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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#89) Best individual performances in a Super Bowl loss

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We all remember Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and “The Catch.” Or Joe Namath’s guarantee. Or Lynn Swann’s great catch. Or how about Jerry Rice… Bart Starr’s two MVP awards. Yes, we remember the great performances from the teams that won the Super Bowl.

But what about the great performances from players whose team lost? Here’s my list of the 20 best (offensive) performances from players who were on the losing side of the Super Bowl. Had things been a little different, some of these listed may have been hoisting an MVP trophy.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Who would be at the top of your list?

1. Jake Delhomme, Carolina, QB (Super Bowl 38; lost to New England 32-29) 16 of 33, 323 yards, three TDs, no interceptions. 113.6 passer rating. Nine of 13 in the fourth quarter for 212 yards and two scores.

2. Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, RB (Super Bowl 25; lost to New York Giants 20-19) 15 rushing attempts for 135 yards, one touchdown. Five receptions for 55 yards. Had 68 yards on four carries in the fourth quarter.

3. Kurt Warner, Arizona, QB (Super Bowl 43; lost to Pittsburgh 27-23) 31 of 43, 377 yards, three TDs and one interception. 112.3 passer rating. Fourteen of 19 in the fourth quarter with two TDs. Second most passing yards in a Super Bowl game.

4. Antonio Freeman, Green Bay, WR (Super Bowl 32; lost to Denver 31-24) Nine catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Also returned six kickoffs for 104 yards.

5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona, WR (Super Bowl 43, lost to Pittsburgh 27-23) Seven catches for 127 yards and two scores. Six of his seven catches came in the fourth quarter.

6. Eddie George, Tennessee, RB (Super Bowl 34; lost to St. Louis 23-16) Rushed for 92 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. Two receptions for 35 yards.

7. Dan Ross, Cincinnati, TE (Super Bowl 16; lost to San Francisco 26-21) Eleven receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Six of his 11 catches and his two TDs came in the fourth quarter. Tied with three other players for most receptions in a Super Bowl game.

8. Andre Reed, Buffalo, WR (Super Bowl 27; lost to Dallas 52-17) Eight catches for 152 yards. Tied for fifth on the all-time list for most receiving yards in a Super Bowl.

9. Tom Matte, Baltimore, RB (Super Bowl 3; lost to New York Jets 16-7) Eleven carries for 116 yards. Two receptions for 30 yards. Second-most rushing yards for a player from the losing team.

10. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis, RB (Super Bowl 44; lost to New Orleans 31-17) Thirteen carries for 77 yards and a touchdown; seven receptions for 58 yards.

11. Brett Favre, Green Bay, QB (Super Bowl 32; lost to Denver 31-24) Completed 25 of 42 passes for 256 yards. Three TDs and one interception. Passer rating of 91.0.

12. Dorsey Levens, Green Bay, RB (Super Bowl 32; lost to Denver 31-24) Nineteen carries for 90 yards; six receptions for 56 yards. Had four runs of 10 yards or more. Had five catches in the fourth quarter.

13. Terrell Owens, Philadelphia, WR (Super Bowl 39; lost to New England 24-21) Nine catches for 122 yards.

14. Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina, WR (Super Bowl 38; lost to New England 32-29) Four receptions for 140 yards (three catches for 117 yards in the fourth quarter).

15. Tony Dorsett, Dallas, RB (Super Bowl 13; lost to Pittsburgh 35-31) Ninety-six yards on 18 carries. Five catches for 44 yards.

16. Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB (Super Bowl 13; lost to Pittsburgh 35-31) Seventeen completions in 30 pass attempts for 228 yards. Three TDs and one interception. Passer rating of 100.4. Rushed for 37 yards on four carries. Completed 11 of 16 with two scores in the final period.

17. Vance Johnson, Denver, WR (Super Bowl 21; lost to New York Giants 39-20) Five receptions for 121 yards. Had catches of 47 and 54 yards.

18. Bill Miller, Oakland, WR (Super Bowl 2; lost to Green Bay 33-14) Had a pair of 23-yard touchdowns. Five catches for 84 yards.

