SEATTLE SEAHAWKS–NFC WEST (11-5-1) AT ATLANTA FALCONS–NFC SOUTH (11-5)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Pete Carroll: 2-4||Dan Quinn: 0-1|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||Pete Carroll: 10-6||Dan Quinn: 0-0|
|VS. COMMON OPP.||Atl: 9-2 (Az 1-0; Car 2-0; GB 1-0; LA 1-0; NO 2-0; Phi 0-1; SF 1-0; TB 1-1)
Sea: 5-5-1 (Az 0-1-1; Car 1-0; GB 0-1; LA 1-1, NO 0-1; Phi 1-0; SF 2-0; TB 0-1)
|LAST WEEK||W 26-6 vs. Detroit||Bye (Wk. 17: W 38-32 vs. New Orleans)|
|LAST GAME||10/16/16: Falcons 24 at Seahawks 26. Seattle RB Christine Michael rushes for 64 yards & 2 TDs. Seahawks K Steven Hauschka has 44-yard FG with 1:57 remaining.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/10/13: Seahawks 33, Falcons 10. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passes for 287 yards & 2 TDs. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 145 yards & TD.|
|LAST PLAYOFF||1/13/13: Seahawks 28 at Falcons 30. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passes for 250 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons K Matt Bryant has 49-yard FG with 8 seconds remaining.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (4:35 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver, Peter Schrager (Field reporters). WW1: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Derek Rackley (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Sea), 82 (Atl). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Sea), 82 (Atl).|
REGULAR-SEASON STAT LEADERS
|PASSING||Russell Wilson: 353-546-4219-21-11-92.6||Matt Ryan: 373-534-4944 (2L)-38 (2L)-7-117.1 (1L)|
|RUSHING||Thomas Rawls: 109-349-3.2-3||Devonta Freeman: 227-1079-4.8-11|
|RECEIVING||Doug Baldwin: 94-1128-12.0-7||Julio Jones: 83-1409 (2L)-17.0-6|
|SACKS||Cliff Avril: 11.5||Vic Beasley Jr.: 15.5 (1L)|
|INTs||Richard Sherman: 4||Deion Jones (R): 3|
|PR||Devin Hester (Bal.): 7.2||Eric Weems: 11.4|
|KR||Devin Hester (Bal.): 24.5||Eric Weems: 23.0|
|PUNTING||Jon Ryan: 44.0||Matt Bosher: 46.8|
|KICKING||Steven Hauschka: 128 (29/35 PAT; 33/37 FG)||Matt Bryant: 158 (1L) (56/57 PAT; 34/37 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason. Falcons won 1st playoff meeting 30-28 (1/13/13, Div.). Seahawks lead all-time series 10-6 (incl. postseason). Sea. defeated Atl. 26-24 in Week 6.
SEAHAWKS: Advanced to playoffs for 5th consecutive season. Have won 10+ games in each of past 5 seasons. Aim for 3rd Super Bowl appearance in past 4 seasons. Have won 7 of past 9 postseason games & have playoff win in each of past 5 postseasons. Head coach PETE CARROLL is 9-4 (.692) in playoffs with Sea…Seahawks had 4 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: DE CLIFF AVRIL (1st), DE MICHAEL BENNETT (2nd), CB RICHARD SHERMAN (4th) & LB BOBBY WAGNER (3rd)…QB RUSSELL WILSON is 8-3 (.727) in 11 career postseason starts with 18 pass TDs vs. 9 INTs for 95.9 rating. Has 64 wins (incl. playoffs), most by starting QB in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Has 28 games with multiple TD passes & 0 INTs, most by player in 1st 5 seasons. In 2 career meetings, has 557 pass yards (278.5 per game), 2 TDs & 0 INT for 107.7 rating…RB THOMAS RAWLS rushed for franchise postseason-record 161 yards & TD last week…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 11 catches for 104 yards & TD last week. Has 50 postseason catches, most in franchise history. Has 5 rec. TDs in past 7 playoff games. Since 2015 (incl. playoffs), ties for NFC lead with 23 TD catches. WR JERMAINE KEARSE has 6 rec. TDs in past 8 postseason games. Had TD catch in last game at Atl. WR PAUL RICHARDSON had rec. TD last week, 1st career postseason TD. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 8 TD catches in past 10 meetings. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 5,924 rec. yards & ranks 2nd with 54 TD catches…DE Avril had 2 sacks last week, 1st career multi-sack postseason game. Ranked 4th in NFC with 11.5 sacks. Has 4 sacks & FF in past 4 meetings. DE Bennett has sack & FF in past 2 postseason games. Had sack in last game at Atl. LB Wagner led NFL & set franchise single-season record with 167 tackles. Has 100+ tackles in all 5 seasons. Has 10+ tackles in 6 of past 8 playoff games. LB K.J. WRIGHT had career-high 126 tackles. Since 2011, CB Sherman leads NFL with 30 INTs. Has 10 PD in past 10 postseason games. S KAM CHANCELLOR has 3 career postseason INTs, incl. 90-yard INT-TD on 1/10/15 (vs. Car.).
