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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#66) Atlanta Falcons reach playoffs three consecutive years for first time in franchise history

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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.)

For the first time in franchise history the Atlanta Falcons made the playoffs in three straight seasons (2010, 2011, 2012). Going into the 2012 season, there were six franchises that had never made the playoffs in three straight seasons (more on that in a minute).

This past season’s 12 playoff teams consisted of eight teams that played in the playoffs in 2011 and four that did not.

Here’s a look at this year’s 12 playoff teams, their recent playoff appearance history and the last time they made the NFL playoffs in three straight years.

2012 playoff repeaters
Baltimore: Their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. The longest current streak.
Green Bay: Their fourth straight playoff appearance.
New England: Fourth straight playoff appearance.
Atlanta: First time they made the playoffs in three straight seasons.
Cincinnati: Second consecutive playoff appearance. They have never made the playoffs in three straight years. Could 2013 be the first time?
Denver: Second consecutive playoff appearance. The last time they made the playoffs in three straight years was 2003-05.
Houston: Second straight year in playoffs. They have never made the playoffs in three straight years. Will it happen in 2013?
San Francisco: Second straight year in the playoffs. Last time they made the playoffs in three straight seasons was 1996-98.

2012 playoff teams that did not make playoffs in 2011
Indianapolis: Their first playoff since after the 2010 season. The last time they made the playoffs in three straight years was 2008-10.
Minnesota: First playoff appearance since 2009. They have not made the playoffs in three straight years since 1998-2000.
Seattle: First playoff appearance since 2010. Last time they made the playoffs in three straight seasons was 2005-07.
Washington: First playoff appearance since 2007. The last time they made the playoffs in three straight years was 1990-92.

As mentioned above, there are now five franchises which have never made the NFL playoffs in three consecutive years. Those franchises are: Arizona, Carolina, Cincinnati, Houston and the New York Jets.

Here’s a look at the remaining 17 franchises and the last time each of them made the NFL playoffs in three consecutive seasons (starting with the team that has had the longest wait):

Team, last time they made playoffs in three straight years
Chicago: 1986-88
Cleveland: 1987-89
Buffalo: 1991-93
Tennessee: 1991-93
Detroit: 1993-95
Kansas City: 1993-95
Dallas: 1994-96
Pittsburgh: 1995-97
Jacksonville: 1997-99
Miami: 1999-2001
St. Louis: 1999-2001
Oakland: 2000-02
Tampa Bay: 2000-02
San Diego: 2007-09
Philadelphia: 2008-10
New Orleans: 2009-11
N.Y. Giants: 2009-11

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#57) SIX STATS you might not know about… winning 13 or more games in the NFL regular season

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1. The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos last season each won 13 games. They became the 65th and 66th teams to win 13 or more games in an NFL regular season since 1960. Of those 66 teams with 13-plus wins, one team won 16 games (New England, 2007), five won 15 games (San Francisco, 1984; Chicago, 1985; Minnesota, 1998; Pittsburgh, 2004; and Green Bay, 2011), 20 teams won 14 games, and 40 teams won 13 games.

2. The last year that no NFL team won 13 or more games in the regular season was in 2002. Prior to that, no teams won 13 or more in 1993.

3. Thirty-three of the 66 teams that won 13 or more regular season games went on to play in the Super Bowl that season. Eighteen of those teams won the Super Bowl. The last team to win 13 or more regular season games and win the Super Bowl that same year was New Orleans in 2009. Prior to that it was the 2004 New England Patriots.

4. There have been six Super Bowls where the match-up was between two teams that had both won 13 or more games in the regular season: 2004-New England/Philadelphia; 1999-St. Louis/Tennessee; 1998-Denver/Atlanta; 1991-Washington/Buffalo; 1990-New York Giants/Buffalo; 1984-San Francisco/Miami.

