NFC Title Game Stats, Facts And Notes

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 17, 2013



The following information comes from the NFL:

CLOSE GAMES: The NFC Championship Game has featured close games in each of the past five seasons, including three overtime games. There have been five consecutiveNFC Championship Games that were decided by seven points or fewer, the longest streak in conference championship game history. 

The NFC’s No. 2 seed SAN FRANCISCO (12-4-1) will travel this Sunday to play the No. 1 seed ATLANTA (14-3). The Falcons had 10 games this season that finished within seven points or fewer, including last week’s 30-28 win over Seattle, while San Francisco had four such games.

The past five NFC Championship Games to finish within seven points or fewer: 

SEASON

TEAMS

WINNER

FINAL SCORE

2007

N.Y. Giants at Green Bay

N.Y. Giants

23-20*

2008

Philadelphia at Arizona

Arizona

32-25

2009

Minnesota at New Orleans

 New Orleans

31-28*

2010

Green Bay at Chicago

Green Bay

21-14

2011

N.Y. Giants at San Francisco

N.Y. Giants

20-17*

2012

San Francisco at Atlanta

???

???

*Overtime

 

 

 

                           

POSTSEASON SUCCESS: SAN FRANCISCO advanced to its 14th NFC Championship Game last week and tied DALLAS (14) for the second-most appearances in a conference championship game since 1970.The 49ers (27) have the fourth-most postseason wins in NFL history and are tied for the fifth-most Super Bowl appearances (five).

With a win against Atlanta on Sunday, San Francisco can earn its sixth Super Bowl berth, tying DENVER (six) for the fourth-most ever. The 49ers have won all five of their Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX).

The teams with the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history:

TEAM

SUPER BOWL BERTHS

Dallas

8

Pittsburgh

8

New England^

7

Denver

6

 

 

San Francisco^

5*

*Tied with five other teams

 

^Active this weekend

 

 

FALCONS AIMING HIGH: ATLANTA started the season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and finished with a 13-3 record, earning the NFC’s No. 1 seed.

The Falcons became the ninth team since realignment in 2002 to start a season 8-0 and with a victory Sunday over San Francisco, they would become the fifth such team to reach the Super Bowl. Two of the four teams to accomplish the feat went on to win the Super Bowl (2006 Indianapolis and 2009 New Orleans).

The teams to begin a season 8-0 or better since realignment in 2002:

YEAR

TEAM

FINAL REG. SEASON RECORD

PLAYOFF RESULT

2003

Kansas City

13-3

Advanced to Divisional

2005

Indianapolis

14-2

Advanced to Divisional

2006

Indianapolis

12-4

Won Super Bowl XLI

2007

New England

16-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLII

2008

Tennessee

13-3

Advanced to Divisional

2009

Indianapolis

14-2

Advanced to Super Bowl XLIV

2009

New Orleans

13-3

Won Super Bowl XLIV

2011

Green Bay

15-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

 

 

 

2012

Atlanta

13-3

???

 

WINNING FORMULA: San Francisco head coach JIM HARBAUGH has compiled a 26-8-1 (.757) record in his first two seasons (including postseason), leading his team to two NFC West titles and a second consecutive NFC Championship Game. 

Harbaugh became the fifth head coach since 1970 to reach the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons, joining DON MC CAFFERTY, REX RYAN, GEORGE SEIFERT and BARRY SWITZER.

With a win at Atlanta on Sunday, Harbaugh (26) can tie STEVE MARIUCCI (27) for the third-most victories by a head coach in his first two seasons in NFL history (including playoffs). 

The head coaches to reach the conference championship in each of their first two seasons since 1970:

COACH

TEAM

SEASONS

Jim Harbaugh

 San Francisco

2011-2012

Rex Ryan

 N.Y. Jets

2009-2010

Barry Switzer

 Dallas

1994-1995*

George Seifert 

 San Francisco

1989*-1990

Don McCafferty

 Baltimore

1970*-1971

*Won Super Bowl

 

 

 

The head coaches with the most wins in their first two seasons in NFL history (including playoffs):

COACH

TEAM

SEASONS

WINS (INCLUDING PLAYOFFS)

George Seifert 

 San Francisco

1989-1990

32

Barry Switzer

 Dallas

1994-1995

28

Steve Mariucci

 San Francisco

1997-1998

27

Jim Harbaugh

 San Francisco

2011-2012

26*

Jim Caldwell

Indianapolis

2009-2010

26

Mike Martz

St. Louis

2000-2001

26

*Active

 

 

 

 

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDEDSan Francisco quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK has a 5-2 regular-season record as a starter and led the 49ers to their second consecutive NFC Championship game last week with 181 rushing yards, the most by a quarterback in an NFL game in regular-season or postseason history.

With Kaepernick starting this weekend against Atlanta, San Francisco would become the first team since the 1986-1987 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (JAY SCHROEDER in 1986; DOUG WILLIAMS in 1987) to start different quarterbacks in consecutive conference championship games. Eight teams have started different quarterbacks in consecutive conference championship games since the merger.

With a start, Kaepernick (seven) would tie PAT HADEN (seven) for the fourth-fewest regular season starts by a starting quarterback in an NFC-AFC Championship Game. JEFF HOSTETLER of the New York Giants only had four regular season starts before the 1990 NFC Championship Game.

The quarterbacks with the fewest regular-season starts entering an NFC-AFC Championship Game:

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

SEASON

REGULAR-SEASON STARTS

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULT

Jeff Hostetler

N.Y. Giants

1990

4

Won 15-13 at San Francisco

Shaun King

Tampa Bay

1999

5

Lost 11-6 at St. Louis

Vince Ferragamo

L.A. Rams

1979

5

Won 9-0 at Tampa Bay

Pat Haden

L.A. Rams

1976

7

Lost 24-13 at Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

Colin Kaepernick*

San Francisco

2012

7

???

*Will start on Sunday

 

 

 

 

      

 

SENSATIONAL SAMUEL: Atlanta cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL played in his 20th career postseason game last week and has amassed four interception-return touchdowns and 227 interception-return yards, the most in postseason history. His seven playoff interceptions are tied for the sixth-most in NFL postseason history.

With an interception this Sunday, Samuel could add to his league leading totals and tie ED REED (eight)and LESTER HAYES (eight) for the fourth-most INTs in postseason history.

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

                  

PLAYER

INTs

PLAYER

INT-RETURN TDs

PLAYER

INT-RETURN YARDS

Ronnie Lott

9

Asante Samuel*

4

Asante Samuel*

227

Bill Simpson

9

Willie Brown

3

Willie Brown

196

Charlie Waters

9

Seven tied

2

Ronnie Lott

187

Ed Reed*

8

 

 

Ed Reed*

162

Lester Hayes

8

 

 

George Teague

160

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asante Samuel*

7^

 

 

 

 

*Active this weekend

 

 

 

 

 

^Tied with three players

 

 

 

NFC TROPHY PRESENTATIONThe winner of the NFC Championship Game will be presented with the GEORGE HALAS TROPHY

Halas, the late owner of the Chicago Bears and a founder of the NFL, is the second-winningest coach in history (324-151-31) behind DON SHULA (347-173-6). He won six NFL championships with the Bears and is a charter enshrinee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963).








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