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2016 NFL PLAYOFFS GET UNDERWAY

The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8, with Wild Card Weekend. On Saturday, the Oakland Raiders play at the Houston Texans (ESPN/ABC, 4:35 PM ET) and the Detroit Lions visit the Seattle Seahawks (NBC, 8:15 PM ET). Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday with the Miami Dolphins at the Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS, 1:05 PM ET) and the New York Giants traveling to face the Green Bay Packers (FOX, 4:40 PM ET).

The following week (January 14-15), the New England Patriots (Saturday, CBS, 8:15 PM ET) and Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, NBC, 1:05 PM ET) in the AFC and the Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, FOX, 4:40 PM ET) and Atlanta Falcons (Saturday, FOX, 4:35 PM ET) in the NFC host the Divisional Playoffs. The Patriots and Cowboys own home-field advantage for the Conference Championship Games (January 22) if they win their Divisional contests.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida (ESPN, 8:00 PM ET) and Super Bowl LI will take place on Sunday, February 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas (FOX, 6:30 PM ET).

FRESH FACES & CONSISTENT WINNERS HIGHLIGHT PLAYOFF FIELD

There are six new playoff teams in 2016: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, the New York Giants and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:

SEASON PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS
1990 7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)
1991 5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)
1992 6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)
1993 5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)
1994 5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)
1995 4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)
1996 5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)
1997 5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)
1998 5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)
1999 7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2000 6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)
2001 6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)
2002 5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)
2003 8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)
2004 5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)
2005 7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)
2006 7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2007 6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2008 7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)
2009 6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)
2010 5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)
2011 6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)
2012 4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)
2013 5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2014 5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)
2015 4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)
2016 6 (Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York Giants, Oakland)

Six of the NFL’s eight divisions featured new division champions from last season, the most in a season since 2011 (seven). Only New England (AFC East) and Houston (AFC South) were repeat division champions.

AFC NORTH AFC WEST NFC EAST NFC NORTH NFC SOUTH NFC WEST
2016 Pittsburgh Kansas City Dallas Green Bay Atlanta Seattle
2015 Cincinnati Denver Washington Minnesota Carolina Arizona

In the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 of the 32 NFL teams have won a division title at least once.

How the 2016 playoff teams have fared in the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002 (2016 division winners in bold/italics):

 

TEAM DIVISION TITLES PLAYOFF BERTHS
New England Patriots 13 13
Green Bay Packers 9 12
Seattle Seahawks 8 11
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 10
Atlanta Falcons 4 7
Dallas Cowboys 4 6
Houston Texans 4 4
New York Giants 3 7
Kansas City Chiefs 3 6
Miami Dolphins 1 2
Oakland Raiders 1 2
Detroit Lions 0 3

The Dallas Cowboys rebounded to win the NFC East after finishing in last place in 2015. This marked the 13th time in the past 14 seasons in which at least one team went from “worst-to-first” in its division.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions since 2003:

SEASON TEAM RECORD PRIOR SEASON RECORD ADVANCED TO
2003 Carolina Panthers 11-5 7-9 Super Bowl XXXVIII
2003 Kansas City Chiefs 13-3 8-8* Divisional Playoffs
2004 Atlanta Falcons 11-5 5-11 NFC Championship
2004 San Diego Chargers 12-4 4-12* Wild Card Playoffs
2005 Chicago Bears 11-5 5-11 Divisional Playoffs
2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-5 5-11 Wild Card Playoffs
2006 Baltimore Ravens 13-3 6-10* Divisional Playoffs
2006 New Orleans Saints 10-6 3-13 NFC Championship
2006 Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 6-10 Divisional Playoffs
2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7 4-12 Wild Card Playoffs
2008 Miami Dolphins 11-5 1-15 Wild Card Playoffs
2009 New Orleans Saints 13-3 8-8 Won Super Bowl XLIV
2010 Kansas City Chiefs 10-6 4-12 Wild Card Playoffs
2011 Denver Broncos 8-8 4-12 Divisional Playoffs
2011 Houston Texans 10-6 6-10* Divisional Playoffs
2012 Washington Redskins 10-6 5-11 Wild Card Playoffs
2013 Carolina Panthers 12-4 7-9* Divisional Playoffs
2013 Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 4-12 Wild Card Playoffs
2015 Washington Redskins 9-7 4-12 Wild Card Playoffs
2016 Dallas Cowboys 13-3 4-12 ???

* Tied for last place

The 2016 field also showcases teams that have enjoyed recent postseason success. Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have been to the playoffs 13 times, which is the most in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers are tied for second with 12 postseason berths and the Seattle Seahawks rank third with 11 playoff appearances.

The teams with the most playoff appearances since 2002 (includes 2016):

TEAM POSTSEASON APPEARANCES
New England Patriots* 13
Green Bay Packers* 12
Indianapolis Colts 12
Seattle Seahawks* 11
Pittsburgh Steelers* 10
Baltimore Ravens 8
Denver Broncos 8
Philadelphia Eagles 8

*In 2016 postseason

Five of this season’s 12 playoff teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 2001, capturing eight of the past 15 Vince Lombardi Trophies. Those teams are Green Bay (XLV), New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX), the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), Pittsburgh (XL, XLIII) and Seattle (XLVIII).

