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“SUPER SEASON” KICKS OFF

Posted Jan 4, 2013

The NFL Playoffs are set to open this weekend, leading to Super Bowl XLVII.

“SUPER SEASON” KICKS OFF

 

The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday and Sunday, January 5-6, with Wild Card Weekend. On Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals play at the Houston Texans (NBC, 4:30 PM ET) and the Minnesota Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers (NBC, 8:00 PM ET). Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts at the Baltimore Ravens (CBS, 1:00 PM ET) and the Seattle Seahawks traveling to face the Washington Redskins (FOX, 4:30 PM ET).

 

The following week (January 12-13), the Denver Broncos (Saturday, CBS, 4:30 PM ET) and New England Patriots (Sunday, CBS, 4:30 PM ET) in the AFC and the Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET) and San Francisco 49ers (Saturday, FOX, 8:00 PM ET) in the NFC host the Divisional Playoffs. The Broncos and Falcons own home-field advantage for the Conference Championship Games (January 20) if they win their Divisional contests. 

 

The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, January 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii followed by Super Bowl XLVII on February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 

 

FRESH FACES & CONSISTENT WINNERS HIGHLIGHT PLAYOFF FIELD

 

For the first time since 2005, and just the fifth (2005, 2003, 2000, 1986) since the 16-game schedule was adopted in 1978, all teams in the playoff field have won at least 10 games.

 

AFC TEAM

RECORD

 

NFC TEAM

RECORD

1. Denver

13-3

 

1. Atlanta

13-3

2. New England

12-4

 

2. San Francisco

11-4-1

3. Houston

12-4

 

3. Green Bay

11-5

4. Baltimore

10-6

 

4. Washington

10-6

5. Indianapolis

11-5

 

5. Seattle

11-5

6. Cincinnati

10-6

 

6. Minnesota

10-6

 

There are four new playoff teams in 2012: Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle and Washington. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

 

The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:

 

SEASON

PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS

1990

7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)

1991

5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)

1992

6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)

1993

5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)

1994

5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)

1995

4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)

1996

5  (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)          

1997

5  (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)

1998

5  (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)

1999

7  (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2000

6  (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)

2001

6  (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)

2002

5  (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)

2003

8  (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)

2004

5  (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)

2005

7  (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)

2006

7  (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)

2007

6  (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2008

7  (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)

2009

6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)

2010

5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)

2011

6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)

2012

4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)

 

In the 11 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 of the 32 NFL teams have won a division title at least once, including the Redskins, who claimed the NFC East for the first time since 1999.

 

How the 2012 playoff teams have fared in the 11 seasons since realignment in 2002 (2012 division winners in bold/italics):

 

TEAM

DIVISION TITLES

PLAYOFF BERTHS

New England

9

9

Indianapolis

7

10

Green Bay

6

8

Seattle

5

7

Baltimore

4

7

Atlanta

3

6

Denver

3

5

San Francisco

3

3

Cincinnati

2

4

Houston

2

2

Minnesota

2

4

Washington

1

3

 

 

-- NFL --

 

 

Washington rebounded to win the NFC East after a last-place finish in 2011. This marked the NFL-record 10th consecutive season that a team went from “worst-to-first” in its division

 

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions since 2003:

 

SEASON

TEAM

RECORD

PRIOR SEASON RECORD

ADVANCED TO

2003

Carolina

11-5

7-9

Super Bowl XXXVIII

2003

Kansas City

13-3

8-8*

Divisional Playoffs

2004

Atlanta

11-5

5-11

NFC Championship

2004

San Diego

12-4

4-12*

Wild Card Playoffs

2005

Chicago

11-5

5-11

Divisional Playoffs

2005

Tampa Bay

11-5

5-11

Wild Card Playoffs

2006

Baltimore

13-3

6-10*

Divisional Playoffs

2006

New Orleans

10-6

3-13

NFC Championship

2006

Philadelphia

10-6

6-10

Divisional Playoffs

2007

Tampa Bay

9-7

4-12

Wild Card Playoffs

2008

Miami

11-5

1-15

Wild Card Playoffs

2009

New Orleans

13-3

8-8

Won Super Bowl XLIV

2010

Kansas City

10-6

4-12

Wild Card Playoffs

2011

Denver

8-8

4-12

Divisional Playoffs

2011

Houston

10-6

6-10*

Divisional Playoffs

2012

Washington

10-6

5-11

???

* Tied for last place 

 

 

The 2012 field also showcases teams that have enjoyed recent postseason success. Since realignment in 2002, the Indianapolis Colts have been to the playoffs 10 times, the most in the NFL. The New England Patriots are second with nine postseason berths and the Green Bay Packers rank third with eight playoff appearances.

 

The Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks are among the teams tied for the fourth-most postseason berths since 2002 with seven.

 

Following are the teams with the most playoff appearances since 2002 (includes 2012):

 

TEAM

POSTSEASON APPEARANCES

Indianapolis Colts

10*

New England Patriots

9*

Green Bay Packers

8*

Baltimore Ravens

7*

Philadelphia Eagles

7

Pittsburgh Steelers

7

Seattle Seahawks

7*

         *In 2012 postseason

 

 

-- NFL --

 

 

Four of this season’s 12 playoff teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 2000, capturing six of the past 12 Vince Lombardi Trophies. Those teams are Baltimore (XXXV), Green Bay (XLV), Indianapolis (XLI) and New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX).

