WHAT TO LOOK FOR – DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
STANDING IN THE NO. 1 SPOT: Since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, No.1 seeds in the NFC are 17-2 (.895) in the Divisional Playoffs. However, the NFC top seed has lost in the Divisional round in each of the past two seasons.
In the AFC, the No. 1 seed has compiled an 11-8 (.579) record in the Divisional round.
The No. 1 seeds in Divisional-round play since 1990:
|YEAR||AFC NO. 1 SEED||DIVISIONAL RESULT||NFC NO. 1 SEED||DIVISIONAL RESULT|
|1990||Buffalo||Defeated Miami 44-34||San Francisco||Defeated Washington 28-10|
|1991||Buffalo||Defeated Kansas City 37-14||Washington||Defeated Atlanta 24-7|
|1992||Pittsburgh||Lost to Buffalo 24-3||San Francisco||Defeated Washington 20-13|
|1993||Buffalo||Defeated L.A. Raiders 29-23||Dallas||Defeated Green Bay 27-17|
|1994||Pittsburgh||Defeated Cleveland 29-9||San Francisco||Defeated Chicago 44-15|
|1995||Kansas City||Lost to Indianapolis 10-7||Dallas||Defeated Philadelphia 30-11|
|1996||Denver||Lost to Jacksonville 30-27||Green Bay||Defeated San Francisco 35-14|
|1997||Kansas City||Lost to Denver 14-10||San Francisco||Defeated Minnesota 38-22|
|1998||Denver||Defeated Miami 38-3||Minnesota||Defeated Arizona 41-21|
|1999||Jacksonville||Defeated Miami 62-7||St. Louis||Defeated Minnesota 49-37|
|2000||Tennessee||Lost to Baltimore 24-10||New York Giants||Defeated Philadelphia 20-10|
|2001||Pittsburgh||Defeated Baltimore 27-10||St. Louis||Defeated Green Bay 45-17|
|2002||Oakland||Defeated N.Y. Jets 30-10||Philadelphia||Defeated Atlanta 20-6|
|2003||New England||Defeated Tennessee 17-14||Philadelphia||Defeated Green Bay 20-17 (OT)|
|2004||Pittsburgh||Defeated N.Y. Jets 20-17 (OT)||Philadelphia||Defeated Minnesota 27-14|
|2005||Indianapolis||Lost to Pittsburgh 21-18||Seattle||Defeated Washington 20-10|
|2006||San Diego||Lost to New England 24-21||Chicago||Defeated Seattle 27-24 (OT)|
|2007||New England||Defeated Jacksonville 31-20||Dallas||Lost to N.Y. Giants 21-17|
|2008||Tennessee||Lost to Baltimore 13-10||New York Giants||Lost to Philadelphia 23-11|
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BIG GAME SUCCESS: The Dallas Cowboys have won 33 postseason games, the most in NFL history. With a victory against Minnesota in the Divisional Playoffs on Sunday, Dallas would advance to its 15th NFC Championship Game, surpassing the Pittsburgh Steelers (14) for the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970.
The teams with the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970:
|TEAM||MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP|
|San Francisco 49ers||12|
|L.A./St. Louis Rams||9|
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ROAD TESTED: This Saturday marks the 13th playoff game in Ravens’ history and the club’s ninth on the road. Baltimore holds a 6-2 playoff record away from home, which stands as the top road winning percentage (.750) in NFL playoff history (minimum five games). Baltimore looks to improve the mark against Indianapolis in the Divisional round.
The best road winning percentage in playoff history (minimum five games):
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SIMPLY FAVRE-ULOUS: Minnesota quarterback BRETT FAVRE ranks second in NFL playoff history in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes. Favre needs 23 completions, 14 passing attempts, 462 passing yards and seven touchdowns to set postseason records in each passing category.
