TheSTN – NFL: AFC Divisional Playoff Game Capsules




STREAKS (REG. SEASON) 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON) Harbaugh: 2-1 Fox: 3-1
VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON) Bal.: 8-3 (Cin. 1-1; Cle. 2-0; Hou. 0-1; KC 1-0; NE 1-0; Oak. 1-0; Pit. 1-1; SD 1-0)Den. 9-2 (Cin. 1-0; Cle. 1-0; Hou. 0-1; KC 2-0; NE 0-1; Oak. 2-0; Pit. 1-0; SD 2-0)
LAST WEEK W 24-9 vs. Colts Bye (Wk. 17: W 38-3 vs. Chiefs)
LAST GAME(REG. SEASON) 12/16/12: Broncos 34 at Ravens 17. Denver RB Knowshon Moreno rushes for 115 yards & TD. WR Eric Decker adds 131 receiving yards, including 51-yard TD catch.
LAST GAME AT SITE(REG. SEASON) 10/9/06: Broncos 13, Ravens 3. Denver QB Jake Plummer throws 4-yard TD pass to WR Rod Smith in 4th quarter to seal win. Broncos defense forces 2 sacks & 3 INTs.

12/31/00: Broncos 3 at Ravens 21. Baltimore RB Jamal Lewis rushes for 110 yards & 2 TDs (1, 27) in Wild Card victory. Ravens defense limits Denver to 177 total yards, totaling 5 sacks & 1 INT.

BROADCAST CBS (2:30 PM MT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf, Solomon Wilcots (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Bal.), 86 (Den.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Bal.), 226 (Den.).



PASSING Flacco: 317-531-3,817-22-10-87.7 Manning: 400-583-4,659 (2C)-37 (1C)-11-105.8 (1C)
RUSHING Rice: 257-1,143-4.4-9 Moreno: 138-525-3.8-4
RECEIVING Boldin: 65-921-14.2-4 D. Thomas: 94-1,434 (2C)-15.3-10
OFFENSE 352.5 397.9 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE +9 (3C) -1
DEFENSE 350.9 290.8 (2L)
SACKS Kruger: 9 Miller: 18.5 (3L)
INTs E. Reed, C. Williams: 4 (T3C) Harris, Woodyard: 3
PR J. Jones: 9.2 Holliday: 10.2
KR J. Jones: 30.7 (1L) Holliday: 26.3
PUNTING Koch: 47.1 Colquitt: 46.3
KICKING Tucker (R): 132 (42/42 PAT; 30/33 FG) Prater: 133 (3C) (55/55 PAT; 26/32 FG)



TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason. Ravens defeated Broncos, 21-3, in Wild Card on 12/31/00.

RAVENS: Club is 7-5 (.583) all-time on road in postseason…Have won postseason game for 5th consecutive season…Captured AFC North title for 2nd straight year…Since 2000, Bal. has 6-3 record vs. Den. (incl. postseason)…QB JOE FLACCO is 1st QB in Super Bowl era to win postseason game in each of his 1st 5 seasons. Posted 125.6 passer rating last week, highest postseason passer rating by Ravens QB in single-game. In past 3 postseason games, Flacco is 2-1 & has 6 TDs vs. 1 INT & 104 passer rating. Has 6-4 postseason record, incl. 2 AFC Championship appearances. Had career-best 3,817 passing yards in ’12, 2nd-most in season by Raven. Incl. postseason, Bal. is 30-3 (.909) when Flacco has 100+ passer rating…RB RAY RICE has averaged 102.7 scrimmage yards in 3 career regular-season games vs. Den. Totaled 117 scrimmage yards last week (70 rush, 47 receiving) in WC game. Rice (1,621) reached 1,600 scrimmage yards for 4th season in row. Led AFC RBs with 61 catches in 2012. Rookie RB BERNARD PIERCE rushed for 103 yards on 13 att. (7.9 avg.) in 1st career postseason game last week…WR TORREY SMITH averages 20.3 yards per catch in 3 career postseason games (6 receptions, 122 yards). Smith had career-best in receiving yards (855) & TDs (8) in ’12. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN(145) posted most receiving yards in postseason game in franchise history last week. Boldin’s 145 receiving yards in 2nd-half were most in 2nd-half of postseason game since HOFer JERRY RICE (157 on 1/22/89). For career in postseason, Boldin has 35 receptions for 571 yards (16.3 avg.) with 4 TDs…TE DENNIS PITTA has TD in each of past 2 playoff games. Pitta (7) tied TODD HEAP (7 in ’05) for most TD receptions by TE in franchise history this season…LB RAY LEWIS has played in 18 career postseason games (11-7, .611). Lewis had INT in only postseason meeting vs. Den. S ED REED has 8 career postseason INTs, tied for 4th-most in NFL history. S BERNARD POLLARD had team-high 98 tackles in ’12…LB TERRELL SUGGS has 10 career postseason sacks, tied for 7th-most all-time. LB PAUL KRUGER had playoff-best 2.5 sacks last week…DT HALOTI NGATA registered at least 5 sacks for 3rd season in row…CB CARY WILLIAMS posted 1st career postseason INT last week…KR-WR JACOBY JONES ranked 1st in NFL with 30.7 KR avg. in ’12. Tied league-high with 3 kick-return TDs (2 KO, 1 PR) this season…Club had 6 players selected to 2013 Pro Bowl (KR Jones, FB VONTA LEACH, DT Ngata, S Reed, RB Rice, G MARSHAL YANDA).