5. Of the 26 teams that have won 14 or more games in a regular season, 10 won the Super Bowl… six lost in the Super Bowl… three lost in the Conference Championship game… seven lost in the Divisional Playoff game.

6. The most teams to win 13 or more regular season games in a season is four, accomplished twice: 2007 (New England, Indianapolis, Dallas and Green Bay) and 1999 (Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee and St. Louis).

“99 Stats Before Kickoff” (Stats you need to know before the start of the 2013 NFL season) is available from e-book publisher Smashwords. Go to www.smashwords.com to download a copy, including a pdf version which can be viewed on your home computer. Cost is $2.99

NFL Conference Championship Games: Stats you might not know

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The 2012 NFL season has come down to four teams and a pair of games this Sunday. The winners advance to the Super Bowl. Here’s a handful of stats that you might not know about matchups this weekend.

San Francisco vs. Atlanta
* The two teams have faced each other one time in the playoffs. The Falcons defeated the 49ers 20-18 in Atlanta on January 9, 1999.

* Atlanta has a 7-11 record in playoff games; the 49ers are 28-19 all-time in the playoffs.

* The Falcons are 4-2 in the playoffs as the home team; San Francisco is 2-10 as a road team in the playoffs.

* Atlanta is 3-0 when they score 30-plus points in a playoff game; the 49ers are 15-0 when they score 30-plus points in a playoff game.

* The Falcons are 4-0 in the playoffs when they hold the opponent under 20 points; San Francisco is 16-4 when they hold the opposition under 20 points in the playoffs.

* San Francisco leads the all-time series against the Falcons 44-30-1.

* Atlanta has won the last four games played between the two teams.

* The Falcons have won six of the last seven games played in Atlanta.

* The two teams have played nine times this century; the Falcons have won six. Seven of those nine games have been decided by eight points or less.

Baltimore vs. New England
* The two teams have faced each other twice in the playoffs. The Patriots defeated the Ravens last year in the AFC Championship game 23-20 in New England. They also played Jan. 10, 2010. The Ravens won that game 33-14.

* New England has a 23-15 record in playoff games; the Ravens are 12-7 all-time in the playoffs.

* The Patriots are 14-3 in the playoffs as the home team; Baltimore is 8-5 as a road team in the playoffs.

* New England is 7-1 when they score 30-plus points in a playoff game; the Ravens are 4-0 when they score 30-plus points in a playoff game.

* The Patriots are 15-2 in the playoffs when they hold the opponent under 20 points; Baltimore is 11-1 when they hold the opposition under 20 points in the playoffs.

* New England leads the all-time series against the Ravens 7-2.

* The two teams have split the last four games played in the series.

* The Patriots have won five of the last six games played at home against the Ravens.

* The two teams have played eight times this century; the Patriots have won six. Five of those eight games have been decided by eight points or less.

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NFL rarity! Last year’s AFC, NFC Championship Game losers return

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For the first time since the mid-1980s, we have two teams that lost in their respective conference championship game in a year and then both return to those same title games the following year.

Last season the San Francisco 49ers were defeated by the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game. They return to the title game this year to face the Atlanta Falcons. Also last year, the Baltimore Ravens lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The Ravens get another shot at the Pats in this year’s AFC title game.

The 49ers and Ravens are the fifth pair of teams in the history of the NFL playoffs (since 1966, the Super Bowl era) to return to the conference championship games after losing in them the previous years. The other four times it happened: Cleveland and Oakland (both lost in conference title games in 1968 and then played in those title games the following year); L.A. Rams and Oakland (1974); L.A. Rams and Oakland (1975); Washington and Cleveland (1986).

Here’s a few more stats from the teams that lost conference championship games since 1966 (46 seasons, 92 teams):

* The Chicago Bears and New York Jets were the conference championship game losers after the 2010 season. Neither  team made the playoffs in 2011. That was the fifth time in history that both conference championship game losers failed to make the playoffs the following year. The other years that happened: 1985, 1989, 1991 and 2005.

