DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS PREVIEW

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DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS PREVIEW

Weekly Preview 2016 Regular English

​​​​​NFL’S FINAL EIGHT TAKE CENTER STAGE IN DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS​

And then there were eight. The NFL heads into the Divisional Playoffs and all four games are rematches from the regular season, the first time that has happened since the 2010 season. Each of the remaining eight teams won its division, the first time all eight teams in the Divisional round were division winners since 2011.

On Saturday, January 14, the Atlanta Falcons (11-5), the NFC South champions, will host the NFC West-champion Seattle Seahawks (11-5-1) at the Georgia Dome to kick off the weekend (FOX, 4:35 PM ET). That night in primetime (CBS, 8:15 PM ET), the New England Patriots (14-2), who won the AFC East and secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC, will host the AFC South-champion Houston Texans (10-7) at Gillette Stadium.

On Sunday, January 15, the Kansas City Chiefs (12-4), the AFC West champions, will welcome the AFC North-champion Pittsburgh Steelers (12-5) to Arrowhead Stadium (NBC, 1:05 PM ET) and the Dallas Cowboys (13-3), who won the NFC East and secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC, will host the Green Bay Packers (11-6) at AT&T Stadium (4:40 PM ET, FOX).

Saturday, January 14

NFC

Seattle at Atlanta

4:35 PM ET

FOX

AFC

Houston at New England

8:15 PM ET

CBS

 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 15

AFC

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

1:05 PM ET

NBC

NFC

Green Bay at Dallas

4:40 PM ET

FOX

“It is a whole new season now,” says Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT. “Everything you do from this point on is really how you get looked at at the end of the year. So that is important to us, looking forward and playing a long time in this postseason.”

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-5-1) at ATLANTA FALCONS (11-5) (Saturday, FOX, 4:35 PM ET)      

  • This is the second postseason meeting between the two teams. In the 2012 Divisional Playoffs (January 13, 2013), the Falcons defeated the Seahawks 30-28 at the Georgia Dome.
  • Seattle leads the all-time series 10-6 (including the postseason). The Seahawks have won the past two meetings, including a 26-24 win at CenturyLink Field in Week 6 (October 16, 2016).
     
  • The Seahawks defeated Detroit 26-6 last week to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. Seattle running back THOMAS RAWLS rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown, the most rushing yards in a postseason game in franchise history.
  • Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has 64 career wins (including the postseason), the most wins ever by a starting quarterback in his first five seasons.
  • The Seahawks had four players selected to the Pro Bowl: defensive end CLIFF AVRIL (first), defensive end MICHAEL BENNETT (second), cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN (fourth) and linebacker BOBBY WAGNER (third).

  • Atlanta head coach DAN QUINN spent four seasons with Seattle (2009-10, 2013-14), including the 2013 and 2014 seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator. The Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl in both seasons, including winning Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN led the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-best mark in league history.
  • Atlanta had six players selected to the Pro Bowl: linebacker VIC BEASLEY JR. (first), kicker MATT BRYANT (first), running back DEVONTA FREEMAN (second), wide receiver JULIO JONES (fourth), center ALEX MACK (fourth) and quarterback Ryan (fourth).

HOUSTON TEXANS (10-7) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-2) (Saturday, CBS, 8:15 PM ET)       ​

  • This is the second postseason meeting between the two teams. In the 2012 Divisional Playoffs (January 13, 2013), the Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28 at Gillette Stadium.
  • New England has won seven of the eight all-time meetings, including the playoffs. The Patriots are 4-0 at home against the Texans, including a 27-0 victory in Week 3 (September 22, 2016). 
     
  • Houston advanced to the Divisional round with a 27-14 win over Oakland last week. The Texans, who led the NFL in total defense (301.3 yards per game) during the regular season, limited the Raiders to 203 total net yards.
  • Houston linebacker WHITNEY MERCILUS had two sacks and three tackles for a loss in last week’s victory. He has five sacks and six tackles for a loss in his past two playoff games.
  • Texans defensive end JADEVEON CLOWNEY, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl, had an interception last week to set up a touchdown in his first career playoff game.
     