 

SUPER BOWL

SEASON

WINNER

XXXV

2000

Baltimore*

XXXVI

2001

New England*

XXXVII

2002

Tampa Bay

XXXVIII

2003

New England*

XXXIX

2004

New England*

XL

2005

Pittsburgh

XLI

2006

Indianapolis*

XLII

2007

New York Giants

XLIII

2008

Pittsburgh

XLIV

2009

New Orleans

XLV

2010

Green Bay*

XLVI

2011

New York Giants

                                                       *In 2012 postseason

 


 

ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS

 

The Green Bay Packers will participate in the playoffs for the 28th time, the third-most postseason appearances in NFL history. 

 

The teams with the most seasons participating in the playoffs (includes 2012):

 

TEAM

PLAYOFF BERTHS

New York Giants

31

Dallas Cowboys

30

Green Bay Packers*

28

Minnesota*

27*

Pittsburgh Steelers

27

St. Louis Rams

27

*In 2012 playoffs

 

The 12 playoff teams and their postseason records:

 

TEAM

WINS    LOSSES

PCT.

Green Bay Packers

29

 

17

 

.630

San Francisco 49ers

26

 

18

 

.591

New England Patriots

23

 

16

 

.590

Baltimore Ravens

10

 

7

 

.588

Washington Redskins

23

 

17

 

.575

Denver Broncos

18

 

16

 

.529

Houston Texans

1

 

1

 

.500

Indianapolis Colts

19

 

20

 

.487

Minnesota Vikings

19

 

26

 

.422

Seattle Seahawks

8

 

11

 

.421

Atlanta Falcons

6

 

11

 

.353

Cincinnati Bengals

5

 

10

 

.333

                                                           

 

WILD CARD RECORDS

TEAM

WINS

LOSSES

PCT.

Houston Texans

1

0

1.000

Washington Redskins

6

1

.857

Baltimore Ravens

5

1

.833

Green Bay Packers

7

4

.636

Seattle Seahawks

5

4

.556

Minnesota Vikings

6

5

.545

Indianapolis Colts

4

5

.444

Cincinnati Bengals

1

4

.200

 

 

DIVISIONAL RECORDS

TEAM

WINS

LOSSES

PCT.

Denver Broncos

8

4

.667

San Francisco 49ers

13

8

.619

New England Patriots

9

6

.600

Atlanta Falcons

2

5

.286

 


 

THE TEAMS

 

WINNING FEELING: The Green Bay Packers have won 13 NFL championships, the most in league history. Of the 12 playoff teams this season, seven have won at least one championship. 

 

NFL championships won by the 2012 playoff teams:

 

TEAM

NFL CHAMPIONSHIP(S)

SEASON(S)

Green Bay Packers

13

1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996, 2010

San Francisco 49ers

5

1981, 1984, 1988-89, 1994

Washington Redskins

5

1937, 1942, 1982, 1987, 1991

Indianapolis Colts

4

1958-59, 1970, 2006

New England Patriots

3

2001, 2003-04

Denver Broncos

2

1997-98

Baltimore Ravens

1

2000

Atlanta Falcons

0

--

Cincinnati Bengals

0

--

Houston Texans

0

--

Minnesota Vikings

0

--

Seattle Seahawks

0

--

 

 

-- NFL --

 

 

PLAYOFF SUCCESS: The Green Bay Packers have won 29 postseason games, the most among 2012 playoff teams and the third-most most in NFL history. The San Francisco 49ers have 26 postseason victories, the second-most among 2012 playoff clubs and the fourth-most all-time. The teams with the most playoff victories in NFL history:

 

TEAM

PLAYOFF WINS

Dallas Cowboys

33

Pittsburgh Steelers

33

Green Bay Packers*

29

San Francisco 49ers*

26

Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

25

                                                         *In 2012 playoffs

 

Postseason victories for the 2012 playoff teams:

 

TEAM

PLAYOFF WINS

Green Bay Packers

29

San Francisco 49ers

26

New England Patriots

23

Washington Redskins

23

Indianapolis Colts

19

Minnesota Vikings

19

Denver Broncos

18

Baltimore Ravens

10

Seattle Seahawks

8

Atlanta Falcons

6

Cincinnati Bengals

5

Houston Texans

1

 

 

 

 

 

HOME SWEET HOME…MAYBE: While home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is a coveted prize, it has been no guarantee of a trip to the Super Bowl. And like so much about the NFL, an unpredictable result is seemingly the only predictable outcome.


Since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, only 21 of the 44 (47.7 percent) No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl, with nine No. 1 seeds being crowned champions (20.5 percent). How the No. 1 seeds have fared since 1990:

 

SEASON

AFC NO. 1 SEED

SEASON RESULT

 

NFC NO. 1 SEED

SEASON RESULT

1990

Buffalo

Lost Super Bowl XXV

 

San Francisco

Lost NFC Championship

1991

Buffalo

Lost Super Bowl XXVI

 

Washington

Won Super Bowl XXVI

1992

Pittsburgh

Lost Divisional

 

San Francisco

Lost NFC Championship

1993

Buffalo

Lost Super Bowl XXVIII

 

Dallas

Won Super Bowl XXVIII

1994

Pittsburgh

Lost AFC Championship

 

San Francisco

Won Super Bowl XXIX

1995

Kansas City

Lost Divisional

 

Dallas

Won Super Bowl XXX

1996

Denver

Lost Divisional

 

Green Bay

Won Super Bowl XXXI

1997

Kansas City

Lost Divisional

 

San Francisco

Lost NFC Championship

1998

Denver

Won Super Bowl XXXIII

 

Minnesota

Lost NFC Championship

1999

Jacksonville

Lost AFC Championship

 

St. Louis

Won Super Bowl XXXIV

2000

Tennessee

Lost Divisional

 

New York Giants

Lost Super Bowl XXXV

2001

Pittsburgh

Lost AFC Championship

 

