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What To Look For – Wild Card Weekend

January 2, 2013
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FROM WILD CARD TO SUPER BOWLWinners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl eight times, including each of the past two seasons. At least one Super Bowl participant in six of the past seven years played a Wild Card game

 

The New York Giants won four playoff games last year to win Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Two seasons ago, the Green Bay Packers claimed four playoff victories to become the second No. 6 seed to win the Super Bowl. In 2008, the NFC No. 4 seed Arizona Cardinals won three postseason games for a berth in Super Bowl XLIII. 

 

Five years ago, the NFC No. 5 seed New York Giants won three road playoff games en route to a Super Bowl XLII victory. In 2006, AFC No. 3 seed Indianapolis won Super Bowl XLI. Seven years ago, Pittsburgh became the first No. 6 seed to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.

 

The Wild Card participants to win the Super Bowl:

 

SEASON

TEAM

SUPER BOWL RESULT

1980

Oakland

Defeated Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV, 27-10

1997

Denver

Defeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24

2000

Baltimore

Defeated New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7

2005

Pittsburgh

Defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL, 21-10

2006

Indianapolis

Defeated Chicago in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17

2007

New York Giants

Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14

2010

Green Bay

Defeated Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25

2011

New York Giants

Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

ROOKIE-QB RECORD: Three rookie quarterbacks projected to start this weekend – Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (11), Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON (11) and Washington’s ROBERT GRIFFIN III (nine) – led their team to the playoffs with a combined 31 wins as starters, compiling eight more victories than the league-wide rookie record entering the season (23 in 2011). Starting rookie QBs won 46 games in 2012.

 

Wild Card Weekend in 2012 will feature the most rookie quarterbacks starting a postseason game since 1966 (two in 2011; two in 2008). All three starters could become the sixth rookie quarterback to win his first playoff game, and at least one is guaranteed to join the ranks.

 

On Sunday, the AFC No. 5 seed Colts (11-5) visit the No. 4 seed Ravens (10-6), while the NFC No. 4 seed Redskins (10-6) host the No. 5 seed Seahawks (11-5). The Seattle-Washington contest will be the second playoff game in NFL history and in as many seasons with two rookie quarterbacks starting against each. Last year, T.J. YATES led the Texans to a 31-10 victory over ANDY DALTON and the Bengals in the Wild Card round.

 

With Luck (No. 1 overall) and Griffin (No. 2 overall) qualifying, the 2012 postseason is the first to feature the top-two picks from the most recent draft since 1983 when Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY(with Denver, No. 1 overall by the Baltimore Colts) and ERIC DICKERSON (No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Rams) reached the playoffs. It will also be only the second time since the advent of the common draft in 1967 that the first two teams to select quarterbacks in that year’s draft reached the postseason (2008: MATT RYAN,No. 3 overall by Atlanta; JOE FLACCO, No. 18 overall by Baltimore). 

 

The 11 rookie quarterbacks to start a playoff game (since 1966):

 

QUARTERBACK

SEASON

TEAM

FIRST START RESULT

PLAYOFF RESULT

Dan Marino                 

1983

Miami

Lost 27-20 vs. Seattle

Advanced to Divisional

Bernie Kosar              

1985

Cleveland

Lost 24-21 at Miami

Advanced to Divisional

Jim Everett                 

1986

L.A. Rams

Lost 19-7 at Washington

Advanced to Wild Card

Todd Marinovich          

1991

L.A. Raiders

Lost 10-6 at Kansas City

Advanced to Wild Card

Shaun King                

1999

Tampa Bay

Won 14-13 vs. Washington

Advanced to NFC Championship

Ben Roethlisberger      

2004

Pittsburgh

Won 20-17 vs. NY Jets (OT)

Advanced to AFC Championship

Joe Flacco

2008

Baltimore

Won 27-9 at Miami

Advanced to AFC Championship

Matt Ryan

2008

Atlanta

Lost 30-24 at Arizona

Advanced to Wild Card

Mark Sanchez

2009

N.Y. Jets

Won 24-14 at Cincinnati

Advanced to AFC Championship

Andy Dalton

2011

Cincinnati

Lost 31-10 at Houston

Advanced to Wild Card

T.J. Yates

2011

Houston

Won 31-10 vs. Cincinnati

Advanced to Divisional

Robert Griffin III

2012

Washington

???

???

Andrew Luck

2012

Indianapolis

???

???

Russell Wilson

2012

Seattle

???

???

