NFL super defense-THU0131

ON THIS POST:

  • Aaron Donald by the numbers

  • Patriots, Rams defensive leaders

  • Comparing the defensive numbers

  • Super Bowl defensive records


SUPER BOWL MATCHUP

New England Patriots

vs.

Los Angeles Rams

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Sunday, Feb. 3, 5:30 ET, CBS

Patriots by 2.5; over/under 56.5


20.5

Sacks by reigning defensive

player of year Aaron Donald,

7th best season in history

SINGLE-SEASON SACKS
NO PLAYER TM YR
22.5 Michael Strahan NYG 2001
22.0 Jared Allen MIN 2011
22.0 Mark Gastineau NYJ 1984
22.0 Justin Houston KAN 2014
21.0 Chris Doleman MIN 1989
21.0 Reggie White PHI 1987
20.5 Aaron Donald LAR 2018
20.5 Lawrence Taylor NYG 1986
20.5 J.J. Watt HOU 2012
20.5 J.J. Watt HOU 2014

10-0

Rams’ record during

the season in games

Donald registered a sack


DONALD'S ROAD TO 20.5 SACKS
DT OPP RES NO
9/27 MIN W 38-31 2.0
10/7 SEA* W 33-31 1.0
10/14 DEN* W 23-20 1.0
1/21 SF* W 39-10 4.0
1/28 GB W 29-27 2.0
11/11 SEA W 36-31 2.5
11/19 KAN W 54-51 2.0
12/2 DET* W 30-16 2.0
12/23 ARI* W 31-9 3.0
12/30 SF W 48-32 1.0
*-road game

AARON DONALD NUMBERS
SEASON STAT CAREER
59 Tackles 263
41 Solo 188
18 Assists 75
20.5 Sacks 59.5
4 Forced fumbles 13
2 Fumble recoveries 4

90, 4

Solo tackles, sacks for

Rams LB Cory Littleton

RAMS DEFENSIVE LEADERS
NO PLAYER TOT AST SK FF
90 Cory Littleton 125 35 4 0
82 John Johnson 119 37 0 1
58 Lamarcus Joyner 78 20 1 0
43 Mark Barron 60 17 1 1
41 Aaron Donald 59 18 20.5 4
36 Ndamukong Suh 59 23 4.5 0
33 Michael Brockers 54 21 1 0
33 Marcus Peters 43 10 0 0
29 Troy Hill 34 5 0 0
28 Marqui Christian 36 8 0 0
26 Ramik Wilson 35 9 0 1
25 Samson Ebukam 40 15 3 3
25 Nickell Robey-
Coleman
37 12 0 0
18 Aqib Talib 23 5 0 1
18 Sam Shields 22 4 0 0
15 Dante Fowler 21 6 2 1
 
RAMS INTERCEPTION LEADERS
PLAYER NO YDS LG TD
John Johnson 4 46 35 0
Marcus Peters 3 107 50 1
Cory Littleton 3 48 22 1
Troy Hill 2 7 7 0
Aqib Talib 1 30 30 0
Samson Ebukam 1 25 25 1
Sam Shields 1 22 22 0
Lamarcus Joyner 1 5 5 0
Blake Countess 1 0 0 0
Nickell Robey-
Coleman
1 0 0 0

4

Patriots defenders with 50-plus

solo tackles, led by safety

Devin McCourty’s 59

PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE LEADERS
NO PLAYER TOT AST SK FF
59 Devin McCourty 82 23 0 1
55 Kyle Van Noy 92 37 3.5 1
54 Jason McCourty 70 16 0 1
52 Patrick Chung 84 32 0.5 0
44 Jonathan Jones 56 12 1.5 1
40 Stephon Gilmore 45 5 1 2
32 Trey Flowers 57 25 7.5 3
32 Duron Harmon 38 6 0 0
31 Elandon Roberts 65 34 1 0
25 Lawrence Guy 59 34 1 1
24 Dont'a Hightower 48 24 1 0
22 J.C. Jackson 24 2 0 0
19 Malcom Brown 39 20 0 0
15 Deatrich Wise 30 15 4.5 0
14 Keion Crossen 14 0 0 0
10 Danny Shelton 21 11 0 0
PATRIOTS INTERCEPTION LEADERS
PLAYER NO YDS LG TD
Duron Harmon 4 0 0 0
Jonathan Jones 3 34 28 0
J.C. Jackson 3 9 9 0
Stephon Gilmore 2 0 0 0
Devin McCourty 1 84 84 1
Dont'a Hightower 1 27 27 0
Patrick Chung 1 2 2 0
Ja'Whaun Bentley 1 0 0 0
Jason McCourty 1 0 0 0
Kyle Van Noy 1 0 0 0

322

First downs allowed

by both the Patriots

and Rams defensive units

HOW DEFENSES MATCH UP
REGULAR SEASON
PATRIOTS STAT RAMS
322 First downs 322
93/208/21 Run/pass/penalty 101/185/36
76/197 3rd downs 70/188
6/16 4th downs 9/15
5,746 Total yds 5,737
1,002/5.7 Plays/avg 960/6.0
1,803 Rushing yards 1,957
367/4.9 Plays/avg 386/5.1
3,943 Passing yards 3,780
370/605/18 Cmp/att/int 347/533/18
6.9 Average 7.7
21 Sacks 33
25/29 Field Goals 25/28
36 Touchdowns 44
7/29/0/0 Run/pass/ret/def 12/31/0/1
28:54 Possession time 29:18
PLAYOFFS
PATRIOTS STAT RAMS
40 First downs 38
5/27/8 Run/pass/penalty 11/23/4
9/22 3rd downs 7/24
1/1 4th downs 3/4
625 Total yds 598
110/5.7 Plays/avg 119/5.0
60 Rushing yards 98
22/2.7 Plays/avg 43/2.3
565 Passing yards 500
41/82/1 Cmp/att/int 46/73/1
7.6 Average 7.1
0 Sacks 1
1/1 Field Goals 3/3
8 Touchdowns 5
2/6/0/0 Run/pass/ret/def 2/3/0/0
21:16 Possession time 27:14

Super Bowl single-game tackles


Super Bowl single-game sacks


Super Bowl game interceptions


Source: nfl.com; football-reference,com