
4 – The Patriots have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.
5 – There have only been five Patriots running backs to rush for 1,200 yards in the team’s history. Ridley became the fifth this year.
5 – Wilfork was elected to the fifth Pro Bowl of his career and will start on the defensive line for the AFC.
5 – The team has held its opponents to 20 points or less in five of six games since Nov. 18 (5-1).
6 – In 16 games, the Patriots only lost six fumbles.
6 – The Pats finished six spots higher in total defense this year compared to last season when they finished 31st in the league.
6 – New England has been a top-10 offense in the NFL for six straight seasons.
7 – The amount of consecutive games that Brady needs to throw a touchdown pass in to break the all-time record of 54.
7 – New England’s longest winning streak of the year from Week 7 through Week 14.
7 – The number of points that Brady’s total QBR trailed Peyton Manning‘s for tops in the league.
7 – McCourty was one of seven NFL players to return a kickoff more than 100 yards on the year.
7 – The team sent seven members to the Pro Bowl in 2012.
7 – Last year’s NFL leader in interceptions, Kyle Arrington, had seven fewer interceptions in 2012 than a year ago. He had seven in 2011.
8 – The number of years it had been since the team had a 1,200-yard rusher before this year. Corey Dillon rushed for 1,635 yards in 2004.
8 – Rob Ninkovich led the team with eight sacks on the year.
8 – The Pats had eight return TD’s on the season.
9 – Brady now ranks ninth on the NFL’s all-time passing list with 44,806 yards. He needs 1,427 yards to pass Vinny Testaverde.
9 – Ridley finished the season as one of just nine non-kickers in the top-40 in the league in scoring.
9 – The team has a nine-game division win streak heading into next season.
10 – The number of consecutive 10-win seasons for the Patriots – the second longest such streak ever (16).
10 – The team scored 30-plus points 10 times in their 16 games in 2012 (8-2).
10 – The number of players who had a rushing attempt for the Pats in 2012 led by Ridley’s 290 carries.
10 – New England had 10 more sacks than it allowed in 2012.
11 – They also had 11 more interceptions than their opponents did.
11 – The number of current and former Pro Bowl running backs that Ridley out-rushed in 2012.
12 – The number of letters in Hoomanawanui.
14 – The number of players who had a reception for the Pats in 2012 led by Welker’s 118 catches.
15.5 – This was Edelman’s punt return average before he got hurt and it was good for ninth in the league at the end of the year.
17 – The team had 17 players finish in the top-five in Pro Bowl voting at their respective positions.
17 – Vereen’s 83-yard catch and run was 17 yards longer than the next longest reception by a running back in 2012 – C.J. Spiller: 66 yards.
17 – The Patriots had 17 members of the team score at least six points this season.
18 – The all-time NFL record for 10-plus reception games set by Welker in Week 16.
19 – Gostkowski has finished an average of 19th in the league in field goal percentage in his seven NFL seasons. He finished 20th in the league in 2012.
20 – The Pats forced 20 more fumbles than their opponents did in 2012.
20.7 – New England gave up an average of 20.7 points per game this season, which was good for ninth in the league.
24 – Welker and Gronk were tied for 24th in the league as they each had 13 receptions of 20-plus yards.
25 – The team’s turnover differential of +25 was tops in the league in 2012.
27 – The Patriots have forced at least one turnover in 27 consecutive games.
29 – New England’s seven 2012 Pro Bowlers have now been to 29 Pro Bowls among them.
34 – Brady’s 34 touchdown passes were good for fourth in the league.
34.8 – New England led the league with their 34.8 points per game, more than four points higher than the Broncos, who were second in the league.
37 – The number of Pats’ to carry the ball at least once since their last 1,200-yard rusher in 2004.
38 – Gronkowski has 38 touchdown grabs in his first three NFL seasons, the third-most by a player in the first three years of a career ever.
43 – The number of points the team came up short of breaking for the NFL single-season record.
43.1 – Zoltan Mesko‘s average punt length was 30th in the league this year.
