SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS–AFC SOUTH (12-5) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS–AFC EAST (12-4)
|LEADER (REG. SEASON)||45-28|
|STREAKS (REG. SEASON)||Past 3, 4 of past 6|
|COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON)||Pagano: 0-1||Belichick: 13-8|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||1-1||18-8|
|VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON)||Ind.: 3-2 (Cin. 0-1; Den. 1-0; Hou. 2-0; Mia. 0-1)NE: 3-2 (Cin; 0-1; Den. 1-0; Hou. 1-0; Mia. 1-1)|
|LAST WEEK||W 45-44 vs. Chiefs||Bye (Wk. 17: W 34-20 vs. Bills)|
|LAST GAME(REG. SEASON)||11/18/12: Colts 24 at Patriots 59. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 331 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to TE Rob Gronkowski (4, 24). Patriots WR Julian Edelman scores on 68-yard PR-TD & 2-yard TD catch.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE(REG. SEASON)||11/18/12|
|LAST PLAYOFF||1/21/07: Patriots 34 at Colts 38. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning passes for 349 yards & adds 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush). Colts overcome 21-3 deficit as RB Joseph Addai scores game-winning TD run with 1:00 remaining.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (8:15 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf, Allie LaForce (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Ind.), 86 (NE). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ind.), 86 (NE).|
|PASSING||Luck: 343-570-3,822-23-9-87.0||Brady: 380-628-4,343 (3C)-25-11-87.3|
|RUSHING||Richardson: 188-563-3.0-3||Ridley: 178-773-4.3-7|
|RECEIVING||Hilton: 82-1,083-13.2-5||Edelman: 105-1,056-10.1-6|
|TAKE/GIVE||+13 (3L)||+9 (3C)|
|SACKS||Mathis: 19.5 (1L)||Cha. Jones: 11.5 (T3C)|
|INTs||Butler: 4||Ryan (R): 5 (T1C)|
|PR||Hilton: 9.4||Edelman: 10.7|
|KR||Reed: 24.6||Blount: 29.1|
|PUNTING||McAfee: 46.0||Allen (R): 45.9|
|KICKING||Vinatieri : 139 (34/34 PAT; 35/40 FG)||Gostkowski: 158 (1L) (44/44 PAT; 38/41 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 4th time in postseason. Colts defeated Patriots, 38-34, in AFC Championship Game on 1/21/07.
NE is 2-1 in 3 playoff meetings vs. Colts. Patriots lead all-time series (incl. playoffs) 47-29.
COLTS: Overcame 28-point deficit (38-10; 45-44) last week, 2nd-largest comeback win in NFL playoff history…Have won 3 of past 4 on road in Divisional Playoffs…Clinched AFC South title for 8th-time since 2003…Have made 11 postseason appearances since 2002, most in NFL…Last week, QB ANDREW LUCK (4) tied for 2nd-most TD passes in postseason game in franchise history (PEYTON MANNING, 5 on 1/4/04). Luck’s 443 pass yards last week were 2nd most in playoff game in club annals (Manning, 458 on 1/9/05). Completed 17 of 24 passes (70.8 pct.) for 314 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 118.1 rating in 2nd-half last game. Will make 2nd career start vs. NE (1st in postseason). Has 8,196 career passing yards & is 1st player in NFL history with 8,000 passing yards in his 1st 2 seasons…RB DONALD BROWN totaled 102 scrimmage yards with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Had career-high 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 receiving) in 2013 reg. season. RB TRENT RICHARDSON will play in 1st career game vs. NE…WR T.Y. HILTON had 13 catches last week, tied for 2nd-most receptions in postseason game in NFL history. His 224 receiving yards vs. KC, were 3rd-most receiving yards in playoff game all-time. Had career-best in catches (82) & receiving yards (1,083) in 2013. Hilton is 6th player in NFL history to register 10 100-yard receiving games in the 1st 2 seasons of a career…TE COBY FLEENER posted 5 catches for 46 yards with TD vs. Chiefs last week. Fleener had career-highs in catches (52), receiving yards (608) & TDs (4) this season…LB ROBERT MATHIS has 5.5 career postseason sacks, 2nd-most by Colt since 1982 (DWIGHT FREENEY, 9). Mathis (111 career; 19.5 in 2013) has most sacks in career by Colt & in single-season since 1982. Has 5 career sacks vs. NE (all regular season). LB JERRELL FREEMAN led team with 126 tackles in 2013. Ranked 2nd on team with career-best 5.5 sacks…S ANTOINE BETHEA has 4 career postseason INTs. Posted team-best 9 tackles last week. Has 3 career INTs vs. Patriots (all reg. season). S LA RON LANDRY has 2 INTs in 2 career postseason games…CB DARIUS BUTLER was selected in 2nd round by NE in 2009 NFL Draft. Butler has 4 INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Led team with 15 passes defensed. CB VONTAE DAVIS has 2 career INTs vs. NE…K ADAM VINATIERI owns NFL-postseason record in made FGs (49) & points (205). Spent 10 seasons with Patriots (1996-2005)…Club had 1 player selected to 2014 Pro Bowl (LB Mathis).
