Conference Championship Game Capsules

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 14, 2014




NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS–AFC EAST (13-4) AT DENVER BRONCOS–AFC WEST (14-3
)

 

SERIES

 

PATRIOTS

BRONCOS

LEADER (REG. SEASON)

 

25-19

STREAKS (REG. SEASON)

4 of past 5

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

(REG. & POSTSEASON)

Belichick: 7-10

Fox: 1-6

COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD

19-8

7-5

VS. COMMON OPP.

(REG. SEASON)

NE: 2-0 (Bal. 1-0; Hou. 1-0)

Den.: 2-0 (Bal. 1-0; Hou. 1-0)

PLAYOFF RECORD

25-17

19-17

LAST WEEK

W 43-22 vs. Colts

W 24-17 vs. Chargers

LAST GAME

(REG. SEASON)

11/24/13: Broncos 31 at Patriots 34 (OT). New England overcomes 24-point halftime deficit. Patriots QB Tom Brady throws for 344 yards & 3 2nd-half TDs, including 2 to WR Julian Edelman. K Stephen Gostkowski converts 31-yard game-winner in OT.

LAST GAME AT SITE

(REG. SEASON)

12/18/11: Patriots 41, Broncos 23. New England RBs Danny Woodhead & BenJarvus Green-Ellis each rush for TDs. Tom Brady throws for 320 yards & adds 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush).

LAST PLAYOFF

1/14/12: Broncos 10 at Patriots 45. Tom Brady throws for 363 yards & ties NFL postseason record with 6 TD passes. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 10 catches for 145 yards & 3 TDs.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM MT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Tim Ryan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (NE), 86 (Den.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NE), 86 (Den.).

 

REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS

PASSING

Brady: 380-628-4,343 (3C)-25-11-87.3

Manning: 450-659-5,477 (1L)-55 (1L)-10-115.1 (1C)

RUSHING

Ridley: 178-773-4.3-7

Moreno: 241-1,038-4.3-10 (2C)

RECEIVING

Edelman: 105-1,056-10.1-6

D. Thomas: 92-1,430 (3C)-15.5-14 (1C)

OFFENSE

384.5 (3C)

457.3 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

+9 (3C)

0

DEFENSE

373.1

356.0

SACKS

Cha. Jones: 11.5 (T3C)

Phillips: 10

INTs

Ryan (R): 5 (T1C)

3 tied: 3

PR

Edelman: 10.7

Holliday: 8.5

KR

Blount: 29.1

Holliday: 27.7 (3C)

PUNTING

Allen (R): 45.9

Colquitt: 44.5

KICKING

Gostkowski: 158 (1L) (44/44 PAT; 38/41 FG)

Prater: 150 (2L) (75/75 PAT; 25/26 FG)

NOTES

TEAMS MEET for 3rd time in postseason. Broncos lead all-time series (incl. playoffs) 27-20. This marks the 15th meeting (including postseason) between TOM BRADY-PEYTON MANNING. Patriots are 10-4 in those games.

PATRIOTSWith win, Patriots will advance to 8th Super Bowl in franchise history (3-4)…NE has 7-2 record in AFC Championship Games…Last week, Patriots became 6th team all-time to reach 25 postseason wins…Incl. playoffs, NE has posted 4 consecutive wins vs. Den…Head coach BILL BELICHICK & QB TOM BRADY (18) have most postseason wins by head coach-QB duo…Belichick (19) is tied for 2nd-most playoff wins all-time (TOM LANDRY, 20 & DON SHULA, 19)…Patriots are 3-2 on road under Belichick in postseason…Brady’s 18 postseason wins are most playoffs wins by QB in NFL history. Brady has most completions (566), attempts (912) & passing yards (6,147) in NFL playoff history. 1st QB ever to reach 6,000 career postseason passing yards.

Brady (42) needs 3 TD passes to surpass BRETT FAVRE (44) for 2nd-most postseason TD passes all-time & tie HOFer JOE MONTANA (45) for most all-time. Has 18-7 (.720) playoff record, 3rd-best postseason record as starting QB in NFL history (min. 15 starts). Has 11 division titles, most by starting QB in NFL history. Brady is 1-1 vs. Den. in playoffs & has completed 46 of 70 passes (65.7 pct.) for 704 yards with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 114.2 rating. In past 4 games vs. Den., Brady has completed 106 of 149 passes (71.1 pct.)  for 1,250 yards with 12 TDs vs. 1 INT & 120.4 rating…Last week, Patriots totaled 234 rushing yards with 6 rushing TDs, joining 1940 Chicago Bears as only teams in NFL postseason history to rush for at least 200 yards & 6 TDs…

RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT posted 4 TDs last week, 2nd-most in playoff game in NFL history (RICKY WATTERS, 5 on 1/15/94). Blount is 1st player in NFL playoff history to rush for at least 150 yards & 4 TDs in game. In past 2, Blount has rushed for 355 yards on 48 att. (7.4 avg) with 6 rush TDs. Has 8 rush TDs in past 3 games. Blount (4) needs 2 rush TD to surpass HOFerCURTIS MARTIN (5) for most postseason rush TDs in club history. RB STEVAN RIDLEY had career postseason-best 2 rush TDs last week vs. Colts…WR JULIAN EDELMAN posted his career playoff-high 84 receiving yards last week. Had 9 catches for 110 yards with 2 TDs in last game vs. Broncos. Edelman (105) joined TROY BROWN & WES WELKER as only Patriots to have 100+ receptions in season. Posted 1st season of career with 1,000 receiving yards (1,056). WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 3 catches for 77 yards (25.7 avg.) in 1st career postseason game last week…Defense registered 4 INTs vs. Colts, tied for most INTs in postseason games in Patriots history…

CB ALFONZO DENNARD had career playoff-best 2 INTs last week. CB AQIB TALIB led team with 13 passes defensed. CB LOGAN RYAN led NFL rookies with 5 INTs. Had INT in last game vs. Den…DE CHANDLER JONES had career-high 11.5 sacks in 2013. Had sack in last game vs. Broncos…LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER registered 1st postseason INT vs. IND last week. Hightower had team-best 97 tackles this season. Rookie LB JAMIE COLLINS had 6 tackles, 1 sack, INT & PD in postseason debut…DT CHRIS JONES led all AFC rookies with 6 sacks…Club had 4 players selected to 2014 Pro Bowl (QB Brady, G LOGAN MANKINS, CB Talib, WR MATTHEW SLATER).

 

BRONCOSHave 14-4 (.778) postseason record at home, 4th-best all-time (minimum 10 games)…Club is 6-2 all-time in AFC Championship Games…Won AFC West for 13th time & 1st time in 3 straight seasons…Den. (606) scored most points in season in NFL history…QB PEYTON MANNING (5,909) has 2nd-most career postseason passing yards in NFL history. Last week, Manning (34) surpassed HOFer DAN MARINO (32) for 4th-most postseason TD passes all-time. Manning (5,477) set NFL’s single-season passing yards record & registered 55 TD passes, most in season in NFL history. Manning is 1st player to set both single-season passing yardage & TD records in same season since Dan Marino in 1984. Manning is 1-0 vs. NE at home in postseason. With Broncos (incl. postseason), Manning is 15-3 (.833) at home with 54 TDs vs. 11 INTs & 111.1 rating…In last game vs. NE, RB KNOWSHON MORENO rushed for 224 yards, 3rd-most in regular season game in franchise history. Rushed for 82 yards with TD last week. Moreno (1,038) reached 1,000 rush yards for 1st time in career. Rookie RB MONTEE BALL has averaged 6.5 yards per carry in past 3 games (24 att., 156 yards)…

WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 3 TDs in 4 career postseason games. Thomas averages 112.3 receiving yards per game in 3 career contests vs. NE. Thomas is 1st Bronco to have 2 1,400-yard seasons. Set franchise postseason record with 204 receiving yards on 1/8/12 vs. Pit. WR WES WELKER has 75 receptions for 724 yards with 5 TDs in 10 career postseason games. Welker (75) needs 2 catches to surpass HOFer THURMAN THOMAS (76) for 6th-most catches in NFL playoff history. Spent 6 seasons (2007-12) with NE. Totaled 672 receptions, most in Patriots history PR-WR ERIC DECKER returned 3 punts for 66 yards (22 avg.) last week. Had career-high in receptions (87) & receiving yards (1,288) in 2013…TE JULIUS THOMAS posted 6 catches for 76 yards in postseason debut last week. Thomas (12) has most TD rec. by Broncos TE in season in franchise history. Den. became 1st team in NFL history to have 5 players score at least 10 TDs in same season (D. Thomas 14, Moreno 13, J. Thomas 12, Decker 11 & Welker 10)...

CB CHAMP BAILEY has 2 career postseason INTs, incl. 100-yard INT-TD return on 1/14/06 vs. NE (tied for 2nd-longest return in postseason history). CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had team-high 3 passes defensed last week…LB DANNY TREVATHAN led team with career-high 125 tackles this season…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS posted 2 sacks last week, most in postseason game in career. Has 2 sacks in past 3 games vs. Patriots. Phillips (10) reached double-digits sacks for 3rd time in career…Club had 5 players selected to 2014 Pro Bowl (QB Manning, K MATT PRATER, WR D. Thomas, TE J. Thomas, G LOUIS VASQUEZ).

