AFC Title Game Stats, Facts And Notes

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 18, 2013



RETURN ENGAGEMENT: This Sunday, NEW ENGLAND and BALTIMORE meet in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game when the Patriots claimed a 23-20 victory to advance to Super Bowl XLVI. This weekend’s matchup marks the seventh time two teams have faced off in the AFL/AFC Championship in back-to-back seasons and the first time since the 1986 and 1987 seasons (Denver-Cleveland).

If the Patriots beat the Ravens, clubs who defeated the same opponent in the previous year’s AFC Championship Game will improve to 6-1 all-time.

AFC Championship Game-winning teams which faced the same opponent in next year’s title game:

SEASONS

TEAM

OPPONENT

YEAR 1 RESULT

YEAR 2 RESULT

1960-1961

Houston

L.A./San Diego Chargers

W, 24-16

W, 10-3

1964-1965

Buffalo

San Diego

W, 20-7

W, 23-0

1974-1975

Pittsburgh

Oakland

W, 24-13

W, 16-10

1975-1976

Pittsburgh

Oakland

W, 16-10

L, 24-7

1978-1979

Pittsburgh

Houston Oilers

W, 34-5

W, 27-13

1986-1987

Denver

Cleveland

W, 23-20 (OT)

W, 38-33

2011-2012

New England

Baltimore

W, 23-20

???

 

For the 16th time since 1990 when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format and the sixth time in the past seven seasons, teams that played at least once during the regular season will meet in the AFC Championship Game. On Sunday Night Football in Week 3, the Ravens kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to earn a 31-30 home victory over the Patriots.

If the Ravens defeat the Patriots, it will mark the 11th time in 16 opportunities that a team won the AFC Championship Game against a team it defeated in the regular season.

AFC Championship Games that were rematches of regular-season meetings since 1990:

SEASON

SEASON WINNER

OPPONENT

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULT

1990

Buffalo

L.A. Raiders

Buffalo, 51-3

1992

Buffalo/Miami *

Buffalo/Miami *

Buffalo, 29-10

1993

Kansas City

Buffalo

Buffalo, 30-13

1994

San Diego

Pittsburgh

San Diego, 17-13

1996

New England

Jacksonville

New England, 20-6

1997

Pittsburgh

Denver

Denver, 24-21

1999

Tennessee **

Jacksonville

Tennessee, 33-14

2002

Oakland 

Tennessee

Oakland, 41-24

2003

New England 

Indianapolis

New England, 24-14

2004

Pittsburgh

New England

New England, 41- 27

2006

Indianapolis

New England

Indianapolis, 38-34

2007

New England

San Diego

New England, 21-12

2008

Pittsburgh **

Baltimore 

Pittsburgh, 23-14             

2009

New York Jets

Indianapolis

Indianapolis, 30-17

2010

New York Jets

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, 24-19

2012

Baltimore

New England

???

*Met twice during season.  Teams split; ** Met twice during season.  Tennessee and Pittsburgh won both games.

 

HOME AND AWAY: In the Divisional Playoffs, NEW ENGLAND (13-4, AFC No. 2 seed) defeated Houston 41-28, while BALTIMORE (12-6, AFC No. 4 seed) edged top-seeded Denver 38-35 in double overtime.

The Patriots have a 14-3 (.824) all-time record at home during the playoffs, the highest winning percentage in postseason history (minimum 10 games), whereas the Ravens have an 8-5 (.615) all-time road record in the postseason, the highest winning percentage in postseason history (minimum 10 games).

The teams with the highest home and highest road winning percentages all-time in the postseason (minimum 10 games):

BEST HOME WINNING PERCENTAGE, POSTSEASON

BEST ROAD WINNING PERCENTAGE, POSTSEASON

TEAM

RECORD

WIN PCT.

TEAM

RECORD

WIN PCT.

New England*

14-3

.824

Baltimore*

8-5

.615

Green Bay

16-4

.800

New England

7-9

.438

Oakland

19-5

.792

Green Bay

10-13

.435

Buffalo

10-3

.769

Pittsburgh

7-10

.412

Denver

13-4

.765

New York Jets

7-10

.412

Washington

13-4

.765

*Plays at New England Sunday

*Hosts Baltimore Sunday

 

 

 

PATRIOT WAY: In 2012, NEW ENGLAND won the AFC East title for the 14th time and became the second team in NFL history to win at least 10 games in 10 consecutive seasons (San Francisco, 1983-1998, 16 consecutive seasons).

With a win against the Ravens on Sunday, New England (four, 2003-present) can join DALLAS (five, 1970-1978) as the only franchises to reach five Super Bowls in a 10-year span.