PATRIOTS: With win, Patriots will advance to 3rd straight AFC Championship Game…Club is 14-4 (.778) at home in postseason, 2nd-best all-time (min. 10 games)…Patriots are 10-6 (.625) in Divisional Playoffs…Posted 8-0 record at home in 2013…NE is 2-0 all-time at home in postseason vs. Colts…Head coach BILL BELICHICK & QB TOM BRADY (17) have most postseason wins by QB-head coach duo…Belichick (18) has 3rd-most playoff wins all-time, trailing only HOFers TOM LANDRY (20) & DON SHULA (19)…Brady’s 17 postseason wins are most playoffs wins by QB in NFL history. Brady has most completions (553), attempts (887) & passing yards (5,949) in NFL playoff history. Brady (42) needs 3 TD passes to surpass BRETT FAVRE (44) for 2nd-most postseason TD passes all-time. Has 17-7 (.708) playoff record, 3rd-best postseason record as starting QB in NFL history (min. 15 starts). Brady is 11-3 (.786) as starter at home in postseason. Has 11 division titles, most by starting QB in NFL history. Brady has 10-4 (.714) record vs. Ind. (incl. playoffs) with 27 TDs vs. 12 INTs & 98.8 rating…In Week 17, RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT totaled 334 yards (189 rush, 145 KR), most in game by Patriot in franchise history. Joined LE SEAN MC COY as only players in NFL to register at least 180 rushing yards & 2 rushing TDs in game this season. Has 4 rush TDs in past 2 games. Rushed for 127 yards with TD in only career meeting vs. Ind. (w/ TB on 10/3/11). RB SHANE VEREEN had 5 catches for 83 yards (16.6 avg.) with 2 TDs in Div. playoffs last year (vs. Hou.)…WR JULIAN EDELMAN (105) joined TROY BROWN & WES WELKER as only Patriots to have 100+ receptions in season. Posted 1st season of career with 1,000 receiving yards (1,056). WR DANNY AMENDOLA will play in 1st career postseason game…DE CHANDLER JONES had career-high 11.5 sacks in 2013…LB DON’T’A HIGHTOWER had team-best 97 tackles this season…DT CHRIS JONES led all AFC rookies with 6 sacks…CB AQIB TALIB led team with 13 passes defensed. CB LOGAN RYAN led NFL rookies with 5 INTs…S DEVIN MC COURTY has 1 career INT vs. Colts…Club had 4 players selected to 2014 Pro Bowl (QB Brady, G LOGAN MANKINS, CB Talib, WR MATTHEW SLATER).