19. Kenny Anderson, Cincinnati, QB (Super Bowl 16; lost to San Francisco 26-21) Completed 25 of 34 passes for 300 yards with two TDs and two picks. Passer rating of 95.2. Rushed for a TD. Completed 10 of 12 with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

20. Wes Welker, New England, WR (Super Bowl 42; lost to New York Giants 17-14) Had 11 catches for 103 yards. Also returned a punt 15 yards. Tied with three other players for most receptions in a Super Bowl game.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#86) Stop Factor Rankings reveal 2012 most effective defense in NFL

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Although the Chicago Bears did not make the playoffs despite a 10-6 record, their defense played at a high level in 2012. The defensive unit was third in the league in points allowed and fifth in yards allowed.

In a new defensive stat, however, the Bears finished the 2012 regular season as the top-ranked defense. In the Stop Factor rankings, the Bears defense stopped their opponents from scoring on almost 74 percent of their possessions. That number ranked first in the league ahead of the Seattle Seahawks who stopped their opponents’ offense from scoring on 72.4 percent of their possessions.

(The Stop Factor is based on the premise that it is the defense’s job to stop their opponents from scoring on each possession. To get a team’s STOP Factor, you divide the number of times a defense stops the offense from scoring – offensive unit TD or field goal – by the number of total possessions by the opposition.)

Following is each NFL teams’ Stop Factor for the 2012 regular season. Listed is how many times each team stopped the opponents from scoring, the number of possessions their opponents had, and the percentage of possessions that each team prevented the other team from scoring.

Team, Opponents’ scoreless possessions/opponents’ possessions, Stop Factor percentage

  1. Chicago 73.9 (139 stops in 188 possessions)
  2. Seattle 72.4 (118 stops in 163 possessions)
  3. Denver 71.3 (129 stops in 181 possessions)
  4. San Francisco 70.8 (119 stops in 168 possessions)
  5. Houston 70.5 (134 stops in 190 possessions)
  6. Arizona 70.3 (135 stops in 192 possessions)
  7. Cincinnati 69.1 (125 stops in 181 possessions)
  8. New England 67.6 (123 stops in 182 possessions)
  9. New York Jets 67.2 (121 stops in 180 possessions)
  10. Pittsburgh 67.1 (114 stops in 170 possessions)
  11. Cleveland 66.8 (123 stops in 184 possessions)
  12. San Diego 66.5 (115 stops in 173 possessions)
  13. Tampa Bay 65.9 (120 stops in 182 possessions)
  14. Atlanta 65.9 (110 stops in 167 possessions)
  15. Miami 65.7 (113 stops in 172 possessions)
  16. Green Bay 64.8 (114 stops in 176 possessions)
  17. Minnesota 64.0 (112 stops in 175 possessions)
  18. Baltimore 64.0 (119 stops in 186 possessions)
  19. St. Louis 63.2 (110 stops in 174 possessions)
  20. New York Giants 61.7 (100 stops in 162 possessions
  21. Washington 60.6 (106 stops in 175 possessions)
  22. Indianapolis 58.9 (99 stops in 168 possessions)
  23. Dallas 58.5 (96 stops in 164 possessions)
  24. Detroit 58.4 (104 stops in 178 possessions)
  25. Tennessee 58.3 (105 stops in 180 possessions)
  26. Buffalo 58.2 (99 stops in 170 possessions)
  27. New Orleans 58.0 (105 stops in 181 possessions)
  28. Philadelphia 57.7 (97 stops in 168 possessions)
  29. Carolina 57.4 (93 stops in 162 possessions)
  30. Jacksonville 56.8 (100 stops in 176 possessions)
  31. Kansas City 56.2 (91 stops in 162 possessions)
  32. Oakland 55.2 (95 stops in 172 possessions)

Average league Stop Factor: 64.0

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#85) POP Score rankings reveal 2012 most efficient offense in the NFL

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The New England Patriots were the NFL’s leading offensive team in 2012, ranking first in points scored and first in yards gained. They were also ranked the number one team in a new offensive stat that measured the offensive efficiency of each team. The Pats ranked first in the league in POP Score rankings for 2012.