SUPER BOWL SEASON WINNER
XXXVI 2001 New England Patriots*
XXXVII 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
XXXVIII 2003 New England Patriots*
XXXIX 2004 New England Patriots*
XL 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers*
XLI 2006 Indianapolis Colts
XLII 2007 New York Giants*
XLIII 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers*
XLIV 2009 New Orleans Saints
XLV 2010 Green Bay Packers*
XLVI 2011 New York Giants*
XLVII 2012 Baltimore Ravens
XLVIII 2013 Seattle Seahawks*
XLIX 2014 New England Patriots*
50 2015 Denver Broncos

*In 2016 postseason

ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS

The four franchises with the most postseason berths in NFL history – the Dallas Cowboys (32), Green Bay Packers (32), New York Giants (32) and Pittsburgh Steelers (30) – are all participants in the 2016 NFL playoffs.

The teams with the most seasons participating in the playoffs (includes 2016):

TEAM PLAYOFF BERTHS
Dallas Cowboys* 32
Green Bay Packers* 32
New York Giants* 32
Pittsburgh Steelers* 30

*In 2016 playoffs

The 12 playoff teams and their postseason records:

TEAM WINS    LOSSES PCT.
New England Patriots 29   19   .604
Green Bay Packers 32   21   .604
Pittsburgh Steelers 34   23   .596
Oakland Raiders 25   18   .581
Dallas Cowboys 34   26   .567
Seattle Seahawks 15   14   .517
New York Giants 24   24   .500
Miami Dolphins 20   20   .500
Houston Texans 2   3   .400
Atlanta Falcons 7   12   .368
Detroit Lions 7   12   .368
Kansas City Chiefs 9   16   .360
WILD CARD RECORDS  
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT.
Oakland Raiders 4 2 .667
Houston Texans 2 1 .667
Green Bay Packers 9 5 .643
Seattle Seahawks 7 4 .636
New York Giants 6 4 .600
Miami Dolphins 6 5 .545
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 5 .500
Detroit Lions 0 8 .000
 
DIVISIONAL RECORDS  
TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT.
New England Patriots 13 6 .684
Dallas Cowboys 15 10 .600
Atlanta Falcons 3 5 .375
Kansas City Chiefs 2 7 .222

 

THE TEAMS

WINNING FEELING: The Green Bay Packers have won 13 NFL championships, the most in league history. Of the 12 playoff teams this season, 10 have won at least one championship.

NFL championships won by the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM NFL CHAMPIONSHIP(S) SEASON(S)
Green Bay Packers 13 1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996, 2010
New York Giants 8 1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007, 2011
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 1974-75, 1978-79, 2005, 2008
Dallas Cowboys 5 1971, 1977, 1992-93, 1995
Detroit Lions 4 1935, 1952-53, 1957
New England Patriots 4 2001, 2003-04, 2014
Oakland Raiders 3 1976, 1980, 1983
Miami Dolphins 2 1972-73
Kansas City Chiefs 1 1969
Seattle Seahawks 1 2013
Atlanta Falcons 0
Houston Texans 0

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PLAYOFF SUCCESS: The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers each have 34 postseason victories, tied for the most in NFL history. The Green Bay Packers (32) and New England Patriots (29) rank third and fifth, respectively, on the all-time postseason wins list.

The teams with the most playoff victories in NFL history:

TEAM PLAYOFF WINS
Dallas Cowboys* 34
Pittsburgh Steelers* 34
Green Bay Packers* 32
San Francisco 49ers 30
New England Patriots* 29

*In 2016 playoffs

Postseason victories for the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM PLAYOFF WINS
Dallas Cowboys 34
Pittsburgh Steelers 34
Green Bay Packers 32
New England Patriots 29
Oakland Raiders 25
New York Giants 24
Miami Dolphins 20
Seattle Seahawks 15
Kansas City Chiefs 9
Atlanta Falcons 7
Detroit Lions 7
Houston Texans 2

— NFL —

HOME SWEET HOME…MAYBE: For the first time since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, the No. 1 seed from both the AFC and NFC have advanced to the Super Bowl in three consecutive seasons. However, only 27 of the 52 (52 percent) No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl, with 12 No. 1 seeds being crowned champions (23 percent).

Dallas is the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the fourth time since 1990 and the first since 2007, while the Patriots are the top seed in the AFC for the fourth time since 2010.

How the No. 1 seeds have fared since 1990:

