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Divisional Playoffs What to Look For A Look Back

January 14, 2014
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VIEW FROM THE TOP: Both number one seeds earned victories in the Divisional round for the first time since 2009. Seattle defeated New Orleans 23-15 and Denver defeated San Diego 24-17. Since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, No. 1 seeds in the NFC are now 20-4 (.833) in the Divisional Playoffs. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed now has a 14-10 (.583) record.

 

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 (2OT)

Atlanta

Defeated Seattle 30-28

2013

Denver

Defeated San Diego 24-17

Seattle

Defeated New Orleans 23-15

 

-- NFL --

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GOALLast Saturday, SAN FRANCISCO defeated Carolina 23-10 and earned a trip to their third-consecutive Conference Championship Game.

 

With the victory over Carolina, San Francisco will be playing in its 15th NFC Championship Game, tying PITTSBURGH for the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970.

 

NEW ENGLAND defeated Indianapolis 43-22 and has the fifth-most appearance in Conference Championship Games. Sunday will mark the Patriots’ 10th Conference Championship Game and third-consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship.

 

The teams with the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970:                         

 

TEAM

MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

San Francisco 49ers*

15

Pittsburgh Steelers

15

Dallas Cowboys

14

L.A./Oakland Raiders

11

New England Patriots**

10

                          *Includes Sunday at Seattle

                         **Includes Sunday at Denver

 

-- NFL --

 

PASSING GREATS: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING threw two touchdown passes in Denver’s 24-17 victory over San Diego in the Divisional Round matchup. Manning (34) moved into fourth place alone on the all-time list surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (32). 

 

The starting quarterbacks with the most postseason TD passes in NFL history:

 

QUARTERBACK

CAREER

MOST POSTSEASON TD PASSES

Joe Montana

1979-1994

45

Brett Favre

1991-2010

44

Tom Brady*

2000-present 

42

Peyton Manning*

1998-present

34

Dan Marino

1983-1999

32

                                    *Active

 

-- NFL --

 

ROCKET MANNINGDenver quarterback PEYTON MANNING threw for 230 yards in Denver’s 24-17 victory over San Diego on Sunday.

 

Manning now has 5,909 career postseason passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (5,772) and BRETT FAVRE (5,855) for the second-most passing yards in postseason history.

 

New England quarterback TOM BRADY threw for 198 yards in New England’s 43-22 victory over Indianapolis on Saturday and now has 6,147 career postseason passing yards, the most in NFL history.

 

The players with the most postseason passing yards in NFL history:

 

QUARTERBACK

CAREER

MOST POSTSEASON PASSING YARDS

Tom Brady*

2000-present

6,147

Peyton Manning*

1998-present

5,909

Brett Favre

1991-2010

5,855

Joe Montana

1979-1994

5,772

John Elway

1983-1998

4,964

                             *Active

 

-- NFL --

 

 

HEAD OF THE CLASS: The New England Patriots defeated Indianapolis 43-22 on Saturday. With the win, head coach BILL BELICHICK earned his 19th career postseason victory (19-8, .704).

 

Belichick is now tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (19) for the second-most playoff wins in NFL history, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (20) for most in NFL history.

 

The head coaches with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

 

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

MOST PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys

20

Bill Belichick

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

19*

Don Shula

Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins

19

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

17

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16


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