TheSTN – NFL: NFC Divisional Playoff Game Capsules




STREAKS (REG. SEASON) 10 of past 12
COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON) McCarthy: 3-1 Harbaugh: 1-0
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD McCarthy: 6-3 Harbaugh: 1-1
VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON) GB: 8-3 (Ari. 1-0; Chi. 2-0; Det. 2-0; Min. 1-1; NO 1-0; NYG 0-1; StL. 1-0; Sea. 0-1)SF: 6-4-1 (Ari. 2-0; Chi. 1-0; Det. 1-0; Min. 0-1; NO 1-0; NYG 0-1; StL. 0-1-1; Sea. 1-1)
PLAYOFF RECORD 30-17 26-18
LAST WEEK W 24-10 vs. Vikings Bye (Wk. 17: W 27-13 vs. Cardinals)
LAST GAME (REG. SEASON) 9/9/12: 49ers 30 at Packers 22. San Francisco QB Alex Smith completes 20 of 26 passes for 2 TDs & 125.6 rating. 49ers RB Frank Gore runs for 112 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE(REG. SEASON) 12/10/06: Packers 30, 49ers 19. Green Bay WR Donald Driver catches 9 passes for 160 yards & TD (68) from QB Brett Favre. Packers RB Ahman Green adds TD run.
LAST PLAYOFF 1/13/02: 49ers 15 at Packers 25. Green Bay QB Brett Favre throws 5-yard TD to WR Antonio Freeman & 19-yard TD to TE Bubba Franks. Packers RB Ahman Green rushes for 86 yards & TD.
BROADCAST FOX (5:00 PM PT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews (Field reporters). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Hub Arkush (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (GB), 86 (SF). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (GB), 226 (SF).


PASSING Rodgers: 371-552-4,295-39 (2L)-8-108.0 (1L) Kaepernick: 136-218-1,814-10-3-98.3
RUSHING Green: 135-464-3.4-0 Gore: 258-1,214-4.7-8
RECEIVING Cobb: 80-954-11.9-8 Crabtree: 85-1,105-13.0-9
OFFENSE 359.4 361.8
DEFENSE 336.8 294.4 (1C)
SACKS Matthews: 13 (2C) Ald. Smith: 19.5 (1C)
INTs Hayward (R): 6 Goldson: 3
PR Cobb: 9.4 Ginn: 10.2 (3C)
KR Cobb: 25.4 James: 29.8
PUNTING Masthay: 43.5 Lee: 48.1 (2C)
KICKING Crosby: 113 (50/50 PAT; 21/33 FG) Akers: 131 (44/44 PAT; 29/42 FG)



TEAMS MEET for 6th time in postseason; GB is 4-1 in previous 5 playoff meetings. SF defeated GB 30-22 on Kickoff Weekend. Packers lead all-time series (incl. playoffs) 34-27-1.

PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .638 postseason winning pct. (30-17) is best in NFL history. Club has 30 playoff wins, 3rd most in NFL annals. Team’s 28th playoff appearance, 3rd most in NFL history. Won division for 20th time in team history. Packers had 3 players selected to Pro Bowl: LB CLAY MATTHEWS (4th), QB AARON RODGERS (3rd) & C JEFF SATURDAY (6th)…QB Rodgers led NFL (108.0) in passer rating for 2nd season in row. Has 100+ rating in 4 consecutive seasons & joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1991-94) as only QBs to accomplish feat. Has 105.4 postseason rating, highest in NFL history. His 1.58 INT pct. (4 INTs, 253 att.) is 3rd lowest in NFL postseason annals. In career, incl. playoffs, Packers are 29-2 (.935) when Rodgers starts & has 115+ rating. Hails from Chico, CA & makes 1st career start at SF. In 3 starts vs. SF, has 109.4 rating…RB DU JUAN HARRIS had 100 scrimmage yards & TD in WC. FB JOHN KUHN had rush & rec. TD last week, 2nd career postseason game with rush & rec. TD. RB RYAN GRANT holds franchise single-game playoff records with 201 rush yards & 3 rush TDs (Div., 1/12/08 vs. Sea.)…WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB is 1st player in NFL history with 900+ KR (964) & 900+ rec. (954) yards in same season. Led team with career-high 80 catches & 954 yards. Had 75-yard PR-TD in Week 1. WR JAMES JONES led NFL with career-high 14 rec. TDs, tied for 4th most in season in team history. Had TD in last meeting. WR GREG JENNINGS has 5 rec. TDs in postseason career, tied for 2nd most in team history. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), WR JORDY NELSON is 2nd among NFL WRs with 22 rec. TDs. Jones is tied for 3rd among WRs with 21 TDs during that span. TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY had 61 catches, most in season by TE in team history. Had TD in Week 1…LB Matthews had team-best 13 sacks & has 10+ sacks in 3 of 4 career seasons. Had 2 sacks, FF & FR in WC. In 7 career postseason games, has 6.5 sacks, 3 FFs & 3 FRs. Had 2.5 sacks in Week 1. CB CASEY HAYWARD led NFL rookies with 6 INTs, tied for 5th most by rookie in team history. Had team-high 21 PD. S MORGAN BURNETT led team with 122 tackles. LB A.J. HAWK ranked 2nd (120). CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has 15 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL since 2010 (incl. playoffs). Since joining GB in 2006 (incl. playoffs),CB CHARLES WOODSON has 38 INTs (3rd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL). Had 1.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. CB SAM SHIELDS had INT last week & has INT in 4 of past 6.


49ERS: Have won NFL-best 16 division titles since 1980. JIM HARBAUGH is 8th head coach since 1970 to win division title in each of 1st 2 NFL seasons. Team is 13-8 (.619) in Divisional Round. 49ers led NFL with 9 players selected to Pro Bowl: LB NA VORRO BOWMAN (1st), S DASHON GOLDSON (2nd), RB FRANK GORE (4th), G MIKE IUPATI (1st), LB ALDON SMITH (1st), DT JUSTIN SMITH (4th), T JOE STALEY (2nd), S DONTE WHITNER (1st) & LB PATRICK WILLIS (6th)…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK is 5-2 (.714) as starter, incl. 3-0 at home. In 7 starts, has 99.9 passer rating with 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs. In 3 home starts, has 116 passer rating & has 100+ rating in all 3 games…RB Gore rushed for 1,214 yards, his team-record 6th 1,000-yard season. Is franchise leader with 8,839 career rush yards & 51 career rush TDs. Rushed for 112 yards & TD in Week 1. Has TD in all 3 meetings vs. GB…WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had career-high 85 catches, 1,105 yards & 9 TDs. In past 3, has 19 catches for 344 yards (114.7 per game) & 4 TDs. Had TD catch in last year’s Div. Playoff. TE VERNON DAVIShas 10 catches for 292 yards (146 per game) & 4 TDs in 2 career playoff games. Aims for 3rd postseason game in row with 100+ yards & 2+ TDs. In playoffs, averages 29.2 yards per catch. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFC TEs with 35 TDs. Has TD in all 4 career games vs. GB. In those 4, has 16 catches for 351 yards (21.9 avg.) & 4 TDs. WR RANDY MOSS has 10 rec. TDs in playoff career, tied for 3rd most in NFL postseason history. Needs 2 rec. TDs in playoffs to tie HOFer JOHN STALLWORTH (12) for 2nd. In 16 games vs. GB (incl. playoffs), has 77 catches for 1,390 yards (18.1 avg.) & 16 TDs. Aims for 9th in row vs. GB (incl. playoffs) with TD…Team had 16 giveaways, tied for 2nd fewest in NFL…49ers led NFC in total defense (294.4 yards per game) & pass defense (200.2). Ranked 2nd in run defense (94.2). LB Aldon Smith has 33.5 sacks, most by player in 1st 2 seasons. Led NFC with team-record 19.5 sacks. Has 15 sacks in past 10. Has 10.5 sacks in past 5 at home. Has sack in both career playoff games. LB Bowman led team with 144 tackles. Had 24 tackles in 2 playoff games last year. Had INT in Week 1. LB Willis ranked 2nd on team with 120 tackles. Had sack in last playoff game. Has been selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 6 seasons. DT Justin Smith had sack in both playoff games last year. DT RAY MC DONALD had 2.5 sacks in last playoff game. S Goldson had 41-yard INT in last year’s Div. Playoff. CB CARLOS ROGERS had sack in Week 1 meeting.