St. Louis

Lost Super Bowl XXXVI

2002

Oakland

Lost Super Bowl XXXVII

 

Philadelphia

Lost NFC Championship

2003

New England

Won Super Bowl XXXVIII

 

Philadelphia

Lost NFC Championship

2004

Pittsburgh

Lost AFC Championship

 

Philadelphia

Lost Super Bowl XXXIX

2005

Indianapolis

Lost Divisional

 

Seattle

Lost Super Bowl XL

2006

San Diego

Lost Divisional

 

Chicago

Lost Super Bowl XLI

2007

New England

Lost Super Bowl XLII

 

Dallas

Lost Divisional

2008

Tennessee

Lost Divisional

 

New York Giants

Lost Divisional

2009

Indianapolis

Lost Super Bowl XLIV

 

New Orleans

Won Super Bowl XLIV

2010

New England

Lost Divisional

 

Atlanta

Lost Divisional

2011

New England

Lost Super Bowl XLVI

 

Green Bay

Lost Divisional

2012

Denver

???

 

Atlanta

???

 

DIVISION DOMINANCE: Since 2000, the New England Patriots have won 10 division titles, the most in the NFL during that span. The Green Bay Packers are tied for first in the NFC with six division titles since 2000.

 

The teams with the most division titles since 2000:

 

TEAM

DIVISION TITLES

New England Patriots*

10

Indianapolis Colts

7

Green Bay Packers*

6

Philadelphia Eagles

6

Pittsburgh Steelers

6

Seattle Seahawks

5

San Diego Chargers

5

                                                         *2012 division winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPER ENCORE: The New England Patriots posted a 12-4 record this season and became the 13th Super Bowl runner-up since 1990 to qualify for the playoffs the following year.

 

Since 1990, the Super Bowl runner-ups to advance to the postseason:

 

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

RESULT

1991

Buffalo

13-3

Won division; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVI

1992

Buffalo

11-5

Wild Card; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVII

1993

Buffalo

12-4

Won division; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVIII

1995

San Diego

9-7

Wild Card; Advanced to Wild Card

1996

Pittsburgh

10-6

Won division; Advanced to Divisional

1997

New England

10-6

Won division; Advanced to Divisional

1998

Green Bay

11-5

Wild Card; Advanced to Wild Card

2000

Tennessee

13-3

Won division; Advanced to Divisional

2006

Seattle

9-7

Won division; Advanced to Divisional

2009

Arizona

10-6

Won division; Advanced to Divisional

2010

Indianapolis

10-6

Won division; Advanced to Wild Card

2011

Pittsburgh

12-4

Wild Card; Advanced to Wild Card

2012

New England

12-4

Won division; ???

 

 

-- NFL --

 

 

POINT PRODUCTIONThe New England Patriots scored an NFL-high 557 points this year, the third-most in a single season in NFL history.

 

The highest-scoring teams in NFL history and how they fared in the postseason:

 

YEAR

TEAM

POINTS

FINAL RECORD

ADVANCED TO

2007

New England Patriots

589

16-0

Super Bowl XLII

2011

Green Bay Packers

560

15-1

Divisional

2012

New England Patriots

557

12-4

???

1998

Minnesota Vikings

556

15-1

NFC Championship

2011

New Orleans Saints

547

13-3

Divisional

1983

Washington Redskins

541

14-2

Super Bowl XVIII

 

 

-- NFL --

 

 

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS: The Washington Redskins have won seven in a row and are the fifth team in NFL history to advance to the playoffs after a 3-6 start.

 

The five teams in NFL history to qualify for the postseason after a 3-6 start:

 

TEAM

YEAR

RECORD

PLAYOFF RESULT

Cincinnati

1970

8-6

Advanced to Divisional

New England

1994

10-6

Advanced to Wild Card

Detroit

1995

10-6

Advanced to Wild Card

Jacksonville

1996

9-7

Advanced to AFC Championship

Washington

2012

10-6

???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLTSTRONG: The Indianapolis Colts, who finished 2-14 in 2011, are the second team to win 11 games following a season with two or fewer victories since 1970.

 

The teams to win 10 games following a season in which they won two games or fewer:

 

TEAM

SEASON

RECORD

PLAYOFF RESULT

PREVIOUS SEASON

RECORD

Indianapolis Colts

2012

11-5

???

2011

2-14

Miami Dolphins

2008

11-5

Advanced to Wild Card

2007

1-15

 

-- NFL --

 

 

UNDEFEATED AT HOME: The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2012 regular season undefeated at home.

 

Since 2000, only 20 teams have posted a perfect regular-season record at home. Of the previous 19 teams, five have gone to the Super Bowl (26.3 percent).

 

The teams (since 2000) to finish with 8-0 records at home and their final season result:

 

SEASON

TEAM

OVERALL

RESULT

2002

Green Bay Packers

12-4

Advanced to Wild Card

2003

Kansas City Chiefs

13-3

Advanced to Divisional

2003

New England Patriots

14-2

Won Super Bowl XXXVIII

2003

St. Louis Rams

12-4

Advanced to Divisional

2003

Seattle Seahawks

10-6

Advanced to Wild Card

2004

New England Patriots

14-2

Won Super Bowl XXXIX

2004

Pittsburgh Steelers

15-1

Advanced to AFC Championship

2005

Denver Broncos

13-3

Advanced to AFC Championship

2005

Seattle Seahawks

13-3

Advanced to Super Bowl XL

2006

Indianapolis Colts

12-4

Won Super Bowl XLI

2006

San Diego Chargers

14-2

Advanced to Divisional

2007

New England Patriots

16-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLII

2008

Carolina Panthers

12-4

Advanced to Divisional

2009

New England Patriots

10-6

Advanced to Wild Card

2009

Minnesota Vikings

12-4

Advanced to NFC Championship

2010

New England Patriots

14-2

Advanced to Divisional

2011

Baltimore Ravens

12-4

Advanced to AFC Championship

2011

Green Bay Packers

15-1

Advanced to Divisional

2011

New Orleans Saints

13-3

Advanced to Divisional

2012

Seattle Seahawks

11-5

???