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

FIRST-TIMERS:  Five quarterbacks – Washington’s ROBERT GRIFFIN III, Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK,Minnesota’s CHRISTIAN PONDER, Houston’s MATT SCHAUB and Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON – will make their first career postseason starts during Wild Card Weekend.

 

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

ROUND

PASSING YARDS

Kelly Holcomb

Cleveland

1/5/2003

Wild Card

429

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

1/10/2010

Wild Card

423

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

12/31/1988

Divisional

407

Kurt Warner

St. Louis

1/16/2000

Divisional

391

Neil Lomax

St. Louis

1/8/1983

Wild Card

385

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

NFC NORTHERN EXPOSURE: This Saturday, the GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-5) host the NFC North rival MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-6) in the third game between the clubs this year. During the regular season, the home team won both contests, with the Vikings kicking a field goal as time expired to earn a 37-34 victory in Week 17 and a Wild Card berth.

 

While the division foes meet in the playoffs for only the second time (2004 Wild Card), both have frequented the NFL’s second season as the Packers (46) and Vikings (45) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, for most postseason games all-time.

 

With a 29-17 record, Green Bay also owns the league’s top postseason winning percentage (.630) and can become the third team in league annals (DALLAS, 33; PITTSBURGH 33) with 30 playoff victories

 

The Packers are led by quarterback AARON RODGERS, who finished the season with the league’s top passer rating (108.0) and possesses the highest passer rating (105.5) in NFL postseason history. Rodgers has passed for more yards (2,840) and touchdowns (24) against Minnesota than any other opponent.

 

Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns last week and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL (1980) for the most 150-yard games (seven) in a season in league history, registered 2,097 rushing yards in 2012, the second-most in a season in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON, 2,105 in 1984). In 12 career games against Green Bay, Peterson has 1,442 rushing yards (120.2 per game), his most against any opponent.

 

The NFL’s all-time top playoff teams by wins, games played and winning percentage:

 

MOST PLAYOFF WINS

 

MOST PLAYOFF GAMES

 

BEST PLAYOFF WINNING PERCENTAGES

Dallas

33

 

Dallas

58

 

Green Bay*

29

17

.630

Pittsburgh

33

 

Pittsburgh

54

 

Pittsburgh

33

21

.611

Green Bay*

29

 

NY Giants

48

 

Carolina

6

4

.600

San Francisco

26

 

Green Bay*

46

 

San Francisco

26

18

.591

Oakland

25

 

Minnesota*

45

 

New England

23

16

.590

*2012 Wild Card participant

 

*2012 Wild Card participant

 

*2012 Wild Card participant

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

WINTER WAYNE: Colts wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE posted 106 receptions in 2012 and his fourth career 100-catch season, tied for the second-most in league history.

 

With at least six catches at Baltimore, Wayne(83 receptions) can move into second on the all-time postseason receptions list, surpassing ANDRE REED (85), Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (87) and HINES WARD (88). Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE holds the record with 151 receptions.

 

The players with the most receptions in the postseason all-time:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

RECEPTIONS

Jerry Rice

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

151

Hines Ward

Pittsburgh

88

Michael Irvin

Dallas

87

Andre Reed

Buffalo

85

Reggie Wayne*

Indianapolis

83

*Active

 

 

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

RELIABLE RAVENS: Sunday afternoon, Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO will become the first quarterback to start a postseason game in each of his first five seasons during the Super Bowl era. Flacco (5-4) won at least one playoff game in each of his first four years. 

 

With one interception on Wild Card Weekend, safety ED REED (eight) would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RONNIE LOTT (nine), BILL SIMPSON (nine) and CHARLIE WATERS (nine) for the most postseason interceptions in league annals.   

 

The players with the most interceptions in the postseason all-time:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

INTs

Ronnie Lott

San Francisco, L.A. Raiders

9

Bill Simpson

L.A. Rams, Buffalo

9

Charlie Waters

Dallas

9

Lester Hayes

Oakland/L.A. Raiders

8

Ed Reed*

Baltimore

8

*Active

 

 

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME CREDENTIAL NOTICE: The NFL is accepting credential applications for the AFC and NFC Championship Games. 

 

For media covering the Championship Games regardless of competing teams, applications are available on www.nflmedia.com.  From the home page, click on “Event Credentials.”  The deadline to submit a credential application is Tuesday, January 8, 2013.  If you plan on covering both games, you must submit a separate form for each game.

 

Media that will only staff the games dependent upon the participating teams should not apply using this application.  Those organizations should contact the competing team public relations staffs.

 

The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 20.


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