SEASON AFC NO. 1 SEED SEASON RESULT   NFC NO. 1 SEED SEASON RESULT
1990 Buffalo Lost Super Bowl XXV   San Francisco Lost NFC Championship
1991 Buffalo Lost Super Bowl XXVI   Washington Won Super Bowl XXVI
1992 Pittsburgh Lost Divisional   San Francisco Lost NFC Championship
1993 Buffalo Lost Super Bowl XXVIII   Dallas Won Super Bowl XXVIII
1994 Pittsburgh Lost AFC Championship   San Francisco Won Super Bowl XXIX
1995 Kansas City Lost Divisional   Dallas Won Super Bowl XXX
1996 Denver Lost Divisional   Green Bay Won Super Bowl XXXI
1997 Kansas City Lost Divisional   San Francisco Lost NFC Championship
1998 Denver Won Super Bowl XXXIII   Minnesota Lost NFC Championship
1999 Jacksonville Lost AFC Championship   St. Louis Won Super Bowl XXXIV
2000 Tennessee Lost Divisional   New York Giants Lost Super Bowl XXXV
2001 Pittsburgh Lost AFC Championship   St. Louis Lost Super Bowl XXXVI
2002 Oakland Lost Super Bowl XXXVII   Philadelphia Lost NFC Championship
2003 New England Won Super Bowl XXXVIII   Philadelphia Lost NFC Championship
2004 Pittsburgh Lost AFC Championship   Philadelphia Lost Super Bowl XXXIX
2005 Indianapolis Lost Divisional   Seattle Lost Super Bowl XL
2006 San Diego Lost Divisional   Chicago Lost Super Bowl XLI
2007 New England Lost Super Bowl XLII   Dallas Lost Divisional
2008 Tennessee Lost Divisional   New York Giants Lost Divisional
2009 Indianapolis Lost Super Bowl XLIV   New Orleans Won Super Bowl XLIV
2010 New England Lost Divisional   Atlanta Lost Divisional
2011 New England Lost Super Bowl XLVI   Green Bay Lost Divisional
2012 Denver Lost Divisional   Atlanta Lost NFC Championship
2013 Denver Lost Super Bowl XLVIII   Seattle Won Super Bowl XLVIII
2014 New England Won Super Bowl XLIX   Seattle Lost Super Bowl XLIX
2015 Denver Won Super Bowl 50   Carolina Lost Super Bowl 50
2016 New England ???   Dallas ???

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DIVISION DOMINANCE: Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have won 13 division titles, the most in the NFL during that span. The Green Bay Packers lead the NFC with nine division titles since 2002.

The teams with the most division titles since 2002:

TEAM DIVISION TITLES
New England Patriots* 13
Indianapolis Colts 9
Green Bay Packers* 9
Seattle Seahawks* 8
Pittsburgh Steelers* 7
Denver Broncos 6
Philadelphia Eagles 6

*2016 division champion

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PATRIOT PLACE: The New England Patriots won the AFC East for the eighth consecutive season in 2016, passing the Los Angeles Rams (1973-79) for the most consecutive division titles in NFL history.

The teams to finish first in their division in the most consecutive seasons:

TEAM YEARS CONSECUTIVE FIRST-PLACE FINISHES
New England Patriots 2009-16 8*
Los Angeles Rams 1973-79 7
Cleveland Browns 1950-55 6
Dallas Cowboys 1966-71 6
Minnesota Vikings 1973-78 6
Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-79 6
Seven teams tied   5
*Active streak    

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The New England Patriots finished the 2016 regular season undefeated on the road.

The Patriots are only the seventh team since 1978 – when the 16-game schedule was instituted – to post an 8-0 record on the road. Of the previous six teams to accomplish the feat, four have gone to the Super Bowl (66.7 percent).

The teams (since 1978) to post an 8-0 road record and their final season result:

SEASON TEAM OVERALL RESULT
1984 San Francisco 49ers 15-1 Won Super Bowl XIX
1989 San Francisco 49ers 14-2 Won Super Bowl XXIV
1990 San Francisco 49ers 14-2 Advanced to NFC Championship
2001 St. Louis Rams 14-2 Advanced to Super Bowl XXXVI
2007 New England Patriots 16-0 Advanced to Super Bowl XLII
2014 Dallas Cowboys 12-4 Advanced to NFC Divisional
2016 New England Patriots 14-2 ???

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EXTRA TIME IN THE POSTSEASON: The playoffs have featured at least one overtime game in 13 of the past 16 postseasons.

In 2010, the NFL adopted a modified sudden-death system for the playoffs, which was expanded to cover all NFL games in 2012. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score.

A look at NFL overtime playoff games since 2000:

SEASON ROUND TEAMS GAME-WINNING SCORE
2000 WC Miami 23, Indianapolis 17 RB Lamar Smith scores on 17-yard TD run.
2001 Div. New England 16, Oakland 13 K Adam Vinatieri connects on 23-yard FG.
2002 Div. Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31 K Joe Nedney wins it with 26-yard FG.
2003 WC Green Bay 33, Seattle 27 CB Al Harris returns INT 52 yards for TD.
2003 Div. Carolina 29, St. Louis 23 (2 OT) QB Jake Delhomme connects with WR Steve Smith on 69-yard TD.
2003 Div. Philadelphia 20, Green Bay 17 K David Akers wins game with 31-yard FG.
2004 WC NY Jets 20, San Diego 17 K Doug Brien converts 28-yard FG.
2004 Div. Pittsburgh 20, NY Jets 17 K Jeff Reed connects on 33-yard game-winner.
2006 Div. Chicago 27, Seattle 24 K Robbie Gould converts game-winning 49-yard FG.
2007 Champ. NY Giants 23, Green Bay 20 K Lawrence Tynes wins it with 47-yard FG.
2008 WC San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17 RB Darren Sproles scores on 22-yard TD run.
2009 WC Arizona 51, Green Bay 45 LB Karlos Dansby scores on 17-yard FR-TD.
2009 Champ. New Orleans 31, Minnesota 28 K Garrett Hartley converts 40-yard game-winning FG.
2011 WC Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23 WR Demaryius Thomas catches 80-yard TD from QB Tim Tebow.
2011 Champ. NY Giants 20, San Francisco 17 K Lawrence Tynes connects on 31-yard FG.
2012 Div. Baltimore 38, Denver 35 (2 OT) K Justin Tucker converts 47-yard game-winning FG.
2014 Champ. Seattle 28, Green Bay 22 QB Russell Wilson throws 35-yard TD to WR Jermaine Kearse.
2015 Div. Arizona 26, Green Bay 20 QB Carson Palmer connects with WR Larry Fitzgerald on 5-yard TD.