             

-- NFL --

 

MILE-HIGH MOMENTUM: The Denver Broncos enter the postseason with 11 consecutive victories, the NFL’s

longest current winning streak. Denver is the No. 1 seed in the AFC and is tied for the fifth-longest winning streak to

enter the playoffs since 1970.

 

Following are the longest single-season winning streaks entering the playoffs since 1970:

 

TEAM

YEAR

CONSECUTIVE WINS

PLAYOFF RESULT

New England Patriots

2007

16*

Advanced to Super Bowl XLII

Miami Dolphins

1972

14*

Won Super Bowl VII

Pittsburgh Steelers

2004

14

Advanced to AFC Championship Game

New England Patriots

2003

12

Won Super Bowl XXXVIII

Denver Broncos

2012

11

???

Houston Oilers

1993

11

Advanced to Divisional

San Diego Chargers

2009

11

Advanced to Divisional

*Undefeated in regular season

 

 

OT & PLAYOFFS – WINNING COMBINATION: The playoffs have featured at least one overtime game in 10 of the past 12 postseasons. 

 

In 2010, the NFL adopted a modified sudden-death system for the playoffs, which was expanded to cover all NFL games in 2012. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score. 

 

A look at NFL overtime playoff games since 2000:

 

SEASON

ROUND

TEAMS

GAME-WINNING SCORE

2000

WC

Miami 23, Indianapolis 17

RB Lamar Smith scores on 17-yard TD run.

2001

Div.

New England 16, Oakland 13

K Adam Vinatieri connects on 23-yard FG.

2002

Div.

Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31

K Joe Nedney wins it with 26-yard FG.

2003

WC

Green Bay 33, Seattle 27

CB Al Harris returns INT 52 yards for TD.

2003

Div.

Carolina 29, St. Louis 23 (2 OT)

QB Jake Delhomme connects with WR Steve Smith on 69-yd TD.

2003

Div.

Philadelphia 20, Green Bay 17

K David Akers wins game with 31-yard FG.

2004

WC

NY Jets 20, San Diego 17

K Doug Brien converts 28-yard FG.

2004

Div.

Pittsburgh 20, NY Jets 17

K Jeff Reed connects on 33-yard game-winner.

2006

Div.

Chicago 27, Seattle 24

K Robbie Gould converts game-winning FG from 49 yards out.

2007

Champ.

NY Giants 23, Green Bay 20

K Lawrence Tynes wins it with 47-yard FG.

2008

WC

San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17

RB Darren Sproles scores on 22-yard TD run.

2009

WC

Arizona 51, Green Bay 45

LB Karlos Dansby scores on 17-yard FR-TD.

2009

Champ.

New Orleans 31, Minnesota 28

K Garrett Hartley converts 40-yard game-winning FG.

2011

WC

Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23

WR Demaryius Thomas catches 80-yard TD from QB Tim Tebow.

2011

Champ.

NY Giants 20, San Francisco 17

K Lawrence Tynes connects on 31-yard FG.

 

An overtime history of the 2012 playoff participants:

 

TEAM

2012 OT RECORD

ALL-TIME REGULAR-SEASON OT RECORD

PLAYOFF OT RECORD

Atlanta Falcons

0-0

13-20-2 (.400)

 

1-0

Baltimore Ravens

1-1

10-8-1 (.553)

 

0-0

Cincinnati Bengals

0-0

15-11-1 (.574)

 

0-0

Denver Broncos

0-0

25-15-2 (.620)

 

2-0

Green Bay Packers

0-0

11-15-4 (.433)

 

2-3

Houston Texans

2-0

3-7-0 (.300)

 

0-0

Indianapolis Colts

1-0

13-10-1 (.563)

 

1-4

Minnesota Vikings

1-0

19-18-2 (.513)

 

0-2

New England Patriots

1-0

18-20-0 (.474)

 

1-0

San Francisco 49ers

0-1-1

19-15-2 (.556)

 

0-1

Seattle Seahawks

1-0

9-18-0 (.333)

 

0-3

Washington Redskins

1-0

23-14-1 (.618)

 

0-0

 

 

 


THE PLAYERS

 

MISTER RODGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: Green Bay Pro Bowl quarterback AARON RODGERS led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XLV and was named the MVP of the title game. In seven career playoff games, Rodgers ranks as one of the top postseason quarterbacks in NFL history.

 

His 105.5 passer rating is the highest mark in NFL postseason history (minimum 150 attempts), just ahead of another Packer, Pro Football Hall of Famer BART STARR (104.8).

 

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason passer rating (min. 150 attempts):

 

QUARTERBACK

ATT.

COMP.

YARDS

TD

INT

RATING

Aaron Rodgers*

220

144

1,781

15

4

105.5

Bart Starr

213

130

1,753

15

3

104.8

Drew Brees*

391

262

2,980

22

4

104.2

Kurt Warner

462

307

3,952

31

14

102.8

Joe Montana

734

460

5,772

45

21

95.6

                                   *Active

 

Rodgers has completed 144 of 220 attempts in his postseason career for a 65.5 completion percentage. He is one of only four quarterbacks in NFL playoff history (minimum 150 attempts) to complete at least 65 percent of his passes.