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS–AFC WEST (10-7) AT DENVER BRONCOS–AFC WEST (13-3)
|LEADER (REG. SEASON)||58-49-1|
|STREAKS (REG. SEASON)||4 of past 5|
|COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON)||McCoy: 1-1||Fox: 5-3|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||1-0||5-3|
|VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON)||SD: 8-4 (Dal. 1-0; Hou. 0-1; Ind. 1-0; Jax. 1-0; KC 2-0; NYG 1-0; Oak. 1-1; Phi. 1-0; Ten. 0-1; Was. 0-1)Den.: 11-1 (Dal. 1-0; Hou. 1-0; Ind. 0-1; Jax. 1-0; KC 2-0; NYG 1-0; Oak. 2-0; Phi. 1-0; Ten. 1-0; Was. 1-0)|
|LAST WEEK||W 27-10 at Bengals||Bye (Wk. 17: W 34-14 at Raiders)|
|LAST GAME(REG. SEASON)||12/12/13: Chargers 27 at Broncos 20. San Diego rookie WR Keenan Allen catches 2 second-quarter TDs from QB Philip Rivers. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews rushes for 127 yards & TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE(REG. SEASON)||12/12/13|
|BROADCAST||CBS (2:40 PM MT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Tim Ryan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (SD), 86 (Den.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SD), 86 (Den.).|
|PASSING||Rivers: 378-544-4,478 (2C)-32 (3C)-11-105.5 (2C)||Manning: 450-659-5,477 (1L)-55 (1L)-10-115.1 (1C)|
|RUSHING||Mathews: 285-1,255 (2C)-4.4-6||Moreno: 241-1,038-4.3-10 (2C)|
|RECEIVING||Gates (TE): 77-872-11.3-4||D. Thomas: 92 -1,430 (3C)-15.5-14 (1C)|
|OFFENSE||393.3 (2C)||457.3 (1L)|
|SACKS||Liuget: 5.5||Phillips: 10|
|INTs||Gilchrist, Weddle: 2||3 tied: 3|
|PR||Allen (R): 8.3||Holliday: 8.5|
|KR||Woodhead: 21.8||Holliday: 27.7 (3C)|
|PUNTING||Scifres: 43.2||Colquitt: 44.5|
|KICKING||Novak: 144 (3L) (42/42 PAT; 34/37 FG)||Prater: 150 (2L) (75/75 PAT; 25/26 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason. Broncos lead all-time series 58-49-1.
CHARGERS: Last week, SD registered 1st postseason win since 1/3/09…Have won 6 of past 8 at Den…QB PHILIP RIVERS has 4-4 career postseason record. In 4 career postseason road games, Rivers has completed 66 of 107 passes (61.7 pct.) for 911 yards with 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 95.2 passer rating. For career, Rivers is 10-6 (.625) as starter vs. Broncos with 27 TDs vs. 12 INTs & 98.8 passer rating. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 120 passer rating in win vs. Den. on 12/12/13. Rivers (4,478) is 6th player in NFL history to register 5 4,000-yard seasons. Has passed for 32,369 career yards & 221 TDs, trailing only HOFer DAN FOUTS for most in Chargers history…RB RYAN MATHEWS has 5 100-yard rush games in 7 career contests against Broncos. Had 127 rush yards with TD in last game at Den. Mathews (1,255) is 1st Charger to reach 1,200 rush yards since LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2007 (1,474). Led AFC with 534 rush yards in December. RB DANNY WOODHEAD posted 1st postseason rush TD of career vs. Cin. Ranked 2nd in NFL in receptions (76) & receiving yards (605) among RBs in 2013. RB RONNIE BROWN had 58-yard rush TD last week, 1st career postseason rush TD…TE ANTONIO GATES has 6 career TD catches vs. Den. In 2013, Gates (77 catches, 872 receiving yards) posted 6th season with at least 70 catches & 800 receiving yards. TE LADARIUS GREEN registered 1st postseason TD catch last week. Averaged 22.1 yards per catch in 2013…Rookie WR KEENAN ALLEN tied career-best with 2 TD receptions in last game at Den. Allen (71 catches for 1,046) totaled most receptions & receiving yards by Chargers rookie. Led NFL rookies in catches & receiving yards. WR EDDIE ROYAL had career-high 8 TD receptions this season. Royal was selected in 2nd round of 2008 NFL Draft by Broncos & spent 4 seasons in Den. (2008-11)…S ERIC WEDDLE has 2 career INTs vs. Den. Weddle led club with 103 tackles in 2013…LB THOMAS KEISER had INT in last game vs. Den. LB MELVIN INGRAM had INT in 1st career postseason game last week… Club had 2 players selected to 2014 Pro Bowl (QB Rivers, S Weddle).
