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How many points does a team need to score to win an NFL playoff game?

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a biweekly blog published every Wednesday and Sunday with a bonus “SIX STATS…” posting every Friday.

Looking at the 422 playoff games that have been played in the Super Bowl era (since 1966, and not including last night’s contests), here is a breakdown of win-loss records when teams scored a certain number of points.

Points                                                      Record

0-9 points                                                 3- 105  .028

10-19 points                                            62-196  .240

20-29 points                                         181-104   .635

30-39 points                                         128-16     .895

40-49 points                                           39-1       .975

50 points or more                                   9-0      1.000

Here’s a few more stats:

* The most frequent score in the playoffs has been 17 points, which has happened in 68 of the 422 playoff games since 1966. Next is 20 points, which has been scored by a team in 55 games.

* Teams that scored 25 or more points in a playoff game since 1966 have won 250 and lost 42 (a .856 winning percentage).

* Most points scored in a playoff game (since 1966) to lose a game is 45. Packers fans will remember that loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2009 playoffs.

* Teams were 65-301 (.178) when they scored under 20 points in a playoff game since ’66.