FALCONS: Won NFC South & advanced to postseason for 1st time since 2012. Are 4-3 at home in playoffs in franchise history. Ranked 1st in NFL in total points (540) & 2nd in total offense (415.8 yards per game). Head coach DAN QUINN makes postseason debut in 2nd season with Atl. Spent 4 season with Sea. (2009-10, 2013-14) & was team’s defensive coordinator in 2013-14…Falcons led NFC with 6 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: LB VIC BEASLEY JR. (1st), K MATT BRYANT (1st), RB DEVONTA FREEMAN (2nd), WR JULIO JONES (4th), C ALEX MACK (4th) & QB MATT RYAN (4th)…QB Ryan set franchise record and ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,944 passing yards. Has 6 consecutive 4,000+ yard seasons, tied for 2nd longest streak in NFL history. Led league with 117.1 rating, 5th highest single-season rating in NFL history. In past 2 postseason games, has 646 pass yards (323 per game) with 6 TDs & 3 INTs for 105.2 rating…RB Freeman had 1,079 rush yards, 2nd consecutive 1,000-yard season. Has 235 rush yards (117.5 per game) with 4 TDs in past 2 at home…WR Jones ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,409 rec. yards, 4th season with 1,000+ rec. yards. Has 24 receptions for 305 yards (101.7 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career playoff games. In 3 career meetings (incl. postseason), has 24 receptions for 325 yards (108.3 per game) & TD. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch in last meeting. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL has 5 rec. TDs in past 6…DE DWIGHT FREENEY has 10 career postseason sacks, tied for 3rd most among active players. LB Beasley led NFL with 15.5 sacks. Has 6 sacks & 2 FFs in past 6 at home. LB DEION JONES (106) & S KEANU NEAL (105) led NFL rookies in tackles. Neal had career-high 11 tackles & FF in last meeting. Tied for 3rd in league with 5 FFs. CB ROBERT ALFORD tied for 5th in NFL with 19 PD.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
HOUSTON TEXANS–AFC SOUTH (10-7) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS–AFC EAST (14-2)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Bill O’Brien: 0-2||Bill Belichick: 7-1|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||Bill O’Brien: 1-1||Bill Belichick: 23-10|
|VS. COMMON OPP.||Hou: 1-1 (Cin 1-0; Den 0-1)
NE: 2-0 (Cin 1-0; Den 1-0)
|LAST WEEK||W 27-14 vs. Oakland||Bye (Week 17: W 35-14 at Miami)|
|LAST GAME||9/22/16: Texans 0 at Patriots 27. New England rookie QB Jacoby Brissett has rush TD. Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount rushes for 105 yards & 2 TDs.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||9/22/16|
|LAST PLAYOFF||1/13/13: Texans 28 at Patriots 41. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 344 yards & 3 TDs. Patriots WR Wes Welker has 8 catches for 131 yards.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (8:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely (Field reporters). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Hou), 82 (NE). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Hou), 82 (NE).|
REGULAR-SEASON STAT LEADERS
|PASSING||Brock Osweiler: 301-510-2957-15-16-72.2||Tom Brady: 291-432-3554-28-2-112.2 (2L)|
|RUSHING||Lamar Miller: 268-1073-4.0-5||LeGarrette Blount: 299-1161-3.9-18 (1L)|
|RECEIVING||DeAndre Hopkins: 78-954-12.2-4||Julian Edelman: 98-1106-11.3-3|
|SACKS||Whitney Mercilus: 7.5||Trey Flowers: 7|
|INTs||Quintin Demps: 6 (T2L)||Malcolm Butler: 4|
|PR||Tyler Ervin (R): 9.7||Danny Amendola: 6.7|
|KR||Tyler Ervin (R): 18.8||Cyrus Jones (R): 22.5|
|PUNTING||Shane Lechler: 47.5||Ryan Allen: 44.7|
|KICKING||Nick Novak: 127 (22/25 PAT; 35/41 FG)||Stephen Gostkowski: 127 (46/49 PAT; 27/32 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason. Patriots defeated Texans 41-28 in Divisional playoff on 1/13/13. NE leads all-time series 7-1 (incl. playoffs). NE defeated Hou. 27-0 in Week 3.
