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Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 20, 2010



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NEW YORK JETS – AFC EAST (11-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – AFC SOUTH (15-2)

SERIES

 
JETS
COLTS
LEADER
(REGULAR SEASON)
 
40-26
STREAKS
 
7 of past 10
COACHES VS. OPP.
Ryan: 1-0
Caldwell: 0-1
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD
2-0
1-0
VS. COMMON OPP. (REGULAR SEASON)
NYJ: 4-5 (1-1 Buf., 1-0 Hou., 0-1 Jax., 0-2 Mia., 1-1 NE, 1-0 Ten.)
Ind.: 8-1 (0-1 Buf., 2-0 Hou., 2-0 Jax., 1-0 Mia., 1-0 NE, 2-0 Ten.)
PLAYOFF RECORD
10-11
18-18
LAST WEEK
W 17-14 at Chargers
W 20-3 vs. Ravens
LAST GAME
12/27/09: Jets 29 at Colts 15.  New York RBs Thomas Jones (105 yards, 1 TD) & rookie Shonn Greene (95 yards) combine for 200 rushing yards as Jets end Indianapolis' NFL-record 23-game regular-season winning streak.
LAST GAME AT SITE
12/27/09
LAST PLAYOFF
1/4/03: Colts 0 at Jets 41.  New York QB Chad Pennington completes 19 of 25 passes (76.0 pct.) for 222 yards & 3 TDs with 0 INTs for 142.0 passer rating as Jets beat Colts in Wild Card round.
BROADCAST
CBS (3:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms.  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Randy Cross, Mark Malone (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1); 125 (NYJ), 123 (Ind.).  XM: 124 (WW1); 102 (NYJ), 103 (Ind.).
 

STAT LEADERS

PASSING
Sanchez (R): 196-364-2,444-12-20-63.0
Manning: 393-571-4,500 (2L)-33 (1C)-16-99.9 (3C)
RUSHING
Jones: 331-1,402 (3L)-4.2-14 (T3L)
Addai: 219-828-3.8-10
RECEIVING
Cotchery: 57-821-14.4-3
Wayne: 100-1,264 (T3C)-12.6-10 (T2C)
OFFENSE
321.0
363.1
TAKE/GIVE
+1
+2
DEFENSE
252.3 (1L)
339.2
SACKS
Pace: 8
Freeney: 13.5 (T3L)
INTs
Revis: 6 (T2C)
Bethea: 4
PR
Cotchery: 10.3
Rushing: 5.7
KOR
Smith: 31.0
Simpson: 23.6
PUNTING
Weatherford: 42.0
McAfee (R): 44.3
KICKING
Feely: 122 (T3C) (32/32 PAT; 30/36 FG)
Stover: 60 (33/33 PAT; 9/11 FG)

NOTES

GAME WILL MARK 1ST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP in NFL history to feature 2 rookie head coaches: Jets' REX RYAN & Colts' JIM CALDWELL...NYJ lead postseason series, 2-0.  Jets beat Indy 41-0 in 2002 WC game & 16-7 in SB III following '68 season...Game features NFL's No. 1 rushing offense (Jets, 172.2 yards per game) & No. 2 passing offense (Colts, 282.2 yards per game)...Since 1970, home teams are 52-26 (.667) in conference championship games.
 
