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NFL Divisional Playoffs: QB Legends Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees; Packers O v Rams D; Champion Chiefs Arrive

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NFL Divisional Playoffs: QB Legends Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees; Packers O v Rams D; Champion Chiefs Arrive

2021-01-16 11:44:40

 

-Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady attempts pass in wild-card win over Washington. (Image Source: Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

What to look for in the Divisional Playoffs:

LEGENDS OF THE WINTER: When Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY (43 years, 167 days old on Sunday) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (42 years, two days old on Sunday), the two most prolific passers in NFL history, meet in the NFC Divisional playoffs, it will mark the first postseason game in NFL history to feature two opposing starting quarterbacks age 40 or older and their combined age (85 years and 169 days old on Sunday) is the oldest combined age of opposing starting quarterbacks in a single game (regular-season or postseason) in league annals.​

The players with the most passing yards and touchdown passes, including the postseason, in NFL history:

PLAYER

PASSING YARDS

RANK

TD PASSES

RANK

Tom Brady

90,973

1st

656

1st

Drew Brees

85,590

2nd

607

2nd

Peyton Manning

79,279

3rd

579

3rd

 
Brees, who has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 17 consecutive postseason games, needs a touchdown pass on Sunday against Tampa Bay (6:40 PM ET, FOX/FOX Deportes) to tie Brady (18 consecutive playoff games) for the second-longest such streak in postseason history. Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown a touchdown pass in 14 consecutive playoff games, tied for the fourth-longest such streak in postseason history.

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with a touchdown pass in NFL history:​

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAMES (DATES)

 

Brett FavreHOF

Green Bay, Minnesota

20 (Dec. 31, 1995 – Jan. 24, 2010)

 

Tom Brady

New England

18 (Feb. 3, 2002 – Jan. 14, 2012)

 

Drew Brees

San Diego Chargers, New Orleans

17* (Jan. 8, 2005 – Jan. 10, 2021)

 

Tom Brady

New England

14 (Jan. 19, 2014 – Jan. 20, 2019)

 

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

14* (Feb. 6, 2011 – Jan. 19, 2020)

 

*active streak

Rodgers led the NFL with 48 touchdown passes and had a 121.5 passer rating in 2020, the second-highest single-season mark among qualified passers in NFL history. In 18 career postseason starts, Rodgers has 43 touchdowns (40 passing, three rushing) and a 100 passer rating.

With at least two touchdown passes on Saturday against the Rams (4:35 PM ET, FOX/FOX Deportes), Rodgers would tie JOE FLACCO (eight consecutive games) for the most consecutive playoff games with at least two touchdown passes in NFL history.​

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with at least two touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES (DATES)

 

Joe Flacco

Baltimore

8 (Jan. 15, 2012 – Jan. 10, 2015)

 

Terry BradshawHOF

Pittsburgh

7 (Dec. 30, 1978 – Jan. 8, 1983)

 

Drew Brees

New Orleans

7 (Jan. 21, 2007 – Jan. 14, 2012)

 

Joe MontanaHOF

San Francisco

7 (Jan. 1, 1989 – Jan. 12, 1991)

 

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

7* (Jan. 10, 2016 – Jan. 19, 2020)

 

*active streak

STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH: The GREEN BAY PACKERS led the NFL in scoring offense (31.8 points per game) while the LOS ANGELES RAMS allowed the fewest points per game (18.5) during the 2020 regular season. Saturday’s meeting between the two clubs (4:35 PM ET, FOX/FOX Deportes) will mark the eighth postseason game between the top scoring offense and top scoring defense since 1990.

The postseason games between the top scoring offense and top scoring defense since 1990:​

SEASON

NO. 1 SCORING OFFENSE

NO. 1 SCORING DEFENSE

ROUND

RESULT

2020

Green Bay (31.8)

Los Angeles Rams (18.5)

Divisional

???

2016

Atlanta (33.8)

New England (15.6)

Super Bowl LI

NE 34, ATL 28 (OT)

2015

Carolina (31.3)

Seattle (17.3)

Divisional

CAR 31, SEA 24

2014

Green Bay (30.4)

Seattle (15.9)

Championship

SEA 28, GB 22 (OT)

2013

Denver (37.9)

Seattle (14.4)

Super Bowl XLVIII

SEA 43, DEN 8

1997

Denver (29.5)

Kansas City (14.5)

Divisional

DEN 14, KC 10

1993

San Francisco (29.6)

New York Giants (12.8)

Divisional

SF 44, NYG 3

1990

Buffalo (26.8)

New York Giants (13.2)

Super Bowl XXV

NYG 20, BUF 19

CHAMPS ARE HERE: The reigning Super Bowl champion KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (14-2) host the CLEVELAND BROWNS (12-5) in the AFC Divisional round on Sunday (3:05 PM ET, CBS/CBS All Access/ESPN Deportes). The Chiefs look to become the first team since the 2003-04 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.​

Dating back to the 2018 Divisional playoffs, the Chiefs have scored at least 30 points in five consecutive postseason games. With at least 30 points against Cleveland, Kansas City would tie NEW ORLEANS (six consecutive games from Jan. 16, 2010 to Jan. 14, 2012) for the most consecutive postseason games with at least 30 points in NFL history.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game in each of the past two seasons. With a win on Sunday against Cleveland, Mahomes can become the first starting quarterback under the age of 26 to make three Championship game appearances in NFL history.

Additionally, with a win, Kansas City would become the first AFC team to host three consecutive Championship games in NFL history. The 2002-04 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES hosted three consecutive NFC Championship games.​

Defensive end FRANK CLARK has registered a sack in five consecutive postseason games and can become the third player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record a sack in six consecutive postseason games.

The players with a sack in the most consecutive postseason games since 1982:​

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAMES (DATES)

 

LaMarr Woodley

Pittsburgh

7 (Jan. 5, 2008 – Feb. 6, 2011)

 

Mark Gastineau

New York Jets

6 (Jan. 9, 1983 – Jan. 3, 1987)

 

Frank Clark

Seattle, Kansas City

5* (Jan. 14, 2017 – Feb. 2, 2020)

 

Willie McGinest

New England

5 (Jan. 27, 2002 – Feb. 1, 2004)

 

Simeon Rice

Tampa Bay

5 (Jan. 12, 2002 – Jan. 7, 2006)

 

Bruce SmithHOF

Buffalo

5 (Jan. 9, 1993 – Jan. 23, 1994)

 

*active streak

 
 

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