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Today’s Sports Stat: January 19, 2018

Last week’s Jacksonville-Pittsburgh playoff game, won by the Jags 45-42, was the fourth highest scoring playoff game in post-season history.

The total of 87 combined points was nine short of the record of 96 scored by Arizona and Green Bay on January 10, 2010 when the Cardinals defeated the Packers 51-45.

Here are the five highest scoring playoff games in league history:

96: Arizona 51, Green Bay 45, January 10, 2010
95: Philadelphia 58, Detroit 37, December 30, 1995
89: Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44, January 4, 2014
87: Jacksonville 45, Pittsburgh 42, January 14, 2018
86: St. Louis Rams 49, Minnesota 37, January 16, 2000


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Today’s Sorts Stat: January 16, 2018

The Jacksonville Jaguars have advanced to the AFC Championship Game with two very different wins: A 10-3 win over the Buffalo Bills in their Wild Card contest; and a 45-42 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Divisional Round game.

In looking at the playoff games played in the NFL since the start of the Super Bowl era (since 1966), teams have a 90% chance of winning a post-season game if they can score 30 or more points. Playoff teams are 208-24 (a .897 winning percentage) when they scored 30 or points in a playoff games since 1966.

Here’s a look at the combined records of playoff teams from 1966 through the first two rounds of the playoffs this season based on how many points they scored.

0-9 points                        3-113 .026

10-19 points                  68-231 .227

20-29 points                217-128 .629

30-39 points                149-21 .876

40 or more points         59-3 .952

Note: Teams that score under 20 points in a playoff game since 1966 are 71-344 (.171 winning percentage).


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Today’s Sports Stat: January 15, 2018

Five NFL teams made the playoffs this year but played only one game… losing that contest. The five “one-and-done” teams this year were the L.A. Rams, Kansas City, Buffalo, Carolina and Pittsburgh.

For the Chiefs, it was their sixth “one-and-done” in the playoffs this century. That is not, however, the most of the 32 teams. Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts each have had seven “one-and-done” playoffs since 2000.

Following are the number of “one-and-done” for each NFL franchise since 2000.

7: Cincinnati, Indianapolis

6: Kansas City

5: Denver, Green Bay, New York Giants

4: Dallas, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay

3: Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee, Washington

2: Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, New York Jets, Seattle

1: Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Oakland, San Francisco


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NFL Playoff Stats, Wild Card Weekend: January 6-7, 2018

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the NFL Wild Card Weekend playoff games played January 6-7