POP Score is based on the simple premise that it is the offensive team’s objective to score a touchdown (or at the least, kick a field goal) in each possession. POP Score stands for Points per Offensive Possession.

Here’s how it works: The Falcons in Week One had nine possessions in their game. On four of the possessions, they scored a touchdown. On four of their possessions they kicked a field goal. They punted once. They scored 24 points on their four TDs (extra points are not included in Pop Score); 12 points on their four field goals. The Atlanta offense scored 36 points on nine possessions. By dividing the 36 points by the nine possessions, you get a POP Score of 4.0. Maximum POP Score is 6.0, which would indicate that a team scored a touchdown every time they had an offensive possession.)

Notice that eight of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season are ranked in the top 12 teams in this category.

Here’s a look at the POP Score rankings for the 2012 regular season.

  • Team, POP Score, (Season Offensive Scores/Possessions)
  • New England 2.53 (89 scores in 177 possessions)
  • New York Giants 2.21 (77 scores in 164 possessions)
  • Atlanta 2.17 (77 scores in 167 possessions)
  • Denver 2.14 (75 scores in 174 possessions)
  • Washington 2.11 (71 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Seattle 2.09 (67 scores in 157 possessions)
  • New Orleans 2.08 (71 scores in 179 possessions)
  • Green Bay 2.06 (70 scores in 173 possessions)
  • San Francisco 1.98 (68 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Dallas 1.86 (66 scores in 166 possessions)
  • Baltimore 1.83 (69 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Minnesota 1.82 (69 scores in 171 possessions)
  • Tampa Bay 1.81 (68 scores in 179 possessions)
  • Carolina 1.8 (57 scores in 163 possessions)
  • Cincinnati 1.8 (69 scores in 180 possessions)
  • Houston 1.78 (72 scores in 190 possessions)
  • Detroit 1.73 (70 scores in 187 possessions)
  • Indianapolis 1.68 (60 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Pittsburgh 1.64 (62 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Buffalo 1.58 (57 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Chicago 1.56 (59 scores in 174 possessions)
  • San Diego 1.51 (55 scores in 169 possessions)
  • Oakland 1.47 (59 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Philadelphia 1.41 (55 scores in 176 possessions)
  • Miami 1.41 (51 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Cleveland 1.4 (57 scores in 182 possessions)
  • Tennessee 1.32 (52 scores in 179 possessions)
  • St. Louis 1.32 (49 scores in 171 possessions)
  • New York Jets 1.21 (47 scores in 181 possessions)
  • Jacksonville 1.15 (50 scores in 187 possessions)
  • Kansas City 1.04 (45 scores in 178 possessions)
  • Arizona 1.0 (46 scores in 201 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average for 2012: 1.7

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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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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 (#64) One and out in the playoffs

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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.)

Five teams that made the playoffs in 2012 had a quick exit from last season’s postseason. Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Washington each played only one game in the playoffs this season because they lost their first playoff game… a “one and out” experience. For the Bengals, it was the second consecutive season that they lost their first playoff game.

Here’s a look at the teams/franchises that have had the most “one and out” in the NFL playoffs during the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

Playoff seasons with ‘One & Out”

13 Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, Minnesota
12 Dallas

11 Kansas City

10 Miami, Tennessee/Houston Oilers

9 Denver, Detroit, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams

8 Cincinnati, Cleveland, New England, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

7 Buffalo, Chicago

6 Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Washington

5 New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle

3 Arizona/St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

2 Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville

1 Carolina

0 Houston Texans

Did you know? Three NFL franchises experienced three straight “One & Out” postseasons. Detroit went one and out in the playoffs in 1993, 1994 and 1995; the Baltimore Colts went one and out in 1975, 1976 and 1977; and Philadelphia went one and out in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

The Indianapolis Colts have the most “one and out” appearances in the NFL playoffs since 2000. The Colts have been one and out seven times since 2000. The Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Bucs have each been one and out four times since 2000.

“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.