BRONCOS: Have 13-4 (.765) postseason record at home, tied for 4th-best all-time (minimum 10 games)…Club is 8-5 (.615) all-time in Divisional Playoffs…Won AFC West for 13th time & 1st time in 3 straight seasons…Den. (606) had most points by team in season in NFL history…QB PEYTON MANNING (5,679) has 4th-most career postseason passing yards in NFL history. Manning (32) is tied with HOFer DAN MARINO for 4th-most postseason TD passes in NFL history. Manning (5,477) set NFL’s single-season passing-yard record & registered 55 TD passes, most in season in NFL history. Manning is 1st player to set both single-season passing yardage & TD records in same season since Dan Marino in 1984. Manning has passed for 712 yards (356 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 94.3 rating in 2 career postseason meetings vs. SD…RB KNOWSHON MORENO (1,038) has reached 1,000 rush yards for 1st time in career. Rookie RB MONTEE BALL averaged 6.6 yards per carry in December (45 att., 297 yards) with 1 rush TD…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had career-best 3 TD receptions against Chargers on 11/10/13. Thomas is 1st Bronco to have 2 1,400-yard seasons. Set franchise postseason record with 204 receiving yards & became 7th player in NFL history to reach 200 receiving yards in playoff game on 1/8/12 vs. Pit. WR ERIC DECKER has 3 TD catches in past 5 vs. SD. Had career-high in receptions (87) & receiving yards (1,288) in 2013. WR WES WELKER had 69 receptions for 686 yards with 4 TDs in 9 career postseason games. Welker (69) needs 2 catches to surpass HOFers FRED BILETNIKOFF (70) & ART MONK (69) for 8th-most catches in NFL playoff history…TE JULIUS THOMAS (12) has most TD rec. by Broncos TE in season in franchise history. Has 7 catches for 145 yards (20.7 avg.), incl. 74-yard TD catch in 2 career games vs. Chargers. Den. became 1st team in NFL history to have 5 players score at least 10 TDs in same season (D. Thomas 14, Moreno 13, J. Thomas 12, Decker 11 & Welker 10)…CB CHAMP BAILEY has 2 career postseason INTs, incl. 100-yard INT-TD return on 1/14/06 vs. NE (tied for 2nd-longest return in postseason history)…LB DANNY TREVATHANled team with career-high 124 tackles this season…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS spent 9 seasons with SD & has 2nd-most sacks in team annals (69.5). Phillips (10) reached double-digits sacks for 3rd time in career…Club had 5 players selected to 2014 Pro Bowl (QB Manning, K MATT PRATER, WR D. Thomas, TE J. Thomas,G LOUIS VASQUEZ).
