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Inside the Numbers: NFL Wild Card Weekend

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This coming weekend four games highlight the first round of the 2013 NFL playoffs. Here’s a snapshot of the four games and some numbers from the previous head-to-head matchups between the teams.

Kansas City @ Indianapolis
All-time series: Indianapolis leads the series 15-8.
Last meeting: The Colts defeated the Chiefs 23-7 on December 22, 2013.
All-time playoff series: Indianapolis has won all three playoff meetings.
Last playoff meeting: The Colts won 23-8 in a 2006 AFC First Round game.
Noteworthy: Indianapolis is 12-2 against the Chiefs since 1990… Indy had won five of the last six against the Chiefs at home… The Chiefs have scored under 14 points in five of the last six games against the Colts.

New Orleans @ Philadelphia
All-time series: Philadelphia leads the series 16-12.
Last meeting: The Saints defeated the Eagles 28-13 on November 5, 2012.
All-time playoff series: The teams have each won one playoff games in the series.
Last playoff meeting: The Saints won 27-24 in a 2006 NFC Divisional game.
Noteworthy: New Orleans has won the last two and four of the last five against the Eagles… The Eagles have won three of the last four home games against the Saints… The Saints have scored 23 or more points in five straight games against Philadelphia.

San Diego @ Cincinnati

All-time series: San Diego leads the series 19-14.
Last meeting: The Bengals defeated the Chargers 17-10 on December 1, 2013.
All-time playoff series: The Bengals won the only playoff game played between the teams.
Last playoff meeting: The Bengals won 27-7 in the 1981 AFC Championship Game.
Noteworthy: Cincinnati has won the last three games in the series… The Chargers have won three of the last four games played in Cincinnati… Five of the last six games in the series were decided by eight points or less.

San Francisco @ Green Bay
All-time series: Green Bay leads the series 34-29-1.
Last meeting: The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28 on September 18, 2013.
All-time playoff series: The Packers have won four of the six playoff games between the two franchises.
Last playoff meeting: The 49ers won 45-31 in a 2012 NFC Division game.
Noteworthy: The 49ers have won the last three games against the Packers… The Packers have won eight of the last nine at home against San Francisco… Green Bay has scored 20-plus points in 19 games versus the 49ers.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#98) When was the last time your team had a winning season, and when they had their last losing season

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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A couple of streaks were extended this past season in the NFL. On the positive side, the New England Patriots in 2012 had their 12th consecutive winning season. The last time the Patriots had a losing season was when they went 5-11 in 2000.

On the not-so-positive side, the Oakland Raiders in 2012 had a 4-12 record, extending their streak of non-winning seasons to 10. The last time the Raiders had a winning season was in 2002 when they went 11-5.

Following is the last time each of the NFL teams had a winning season and when they had their last losing season. (For the record, an 8-8 season is a non-winning season.)

Team,                 Last winning season             Last losing season
Arizona                       2009                                        2012
Atlanta                        2012                                        2007
Baltimore                    2012                                        2007
Buffalo                        2004                                        2012
Carolina                       2008                                        2012
Chicago                       2012                                        2009
Cincinnati                    2012                                        2010
Cleveland                    2007                                        2012
Dallas                          2009                                        2010
Denver                        2012                                        2010
Detroit                         2011                                        2012
Green Bay                   2012                                        2008
Houston                      2012                                        2010
Indianapolis                2012                                        2011
Jacksonville                 2007                                        2012
Kansas City                 2010                                        2012
Miami                          2008                                        2012
Minnesota                   2012                                        2011
New England              2012                                        2000
New Orleans               2011                                        2012
New York Giants        2012                                        2004
New York Jets             2010                                        2012
Oakland                      2002                                        2012
Philadelphia                2010                                        2012
Pittsburgh                   2011                                        2003
San Diego                   2010                                        2012
San Francisco             2012                                        2010
Seattle                         2012                                        2011
St. Louis                      2003                                        2012
Tampa Bay                  2010                                        2012
Tennessee                    2011                                        2012
Washington                 2012                                        2011

Getting back to the streaks mentioned at the beginning, here are the teams that have the longest streaks with a winning record and those teams with the longest streak of non-winning seasons.

Active streak of consecutive winning seasons: New England, 12; Atlanta, 5; Baltimore, 5; Green Bay, 4; New York Giants, 3.

Active streak of consecutive non-losing seasons: Oakland, 10; St. Louis, 9; Buffalo, 8; Cleveland, 5; Jacksonville, 5; Carolina, 4; Arizona, 3; Dallas, 3.

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SIX STATS you might not know about… Super Bowl host cities, states

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Super Bowl XLVI will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It will be the first Super Bowl in Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Here’s a “SIX STATS…” look at Super Bowl host cities and states.

1. Miami is the city that has hosted the most Super Bowls with 10. They are followed by New Orleans with nine. The other cities to host three or more times are Pasadena (5), Tampa (4) and San Diego (3). The state of Florida has hosted 15 Super Bowls followed by California with 11 and Louisiana with nine.

