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2016 NFL PLAYOFFS GET UNDERWAY

The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8, with Wild Card Weekend. On Saturday, the Oakland Raiders play at the Houston Texans (ESPN/ABC, 4:35 PM ET) and the Detroit Lions visit the Seattle Seahawks (NBC, 8:15 PM ET). Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday with the Miami Dolphins at the Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS, 1:05 PM ET) and the New York Giants traveling to face the Green Bay Packers (FOX, 4:40 PM ET).

The following week (January 14-15), the New England Patriots (Saturday, CBS, 8:15 PM ET) and Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, NBC, 1:05 PM ET) in the AFC and the Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, FOX, 4:40 PM ET) and Atlanta Falcons (Saturday, FOX, 4:35 PM ET) in the NFC host the Divisional Playoffs. The Patriots and Cowboys own home-field advantage for the Conference Championship Games (January 22) if they win their Divisional contests. 

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida (ESPN, 8:00 PM ET) and Super Bowl LI will take place on Sunday, February 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas (FOX, 6:30 PM ET). 

FRESH FACES & CONSISTENT WINNERS HIGHLIGHT PLAYOFF FIELD

There are six new playoff teams in 2016: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, the New York Giants and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:

SEASON

PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS

1990

7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)

1991

5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)

1992

6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)

1993

5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)

1994

5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)

1995

4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)

1996

5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)       

1997

5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)

1998

5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)

1999

7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2000

6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)

2001

6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)

2002

5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)

2003

8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)

2004

5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)

2005

7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)

2006

7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)

2007

6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2008

7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)

2009

6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)

2010

5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)

2011

6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)

2012

4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)

2013

5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)

2014

5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)

2015

4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)

2016

6 (Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York Giants, Oakland)

Six of the NFL’s eight divisions featured new division champions from last season, the most in a season since 2011 (seven). Only New England (AFC East) and Houston (AFC South) were repeat division champions. 

AFC NORTH

AFC WEST

NFC EAST

NFC NORTH

NFC SOUTH

NFC WEST

2016

Pittsburgh

Kansas City

Dallas

Green Bay

Atlanta

Seattle

2015

Cincinnati

Denver

Washington

Minnesota

Carolina

Arizona

In the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 of the 32 NFL teams have won a division title at least once.

How the 2016 playoff teams have fared in the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002 (2016 division winners in bold/italics):

 

TEAM

DIVISION TITLES

PLAYOFF BERTHS

New England Patriots

13

13

Green Bay Packers

9

12

Seattle Seahawks

8

11

Pittsburgh Steelers

7

10

Atlanta Falcons

4

7

Dallas Cowboys

4

6

Houston Texans

4

4

New York Giants

3

7

Kansas City Chiefs

3

6

Miami Dolphins

1

2

Oakland Raiders

1

2

Detroit Lions

0

3​

The Dallas Cowboys rebounded to win the NFC East after finishing in last place in 2015. This marked the 13th time in the past 14 seasons in which at least one team went from “worst-to-first” in its division.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions since 2003:

SEASON

TEAM

RECORD

PRIOR SEASON RECORD

ADVANCED TO

2003

Carolina Panthers

11-5

7-9

Super Bowl XXXVIII

2003

Kansas City Chiefs

13-3

8-8*

Divisional Playoffs

2004

Atlanta Falcons

11-5

5-11

NFC Championship

2004

San Diego Chargers

12-4

4-12*

Wild Card Playoffs

2005

Chicago Bears

11-5

5-11

Divisional Playoffs

2005

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

11-5

5-11

Wild Card Playoffs

2006

Baltimore Ravens

13-3

6-10*

Divisional Playoffs

2006

New Orleans Saints

10-6

3-13

NFC Championship

2006

Philadelphia Eagles

10-6

6-10

Divisional Playoffs

2007

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

9-7

4-12

Wild Card Playoffs

2008

Miami Dolphins

11-5

1-15

Wild Card Playoffs

2009

New Orleans Saints

13-3

8-8

Won Super Bowl XLIV

2010

Kansas City Chiefs

10-6

4-12

Wild Card Playoffs

2011

Denver Broncos

8-8

4-12

Divisional Playoffs

2011

Houston Texans

10-6

6-10*

Divisional Playoffs

2012

Washington Redskins

10-6

5-11

Wild Card Playoffs

2013

Carolina Panthers

12-4

7-9*

Divisional Playoffs

2013

Philadelphia Eagles

10-6

4-12

Wild Card Playoffs

2015

Washington Redskins

9-7

4-12

Wild Card Playoffs

2016

Dallas Cowboys

13-3

4-12

???

* Tied for last place 

The 2016 field also showcases teams that have enjoyed recent postseason success. Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have been to the playoffs 13 times, which is the most in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers are tied for second with 12 postseason berths and the Seattle Seahawks rank third with 11 playoff appearances.

The teams with the most playoff appearances since 2002 (includes 2016):

TEAM

POSTSEASON APPEARANCES

New England Patriots*

13

Green Bay Packers*

12

Indianapolis Colts

12

Seattle Seahawks*

11

Pittsburgh Steelers*

10

Baltimore Ravens

8

Denver Broncos

8

Philadelphia Eagles

8

         *In 2016 postseason

Five of this season’s 12 playoff teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 2001, capturing eight of the past 15 Vince Lombardi Trophies. Those teams are Green Bay (XLV), New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX), the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), Pittsburgh (XL, XLIII) and Seattle (XLVIII).