— NFL —

THE PLAYERS

POSTSEASON QUARTERBACKS: Quarterbacks TOM BRADY of New England, AARON RODGERS of Green Bay, MATT RYAN of Atlanta, ALEX SMITH of Kansas City and RUSSELL WILSON of Seattle have enjoyed postseason success. They all rank among the leaders in many postseason passing categories.

Smith (99.1) ranks fourth all-time in career postseason passer rating, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer BART STARR (104.8), KURT WARNER (102.8) and DREW BREES (100.7). Rodgers ranks fifth all-time with a 98.2 passer rating.

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason passer rating (min. 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK COMP. ATT. YARDS TD INT RATING
Bart Starr 130 213 1,753 15 3 104.8
Kurt Warner 307 462 3,952 31 14 102.8
Drew Brees 306 464 3,539 24 6 100.7
Alex Smith* 112 186 1,309 11 1 99.1
Aaron Rodgers* 298 467 3,454 27 8 98.2

*Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady is the all-time postseason passing leader in career attempts (1,183), completions (738), yards (7,957) and touchdowns (56).

The top five all-time playoff leaders in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns:

PLAYER COMPLETIONS   PLAYER ATTEMPTS
Tom Brady* 738   Tom Brady* 1,183
Peyton Manning 649   Peyton Manning 1,027
Brett Favre 481   Brett Favre 791
Joe Montana 460   Joe Montana 734
Dan Marino 385   Dan Marino 687
*Active in 2016 playoffs   *Active in 2016 playoffs
     
PLAYER PASSING YARDS   PLAYER TD PASSES
Tom Brady* 7,957   Tom Brady* 56
Peyton Manning 7,339   Joe Montana 45
Brett Favre 5,855   Brett Favre 44
Joe Montana 5,772   Peyton Manning 40
John Elway 4,964   Dan Marino 32
*Active in 2016 playoffs   *Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady has 10 career 300-yard passing games in the postseason, the most all-time.

QUARTERBACK PLAYOFF GAMES 300-YARD GAMES
Tom Brady* 31 10
Peyton Manning 27 9
Joe Montana 23 6
Kurt Warner 13 6
Drew Brees 11 6

*Active in 2016 playoffs

Ryan has completed 124 of 187 passes for a 66.3 completion percentage, the second-best mark in league playoff history, trailing only Warner (66.5 percent). Rodgers ranks seventh in league postseason history with a 63.8 completion percentage.

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason completion percentage (min. 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK COMP. ATT. PCT.
Kurt Warner 307 462 66.5
Matt Ryan* 124 187 66.3
Ken Anderson 110 166 66.3
Drew Brees 306 464 65.9
Warren Moon 259 403 64.3
Rich Gannon 154 240 64.2
Aaron Rodgers* 298 467 63.8
Troy Aikman 320 502 63.7

*Active in 2016 playoffs

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AIR ATTACK: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON is averaging 8.43 yards per pass attempt (2,328 yards, 276 attempts), the third-highest in NFL postseason history (minimum 200 attempts).

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason yards per attempt average (min. 200 attempts):

QUARTERBACK PASS YARDS ATTEMPTS YARDS/ATT.
Kurt Warner 3,952 462 8.55
Joe Theismann 1,782 211 8.45
Russell Wilson* 2,328 276 8.43
Jim Plunkett 2,293 272 8.43
Terry Bradshaw 3,833 456 8.41

*Active in 2016 postseason

— NFL —

PASSING BY: Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS is the only quarterback in the 2016 playoffs with a 400-yard passing game in the postseason.

The 19 400-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

QUARTERBACK TEAM OPPONENT DATE PASSING YARDS
Bernie Kosar Cleveland Browns New York Jets 1/3/87 489
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Detroit Lions 1/7/12 466
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints San Francisco 49ers 1/14/12 462
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos 1/9/05 458
Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs 1/4/14 443
Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers Miami Dolphins 1/2/82 433
Kelly Holcomb Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers 1/5/03 429
Jeff George Minnesota Vikings St. Louis Rams 1/16/00 423
Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay Packers Arizona Cardinals 1/10/10 423
Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills 12/30/95 422
Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Pittsburgh Steelers 1/6/85 421
Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans 1/30/00 414
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia Eagles Chicago Bears 12/31/88 407
Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Cleveland Browns 1/6/90 405
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Seattle Seahawks 1/8/11 404
Don Strock Miami Dolphins San Diego Chargers 1/2/82 403
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts San Diego Chargers 1/13/08 402
Daryle Lamonica Oakland Raiders New York Jets 12/29/68 401
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos New England Patriots 1/19/14 400
*Active in 2016 postseason

— NFL —

SUPER BOWL MVPs: There are four players in the 2016 postseason who have been named Super Bowl MVP: Quarterback TOM BRADY of New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX), quarterback ELI MANNING of the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), quarterback AARON RODGERS of Green Bay (XLV) and linebacker MALCOLM SMITH of Oakland (XLVIII with Seattle).

