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What To Look For – A Look Back

January 7, 2013
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ROOKIE-QB RECORD: Three rookie quarterbacks – Washington’s ROBERT GRIFFIN III, Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK and Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON – started Wild Card Weekend games, the most rookie QBs to start a playoff game in a season since 1966 (two in 2011; two in 2008).

 

Leading the Seahawks to a 24-14 victory at Washington, Wilson became the sixth rookie quarterback to win his first playoff game and the third to accomplish the feat on the road. The game marked the second playoff game in NFL history and in as many seasons with two rookie quarterbacks starting against each other. Last year, T.J. YATES led the Texans to a 31-10 victory over ANDY DALTON and the Bengals in the Wild Card round.

 

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

Lost 24-14 vs. Seattle

Advanced to Wild Card

Andrew Luck

2012

Indianapolis

Lost 24-9 at Baltimore

Advanced to Wild Card

Russell Wilson

2012

Seattle

Won 24-14 at Washington

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-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

NFC NORTHERN EXPOSURE: On Saturday night, Green Bay claimed a 24-10 victory over NFC North rival Minnesota to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. The Packers will face the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night (8:00 PM ET, FOX).

 

With a 30-17 playoff record, Green Bay maintained the league’s top postseason winning percentage (.638) among teams which have played at least five postseason games and became the third club in league annals (Dallas, 33; Pittsburgh 33) with 30 playoff victories. Including last weekend’s game, the Packers (47) and Vikings (46) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, for the most postseason games all-time.

 

The NFL’s all-time top playoff teams by wins, games played and winning percentage (min. five games):

 

MOST PLAYOFF WINS

 

MOST PLAYOFF GAMES

 

BEST PLAYOFF WINNING PERCENTAGES

Dallas

33

 

Dallas

58

 

(MIN. FIVE GAMES)

Pittsburgh

33

 

Pittsburgh

54

 

Green Bay*

30

17

.638

Green Bay*

30

 

NY Giants

48

 

Pittsburgh

33

21

.611

San Francisco

26

 

Green Bay*

47

 

Baltimore*

11

7

.611

Oakland

25

 

Minnesota*

46

 

Carolina

6

4

.600

*2012 Wild Card participant

 

*2012 Wild Card participant

 

San Francisco

26

18

.591

 

 

 

 

*2012 Wild Card participant

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

WINTER WAYNE: Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE posted a game-high nine receptions for 114 yards in the Colts’ 24-9 loss at Baltimore.  Wayne, who has 92 postseason receptions, surpassed ANDRE REED (85), Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (87) and HINES WARD (88) for the second-most receptions in the playoffs all-time. Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE holds the record with 151 catches.

 

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

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

RECEPTIONS

Jerry Rice

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

151

Reggie Wayne*

Indianapolis

92

Hines Ward

Pittsburgh

88

Michael Irvin

Dallas

87

Andre Reed

Buffalo

85

*Active

 

 

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

RELIABLE RAVEN: In the Ravens’ 24-9 win over Indianapolis, Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO became the first quarterback to start a postseason game in each of his first five seasons during the Super Bowl era. Flacco (6-4) has won at least one playoff game in each of his first five years. 


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