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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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.
- 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
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
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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There are a lot of new faces in the NFL playoffs this season. In the AFC, three teams that played in last year’s playoffs made it back this year: Kansas City, New England and Pittsburgh. New this year to the AFC playoffs are Buffalo, Jacksonville and Tennessee. In the NFC, only one team repeats from last season: Atlanta. The other five teams, Carolina, L.A. Rams, Minnesota, New Orleans and Philadelphia, did not play in last year’s post-season.
Of the 12 playoff teams this year, all have won a playoff game this century except for the Buffalo Bills. The last time Buffalo won a playoff game was in 1995 when they defeated the Miami Dolphins 37-22 in a Wild Card contest.
Here’s a look at the last season each of this year’s 12 playoff teams won a post-season game.
2004: L.A Rams
2013: New Orleans
2015: Carolina, Kansas City
2016: Atlanta, New England, Pittsburgh
Buffalo has the fourth longest drought in the league when it comes to last playoff win. The Cincinnati Bengals hold that distinction as they have not won a playoff game since 1990. They are followed by the Detroit Lions, who last won a post-season game in 1991, and the Cleveland Browns who last won a playoff game in 1994. The Bengals, Lions, Browns and Bills are the only four NFL teams that have not won a playoff game this century.
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Back in 2002, the NFL adopted a structure whereby there were four four-team divisions in each league (AFC and NFC). The playoff format established that same year was the four division winners in each league and two Wild Card teams in each league would advance to the 12-team NFL playoffs. That system has been in place every year since.
Going back to 2002, there has been six times when three teams from one division made it to the playoffs in the same season. The last time was in 2014 when three teams from the AFC North (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Baltimore) each made the playoffs that campaign.
This year, three teams from the NFC South are hoping to repeat what last happened in ‘14. The New Orleans Saints (9-4), Carolina Panthers (9-4) and the Atlanta Falcons (8-5), each from the NFC South, could all make the playoffs this season. At this point, the Saints hold the NFC South lead, the Panthers have the first Wild Card, and although they are tied with Seattle at 8-5, the Falcons currently have the tie-breaker in the second Wild Card spot.
Here are the six times when three teams from one division made the playoffs since 2002.
2006: NFC East (Philadelphia, Dallas, N.Y. Giants)
2007: NFC East (Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Washington)
2007: AFC South (Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee)
2011: AFC North (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati)
2013: AFC West (Denver, Kansas City, San Diego)
2014: AFC North (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore)
Only one of the above teams went on to win the Super Bowl… the 2007 Giants. The 2013 Broncos also made it to the Super Bowl, but lost. Fifteen of the above 18 teams either lost in a Wild Card game or in a division playoff game. The 2011 Ravens were the only other team to make it to a conference championship game in that season.
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