TEXANS: Won consecutive AFC South titles for 2nd time in franchise history (2011-12)…QB BROCK OSWEILER had pass TD & rush TD in WC win vs. Oak…RB LAMAR MILLER rushed for TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD. Ranked 6th in AFC with 1,073 rush yards, 7th most rush yards in single season in franchise history. Has 170 scrimmage yards (140 rush, 30 rec.) in past 2 vs. NE…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had rec. TD last week. Is 1 of 9 in NFL history with 50+ catches & 800+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. Has most receptions (317) by player in 1st 4 career seasons in franchise history. Led team with 78 catches & 954 rec. yards. TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ had 54 catches in 2016, tied for 4th most by TE in Texans’ history. WR-PR WILL FULLER ranked 3rd among NFL rookies with 635 rec. yards. Was 1 of 2 NFL rookies with rec. TD (2) & PR-TD (1) this season…DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY was named to 1st career Pro Bowl. Had INT in 1st career playoff game last week. Ranked 2nd among AFC DEs with 16 TFL. Had career-high 6 sacks. Has 4 TFL, 3 sacks, INT & FF in his past 4 (incl. playoffs). LB BRIAN CUSHING is franchise leader with 648 tackles. Has 28 tackles (9.3 per game), INT & TFL in past 3 postseason games. S QUINTIN DEMPS led team & tied for 2nd in NFL with 6 INTs. Has INT in 5 of past 7 (incl. playoffs). LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY was only NFL player with 125+ tackles (129) & 5+ sacks (5) in 2016. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 5 sacks & 6 TFL in past 2 postseason games. Set franchise postseason record with 3 sacks in 1/9/16 WC vs. KC. Has 5 sacks in past 5 (incl. playoffs). Led team with 7.5 sacks. CB A.J. BOUYE had INT & 4 PD last week.
PATRIOTS: Have won 8 consecutive division titles, longest streak in NFL history. Since 2001, have won 4 Super Bowl titles, most in NFL. Have 29-19 (.604) all-time postseason record, 3rd highest winning pct. in playoff history…Head coach BILL BELICHICK has 23 career postseason wins, most all-time. Has won 4 Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), tied with CHUCK NOLL for most in NFL history…Patriots had 4 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: QB TOM BRADY (12th), LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER (1st), S DEVIN MC COURTY (3rd) & ST MATTHEW SLATER (6th)…QB Brady is all-time postseason leader in wins (22), passing att. (1,183), completions (738), yards (7,957) & TDs (56). Has 10 career postseason games with 300+ pass yards, most all-time. Has won 4 Super Bowls as starting QB & 3 Super Bowl MVPs, both tied for most in NFL history. Had 14.0 TD/INT ratio (28 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs), highest in NFL history (min. 20 pass TDs.)…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT led NFL with franchise-record 18 rush TDs. Has 7 rush TDs in 5 career postseason games. Aims for 6th in row with rush TD. Rushed for 105 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. RB JAMES WHITE tied for lead among NFL RBs with 5 TD catches…WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 9+ catches & 95+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 in postseason. In past 7 playoff games, has 59 catches (8.4 per game) for 607 rec. yards (86.7 per game) & 2 TDs. Has 3 seasons with 90+ catches, 2nd most in franchise history. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has TD catch in 3 of past 4…CB MALCOLM BUTLER led team with 4 INTs & 17 PD. Has INT & 6 PD in past 3 postseason games. LB ROB NINKOVICH has 5 career postseason sacks. Has 4+ sacks in 7 consecutive seasons, tied for 4th longest streak in team history. CB LOGAN RYAN was only NFL CB with 90+ tackles (92), 2+ INTs (2), 1+ sack (1) & 1+ FF (1) in 2016.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017
PITTSBURGH STEELERS–AFC NORTH (12-5) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS–AFC WEST (12-4)
