WHAT TO LOOK FOR – DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

What to look for in this weekend's Divisional Playoffs.

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, No. 1 seeds in the NFC are 18-3 (.857) in the Divisional Playoffs. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed has compiled a 12-9 (.571) record.

Both No. 1 seeds are in action this weekend when the top-seeded Green Bay Packers host the New York Giants in the NFC and the No. 1-seed New England Patriots face the Denver Broncos in the AFC.

The No. 1 seeds in Divisional-round play since 1990:

YEAR

AFC NO. 1 SEED

DIVISIONAL RESULT

NFC NO. 1 SEED

DIVISIONAL RESULT

1990

Buffalo

Defeated Miami 44-34

San Francisco

Defeated Washington 28-10

1991

Buffalo

Defeated Kansas City 37-14

Washington

Defeated Atlanta 24-7

1992

Pittsburgh

Lost to Buffalo 24-3

San Francisco

Defeated Washington 20-13

1993

Buffalo

Defeated L.A. Raiders 29-23

Dallas

Defeated Green Bay 27-17

1994

Pittsburgh

Defeated Cleveland 29-9

San Francisco

Defeated Chicago 44-15

1995

Kansas City

Lost to Indianapolis 10-7

Dallas

Defeated Philadelphia 30-11

1996

Denver

Lost to Jacksonville 30-27

Green Bay

Defeated San Francisco 35-14

1997

Kansas City

Lost to Denver 14-10

San Francisco

Defeated Minnesota 38-22

1998

Denver

Defeated Miami 38-3

Minnesota

Defeated Arizona 41-21

1999

Jacksonville

Defeated Miami 62-7

St. Louis

Defeated Minnesota 49-37

2000

Tennessee

Lost to Baltimore 24-10

N.Y. Giants

Defeated Philadelphia 20-10

2001

Pittsburgh

Defeated Baltimore 27-10

St. Louis

Defeated Green Bay 45-17

2002

Oakland

Defeated N.Y. Jets 30-10

Philadelphia

Defeated Atlanta 20-6

2003

New England

Defeated Tennessee 17-14

Philadelphia

Defeated Green Bay 20-17 (OT)

2004

Pittsburgh

Defeated N.Y. Jets 20-17 (OT)

Philadelphia

Defeated Minnesota 27-14

2005

Indianapolis

Lost to Pittsburgh 21-18

Seattle

Defeated Washington 20-10

2006

San Diego

Lost to New England 24-21

Chicago

Defeated Seattle 27-24 (OT)

2007

New England

Defeated Jacksonville 31-20

Dallas

Lost to N.Y. Giants 21-17

2008

Tennessee

Lost to Baltimore 13-10

N.Y. Giants

Lost to Philadelphia 23-11

2009

Indianapolis

Defeated Baltimore 20-3

New Orleans

Defeated Arizona 45-14

2010

New England

Lost to N.Y. Jets 28-21

Atlanta

Lost to Green Bay 48-21

2011

New England

???

Green Bay

???

-- NFL --

POSTSEASON SUCCESS: Green Bay has won 13 NFL championships, the most all-time, and the club's .644 postseason winning percentage (29-16) is the best in NFL history.

The Packers currently have 29 playoff wins. With a win Sunday against the New York Giants, they can become the third team to record 30 postseason victories in NFL annals, joining the Pittsburgh Steelers (33) and Dallas Cowboys (33).

The teams with the most playoff victories in NFL history:

TEAM

PLAYOFF WINS

Dallas Cowboys

33

Pittsburgh Steelers*

33

*Green Bay Packers

29

Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

25

San Francisco 49ers*

25

*2011 postseason participant

-- NFL --

CHAMPIONSHIP GOAL:With a victory against New Orleans on Saturday, San Francisco would advance to its 13th NFC Championship Game. That total would be the third-most appearances in a Conference Championship Game 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

12

L.A./Oakland Raiders

11

L.A./St. Louis Rams

9

*Host New Orleans Saturday

-- NFL --

400 CLUB: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 466 yards in last weekend's 45-28 Wild Card victory over Detroit. Brees, who passed for 404 yards in a 2010 Wild Card loss to Seattle, became the third player in NFL annals to pass for at least 400 yards in multiple postseason games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (two) and PEYTON MANNING (two). Brees is the first to do so in consecutive games.

