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What To Look For - Wild Card Weekend

Posted Jan 3, 2014

What To Look For - Wild Card Weekend



WHAT TO LOOK FORWILD CARD WEEKEND

 

FROM WILD CARD TO SUPER BOWL: Winners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl nine times, including each of the past three seasons. At least one Super Bowl participant in seven of the past eight years played a Wild Card game. 

 

The Baltimore Ravens won four playoff games last year to win Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. In 2011, the NFC No. 4 seed New York Giants claimed four playoff victories to win their second championship in five seasons. In 2010, the Green Bay Packers won four playoff games to become the second No. 6 seed to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

 

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

2012

Baltimore

Defeated San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

FAMILIAR FOES: This Sunday, San Francisco (Wild Card) will travel to play Green Bay (NFC North Champions) as part of Wild Card Weekend. It marks the seventh postseason meeting between these teams, tying for the fourth-most all-time (49ers vs. Giants, 8; Bears vs. Giants, 8; Cowboys vs. Rams, 8). It is the third meeting between the 49ers and Packers on Wild Card Weekend.

 

The Packers lead the playoff series (4-2) and of those six games, the winning team reached the Super Bowl three times, winning once.

 

The playoff games between San Francisco and Green Bay:

 

SEASON

ROUND

WINNING TEAM

SCORE

RESULT

2012

Divisional

San Francisco

45-31

Lost Super Bowl XLVII

2001

Wild Card

Green Bay

25-15

Advanced to Divisional Round

1998

Wild Card

San Francisco

30-27

Advanced to Divisional Round

1997

NFC Championship

Green Bay

23-10

Lost Super Bowl XXXII

1996

Divisional

Green Bay

35-14

Won Super Bowl XXXI

1995

Divisional

Green Bay

27-17

Advanced to NFC Championship

 

The 49ers-Packers matchup will mark the 21st time that Green Bay hosts a playoff game. Already boasting the highest home winning percentage in postseason history (.800), Green Bay looks to extend that mark against San Francisco.

 

The teams with the highest home winning percentage all-time in the postseason (minimum 10 games):

 

TEAM

RECORD

HOME WINNING PERCENTAGE, POSTSEASON

Green Bay

16-4

.800

Oakland

19-5

.792

New England

14-4

.778

Buffalo

10-3

.769

Denver

13-4

.765

Washington

13-4

.765

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

NO. 1’s:  This weekend, Kansas City will travel to Indianapolis in a Wild Card matchup featuring starting quarterbacks who were selected as No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft. Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH, who is in his first season with the Chiefs, led the team to an 11-5 record. Smith was the first overall selection of San Francisco in 2005. Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK was the Colts first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft and has led the team to playoff appearances in consecutive seasons.

 

When Kansas City and Indianapolis play this weekend, it will mark the fifth time in postseason history that the opposing quarterbacks are both former first overall selections.

 

The playoff games featuring opposing quarterbacks who were first overall selections:

 

SEASON

 ROUND

MATCHUP

RESULT

2011

NFC Championship

Alex Smith (SF) vs. Eli Manning (NYG)

NYG defeated SF 20-17 (OT)

1999

Wild Card

Jeff George (MIN) vs. Troy Aikman (DAL)

MIN defeated DAL 27-10

1998

AFC Championship

John Elway (DEN) vs. Vinny Testaverde (NYJ)

DEN defeated NYJ 23-10

1994

Wild Card

Vinny Testaverde (CLE) vs. Drew Bledsoe (NE)

CLE defeated NE 20-13

 

 

 

 

2013

Wild Card

Andrew Luck (IND) vs. Alex Smith (KC)

???

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

AWESOME AARON:  Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 423 yards in his first playoff start in the 2010 playoffs against Arizona on Wild Card Weekend.  With another 400-yard passing performance this Sunday against San Francisco, Rodgers can join DREW BREES (three), PEYTON MANNING (two) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (two) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat in multiple playoff games.

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

PLAYOFF BREES:  New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES enters this weekend’s Wild Card matchup against Philadelphia with a 104.2 rating in his postseason career, the second-best mark in NFL history. His 67.0 completion percentage in the postseason is the highest mark ever.

 

Through nine career postseason games, Brees has five 300-yard passing games, the third-most in NFL history. With 300 passing yards on Wild Card Weekend, Brees would join PEYTON MANNING (eight), TOM BRADY (six), KURT WARNER (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (six) as the only quarterbacks to have at least six 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

 

The quarterbacks with the most 300-yard passing games in the playoffs:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAMES PLAYED

MOST 300-YARD  PASSING GAMES

Peyton Manning*

Indianapolis, Denver

20

8

Tom Brady*

New England

24

6

Joe Montana**

San Francisco, Kansas City

23

6

Kurt Warner

St. Louis, Arizona

13

6

Drew Brees*

New Orleans

9

5

Dan Fouts**

San Diego, New Orleans

7

5

*Active

**Pro Football Hall Famer

 

 

 

 

Brees also enters the weekend with a streak of three consecutive 300-yard passing games in the playoffs, the second-longest in history. With 300 yards passing on Saturday against Philadelphia, Brees would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTS (four) for the most consecutive 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

 

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive 300-yard passing games in the playoffs:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS

MOST CONSECUTIVE 300-YARD  PASSING GAMES

Dan Fouts**

San Diego

1979-81

4

Jim Kelly**

Buffalo

1989-90

3

Warren Moon**

Houston

1991-93

3

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2010-11

3*

*Current streak

**Pro Football Hall Famer

 

 

 

 

-- WILD CARD WEEKEND --

 

FIRST-TIMER:  Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES will make his first-career postseason start on Wild Card Weekend. Foles helped the Eagles, winners of seven of their last eight games, clinch the NFC East. The second-year signal-caller led the league in passer rating (119.2) and had 27 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions, the best touchdown-interception ratio in NFL history.

 

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

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

ROUND

PASSING YARDS

Kelly Holcomb

Cleveland

2002

Wild Card

429

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

2009

Wild Card

423

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

1988

Divisional

407

Kurt Warner

St. Louis

1999

Divisional

391

Neil Lomax

St. Louis

1982

Wild Card

385


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