2. The NFC is 7-4 in Super Bowl games in California… the AFC is 10-5 in Florida-hosted Super Bowls… the NFC is 5-4 in Louisiana… the NFC is 19-11 in Super Bowls outside of Florida… The NFC is 5-0 in Super Bowls played in either Minnesota, Georgia  or Arizona.

3. The NFC has won six of the last seven Super Bowls played in California… the AFC has won five of the last six Super Bowls held in Florida… the NFC has won three of the last four Super Bowl games played in Louisiana.

4. In 15 of the 45 Super Bowls, the final score was a margin of eight points or less. Seven of those 15 games were played in Florida.

5. In 17 of the 45 Super Bowls, the two teams combined for 50 or more points. Seven of those games were played in California. The highest scoring Super Bowl was Super Bowl XXIX when San Francisco and San Diego combined for 75 points. That game was played in Miami.

6. How well have teams done in specific time zones? Glad you asked. The NFC is 8-11 in Super Bowl games played in the Eastern Standard Time; the NFC is 7-6 in Central Standard Time Super Bowl games; the NFC is 2-0 in games played in Mountain Standard Time; and the NFC is 7-4 in games played in Pacific Standard Time. This year’s game in Indianapolis will be played in an Eastern Standard Time zone city.

SIX STATS you might not know about… the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend

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In 2002, the NFL realigned into four divisions in each conference. In addition, the playoffs were adjusted to include the four division winners and two wild card teams in each conference. This is the current playoff system in the NFL.

The first weekend of the NFL playoffs feature the two wild card teams in the AFC and NFC playing the division winners with the third and fourth best records of the four division champs. This first weekend is commonly referred to as “Wild Card Weekend” (WCW).

Today’s blog will look back at some stats from “Wild Card Weekend” since that 2002 realignment… a total of 36 games.

1. The home team holds a 19-17 record in WCW play. The only year since 2002 that the home team won all four games the first weekend of the playoffs was in 2006. Home teams are only 7-9 in the last four years of the WCW.

2. Having a better record than your opponent on WCW doesn’t matter. Teams with a better record than the opposition on WCW are 14-14 (there have been eight games between teams with the same record).

3. Sixteen of the 36 Wild Card Weekend games since 2002 have been decided by eight points or less.

4. Teams that won the first weekend went on to win the next week on 14 occasions. In 2008, three teams that won on WCW also won the following week.

5. Teams that scored 30 or more points on WCW since 2002 have won 17 and lost four.

6. Six teams that played on WCW since 2002 have made it to the Super Bowl: Carolina (2003), Pittsburgh (2005), Indianapolis (2006), New York Giants (2007), Arizona (2008), Green Bay (2010). Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, the Giants and Green Bay won the Super Bowl those years.


How well did this year’s 12 playoff teams do against each other? Following are the records of the 12 playoff teams in regular season games against each other.

6-0: Baltimore, Green Bay

5-1: New Orleans

4-1: San Francisco

3-2: Houston

3-4: Pittsburgh

1-2: New England

1-3: Denver, New York Giants

1-4: Atlanta

1-5: Detroit

0-7: Cincinnati

How well did the teams that did not make the playoffs do against the 12 playoff teams during the regular season?

2-2: Washington

2-3: Buffalo

3-5: Tennessee

2-4: Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego

2-5: Chicago, Seattle

2-6: Tampa Bay

1-4: Dallas, Philadelphia

1-5: Arizona

1-6: Carolina, Jacksonville

1-7: Indianapolis, St. Louis

0-5: Miami, New York Jets

0-7: Minnesota

0-8: Cleveland

Patriots take lead in ‘NFL Team of the Century’ race!

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We are about 11-and-a-half NFL seasons in to the 21st century and the New England Patriots have opened up a 6 1/2 game lead in the race for the team of the century. Prior to the start of this season, the Pats had a slim one-game lead over Indianapolis for the best team since 2000, but the Colts 0-8 start this year has put some room between the Pats and Indy. On the NFC side, the Philadelphia Eagles have a four-game lead over the Green Bay Packers for the best record this century. Following are the records of the NFL teams since 2000.

New England                  131-52

Indianapolis                   125-59

Pittsburgh                      121-62-1

Philadelphia                   116-67

Green Bay                        112-71

Baltimore                        109-74

New York Giants           103-80

Tennessee                       101-82

Denver                              99-84

New Orleans                    99-85

San Diego                         98-85

Chicago                             96-87

New York Jets                 95-88

Tampa Bay                      93-90

Atlanta                            92-90-1

Minnesota                        92-92

Dallas                                91-92

Seattle                               91-92

Miami                               86-97

Jacksonville                     86-98

Kansas City                      84-99

Carolina                            83-101

San Francisco                  80-103

St. Louis                           79-104

Washington                     79-104

Cincinnati                        77-106

Buffalo                              75-108

Oakland                            74-109

Houston                           60-92

Arizona                             68-115

Cleveland                         67-116

Detroit                              54-130