Good to be 1-1: 17 of Most Recent 24 Playoff Teams Started 1-1

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 16, 2013



MANNING BOWL: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos’ 41-23 win over the New York Giants. Manning (60,256) became the third quarterback in NFL history to reach 60,000 career passing yards, joining BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361). Manning, who accomplished the feat in his 226th game, is the fastest to reach the milestone.

 

Manning has nine touchdown passes this season, tied with CHARLEY JOHNSON (1965) and DREW BREES (2009) for the most through the first two weeks of the season. Manning is the only player in NFL history to have nine passing touchdowns and no interceptions through the first two weeks of a season.

The players with the most touchdown passes through Week 2 of an NFL season:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TD PASSES

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

2013

9

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

2009

9

Charley Johnson

St. Louis Cardinals

1965

9

Many tied

 

 

8

 

The game also marked the first time in NFL history that the starting quarterbacks each passed for at least 400 yards in the previous week. In Week 1, Peyton Manning passed for 462 yards and the Giants’ ELI MANNING had 450 passing yards.

 

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNFTwo more notes to keep in mind for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and Bengals…

 

COMEBACKS GALOREWith tonight’s Monday Night Football game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati still to be played, six teams have come back from fourth-quarter deficits to win in Week 2.

 

There have been 14 fourth-quarter comebacks so far, already tied for the most through Week 2 of any season in NFL history (1997).

 

The six teams that trailed during the fourth quarter in Week 2 that came back to win:

 

WINNING TEAM

OPPONENT

4TH-QTR DEFICIT

GAME RESULT

Buffalo

Carolina

23-17

W 24-23

Chicago

Minnesota

30-24

W 31-30

Houston

Tennessee

24-16

W 30-24 (OT)

San Diego

Philadelphia

27-23

W 33-30

Arizona

Detroit

21-19

W 25-21

New Orleans

Tampa Bay

14-13

W 16-14

 

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NO NEED TO PANIC: Following tonight’s game between the Steelers (0-1) and Bengals (0-1), eight teams will have a perfect 2-0 record at the end of Week 2. That will leave 24 clubs with 1-1 or 0-2 records.

 

Since realignment in 2002, 79 of the 132 playoff teams (58.8 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens in 2012.

 

A look at how playoff clubs in 2011 and 2012 began their seasons:

 

                                       2011                                                                                      2012

 

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

 

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Atlanta

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Atlanta

2-0

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

Baltimore

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

 

Baltimore

1-1

Won Super Bowl XLVII

Cincinnati

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Cincinnati

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Denver

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

Denver

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Detroit

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Green Bay

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Green Bay

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

 

Houston

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

Houston

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

 

Indianapolis

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

New England

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLVI

 

Minnesota

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

New Orleans

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

New England

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

N.Y. Giants

1-1

Won Super Bowl XLVI

 

San Francisco

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLVII

Pittsburgh

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Seattle

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

San Francisco

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

 

Washington

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card


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