The Patriots (seven) can also tie Dallas (eight) and PITTSBURGH (eight) for the most Super Bowl berths in NFL history:

TEAM

SUPER BOWL BERTHS

Dallas

8

Pittsburgh

8

New England*

7

Denver

6

Six tied^

5

*Active this weekend

^Includes San Francisco

 

BRADY BUNCH OF RECORDS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has thrown for 5,629 yards and 41 touchdowns in his postseason career.

If Brady passes for at least 227 yards and four touchdowns this weekend against Baltimore, he would surpass BRETT FAVRE (5,855 yards, 44 TDs) for the most postseason passing yards and tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (5,772 yards, 45 TDs) for the most postseason passing TDs in NFL history.

Last week, Brady (17) surpassed Montana (16) for the most playoff wins all-time.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason passing yards and passing touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER

POSTSEASON PASSING YARDS

PLAYER

POSTSEASON PASSING TDs

Brett Favre

5,855

Joe Montana

45

Joe Montana

5,772

Brett Favre

44

Peyton Manning

5,679

Tom Brady*

41

Tom Brady*

5,629

Peyton Manning

32

John Elway

4,964

Dan Marino

32

*Active this weekend

*Active this weekend

 

T-SIZZLE: Baltimore linebacker TERRELL SUGGS posted two sacks last weekend to increase his postseason sack total to 12, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE for the third-most since the sack became an official statistic. It marked Suggs’ fourth multiple-sack playoff game, tied with Pittsburgh linebacker LA MARR WOODLEY (four) for the most since 1982.

With 2.5 sacks against the Patriots, Suggs will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE SMITH (14.5) for the second-most postseason sacks since 1982 and own the most multiple-sack games in the playoffs since the sack became an official statistic. 

The players with the most postseason sacks since the stat was made official in 1982:

PLAYER

POSTSEASON GAMES

POSTSEASON SACKS

Willie McGinest

18

16

Bruce Smith

20

14.5

Terrell Suggs* 

13

12

Reggie White

19

12

Charles Haley

21

11

LaMarr Woodley

8

11

*Active this weekend

 

 

REED-ING THE QB: Baltimore safety ED REED has eight career playoff interceptions, including one in a Wild Card contest against New England on January 10, 2010.

With one interception this weekend, Reed can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RONNIE LOTT, BILL SIMPSON and CHARLIE WATERS for the most postseason interceptions in league history.

Atlanta cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL (seven INTs, 227 yards), whose team hosts San Francisco in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, has the most INT-return yards in postseason history.

The players with the most postseason interceptions and interception-return yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

INTs

 

PLAYER

INT-RETURN YARDS

Ronnie Lott

9

 

Asante Samuel*

227

Bill Simpson

9

 

Willie Brown

196

Charlie Waters

9

 

Ronnie Lott

187

Ed Reed*

8

 

Ed Reed*

162

Lester Hayes

8

 

George Teague

160

*Active this weekend

 

 

*Active this weekend

 

 

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England head coach BILL BELICHICK (18-7, .720) led his team to a 41-28 win over Houston last week. With a win in the AFC Championship game, Belichick can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (19) for second place on the postseason wins list and pull within one victory of the all-time leader, Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (20).

If the Patriots win, Belichick (five) would join Shula (six) as the only head coaches to lead their team to six Super Bowls.

Belichick has reached five Super Bowls with Brady, already the most by any head coach-quarterback combination in NFL history. Three other duos have accomplished the feat four times.  

The head coaches to reach the most Super Bowls in league annals:

HEAD COACH

SUPER BOWL  BERTHS

Don Shula

6

Bill Belichick*

5

Tom Landry

5

Five tied

4

*Active

 

 

A VALUABLE MATCH-UP: This Sunday will mark the second time in NFL history a Super Bowl MVP quarterback (TOM BRADY, XXXVIII and XXXVI) and MVP linebacker (RAY LEWIS, XXXV) will meet in a Conference Championship Game. The only other occurrence was when the two players opposed each other in last year’s AFC Championship Game.

On two previous occasions, Super Bowl offensive and defensive MVPs other than a quarterback and linebacker have met in a conference championship game or Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XIII (1979), Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY WHITE (XII) and HARVEY MARTIN (XII) of the Dallas Cowboys met Pro Football Hall of Famers FRANCO HARRIS (IX) and LYNN SWANN (X) of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the 2009 AFC Championship Game, Lewis competed against HINES WARD (XL) of the Steelers.

AFC TROPHY PRESENTATIONThe LAMAR HUNT TROPHY will be presented to the winner of the AFC Championship Game.

The late Hunt, founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and American Football League, helped professional football attain its stature as America’s No. 1 sport.  In the 10-year history of the AFL, his team posted the most wins (87) and earned berths in two of the first four Super Bowls, including a victory in Super Bowl IV.

In 1972, Hunt became the first person from the AFL to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.








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