Rookie touchdowns in the NFL playoffs

Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy had 11 touchdowns in the regular season, most by any first-year player in the league. The Pack is hoping he gets a few more in the post-season.

Playoff TDs by rookies has been a common occurrence in the NFL. Over the last 20 years, at least one rookie has scored a touchdown in the NFL playoffs (the last season where no rookie scored a TD in the playoffs was 1992). Last season’s playoffs saw three rookies score touchdowns: Russell Wilson (Seattle), Devier Posey (Houston) and LaMichael James (San Francisco).

Of the 12 teams in this year’s playoffs, there are nine rookies who scored four or more TDs in the regular season and who may work their way into the end zone in the next four weeks. The nine:

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay, 11 TDs
Keenan Allen, San Diego, 8
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati, 8
Knile Davis, Kansas City, 5
Kenny Stills, New Orleans, 5
Montee Ball, Denver, 4
Aaron Dobson, New England, 4
Zac Ertz, Philadelphia, 4
Kenbrell, Tompkins, New England, 4

Here’s a few more stats from rookies who have scored TDs in the playoffs:

* The last time two rookies from the same team scored a TD in the same playoff game was on January 12, 2008 when Green Bay’s Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson scored for the Pack in their 42-20 win over Seattle. (Grant scored three TDs in that contest.)

* Grant, William Floyd (San Francisco) and Craig Baynham (Dallas) are the only three rookies to score three touchdowns in a single post-season game. Floyd did it on January 7, 1995 versus Chicago, while Baynham did it on December 24, 1967 against the Cleveland Browns.

* Floyd holds the NFL mark with five playoff TDs in a single playoff season by a rookie. Jamal Lewis (2000), Tony Dorsett (1977) and Ron Dixon (2000) each scored four TDs in a playoff season.

* The Dallas Cowboys have had a rookie score a TD in a playoff game 13 times, most in the NFL. They are followed by Denver, Green Bay and Pittsburgh, each with 10.

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