SUPER BOWL

SEASON

WINNER

XXXVI

2001

New England Patriots*

XXXVII

2002

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

XXXVIII

2003

New England Patriots*

XXXIX

2004

New England Patriots*

XL

2005

Pittsburgh Steelers*

XLI

2006

Indianapolis Colts

XLII

2007

New York Giants*

XLIII

2008

Pittsburgh Steelers*

XLIV

2009

New Orleans Saints

XLV

2010

Green Bay Packers*

XLVI

2011

New York Giants*

XLVII

2012

Baltimore Ravens

XLVIII

2013

Seattle Seahawks*

XLIX

2014

New England Patriots*

50

2015

Denver Broncos

                                                   *In 2016 postseason

ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS

The four franchises with the most postseason berths in NFL history – the Dallas Cowboys (32), Green Bay Packers (32), New York Giants (32) and Pittsburgh Steelers (30) – are all participants in the 2016 NFL playoffs.

The teams with the most seasons participating in the playoffs (includes 2016):

TEAM

PLAYOFF BERTHS

Dallas Cowboys*

32

Green Bay Packers*

32

New York Giants*

32

Pittsburgh Steelers*

30

                                                         *In 2016 playoffs

The 12 playoff teams and their postseason records:

TEAM

WINS    LOSSES

PCT.

New England Patriots

29

 

19

 

.604

Green Bay Packers

32

 

21

 

.604

Pittsburgh Steelers

34

 

23

 

.596

Oakland Raiders

25

 

18

 

.581

Dallas Cowboys

34

 

26

 

.567

Seattle Seahawks

15

 

14

 

.517

New York Giants

24

 

24

 

.500

Miami Dolphins

20

 

20

 

.500

Houston Texans

2

 

3

 

.400

Atlanta Falcons

7

 

12

 

.368

Detroit Lions

7

 

12

 

.368

Kansas City Chiefs

9

 

16

 

.360

WILD CARD RECORDS

 

TEAM

WINS

LOSSES

PCT.

Oakland Raiders

4

2

.667

Houston Texans

2

1

.667

Green Bay Packers

9

5

.643

Seattle Seahawks

7

4

.636

New York Giants

6

4

.600

Miami Dolphins

6

5

.545

Pittsburgh Steelers

5

5

.500

Detroit Lions

0

8

.000

 

DIVISIONAL RECORDS

 

TEAM

WINS

LOSSES

PCT.

New England Patriots

13

6

.684

Dallas Cowboys

15

10

.600

Atlanta Falcons

3

5

.375

Kansas City Chiefs

2

7

.222


THE TEAMS

WINNING FEELING: The Green Bay Packers have won 13 NFL championships, the most in league history. Of the 12 playoff teams this season, 10 have won at least one championship. 

NFL championships won by the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM

NFL CHAMPIONSHIP(S)

SEASON(S)

Green Bay Packers

13

1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996, 2010

New York Giants

8

1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007, 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers

6

1974-75, 1978-79, 2005, 2008

Dallas Cowboys

5

1971, 1977, 1992-93, 1995

Detroit Lions

4

1935, 1952-53, 1957

New England Patriots

4

2001, 2003-04, 2014

Oakland Raiders

3

1976, 1980, 1983

Miami Dolphins

2

1972-73

Kansas City Chiefs

1

1969

Seattle Seahawks

1

2013

Atlanta Falcons

0

--

Houston Texans

0

--

-- NFL --

PLAYOFF SUCCESS: The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers each have 34 postseason victories, tied for the most in NFL history. The Green Bay Packers (32) and New England Patriots (29) rank third and fifth, respectively, on the all-time postseason wins list. 

The teams with the most playoff victories in NFL history:​

TEAM

PLAYOFF WINS

Dallas Cowboys*

34

Pittsburgh Steelers*

34

Green Bay Packers*

32

San Francisco 49ers

30

New England Patriots*

29

                                                       *In 2016 playoffs

Postseason victories for the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM

PLAYOFF WINS

Dallas Cowboys

34

Pittsburgh Steelers

34

Green Bay Packers

32

New England Patriots

29

Oakland Raiders

25

New York Giants

24

Miami Dolphins

20

Seattle Seahawks

15

Kansas City Chiefs

9

Atlanta Falcons

7

Detroit Lions

7

Houston Texans

2

-- NFL --

HOME SWEET HOME…MAYBE: For the first time since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, the No. 1 seed from both the AFC and NFC have advanced to the Super Bowl in three consecutive seasons. However, only 27 of the 52 (52 percent) No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl, with 12 No. 1 seeds being crowned champions (23 percent).

Dallas is the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the fourth time since 1990 and the first since 2007, while the Patriots are the top seed in the AFC for the fourth time since 2010.

How the No. 1 seeds have fared since 1990:

SEASON

AFC NO. 1 SEED

SEASON RESULT

 

NFC NO. 1 SEED

SEASON RESULT

1990

Buffalo

Lost Super Bowl XXV

 

San Francisco

Lost NFC Championship

1991

Buffalo

Lost Super Bowl XXVI

 

Washington

Won Super Bowl XXVI

1992

Pittsburgh

Lost Divisional

 

San Francisco

Lost NFC Championship

1993

Buffalo

Lost Super Bowl XXVIII

 

Dallas

Won Super Bowl XXVIII

1994

Pittsburgh

Lost AFC Championship

 

San Francisco

Won Super Bowl XXIX

1995

Kansas City

Lost Divisional

 

Dallas

Won Super Bowl XXX

1996

Denver

Lost Divisional

 

Green Bay

Won Super Bowl XXXI

1997

Kansas City

Lost Divisional

 

San Francisco

Lost NFC Championship

1998

Denver

Won Super Bowl XXXIII

 

Minnesota

Lost NFC Championship

1999

Jacksonville

Lost AFC Championship

 

St. Louis

Won Super Bowl XXXIV

2000

Tennessee

Lost Divisional

 