46 – The team had 46 players make at least one tackle in 2012.
48 – The number of consecutive regular season games that Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass in.
50 – The percentage of Woodhead’s career touchdowns that were scored this year. He had a career-high seven scores in 2012.
53 – Gostkowski’s longest field goal of the year came in the Week 2 loss against the Cardinals.
59 – The Patriots got their first shutout in 59 games in their season finale against the Dolphins. Ironically, the last time they shut a team out was by the score of 59-0 over the Titans on Oct. 18, 2009.
60 – Mesko was tied for the third-fewest punts in the league among regular punters with just 60 on the year.
66 – The number of Gostkowski extra points on the year, which was tied for the second-most in an NFL season.
66.7 – The Pats’ league-leading conversion percentage on fourth down (8-of-12).
67 – New England scored 67 touchdowns in 2012, tied for the fourth-most in an NFL season.
72 – Ridley’s 72 points were the second-highest on the team behind Gostkowski.
82 – Ridley led the team in first downs on the year with 82 of them and was third in the league.
83 – Vereen had the team’s longest reception of the year with his 83-yarder on Thanksgiving Night against the Jets.
87 – Dennard’s 87-yard interception return for a touchdown in Week 11 against the Colts was the fourth-longest in the league this season.
95 – Dennard, a seventh-round pick in 2012, led the team with 95 yards on interception returns.
98.4 – Brady’s highest QBR in any game this season. It happened in Week 8 against the Rams when he threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
98.7 – Brady’s 98.7 passer rating was good for sixth in the league.
101.9 – The ninth-ranked rush defense of the Pats gave up just 101.9 rushing yards per game.
110 – Welker has an active streak of catching at least one pass in 110 straight games.
147 – The amount of tackles Mayo made on the year – the second-highest total of his career and the fourth-highest in the league in 2012.
151 – Ridley’s rushing yardage in Week 5 against Denver – the highest rushing total for any Patriots player in a game this season.
153 – The career-high in points by Gostkowski, who led the league in scoring in 2012.
154 – Mesko managed the fewest return yards of any regular punter in the league.
190 – The amount of receiving yards that Lloyd had against the 49ers – the most by a Patriots receiver in any game this year.
226 – New England’s point differential of +226 was first in the league, 34 points ahead of Denver.
272 – The offense had 272 more yards than New Orleans, the league’s second-ranked offense.
302 – Brady’s 302 yards per game were good for the fourth-most in the NFL.
334 – Brady has 334 touchdown passes through 13 NFL seasons and ranks fifth all-time. He needs nine more to pass Frank Tankerton for fourth place all-time.
427.9 – The Pats’ 427.9 offensive yards per game led the NFL and were 17 more than the Saints, who finished second in the league in that category as well.
443 – Brady’s highest passing yards total of the season, which came in the Week 15 loss to San Francisco.
444 – The number of first downs the Patriots picked up on the year, shattering the previous NFL record of 416 set by the 2011 Saints.
554 – The number of yards that they out-rushed their opponents by on the year.
557 – The Patriots’ offense put up 557 points in 2012 – the second-most ever by an offense in a single season.
585 – The number of games that the legendary radio play-by-play duo of Gll Santos and Gino Cappelletti called together.
605 – The defense gave up 605 less total yards in 2012 than they did in 2011.
619 – The amount of yards that Welker had after the catch, which led the league in 2012.
637 – Brady’s passing attempts, which were the fourth-most in the league.
336 – Ridley has 336 more rushing yards in his first two NFL seasons that the last three starting Patriots’ backs, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Laurence Maroney and Sammy Morris combined for in theirs (389 and 360).
.900 – The Patriots had a winning percentage of .900 in the 10 games following their 3-3 start.
.1000 – The team’s winning percentage in the seven games without either Mankins or Vollmer on the year (7-0).
4,827 – Brady’s passing yards. Fourth in the league.
6,846 – The league’s No. 1 offense finished with 6,846 total yards, but interestingly had two fewer yards than they did last year as the league’s No. 2 offense.
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