 

The quarterbacks with the highest postseason completion percentage (min. 150 attempts):

 

QUARTERBACK

ATT.

COMP.

PCT.

Drew Brees*

391

262

67.0

Kurt Warner

462

307

66.5

Ken Anderson

166

110

66.3

Aaron Rodgers*

220

144

65.5

Warren Moon

403

259

64.3

                                                      *Active

 

Rodgers has averaged 8.10 yards per pass attempt. He and KURT WARNER are the only quarterbacks in NFL postseason history (minimum 150 attempts) to average at least 8.00 yards per attempt with a completion percentage of at least 65.

 

The quarterbacks to average at least 8.00 yards per attempt and complete at least 65 percent of his passes in the playoffs (min. 150 attempts):

 

QUARTERBACK

YARDS/ATT

COMP. PCT.

Kurt Warner

8.55

66.5

Aaron Rodgers*

8.10

65.5

                                                    *Active

 

Rodgers has thrown only four interceptions in 220 career attempts in the postseason. His 1.8 interception percentage is the third-lowest in NFL postseason history (minimum 150 attempts).

 

The quarterbacks with the lowest interception percentage in the postseason (min. 150 attempts):

 

QUARTERBACK

ATT.

INT

PCT.

Drew Brees*

391

4

1.02

Bart Starr

213

3

1.41

Aaron Rodgers*

220

4

1.82

                                                      *Active

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASSING BY: Pro Bowl quarterbacks PEYTON MANNING of Denver and AARON RODGERS of Green Bay have each had a 400-yard passing game in the postseason. Manning had two 400-yard games with Indianapolis (1/9/05 and 1/13/08) and Rodgers threw for 400 yards in a 2009 playoff game (1/10/10). 

 

DREW BREES (three), Manning (two) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (two) are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards in multiple playoff games. 

 

The 17 400-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

 

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

OPPONENT

DATE

PASS YARDS

Bernie Kosar

Cleveland

New York Jets

1/3/87

489

Drew Brees

New Orleans

Detroit

1/7/12

466

Drew Brees

New Orleans

San Francisco

1/14/12

462

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

Denver

1/9/05

458

Dan Fouts

San Diego

Miami

1/2/82

433

Kelly Holcomb

Cleveland

Pittsburgh

1/5/03

429

Jeff George

Minnesota

St. Louis

1/16/00

423

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

Arizona

1/10/10

423

Dan Marino

Miami

Buffalo

12/30/95

422

Dan Marino

Miami

Pittsburgh

1/6/85

421

Kurt Warner

St. Louis

Tennessee

1/30/00

414

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

Chicago

12/31/88

407

Jim Kelly

Buffalo

Cleveland

1/6/90

405

Drew Brees

New Orleans

Seattle

1/8/11

404

Don Strock

Miami

San Diego

1/2/82

403

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

San Diego

1/13/08

402

Daryle Lamonica

Oakland

New York Jets

12/29/68

401

 

SUPER BOWL MVPs: There are five players in the 2012 postseason who have been named Super Bowl MVP: quarterback TOM BRADY of New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII), wide receiver DEION BRANCH of New England (XXXIX), linebacker RAY LEWIS of Baltimore (XXXV), quarterback PEYTON MANNING of Denver (XLI with Indianapolis) and quarterback AARON RODGERS of Green Bay (XLV).

 

Brady is one of only five players in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP multiple times and aims to join Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA as the only players to win the award three times.

 

The five players in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP multiple times:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SUPER BOWL MVPs

Joe Montana

San Francisco

 

3 (XVI, XIX, XXIV)

Terry Bradshaw

Pittsburgh

 

2 (XIII, XIV)

Tom Brady*

New England

 

2 (XXXVI, XXXVIII)

Eli Manning*

New York Giants

 

2 (XLII, XLVI)

Bart Starr

Green Bay

 

2 (I, II)

        *Active

 

POSTSEASON SUCCESS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has a 16-6 (.727) postseason record, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW and TROY AIKMAN for the third-best postseason record as a starting quarterback in NFL history (minimum 15 starts). 

 

The quarterbacks with the best records in postseason starts (minimum 15 starts):

 

QUARTERBACK

RECORD

WIN PCT.

Terry Bradshaw

14-5

.737

Troy Aikman

11-4

.733

Tom Brady

16-6

.727*

Joe Montana

16-7

.696

John Elway

14-7

.667

                                    *Active

 

A PROVEN WINNER: New England’s TOM BRADY is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to win at least three Super Bowls. 

 

Only 11 QBs in NFL history have won multiple Super Bowls. Of the 11, three are active and seven have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

 

Following are the starting quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls:

 

QUARTERBACK

SUPER BOWL WINS

Terry Bradshaw*

4

Joe Montana*

4

Troy Aikman*

3

Tom Brady**

3

John Elway*

2

Bob Griese*

2

Eli Manning**

2

Jim Plunkett

2

Ben Roethlisberger**

2

Bart Starr*

2

Roger Staubach*

2

                                                         *Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame

                                                         **Active

 

 

-- NFL --

 

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: All-Star quarterbacks TOM BRADY of New England and PEYTON MANNING of Denver can move up the charts in attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdown passes this postseason.   

 

The playoff leaders in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns:

 

PLAYER

COMP.