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS–NFC SOUTH (12-5) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS–NFC WEST (13-3)
|LEADER (REG. SEASON)||Series tied, 6-6|
|STREAKS (REG. SEASON)||4 of past 6|
|COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON)||Payton: 2-2||Carroll: 3-1|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||Payton: 6-3||Carroll: 3-4|
|VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON)||NO: 7-2 (Arz. 1-0; Atl. 2-0; Car. 1-1; StL 0-1; SF 1-0; TB 2-0)Sea.: 7-2 (Arz. 1-1; Atl. 1-0; Car. 1-0; StL 2-0; SF 1-1; TB 1-0)|
|LAST WEEK||W 26-24 at Eagles||Bye (Wk. 17: W 27-9 vs. Rams)|
|LAST GAME (REG. SEASON)||12/2/13: Saints 7 at Seahawks 34. Seattle QB Russell Wilson completes 22 of 30 for 310 yards & 3 TDs for 139.6 rating. Seahawks DE Michael Bennett scores on 22-yard FR-TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE(REG. SEASON)||12/2/13|
|LAST PLAYOFF||1/8/11: Saints 36 at Seahawks 41. Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck throws 4 TDs, including 2 to TE John Carlson. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 131 yards & TD (67 yards).|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:35 PM PT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (NO), 86 (Sea.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NO), 86 (Sea.).|
REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS
|PASSING||Brees: 446-650-5,162 (1C)-39 (1C)-12-104.7||Wilson: 257-407-3,357-26-9-101.2|
|RUSHING||Thomas: 147-549-3.7-2||Lynch: 301-1,257-4.2-12 (T1L)|
|RECEIVING||J. Graham (TE): 86-1,215-14.1-16 (1L)||Tate: 64-898-14.0-5|
|DEFENSE||305.7 (3C)||273.6 (1L)|
|SACKS||Jordan: 12.5 (3C)||Bennett: 8.5|
|INTs||Lewis: 4||Sherman: 8 (1L)|
|PR||Sproles: 6.7||Tate: 11.5|
|KR||Sproles: 21.3||Kearse: 21.8|
|PUNTING||Morstead: 46.9||Ryan: 42.7|
|KICKING||S. Graham: 13 (7/7 PAT; 2/2 FG)||Hauschka: 143 (1C) (44/44 PAT; 33/35 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason (Sea. 41-36 in 2010 WC). In Week 13, Sea. defeated NO 34-7 on MNF. Seahawks lead all-time series (incl. playoffs) 7-6.
SAINTS: Are in playoffs for 5th time under head coach SEAN PAYTON. Club has won 5 of past 7 postseason games, incl. win in SB XLIV…Saints had 5 players selected to Pro Bowl: QB DREW BREES (8th), G JAHRI EVANS (5th), TE JIMMY GRAHAM (2nd), G BEN GRUBBS (2nd) & DE CAMERON JORDAN (1st)…Team ranked 2nd in NFL in pass offense (307.4) & pass defense (194.1) & ranked 4th in NFL in total offense (399.4) & total defense (305.7)…QB Brees was 2nd in NFL in pass yards (5,162), TDs (39), comp. (446) & comp. pct. (68.6). Had 104.7 passer rating, his 4th season with 100+ rating. Brees has 3 consecutive 5,000-yard seasons & 4 overall. There have only been 8 such seasons in NFL history & Brees is only player with multiple 5,000-yard performances. In postseason career, has 102.1 rating, 4th-best mark in NFL history. His 67.0 comp. pct. in postseason is highest mark ever. Brees has 3 400-yard postseason games (incl. 1 vs. Sea.), most in NFL history. Has 5 300-yard games in playoffs, tied for 5th all-time. Brees has 1.43 INT pct. (6 INTs, 421 att.) in playoffs, 2nd best mark in NFL history…RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 97 yards in WC, 2nd most by Saint in playoff game, & had TD. RB DARREN SPROLES has 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 9 career playoff games. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL RBs with 255 catches, 2,164 rec. yards & 17 rec. TDs. RB PIERRE THOMAS has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 5 career playoff games. Rookie RB KHIRY ROBINSON averaged 5.6 yards per carry last week (8 att., 45 yards)…TE Graham had 86 catches for 1,215 yards & 16 TDs. Is 1st TE in NFL history with 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs in 2 different seasons. Graham’s 16 TDs are 2nd most by TE in season. Had 6 100-yard games, tied for most ever in season by TE. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 285 catches, 3,709 yards & 39 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 47 catches & 644 yards in postseason, both team records. Had 75 catches for 943 yards, his 7th season with 70+ catches & 900+ yards. WR LANCE MOORE had 1st career postseason TD last week (24 yards). Rookie WR KENNY STILLS led NFL with 20.0 avg. (32 catches for 641 yards)…DE Jordan (12.5) & LB JUNIOR GALETTE (12) each set career-highs in sacks. 1st Saints teammates with 12+ sacks each since 2000. Jordan ranked 5th in NFL in sacks & Galette was 6th. Jordan had 1.5 sacks in WC. LB CURTIS LOFTON led team with 125 tackles & LB DAVID HAWTHORNE was 2nd on club with 89 tackles. CB KEENAN LEWISled team with career-best 4 INTs & was 2nd on club with 11 PD. Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER leads NFL DBs with 18.5 sacks (incl. playoffs).
