WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK

What to look for this weekend and a look back at last weekend in playoff action.

CHAMPIONSHIP GOAL:San Francisco will host the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game after earning a 36-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. It will be the 49ers' 13th Conference Championship game appearance, the third-most among all franchises since 1970.

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

TEAM

MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Pittsburgh Steelers

15

Dallas Cowboys

14

*San Francisco 49ers

13

L.A./Oakland Raiders

11

L.A./St. Louis Rams

9

*Host NY Giants on Sunday

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BRADY BUNCH OF RECORDS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 26 of 34 passes (76.5 percent) for 363 yards with six touchdowns and one interception for a 137.6 passer rating in the Patriots' 45-10 victory over Denver.

Brady has thrown for 4,770 yards in his postseason career, the fifth-most in NFL history.

PLAYER

CAREER

POSTSEASON PASSING YARDS

Brett Favre

1991-2010

5,855

Joe Montana

1979-1994

5,772

Peyton Manning

1998-present

5,389

John Elway

1983-1998

4,964

Tom Brady

2000-present

4,407

Dan Marino

1983-1999

4,510

Brady tied an NFL record with six touchdown passes in the game (Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNGsix, DARYLE LAMONICAsix) to increase his career playoff total to 36, the third-most in league annals.

PLAYER

CAREER

POSTSEASON TD PASSES

Joe Montana

1979-1994

45

Brett Favre

1991-2010

44

Tom Brady

2000-present

36

Dan Marino

1983-1999

32

Kurt Warner

1998-2009

31

Terry Bradshaw

* *1970-1983

30

It marked Brady's 18th consecutive playoff game with at least one touchdown pass, the second-longest streak ever.

PLAYER

CAREER

CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON GAMES W/ TD PASS

Brett Favre

1991-2010

20

Tom Brady

2000-present

*18

Dan Marino

1983-1999

13

Kurt Warner

1998-2009

12

3 tied

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400 CLUB: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 40 of 63 passes (63.5 percent) for 462 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions against the 49ers to record his third consecutive 400-yard effort in the postseason (404 at Seattle, 2010 Wild Card; 466 vs. Detroit, 2011 Wild Card).

Brees (three), who is the only quarterback to pass for at least 400 yards in consecutive playoff games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (two) and PEYTON MANNING (two) for the most 400-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

The Super Bowl XLIV MVP attempted 12 passes before throwing his first interception, ending his NFL-record streak of consecutive postseason passes without an interception at 217.

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FOSTER FOLLOW-UP: Houston running back ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 132 yards with one touchdown in the Texans' 20-13 loss at Baltimore. Foster totaled 285 rushing yards in his postseason debut, the most in a player's first two postseason games in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in their first two postseason games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

POSTSEASON(S)

RUSH YARDS IN FIRST TWO POSTSEASON GAMES

Arian Foster

Houston Texans

2011

285

Duane Thomas

Dallas Cowboys

1970

278

Terrell Davis

Denver Broncos

1996, 1997

275

Eddie George

Tennessee Titans

1999

268

Shonn Greene

N.Y. Jets

2009

263

Fred Taylor

Jacksonville Jaguars

1999

248

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HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England head coach BILL BELICHICK, who has compiled a 16-6 (.727) record in his postseason career, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL(16) for the fourth-most playoff wins by a coach with the Patriots' victory on Saturday.

Belichick trails only Pro Football Hall of Famers TOM LANDRY, DON SHULAand JOE GIBBS.

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

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys

20

Don Shula

Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins

19

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

17

Bill Belichick

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

*16

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16

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