  • New England won its eighth consecutive division title, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.
  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY has 22 career playoff wins, the most in NFL history. Brady is also the NFL postseason leader in career completions (738), attempts (1,183), passing yards (7,957) and touchdown passes (56).
  • The Patriots had four players selected to the Pro Bowl: quarterback Brady (12th), linebacker DONT’A HIGHTOWER (first), safety DEVIN MC COURTY (third) and special teamer MATTHEW SLATER (sixth).

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-5) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (12-4) (Sunday, NBC, 1:05 PM ET)      

  • This is the second postseason meeting between the two teams. Their only other playoff meeting occurred on January 8, 1994 when the Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium in a Wild Card matchup.
  • Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 21-11 (including the playoffs). The Steelers knocked off the Chiefs 43-14 in Week 4 (October 2, 2016) and have won four of the past five meetings between the clubs.

  • Pittsburgh defeated Miami 30-12 last week, the Steelers’ NFL-record 35th postseason win. Steelers running back LE’VEON BELL rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, the most rushing yards in a postseason game in club history.
  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER threw touchdown passes of 50 and 62 yards to wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN in the Wild Card win. Brown is the only player in NFL history to score two 50+ yard touchdowns in the first quarter of a playoff game.
  • Pittsburgh had five players selected to the Pro Bowl: running back Bell (second), wide receiver Brown (fifth), guard DAVID DE CASTRO (second), center MAURKICE POUNCEY (fifth) and quarterback Roethlisberger (fifth).

  • The Chiefs, who have won 10 of their past 12 games, clinched the AFC West for the first time since 2010. Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH has a 0.5 interception percentage (one interception, 186 attempts) in his postseason career, the best mark in NFL history (minimum 150 attempts). 
  • Chiefs rookie wide receiver and return specialist TYREEK HILL is the only player in NFL history to record at least three receiving touchdowns (six), three rushing touchdowns (three) and three total kick-return touchdowns (three) in a season.
  • Kansas City had four players selected to the Pro Bowl: safety ERIC BERRY (fifth), return specialist Hill (first), tight end TRAVIS KELCE (second) and cornerback MARCUS PETERS (second).

GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-6) at DALLAS COWBOYS (13-3) (Sunday, FOX, 4:40 PM ET)      

  • This is the eighth postseason meeting between the teams with the Cowboys leading the series 4-3. The Packers won the last playoff meeting, defeating Dallas 26-21 at Lambeau Field in the 2014 Divisional Playoffs (January 11, 2015).
  • Including the postseason, the all-time series between the teams is tied at 17. Dallas knocked off Green Bay 30-16 at Lambeau Field in Week 6 (October 16, 2016). 

  • Green Bay defeated the New York Giants 38-13 last week to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. The Packers have won seven consecutive games, outscoring opponents 223-125 during that span.
  • Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS, who passed for 362 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s Wild Card victory, has a 100.3 career postseason passer rating, one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to have a 100+ rating (minimum 150 attempts). Green Bay wide receiver RANDALL COBB had five receptions for 116 yards and tied the NFL postseason single-game record with three touchdown catches.
  • The Packers had three players selected to the Pro Bowl: safety HA HA CLINTON-DIX (first), guard T.J. LANG (first) and quarterback Rodgers (sixth).

  • The Cowboys won the NFC East and secured the No. 1 seed in the conference with a 13-3 record. Dallas has qualified for the postseason 32 times, tied with the Packers and Giants for the most in league history.
  • Dallas is the only team in NFL history to have a rookie pass for 20 touchdowns (quarterback DAK PRESCOTT, 23) and a rookie rush for 15 touchdowns (running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, 15) in the same season. Prescott, whose 13 wins are tied for the most by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history, had a 104.9 passer rating, the highest mark by a rookie in league annals. Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-most by a rookie in league history.
  • The Cowboys had five players selected to the Pro Bowl: running back Elliott (first), center TRAVIS FREDERICK (third), guard ZACK MARTIN (third), quarterback Prescott (first) and tackle TYRON SMITH (fourth).