SEAHAWKS: Are No. 1 seed for 2nd time (2005) since current 12-team format started in 1990. Over past 2 seasons, are 15-1 at home. Have won past 5 postseason home games, outscoring opp. 151-94…Seahawks had 6 players selected to Pro Bowl: S KAM CHANCELLOR (2nd), RB MARSHAWN LYNCH (4th), CB RICHARD SHERMAN (1st), S EARL THOMAS (3rd), C MAX UNGER (2nd) & QB RUSSELL WILSON (2nd)…QB Wilson has 24 wins & 15 home wins in 1st 2 seasons, both are most in SB era. Has 52 pass TDs, 1 of 3 in NFL history with 50+ pass TDs in 1st 2 seasons. Had 101.2 passer rating & is only QB in NFL history to have 100+ rating in both rookie & 2nd season. Is 15-1 with 112.8 rating at home. In 2 career postseason starts, has 102.4 rating. Threw 3 TDs & had 139.6 rating in Week 13…RB Lynch rushed for 1,257 yards & 12 TDs, his 3rd consecutive season with 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs. Is only NFL player to rush for 1,000+ yards & 10+ TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Since Nov. 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL with 3,966 rush yards & 34 rush TDs. In 4 career playoff games, has 3 rush TDs & 2 100-yard games. Had 131 rush yards & 67-yard TD in 2010 WC. Has 311 rush yards in postseason career, 2nd most in franchise history (SHAUN ALEXANDER, 564)…WR-PR GOLDEN TATE led team with career-high 64 catches & 898 yards. Was only player with 800+ rec. (898) & 500+ PR (585) yards. Had 6 catches for 103 yards & TD in last playoff game. WR DOUG BALDWIN was 2nd on team with 778 rec. yards. Tate, Baldwin & TE ZACH MILLER all tied for team lead with 5 rec. TDs. In last playoff game, Miller had 8 catches for 142 yards & TD. Baldwin, Miller & RB DERRICK COLEMAN each had TD catch in Week 13. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had career-high 4 TDs…Seahawks led NFL with 39 takeaways, 28 INTs & +20 turnover differential. Seattle was 1st in NFL in points allowed (231), total defense (273.6) & pass defense (172)…CB Sherman led NFL with 8 INTs, 1st Seahawk to lead NFL in INTs since 1993 (EUGENE ROBINSON). Has 4 INTs in past 3. Since entering NFL in 2011, Sherman leads NFL with 20 INTs. In past 12 at home, has 9 INTs, 2 TDs (INT & blocked fumble return), FF & FR. S Thomas was 1 of 2 in NFL with 100+ tackles (100), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ FFs (2). Thomas is only S in past decade to record 100+ tackles, 5+ INTs & 2+ FFs in single season. Aims for 3rd consecutive playoff game with INT. Since 2011, DE CLIFF AVRIL is 1 of 2 in NFL with 25+ sacks (28.5) & 13+ FF (13). Had sack & FF in Week 13 & DE MICHAEL BENNETT returned fumble 22 yards for TD. LBs BOBBY WAGNER (17) & K.J. WRIGHT (16) led team in tackles in 2012 postseason. Wagner led team in 2013 with 119 tackles. S Chancellor had 93 tackles, his 3rd consecutive seasons with 90+ tackles.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS–NFC WEST (13-4) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS–NFC SOUTH (12-4)
|LEADER (REG. SEASON)||11-7|
|STREAKS (REG. SEASON)||Past 4, 8 of past 10|
|COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON)||Harbaugh: 0-1||Rivera: 1-0|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||Harbaugh: 4-2||Rivera: 0-0|
|VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON)||SF: 7-2 (Arz. 2-0; Atl. 1-0; NO 0-1; StL 2-0; Sea. 1-1; TB 1-0)Car.: 6-3 (Arz. 0-1; Atl. 2-0; NO 1-1; StL 1-0; Sea. 0-1; TB 2-0)|
|LAST WEEK||W 23-20 at Packers||Bye (Wk. 17: W 21-20 at Falcons)|
|LAST GAME (REG. SEASON)||11/10/13: Panthers 10 at 49ers 9. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 48 yards on 8 attempts (5.8 avg.), including 27-yard TD run. Panthers defense holds San Francisco to 151 total net yards (105 rushing, 46 passing).|
