What To Look For - Divisional Playoffs

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What To Look For - Divisional Playoffs

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​WHAT TO LOOK FORDIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

FROM “WORST TO FIRST”: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS both advanced to the Divisional Playoffs after completing “worst-to-first” turnarounds this season. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons. 

In the previous 14 seasons, four teams that went from “worst-to-first” in their divisions have advanced to the conference championship game and two earned Super Bowl berths – the 2003 Carolina Panthers (Super Bowl XXXVIII) and the 2009 New Orleans Saints, who won Super Bowl XLIV.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions and advance to at least the conference championship game since 2003: 

SEASON

TEAM

RECORD

PRIOR SEASON RECORD

ADVANCED TO

2003

Carolina

11-5

7-9

Super Bowl XXXVIII

2004

Atlanta

11-5

5-11

NFC Championship

2006

New Orleans

10-6

3-13

NFC Championship

2009

New Orleans

13-3

8-8

Won Super Bowl XLIV

 

 

 

 

 

2017

Jacksonville

10-6

3-13

???

2017

Philadelphia

13-3

7-9

???

 

Five of the remaining eight clubs – the Eagles, Saints and Vikings in the NFC and the Jaguars and Titans in the AFC – missed the postseason in 2016, marking the fifth time since 1990 – and the first since 2000 – that five teams advanced to the Divisional Playoffs after missing the postseason in the previous year. 

The seasons which had five teams advance to the Divisional Playoffs after missing the postseason in the previous season since 1990: 

SEASON

TEAMS TO ADVANCE TO DIVISIONAL ROUND WHO MISSED PLAYOFFS IN PREVIOUS SEASON

1990

5 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, Washington)

1992

5 (Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)

1999

5 (Indianapolis, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2000

5 (Baltimore, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)

2017

5 (Jacksonville, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Tennessee)


-- DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS --

TOP BILLING: New England’s BILL BELICHICK has appeared in 36 postseason games as a head coach and has 26 career playoff wins, the most wins all-time by a head coach.

Belichick, who coaches against Tennessee on Saturday night, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers TOM LANDRY (36) and DON SHULA (36) for the most postseason games as a head coach in league history.  

The most postseason games as a head coach in NFL history:

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF GAMES

 

Bill Belichick

Cleveland, New England

36

 

Tom Landry^

Dallas

36

 

Don Shula^

Baltimore Colts, Miami

36

 

Joe Gibbs^

Washington

24

 

Mike Holmgren

Green Bay, Seattle

24

 

Chuck Noll^

Pittsburgh

24

 

Andy Reid

Philadelphia, Kansas City

24

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

-- DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS --

WHEN IT COUNTS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has 25 career postseason victories, the most playoff wins all-time by a starting quarterback, while Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER is tied for sixth with 13 career postseason wins.

Roethlisberger, who plays against Jacksonville on Sunday, can tie Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW and JOHN ELWAY and PEYTON MANNING for the third-most playoff victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady can also extend his NFL record on Saturday.

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

QUARTERBACK

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF WINS

 

Tom Brady

New England

25

 

Joe Montana^

San Francisco, Kansas City

16

 

Terry Bradshaw^

Pittsburgh

14

 

John Elway^

Denver

14

 

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

14

 

Brett Favre^

Green Bay, Minnesota

13

 

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh

13

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

​-- DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS --

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER: New England’s TOM BRADY (40 years, 163 days old on Saturday) and Tennessee’s MARCUS MARIOTA (24 years, 75 days old) will face off in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday.

Brady and Mariota have an age difference of 16 years and 88 days, the largest age difference between opposing starting quarterbacks in a playoff game in NFL history. ​

The largest age differences between opposing starting quarterbacks in a postseason game:

DATE

OLDEST (TEAM)

YOUNGEST (TEAM)

AGE DIFFERENCE

RESULT

 

January 13, 2018

Tom Brady (New England)

Marcus Mariota (Tennessee)

16 years, 88 days

???

 

December 28, 1991

Steve DeBerg (Kansas City)

Todd Marinovich (LA Raiders)

15 years, 166 days

Kansas City, 10-6

 

December 31, 1972

Earl Morrall (Miami)

Terry Bradshaw^ (Pittsburgh)

14 years, 108 days

Miami, 21-17

 

January 3, 2009

Kurt Warner^ (Arizona)

Matt Ryan (Atlanta)

13 years, 329 days

Arizona, 30-24

 

December 24, 1972

Earl Morrall (Miami)

Mike Phipps (Cleveland)

13 years, 186 days

Miami, 20-14

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

-- DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS --

MATTY ICE IN THE POSTSEASON: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 218 yards and a touchdown for a 101.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ 26-13 win at the Los Angeles Rams on Wild Card Weekend. 

Ryan, who plays at Philadelphia on Saturday, has recorded a passer rating of at least 100 in five consecutive postseason games, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (eight) has a longer such streak. 

The most consecutive postseason games with a 100+ passer rating: 


PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF GAMES WITH 100+ RATING

Joe Montana^

San Francisco

1988-1990

8

Matt Ryan

Atlanta

2012, 2016-17

 5*

Joe Flacco

Baltimore

2012, 2014

5

Troy Aikman^

Dallas

1992-93

5

*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Ryan has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in five consecutive postseason games and can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer TROY AIKMAN (six) for the longest streak in postseason annals.

​The most consecutive postseason games with a 70+ completion percentage: 


PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 70+ COMP. PCT.

Troy Aikman^

Dallas

1992-94

6

Matt Ryan

Atlanta

2012, 2016-17

 5*

Warren Moon^

Houston Oilers

1991-93

4

Joe Montana^

San Francisco

1989-1990

4

*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Famer 

-- DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS --

BIG-GAME BREES: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns for a 115.2 passer rating in the Saints’ 31-26 Wild Card Weekend win over Carolina. 

Brees, who plays at Minnesota on Sunday, has thrown for at least 375 yards in four career postseason games and can tie PEYTON MANNING (five) for the most such games in NFL history

The players with the most career postseason games with at least 375 passing yards:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF GAMES WITH 375+ PASS YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

5

Drew Brees

New Orleans

4

Kurt Warner^

St. Louis, Arizona

4

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

-- DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS --

HUSTLING HENRY: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 22-21 win at Kansas City on Wild Card Weekend. Henry, who will appear in his second career postseason game on Saturday, can join some elite company with another strong performance. 

The players with the most rushing yards in their first two postseason games:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON(S)

RUSHING YARDS

 

Le’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh

2016

337

 

Arian Foster

Houston

2011

285

 

Duane Thomas

Dallas

1970

278

 

Terrell Davis^

Denver

1996-97

275

 

Eddie George

Tennessee

1999

268

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derrick Henry

Tennessee

2017

 156*

 

*Entering second game

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

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