Thursday 19 October 2017 / 02:53 AM

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON WILD CARD WEEKEND

FROM WILD CARD ROUND TO SUPER BOWL: Winners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl nine times. At least one Super Bowl participant in six of the past 11 years played a Wild Card Game.

The Wild Card round participants to win the Super Bowl:

SEASONTEAMSUPER BOWL RESULT
1980OaklandDefeated Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV, 27-10
1997DenverDefeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24
2000BaltimoreDefeated New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7
2005PittsburghDefeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL, 21-10
2006IndianapolisDefeated Chicago in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17
2007New York GiantsDefeated New England in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14
2010Green BayDefeated Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25
2011New York GiantsDefeated New England in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17
2012BaltimoreDefeated San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31

— WILD CARD WEEKEND —

WINNING PARTICIPANTS: The PITTSBURGH STEELERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS and OAKLAND RAIDERS will each be playing on Wild Card Weekend. Oakland travels to Houston (4:35 PM ET, ESPN/ABC) on Saturday in the opening game of Wild Card Weekend. On Sunday, Pittsburgh will host Miami (1:05 PM ET, CBS) while Green Bay will face the New York Giants at Lambeau Field (4:40 PM ET, FOX).

The Steelers (34) are tied with the DALLAS COWBOYS (34) for the most postseason wins in NFL history, while the Packers (32) and Raiders (25) rank third and sixth, respectively, in all-time playoff victories. The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who are the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, have 29 postseason victories, the fifth-most all-time.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAMWINSLOSSESWIN PCTSUPER BOWL WINS
Pittsburgh Steelers*3423.5966
Dallas Cowboys**3426.5675
Green Bay Packers*3221.6044
San Francisco 49ers3020.6005
New England Patriots**2919.6044
Oakland Raiders*2518.5813
*Play this weekend    
**First-round bye    

Green Bay (.604) owns the third-best winning percentage in postseason history, while Pittsburgh (.596) and Oakland (.581) rank fifth and sixth, respectively.

The teams with the highest postseason winning percentage in NFL history:

TEAMWIN PCTWINSLOSSESSUPER BOWL WINS
Baltimore Ravens.6521582
New England Patriots**.60429194
Green Bay Packers*.60432214
San Francisco 49ers.60030205
Pittsburgh Steelers*.59634236
Oakland Raiders*.58125183
*Play this weekend    
**First-round bye    

— WILD CARD WEEKEND —

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown for at least 300 yards in four postseason games in his career.

With 300 passing yards against the Giants on Sunday, Rodgers would join TOM BRADY (10), PEYTON MANNING (nine), DREW BREES (six), KURT WARNER (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (six) and DAN FOUTS (five) as the only quarterbacks to have at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

The quarterbacks with the most 300-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

PLAYERMOST 300-YARD PASSING GAMES IN POSTSEASON
Tom Brady*10
Peyton Manning9
Drew Brees6
Joe Montana^6
Kurt Warner6
Dan Fouts^5
  
Aaron Rodgers*4
*Active in 2016 playoffs 
^Pro Football Hall of Famer 

Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD has thrown for at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two career postseason starts.

With 300 passing yards on Saturday night at Seattle, Stafford will join Fouts as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in each of his first three postseason games. Fouts recorded four consecutive games with 300 passing yards to begin his postseason career.

The most consecutive 300-yard passing contests to start a career in postseason history:

PLAYERTEAMCONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS
Dan FoutsSan Diego Chargers4
Matthew StaffordDetroit Lions2*
Matt HasselbeckSeattle Seahawks2
Marc BulgerSt. Louis Rams2
*Active streak

— WILD CARD WEEKEND —

WINNING WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has led the Seahawks to five consecutive postseason appearances in his first five seasons in the NFL.

With a start against the Lions on Saturday night, Wilson would join JOE FLACCO (2008-12) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to start a playoff game in each of his first five seasons beginning with his rookie year.

PLAYERTEAMSEASONS
Joe FlaccoBaltimore Ravens2008-12
   
Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks2012-15*
*Entering fifth postseason

With a win over Detroit on Saturday, Wilson, who has seven career playoff wins through his first four seasons, will tie BEN ROETHLISBERGER (eight) for the third-most postseason victories by a starting quarterback in his first five seasons.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason victories in their first five seasons:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONSPOSTSEASON WINS
Tom BradyNew England Patriots2000-049
Joe FlaccoBaltimore Ravens2008-129
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers2004-088
    
Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks2012-157*
*Entering fifth postseason

 

— WILD CARD WEEKEND —

BIG-PLAY BOLDIN: Detroit wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career.

With two touchdown catches at Seattle on Saturday, Boldin would move into a tie for third place in touchdown receptions in NFL postseason history.

The players with the most touchdown catches in postseason history:

PLAYERTOUCHDOWN CATCHES
Jerry Rice^22
John Stallworth^12
Fred Biletnikoff^10
Antonio Freeman10
Randy Moss10
Hines Ward10
Rob Gronkowski9
Andre Reed^9
Steve Smith Sr.9
Lynn Swann^9
Reggie Wayne9
  
Anquan Boldin8*
*Active in 2016 postseason
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— WILD CARD WEEKEND —

NEW FACES: Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie DAK PRESCOTT, Houston’s BROCK OSWEILER, Miami’s MATT MOORE and RYAN TANNEHILL and Oakland rookie CONNOR COOK.

With a start against Houston on Saturday, Oakland’s Cook would become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in the postseason.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONROUNDPASSING YARDS
Kelly HolcombCleveland2002Wild Card429
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2009Wild Card423
Randall CunninghamPhiladelphia1988Divisional407
Kurt WarnerSt. Louis1999Divisional391
Neil LomaxSt. Louis1982Wild Card385

— WILD CARD WEEKEND —

BOUNCING BACK: The MIAMI DOLPHINS overcame a 1-4 start to the 2016 season to make the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The Dolphins are the ninth team since 1990 to qualify for the postseason after starting a season with a 1-4 record.

With a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Dolphins would become the sixth team since 1990 to win a postseason game after beginning a season with a 1-4 record. The Kansas City Chiefs accomplished the feat last season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-0 in the Wild Card round.

The teams to qualify for the postseason after beginning the season with a 1-4 record since 1990:

TEAMSEASONPOSTSEASON WINSADVANCED TO
Kansas City Chiefs20151Divisional Playoffs
Denver Broncos20111Divisional Playoffs
New York Jets20021Divisional Playoffs
Tennessee Titans20021AFC Championship
San Diego Chargers19921Divisional Playoffs
Houston Texans20150Wild Card Playoffs
Green Bay Packers20040Wild Card Playoffs
Houston Oilers19930Divisional Playoffs
    
Miami Dolphins*2016??????
*Play in Wild Card round on Sunday

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