NFL Divisional Round Trends, Teams and History

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 12, 2013



The following information comes from the NFL:

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, No. 1 seeds in the NFC are 18-4 (.818) in the Divisional Playoffs. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed has compiled a 13-9 (.591) record.

Both No. 1 seeds are in action this weekend when the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC and the No. 1-seed Denver Broncos face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC.

The No. 1 seeds in Divisional-round play since 1990:

YEAR

AFC NO. 1 SEED

DIVISIONAL RESULT

NFC NO. 1 SEED

DIVISIONAL RESULT

1990

Buffalo

Defeated Miami 44-34

San Francisco

Defeated Washington 28-10

1991

Buffalo

Defeated Kansas City 37-14

Washington

Defeated Atlanta 24-7

1992

Pittsburgh

Lost to Buffalo 24-3

San Francisco

Defeated Washington 20-13

1993

Buffalo

Defeated L.A. Raiders 29-23

Dallas

Defeated Green Bay 27-17

1994

Pittsburgh

Defeated Cleveland 29-9

San Francisco

Defeated Chicago 44-15

1995

Kansas City

Lost to Indianapolis 10-7

Dallas

Defeated Philadelphia 30-11

1996

Denver

Lost to Jacksonville 30-27

Green Bay

Defeated San Francisco 35-14

1997

Kansas City

Lost to Denver 14-10

San Francisco

Defeated Minnesota 38-22

1998

Denver

Defeated Miami 38-3

Minnesota

Defeated Arizona 41-21

1999

Jacksonville

Defeated Miami 62-7

St. Louis

Defeated Minnesota 49-37

2000

Tennessee

Lost to Baltimore 24-10

N.Y. Giants

Defeated Philadelphia 20-10

2001

Pittsburgh

Defeated Baltimore 27-10

St. Louis

Defeated Green Bay 45-17

2002

Oakland

Defeated N.Y. Jets 30-10

Philadelphia

Defeated Atlanta 20-6

2003

New England

Defeated Tennessee 17-14

Philadelphia

Defeated Green Bay 20-17 (OT)

2004

Pittsburgh

Defeated N.Y. Jets 20-17 (OT)

Philadelphia

Defeated Minnesota 27-14

2005

Indianapolis

Lost to Pittsburgh 21-18

Seattle

Defeated Washington 20-10

2006

San Diego

Lost to New England 24-21

Chicago

Defeated Seattle 27-24 (OT)

2007

New England

Defeated Jacksonville 31-20

Dallas

Lost to N.Y. Giants 21-17

2008

Tennessee

Lost to Baltimore 13-10

N.Y. Giants

Lost to Philadelphia 23-11

2009

Indianapolis

Defeated Baltimore 20-3

New Orleans

Defeated Arizona 45-14

2010

New England

Lost to N.Y. Jets 28-21

Atlanta 

Lost to Green Bay 48-21

2011

New England

Defeated Denver 45-10

Green Bay

Lost to N.Y. Giants 37-20

2012

Denver

???

Atlanta

???

 

FIRST-ROUND BYES: The top seeds – ATLANTA (13-3, NFC No. 1 seed), DENVER (13-3, AFC No. 1 seed), NEW ENGLAND (12-4, AFC No. 2 seed) and SAN FRANCISCO (11-4-1, NFC No. 2 seed) – earned first-round byes and will be featured in this weekend’s Divisional Playoffs.

Three of the four top seeds rank among the teams with the most first-round byes since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. New England (eight) and San Francisco (eight) are tied with PITTSBURGH (eight) for the most such byes, while Denver (five) is tied with DALLAS (five)for the fourth-most since 1990.     

The teams with the most first-round byes since 1990:

TEAM

NUMBER OF FIRST-ROUND BYES SINCE 1990

New England Patriots

8*

Pittsburgh Steelers

8

San Francisco 49ers

8*

Dallas Cowboys

5

Denver Broncos

5*

*Includes 2012

 

 

HOME SWEET HOME: The AFC’s top two seeds – DENVER (13-3, AFC No. 1 seed) and NEW ENGLAND (12-4, AFC No. 2 seed) – will host Baltimore and Houston, respectively, in this weekend’s Divisional Playoffs.

Denver and New England each have a 13-3 (.813) all-time record at home during the playoffs, tied for the highest winning percentage in postseason history (minimum 10 games). 

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

TEAM

RECORD

HOME WINNING PERCENTAGE, POSTSEASON

Denver*

13-3

.813

New England*

13-3

.813

Green Bay

16-4

.800

Oakland

19-5

.792

Buffalo

10-3

.769

*Play this weekend at home

 

 

     

 

ROAD WARRIORS: AFC North champion BALTIMORE (No. 4 seed)will travel to Denver on Saturday to face the AFC’s No. 1 seeded Broncos following a 24-9 victory over Indianapolis on Wild Card Weekend.

Baltimore owns a 7-5 (.583) all-time road record in the postseason, the highest winning percentage in postseason history (minimum 10 games). GREEN BAY, which travels to San Francisco on Saturday, owns the second-highest road winning percentage in the postseason (.455, 10-12). 