With 400 passing yards this weekend when New Orleans visits San Francisco, Brees would become the first player in NFL history to pass for 400 yards in three postseason games.

Currently, Brees possesses an NFL-record streak of 215 consecutive postseason passes without an interception, and can add to that total Saturday.

The players with multiple postseason games of at least 400 passing yards:

PLAYER

TEAM

POSTSEASON GAMES WITH 400 PASSING YARDS

Drew Brees*

New Orleans Saints

1/7/12 vs. Lions (466 yards)

1/8/11 at Seahawks (404 yards)

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

1/13/08 vs. Chargers (402 yards)

1/9/05 vs. Broncos (458 yards)

Dan Marino

Miami Dolphins

12/30/95 at Bills (422 yards)

1/6/85 vs. Steelers (421 yards)

*Plays at San Francisco Saturday

-- NFL --

BRADY BUNCH OF RECORDS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has thrown for 4,407 yards in his postseason career. With 104 passing yards this weekend against Denver, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (4,510) for the fifth-most postseason passing yards 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

Dan Marino

1983-1999

4,510

Tom Brady

2000-present

*4,407

*Active this weekend

Brady has also thrown 30 postseason touchdown passes. With three touchdown passes this weekend, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW (30), KURT WARNER (31), and Marino (32) for third-most postseason touchdown passes in NFL history.

PLAYER

CAREER

POSTSEASON TD PASSES

Joe Montana

1979-1994

45

Brett Favre

1991-2010

44

Dan Marino

1983-1999

32

Kurt Warner

1998-2009

31

Tom Brady

2000-present

*30

Terry Bradshaw

* *1970-1983

30

*Active this weekend

Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in 17 consecutive postseason games. With a touchdown pass this Sunday against Denver, he can record his 18th consecutive postseason game with a touchdown pass, already the second-longest streak in NFL history (BRETT FAVRE, 20).

PLAYER

CAREER

CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON GAMES W/ TD PASS

Brett Favre

1991-2010

20

Tom Brady

2000-present

*17

Dan Marino

1983-1999

13

Kurt Warner

1998-2009

12

3 tied

--

10

*Active this weekend

-- NFL --

FOSTER FOLLOW-UP: In his postseason debut last weekend, Houston running back ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 153 yards in the Texans' 31-10 Wild Card victory over Cincinnati.

This weekend against Baltimore, Foster could challenge for the most rushing yards 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

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

Arian Foster

Houston Texans

2011

*153

*Will play second career postseason game Sunday

-- NFL --

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK has compiled a 15-6 (.714) record in his postseason career. Belichick ranks fifth all-time with 15 playoff victories, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers TOM LANDRY, DON SHULA, JOE GIBBS and CHUCK NOLL.

With a win against Denver on Saturday night, Belichick would tie Noll (16) for the fourth-most playoff wins all-time.

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

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16

Bill Belichick

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

*15

*Active

GOOD COMPANY: Some other notes to keep in mind for this weekend's Divisional Playoffs:

For the second time (2006) since realignment in 2002, all eight remaining teams in this weekend's Divisional round are division winners.

For the first time in NFL history, the Divisional round will feature four Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks. New England's TOM BRADY (XXXVI, XXXVIII) will face Denver; New Orleans' DREW BREES (XLIV) will travel to San Francisco; and the New York Giants' ELI MANNING (XLII) and Green Bay's AARON RODGERS (XLV) will square off in Green Bay.

San Francisco (13-3) will host New Orleans (13-3) Saturday. The teams enter the game with a combined 26-6 (.813) regular-season record, tied for the second-highest combined winning percentage between opposing teams in a divisional playoff game.

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