JETS:  Club aims for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 1968 season (SB III).  Jets aim for 6th consecutive road win...QB MARK SANCHEZ (Round 1, USC) joins SHAUN KING ('99), BEN ROETHLISBERGER ('04) & JOE FLACCO ('08) as 4th rookie QB to lead team to Championship Game.  Sanchez & Flacco are only 2 rookie QBs to win 2 playoff games.  Sanchez aims to become 1st rookie starting QB in NFL annals to lead his team to Super Bowl & youngest starting QB in SB history (23 years, 88 days old on 2/7/10)...In 6 career playoff games (incl. SB XLI w/Bears), RB THOMAS JONES averages 76 rush yards per game (456 total).  Jones has 5 rush TDs in past 5 playoff games.  Rushed for 105 yards & 1 TD in regular-season win vs. Ind.  RB SHONN GREENE (Round 3, Iowa) has posted back-to-back 100-yard games in playoffs (135 vs. CIN, 128 vs. SD), becoming 3rd rookie in NFL history to gain 100+ rushing yards in 1st 2 playoff games.  Greene (263) needs 91 yards to set franchise record for rushing yards in 1 postseason (FREEMAN MC NEIL, 353 yards in 1982 postseason).  Needs 1 rush TD to tie CURTIS MARTIN (3) for club record for most rush TDs in 1 postseason...WR JERRICHO COTCHERY averages 14.8 yards per catch in playoffs (13 rec., 192 yards).  9 of Cotchery's 13 postseason catches have been for 1st downs (69.2 percent).  Since joining NYJ (incl. postseason), WR BRAYLON EDWARDS averages 15.3 yards per catch in 14 games (39 rec., 597 yards, 4 TDs)...TE DUSTIN KELLER has 6 catches for 118 yards (19.7 avg.) with 2 TDs in '09 playoffs...CB DARRELLE REVIS aims for 3rd consecutive game with INT.  Revis has 2 playoff INTs in '09 & needs 1 INT to set team record for INTs in 1 postseason & tie GREG BUTTLE for club career postseason INT record.  S KERRY RHODES & DE MIKE DE VITO each recorded 1st career playoff sack last week...Club had 4 players selected to Pro Bowl (G ALAN FANECA, T D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON, C NICK MANGOLD & Revis).
 
COLTS:  Club will host 1st AFC Championship Game in Lucas Oil Stadium...Since '00, club has 5-2 postseason record at home...Last week vs. Bal., JIM CALDWELL became 1 of 11 rookie head coaches since '90 to win 1st career playoff game...QB PEYTON MANNING ranks 5th all-time w/4,454 postseason passing yards & needs 57 yards to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (4,510) for 4th place.  Manning (6) needs 1 300-yard passing game in playoffs to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA & KURT WARNER for most in NFL history.  Ranks 5th in NFL history w/378 completions in postseason & needs 18 to surpass Marino (385) & TOM BRADY (395) for 3rd most all-time.  In 8 career postseason home games, Manning has completed 210 of 316 passes (66.5 pct.) for 2,617 yards w/17 TDs vs. 8 INTs & 99.4 passer rating...RB JOSEPH ADDAI (10) reached double-digit rush TDs for 2nd time in career in '09 (12 in '07).  Aims for 3rd game in row with rush TD vs. Jets...WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,026) became 11th player in NFL history with 1,000 postseason receiving yards last week.  Needs 142 yards to move into 3rd place on all-time postseason list.  Needs 1 TD rec. to tie for 3rd on all-time postseason list.  Wayne reached 100 rec. for 2nd time in career in '09 & totaled 1,000 rec. yards for 6th time in career.  Wayne aims for 5th consecutive postseason game w/TD rec., which would tie for 3rd longest streak of consecutive postseason games with TD catch.  WR AUSTIN COLLIE (Round 4, BYU) led NFL rookies w/7 TD rec. & tied for NFL-best among rookies with 60 rec. in '09...TE DALLAS CLARK (726) needs 109 postseason receiving yards to surpass BRENT JONES (740), SHANNON SHARPE (814) & KEITH JACKSON (834) for most among TEs in NFL history...Incl. postseason, DE DWIGHT FREENEY has 4 sacks in 4 career games vs. NYJ.  Freeney (8) needs 2 sacks to become 8th player with 10 career postseason sacks since stat became official in '82...S ANTOINE BETHEA has 4 postseason INTs...Club had 6 players selected to Pro Bowl (Clark, Freeney, Manning, DE ROBERT MATHIS, C JEFF SATURDAY, Wayne).
 
