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January 14, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)

NFL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND 10 FACTS TO KNOW

1: CLOSE GAMES: The NFC Championship Game has featured close games in each of the past seven seasons, including three overtime games. There have been seven consecutive NFC Championship Games decided by seven points or fewer, the longest streak in conference championship game history.The NFC’s No. 2 seed GREEN BAY will travel this Sunday to play No. 1 seed SEATTLE.

The Seahawks had six games this season that finished within seven points or fewer, while the Packers had five such games.The past seven NFC Championship Games decided by seven points or fewer:
SEASON TEAMS WINNER FINAL SCORE
2007 N.Y. Giants at Green Bay N.Y. Giants 23-20*
2008 Philadelphia at Arizona Arizona 32-25
2009 Minnesota at New Orleans New Orleans 31-28*
2010 Green Bay at Chicago Green Bay 21-14
2011 N.Y. Giants at San Francisco N.Y. Giants 20-17*
2012 San Francisco at Atlanta San Francisco 28-24
2013 San Francisco at Seattle Seattle 23-17

2014 Green Bay at Seattle ??? ???
*Overtime
2; SUPER FOLLOW-UPS: The defending Super Bowl-champion SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (13-4) defeated Carolina 31-17 last week in the Divisional Round. With a win Sunday against Green Bay, the Seahawks can become the 12th team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl after winning it the previous season.

Eight Super Bowl winners won the title game the next year and three lost it.

The teams to reach the Super Bowl after winning it the previous season:

SEASON SUPER BOWL WINNER NEXT SEASON
1966 I Green Bay Won Super Bowl
1972 VII Miami Won Super Bowl
1974 IX Pittsburgh Won Super Bowl
1977 XII Dallas Lost Super Bowl
1978 XIII Pittsburgh Won Super Bowl
1982 XVII Washington Lost Super Bowl
1988 XXIII San Francisco Won Super Bowl
1992 XXVII Dallas Won Super Bowl
1996 XXXI Green Bay Lost Super Bowl
1997 XXXII Denver Won Super Bowl
2003 XXXVIII New England Won Super Bowl

2013 XLVIII Seattle ???

 

3: ON THE ROAD AGAIN: GREEN BAY and INDIANAPOLIS travel this weekend to face Seattle and New England, respectively. The Packers (10) are tied with Baltimore for the most road wins in postseason history while the Colts (eight) are currently tied for the fourth-most with the New York Giants and Tennessee.

With wins this Sunday, the Packers will have the most postseason wins on the road and the Colts will tie Dallas (nine) for the third-most postseason road victories.

The teams with the most road wins in postseason history:

TEAM MOST ROAD/POSTSEASON WINS
Green Bay Packers* 10
Baltimore Ravens 10
Dallas Cowboys 9
Indianapolis Colts* 8
New York Giants 8
Tennessee Titans 8
*Play on the road Sunday

 

4: SUPER CHAMPIONSHIP: In 2014, NEW ENGLAND won the AFC East title for the 16th time and has advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the 11th time and fourth straight. The Patriots are 7-3 (.700) in AFC Championship Games all-time.

With a win against Indianapolis on Sunday, New England (seven) can tie Dallas (eight) and Pittsburgh (eight) for the most Super Bowl berths in NFL history.

The teams with the most Super Bowl appearances:

TEAM SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
Dallas 8
Pittsburgh 8
New England* 7
Denver 7
San Francisco 6
*Active Sunday
5: SUPER COMBINATION: New England head coach BILL BELICHICK and quarterback TOM BRADY have made five Super Bowl appearances together, the most appearances by any head coach-quarterback combination in NFL history. With a win Sunday against the Colts, they can extend their NFL record for the most such Super Bowl appearances.

The head coach-quarterback combinations with the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK HEAD COACH TEAM SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
Tom Brady Bill Belichick New England Patriots* 5
Roger Staubach Tom Landry Dallas Cowboys 4
Jim Kelly Marv Levy Buffalo Bills 4
Terry Bradshaw Chuck Noll Pittsburgh Steelers 4
*Active
With a win, Belichick (five) would join Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (six) as the only head coaches to lead their team(s) to six Super Bowls.