FINAL 2016 NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference

East Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

z-New England Patriots

14

2

0

.875

441

250

6-2-0

8-0-0

11-1-0

5-1-0

7W

x-Miami Dolphins

10

6

0

.625

363

380

6-2-0

4-4-0

7-5-0

4-2-0

1L

Buffalo Bills

7

9

0

.438

399

378

4-4-0

3-5-0

4-8-0

1-5-0

2L

New York Jets

5

11

0

.313

275

409

2-6-0

3-5-0

4-8-0

2-4-0

1W

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Pittsburgh Steelers

11

5

0

.688

399

327

6-2-0

5-3-0

9-3-0

5-1-0

7W

Baltimore Ravens

8

8

0

.500

343

321

6-2-0

2-6-0

7-5-0

4-2-0

2L

Cincinnati Bengals

6

9

1

.406

325

315

4-3-1

2-6-0

5-7-0

3-3-0

1W

Cleveland Browns

1

15

0

.063

264

452

1-7-0

0-8-0

1-11-0

0-6-0

1L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Houston Texans

9

7

0

.563

279

328

7-1-0

2-6-0

7-5-0

5-1-0

1L

Tennessee Titans

9

7

0

.563

381

378

5-3-0

4-4-0

6-6-0

2-4-0

1W

Indianapolis Colts

8

8

0

.500

411

392

4-4-0

4-4-0

5-7-0

3-3-0

1W

Jacksonville Jaguars

3

13

0

.188

318

400

2-6-0

1-7-0

2-10-0

2-4-0

1L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Kansas City Chiefs

12

4

0

.750

389

311

6-2-0

6-2-0

9-3-0

6-0-0

2W

x-Oakland Raiders

12

4

0

.750

416

385

6-2-0

6-2-0

9-3-0

3-3-0

1L

Denver Broncos

9

7

0

.563

333

297

5-3-0

4-4-0

6-6-0

2-4-0

1W

San Diego Chargers

5

11

0

.313

410

423

3-5-0

2-6-0

4-8-0

1-5-0

5L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Football Conference

East Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

z-Dallas Cowboys

13

3

0

.813

421

306

7-1-0

6-2-0

9-3-0

3-3-0

1L

x-New York Giants

11

5

0

.688

310

284

7-1-0

4-4-0

8-4-0

4-2-0

1W

Washington Redskins

8

7

1

.531

396

383

4-4-0

4-3-1

6-6-0

3-3-0

1L

Philadelphia Eagles

7

9

0

.438

367

331

6-2-0

1-7-0

5-7-0

2-4-0

2W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Green Bay Packers

10

6

0

.625

432

388

6-2-0

4-4-0

8-4-0

5-1-0

6W

x-Detroit Lions

9

7

0

.563

346

358

6-2-0

3-5-0

7-5-0

3-3-0

3L

Minnesota Vikings

8

8

0

.500

327

307

5-3-0

3-5-0

5-7-0

2-4-0

1W

Chicago Bears

3

13

0

.188

279

399

3-5-0

0-8-0

3-9-0

2-4-0

4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Atlanta Falcons

11

5

0

.688

540

406

5-3-0

6-2-0

9-3-0

5-1-0

4W

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

9

7

0

.563

354

369

4-4-0

5-3-0

7-5-0

4-2-0

1W

New Orleans Saints

7

9

0

.438

469

454

4-4-0

3-5-0

6-6-0

2-4-0

 1L

Carolina Panthers

6

10

0

.375

369

402

4-4-0

2-6-0

5-7-0

1-5-0

2L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Seattle Seahawks

10

5

1

.656

354

292

7-1-0

3-4-1

6-5-1

3-2-1

1W

Arizona Cardinals

7

8

1

.469

418

362

4-3-1

3-5-0

6-5-1

4-1-1

2W

Los Angeles Rams

4

12

0

.250

224

394

1-7-0

3-5-0

3-9-0

2-4-0

7L

San Francisco 49ers

2

14

0

.125

309

480

1-7-0

1-7-0

2-10-0

2-4-0

1L

x - Clinched Playoffs; y - Clinched Division; z - Clinched Conference


 2016 DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JANUARY 14-15

(All times ET)

Saturday, January 14

Sunday, January 15

Seattle at Atlanta, 4:35 PM (FOX)

Houston at New England, 8:15 PM (CBS)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 1:05 PM (NBC)

Green Bay at Dallas, 4:40 PM (FOX) 

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