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.
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Here’s a look at the four games this weekend that will open the 2012 NFL playoffs.
Cincinnati vs. Houston (Saturday)
1. The Texans have won the only playoff game played between the two teams. Houston defeated the Bengals 31-10 last year in Houston.
2. The Bengals have lost their last four playoff games. Their playoff record is 5-10 with their last playoff win coming on January 6, 1991. They are 0-5 in playoff games on the road.
3. The Texans are 1-1 in playoff games having won their home playoff game against the Bengals last year.
4. The Texans have won the last four games played against the Bengals, including the last two games played in Houston.
5. The Texans lead the all-time series 4-3.
Minnesota vs. Green Bay (Saturday)
1. The two teams have met only once in the playoffs. The Vikings won that game 31-17 in Green Bay in the 2004 playoffs. It is the last road playoff game the Vikings won.
2. Minnesota has lost three of their last four playoff games. Their all-time playoff record is 19-26. Their last playoff win was in the 2009 post-season. They have a 6-15 record on the road in playoff games.
3. The Packers are 7-7 in playoff contests since 2000. They have a 27-16 playoff record. The Pack is 2-4 in the last six playoff games played in Green Bay.
4. Green Bay has won five of the last six games played in the all-time series vs. the Vikings. They have won the last three games played against the Vikings in Green Bay.
5. The Packers have a 54-49-1 lead in the all-time series.
Indianapolis vs. Baltimore (Sunday)
1. The Colts have won two playoff games against the Ravens, winning 15-6 in the 2006 playoffs in Baltimore and in the 2010 playoffs in Indianapolis with a 20-3 victory.
2. The Colts have lost four of their last six playoff games. Their all-time playoff record is 19-20. The Colts are 2-7 in their last nine playoff games played on the road.. Their last playoff road win was against the Ravens on Jan. 13, 2007.
3. The Ravens are 3-3 in their last six playoff games. In the last three playoffs, they have won their first playoff game and then lost the next game. Baltimore has a 10-7 record in the playoffs.
4. The Colts lead the all-time series 9-3 and have won eight of the last nine games played between the two teams. The Colts have won four of the last five games played against the Ravens in Baltimore.
5. The Ravens won the last meeting between the two teams, 24-10, on Dec. 11, 2011.
Seattle vs. Washington (Sunday)
1. Seattle has won a pair of playoff games against the Redskins, winning in Seattle in the 2005 playoffs and defeating Washington in a 2007 playoff game played in Seattle.
2. The Seahawks are 5-6 in playoff games since 2000. Their all-time playoff record is 8-11. They are 1-8 in playoff games played on the road, including losing their last eight road playoff games.
3. The Redskins are 3-4 in their last seven playoff games. Their all-time playoff record is 22-16. The Redskins are 13-2 in home playoff games since 1940.
4. Washington leads the series against the Seahawks 11-4.
5. The Redskins have won six of the last eight games against Seattle and have won the last three games against the Seahawks played on Washington’s home field.
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