PLAYER CURRENT TEAM SUPER BOWL MVPs
Tom Brady New England Patriots 3 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)
Eli Manning New York Giants 2 (XLII, XLVI)
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 1 (XLV)
Malcolm Smith Oakland Raiders 1 (XLVIII*)
*With Seattle

Five players in NFL history have been named Super Bowl MVP multiple times, including Brady (three) and Manning (two). Brady and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA are the only players to win the award three times.

The five players in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP multiple times:

PLAYER TEAM SUPER BOWL MVPs
Tom Brady* New England Patriots 3 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)
Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers 3 (XVI, XIX, XXIV)
Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers 2 (XIII, XIV)
Eli Manning* New York Giants 2 (XLII, XLVI)
Bart Starr Green Bay Packers 2 (I, II)

*Active in 2016 playoffs

— NFL —

WHEN IT COUNTS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has a 22-9 (.710) career postseason record, the most playoff wins all-time by a starting quarterback.

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK TEAM(S) PLAYOFF WINS
Tom Brady* New England Patriots  22
Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs 16
Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers 14
John Elway Denver Broncos 14
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos 14
Brett Favre Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings 13

*Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady’s 22-9 (.710) postseason record trails only Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW and TROY AIKMAN for the best winning percentage as a starting quarterback in NFL playoff history (minimum 15 starts).

Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (11-6, .647) is tied for seventh all-time.

The quarterbacks with the best winning percentage in postseason starts (minimum 15 starts):

QUARTERBACK WIN PCT. RECORD
Terry Bradshaw .737 14-5
Troy Aikman .733 11-4
Tom Brady* .710 22-9
Joe Montana .696 16-7
John Elway .667 14-7
Joe Flacco .667 10-5
Ben Roethlisberger* .647 11-6
Roger Staubach .647 11-6

*Active in 2016 playoffs

— NFL —

A PROVEN WINNER: New England’s TOM BRADY is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to win four Super Bowls.

Only 12 QBs in NFL history have won multiple Super Bowls. Of the 12, three are active, including Brady, the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING (two) and Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (two), and seven have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The starting quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls:

QUARTERBACK SUPER BOWL WINS
Tom Brady** 4
Terry Bradshaw* 4
Joe Montana* 4
Troy Aikman* 3
John Elway* 2
Bob Griese* 2
Eli Manning** 2
Peyton Manning 2
Jim Plunkett 2
Ben Roethlisberger** 2
Bart Starr* 2
Roger Staubach* 2

*Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame

**Active in 2016 playoffs

— NFL —

PLAYOFF STARTERS: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON helped lead the Seahawks to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and can join JOE FLACCO as the only Super Bowl-era quarterbacks to start a playoff game in each of their first five seasons beginning with their rookie year.

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS
Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens 2008-12
     
Russell Wilson* Seattle Seahawks 2012-15

Wilson has seven playoff wins in his first four seasons and trails only TOM BRADY (nine), JOE FLACCO (nine) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (eight) in postseason victories among quarterbacks in their first five seasons in the league.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason victories in their first five seasons:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS POSTSEASON WINS
Tom Brady New England Patriots 2000-04 9
Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens 2008-12 9
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers 2004-08 8
       
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks 2012-15 7*
*Through four seasons

— NFL —

SMITH KEEPS IT SAFE: Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH has made five career postseason starts, completing 112 of 186 passes (60.2 percent) for 1,309 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception for a 99.1 passer rating.

 

Smith’s 0.5 interception percentage is the lowest by a quarterback in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts). Dallas’ TONY ROMO and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS rank second and fifth, respectively, in career interception percentage in NFL postseason history.

 

The lowest interception percentages in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts):

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE
Alex Smith* San Francisco, Kansas City 0.5
Tony Romo* Dallas 1.1
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 1.3
Bart Starr Green Bay 1.4
Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay 1.7
*Active in 2016 postseason

— NFL —

FIRST-TIMERS: Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie DAK PRESCOTT, Houston’s BROCK OSWEILER, Miami’s MATT MOORE and Oakland rookie CONNOR COOK.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYER TEAM PASSING YARDS
Kelly Holcomb Cleveland Browns 429
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 423
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia Eagles 407
Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams 391
Neil Lomax St. Louis Cardinals 385

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TAKING A PASS: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN led the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in league history. New England’s TOM BRADY (112.2), Dallas’ DAK PRESCOTT (104.9) and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS(104.2) each recorded a passer rating of at least 100 and led their respective teams into the playoffs.

The quarterbacks with the highest passer rating in a single postseason (min. 50 attempts):

QUARTERBACK TEAM SEASON ATT. COMP. YARDS TD INT RATING
Joe Montana San Francisco 1989 83 65 800 11 0 146.4
Bart Starr Green Bay 1966 51 35 554 6 1 135.6
Phil Simms New York Giants 1986 58 38 494 8 0 131.8
Kurt Warner Arizona 2009 59 46 584 5 1 129.1
Troy Aikman Dallas 1992 89 61 795 8 0 126.4

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THREE FOR 300: Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,327 yards, including four games with at least 300 passing yards, this season. Stafford has at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two postseason starts and is one of only four quarterbacks in postseason history with at least two consecutive games with 300+ passing yards.