|STREAKS||4 of past 5|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Mike Tomlin: 4-2||Andy Reid: 3-4|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||Mike Tomlin: 7-5||Andy Reid: 11-11|
|VS. COMMON OPP.||Pit: 2-0 (NYJ 1-0; Ind 1-0)
KC: 2-0 (NYJ 1-0; Ind 1-0)
|LAST WEEK||W 30-12 vs. Miami||Bye (Week 17: W 37-27 at San Diego)|
|LAST GAME||10/2/16: Chiefs 14 at Steelers 43. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 300 yards & 5 TDs for 152.5 rating. Steelers DE Cameron Heyward has 3 sacks.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/25/15: Chiefs 23, Steelers 13. Kansas City RB Charcandrick West rushes for 110 yards & TD. Chiefs LB Tamba Hali has 2 sacks & FF.|
|LAST PLAYOFF||1/8/94: Steelers 24 at Chiefs 27 (OT). Kansas City WR Tim Barnett scores TD with 1:44 remaining. Chiefs K Nick Lowery has 32 yard GW-FG in OT.|
|BROADCAST||NBC (1:05 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox (Field reporters). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Pit), 82 (KC). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Pit), 82 (KC).|
REGULAR-SEASON STAT LEADERS
|PASSING||Ben Roethlisberger: 328-509-3819-29-13-95.4||Alex Smith: 328-489-3502-15-8-91.2|
|RUSHING||Le’Veon Bell: 261-1268-4.9-7||Spencer Ware: 214-921-4.3-3|
|RECEIVING||Antonio Brown: 106 (2L)-1284-12.1-12 (T2L)||Travis Kelce (TE): 85-1125-13.2-4|
|SACKS||James Harrison: 5||Dee Ford: 10|
|INTs||Artie Burns (R), Ryan Shazier: 3||Marcus Peters: 6 (T2L)|
|PR||Antonio Brown: 9.3||Tyreek Hill (R): 15.2 (1L)|
|KR||Fitzgerald Toussaint: 21.4||Tyreek Hill (R): 27.4|
|PUNTING||Jordan Berry: 45.6||Dustin Colquitt: 45.1|
|KICKING||Chris Boswell: 99 (36/36 PAT; 21/25 FG)||Cairo Santos: 129 (36/39 PAT; 31/35 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason. Chiefs defeated Steelers 27-24 (OT) in Wild Card round on 1/8/94. Pit. leads all-time series 21-11 (incl. playoffs). Steelers won Week 4 meeting 43-14.
STEELERS: Have 35-23 all-time postseason record, most playoff wins all-time. Rank 5th all-time in postseason win pct. (.600). Have won 7 division titles since 2002…Club had 5 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: RB LE’VEON BELL (2nd), WR ANTONIO BROWN (5th), G DAVID DE CASTRO (2nd), C MAURKICE POUNCEY (5th) & QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER (5th)…QB Roethlisberger is 10th QB in NFL history with 300+ pass TDs (301). Ranked 6th in NFL with 29 pass TDs. Has 12-6 (.667) career postseason record & is tied for 5th in postseason winning pct. by starting QB (min. 15 starts). Is 1 of 12 QBs in NFL history with multiple Super Bowl wins…RB Bell has rushed for 1,002 yards (143.1 per game) & 8 TDs in his past 7 (incl. playoffs). Had franchise postseason-record 167 rush yards with 2 TDs last week. Led NFL with 157.0 scrimmage yards per game avg., 3rd highest in NFL history.Ranked 3rd in NFL with 1,884 scrimmage yards (1,268 rush, 616 rec.) & 5th in rush yards (1,268)…WR Brown had 124 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week. Is 1st player with 2 TD catches of 50+ yards in playoff game since RANDY MOSS (1/6/01 with Min. vs. NO). Ranked 2nd in NFL with 106 catches & tied for 2nd with 12 TD catches. His 481 receptions in past 4 seasons are most in any 4-year span in NFL history. Is 1 of 2 in NFL history (MARVIN HARRISON) with 4 consecutive 100-catch seasons. Has 5 career seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards, 2nd most in team history. Aims for 4th consecutive postseason game with 100+ rec. yards…LB JAMES HARRISON had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Aims for 4th consecutive postseason game with sack. Has 10 TFL & 7.5 sacks in past 9 playoff games. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS led team with 14 tackles & 2 sacks last week. Has 4 career seasons with 100+ tackles, 2+ sacks & 2+ INTs, most in franchise history. LB RYAN SHAZIER had INT in WC win vs. Mia. Was only NFL player with 3+ sacks (3.5), 3+ INTs (3) & 3+ FFs (3) in 2016.