New York Giants

Lost Super Bowl XXXV

2001

Pittsburgh

Lost AFC Championship

 

St. Louis

Lost Super Bowl XXXVI

2002

Oakland

Lost Super Bowl XXXVII

 

Philadelphia

Lost NFC Championship

2003

New England

Won Super Bowl XXXVIII

 

Philadelphia

Lost NFC Championship

2004

Pittsburgh

Lost AFC Championship

 

Philadelphia

Lost Super Bowl XXXIX

2005

Indianapolis

Lost Divisional

 

Seattle

Lost Super Bowl XL

2006

San Diego

Lost Divisional

 

Chicago

Lost Super Bowl XLI

2007

New England

Lost Super Bowl XLII

 

Dallas

Lost Divisional

2008

Tennessee

Lost Divisional

 

New York Giants

Lost Divisional

2009

Indianapolis

Lost Super Bowl XLIV

 

New Orleans

Won Super Bowl XLIV

2010

New England

Lost Divisional

 

Atlanta

Lost Divisional

2011

New England

Lost Super Bowl XLVI

 

Green Bay

Lost Divisional

2012

Denver

Lost Divisional

 

Atlanta

Lost NFC Championship

2013

Denver

Lost Super Bowl XLVIII

 

Seattle

Won Super Bowl XLVIII

2014

New England

Won Super Bowl XLIX

 

Seattle

Lost Super Bowl XLIX

2015

Denver

Won Super Bowl 50

 

Carolina

Lost Super Bowl 50

2016

New England

???

 

Dallas

???


-- NFL --

DIVISION DOMINANCE: Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have won 13 division titles, the most in the NFL during that span. The Green Bay Packers lead the NFC with nine division titles since 2002.

The teams with the most division titles since 2002:

TEAM

DIVISION TITLES

New England Patriots*

13

Indianapolis Colts

9

Green Bay Packers*

9

Seattle Seahawks*

8

Pittsburgh Steelers*

7

Denver Broncos

6

Philadelphia Eagles

6

    *2016 division champion

-- NFL --

PATRIOT PLACE: The New England Patriots won the AFC East for the eighth consecutive season in 2016, passing the Los Angeles Rams (1973-79) for the most consecutive division titles in NFL history.

The teams to finish first in their division in the most consecutive seasons:

TEAM

YEARS

CONSECUTIVE FIRST-PLACE FINISHES

New England Patriots

2009-16

8*

Los Angeles Rams

1973-79

7

Cleveland Browns

1950-55

6

Dallas Cowboys

1966-71

6

Minnesota Vikings

1973-78

6

Pittsburgh Steelers

1974-79

6

Seven teams tied

 

5

*Active streak

 

 

-- NFL --

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The New England Patriots finished the 2016 regular season undefeated on the road.

The Patriots are only the seventh team since 1978 – when the 16-game schedule was instituted – to post an 8-0 record on the road. Of the previous six teams to accomplish the feat, four have gone to the Super Bowl (66.7 percent).

The teams (since 1978) to post an 8-0 road record and their final season result:

SEASON

TEAM

OVERALL

RESULT

1984

San Francisco 49ers

15-1

Won Super Bowl XIX

1989

San Francisco 49ers

14-2

Won Super Bowl XXIV

1990

San Francisco 49ers

14-2

Advanced to NFC Championship

2001

St. Louis Rams

14-2

Advanced to Super Bowl XXXVI

2007

New England Patriots

16-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLII

2014

Dallas Cowboys

12-4

Advanced to NFC Divisional

2016

New England Patriots

14-2

???

-- NFL --​

EXTRA TIME IN THE POSTSEASON: The playoffs have featured at least one overtime game in 13 of the past 16 postseasons. 

In 2010, the NFL adopted a modified sudden-death system for the playoffs, which was expanded to cover all NFL games in 2012. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score. 

A look at NFL overtime playoff games since 2000:

SEASON

ROUND

TEAMS

GAME-WINNING SCORE

2000

WC

Miami 23, Indianapolis 17

RB Lamar Smith scores on 17-yard TD run.

2001

Div.

New England 16, Oakland 13

K Adam Vinatieri connects on 23-yard FG.

2002

Div.

Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31

K Joe Nedney wins it with 26-yard FG.

2003

WC

Green Bay 33, Seattle 27

CB Al Harris returns INT 52 yards for TD.

2003

Div.

Carolina 29, St. Louis 23 (2 OT)

QB Jake Delhomme connects with WR Steve Smith on 69-yard TD.

2003

Div.

Philadelphia 20, Green Bay 17

K David Akers wins game with 31-yard FG.

2004

WC

NY Jets 20, San Diego 17

K Doug Brien converts 28-yard FG.

2004

Div.

Pittsburgh 20, NY Jets 17

K Jeff Reed connects on 33-yard game-winner.

2006

Div.

Chicago 27, Seattle 24

K Robbie Gould converts game-winning 49-yard FG.

2007

Champ.

NY Giants 23, Green Bay 20

K Lawrence Tynes wins it with 47-yard FG.

2008

WC

San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17

RB Darren Sproles scores on 22-yard TD run.

2009

WC

Arizona 51, Green Bay 45

LB Karlos Dansby scores on 17-yard FR-TD.

2009

Champ.

New Orleans 31, Minnesota 28

K Garrett Hartley converts 40-yard game-winning FG.

2011

WC

Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23

WR Demaryius Thomas catches 80-yard TD from QB Tim Tebow.

2011

Champ.

NY Giants 20, San Francisco 17

K Lawrence Tynes connects on 31-yard FG.

2012

Div.

Baltimore 38, Denver 35 (2 OT)

K Justin Tucker converts 47-yard game-winning FG.

2014

Champ.

