Skeptical Football: Sizing Up The Inevitable Patriots-Packers Super Bowl

Benjamin Morris for Five Thirty Eight:

In the marquee matchup of Week 13, the Packers beat the Patriots in what was billed as a potential Super Bowl preview. The Packers jumped ahead 13-0, but their eventual win wasn’t easy.

Just as baseball is a game of outs and basketball is a game of possessions, football is a game of drives. While teams employ a variety of different strategies and counter-strategies along the way, for the most part there are only two things to keep track of: What happens on drives when a team has the ball and what happens on drives when it doesn’t.

Thorough analysis.