CHIEFS: Have won 10 of past 12. Since 2015, have 23 wins, 2nd most in NFL…Club had 4 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: S ERIC BERRY (5th), RS TYREEK HILL (1st), TE TRAVIS KELCE (2nd) & CB MARCUS PETERS (2nd)…Head coach ANDY REID has 11 postseason wins…QB ALEX SMITH has 1,309 pass yards (261.8 per game) with 11 TDs vs. INT for 99.1 rating in 5 postseason starts. His 0.5 INT pct. (1 INT in 186 att.) is lowest in NFL history (min. 150 att.). Has 4 consecutive seasons with 3,000+ pass yards, 2nd longest streak in franchise history. Set team record with 67.1 comp. pct. (328 of 489)…RB SPENCER WARE had 1,368 scrimmage yards (921 rush, 447 rec.), 7th most in AFC. RB CHARCANDRICK WEST had rush TD in last playoff game (1/16/16 at NE). Had 110 rush yards & rush TD in 10/25/15 meeting vs. Pit…Rookie WR-RS Hill is 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 70+ yard TD via rush, KR & PR in same season. Is only player in NFL history with 3+ rec. TDs (6), 3+ rush TDs (3) & 3 total kick-return TDs (2 PR, 1 KR) in single season. TE TRAVIS KELCE led NFL TEs with 1,125 rec. yards & tied for 2nd with 85 catches. Had 6 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2016, tied for most by TE since 1999. Had rec. TD in last meeting. WR JEREMY MACLIN has 271 rec. yards & TD catch in 4 career postseason games. WR CHRIS CONLEY has 133 rec. yards & TD catch in past 2 vs. Pit…CB Peters has INT & 3 PD in 2 career postseason games. Tied for 2nd in NFL with 6 INTs. Since 2015, leads NFL with 14 INTs.
S Berry had 4 INTs, tying career high. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 54.5 sacks since 2012, 3rd most in NFL. LB DEE FORD led team with 10 sacks. DT DONTARI POE is 1st player since 1982 with TD pass & sack in single season.
LB TAMBI HALI had 2 sacks, FF & FR in last home playoff game (1/9/11 vs. Bal).
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017
GREEN BAY PACKERS–NFC NORTH (11-6) AT DALLAS COWBOYS–NFC EAST (13-3)
|LEADER||Series tied: 17-17|
|STREAKS||5 of past 6|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Mike McCarthy: 5-3||Jason Garrett: 1-4|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||Mike McCarthy: 9-7||Jason Garrett: 1-1|
|VS. COMMON OPP.||Dal: 6-3 (Chi 1-0; Det 1-0; Min 1-0; NYG 0-2; Phi 1-1; Was 2-0)
GB: 8-2 (Chi 2-0; Det 2-0; Min 1-1; NYG 2-0; Phi 1-0; Was 0-1)
|LAST WEEK||W 38-13 vs. New York Giants||Bye (Wk. 17: L 27-13 at Philadelphia)|
|LAST GAME||10/16/16: Cowboys 30 at Packers 16. Dallas QB Dak Prescott passes for 247 yards & 3 TDs. Cowboys DE David Irving has 3 FFs, FR & sack.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/15/13: Packers 37, Cowboys 36. Green Bay QB Matt Flynn passes for 299 yards & 4 TDs. Packers RB Eddie Lacy has 1-yard TD with 1:31 remaining.|
|LAST PLAYOFF||1/11/15: Cowboys 21 at Packers 26. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passes for 316 yards & 3 TDs. Packers WR Davante Adams has 7 catches for 117 yards & TD.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (4:40 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers (Field reporters). WW1: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (GB), 82 (Dal). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (GB), 82 (GB).|
REGULAR-SEASON STAT LEADERS
|PASSING||Aaron Rodgers: 401-610-4428-40 (1L)-7-104.2||Dak Prescott (R): 311-459-3667-23-4-104.9 (3L)|
|RUSHING||Ty Montgomery: 77-457-5.9-3||Ezekiel Elliott (R): 322-1631 (1L)-5.1-15 (3L)|
|RECEIVING||Jordy Nelson: 97-1257-13.0-14 (1L)||Cole Beasley: 75-833-11.1-5|
|SACKS||Nick Perry: 11||Benson Mayowa: 6|
|INTs||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 5||Barry Church: 2|
|PR||Micah Hyde: 5.8||Lucky Whitehead: 7.8|
|KR||Ty Montgomery: 20.3||Lucky Whitehead: 23.2|
|PUNTING||Jacob Schum: 43.2||Chris Jones: 45.9|
|KICKING||Mason Crosby: 122 (44/47 PAT; 26/30 FG)||Dan Bailey: 127 (46/46 PAT; 27/32 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 8th time in postseason. Dal. leads playoff series 4-3 & all-time series is tied 17-17 (incl. postseason). Cowboys defeated GB 30-16 in Week 6.
PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .611 postseason winning pct. (33-21) is best in NFL history among teams with 50+ games played. This is team’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. MIKE MC CARTHY has led team to playoffs in 9 of his 11 seasons as head coach & is 9-7…Packers had 3 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: S HA HA CLINTON-DIX (1st), G T.J. LANG (1st) & QB AARON RODGERS (6th)…In past 8 (incl. playoffs), QB Rodgers is 8-0 with 2,380 pass yards (297.5 per game), 22 TDs & 0 INTs for 120.7 rating. Has 100.3 postseason passer rating, 4th best in NFL history. In only career postseason meeting (1/11/15), passed for 316 yards, 3 TDs & 0 INTs for 125.4 rating…RB TY MONTGOMERY has 206 rush yards (103 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 on road. FB AARON RIPKOWSKI had rush TD last week in 1st career playoff game…WR JORDY NELSON led NFL with 14 rec. TDs & ranked 6th with 1,257 rec. yards. Since 2011 (incl. postseason), ranks 3rd in league with 58 TD catches. WR RANDALL COBB had 116 rec. yards & 3 TDs last week, tied for most TD catches in single game in postseason history. Had 8 catches for 116 yards in last playoff meeting. WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 3 TD catches in 4 career playoff games. Had 7 receptions for 117 yards & TD in 2015 Div. meeting…LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack & FF last week. Has 11 career postseason sacks, tied for 5th most since 1982. LB JULIUS PEPPERS has 143.5 career sacks, 5th most since 1982. In past 5 postseason games, has 4.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 PD. Is only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks & 10+ INTs (11). LB NICK PERRY led team with career-high 11 sacks. CB DAMARIOUS RANDALL aims for 3rd playoff game in row with INT. S Clinton-Dix led team with 5 INTs
COWBOYS: Won NFC East for 2nd time in past 3 seasons. This is team’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. Have 34 postseason victories, 2nd most in NFL history. Ranked 1st in NFL in rush defense (83.5 yards per game). JASON GARRETT is 1-1 (.500) as head coach in postseason…Cowboys had 5 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (1st), C TRAVIS FREDERICK (3rd), G ZACK MARTIN (3rd), QB DAK PRESCOTT (1st) & T TYRON SMITH (4th)…Rookie QB Prescott won 13 games as starter, tied for most by rookie QB in NFL history. Passed for 23 TDs vs. 4 INTs. Had 0.9 INT pct. (4 INTs, 459 att.), lowest by rookie QB in NFL history. Had 104.9 rating, highest rating by rookie all-time…Rookie RB Elliott led NFL with 1,631 rush yards, 3rd highest single-season total by rookie in NFL history. Became 5th rookie since 1970 to lead league in rushing. Ranked 2nd in NFL in scrimmage yards (1,994) & 3rd in rush TDs (15)…WR DEZ BRYANT has 67 career TD catches, 2nd most in franchise history. Since 2012, leads NFL with 52 rec. TDs. In 2 career playoff games, WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS has 3 TD catches. WR COLE BEASLEY set career-highs in receptions (75) & rec. yards (833). TE JASON WITTEN ranks 2nd all-time among TEs with 1,089 receptions & 11,888 rec. yards…DE BENSON MAYOWA led team with 6 sacks. Has 4 sacks in past 6 at home. DE DAVID IRVING has 3 sacks, 2 FRs, FF & 2 PD in past 3. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 2 sacks & FF in 2 career postseason games. LB SEAN LEE led team & tied for 3rd in NFL with 145 tackles. Since 2015, ranks 2nd in NFL with 273 tackles. CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK has 2 FFs & INT in past 4. S BARRY CHURCH led team with 2 INTs.