Seattle 28, Green Bay 22

QB Russell Wilson throws 35-yard TD to WR Jermaine Kearse.

2015

Div.

Arizona 26, Green Bay 20

QB Carson Palmer connects with WR Larry Fitzgerald on 5-yard TD.

-- NFL --

THE PLAYERS

POSTSEASON QUARTERBACKS: Quarterbacks TOM BRADY of New England, AARON RODGERS of Green Bay, MATT RYAN of Atlanta, ALEX SMITH of Kansas City and RUSSELL WILSON of Seattle have enjoyed postseason success. They all rank among the leaders in many postseason passing categories.

Smith (99.1) ranks fourth all-time in career postseason passer rating, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer BART STARR (104.8), KURT WARNER (102.8) and DREW BREES (100.7). Rodgers ranks fifth all-time with a 98.2 passer rating.

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason passer rating (min. 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK

COMP.

ATT.

YARDS

TD

INT

RATING

Bart Starr

130

213

1,753

15

3

104.8

Kurt Warner

307

462

3,952

31

14

102.8

Drew Brees

306

464

3,539

24

6

100.7

Alex Smith*

112

186

1,309

11

1

99.1

Aaron Rodgers*

298

467

3,454

27

8

98.2

                                   *Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady is the all-time postseason passing leader in career attempts (1,183), completions (738), yards (7,957) and touchdowns (56).

The top five all-time playoff leaders in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns:

PLAYER

COMPLETIONS

 

PLAYER

ATTEMPTS

Tom Brady*

738

 

Tom Brady*

1,183

Peyton Manning

649

 

Peyton Manning

1,027

Brett Favre

481

 

Brett Favre

791

Joe Montana

460

 

Joe Montana

734

Dan Marino

385

 

Dan Marino

687

*Active in 2016 playoffs

 

*Active in 2016 playoffs



 

 

 

PLAYER

PASSING YARDS

 

PLAYER

TD PASSES

Tom Brady*

7,957

 

Tom Brady*

56

Peyton Manning

7,339

 

Joe Montana

45

Brett Favre

5,855

 

Brett Favre

44

Joe Montana

5,772

 

Peyton Manning

40

John Elway

4,964

 

Dan Marino

32

*Active in 2016 playoffs

 

*Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady has 10 career 300-yard passing games in the postseason, the most all-time.

QUARTERBACK

PLAYOFF GAMES

300-YARD GAMES

Tom Brady*

31

10

Peyton Manning

27

9

Joe Montana

23

6

Kurt Warner

13

6

Drew Brees

11

6

                                           *Active in 2016 playoffs

Ryan has completed 124 of 187 passes for a 66.3 completion percentage, the second-best mark in league playoff history, trailing only Warner (66.5 percent). Rodgers ranks seventh in league postseason history with a 63.8 completion percentage.

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason completion percentage (min. 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK

COMP.

ATT.

PCT.

Kurt Warner

307

462

66.5

Matt Ryan*

124

187

66.3

Ken Anderson

110

166

66.3

Drew Brees

306

464

65.9

Warren Moon

259

403

64.3

Rich Gannon

154

240

64.2

Aaron Rodgers*

298

467

63.8

Troy Aikman

320

502

63.7

                                                      *Active in 2016 playoffs

-- NFL --

AIR ATTACK: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON is averaging 8.43 yards per pass attempt (2,328 yards, 276 attempts), the third-highest in NFL postseason history (minimum 200 attempts).

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason yards per attempt average (min. 200 attempts):

QUARTERBACK

PASS YARDS

ATTEMPTS

YARDS/ATT.

Kurt Warner

3,952

462

8.55

Joe Theismann

1,782

211

8.45

Russell Wilson*

2,328

276

8.43

Jim Plunkett

2,293

272

8.43

Terry Bradshaw

3,833

456

8.41

                                          *Active in 2016 postseason

-- NFL --

PASSING BY: Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS is the only quarterback in the 2016 playoffs with a 400-yard passing game in the postseason.

The 19 400-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

OPPONENT

DATE

PASSING YARDS

Bernie Kosar

Cleveland Browns

New York Jets

1/3/87

489

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions

1/7/12

466

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

San Francisco 49ers

1/14/12

462

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

Denver Broncos

1/9/05

458

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

1/4/14

443

Dan Fouts

San Diego Chargers

Miami Dolphins

1/2/82

433

Kelly Holcomb

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

1/5/03

429

Jeff George

Minnesota Vikings

St. Louis Rams

1/16/00

423

Aaron Rodgers*

Green Bay Packers

Arizona Cardinals

1/10/10

423

Dan Marino

Miami Dolphins

Buffalo Bills

12/30/95

422

Dan Marino

Miami Dolphins

Pittsburgh Steelers

1/6/85

421

Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams

Tennessee Titans

1/30/00

414

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia Eagles

Chicago Bears

12/31/88

407

Jim Kelly

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

1/6/90

405

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

1/8/11

404

Don Strock

Miami Dolphins

San Diego Chargers

1/2/82

403

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

San Diego Chargers

1/13/08

402

Daryle Lamonica

Oakland Raiders

New York Jets

12/29/68

401

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

New England Patriots

1/19/14

400

*Active in 2016 postseason

-- NFL --

SUPER BOWL MVPs: There are four players in the 2016 postseason who have been named Super Bowl MVP: Quarterback TOM BRADY of New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX), quarterback ELI MANNING of the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), quarterback AARON RODGERS of Green Bay (XLV) and linebacker MALCOLM SMITH of Oakland (XLVIII with Seattle).