 

PLAYER

ATTEMPTS

Tom Brady

499*

 

Tom Brady

793*

Brett Favre

481

 

Brett Favre

791

Joe Montana

460

 

Joe Montana

734

Peyton Manning

453*

 

Peyton Manning

718*

Dan Marino

385

 

Dan Marino

687

                                    *Active                                                              *Active

 

PLAYER

PASS YARDS

 

PLAYER

TD PASSES

Brett Favre

5,855

 

Joe Montana

45

Joe Montana

5,772

 

Brett Favre

44

Peyton Manning

5,389*

 

Tom Brady

38*

Tom Brady

5,285*

 

Dan Marino

32

John Elway

4,964

 

Kurt Warner

31

*Active

 

Terry Bradshaw

30

 

 

 

Peyton Manning

29*

 

 

*Active

 

                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS: For the first time in the Super Bowl era, three rookie quarterbacks – ROBERT GRIFFIN III (Washington), ANDREW LUCK (Indianapolis) and RUSSELL WILSON (Seattle) – will start a game in the same postseason. Previously, only 11 rookie quarterbacks have started a playoff game in the Super Bowl era.

 

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

 

QUARTERBACK

SEASON

TEAM

PLAYOFF RESULT

Dan Marino                 

1983

Miami Dolphins

Advanced to Divisional

Bernie Kosar              

1985

Cleveland Browns

Advanced to Divisional

Jim Everett                 

1986

L.A. Rams

Advanced to Wild Card

Todd Marinovich          

1991

L.A. Raiders

Advanced to Wild Card

Shaun King                

1999

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Advanced to NFC Championship

Ben Roethlisberger      

2004

Pittsburgh Steelers

Advanced to AFC Championship

Joe Flacco

2008

Baltimore Ravens

Advanced to AFC Championship

Matt Ryan

2008

Atlanta Falcons

Advanced to Wild Card

Mark Sanchez

2009

New York Jets

Advanced to AFC Championship

Andy Dalton

2011

Cincinnati Bengals

Advanced to Wild Card

T.J. Yates

2011

Houston Texans

Advanced to Divisional

Robert Griffin III

2012

Washington Redskins

???

Andrew Luck

2012

Indianapolis Colts

???

Russell Wilson

2012

Seattle Seahawks

???

 

The best postseason marks by rookies in NFL history:

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY ROOKIE, SINGLE POSTSEASON

Mark Sanchez

New York Jets

2009

539

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

2008

437

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers

2004

407

T.J. Yates

Houston Texans

2011

343

Sammy Baugh

Washington Redskins

1937

335

 

 

MOST PASSING TDs BY ROOKIE, SINGLE POSTSEASON

Mark Sanchez

New York Jets

2009

4

Sammy Baugh

Washington Redskins

1937

3

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers

2004

3

Many Tied

--

--

2

 

 

HIGHEST PASSER RATING BY ROOKIE, SINGLE POSTSEASON

Mark Sanchez

New York Jets

2009

92.7

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers

2004

61.3

T.J. Yates

Houston Texans

2011

53.8

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

2008

50.8

Shaun King

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1999

47.2

              (Minimum 50 attempts)

 

Pro Football Hall of Famer SAMMY BAUGH holds the rookie record for the most passing yards (335) and touchdown passes (three) in a postseason game.

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY ROOKIE, PLAYOFF GAME

Sammy Baugh

Washington Redskins

12/12/37

335

Mark Sanchez

New York Jets

1/24/10

257

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

1/7/12

257

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers

1/23/05

226

 

 

 

 

FIRST-TIMERS: Six starting quarterbacks – ROBERT GRIFFIN III (Washington), COLIN KAEPERNICK (San Francisco), ANDREW LUCK (Indianapolis), CHRISTIAN PONDER (Minnesota), MATT SCHAUB (Houston) and RUSSELL WILSON (Seattle) – will make their playoff debuts this postseason. The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

PASSING YARDS

Kelly Holcomb

Cleveland Browns

429

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

423

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia Eagles

407

Kurt Warner

St. Louis Rams

391

Neil Lomax

St. Louis Cardinals

385

 

 

-- NFL --

 

ALL DAY: Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 2,097 yards, the second-most in a season in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON, 2,105 in 1984).

 

The players with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:

 

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

YARDS

TD

John Riggins, Washington

1982

610

4

Terrell Davis, Denver

1997

581

8

Terrell Davis, Denver

1998

468

3

Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders

1983

466

4

Eddie George, Tennessee

1999

449

3

 

Peterson needs 380 yards to pass TERRELL DAVIS (2,476 in 1998) for the most rushing in a single season in NFL history, including the playoffs. Davis, who rushed for 2,476 yards in 1998 for the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, had 2,008 rushing yards in the regular season and 468 in the postseason.

 

The players with the most rushing yards in a single season, including the postseason:

 

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

REG SEASON

POSTSEASON

TOTAL RUSH YARDS

Terrell Davis, Denver

1998

2,008

468

2,476

Terrell Davis, Denver

1997

1,750

581

2,331

Eric Dickerson, LA Rams

1984

2,105

107

2,212

Jamal Anderson, Atlanta

1998

1,846

276

2,122

Barry Sanders, Detroit

1997

2,053

65

2,118

 

 

-- NFL --

 

WELCOME RECEPTION: There are nine players in the 2012 playoff field who recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in the regular season: Houston’s ANDRE JOHNSON (1,598), Denver’s DEMARYIUS THOMAS (1,434), Indianapolis’ REGGIE WAYNE (1,355), New England’s WES WELKER (1,354), Atlanta’s RODDY WHITE (1,351), Cincinnati’s A.J. GREEN (1,350), Atlanta’s JULIO JONES (1,198), San Francisco’s MICHAEL CRABTREE (1,105) and Denver’s ERIC DECKER (1,064). 

 

The No. 1 seed in each conference – Denver (AFC) and Atlanta (NFC) – both had two 1,000-yard receivers.

 

The players with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

 

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

REC.