The most consecutive postseason games with at least 300 passing yards to begin a career:

PLAYER TEAM CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS
Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers 4
Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions 2*
Matt Hasselbeck Seattle Seahawks 2
Marc Bulger St. Louis Rams 2
*Active streak

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RUSHING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Dallas rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSH YARDS RUSH TDS
John Riggins Washington Redskins 1982 610 4
Terrell Davis Denver Broncos 1997 581 8
Terrell Davis Denver Broncos 1998 468 3
Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders 1983 466 4
Eddie George Tennessee Titans 1999 449 3

The rookies with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSH YARDS
Timmy Smith Washington Redskins 1987 342
Jamal Lewis Baltimore Ravens 2000 338
James Starks Green Bay Packers 2010 315
Duane Thomas Dallas Cowboys 1970 313
Ickey Woods Cincinnati Bengals 1988 307

The rookies with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM SEASON RUSH TDs
Norm Standlee Chicago Bears 1941 4
Tony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys 1977 4
William Floyd San Francisco 49ers 1994 4
Jamal Lewis Baltimore Ravens 2000 4

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FINDING PAYDIRT: New England running back LE GARRETTE BLOUNT led the NFL with a franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016.

The players with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOTAL TDs
Terrell Davis Denver Broncos 1997 8
Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys 1995 6
Ricky Watters San Francisco 49ers 1993 6
Gerald Riggs Washington Redskins 1991 6
John Riggins Washington Redskins 1983 6
Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers 1974 6
Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins 1973 6

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN ranked second in the NFL with 106 receptions. Brown, who has at least 100 catches in four consecutive seasons, is tied with Pro Football MARVIN HARRISON for the most consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CATCHES
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals 2008 30
Hakeem Nicks New York Giants 2011 28
Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos 2013 28
Steve Smith Sr. Carolina Panthers 2005 27
Wes Welker New England Patriots 2007 27

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CATCHING ON: Detroit wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career. With two touchdown catches, Boldin will become the eighth player in NFL history with at least 10 postseason touchdown receptions and move into a tie for the third-most all-time.

The players with the most touchdown catches in postseason history:

PLAYER TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
Jerry Rice 22
John Stallworth 12
Fred Biletnikoff 10
Antonio Freeman 10
Larry Fitzgerald 10
Randy Moss 10
Hines Ward 10
Rob Gronkowski 9
Andre Reed 9
Steve Smith Sr. 9
Lynn Swann 9
Reggie Wayne 9
   
Anquan Boldin 8*
*Active in 2016 postseason

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WELCOME RECEPTION: There are 11 players in the 2016 playoff field who recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in the regular season: Atlanta’s JULIO JONES (1,409), the New York Giants’ ODELL BECKHAM JR. (1,367), Pittsburgh’s ANTONIO BROWN (1,284), Green Bay’s JORDY NELSON (1,257), Oakland’s AMARI COOPER (1,153), Miami’s JARVIS LANDRY (1,136), Seattle’s DOUG BALDWIN (1,128), Kansas City’s TRAVIS KELCE (1,125), New England’s JULIAN EDELMAN (1,106), Detroit’s GOLDEN TATE (1,077) and Oakland’s MICHAEL CRABTREE (1,003).

The players with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON REC. RECEIVING YARDS TD
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals 2008 30 546 7
Hakeem Nicks New York Giants 2011 28 444 4
Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers 1988 21 409 6
Steve Smith Sr. Carolina Panthers 2003 18 404 3
Charlie Brown Washington Redskins 1983 14 401 1

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200 CLUB: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES (300 yards, Week 4), New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM JR. (222 yards, Week 6) and Detroit wide receiver MARVIN JONES JR. (205 yards, Week 3) each had at least 200 receiving yards in a single game in 2016. There have been eight 200-yard receiving games in NFL postseason history.

The players with at least 200 receiving yards in a postseason game:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON DATE OPPONENT REC. RECEIVING YARDS TD
Eric Moulds Buffalo Bills 1998 1/2/99 Miami 9 240 1
Anthony Carter Minnesota Vikings 1987 1/9/88 San Francisco 10 227 0
T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis Colts 2013 1/4/14 Kansas City 13 224 2
Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts 2004 1/9/05 Denver 10 221 2
Steve Smith Sr. Carolina Panthers 2005 1/15/06 Chicago 12 218 2
Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers 1988 1/22/89 Cincinnati 11 215 1
Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions 2011 1/7/12 New Orleans 12 211 2
Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos 2011 1/8/12 Pittsburgh 4 204 1

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TD PARTY: Green Bay wide receiver JORDY NELSON led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN led the AFC with 12 touchdown catches this season.

The players with the most receiving touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TD CATCHES
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals 2008 7
Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers 1988 6
Dave Casper Oakland Raiders 1977 5
Alvin Garrett Washington Redskins 1982 5
Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers 1989 5

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ROOKIE RECEIVERS: New York Giants wide receiver STERLING SHEPARD ranked second among rookies with 65 catches and 683 receiving yards and tied for second with eight touchdown catches in 2016.