COACHES VS. OPP.(REG. & POSTSEASON) Carroll: 0-3 Smith: 2-0
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Carroll: 3-3 Smith: 0-3
VS. COMMON OPP.(REG. SEASON) Sea.: 3-2 (Ari. 1-1; Car. 1-0; Dal. 1-0; Det. 0-1)Atl.: 4-1 (Ari. 1-0; Car. 1-1; Dal. 1-0; Det. 1-0)
LAST WEEK W 24-14 at Redskins Bye (Wk. 17: L 22-17 vs. Buccaneers)
LAST GAME (REG. SEASON) 10/2/11: Falcons 30 at Seahawks 28. Atlanta scores 24 1st-half points behind RB Michael Turner’s 2 rushing TDs (21, 1). Falcons QB Matt Ryan connects with TE Tony Gonzalez for TD & WR Julio Jones adds 11 catches for 127 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE(REG. SEASON) 12/30/07: Falcons 44, Seahawks 41. Atlanta QB Chris Redman throws 4 TDs, including 2 4th-quarter TDs to TE Alge Crumpler (55, 7). Falcons RB Warrick Dunn rushes for 70 yards & TD. Atlanta defense has 2 FRs & INT.

BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin & Chris Myers (Field reporters). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Sea.), 86 (Atl.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Sea.), 226 (Atl.).



PASSING Wilson (R): 252-393-3,118-26-10-100.0 (3C) Ryan: 422-615-4,719-32 (3C)-14-99.1
RUSHING Lynch: 315-1,590 (3L)-5.0-11 (T3C) Turner: 222-800-3.6-10
RECEIVING Rice: 50-748-15.0-7 Gonzalez (TE): 93-930-10.0-8
OFFENSE 350.6 369.1
TAKE/GIVE +13 +13
DEFENSE 306.2 (2C) 365.6
SACKS Irvin (R): 8.0 Abraham: 10
INTs Sherman: 8 (T2L) DeCoud: 6
PR Washington: 8.7 Franks: 7.8
KR Washington: 29.0 (1C) Jac. Rodgers: 25.7
PUNTING Ryan: 45.6 Bosher: 47.5
KICKING Hauschka: 118 (46/48 PAT; 24/27 FG) Bryant: 143 (3L) (44/44 PAT; 33/38 FG)



TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason. Clubs have met 13 times in regular season. Sea. is 8-5 in those meetings. Atl. has won past 3 & has scored 30+ in all 3.

SEAHAWKS: Have won 6 in row & 8 of past 9. During 6-game winning streak, have outscored opp. 217-74. Won 1st road playoff game since 1983 last week. Overcame 14-point deficit, largest of season. Club has scored 20+ points in 10 consecutive games (incl. playoffs). Seahawks had 5 players selected to Pro Bowl: RB MARSHAWN LYNCH (3rd), T RUSSELL OKUNG (1st), S EARL THOMAS (2nd), C MAX UNGER (1st) & KR LEON WASHINGTON (2nd)…Rookie QB RUSSELL WILSON has 27 TD passes, most by rookie in NFL history (incl. playoffs). Has also rushed for 4 TDs. Overcame 14-point deficit in WC (14-0), largest by rookie QB in postseason win in NFL history. In reg. season, completed 252 of 393 passes (64.1 pct.) for 3,118 yards with 26 TDs vs. 10 INTs for 100.0 passer rating, 1 of 2 rookie QBs in NFL history with 100+ rating in season. In past 4 games (incl. WC), has 7 TD passes vs. 1 INT, 116.9 passer rating & 4 rush TDs…RB Lynch was selected to 3rd career Pro Bowl & 2nd as Seahawk. Ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 1,590 rush yards. Tied franchise playoff record with 132 rush yards last week & owns 2 of 3 highest marks in team postseason history. Incl. playoffs, has 100+ rush yards in 9 of past 11. In past 11 games (incl. WC), has 1,173 rush yards (106.6 per game) & 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.). Since Nov. 2011, leads NFL with 2,663 rush yards (incl. playoffs). Aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. RB MICHAEL ROBINSON scored 1st career postseason TD last week…WR SIDNEY RICE led team with 50 catches & 748 yards. Tied for club lead with 7 rec. TDs. Had 52-yard TD catch in last game vs. Atl. Tied NFL postseason record with 3 rec. TDs in 1/17/10 Div. (with Min.). WR GOLDEN TATE tied for team lead with career-high 7 rec. TDs…In reg. season, Seahawks led NFL in fewest points allowed (245), points per game allowed (15.3) & TDs allowed (25). Defense ranked in top 5 in NFC in all 3 categories: 2nd overall (306.2), 3rd passing (203.1) & 5th rushing (103.1). In WC, allowed 203 total net yards (99 passing, 104 rushing). Team’s red zone defense was 2nd in NFC with 44.7% TD pct. allowed (17 TDs, 38 poss.)…CB RICHARD SHERMAN led team with 24 PD & 8 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL. Scored 2 TDs (blocked FG return & INT-TD). Rookie LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 139 tackles. DE BRUCE IRVIN led NFL rookies with 8 sacks. Had 1st career postseason sack last week. S Thomas had INT in WC, 1st playoff INT. Was selected to 2nd consecutive Pro Bowl.