RECEIVING YARDS

TD

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

2008

30

546

7

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

2011

28

444

4

Jerry Rice, San Francisco

1988

21

409

6

Steve Smith, Carolina

2003

18

404

3

Charlie Brown, Washington

1983

14

401

1

 

There have been seven 200-yard receiving games in NFL postseason history. Denver’s Thomas and Indianapolis’ Wayne have each had one such performance.

 

The players with the most receiving yards in a postseason game:

 

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

DATE

OPPONENT

REC.

RECEIVING YARDS

TD

Eric Moulds, Buffalo

1998

1/2/99

Miami

9

240

1

Anthony Carter, Minnesota

1987

1/9/88

San Francisco

10

227

0

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis

2004

1/9/05

Denver

10

221

2

Steve Smith, Carolina

2005

1/15/06

Chicago

12

218

2

Jerry Rice, San Francisco

1988

1/22/89

Cincinnati

11

215

1

Calvin Johnson, Detroit

2011

1/7/12

New Orleans

12

211

2

Demaryius Thomas, Denver

2011

1/8/12

Pittsburgh

4

204

1

 

ROOKIE RECEIVERS: Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. HILTON was second among NFL rookies this season with 861 receiving yards. He was one of only three rookie wide receivers with at least 50 catches (50). 

 

The rookies with the most receptions and receiving yards in a single postseason:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECEPTIONS

Joseph Addai

Indianapolis

2006

22

Torry Holt

St. Louis

1999

20

Austin Collie

Indianapolis

2009

17

Chad Morton

New Orleans

2000

15

Steve Junker

Detroit

1957

13

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECEIVING YARDS

Torry Holt

St. Louis

1999

242

Austin Collie

Indianapolis

2009

241

DeSean Jackson

Philadelphia

2008

207

Steve Junker

Detroit

1957

201

Ricky Nattiel

Denver

1987

171

 

-- NFL --

 

WAYNE’S WORLD: In 17 career postseason games, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE has 83 receptions for 1,128 yards.

 

Career postseason receiving leaders for receptions and receiving yards:

 

PLAYER

RECEPTIONS

 

PLAYER

RECEIVING YARDS

Jerry Rice

151

 

Jerry Rice

2,245

Hines Ward

88

 

Michael Irvin

1,315

Michael Irvin

87

 

Cliff Branch

1,289

Andre Reed

85

 

Andre Reed

1,229

Reggie Wayne*

83

 

Hines Ward

1,181

*Active

 

 

Fred Biletnikoff

1,167

 

 

 

Reggie Wayne*

1,128

 

 

 

*Active

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

SPECIAL DELIVERY: There have been only 20 punt-return touchdowns in playoff history. The last player with a punt-return touchdown in the postseason was New Orleans’ REGGIE BUSH in the 2009 Divisional round (83 yards, the third-longest in NFL playoff history). No player has ever recorded more than one in a career. 

 

There have been 22 playoff kickoff-return touchdowns. The last player with a kickoff-return touchdown in the postseason was Atlanta’s ERIC WEEMS in last year’s Divisional round (102 yards, the longest in NFL playoff history). RON DIXON of the New York Giants (2000-02) is the only player with two career kickoff-return touchdowns in the playoffs. 

 

SACK ATTACK: Four rookies had at least six sacks this season and all four are in this year’s playoff field. Seattle defensive end BRUCE IRVIN led NFL rookies with eight sacks, followed by New England’s CHANDLER JONES (six), Houston’s WHITNEY MERCILUS (six) and Denver’s DEREK WOLFE (six).

 

The rookies with the most sacks in a playoff game and entire postseason:

 

MOST SACKS IN PLAYOFF GAME, ROOKIE

PLAYER, TEAM

SACKS

OPPONENT

DATE

Garin Veris, New England

3

N.Y. Jets

December 28, 1985

Brooks Reed, Houston

2.5

Baltimore

January 15, 2012

J.J. Watt, Houston

2.5

Baltimore

January 15, 2012

 

MOST SACKS IN A POSTSEASON, ROOKIE

PLAYER, TEAM

SACKS

SEASON

Greg Townsend, L.A. Raiders

4.5

1983

Garin Veris, New England

4

1985

Brooks Reed, Houston

3.5

2011

J.J. Watt, Houston

3.5

2011

Eric Dorsey, N.Y. Giants

3

1986

Jevon Kearse, Tennessee

3

1999

Cornelius Griffin, N.Y. Giants

3

2000

 

-- NFL --

 

T-SIZZLE: Baltimore Ravens linebacker TERRELL SUGGS has 10 postseason sacks in 11 career playoff games. Suggs is currently tied for the seventh-most postseason sacks.

 

The players with 10 postseason sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982:

 

PLAYER

SACKS

Willie McGinest

16

Bruce Smith 

14.5

Reggie White

12

Charles Haley

11

LaMarr Woodley

11

Richard Dent

10.5

Trace Armstrong

10

Charles Mann

10

Terrell Suggs*

10

Tony Tolbert

10

*Active in 2012 Playoffs

 

 

-- NFL --

 

BALL-HAWK: Baltimore Ravens safety ED REED (eight) needs one interception to 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

 

 

 

 

ROOKIE DEFENDERS: Green Bay’s CASEY HAYWARD led all NFL rookies with six interceptions, tied for the fifth-most in the league this season. 

 

The rookies with the most interceptions in a playoff game and entire postseason:

 

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN PLAYOFF GAME, ROOKIE

PLAYER, TEAM

INT

OPPONENT

DATE

Vernon Perry, Houston

4

San Diego

December 29, 1979

Ricky Manning, Jr., Carolina

3

Philadelphia

January 18, 2004

Many players

2

 

 

 

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON, ROOKIE

PLAYER, TEAM

INT

SEASON

Vernon Perry, Houston

5

1979

Ricky Manning, Jr., Carolina

4

2003

Jim Marsalis, Kansas City

3

1969

Roynell Young, Philadelphia

3

1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

BEST NFL PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES

(Single postseason)

 

 

PASSING YARDS

Player, Team

Season

Comp.