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS–NFC WEST (14-4) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS–NFC WEST (14-3)

SERIES

 

49ERS

SEAHAWKS

LEADER (REG. SEASON)

Series tied, 15-15

 

STREAKS (REG. SEASON)

5 of past 7

2 of past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

(REG. & POSTSEASON)

Harbaugh: 4-2

Carroll: 4-5

COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD

Harbaugh: 5-2

Carroll: 4-4

VS. COMMON OPP.

(REG. SEASON)

SF: 9-3 (Arz. 2-0; Atl. 1-0; Car. 0-1; Hou. 1-0; Ind. 0-1; Jax. 1-0; NO 0-1; StL 2-0; TB 1-0; Ten. 1-0)

Sea.: 10-2 (Arz. 1-1; Atl. 1-0; Car. 1-0; Hou. 1-0; Ind. 0-1; Jax. 1-0; NO 1-0; StL 2-0; TB 1-0; Ten. 1-0)

PLAYOFF RECORD

30-19

10-12

LAST WEEK

W 23-10 at Panthers

W 23-15 vs. Saints

LAST GAME (REG. SEASON)

12/8/13: Seahawks 17 at 49ers 19. San Francisco RB Frank Gore rushes for 110 yards on 17 carries (6.5 avg.). 49ers TE Vernon Davis has 8-yard TD catch as K Phil Dawson makes 4 FGs, including 22-yard game-winner with 0:26 remaining.

LAST GAME AT SITE

(REG. SEASON)

9/15/13: Seahawks 29, 49ers 3. Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch accounts for 135 scrimmage yards (98 rush, 37 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). Seahawks defense forces 5 turnovers (3 INTs, 2 FR).

LAST PLAYOFF

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BROADCAST

FOX (3:30 PM PT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Mark Malone (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (SF), 86 (Sea.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SF), 86 (Sea.).

    

 

 REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS

PASSING

Kaepernick: 243-416-3,197-21-8-91.6

Wilson: 257-407-3,357-26-9-101.2

RUSHING

Gore: 276-1,128-4.1-9

Lynch: 301-1,257-4.2-12 (T1L)

RECEIVING

Boldin: 85-1,179-13.9-7

Tate: 64-898-14.0-5

OFFENSE

323.8

339.0

TAKE/GIVE

+12 (T2C)

+20 (1L)

DEFENSE

316.9

273.6 (1L)

SACKS

Brooks, A. Smith: 8.5

Bennett: 8.5

INTs

Brock: 5

Sherman: 8 (1L)

PR

James: 10.9

Tate: 11.5

KR

James: 26.8

Kearse: 21.8

PUNTING

Lee: 48.2 (1C)

Ryan: 42.7

KICKING

Dawson: 140 (3C) (44/44 PAT; 32/36 FG)

Hauschka: 143 (1C) (44/44 PAT; 33/35 FG)

NOTES

TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason. All-time series is tied 15-15. Teams split regular-season series in 2013. 49ers have won 5 of past 7 meetings. Seahawks have won 4 of past 5 at home vs. SF, outscoring 49ers 139-58.

49ERS: Are 30-19 (.612) in postseason, tied for best win pct. among teams with 25+ playoff games. Team’s 30 playoff wins are tied for 3rd most in NFL history…JIM HARBAUGH is 1st head coach since 1970 merger to lead team to Conference Championship Game in each of 1st 3 seasons…49ers had 8 players selected to Pro Bowl, tied for most in NFL: LB NA VORRO BOWMAN (2nd), LB AHMAD BROOKS (2nd), TE VERNON DAVIS (2nd), RB FRANK GORE (5th),G MIKE IUPATI (2nd), DT JUSTIN SMITH (5th), T JOE STALEY (3rd) & LB PATRICK WILLIS (7th)…

QB COLIN KAEPERNICK (3,197 pass, 524 rush) joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as only 49ers QBs with 3,000+ pass & 500+ rush yards in season. Has won 4 of 5 playoff starts. Has 92.7 passer rating in postseason career, 2nd highest by SF QB with 100+ att. (HOFer JOE MONTANA, 98.2). Is 1 of 6 QBs in NFL postseason history with 1,200+ pass (1,221) & 350+ rush (377) yards. Incl. playoffs, when Kaepernick starts & has 100+ rating, 49ers are 13-0…RB Gore rushed for 1,128 yards, his franchise-record 7th 1,000-yard season. Has 2 highest single-game rushing performances in franchise history, both vs. Sea. (212 yards on 11/19/06 & 207 on 9/20/09). Rushed for 110 yards in last meeting. Averages 90.3 rush yards per game in postseason career (632 yards, 7 games). Has 5 rush TDs in past 5 postseason games…

TE Davis has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of 7 career postseason games. Had TD last week. Has 7 career postseason TDs, tied for most by TE (DAVE CASPER). Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 51 TDs. Has 13 TDs in past 15 (incl. playoffs). WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had 1,179 yards, his 6th 1,000-yard season. Had 8 catches for 136 yards last week, his 4th career 100-yard playoff game. Has 63 catches for 980 yards & 7 TDs in 13 playoff games. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 31 catches for 436 yards (87.2 per game) & 3 TDs in past 5 playoff games. Has 3 100-yard games in past 5 in postseason…

