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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#65) An NFL rarity! AFC and NFC Championship Game losers return to those games the following year

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For the first time since the mid-1990s, we had two teams last season that lost in their respective conference championship game in a year both return to those same title games the following year.

After the 2011 regular season, the San Francisco 49ers were defeated by the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game. They returned to the title game this past year to face the Atlanta Falcons and defeated the Falcons to reach the Super Bowl. Also after the ’11 season, the Baltimore Ravens lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The Ravens got another shot at the Pats in this year’s AFC title game and beat them on their way to becoming the eventual Super Bowl champs.

The 49ers and Ravens were the eighth pair of teams in the history of the NFL playoffs (since 1966, the Super Bowl era) to return to the conference championship games after both losing in them the previous years. The other times it happened: Cleveland and Oakland (both lost in conference title games in 1968 and then played in those title games the following year); L.A. Rams and Oakland (1974); L.A. Rams and Oakland (1975); L.A. Rams and Houston (1978); Dallas and San Diego (1980); Washington and Cleveland (1986); Dallas and Pittsburgh (1994).

Here are a few more stats from the teams that lost conference championship games since 1966 (46 seasons, 92 teams):

* The Chicago Bears and New York Jets were the conference championship game losers after the 2010 season. Neither team made the playoffs in 2011. That was the fifth time in history that both conference championship game losers failed to make the playoffs the following year. The other years that happened: 1985, 1989, 1991 and 2005.

* Sixty of the 92 conference championship game losers made the playoffs the following year, 32 did not. Of the 32 teams, the New York Jets have missed the playoffs three times after losing the conference championship game the prior year. Nine teams have done this twice: Cleveland, L.A. Rams, Chicago, Carolina, Minnesota, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Miami and Denver.

* Nineteen teams have lost the conference championship game in consecutive seasons. The Jets did it in 2009 and 2010. The last NFC team to lose consecutive NFC title games? The Philadelphia Eagles. They lost NFC title games in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The other teams to lose three straight conference title games are the Los Angeles Rams (1974, 1975, 1976), Dallas (1980, 1981, 1982), Oakland (1968, 1969, 1970) and Oakland (1973, 1974, 1975).

* Nine teams lost a conference title game in a season and then won the Super Bowl the following year. The Baltimore Ravens became the ninth team to accomplish this feat this past season. The others: San Francisco (1983), Chicago (1984), Washington (1986), San Francisco (1993), Dallas (1994), Green Bay (1995), Oakland (1975) and Pittsburgh (2004).

* Five teams lost a conference title game and then lost in the Super Bowl the following season. The San Francisco 49ers this past year became the fifth team when they lost last year’s Super Bowl to Baltimore after losing in the NFC Championship Game the previous year. The others: L.A. Rams (1978), Philadelphia (2003), Pittsburgh (1994) and New England (2006).

* The Ravens and 49ers became only the second set of teams in history to both lose the conference title game in one season and then face off against each other in the Super Bowl the following year. The only other time that happened was in 1994 when Dallas and Pittsburgh lost conference title games and then played each other in the Super Bowl the following season.

* Six of the last nine teams that lost in the NFC Conference Championship Game failed to make the playoffs the next season.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#60) Falling one game short of the Super Bowl

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Falling one game short of making the Super Bowl is a tremendous loss for any NFL team. Since the 1966 season when the Super Bowl made its debut, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders franchise has been the NFL team that has been disappointed the most when it comes to falling one game short of the big game. The Raiders have lost nine championship games, most during this timeframe.

Following are the NFL teams that have lost two or more conference championship games since the 1966 season, thus missing out on an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl.

Team Championship Game losses since 1966 season

Oakland/L.A. Raiders 9

Dallas Cowboys 8

San Francisco 49ers 8

Pittsburgh Steelers 7

St.Louis/L.A. Rams 6

Cleveland Browns 5

Minnesota Vikings 5

Philadelphia Eagles 4

Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers 4

New York Jets 4

Chicago Bears 3

Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts 3

San Diego Chargers 3

Atlanta Falcons 2

Baltimore Ravens 2

Buffalo Bills 2

Carolina Panthers 2

Denver Broncos 2

Green Bay Packers 2

Jacksonville Jaguars 2

Miami Dolphins 2

New England Patriots 2

Tampa Bay Bucs 2

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#46) Teams with more field goals than touchdowns in a season

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From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL seasonSports 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.)

In the 2011 season, the San Francisco 49ers went 13-3, qualified for the playoffs, and fell one game short of making the Super Bowl. An interesting stat about the ‘Niners 2011 season was that they had more field goals made than touchdowns scored for the regular season. They were the 62nd NFL team since 1970 to accomplish this feat, and only the 13th such team to make the playoffs in a season when they had more field goals than TDs.

Last season we saw two teams, Oakland and Kansas City, have more field goals than touchdowns during the 2012 regular season. The Raiders had 28 TDs and 31 field goals, while the Chiefs had 18 touchdowns and 28 field goals. The remaining 30 NFL teams had more TDs than field goals made.

Of the 64 teams that are now in this category (more FGs than TDs in a season since 1970), the 2011 49ers are the only team to win 13 regular-season games in that season.

Following are the 13 NFL teams since 1970 that had more field goals than touchdowns in a season when they made the playoffs.