Att.

YARDS
TD
INT

Eli Manning, New York Giants

2011

106

163

1,219
 
9
1

Kurt Warner, Arizona

2008

92

135

1,147
 
11
3

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

2010

90

132

1,094
 
9
2

Kurt Warner, St. Louis

1999

77

121

1,063
 
8
4

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

2006

97

153

1,034

 

3

7

 

RUSHING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

ATT.

YARDS

TD

John Riggins, Washington

1982

136

 

610

4

Terrell Davis, Denver

1997

112

 

581

8

Terrell Davis, Denver

1998

78

 

468

3

Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders

1983

58

 

466

4

Eddie George, Tennessee

1999

108

 

449

3

 

RECEIVING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

REC.

YARDS

TD

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

2008

30

546

7

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

2011

28

444

4

Jerry Rice, San Francisco

1988

21

409

6

Steve Smith, Carolina

2003

18

404

3

Charlie Brown, Washington

1983

14

401

1

 

RECEPTIONS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

REC.

YARDS

TD

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

2008

30

546

7

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

2011

28

444

4

Steve Smith, Carolina

2005

27

335

3

Wes Welker, New England

2007

27

213

2

Anthony Carter, Minnesota

1987

23

391

1

 

SCRIMMAGE TOUCHDOWNS

PLAYER, TEAM

SEASON

TOTAL TDs

RUSH TD

REC. TD

Terrell Davis, Denver

1997

8

8

0

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

2008

7

0

7

Larry Csonka, Miami

1973

6

6

0

Franco Harris, Pittsburgh

1974

6

6

0

John Riggins, Washington

1983

6

6

0

Jerry Rice, San Francisco

1988

6

0

6

Gerald Riggs, Washington

1991

6

6

0

Ricky Watters, San Francisco

1993

6

6

0

Emmitt Smith, Dallas

1995

6

6

0

 


THE COACHES

 

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK (17) is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE GIBBS (17) for the third-most playoff wins all-time, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers TOM LANDRY (20) and DON SHULA (19).

 

With a win in the Divisional Playoffs, Belichick will surpass Gibbs for the third-most playoff wins.

 

The head coaches with the most playoff wins:

 

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys

20

Don Shula

Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins

19

Bill Belichick*

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

17

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

17

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16

                   *Active

 

FIRST-TIMER: Rookie head coach CHUCK PAGANO of the Indianapolis Colts will make his postseason debut in his first year at the helm.

 

Since 1990, 12 rookie head coaches have won their playoff debuts. Last year, San Francisco’s JIM HARBAUGH led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game as a rookie head coach.

 

The rookie head coaches who won their first playoff game (since 1990):

 

HEAD COACH

TEAM

SEASON

Bobby Ross

San Diego Chargers

1992

Barry Switzer

Dallas Cowboys

1994

Ray Rhodes

Philadelphia Eagles

1995

Steve Mariucci

San Francisco 49ers

1997

Jim Haslett

New Orleans Saints

2000

Bill Callahan

Oakland Raiders

2002

Jim Mora

Atlanta Falcons

2004

Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints

2006

John Harbaugh

Baltimore Ravens

2008

Jim Caldwell

Indianapolis Colts

2009

Rex Ryan

New York Jets

2009

Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers

2011

 

-- NFL --

 

POSTSEASON RUN: JOHN HARBAUGH of Baltimore has led the club to a 5-4 postseason record through his first four seasons, including two AFC Championship Game appearances. 

 

Harbaugh can become the sixth head coach in NFL history to win at least six postseason games in his first five seasons as a head coach.

 

The most postseason wins in a head coach’s first five seasons:

 

HEAD COACH

TEAM

POSTSEASON WINS, 1ST 5 SEASONS

Tom Flores

Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

8

Mike Holmgren

Green Bay Packers

7

Jimmy Johnson

Dallas Cowboys

7

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

6

George Seifert

San Francisco 49ers

6

 

 

DIVISION SUCCESS: San Francisco head coach JIM HARBAUGH has guided the 49ers to the NFC West title in each of his first two seasons. Harbaugh is the eighth head coach since 1970 to win a division title in each of his first two seasons.

 

The eight head coaches to win a division title in each of his first two NFL seasons since 1970:

 

HEAD COACH

TEAM

YEARS

Chuck Knox

Los Angeles Rams

1973-77

Ted Marchibroda

Baltimore Colts

1975-77

Red Miller

Denver Broncos

1977-78

George Seifert

San Francisco 49ers

1989-90

Barry Switzer

Dallas Cowboys

1994-96

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers

2007-08

Jim Caldwell

Indianapolis Colts

2009-10

Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers

2011-12

 

Harbaugh, Knox and Marchibroda are the only head coaches since 1970 to win division titles in each of their first two seasons after inheriting a team with a losing record.

 

 

-- NFL --

 

 

2012 PLAYOFF HEAD COACHES & THEIR PLAYOFF WINNING PERCENTAGES

 

COACH, TEAM

W

L

PCT.

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

17

7

.708

Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers

5

3

.625

Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins

8

5

.615

John Fox, Denver Broncos

6

4

.600

John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

5

4

.556

Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers

1

1

.500

Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans

1

1

.500

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

2

3

.400

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

0

3

.000

Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons

0

3

.000

Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

0

0

---

Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts

0

0

---

 

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