LB Bowman led team with 143 tackles. Only player in NFL this season with 100+ tackles (143), 5+ sacks (5), 4+ FFs (4) & INT-TD (1, 89 yards). LB Willis was 2nd on team with 104 tackles, his 6th season with 100+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2007, is only player (incl. playoffs) with 20+ sacks (22.5), 15+ FF (16) & 7+ INTs (8). Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), DT Smith has 27.5 sacks, 3rd most by NFL DT. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB ALDON SMITH has 45.5 sacks, 2nd most in NFL (incl. playoffs). LB Brooks had career-high 8.5 sacks & tied for team lead (A. Smith). Has 4.5 sacks in 2013 postseason, tied for most in single postseason by 49er. Has 5.5 sacks in past 3 playoff games. CB TRAMAINE BROCK led team with 5 INTs & 15 PD, both career highs. Rookie S ERIC REID was only NFC player this season with 4 INTs & 2 FR…K PHIL DAWSON had 140 points, 2nd most in team history. In 2013 postseason, has made all 6 FGs.

  

SEAHAWKSAre 1-0 all-time in NFC Championship Games. Defeated Car. 34-14 in 2005 NFC Championship Game. Are No. 1 seed for 2nd time (2005) since current 12-team format started in 1990. Over past 2 seasons, are 16-1 at home. Have won past 6 postseason home games, outscoring opp. 174-109. Have won past 2 at home vs. SF, outscoring 49ers 71-16…Seahawks had 6 players selected to Pro Bowl: S KAM CHANCELLOR (2nd), RB MARSHAWN LYNCH (4th),CB RICHARD SHERMAN (1st), S EARL THOMAS (3rd), C MAX UNGER (2nd) & QB RUSSELL WILSON (2nd)…

QB Wilson has 24 wins & 15 home wins in 1st 2 seasons, both are most in SB era. Is 1 of 3 QBs in NFL history with 50+ pass TDs (52) in 1st 2 regular seasons. Had 101.2 passer rating & is only QB in NFL history to have 100+ rating in both rookie & 2nd season. Incl. playoffs, is 16-1 with 110.7 rating at home. In 3 career postseason starts, has 94.5 rating. Had career-high 4 pass TDs (since tied) vs. SF (12/23/12)…

RB Lynch rushed for 1,257 yards & 12 TDs, his 3rd consecutive season with 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs. Is only NFL player to rush for 1,000+ yards & 10+ TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Last week, rushed for 140 yards & 2 TDs. His 140 rush yards are most by Seahawk in playoff game. In 5 career playoff games, has 5 rush TDs & 3 100-yard games. Since Nov. 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL with 4,577 rush yards & 40 rush TDs. Has 451 rush yards in postseason career, 2nd most in franchise history (SHAUN ALEXANDER, 564). Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in past 3 meetings. Has 491 rush yards (98.2 per game) in past 5 vs. SF.…WR-PR GOLDEN TATE led team with career-high 64 catches & 898 yards. Was only player with 800+ rec. (898) & 500+ PR (585) yards. WR DOUG BALDWIN was 2nd on team with 778 rec. yards. Has 3 TDs in past 3 at home vs. SF. Tate, Baldwin & TE ZACH MILLER all tied for team lead with 5 rec. TDs. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had career-high 4 TDs…

Seahawks led NFL with 39 takeaways, 28 INTs & +20 turnover differential. Seattle was 1st in NFL in points allowed (231), total defense (273.6) & pass defense (172)…CB Sherman led NFL with 8 INTs, 1st Seahawk to lead NFL in INTs since 1993 (EUGENE ROBINSON). Has 4 INTs in past 4. Since entering NFL in 2011, Sherman leads NFL with 20 INTs. In past 13 at home, has 9 INTs, 2 TDs (INT & blocked fumble return), FF & FR. In past 2 at home vs. SF, has 2 INTs & 90-yard blocked FG return TD. S Thomas was 1 of 2 in NFL with 100+ tackles (100), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ FFs (2). Thomas is only S in past decade to record 100+ tackles, 5+ INTs & 2+ FFs in single season. Has INT in 2 of past 3 playoff games. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), DE CLIFF AVRIL is 1 of 2 in NFL with 25+ sacks (29) & 13+ FF (13). Last week, DE MICHAEL BENNETThad 2 FFs, FR & 0.5 sack. Is 1st Seahawk with 2 FFs in playoff game. LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 119 tackles. S Chancellor had 93 tackles, his 3rd consecutive seasons with 90+ tackles. Had 14 tackles last week. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for 3rd in row at home vs. SF with sack.


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