Team, Year, Field Goals made/Touchdowns scored (playoff outcome)

San Francisco 49ers, 2011: 44/35 (lost NFC Championship Game)

Tennessee Titans, 2007: 35/28 (lost Wild Card game)

Baltimore Ravens, 2000: 35/32 (Won Super Bowl)

Miami Dolphins, 1999: 39/30 (Lost AFC divisional playoff game)

Carolina Panthers, 1996: 37/36 (Lost NFC Championship Game)

Indianapolis Colts, 1996: 36/30 (Lost Wild Card game)

Dallas Cowboys, 1996: 32/27 (Lost NFC divisional playoff game)

Los Angeles Raiders, 1993: 35/29 (Lost AFC divisional playoff game)

Detroit Lions, 1993: 34/28 (Lost Wild Card game)

Washington Redskins, 1982: 20/19 (Won Super Bowl)

Tampa Bay Bucs, 1982: 18/15 (Lost Wild Card game)

Green Bay Packers, 1972: 33/29 (Lost NFC divisional playoff game)

Washington Redskins, 1971: 29/27 (Lost NFC divisional playoff game)

Here’s a few additional stats about teams that had more field goals than touchdowns in a season:

* Of the 64 teams that had more FGs than TDs in a season, only 16 (25 percent) finished the season at .500 or above.

* The 44 field goals made in 2011 by the 49ers were the most FGs made by a team that had more FGs than TDs in a season. The Arizona Cardinals in 2005 had 43 field goals (and only 26 TDs) to rank second in that category.

* The 2011 49ers were a plus-nine in FGs over TDs (44 FGs/35 TDs). That was the ninth time since 1970 that a team had a plus-nine (or more) in that category in a season. Kansas City in 2012 became the tenth team in this category when they had 10 more field goals than touchdowns. Arizona’s plus-17 (43 FGs/26 TDs) in 2005 is the largest disparity of FGs to TDs in a season since 1970.

* The last season where no teams had more FGs than TDs was in 2006.

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‘Six Stats’ you may not know about this weekend’s NFL Conference Championship Games

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The NFL Conference Championship Games are set with the Baltimore Ravens going to New England in a rematch of last year’s AFC title game, and the Atlanta Falcons will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The Ravens, Patriots and 49ers were each in the conference title game last year.

Here’s a few stats that you may find interesting about this coming weekend’s contests.

(Note: The following stats reflect the NFC and AFC Conference Championship games that have been played since the 1970 merger of the NFL and AFL… 42 years, a total of 84 games.)

1. The home team has won 56 and lost 28 in conference championship games (a .667 winning percentage). In the last six conference championship weekends, the home teams are 9-3. In the 42 seasons, there has been only twice where the home teams have both lost: 1992 and 1997.

2. In 28 of the 84 games (33.3%) the game has been decided by eight points or less. Twelve of the 84 games were decided by three points or less (including both games last year which were decided by a field goal); 15 of the 82 were decided by 20 points or more. In the last six seasons, eight of the 12 conference championship games have been decided by one score (eight points or less).

3. Teams that scored less than 20 points in a conference championship game since 1970 has won only 13 and lost 65 (a .167 winning percentage). Teams that scored 30 or more points have won 30 and lost only 2 (a .938 winning percentage). The only teams to score 30 or more points in a conference championship game since 1970 and lose? Cleveland in 1987 when they scored 33 in their loss to Denver; and in 2006 when the Patriots scored 34 in their loss to the Colts.

4. Teams that had the better regular season record have won the conference championship game 53 times and lost 20 (a .726 winning percentage). In 11 games the teams playing for the conference championship had the same regular season record.

5. Scoring more points in the playoff game the weekend prior to the conference championship is not a big factor in determining who will win the conference title game. The team that scored more points of the two conference championship game foes the previous week won 44 and lost 36 (in four cases the teams scored the exact number of points the previous week).

6. Winning the playoff game the weekend prior to the conference championship by a bigger margin than your conference championship game foe was a little bit more of a determining factor to who wins the conference championship game. The team that won the divisional playoff game by a bigger margin the week before won 53 times and lost 25 (a .679 winning percentage). Note: For the record, New England and San Francisco won by bigger margins this past weekend. In six cases the conference championship game teams won by the same margin the previous week.

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The Mike McCarthy playoff era: 10 stats you probably didn’t know!

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Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy took over head coaching duties for the team in 2006 and has compiled an impressive 74-38 regular season record. In addition, McCarthy has led the Packers to the playoffs in five of his seven seasons where the team has won six playoff games and lost three (through January 5, 2013).

Let’s take a look at the Mike McCarthy playoff era; those nine playoff games the Packers have currently played (they play playoff game number 10 in the McCarthy era tonight against the San Francisco 49ers).

1. With McCarthy as head coach, the Packers are 5-0 in playoff games played in an odd-numbered year. The team is 1-3 in playoff games played in an even-numbered year

2. The Packers are 2-2 in home playoff games in the McCarthy era and 1-0 at neutral sites (Super Bowl). McCarthy’s teams have a 3-1 record in road playoff games.

3. During McCarthy’s tenure, the Pack has won each of the three Saturday playoff games they played; they are 3-3 in Sunday playoff contests.

4. The Packers have scored 20 or more points in each of the nine playoff games under McCarthy’s leadership. The team is 6-1 in games when they scored 21 or more points in a playoff game since 2006 (the only loss was the 51-45 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals).

5. When Green Bay allowed 21 or fewer points in a playoff game under McCarthy, the team is a perfect 5-0.

6. The Packers had the lead at halftime in each of the last six playoff games they won.

7. Green Bay has scored first in only three of the nine playoff games under McCarthy.

8. The Pack averaged 119 yards per game on the ground in their six McCarthy era playoff wins, only 88 yards rushing per game in the three losses.

9. The Packers had nine turnovers in their three playoff losses since 2006. In their six playoff wins since 2006, they had only seven turnovers. The defense had 15 takeaways in those six wins; they had only three takeaways in the three losses.

10. The Green Bay defense had 16 sacks in their six playoff wins under McCarthy; in the three losses they had only four sacks. The Packers QB was sacked nine times in their three defeats; they allowed 12 sacks in the six wins.

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