|LAST GAME AT SITE(REG. SEASON)||10/24/10: Panthers 23, 49ers 20. Carolina WR David Gettis catches 8 passes for 125 yards & 2 TDs from QB Matt Moore. Panthers K John Kasay converts 3 FGs, including game-winning 37-yarder with 0:39 remaining.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:05 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (SF), 86 (Car.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SF), 86 (Car.).|
REGULAR SEASON STAT LEADERS
|PASSING||Kaepernick: 243-416-3,197-21-8-91.6||Newton: 292-473-3,379-24-13-88.8|
|RUSHING||Gore: 276-1,128-4.1-9||D. Williams: 201-843-4.2-3|
|RECEIVING||Boldin: 85-1,179-13.9-7||Olsen (TE): 73-816-11.2-6|
|SACKS||Brooks, A. Smith: 8.5||Hardy: 15 (3L)|
|INTs||Brock: 5||Kuechly, Mitchell: 4|
|PR||James: 10.9||Ginn: 12.2|
|KR||James: 26.8||Ginn: 23.8|
|PUNTING||Lee: 48.2 (1C)||Nortman: 47.8 (2C)|
|KICKING||Dawson: 140 (3C) (44/44 PAT; 32/36 FG)||Gano: 114 (42/42 PAT; 24/27 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason. Clubs have met 18 times in regular season. Car. is 11-7 in those meetings, incl. Week 10 win at SF (10-9). Panthers have won 4 in a row vs. SF & 8 of past 10.
49ERS: Are 29-19 (.604) in postseason. Team’s 29 playoff wins are 4th most in NFL history & .604 win pct. is 3rd among teams with 25+ playoff games…JIM HARBAUGH is 1st head coach in franchise history to lead team to playoffs in each of 1st 3 seasons…49ers had 8 players selected to Pro Bowl, tied for most in NFL: LB NA VORRO BOWMAN (2nd), LB AHMAD BROOKS (2nd), TE VERNON DAVIS (2nd), RB FRANK GORE (5th), G MIKE IUPATI (2nd), DT JUSTIN SMITH (5th), T JOE STALEY (3rd) & LB PATRICK WILLIS (7th)…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK (3,197 pass, 524 rush) joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as only 49ers QBs with 3,000+ pass & 500+ rush yards in season. Has 93.9 passer rating in postseason career, 2nd highest by SF QB with 100+ att. (HOFer JOE MONTANA, 98.2). Is 1 of 7 QBs in NFL postseason history with 1,000+ pass (1,025) & 300+ rush (362) yards. Incl. playoffs, when Kaepernick starts & has 100+ rating, 49ers are 13-0…RB Gore rushed for 1,128 yards, his franchise-record 7th 1,000-yard season. Averages 91.3 rush yards per game in postseason career (548 yards, 6 games). Has 5 rush TDs in past 4 postseason games and aims for 5th playoff game in row with rush TD…TE Davis has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of 6 career postseason games. Averages 97.2 yards per playoff game (583 yards, 6 games), 4th highest in NFL history & highest by TE (min. 5 games). Has 6 career postseason TDs, tied for 2nd most by TE. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 50 TDs. Has 12 TDs in past 14 (incl. playoffs). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 28 catches for 410 yards (102.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 playoff games. Had 8 catches for 125 yards last week & has 3 100-yard games in past 4 in postseason. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had 1,179 yards, his 6th 1,000-yard season. Has 55 catches for 844 yards & 7 TDs in 12 playoff games. His 7 rec. TDs rec. yards are tied for most by active player in 2013 playoffs…LB Bowman led team with 143 tackles. Only player in NFL this season with 100+ tackles (143), 5+ sacks (5), 4+ FFs (4) & INT-TD (1, 89 yards). LB Willis was 2nd on team with 104 tackles, his 6th season with 100+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2007, is only player with 20+ sacks (20.5), 15+ FF (16) & 7+ INTs (7). Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), DT Smith has 27.5 sacks, 3rd most by NFL DT. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB ALDON SMITH has 45.5 sacks, 2nd most in NFL (incl. playoffs). Had 1.5 sacks last week. LB Brooks had career-high 8.5 sacks & tied for team lead (A. Smith). Had 2 sacks last week & has 3 sacks in past 2 playoff games. CB TRAMAINE BROCK led team with 5 INTs & 15 PD, both career highs. Rookie S ERIC REID was only NFC player this season with 4 INTs & 2 FR…K PHIL DAWSON had 140 points, 2nd most in team history. Made all 3 FGs in WC.
