Tom Brady Passes Joe Montana For No. 1 All Time In Playoff Wins
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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:
AFC NO. 1 SEED
NFC NO. 1 SEED
Defeated Miami 44-34
Defeated Washington 28-10
Defeated Kansas City 37-14
Defeated Atlanta 24-7
Lost to Buffalo 24-3
Defeated Washington 20-13
Defeated L.A. Raiders 29-23
Defeated Green Bay 27-17
Defeated Cleveland 29-9
Defeated Chicago 44-15
Lost to Indianapolis 10-7
Defeated Philadelphia 30-11
Lost to Jacksonville 30-27
Defeated San Francisco 35-14
Lost to Denver 14-10
Defeated Minnesota 38-22
Defeated Miami 38-3
Defeated Arizona 41-21
Defeated Miami 62-7
Defeated Minnesota 49-37
Lost to Baltimore 24-10
Defeated Philadelphia 20-10
Defeated Baltimore 27-10
Defeated Green Bay 45-17
Defeated N.Y. Jets 30-10
Defeated Atlanta 20-6
Defeated Tennessee 17-14
Defeated Green Bay 20-17 (OT)
Defeated N.Y. Jets 20-17 (OT)
Defeated Minnesota 27-14
Lost to Pittsburgh 21-18
Defeated Washington 20-10
Lost to New England 24-21
Defeated Seattle 27-24 (OT)
Defeated Jacksonville 31-20
Lost to N.Y. Giants 21-17
Lost to Baltimore 13-10
Lost to Philadelphia 23-11
Defeated Baltimore 20-3
Defeated Arizona 45-14
Lost to N.Y. Jets 28-21
Lost to Green Bay 48-21
Defeated Denver 45-10
Lost to N.Y. Giants 37-20
Lost to Baltimore 38-35 (OT)
Defeated Seattle 30-28
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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):
HOME WINNING PERCENTAGE, POSTSEASON
*Played at home last weekend
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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).
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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:
MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
San Francisco 49ers*
L.A./St. Louis Rams
*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:
New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings
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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:
POSTSEASON TD PASSES
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FOSTER FOLLOW-UP: Houston 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:
MOST RUSH YARDS IN FIRST FOUR POSTSEASON GAMES
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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:
Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins
Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots
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