  • A pair of teams got their first playoff wins in over a decade. The Tennessee Titans defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday for their first playoff win since Jan. 3, 2004; the Jacksonville Jaguars got their first playoff win since January 5, 2008 with their win Sunday over Buffalo. The New Orleans Saints’ win over Carolina was their first post-season win since January 4, 2014. Atlanta’s win over the Rams was their second straight year with a playoff win. Of the four home teams in this coming week’s NFL playoff games, both New England and Pittsburgh won playoff games last season. The Eagles have not won a playoff game since the 2008 season while the Vikings’ last playoff win was after the 2009 regular season.
  • Tennessee’s running back Derrick Henry had 23 carries for 156 yards in his team’s playoff win over Kansas City. It was the 48th time a running back gained 150 or more yards rushing in a playoff game (he became the 38th player to accomplish this feat). Eric Dickerson holds the NFL record for most rushing yards in a playoff game with 248 (he did it January 4, 1986 versus the Cowboys). Terrell Davis holds the record for most playoff games with 150 or more yards rushing with four. Marcus Allen, Le’Veon Bell, Dickerson, Franco Harris, John Riggins and Thurman Thomas each had two such games in their careers.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs had a 21-3 halftime lead over the Titans in their playoff game yet did not score a point in the second half as the Titans rallied to secure a 22-21 victory. The Buffalo Bills also this weekend did not score in the second half of their playoff game. Playoff teams that have not scored in the second half of a post-season game are 12-117 (.093 winning percentage) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).
  • The New Orleans Saints beat Carolina 31-26 in their playoff contest. Teams that score 30 or more points in a playoff game have won 20 of the last 22. Teams that have scored 30 or more points in a playoff game since 1966 are 206-23 (a .900 winning percentage).
  • Saints’ QB Drew Brees passed for 376 yards in his team’s win over the Panthers. It was the seventh playoff game where Brees has passed for 300 or more yards in a playoff game. That places him third on this list. Tom Brady tops the list with 12 playoff games with 300 or more yards passing. He is followed by Peyton Manning with nine games. Joe Montana, Aaron Rodgers, and Kurt Warner each have six such games in their careers and Dan Fouts has five.
  • Brees had a 115.2 Passer Rating in the game. It was his sixth career playoff game with a Passer Rating over 100. Brady and Montana top this stat with 12 games, followed by Brett Favre with 10 playoff games with a Passer Rating above 100.
  • Jacksonville defeated Buffalo 10-3 in their Wild Card game. The last time a team won a playoff game with 10 or fewer points was on January 10, 2016 when the Seattle Seahawks beat Minnesota 10-9. There have been eight playoff games since 1970 where the winning team had 10 or fewer points.
  • Tennessee Titans’ QB Marcus Mariota had the unique distinction of throwing a TD pass to himself when he caught one of his deflected passes and ran it in for a TD in Saturday’s game. It happened one other time in an NFL game when QB Brad Johnson caught one of his own passes for a TD in a regular season game. It was the 68th time in NFL history that a player had a TD pass and a TD pass reception in the same game. Last to do so was Dez Bryant last season on December 26, 2016 when he had two TD receptions and threw a TD pass in a regular game versus the Lions. Frank Gifford holds the NFL record with most games where a player had a TD reception and a TD pass in the same game; he did it four times in his career.
  • Tennessee’s 22-21 win over Kansas City was the first one-point playoff game since the 2015 season when Seattle beat Minnesota 10-9 (game was played on January 10, 2016). It was the 17th one-point playoff game in the Super Bowl era. The San Francisco 49ers have the most one-point playoff wins with three; the Chiefs now have the most one-point playoff losses with three.
  • The Chiefs also now have the most home playoff losses since 1995 with six. They are followed by Green Bay and Pittsburgh with five, and Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and the Chargers each with four. The Packers have the most home playoff losses since 2000 with five; Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh each have four.

Today’s Sports Stat: January 5, 2018

With this year’s NFL playoffs ready to kickoff tomorrow, here is a pair of stats to get you ready for this weekend’s games.

  • Nineteen of the 32 NFL teams have won at least one playoff game this decade (since 2010). Topping the list, as you might expect, are the New England Patriots with 11 playoff victories since 2010 (season).

They are followed by: 9 playoff wins this decade-Green Bay and Seattle; 7-Baltimore; 6-Denver; 5-Pittsburgh, San Francisco; 4-New York Giants; 3-Atlanta, Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston; 2-New Orleans, N.Y. Jets; 1-Arizona, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, San Diego.


  • This weekend is Wild Card Weekend. Wild Card Games have been played in the NFL since 1978. The Green Bay Packers have the most Wild Card Game wins in the league with 10.

Following are the number of Wild Card Game wins by each of the 32 franchises (current city of the franchise is noted below).

10: Green Bay
8: Seattle
7: Baltimore, Philadelphia, Tennessee
6: Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh, Washington
5: L.A. Chargers
4: New England, Oakland, San Francisco
3: Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, L.A. Rams, New Orleans
2: Chicago, Denver
1: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Tampa Bay
0: Detroit

The Detroit Lions are the only franchise that has never won a Wild Card Game; they are 0-9 in those contests. The Carolina Panthers are the only team that has not lost a Wild Card Game; they are 3-0 in their three Wild Card Games.

The Packers and Eagles top the list with the most Wild Card Games played with 15 each (does not include Wild Card Games played this season). They are followed by Minnesota (13); Indianapolis, Miami, Seattle and Tennessee (12 each); Dallas, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh (11 each); and Kansas City (10).


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