PLAYER

CURRENT TEAM

SUPER BOWL MVPs

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

3 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)

Eli Manning

New York Giants

2 (XLII, XLVI)

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

1 (XLV)

Malcolm Smith

Oakland Raiders

1 (XLVIII*)

*With Seattle

Five players in NFL history have been named Super Bowl MVP multiple times, including Brady (three) and Manning (two). Brady and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA are the only players to win the award three times.

The five players in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP multiple times:

PLAYER

TEAM

SUPER BOWL MVPs

Tom Brady*

New England Patriots

3 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers

3 (XVI, XIX, XXIV)

Terry Bradshaw

Pittsburgh Steelers

2 (XIII, XIV)

Eli Manning*

New York Giants

2 (XLII, XLVI)

Bart Starr

Green Bay Packers

2 (I, II)

*Active in 2016 playoffs

-- NFL --​

WHEN IT COUNTS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has a 22-9 (.710) career postseason record, the most playoff wins all-time by a starting quarterback.

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Brady*

New England Patriots 

22

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

16

Terry Bradshaw

Pittsburgh Steelers

14

John Elway

Denver Broncos

14

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

14

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

13

                              *Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady’s 22-9 (.710) postseason record trails only Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW and TROY AIKMAN for the best winning percentage as a starting quarterback in NFL playoff history (minimum 15 starts).

Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (11-6, .647) is tied for seventh all-time.

The quarterbacks with the best winning percentage in postseason starts (minimum 15 starts):

QUARTERBACK

WIN PCT.

RECORD

Terry Bradshaw

.737

14-5

Troy Aikman

.733

11-4

Tom Brady*

.710

22-9

Joe Montana

.696

16-7

John Elway

.667

14-7

Joe Flacco

.667

10-5

Ben Roethlisberger*

.647

11-6

Roger Staubach

.647

11-6

                                    *Active in 2016 playoffs

-- NFL --

A PROVEN WINNER: New England’s TOM BRADY is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to win four Super Bowls. 

Only 12 QBs in NFL history have won multiple Super Bowls. Of the 12, three are active, including Brady, the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING (two) and Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (two), and seven have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

The starting quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls:​

QUARTERBACK

SUPER BOWL WINS

Tom Brady**

4

Terry Bradshaw*

4

Joe Montana*

4

Troy Aikman*

3

John Elway*

2

Bob Griese*

2

Eli Manning**

2

Peyton Manning

2

Jim Plunkett

2

Ben Roethlisberger**

2

Bart Starr*

2

Roger Staubach*

2

                                                       *Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame

                                                      **Active in 2016 playoffs

-- NFL --

PLAYOFF STARTERS: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON helped lead the Seahawks to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and can join JOE FLACCO as the only Super Bowl-era quarterbacks to start a playoff game in each of their first five seasons beginning with their rookie year.

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

2008-12

 

 

 

Russell Wilson*

Seattle Seahawks

2012-15

Wilson has seven playoff wins in his first four seasons and trails only TOM BRADY (nine), JOE FLACCO (nine) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (eight) in postseason victories among quarterbacks in their first five seasons in the league.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason victories in their first five seasons:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

POSTSEASON WINS

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2000-04

9

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

2008-12

9

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers

2004-08

8

 

 

 

 

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

2012-15

7*

*Through four seasons

-- NFL --

SMITH KEEPS IT SAFE: Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH has made five career postseason starts, completing 112 of 186 passes (60.2 percent) for 1,309 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception for a 99.1 passer rating.

 

Smith’s 0.5 interception percentage is the lowest by a quarterback in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts). Dallas’ TONY ROMO and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS rank second and fifth, respectively, in career interception percentage in NFL postseason history.

 

The lowest interception percentages in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts):

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE

Alex Smith*

San Francisco, Kansas City

0.5

Tony Romo*

Dallas

1.1

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

1.3

Bart Starr

Green Bay

1.4

Aaron Rodgers*

Green Bay

1.7

*Active in 2016 postseason

 -- NFL --

FIRST-TIMERS: Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie DAK PRESCOTT, Houston’s BROCK OSWEILER, Miami’s MATT MOORE and Oakland rookie CONNOR COOK.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYER

TEAM

PASSING YARDS

Kelly Holcomb

Cleveland Browns

429

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

423

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia Eagles

407

Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams

391

Neil Lomax

St. Louis Cardinals

385

-- NFL --

TAKING A PASS: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN led the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in league history. New England’s TOM BRADY (112.2), Dallas’ DAK PRESCOTT (104.9) and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS (104.2) each recorded a passer rating of at least 100 and led their respective teams into the playoffs.

The quarterbacks with the highest passer rating in a single postseason (min. 50 attempts):

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

SEASON

ATT.

COMP.

YARDS

TD

INT

RATING

Joe Montana

San Francisco

1989

83

65

800

11

0

146.4

Bart Starr

Green Bay

1966

51

35

554

6

1

135.6

Phil Simms

New York Giants

1986

58

38

494

8

0

131.8

Kurt Warner

Arizona

2009

59

46

584

5

1

129.1

Troy Aikman

Dallas

1992

89

61

795

8

0

126.4

-- NFL –

THREE FOR 300: Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,327 yards, including four games with at least 300 passing yards, this season. Stafford has at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two postseason starts and is one of only four quarterbacks in postseason history with at least two consecutive games with 300+ passing yards.