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS–NFC NORTH (13-4) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS–NFC SOUTH (14-3) 

SERIES 

 
VIKINGS
SAINTS
LEADER (REGULAR SEASON)
18-7
 
STREAKS
7 of past 8
 
COACHES VS. OPP.
Childress: 1-0
Payton: 0-1
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD 
1-1
2-1
VS. COMMON OPP.
(REGULAR SEASON)
Min.: 4-1 (Car. 0-1, Det. 2-0, NYG 1-0, StL. 1-0)
NO: 4-1 (Car. 1-1, Det. 1-0, NYG 1-0, StL. 1-0)
PLAYOFF RECORD
19-25
3-6
LAST WEEK
W 34-3 vs. Cowboys
W 45-14 vs. Cardinals
LAST GAME
10/6/08: Vikings 30 at Saints 27.  Minnesota K Ryan Longwell kicks game-winning 30-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in comeback win.  Vikings CB Antoine Winfield returns blocked FG 59 yards for TD.  New Orleans RB Reggie Bush has 2 PR-TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE
10/6/08
LAST PLAYOFF
1/6/01: Saints 16 at Vikings 34.  Minnesota QB Daunte Culpepper throws for 302 yards & 3 TDs, including 53- and 68-yarders to WR Randy Moss.  Vikings WR Cris Carter adds 120 receiving yards & TD in NFC Divisional Playoff win.
BROADCAST
FOX (5:30 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Chris Myers (Field reporters).  Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 125 (Min.), 123 (NO).  XM: 124 (WW1), 103 (Min.), 102 (NO).
       
 
 

STAT LEADERS

PASSING
Favre: 363-531-4,202-33 (T2L)-7-107.2 (2L)
Brees: 363-514-4,388 (3C)-34 (1L)-11-109.6 (1L)
RUSHING
Peterson: 314-1,383 (2C)-4.4-18 (1L)
P. Thomas: 147-793-5.4-6
RECEIVING
Rice: 83-1,312 (2C)-15.8-8
Colston: 70-1,074-15.3-9
OFFENSE
379.6 (3C)
403.8 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE
+6
+11 (3L)
DEFENSE
305.5 (2C)
357.8
SACKS
J. Allen: 14.5 (1C)
Smith: 13 (2C)
INTs
Griffin: 4
Sharper: 9 (T1L)
PR
Reynaud: 10.3
Bush: 4.8
KR
Harvin (R): 27.52 (3C)
Roby: 27.47
PUNTING
Kluwe: 43.9
Morstead (R): 43.6
KICKING
Longwell: 132 (3L) (54/55 PAT; 26/28 FG)
Hartley: 37 (10/11 PAT; 9/11 FG)
 
 

NOTES

TEAMS MEET for 3rd time in postseason (Minnesota 2-0).  Vikings lead all-time regular-season series 18-7.  Meeting marks 5th time in NFL history top-2 scoring teams in NFL meet in Conference Championship Game.
 
VIKINGS:  Participating in 26th postseason, tied for 4th most in NFL history.  Have 19 playoff victories.  Vikings have NFL-high 9 players named to Pro Bowl: DE JARED ALLEN (3rd), ST HEATH FARWELL (1st), QB BRETT FAVRE (11th), rookie WR-KR PERCY HARVIN (1st), G STEVE HUTCHINSON (7th), T BRYANT MC KINNIE (1st), RB ADRIAN PETERSON (3rd), WR SIDNEY RICE (1st) & DT KEVIN WILLIAMS (5th).  Team averaged 29.4 points per game, 2nd best mark in NFL behind NO...Favre was selected to 11th Pro Bowl, most ever by QB.  Had career-high 107.4 rating & reached 30+ TD passes (33) for 9th time, most in NFL history.  Ranks 2nd in postseason history with 453 comp., 5,545 pass yards & 43 pass TDs.  Has TD pass in NFL playoff-record 19 consecutive games.  Threw for postseason career-high 4 TD passes in Div. Playoff.  At 40 years, 106 days old on Sunday, will become oldest QB to ever start Conference Championship Game...RB Peterson rushed for 1,383 yards & 18 TDs, joining HOFers EARL CAMPBELL & BARRY SANDERS as only players with 1,300+ yards & 10+ TDs in each of 1st 3 years.  Peterson's 18 rush TDs were franchise record for season.  Has 6 rush TDs in past 5 & 2 rush TDs in 2 career playoff games.  Selected to start Pro Bowl in each of 1st 3 seasons, 1st RB since Sanders to accomplish feat...Club is only team in NFL history with 6 players with more than 40 receptions: Rice (83), Harvin (60), TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE (56), WR BERNARD BERRIAN (55), RB CHESTER TAYLOR (44) & Peterson (43).  WR Rice was 2nd in NFC with career-best 1,320 yards.  Had 141 receiving yards & 3 TDs last week, tying NFL postseason record.  Became 3rd player in past 25 seasons with 3 TD catches in 1st career playoff start (STERLING SHARPE, WILLIE JACKSON).  WR-KR Harvin was named AP Offensive Rookie Of The Year.  Tied for NFL rookie lead with 60 catches & 790 yards.  Led NFC rookies with 8 TDs (6 rec., 2 KR).  Set team single-season record with 2,081 combined yards (1,156 KR, 790 rec., 135 rush) & 2 KR-TDs.  Shiancoe was 2nd among NFL TEs with 11 rec. TDs.  Caught 11-yard TD pass in Div. Playoff.  Offense was 2nd in NFC with 62.3 TD pct. in redzone...Team ranked 2nd in NFC in total defense (305.5) & rush defense (87.1).  DE Allen has 3 sacks & 2 FF in last 2 playoff games.  Had 14.5 sacks & is only player in NFL with 14.5 sacks in each of past 3 seasons.  CB ANTOINE WINFIELD had 59-yard blocked punt TD & sack in last game vs. NO.  DE RAY EDWARDS had 3 sacks & FF last week.  LB BEN LEBER had INT & FR last week.
 