PANTHERS: Won division for 4th time (1996, 2003, 2008). Team’s 12 wins are tied for most in franchise history (1996, 2008)…Panthers had 5 players selected to Pro Bowl: DE GREG HARDY (1st), C RYAN KALIL (4th), LB LUKE KUECHLY (1st), QB CAM NEWTON (2nd) & FB MIKE TOLBERT (1st)…QB Newton is only player with 50+ pass (64) & 25+ rush (28) TDs in 1st 3 NFL seasons. Has 11,299 pass & 2,032 rush yards in career. His 11,299 pass yards are 3rd most in 1st 3 seasons & his 2,032 rush yards are most by QB in 1st 3 years…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS is franchise leader in rush att. (1,370), yards (6,627) & TDs (46). Had 843 rush, 333 rec. & 1,176 scrimmage yards, his 3rd season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards, tied for most by RB in team history (DE SHAUN FOSTER)…FB Tolbert led team with 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.)…WR STEVE SMITH is franchise leader in catches, yards & TDs in both regular & postseason. Has 836 catches for 12,197 yards with 67 TDs in regular season & 47 catches for 782 yards with 7 TDs in postseason. Aims for 4th postseason in row with TD. His 7 rec. TDs are tied for most by active player in 2013 postseason. TE GREG OLSEN led team with 6 rec. TDs. Is 1 of 2 TEs in NFL (TONY GONZALEZ) with 5+ rec. TDs in every season since 2008. Led team with career-best 73 catches. WR BRANDON LA FELL has 13 career rec. TDs & averages 27.1 yards per TD (352 yards). Tied WR TED GINN, JR. for 2nd on team with 5 rec. TDs, career-highs for both players…Panthers ranked 2nd in NFL in points allowed (241), total defense (301.3) & rush defense (86.9)…LBs Kuechly (156) & THOMAS DAVIS (123) led team in tackles. Kuechly (156 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 INTs) & Davis (123 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 INTs) are only LB teammates with 120+ tackles, 2+ sacks & 2+ INTs. Since entering NFL in 2012, Kuechly leads NFL with 320 tackles. DE Hardy has 24 sacks in past 25, incl. 7 in past 2. Is 1st to enter playoffs with consecutive 3+ sack games. Had franchise-record 4 sacks in Week 17. Tied single-season team record with 15 sacks (KEVIN GREENE, 1998). In Week 17, Panthers had team-record 9 sacks. Team’s 60 sacks tied club record (1996). Since 2010, DE CHARLES JOHNSON is 1 of 2 in NFC with 40+ sacks (44) & 10+ FFs (10). Was 2nd on team with 11 sacks, his 4th consecutive seasons with 9+ sacks. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN has 4 INT-TDs since 2012, most in NFL. S MIKE MITCHELL was 1 of 2 in NFL with 4+ INTs (4), 4+ sacks (4) & 2+ FFs (2). CB DRAYTON FLORENCE has 3 INTs in 5 career postseason games.