The most consecutive postseason games with at least 300 passing yards to begin a career:

PLAYER

TEAM

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS

Dan Fouts

San Diego Chargers

4

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

2*

Matt Hasselbeck

Seattle Seahawks

2

Marc Bulger

St. Louis Rams

2

*Active streak

-- NFL –

RUSHING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Dallas rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RUSH YARDS

RUSH TDS

John Riggins

Washington Redskins

1982

610

4

Terrell Davis

Denver Broncos

1997

581

8

Terrell Davis

Denver Broncos

1998

468

3

Marcus Allen

Los Angeles Raiders

1983

466

4

Eddie George

Tennessee Titans

1999

449

3

The rookies with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:​

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RUSH YARDS

Timmy Smith

Washington Redskins

1987

342

Jamal Lewis

Baltimore Ravens

2000

338

James Starks

Green Bay Packers

2010

315

Duane Thomas

Dallas Cowboys

1970

313

Ickey Woods

Cincinnati Bengals

1988

307

The rookies with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER,

TEAM

SEASON

RUSH TDs

Norm Standlee

Chicago Bears

1941

4

Tony Dorsett

Dallas Cowboys

1977

4

William Floyd

San Francisco 49ers

1994

4

Jamal Lewis

Baltimore Ravens

2000

4

-- NFL --

FINDING PAYDIRT: New England running back LE GARRETTE BLOUNT led the NFL with a franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016.

The players with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TOTAL TDs

Terrell Davis

Denver Broncos

1997

8

Emmitt Smith

Dallas Cowboys

1995

6

Ricky Watters

San Francisco 49ers

1993

6

Gerald Riggs

Washington Redskins

1991

6

John Riggins

Washington Redskins

1983

6

Franco Harris

Pittsburgh Steelers

1974

6

Larry Csonka

Miami Dolphins

1973

6

-- NFL --

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN ranked second in the NFL with 106 receptions. Brown, who has at least 100 catches in four consecutive seasons, is tied with Pro Football MARVIN HARRISON for the most consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in a single postseason:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

CATCHES

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals

2008

30

Hakeem Nicks

New York Giants

2011

28

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

2013

28

Steve Smith Sr.

Carolina Panthers

2005

27

Wes Welker

New England Patriots

2007

27

-- NFL --

CATCHING ON: Detroit wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career. With two touchdown catches, Boldin will become the eighth player in NFL history with at least 10 postseason touchdown receptions and move into a tie for the third-most all-time.

The players with the most touchdown catches in postseason history:

PLAYER

TOUCHDOWN CATCHES

Jerry Rice

22

John Stallworth

12

Fred Biletnikoff

10

Antonio Freeman

10

Larry Fitzgerald

10

Randy Moss

10

Hines Ward

10

Rob Gronkowski

9

Andre Reed

9

Steve Smith Sr.

9

Lynn Swann

9

Reggie Wayne

9

 

 

Anquan Boldin

8*

*Active in 2016 postseason

-- NFL --

WELCOME RECEPTION: There are 11 players in the 2016 playoff field who recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in the regular season: Atlanta’s JULIO JONES (1,409), the New York Giants’ ODELL BECKHAM JR. (1,367), Pittsburgh’s ANTONIO BROWN (1,284), Green Bay’s JORDY NELSON (1,257), Oakland’s AMARI COOPER (1,153), Miami’s JARVIS LANDRY (1,136), Seattle’s DOUG BALDWIN (1,128), Kansas City’s TRAVIS KELCE (1,125), New England’s JULIAN EDELMAN (1,106), Detroit’s GOLDEN TATE (1,077) and Oakland’s MICHAEL CRABTREE (1,003).

The players with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

REC.

RECEIVING YARDS

TD

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals

2008

30

546

7

Hakeem Nicks

New York Giants

2011

28

444

4

Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers

1988

21

409

6

Steve Smith Sr.

Carolina Panthers

2003

18

404

3

Charlie Brown

Washington Redskins

1983

14

401

1

-- NFL --

200 CLUB: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES (300 yards, Week 4), New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM JR. (222 yards, Week 6) and Detroit wide receiver MARVIN JONES JR. (205 yards, Week 3) each had at least 200 receiving yards in a single game in 2016. There have been eight 200-yard receiving games in NFL postseason history.

The players with at least 200 receiving yards in a postseason game:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

DATE

OPPONENT

REC.

RECEIVING YARDS

TD

Eric Moulds

Buffalo Bills

1998

1/2/99

Miami

9

240

1

Anthony Carter

Minnesota Vikings

1987

1/9/88

San Francisco

10

227

0

T.Y. Hilton

Indianapolis Colts

2013

1/4/14

Kansas City

13

224

2

Reggie Wayne

Indianapolis Colts

2004

1/9/05

Denver

10

221

2

Steve Smith Sr.

Carolina Panthers

2005

1/15/06

Chicago

12

218

2

Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers

1988

1/22/89

Cincinnati

11

215

1

Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lions

2011

1/7/12

New Orleans

12

211

2

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

2011

1/8/12

Pittsburgh

4

204

1

-- NFL --

TD PARTY: Green Bay wide receiver JORDY NELSON led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN led the AFC with 12 touchdown catches this season.

The players with the most receiving touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TD CATCHES

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals

2008

7

Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers

1988

6

Dave Casper

Oakland Raiders

1977

5

Alvin Garrett

Washington Redskins

1982

5

Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers

1989

5

-- NFL --

ROOKIE RECEIVERS: New York Giants wide receiver STERLING SHEPARD ranked second among rookies with 65 catches and 683 receiving yards and tied for second with eight touchdown catches in 2016.