The top five quarterbacks in playoff completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes:
|Joe Montana||460||Joe Montana||734|
|Brett Favre*||438||Brett Favre*||721|
|Tom Brady*||395||Dan Marino||687|
|Dan Marino||385||John Elway||651|
|John Elway||355||Tom Brady*||637|
|Joe Montana||5,772||Joe Montana||45|
|Brett Favre*||5,311||Brett Favre*||39|
|John Elway||4,964||Dan Marino||32|
|Dan Marino||4,510||Kurt Warner*||31|
|Peyton Manning*||4,208||Terry Bradshaw||30|
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WARNER IN RANGE OF 4,000: Arizona Cardinals quarterback KURT WARNER has 3,747 passing yards in 12 career postseason games. With 253 passing yards against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Warner will reach 4,000 passing yards in 13 career playoff games, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone.
The quarterbacks to reach 4,000 postseason passing yards in the fewest games:
|QUARTERBACKS||NUMBER OF GAMES TO REACH 4,000 PASSING YARDS|
*Warner currently has 3,747 postseason passing yards in 12 games.
With a 100+ passer rating against New Orleans on Saturday, Warner (3) can tie Pro Football Hall of Famers BART STARR and TROY AIKMAN (4) for the second-most consecutive playoff games with a 100+ passer rating in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA holds the record with eight straight playoff games with a 100+ passer rating.
The most consecutive postseason games with 100+ passer rating (minimum 20 attempts each game):
|Joe Montana||San Francisco 49ers||1/1/89 – 1/20/91||8|
|Bart Starr||Green Bay Packers||1/1/67 – 12/31/67||4|
|Troy Aikman||Dallas Cowboys||1/10/93 – 1/16/94||4|
|Kurt Warner||Arizona Cardinals||1/18/09 – present||3*|
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FROM EAST TO WEST: New York Jets rookie head coach REX RYAN and his rookie quarterback MARK SANCHEZ can reach two milestones when they play at San Diego on Sunday.
With a victory, Sanchez will join Ravens quarterback JOE FLACCO as only the second rookie quarterback all-time to win his first two playoff games. Ryan can become only the sixth rookie head coach to win his first two postseason games in the Super Bowl era.
The rookie head coaches to win at least their first two playoff games:
|1970||Don McCafferty||Baltimore Colts||3|
|1989||George Seifert||San Francisco 49ers||3|
|1977||Red Miller||Denver Broncos||2|
|2002||Bill Callahan||Oakland Raiders||2|
|2008||John Harbaugh||Baltimore Ravens||2|
|2009||Rex Ryan||New York Jets||1|
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THE RACE TO 300: Indianapolis Colts MVP quarterback PEYTON MANNING and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner have six career 300-yard postseason passing games, tied for the most in NFL playoff history with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA.
The players with the most career 300-yard passing games in the playoffs:
|Kurt Warner*||Rams, Cardinals||12||6|
|Joe Montana||49ers, Chiefs||23||6|
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MR. POSTSEASON: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has nine touchdown catches in five career playoff games. With a touchdown reception against the Saints on Saturday, Fitzgerald would become the sixth player in playoff history to reach 10 touchdown catches. Fitzgerald (9) can also tie Pro Football Hall of Famer FRED BILETNIKOFF and ANTONIO FREEMAN and RANDY MOSS (10) for the third-most career postseason touchdown catches in NFL history.
The players with at least 10 postseason touchdown receptions and the number of games played to reach the mark:
|PLAYER||GAMES TO 10 TD RECEPTIONS|
*Fitzgerald has 9 TD receptions in 5 career playoff games.
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VERSATILE CHARGER: San Diego Chargers running back-kick-returner DARREN SPROLES has 949 total yards in five career playoff games. With 51 all-purpose yards against the Jets on Sunday, Sproles will reach 1,000 all-purpose yards in six career postseason games and would become the fastest to the mark in NFL playoff history.
The fewest postseason games to reach 1,000 all-purpose yards:
|PLAYER||FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 1,000 ALL-PURPOSE YARDS|
*Sproles has 949 all-purpose yards in five career playoff games.