FALCONS: Have qualified for postseason in three consecutive years for 1st time in franchise history. Under head coach MIKE SMITH, team has made playoffs in 4 of past 5 seasons. Club has posted 5 consecutive winnings seasons, 1st time in franchise history. Falcons had 3 players selected to Pro Bowl: TE TONY GONZALEZ (13th), WR JULIO JONES (1st) & QB MATT RYAN (2nd)…QB Ryan has 56 regular-season wins as starter, most by QB in 1st 5 NFL seasons. Passed for team-record 4,719 yards & 32 TDs. His 68.6 comp. pct. was also a club record. Had career-high 99.1 passer rating, 2nd highest mark in franchise history. Is 2-0 in career vs. Sea. In career at home (incl. playoffs), is 33-6 (.846). Has posted 100+ rating in 33 games & Falcons are 32-1 (.970). Has 100+ rating in 20 home games & Atlanta is 20-0. Pass offense averaged 281.8 net pass yards per game, highest in team history. Offense averaged 369.1 net yards per game, 2nd best mark in franchise history (376.6 in 2011)…RB MICHAEL TURNER rushed for 10 TDs, his team-record 5th consecutive 10 TD season. Has 10+ rush TDs in all 5 seasons with Atl. Since joining Atl. in 2008, has 62 rush TDs, 2nd most in NFL (incl. playoffs). Has rush TD in 6 of past 7…WRs RODDY WHITE (1,351) & Jones (1,198) are 1st Falcons teammates with 1,000+ rec. yards in same season since 1998. White had team-record 6th consecutive 1,000-yard season. Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), has 585 receptions, most in NFC. Set club single-game postseason record with 11 catches in 1/3/09 WC. In 1st 2 NFL seasons, Jones has 133 catches for 2,157 yards (16.2 avg.) & 18 TDs. Had 11 catches for 127 yards in last game vs. Sea. TE Gonzalez was named to 13th Pro Bowl, most ever for TE. Led team with 93 catches. Has 5 seasons with 90+ receptions, most by TE in NFL history. Holds NFL record with 14 consecutive seasons with 60+ catches…DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 126 career sacks, most by active player (incl. playoffs). Has 4 career sacks in postseason. Led team with 10 sacks, his 7th season with 10+ sacks. LBs STEPHEN NICHOLAS SEAN WEATHERSPOON tied for team lead with 95 tackles. CB ASANTE SAMUEL led team with 19 PD & was 2nd on club with 5 INTs. Has INT in 3 consecutive games. Holds NFL postseason record with 4 career INT-TDs. Has 7 career INTs in playoffs, 2nd most by active player & tied for 6th most in NFL history. S THOMAS DE COUD was 2nd among S with 6 INTs. DeCoud & WILLIAM MOORE (4) were only S teammates with 4+ INTs each.

Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *