99 Stats Until Kickoff (#53) How many points does it take to win a playoff game?

From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)

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Looking at the 444 playoff games that have been played in the Super Bowl era (since 1966), here is a breakdown of win-loss records when teams scored a certain range of points.

Points, Record

0-9 points 3-107 .027

10-19 points 63-205 .235

20-29 points 192-112 .632

30-39 points 134-19 .876

40-49 points 43-1 .977

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 69 of the 444 playoff games since 1966.

* Teams that scored 25 or more points in a playoff game since 1966 have won 263 and lost 49 (a .843 winning percentage).

* Teams were 66-312 (.175) when they scored under 20 points in a playoff game since ’66.

* Teams that scored 25-plus points in the 2012 playoffs were 7-5; teams that scored under 20 points were 1-5.

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

* Three teams that scored 30 or more points in last year’s postseason lost games: Denver, Green Bay and San Francisco (in the Super Bowl). This was only the second time in an NFL playoff season that three teams that scored 30-plus points in a game lost that contest. The first time was this happened was during the 2002 postseason.

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