After a historical NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs, I thought what better to write about than all kinds of fun facts coming out of it and heading into next week.
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan snapped a 3-game playoff losing streak on Sunday.
Quarterbacks that also lost 3 straight playoff games: Joe Montana, John Elway, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Troy Aikman, and Warren Moon.
Tom Brady now has more playoff wins than any other quarterback with 17.
Brady is tied with Elway with 5 Super Bowl starts. Obviously, he’d hold the record if the Patriots win one more game and he is healthy.
With another Super Bowl win, Brady would tie Montana and Bradshaw for the most (4 each).
Tom Brady would also tie DL Mike Lodish and WR Don Beebe for the most appearances ever (6) in the Super Bowl.
The Patriots are playing in their 9th AFC Title Game holding an incredible record of 7-1 in them. A win would tie them with Pittsburgh and Dallas for the most ever wins in a Title Game, and therefore the most Super Bowl appearances.
Peyton Manning has 9 playoff wins in his career.
He also has 11 playoff losses and 8 one-n-done’s.
The 8 one-game knockout losses are double the next most by any quarterback.
Brett Favre and Peyton Manning are tied for the most playoff losses with 11 each.
Joe Flacco has 5 road playoff wins.
That is the most in NFL history, just one ahead of Roger Staubach, Len Dawson, Jake Delhomme, and Mark Sanchez.
Arguably the NFL’s greatest QB (Brady), TE (Gonzalez), and LB (Lewis) are still alive in the playoffs.
Not only was the Broncos Trindon Holliday the first player ever to have a punt and kickoff return touchdown in the same playoff game, he had the longest punt return (90 yards) and kickoff return (104 yards) in NFL playoff history.
Holliday also broke Desmond Howard’s record for most return yards in a playoff game with 248 yards.
Denver had 31 seconds on the clock when Peyton Manning took a knee to go to overtime.
Atlanta had 31 seconds on the clock when Matt Ryan completed 2 passes to get the Falcons in field goal range to win the game.
Denver-Baltimore was the 4th longest game in NFL history. Miami-Kansas City on Christmas day, 1971 (82 minutes and 40 seconds) was the longest ever.
The Baltimore Ravens are playing in their 4th AFC Title Game, but have never played one at home.
The 49ers gained 579 yards in the win over Green Bay. That is the most in their franchise history.
The previous 4 best yardage totals were all in Super Bowl wins for San Francisco.
The 49ers are appearing in their 14th NFC Title Game tying them with Dallas for the most ever.
They’ve lost more than any team ever (8) going into this week.
Collin Kaepernick finished with 181 yards rushing breaking Mike Vick’s record of 173 with the Falcons in 2002.
Seattle became the 6th team to score at least 21 points in the 4th quarter of a playoff game and lose.
The only other playoff game that featured two lead changes in the final 31 seconds of a playoff game in the 4th quarter before Seattle-Atlanta? The Music City Miracle (Tennessee over Buffalo).
Atlanta is playing in it’s 3rd NFC Title Game, and this is the first time they’ll play at home.
Houston is the only team in the NFL never to have played in an AFC or NFC Title Game.
Tuck: NFL Numbers To Think About by Mike Tuck