Thursday, July 2, 2015

Around The NFL

Around The NFL

Around The NFL

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles. (Cory Dellenbach/AP)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles. (Cory Dellenbach/AP)

Today, we go around the NFL and statistically touch on each of the eight teams that will take to the field in Divisional Playoffs this weekend. 

♦ The Packers enter this NFL postseason with 13 championships, sixth among teams in the four major sports (Yankees 27, Canadiens 24, Celtics 17, Lakers 16, Maple Leafs 14). Green Bay's .635 postseason winning percentage (30-17) is tops among all teams across the board. The other leaders: NHL, Edmonton Oilers (.606); NBA, Los Angeles Lakers (.600); MLB, New York Yankees (.590).

49ers wide receiver Randy Moss has 10 career postseason receiving touchdowns in just 12 games. That ties him for third all-time with Fred Biletnikoff (19 games), Antonio Freeman (16 games) and Hines Ward (18 games). They all trail John Stallworth (12 TDs, 18 GP) and, of course, Jerry Rice (22 TDs, 29 GP).

♦ Seattle enters the divisional round with a six-game winning streak during which they have outscored opponents by 217-74 (almost a 3-to-1 ratio). The Seahawks, who cracked the 50-point barrier in consecutive games late in the season, led the NFL in fewest points allowed (245). Since 1966, 18 teams that did so made it to the Super Bowl, winning 13 of them.

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez registered his fifth season of 90 or more catches (93). Only three players have had six such seasons (Rice, Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt) ... Former Eagle Asante Samuel holds the NFL record with four postseason interception returns for touchdowns.

Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin had 145 receiving yards in Baltimore's wild-card victory ... every single one of them in the second half.

♦ The Broncos (13-3 in home playoff games all-time) are the seventh team since 1970 to enter the postseason on an 11-game (or longer) winning streak. Only two of the previous six (1972 Dolphins, 2003 Patriots) won the Super Bowl. Four did not (1993 Oilers, 2004 Steelers, 2007 Patriots, 2009 Chargers).

♦ Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has played in three postseason games and racked up 153, 132 and 140 rushing yards, respectively. He is the only NFL player to ever break triple digits in each of his first three playoff games.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichek has 17 career postseason wins under his belt, tied with Joe Gibbs for third all-time. Getting to Super Bowl XLVII would tie him with Don Shula (19) and winning it would put him alongside Tom Landry (20).

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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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