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.
0.5 – Brandon Bolden averaged half a yard more per carry than Stevan Ridley did.
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 full games that tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were both on the field for the whole contest – the season finale against the Dolphins.
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.
2 – The number of points that Stephen Gostkowski needed to tie the all-time single-season Patriots scoring record set by Gino Cappelletti in 1964.
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.
The Patriots’ offense has been nearly unstoppable in the three years since drafting this duo.
4 – New England had four different players lead the team in receiving in their 16 games – Brandon Lloyd (3), Wes Welker (9), Gronkowski (3) and Vereen (1).
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.
4 – The team had four different players lead them in rushing in their 16 games – Ridley (13), Bolden (1), Julian Edelman (1) and Danny Woodhead (1).
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.
New England’s seven Pro Bowlers in 2012 are the third-most in the league.
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 – The number of games in which the starting offensive line of Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly and Logan Mankins were all on the field together.
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 combined number of points New England fell by in its four losses against the Cardinals (2), Ravens (1), Seahawks (1) and 49ers (7).
11 – The number of current and former Pro Bowl running backs that Ridley out-rushed in 2012.