Tom Brady Passes Joe Montana For No. 1 All Time In Playoff Wins

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 14, 2013



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VIEW FROM THE TOP: Since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, No. 1 seeds in the NFC are 19-4 (.826) in the Divisional Playoffs. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed has compiled a 13-10 (.565) record.

 

The top-seeded Atlanta Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in the NFC and the No. 1-seed Denver Broncos fell to the Baltimore Ravens 38-35 in double overtime 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

Lost to Baltimore 38-35 (OT)

Atlanta

Defeated Seattle 30-28

 

-- NFL --

 

HOME SWEET HOME: On Sunday, NEW ENGLAND (13-4, AFC No. 2 seed) defeated Houston 41-28 in the Divisional Playoffs. With the win, New England will host its second consecutive AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens.

 

New England has a 14-3 (.824) all-time record at home during the playoffs, 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

New England*

14-3

.824

Green Bay

16-4

.800

Oakland

19-5

.792

Buffalo

10-3

.769

Denver*

13-4

.765

Washington

13-4

.765

*Played at home last weekend

 

 

     

 

-- NFL --

 

ROAD WARRIORS: AFC North champion BALTIMORE (No. 4 seed) traveled to Denver on Saturday and defeated the AFC’s No. 1 seeded Broncos 38-35 in double overtime.

 

Baltimore now has an 8-5 (.615) all-time road record in the postseason, the highest winning percentage in postseason history (minimum 10 games).

 

-- NFL --

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GOAL: SAN FRANCISCO (12-4-1, NFC No. 2 seed) earned a 45-31 victory over Green Bay on Saturday, reaching its second consecutive NFC Championship Game. 

 

With the win, San Francisco advanced to its 14th NFC Championship Game, tying DALLAS (14) for the second-most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970.

 

With a 41-28 win over Houston, NEW ENGLAND reached its ninth conference title game, tying LOS ANGELES/ST. LOUIS (9) for the fifth-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

San Francisco 49ers*

14

Dallas Cowboys

14

L.A./Oakland Raiders

11

New England

9

L.A./St. Louis Rams

9

                                                        *Travel to Atlanta for NFC Championship

 

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WHEN IT COUNTS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns versus zero interceptions with a 115.0 passer rating in the Patriots’ 41-28 win over Houston.

 

With the win, Brady now has a 17-6 (.739) career postseason record as a starter and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (16) 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 

17

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

 

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MANNING THE END ZONE: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING threw three touchdown passes in the Broncos’ loss to Baltimore.

 

With those three touchdown passes, Manning (32) tied Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (32) for the fourth-most postseason TD passes in NFL history. He surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW (30) and KURT WARNER (31).

 

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (41) 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

41

Peyton Manning

1998-present

32

Dan Marino

1983-1999

32

Kurt Warner

 1998-2009

31

Terry Bradshaw

 1970-1983

30

 

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FOSTER FOLLOW-UPHouston running back ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 90 yards in the Texans’ loss to New England.

 

Foster has rushed for 515 yards in his four career playoff games, tying TERRELL DAVIS (515) for the most rushing yards in a player’s first four postseason games.

 

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

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON(S)

MOST RUSH YARDS IN FIRST FOUR POSTSEASON GAMES

Arian Foster

Houston

2011-2012

515

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

             

-- NFL --

 

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK led his team to a 41-28 win over Houston and has an 18-7 (.720) record in his postseason career.

 

With the win, Belichick (18) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE GIBBS (17) for sole possession of third place on the all-time postseason wins list, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers TOM LANDRY (20) and DON SHULA (19).

 

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

18*

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

17

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16








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