The rookies with the most receiving yards in a playoff game:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON DATE OPPONENT RECEIVING YARDS
Jeremy Maclin Philadelphia Eagles 2009 1/9/10 Dallas 146
Keith Jackson Philadelphia Eagles 1988 12/31/88 Chicago 142
Keenan Allen San Diego Chargers 2013 1/12/14 Denver 142
Reggie Bush New Orleans Saints 2006 1/21/07 Chicago 132
Billy Cannon Houston Oilers 1960 1/1/61 L.A. Chargers 128

The rookies with the most receptions and receiving yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEPTIONS
Joseph Addai Indianapolis Colts 2006 22
Torry Holt St. Louis Rams 1999 20
Austin Collie Indianapolis Colts 2009 17
Chad Morton New Orleans Saints 2000 15
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals 2015 15
PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEIVING YARDS
Torry Holt St. Louis Rams 1999 242
Austin Collie Indianapolis Colts 2009 241
DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles 2008 207
Steve Junker Detroit Lions 1957 201
Ricky Nattiel Denver Broncos 1987 171

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TIGHT ENDS MAKING MARK: Kansas City’s TRAVIS KELCE led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 86 receptions in 2016. New England’s MARTELLUS BENNETT tied for third among tight ends with seven touchdowns catches.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

TIGHT END TEAM SEASON RECEIVING YARDS
Dallas Clark Indianapolis Colts 2006 317
Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers 2011 292
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 2011 258
Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers 2012 254
Dan Ross Cincinnati Bengals 1981 244

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in a single postseason:

TIGHT END TEAM SEASON RECEIVING TDs
Dave Casper Oakland Raiders 1977 5
Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers 2011 4
Many Tied 3

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: There have been 26 kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL postseason history. The last postseason kickoff-return touchdown was scored by Kansas City’s KNILE DAVIS, who returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ Wild Card win at Houston last season.

Ten kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns in Super Bowl history, with the last coming on PERCY HARVIN’s 87-yard kickoff-return touchdown to open the second half of Super Bowl XLVIII. RON DIXON of the New York Giants (2000-02) is the only player with two career kickoff-return touchdowns in the playoffs.

Chiefs rookie TYREEK HILL and Miami rookie KENYAN DRAKE are the only players in the 2016 postseason who returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season.

There have been only 21 punt-return touchdowns in playoff history. The last player with a punt-return touchdown in the postseason was Denver’s TRINDON HOLLIDAY in the 2012 Divisional round (90 yards, the longest in NFL playoff history). No player has ever recorded more than one in a career.

Among the players in the 2016 postseason who returned a punt for a touchdown this season are Hill (two), Detroit’s ANDRE ROBERTS (two), Houston’s WILL FULLER (one) and Miami’s JAKEEM GRANT (one).

Hill, who was selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, is the only player in the NFL this season to return both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown.

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SACK ATTACK I: Atlanta defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY and Green Bay linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS tie for the lead among players in the 2016 playoff field with 10 career postseason sacks. Both players are on the verge of entering the top five in the category.

The top five players with the most postseason sacks (since 1982):

PLAYER SACKS
Willie McGinest 16.0
Bruce Smith 14.5
Terrell Suggs 12.5
Reggie White 12.0
Charles Haley 11.0
LaMarr Woodley 11.0

SACK ATTACK II: Seven players in the 2016 playoff field recorded at least 10 sacks this season: Atlanta’s VIC BEASLEY JR. (15.5), Seattle’s CLIFF AVRIL (11.5), Miami’s CAMERON WAKE (11.5), Oakland’s KHALIL MACK (11), Green Bay’s NICK PERRY (11), Seattle’s FRANK CLARK (10) and Kansas City’s DEE FORD (10).

The players with the most sacks in a postseason game:

PLAYER

TEAM

SACKS

OPPONENT DATE
Willie McGinest New England Patriots 4.5 Jacksonville January 7, 2006
Richard Dent Chicago Bears 3.5 New York Giants January 5, 1986
Rich Milot Washington Redskins 3.5 Chicago December 30, 1984

The players with the most sacks in a single postseason:

MOST SACKS IN A POSTSEASON
PLAYER TEAM SACKS SEASON
LaMarr Woodley Pittsburgh Steelers 6 2008
Michael McCrary Baltimore Ravens 6 2000
Richard Dent Chicago Bears 6 1985
Von Miller Denver Broncos 5 2015
Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens 5 2010
Willie McGinest New England Patriots 5 2003
Tony Tolbert Dallas Cowboys 5 1995

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BALL HAWKS: Houston’s QUINTIN DEMPS, Kansas City’s MARCUS PETERS and the New York Giants’ DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions each this season. The Giants’ duo of Rodgers-Cromartie (six) and LANDON COLLINS (five) were the only pair of teammates in the league with at least five interceptions apiece.

The players with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire postseason:

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN PLAYOFF GAME

SEASON PLAYER

TEAM

INTERCEPTIONS

OPPONENT DATE
1979 Vernon Perry Houston Oilers 4 San Diego Chargers December 29, 1979
Many tied 3
MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON
SEASON PLAYER TEAM INTERCEPTIONS
1980 Lester Hayes Oakland Raiders 5
1979 Vernon Perry Houston Oilers 5
Many tied   4

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ROOKIE DEFENDER: Pittsburgh cornerback ARTIE BURNS and Atlanta linebacker DEION JONES tied for the NFL rookie lead with three interceptions each this season.

The rookies with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire postseason:

 MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A PLAYOFF GAME, ROOKIE

PLAYER

TEAM

INT

OPPONENT DATE
Vernon Perry Houston Oilers 4 San Diego Chargers December 29, 1979
Ricky Manning, Jr. Carolina Panthers 3 Philadelphia Eagles January 18, 2004
Many tied 2
MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON, ROOKIE
SEASON PLAYER TEAM INT  
1979 Vernon Perry Houston Oilers 5  
2003 Ricky Manning Jr. Carolina Panthers 4  
1980 Roynell Young Philadelphia Eagles 3  
1969 Jim Marsalis Kansas City Chiefs 3  
Many tied 2  

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  1. RELIABLE: New England kicker STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI has made 15 consecutive field goals in the postseason dating back to the 2011 season. Gostkowski ties for fourth all-time in career postseason points, trailing only ADAM VINATIERI (234), DAVID AKERS (175) and GARY ANDERSON (153).