The rookies with the most receiving yards in a playoff game:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

DATE

OPPONENT

RECEIVING YARDS

Jeremy Maclin

Philadelphia Eagles

2009

1/9/10

Dallas

146

Keith Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles

1988

12/31/88

Chicago

142

Keenan Allen

San Diego Chargers

2013

1/12/14

Denver

142

Reggie Bush

New Orleans Saints

2006

1/21/07

Chicago

132

Billy Cannon

Houston Oilers

1960

1/1/61

L.A. Chargers

128

The rookies with the most receptions and receiving yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECEPTIONS

Joseph Addai

Indianapolis Colts

2006

22

Torry Holt

St. Louis Rams

1999

20

Austin Collie

Indianapolis Colts

2009

17

Chad Morton

New Orleans Saints

2000

15

David Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

2015

15

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECEIVING YARDS

Torry Holt

St. Louis Rams

1999

242

Austin Collie

Indianapolis Colts

2009

241

DeSean Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles

2008

207

Steve Junker

Detroit Lions

1957

201

Ricky Nattiel

Denver Broncos

1987

171

-- NFL --

TIGHT ENDS MAKING MARK: Kansas City’s TRAVIS KELCE led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 86 receptions in 2016. New England’s MARTELLUS BENNETT tied for third among tight ends with seven touchdowns catches.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

TIGHT END

TEAM

SEASON

RECEIVING YARDS

Dallas Clark

Indianapolis Colts

2006

317

Vernon Davis

San Francisco 49ers

2011

292

Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

2011

258

Vernon Davis

San Francisco 49ers

2012

254

Dan Ross

Cincinnati Bengals

1981

244

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in a single postseason:

TIGHT END

TEAM

SEASON

RECEIVING TDs

Dave Casper

Oakland Raiders

1977

5

Vernon Davis

San Francisco 49ers

2011

4

Many Tied

--

--

3

-- NFL --

SPECIAL DELIVERY: There have been 26 kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL postseason history. The last postseason kickoff-return touchdown was scored by Kansas City’s KNILE DAVIS, who returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ Wild Card win at Houston last season.

Ten kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns in Super Bowl history, with the last coming on PERCY HARVIN’s 87-yard kickoff-return touchdown to open the second half of Super Bowl XLVIII. RON DIXON of the New York Giants (2000-02) is the only player with two career kickoff-return touchdowns in the playoffs. 

Chiefs rookie TYREEK HILL and Miami rookie KENYAN DRAKE are the only players in the 2016 postseason who returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season.

There have been only 21 punt-return touchdowns in playoff history. The last player with a punt-return touchdown in the postseason was Denver’s TRINDON HOLLIDAY in the 2012 Divisional round (90 yards, the longest in NFL playoff history). No player has ever recorded more than one in a career. 

Among the players in the 2016 postseason who returned a punt for a touchdown this season are Hill (two), Detroit’s ANDRE ROBERTS (two), Houston’s WILL FULLER (one) and Miami’s JAKEEM GRANT (one).

Hill, who was selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, is the only player in the NFL this season to return both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown.

-- NFL --

SACK ATTACK I: Atlanta defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY and Green Bay linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS tie for the lead among players in the 2016 playoff field with 10 career postseason sacks. Both players are on the verge of entering the top five in the category.

The top five players with the most postseason sacks (since 1982):

PLAYER

SACKS

Willie McGinest

16.0

Bruce Smith

14.5

Terrell Suggs

12.5

Reggie White

12.0

Charles Haley

11.0

LaMarr Woodley

11.0

SACK ATTACK II: Seven players in the 2016 playoff field recorded at least 10 sacks this season: Atlanta’s VIC BEASLEY JR. (15.5), Seattle’s CLIFF AVRIL (11.5), Miami’s CAMERON WAKE (11.5), Oakland’s KHALIL MACK (11), Green Bay’s NICK PERRY (11), Seattle’s FRANK CLARK (10) and Kansas City’s DEE FORD (10).

The players with the most sacks in a postseason game:

PLAYER

TEAM

SACKS

OPPONENT

DATE

Willie McGinest

New England Patriots

4.5

Jacksonville

January 7, 2006

Richard Dent

Chicago Bears

3.5

New York Giants

January 5, 1986

Rich Milot

Washington Redskins

3.5

Chicago

December 30, 1984

The players with the most sacks in a single postseason:

MOST SACKS IN A POSTSEASON

PLAYER

TEAM

SACKS

SEASON

LaMarr Woodley

Pittsburgh Steelers

6

2008

Michael McCrary

Baltimore Ravens

6

2000

Richard Dent

Chicago Bears

6

1985

Von Miller

Denver Broncos

5

2015

Terrell Suggs

Baltimore Ravens

5

2010

Willie McGinest

New England Patriots

5

2003

Tony Tolbert

Dallas Cowboys

5

1995

-- NFL --

BALL HAWKS: Houston’s QUINTIN DEMPS, Kansas City’s MARCUS PETERS and the New York Giants’ DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions each this season. The Giants’ duo of Rodgers-Cromartie (six) and LANDON COLLINS (five) were the only pair of teammates in the league with at least five interceptions apiece.

The players with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire postseason:

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN PLAYOFF GAME

SEASON

PLAYER

TEAM

INTERCEPTIONS

OPPONENT

DATE

1979

Vernon Perry

Houston Oilers

4

San Diego Chargers

December 29, 1979

--

Many tied

--

3

--

--


MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON

SEASON

PLAYER

TEAM

INTERCEPTIONS

1980

Lester Hayes

Oakland Raiders

5

1979

Vernon Perry

Houston Oilers

5

--

Many tied

 

4

-- NFL --

ROOKIE DEFENDER: Pittsburgh cornerback ARTIE BURNS and Atlanta linebacker DEION JONES tied for the NFL rookie lead with three interceptions each this season.

The rookies with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire postseason:

​ MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A PLAYOFF GAME, ROOKIE

PLAYER

TEAM

INT

OPPONENT

DATE

Vernon Perry

Houston Oilers

4

San Diego Chargers

December 29, 1979

Ricky Manning, Jr.