* Sixty of the 92 conference championship game losers made the playoffs the following year, 32 did not. Of the 32 teams, the New York Jets have missed the playoffs three times after losing the conference championship game the prior year. Nine teams have done this twice: Cleveland, L.A. Rams, Chicago, Carolina, Minnesota, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Miami and Denver.

* Nineteen teams have lost the conference championship game in consecutive seasons. The Jets did it in 2009 and 2010. The last NFC team to lose consecutive NFC title games? The Philadelphia Eagles. They lost NFC title games in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The other teams to lose three straight conference title games are the Los Angeles Rams (1974, 1975, 1976), Dallas (1980, 1981, 1982), Oakland (1968, 1969, 1970) and Oakland (1973, 1974, 1975).

* Eight teams lost a conference title game in a season and then won the Super Bowl the following year: San Francisco (1983), Chicago (1984), Washington (1986), San Francisco (1993), Dallas (1994), Green Bay (1995), Oakland (1975) and Pittsburgh (2004). Four teams lost a conference title game and then lost in the Super Bowl the following season: L.A. Rams (1978), Philadelphia (2003), Pittsburgh (1994) and New England (2006).

* Only once in NFL history did both the teams that lost the conference title game in a season then face off against each other in the Super Bowl the following year: That happened in 1994 when Dallas and Pittsburgh lost conference title games and then played each other in the Super Bowl the following season.

* Six of the last eight teams that lost in the NFC Conference Championship Game failed to make the playoffs the next season.

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‘Six Stats’ you may not know about this weekend’s NFL Conference Championship Games

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog published with a focus on stats that go beyond the numbers.

The NFL Conference Championship Games are set with the Baltimore Ravens going to New England in a rematch of last year’s AFC title game, and the Atlanta Falcons will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The Ravens, Patriots and 49ers were each in the conference title game last year.

Here’s a few stats that you may find interesting about this coming weekend’s contests.

(Note: The following stats reflect the NFC and AFC Conference Championship games that have been played since the 1970 merger of the NFL and AFL… 42 years, a total of 84 games.)

1. The home team has won 56 and lost 28 in conference championship games (a .667 winning percentage). In the last six conference championship weekends, the home teams are 9-3. In the 42 seasons, there has been only twice where the home teams have both lost: 1992 and 1997.

2. In 28 of the 84 games (33.3%) the game has been decided by eight points or less. Twelve of the 84 games were decided by three points or less (including both games last year which were decided by a field goal); 15 of the 82 were decided by 20 points or more. In the last six seasons, eight of the 12 conference championship games have been decided by one score (eight points or less).

3. Teams that scored less than 20 points in a conference championship game since 1970 has won only 13 and lost 65 (a .167 winning percentage). Teams that scored 30 or more points have won 30 and lost only 2 (a .938 winning percentage). The only teams to score 30 or more points in a conference championship game since 1970 and lose? Cleveland in 1987 when they scored 33 in their loss to Denver; and in 2006 when the Patriots scored 34 in their loss to the Colts.

4. Teams that had the better regular season record have won the conference championship game 53 times and lost 20 (a .726 winning percentage). In 11 games the teams playing for the conference championship had the same regular season record.

5. Scoring more points in the playoff game the weekend prior to the conference championship is not a big factor in determining who will win the conference title game. The team that scored more points of the two conference championship game foes the previous week won 44 and lost 36 (in four cases the teams scored the exact number of points the previous week).

6. Winning the playoff game the weekend prior to the conference championship by a bigger margin than your conference championship game foe was a little bit more of a determining factor to who wins the conference championship game. The team that won the divisional playoff game by a bigger margin the week before won 53 times and lost 25 (a .679 winning percentage). Note: For the record, New England and San Francisco won by bigger margins this past weekend. In six cases the conference championship game teams won by the same margin the previous week.

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