CHAMPIONSHIP GOAL: This Saturday, SAN FRANCISCO (11-4-1, NFC No. 2 seed) will host Green Bay(12-5, No. 3 seed) in a rematch of their Kickoff Weekend matchup when the 49ers defeated the Packers 30-22 at Lambeau Field.

With a victory against Green Bay, San Francisco would advance to its 14th NFC Championship Game, which would tie DALLAS (14) for the second-most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970.

The teams with the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970:                         

TEAM

MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Pittsburgh Steelers

15

Dallas Cowboys

14

San Francisco 49ers*

13

L.A./Oakland Raiders

11

L.A./St. Louis Rams

9

                                                           *Host Green Bay Saturday

 

WHEN IT COUNTS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY owns a 16-6 (.727) career postseason record as a starter. His 16 wins are tied for the most by any starting quarterback in NFL postseason history with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (16).

With a win against Houston on Sunday, Brady would surpass Montana for the most playoff wins all-time.

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

QUARTERBACK

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Brady

New England Patriots 

16

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

16

Terry Bradshaw

Pittsburgh Steelers

14

John Elway

Denver Broncos

14

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

13

 

MANNING THE END ZONE: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING led the AFC and ranked third in the NFL this season with 37 touchdown passes. Manning has thrown for 29 touchdowns in his postseason career, which ranks seventh all-time.

With four touchdown passes this weekend against Baltimore, Manning (29) would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (32) and TERRY BRADSHAW (30) and KURT WARNER (31) for the fourth-most postseason TD passes in NFL history.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (38) ranks third on the all-time list, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (45) and BRETT FAVRE (44). 

The quarterbacks with the most career postseason touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER

 CAREER

POSTSEASON TD PASSES

Joe Montana

 1979-1994

45

Brett Favre

 1991-2010

44

Tom Brady*

 2000-present

38

Dan Marino

 1983-1999

32

Kurt Warner

 1998-2009

31

Terry Bradshaw

 1970-1983

30

Peyton Manning*

1998-present

29

*Active this weekend

 

 

    

 

FOSTER FOLLOW-UP: Houston running back ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 140 yards in the Texans’ 19-13 Wild Card victory over Cincinnati, becoming the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his first three playoff games. 

With 100 or more yards this Sunday against New England, Foster would join TERRELL DAVIS (seven) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN RIGGINS (six) and THURMAN THOMAS (four) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards in at least four consecutive playoff games.

Foster (425) could also challenge for the most rushing yards in a player’s first four postseason games in NFL history. With 91 rushing yards, he would surpass Davis(515) for the most rushing yards in a player’s first four postseason games.

The players with the most consecutive 100-yard rushing games in NFL postseason history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEARS

CONSEC. 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES, POSTSEASON

Terrell Davis

Denver

1997-1998

7

John Riggins

Washington

1982-1983

6

Thurman Thomas

Buffalo

1990-1991

4

 

 

 

 

Arian Foster

Houston

2011-2012

3*

*Active streak

 

 

 

 

The players with the most rushing yards in their first four postseason games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR(S)

MOST RUSH YARDS IN FIRST FOUR POSTSEASON GAMES

Terrell Davis

Denver

1997-1998

515

Fred Taylor

Jacksonville

1999-2000

493

John Riggins

Washington

1976, 1983

474

Eric Dickerson

L.A. Rams

1983-1984, 1986

470

Eddie George

Tennessee

2000

449

 

 

 

 

Arian Foster

Houston

2011-2012

425*

*Through three postseason games

 

 

 

      

 

PLAYOFF MOSS: San Francisco wide receiver RANDY MOSS has 10 postseason touchdown catches, tied for the third-most in NFL playoff history.

With a touchdown catch against Green Bay on Saturday, Moss (10) would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer FRED BILETNIKOFF (10), ANTONIO FREEMAN (10) and HINES WARD (10) for the third-most postseason touchdown catches all-time. He currently trails Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (22) and JOHN STALLWORTH (12).

In his only playoff game against Green Bay (with Minnesota, Wild Card, 1/9/05), Moss had two touchdown catches.

The players with the most postseason touchdown receptions in NFL history:

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS

Jerry Rice

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

22

John Stallworth

Pittsburgh

12

Randy Moss

Minnesota, New England

10

Fred Biletnikoff

Oakland

10

Antonio Freeman

Green Bay, Philadelphia

10

Hines Ward

Pittsburgh

10

  

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK has compiled a 17-7 (.708) record in his postseason career. Belichick (17) is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE GIBBS (17) for the third-most playoff wins in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers TOM LANDRY (20) and DON SHULA (19).

With a win against Houston on Sunday, Belichick would surpass Gibbs (17) for sole possession of third place all-time.

The head coaches with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys

20

Don Shula

Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins

19

Bill Belichick

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

 17*

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

 17

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16

                             *Active








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