BRONCOS: Have 13-3 (.813) postseason record at home…Won AFC West for 12th time & 1st time in back-to-back years since 1986-1987…Have won 11 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. Became 6th team since 1970 to finish season with 11+ consecutive victories…Den. is 8-4 (.667) all-time in Divisional Playoff Games…QB PEYTON MANNING (5,389) has 3rd-most career postseason passing yards in NFL history. For career, Manning is 9-2 vs. Ravens (incl. 2-0 in postseason). Reached 4,000 passing yards (4,659) this season, extending his NFL record to 12 career 4,000-yard seasons. Passed for at least 3,000 yards in 14th season, surpassing HOFer DAN MARINO (13) for 2nd-most such seasons in NFL history (BRETT FAVRE, 18). Manning registered single-season franchise bests in passing yards (4,659), TD passes (37) & passer rating (105.8) this season. Manning’s 37 touchdown passes and 105.8 passer rating led the AFC in 2012…RB KNOWSHON MORENO is averaging 110.8 scrimmage yards per game in past 6 starts. Moreno rushed for 115 yards on 21 carries (5.5 average) with TD in last game vs. Bal…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS 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. In ’12, Thomas (1,434) joined ROD SMITH (1,602 in 2000) & BRANDON LLOYD (1,448 in 2010) as only Broncos to reach 1,400 rec. yards in season. WR ERIC DECKER had 8 catches for 133 yards, incl. 51-yard TD reception in last game vs. Bal. Decker led AFC & ranked 2nd in NFL with 13 TD receptions & posted 1,064 receiving yards. Thomas & Decker are 1st Broncos duo to register 1,000+ receiving yards & 10+ TD catches in season…DE ELVIS DUMERVIL (11) reached 10+ sacks for 3rd time in career. LB VON MILLER (18.5) registered most sacks by Bronco in season since ’82…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). CB CHRIS HARRIS had 98-yard INT-return TD in last game vs. Ravens. CB TRACY PORTER has 2 career postseason INTs, incl. 74-yard INT-return TD…Club had 5 players selected to 2013 Pro Bowl (CB Bailey, T RYAN CLADY, DE Dumervil, QB Manning, LB Miller).





COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON) Kubiak: 1-2 Belichick: 3-1
VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON) Hou.: 10-1 (Bal. 1-0; Buf. 1-0; Den. 1-0; Ind. 1-1; Jax. 2-0; Mia. 1-0; NYJ 1-0; Ten. 2-0)NE: 10-1 (Bal. 0-1; Buf. 2-0; Den. 1-0; Ind. 1-0; Jax. 1-0; Mia. 2-0; NYJ 2-0; Ten. 1-0)
LAST WEEK W 19-13 vs. Bengals Bye (Wk. 17: W 28-0 vs. Dolphins)
LAST GAME(REG. SEASON) 12/10/12: Texans 14 at Patriots 42. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 296 yards & 4 TDs, including 2 to TE Aaron Hernandez (7, 4).

BROADCAST CBS (4:30 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Lewis Johnson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Hou.), 86 (NE).  XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Hou.), 226 (NE).



PASSING Schaub: 350-544-4,008-22-12-90.7 Brady: 401-637-4,827 (1C)-34 (2C)-8-98.7 (2C)
RUSHING Foster: 351-1,424 (2C)-4.1-15 (1L) Ridley: 290-1,263 (3C)-4.4-12 (T3L)
RECEIVING A. Johnson: 112 (2C)-1,598 (1C)-14.3-4 Welker: 118 (1C)-1,354-11.5-6
OFFENSE 372.1 (3C) 427.9 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +12 (2C) +25 (1L)
DEFENSE 323.3 373.3
SACKS Watt: 20.5 (1L) Ninkovich: 8
INTs Jackson: 4 (T3C) McCourty: 5 (T1C)
PR Martin (R): 12.1 Welker: 9.7
KR Martin (R): 23.9 McCourty: 24.2
PUNTING Do. Jones: 47.2 Mesko: 43.1
KICKING S. Graham: 138 (2C) (45/45 PAT; 31/38 FG) Gostkowski: 153 (1L) (66/66 PAT; 29/35 FG)


TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason.