The head coaches to reach the most Super Bowls:

HEAD COACH SUPER BOWL BERTHS
Don Shula 6
Bill Belichick* 5
Tom Landry 5
Five tied 4
*Active Sunday
With a win, Brady would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (five) for the most conference championship wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. A victory on Sunday would send Brady to his sixth Super Bowl, the most ever by a starting quarterback.

The starting quarterbacks with the most Super Bowl appearances all-time:

PLAYER SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES SUPER BOWL RECORD
Tom Brady* 5 3-2
John Elway^ 5 2-3
Terry Bradshaw^ 4 4-0
Joe Montana ^ 4 4-0
Roger Staubach^ 4 2-2
Jim Kelly^ 4 0-4
*Plays Sunday

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

6: POSTSEASON RATING: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON and Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS will face one another in the NFC Championship this weekend in a rematch of the 2014 season opener. Wilson (109.6) and Rodgers (105.3) rank first and second, respectively, among quarterbacks with the highest postseason passer rating (min. 150 attempts).

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

QUARTERBACK ATT. COMP. YARDS TD INT POSTSEASON PASSER RATING
Russell Wilson* 152 97 1,364 9 1 109.6
Aaron Rodgers* 353 234 2,805 22 5 105.3
Bart Starr 213 130 1,753 15 3 104.8
Kurt Warner 462 307 3,952 31 14 102.8
Drew Brees 464 306 3,539 24 6 100.7
*Play Sunday in NFC Championship Game
Rodgers has completed 120 of 174 passes for 1,470 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions for a 108.2 passer rating on the road in the postseason. Rodgers’ 108.2 passer rating in road playoff games is the highest rating in NFL history (min. 100 attempts).

The quarterbacks with the highest passer rating in road playoff games (min. 100 attempts):

QUARTERBACK ATT. COMP. YARDS TD INT POSTSEASON ROAD PASSER RATING
Aaron Rodgers* 174 120 1,470 12 4 108.2*
Ben Roethlisberger 112 71 969 8 2 107.3
Philip Rivers 134 84 1,128 9 4 99.3
Roger Staubach 134 77 963 10 3 95.5
Eli Manning 203 122 1,406 11 2 95.0
*Plays Sunday in NFC Championship Game
7: AMAZING ADAM: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI has played in 29 career postseason games in his 19-year career. On Sunday against New England, Vinatieri can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (29) for the most postseason games played in NFL history.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (27), who is tied with D.D. LEWIS (27) for the third-most postseason games played all-time, can move into sole possession of third place.

The players with the most postseason games played in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) POSTSEASON GAMES PLAYED
Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis, New England 29*
Jerry Rice San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 29
Tom Brady New England 27*
D.D. Lewis Dallas 27
*Play Sunday in AFC Championship Game
Vinatieri has made a field goal in 13 consecutive playoff games dating back to 2005, tied for the longest streak in postseason history. With one field goal on Sunday, Vinatieri will surpass TONY FRITSCH (13) for the most consecutive games with a field goal in postseason history.

8: CONSECUTIVE CHANCELLOR: Seattle safety KAM CHANCELLOR returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown last week in the Seahawks’ 31-17 win over Carolina. Dating back to last postseason, Chancellor has an interception in three consecutive games.

With an interception on Sunday against Green Bay, Chancellor will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer AENEAS WILLIAMS (four) and RODNEY HARRISON (four) for the most consecutive postseason games with an interception.

The players with the most consecutive games with an interception in postseason history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH INT
Aeneas Williams Arizona-St. Louis 1998-2001 4
Rodney Harrison New England 2004, 2007 4
Many tied 3, Kam Chancellor Seattle 2013-2014 3*

*Active streak
9: AFC TROPHY PRESENTATION: The LAMAR HUNT TROPHY will be presented to the winner of the AFC Championship Game.

The late Hunt, founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and American Football League, helped professional football attain its stature as America’s No. 1 sport. In the 10-year history of the AFL, his team posted the most wins (87) and earned berths in two of the first four Super Bowls, including a victory in Super Bowl IV.

In 1972, Hunt became the first person from the AFL to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

10: NFC TROPHY PRESENTATION: The winner of the NFC Championship Game will be presented with the GEORGE HALAS TROPHY.

Halas, the late owner of the Chicago Bears and a founder of the NFL, is the second-winningest coach in history (324-151-31) behind DON SHULA (347-173-6). He won six NFL championships with the Bears and is a charter enshrinee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963).

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