SAINTS:  Led NFL with 510 points, 9th most points scored by team in NFL history.  Topped NFL in total offense (403.8).  Ranked 4th in pass offense (272.2) & 6th in rush offense (131.6).  Only team in NFL to rank in top 6 in both.  Club won 13 games, most in franchise history, incl. team-record 13-game winning streak.  Saints have 5 players selected to Pro Bowl: QB DREW BREES (4th), G JAHRI EVANS (1st), S DARREN SHARPER (5th), T JON STINCHCOMB (1st) & LB JONATHAN VILMA (2nd).  19 different Saints scored TD this season...QB Brees set NFL record with 70.62 comp. pct. (363 of 514).  Led NFL with career-high & franchise-record 109.6 rating.  Owns top 4 marks in club annals.  Had 4,388 pass yards, 4th consecutive 4,000-yard season.  Has only 4 4,000-yard seasons in team history.  Tied own club record with 34 TD passes.  In 4 playoff games, has completed 65.2 percent of passes for 1,163 pass yards (290.8 per game), with 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 99.5 passer rating.  Has led NO to 2 NFC Champ Games in past 4 years.  In last game vs. Min., threw for 330 yards & TD...RB PIERRE THOMAS has 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) in past 10 home games.  Led team with career-high 793 rush yards.  RB REGGIE BUSH has 333 scrimmage yards (111 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec., 1 PR) in 3 career playoff games.  Has scored TD in all 3 career playoff games & became 1st player in NFL history with 80+ yard TD in 2 straight postseason games.  Had 46-yard rush TD & 83-yard PR-TD in Div. Playoff.  Became 2nd player in postseason history with rush TD & PR-TD in same game (HOFer CHARLEY TRIPPI) & 2nd with 80+ & 40+ yard TD in same game (RICKY SANDERS). Had NFL-record tying 2 PR-TDs in last meeting vs. Min.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM led team with career-best 10 TDs (9 rec., 1 FR).   Averaged 16 yards per catch.  WR MARQUES COLSTON led team with 70 receptions & 1,074 yards, his 3rd 1,000-yard season in career.  Tied Meachem for club lead with 9 rec. TDs.  In Div. Playoff, Colston had 6 catches for 83 yards & TD.  WR DEVERY HENDERSON averages 24.6 yards per catch in postseason.  Had 44-yard TD catch last week.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY had 17-yard TD catch in Div. Playoff.  Ranks 4th among NFL TEs with 469 catches & 5,280 yards since 2002...S Sharper tied for NFL lead with 9 INTs.  Set single-season NFL record with 376 INT return yards.  Had 3 INT-TDs & has 11 in career, 2nd most in NFL history.  LB Vilma led team with 110 tackles.  Tied career-high with 3 INTs.  S ROMAN HARPER was 2nd on team with 99 tackles.  DT SEDRICK ELLIS had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3.  CB TRACY PORTER ranked 2nd on Saints with career-high 4 INTs & had 12 PD. 
 

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