The players with the most career points scored in the postseason:

PLAYER TEAM(S) POINTS
Adam Vinatieri New England, Indianapolis 234
David Akers Philadelphia, San Francisco 175
Gary Anderson Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota, Tennessee 153
Stephen Gostkowski New England 132
Jerry Rice San Francisco, Oakland 132

The kickers with the most points scored in a single postseason:

SEASON PLAYER TEAM POINTS
2006 Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts 49
1992 Steve Christie Buffalo Bills 39
1987 Chuck Nelson Minnesota Vikings 36
2003 John Kasay Carolina Panthers 35
2011 Lawrence Tynes New York Giants 34
1985 Tony Franklin New England Patriots 34

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BEST NFL PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES

(Single postseason)

 

PASSING YARDS
PLAYER, TEAM SEASON COMP. ATT.
YARDS
TD
INT
Eli Manning, New York Giants 2011 106 163
1,219
9
1
Kurt Warner, Arizona 2008 92 135
1,147
11
3
Joe Flacco, Baltimore 2012 73 126
1,140
11
0
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay 2010 90 132
1,094
9
2
Kurt Warner, St. Louis 1999 77 121
1,063
8
4
RUSHING YARDS
PLAYER, TEAM SEASON ATT. YARDS TD
John Riggins, Washington 1982 136   610 4
Terrell Davis, Denver 1997 112   581 8
Terrell Davis, Denver 1998 78   468 3
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders 1983 58   466 4
Eddie George, Tennessee 1999 108   449 3
RECEIVING YARDS
PLAYER, TEAM SEASON REC. YARDS TD
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona 2008 30 546 7
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants 2011 28 444 4
Jerry Rice, San Francisco 1988 21 409 6
Steve Smith, Carolina 2003 18 404 3
Charlie Brown, Washington 1983 14 401 1
RECEPTIONS
PLAYER, TEAM SEASON REC.
YARDS
TD
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona 2008 30 546 7
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants 2011 28 444 4
Demaryius Thomas, Denver 2013 28 306 3
Steve Smith, Carolina 2005 27 335 3
Wes Welker, New England 2007 27 213 2
SCRIMMAGE TOUCHDOWNS
PLAYER, TEAM SEASON TOTAL TDs
RUSH TD
REC. TD
Terrell Davis, Denver 1997 8 8 0
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona 2008 7 0 7
Larry Csonka, Miami 1973 6 6 0
Franco Harris, Pittsburgh 1974 6 6 0
John Riggins, Washington 1983 6 6 0
Jerry Rice, San Francisco 1988 6 0 6
Gerald Riggs, Washington 1991 6 6 0
Ricky Watters, San Francisco 1993 6 6 0
Emmitt Smith, Dallas 1995 6 6 0

THE COACHES

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK has 23 career postseason victories, the most all-time.

The head coaches with the most playoff wins:

HEAD COACH TEAM(S) PLAYOFF WINS
Bill Belichick* Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots 23
Tom Landry Dallas Cowboys 20
Don Shula Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins 19
Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins 17
Chuck Noll Pittsburgh Steelers 16

*Active in 2016 postseason

Since joining New England in 2000, Belichick has led the Patriots to four Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), which is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL (IX, X, XIII, XIV) of Pittsburgh for the most in history.

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BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Four head coaches in the 2016 postseason field have won at least one Super Bowl title – New England’s BILL BELICHICK (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), Seattle’s PETE CARROLL (XLVIII), Pittsburgh’s MIKE TOMLIN (XLIII) and Green Bay’s MIKE MC CARTHY (XLV). Additionally, Kansas City’s ANDY REID (XXXIX with Philadelphia) and Detroit’s JIMCALDWELL (XLIV with Indianapolis) have each led a team that advanced to the Super Bowl.

The head coaches in the 2016 playoff field with Super Bowl experience:

HEAD COACH CURRENT TEAM SUPER BOWL TEAM SUPER BOWL WINS SUPER BOWL LOSSES
Bill Belichick New England New England XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX XLII, XLVI
Pete Carroll Seattle Seattle XLVIII XLIX
Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Pittsburgh XLIII XLV
Mike McCarthy Green Bay Green Bay XLV
Andy Reid Kansas City Philadelphia XXXIX
Jim Caldwell Detroit Indianapolis XLIV

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POSTSEASON RECORDS OF 2016 PLAYOFF HEAD COACHES

 COACH TEAM W L PCT.
 Bill Belichick New England Patriots 23 10 .697
 Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks 9 6 .600
 Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 .545
 Mike McCarthy Green Bay Packers 8 7 .533
 Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs 11 11 .500
 Jason Garrett Dallas Cowboys 1 1 .500
 Jim Caldwell Detroit Lions 2 3 .400
 Jack Del Rio Oakland Raiders 1 2 .333
 Bill O’Brien Houston Texans 0 1 .000
 Adam Gase Miami Dolphins
 Ben McAdoo New York Giants
 Dan Quinn Atlanta Falcons

by NFL Media


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.