Carolina Panthers

3

Philadelphia Eagles

January 18, 2004

Many tied

--

2

--

--


MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON, ROOKIE

SEASON

PLAYER

TEAM

INT

 

1979

Vernon Perry

Houston Oilers

5

 

2003

Ricky Manning Jr.

Carolina Panthers

4

 

1980

Roynell Young

Philadelphia Eagles

3

 

1969

Jim Marsalis

Kansas City Chiefs

3

 

--

Many tied

--

2

 

-- NFL --

MR. RELIABLE: New England kicker STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI has made 15 consecutive field goals in the postseason dating back to the 2011 season. Gostkowski ties for fourth all-time in career postseason points, trailing only ADAM VINATIERI (234), DAVID AKERS (175) and GARY ANDERSON (153).

The players with the most career points scored in the postseason:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

POINTS

Adam Vinatieri

New England, Indianapolis

234

David Akers

Philadelphia, San Francisco

175

Gary Anderson

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota, Tennessee

153

Stephen Gostkowski

New England

132

Jerry Rice

San Francisco, Oakland

132

The kickers with the most points scored in a single postseason:

SEASON

PLAYER

TEAM

POINTS

2006

Adam Vinatieri

Indianapolis Colts

49

1992

Steve Christie

Buffalo Bills

39

1987

Chuck Nelson

Minnesota Vikings

36

2003

John Kasay

Carolina Panthers

35

2011

Lawrence Tynes

New York Giants

34

1985

Tony Franklin

New England Patriots

34

-- NFL --

BEST NFL PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES

(Single postseason)

 

PASSING YARDS

Player, Team

Season

Comp.

Att.

YARDS
TD
INT

Eli Manning, New York Giants

2011

106

163

1,219
 
9
1

Kurt Warner, Arizona

2008

92

135

1,147
 
11
3

Joe Flacco, Baltimore

2012

73

126

1,140
 
11
0

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

2010

90

132

1,094
 
9
2

Kurt Warner, St. Louis

1999

77

121

1,063
 
8
4

RUSHING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

ATT.

YARDS

TD

John Riggins, Washington

1982

136

 

610

4

Terrell Davis, Denver

1997

112

 

581

8

Terrell Davis, Denver

1998

78

 

468

3

Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders

1983

58

 

466

4

Eddie George, Tennessee

1999

108

 

449

3

RECEIVING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

REC.

YARDS

TD

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

2008

30

546

7

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

2011

28

444

4

Jerry Rice, San Francisco

1988

21

409

6

Steve Smith, Carolina

2003

18

404

3

Charlie Brown, Washington

1983

14

401

1

RECEPTIONS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

REC.

YARDS

TD

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

2008

30

546

7

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

2011

28

444

4

Demaryius Thomas, Denver

2013

28

306

3

Steve Smith, Carolina

2005

27

335

3

Wes Welker, New England

2007

27

213

2

SCRIMMAGE TOUCHDOWNS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

TOTAL TDs

RUSH TD

REC. TD

Terrell Davis, Denver

1997

8

8

0

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

2008

7

0

7

Larry Csonka, Miami

1973

6

6

0

Franco Harris, Pittsburgh

1974

6

6

0

John Riggins, Washington

1983

6

6

0

Jerry Rice, San Francisco

1988

6

0

6

Gerald Riggs, Washington

1991

6

6

0

Ricky Watters, San Francisco

1993

6

6

0

Emmitt Smith, Dallas

1995

6

6

0

THE COACHES

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK has 23 career postseason victories, the most all-time.

The head coaches with the most playoff wins:

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF WINS

Bill Belichick*

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

23

Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys

20

Don Shula

Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins

19

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

17

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16

                   *Active in 2016 postseason

Since joining New England in 2000, Belichick has led the Patriots to four Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), which is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL (IX, X, XIII, XIV) of Pittsburgh for the most in history.

-- NFL --

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Four head coaches in the 2016 postseason field have won at least one Super Bowl title – New England’s BILL BELICHICK (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), Seattle’s PETE CARROLL (XLVIII), Pittsburgh’s MIKE TOMLIN (XLIII) and Green Bay’s MIKE MC CARTHY (XLV). Additionally, Kansas City’s ANDY REID (XXXIX with Philadelphia) and Detroit’s JIM CALDWELL (XLIV with Indianapolis) have each led a team that advanced to the Super Bowl.

The head coaches in the 2016 playoff field with Super Bowl experience:

HEAD COACH

CURRENT TEAM

SUPER BOWL TEAM

SUPER BOWL WINS

SUPER BOWL LOSSES

Bill Belichick

New England

New England

XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX

XLII, XLVI

Pete Carroll

Seattle

Seattle

XLVIII

XLIX

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

XLIII

XLV

Mike McCarthy

Green Bay

Green Bay

XLV

---

Andy Reid

Kansas City

Philadelphia

---

XXXIX

Jim Caldwell

Detroit

Indianapolis

---

XLIV

-- NFL --

POSTSEASON RECORDS OF 2016 PLAYOFF HEAD COACHES

 COACH

TEAM

W

L

PCT.

 Bill Belichick

New England Patriots

23

10

.697

 Pete Carroll

Seattle Seahawks

9

6

.600

 Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers

6

5

.545

 Mike McCarthy

Green Bay Packers

8

7

.533

 Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs

11

11

.500

 Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys

1

1

.500

 Jim Caldwell

Detroit Lions

2

3

.400

 Jack Del Rio

Oakland Raiders

1

2

.333

 Bill O’Brien

Houston Texans

0

1

.000

 Adam Gase

Miami Dolphins

-

-

---

 Ben McAdoo

New York Giants

-

-

---

 Dan Quinn

Atlanta Falcons

-

-

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