TEXANS: Have most wins in single season in franchise history (13)…Captured AFC South title for 2nd consecutive season…Club posted 6-2 road record in ’12…Hou. seeks 1st road postseason win in franchise history…QBMATT SCHAUB registered 1st career postseason win last week. Schaub (4,008) reached 4,000 passing yards for 3rd time in career (4,770 in 2009; 4,370 in 2010). In 3 career regular season starts vs. Patriots, Schaub has passed for 833 yards with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 91.5 passer rating…RB ARIAN FOSTER is 1st player in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards in each of 1st 3 postseason games. Foster averages 170 scrimmage yards per game in 3 career postseason games. Posted NFL-best 17 TDs (15 rush, 2 receiving) in ’12. Has registered 8 games with 100+ rush yards this season & Texans are 8-0 in such games (incl. playoffs). Has totaled 3 rush TDs in 2 career regular-season games vs. NE…WR ANDRE JOHNSON averages 87.7 receiving yards per game in 3 career postseason games. Johnson (1,598) joined HOFer JERRY RICE (4) & MARVIN HARRISON (3) as only players in NFL history to register at least 3 seasons with 1,500 receiving yards. Has totaled 17 catches for 263 yards (15.5 avg.) with TD in 3 career postseason games. Had 8 catches for 95 yards in last game vs. Patriots…TE OWEN DANIELS had most receptions (9) in postseason game in franchise history last week. Daniels had career-best 6 TD receptions in ’12…DE J.J. WATT has 4.5 sacks, 3 passes defensed & 29-yard INT-return TD in 3 career postseason games. Watt had NFL-best 20.5 sacks in 2012, tied for 6th-most since sacks became official stat in ’82. Posted 16 passes defensed in ’12, most among NFL DL. LB BROOKS REED has 4.5 sacks & FF in 3 career playoff games. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS tied for 1st among AFC rookies with 6 sacks. Had sack in last meeting vs. NE…DE ANTONIO SMITH has 3 sacks, 1 FF & 1 FR in 7 career postseason games…CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 2 INTs in 3 career postseason games with Texans…S GLOVER QUIN posted team-high 84 tackles in ’12…Club had AFC-best & franchise-record 8 players selected to 2013 Pro Bowl (T DUANE BROWN, RB Foster, WR Johnson, CB Joseph, C CHRIS MYERS, QB Schaub, G WADE SMITH, DE Watt).


PATRIOTS: Club is 13-3 (.815) at home in postseason…Head coach BILL BELICHICK & QB TOM BRADY (16) have most postseason wins by QB-head coach duo…Belichick (17) is tied with HOFer JOE GIBBS (17) for 3rd-most playoff wins all-time, trailing only HOFers TOM LANDRY (20) & DON SHULA (19)…Brady’s 16 postseason wins are tied with HOFer JOE MONTANA for most playoffs wins by QB in NFL history. Brady (5,389) has 4th-most passing yards in NFL playoff history. Brady (38) needs 2 TD passes to join Montana (45) & BRETT FAVRE (44) as only QBs to reach 40 postseason TD passes all-time. Brady (499) has most career postseason completions all-time. Has 16-6 (.727) playoff record, 3rd-best postseason record as starting QB in NFL history (min. 15 starts). In 2 career regular-season games at home vs. Hou. Brady is 2-0 & has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 118.8 passer rating…RB STEVAN RIDLEY (1,263) is 5th player in franchise history to reach 1,200 rush yards in season…WR WES WELKER (53) needs 6 postseason receptions to surpass TROY BROWN (58) & DEION BRANCH(54) for most career postseason catches in club history. Branch (836) has most career postseason receiving yards in Patriots history. In past 2 vs. Hou., WR BRANDON LLOYD is averaging 100 receiving yards per game…TEROB GRONKOWSKI has 21 receptions for 323 receiving yards with 3 TDs in 4 career postseason games. Gronkowski (11) is 1st TE in NFL history to post 10+ TD catches in 3 consecutive seasons. TE AARON HERNANDEZhad 8 catches for 58 yards with 2 TD receptions in last game vs. Hou…LB JEROD MAYO led club with 147 tackles in ’12. LB BRANDON SPIKES has sack, INT, FF & FR in 4 career postseason games…DT VINCE WILFORKhas 2.5 sacks in past 3 playoff games…CB DEVIN MC COURTY had INT in last game against Texans…Club had 7 players selected to 2013 Pro Bowl (QB Brady, TE Gronkowski, G LOGAN MANKINS, LB Mayo, WR MATTHEW SLATER, WR Welker, DT Wilfork)

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