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By PFW staff

Here's a roundup of interesting facts and figures for the wild-card matchups.

NEW ORLEANS AT SEATTLE

Saints' Key To The Game:
Avoid key mistakes as Drew Brees comes into this one off a career-worst 22-pick season, and hope Reggie Bush is ready with Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory now done?

Saints QB Drew Brees' Season Stats:
68.1%, 4,620 yards, 7.0 Avg., 33 TDs, 22 INTs, 25 Sacks/185 yards, 90.9 rtg.
Seahawks DE Chris Clemons' Season Stats:
49 Tackles, 11 QB Sacks, 4 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR.
Seahawks FS Earl Thomas' Season Stats:
75 Tackles, 7 PD, 5 INTs - 68 yards, 1 FF.

Seahawks' Key To The Game:
Seahawks have to find a way to get their 31st-ranked running game working and keep the Saints' offense off the field?

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck's Season Stats:
59.9%, 3,001 yards, 6.8 Avg., 12 TDs, 17 INTs, 29 Sacks/175 yards, 73.2 rtg.; 23-60, 2.6, 3 TDs rushing.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch's Season Stats:
165-573, 3.5, 6 TDs and 21-138, 6.6 receiving.
Saints DT Sedrick Ellis' Season Stats:
44 Tackles, 6 QB Sacks, 2 PD, 2 FF.
Saints S Roman Harper's Season Stats:
93 Tackles, 3 QB Sacks, 8 PD, 1 INT - 6 yards, 6 FF, 1 FR.

Other tidbits:
NO 6TH OFF; SEA 27TH DEF
NO 28TH RUN; SEA 21ST VS. RUN
NO 3RD PASS; SEA 27TH VS. PASS
NO 11TH PTS; SEA 25TH PTS ALLOWED
SEA 28TH OFF; NO 4TH DEF
SEA 31ST RUN; NO 16TH VS. RUN
SEA 19TH PASS; NO 4TH VS PASS
SEA 23RD PTS; NO 7TH PTS ALLOWED
NO 23RD TO/TA; SEA 27TH TO/TA
SAINTS HAVE NEVER WON A ROAD PLAYOFF GAME
DREW BREES HAS MADE 4 TURNOVERS (3 INTERCEPTIONS AND A FUMBLE ON A SACK) IN THE LAST 2 GAMES.
BREES SCORCHED SEAHAWKS FOR 4 TD PASSES AND 382 YARDS PASSING IN WEEK 11 34-19 VICTORY IN NEW ORLEANS.
ROOKIE TE JIMMY GRAHAM (ANKLE, CHECK STATUS) HAS 4 TDS IN THE LAST 3 GAMES.
SAINTS COVERTED 11-OF-15 THIRD DOWNS IN EARLIER GAME THIS SEASON VS. SEATTLE.
REGGIE BUSH HAD 125 TOTAL YARDS AND AVERAGED 7.8 YARDS ON 9 CARRIES IN SAINTS' REGULAR-SEASON FINALE.
MATT HASSELBECK THREW FOR A SEASON-HIGH 366 YARDS IN SEAHAWKS' EARLIER GAME THIS SEASON VS. SAINTS.
SEAHAWKS LIMITED THE RAMS TO 184 TOTAL YARDS AND ONLY 2-OF-14 THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS IN PLAYOFF-CLINCHING WIN.
SEAHAWKS WRS MIKE WILLIAMS AND BEN OBOMANU HAD A COMBINED 11 CATCHES FOR 196 YARDS IN EARLIER GAME VS. SAINTS.
SEAHAWKS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS DESPITE LOSING SEVEN OF THEIR LAST 10 GAMES AND BEING OUTSCORED BY 107 POINTS THIS SEASON.
RAHEEM BROCK HAD 2 1/2 SACKS, 4 QB HURRIES A FORCED FUMBLE AND A PASS BREAKUP IN WEEK 17 WIN OVER RAMS.
SEAHAWKS ARE THE FIRST TEAM EVER TO ENTER PLAYOFFS WITH A LOSING RECORD.

 

N.Y. JETS AT INDIANAPOLIS

Jets' Key To The Game:
Can the Jets get consistent pressure on Peyton Manning?

Jets QB Mark Sanchez's Season Stats:
54.8%, 3,291 yards, 6.5 Avg., 17 TDs, 13 INTs, 27 Sacks/171 yards, 75.3 and 30-105, 3.5, 3 TDs rushing.
Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson's Season Stats:
219-914, 4.2, 6 TDs and 52-368, 7.1.
Colts DE Dwight Freeney's Season Stats:
25 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 2 PD, 5 FF.
Colts DE Robert Mathis' Season Stats:
60 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR.

Colts' Key To The Game:
Can the Colts prevent L.T. and Shonn Greene from keeping Peyton & Co. on the sideline?

Colts QB Peyton Manning's Season Stats:
66.3%, 4,700 yards, 6.9 AVG, 33 TDs, 17 INTs, 16 Sacks/91 yards, 91.9 rtg.
Colts WR Reggie Wayne Season Stats:
111-1,355, 12.2, 6 TDs.
Jets OLB Bryan Thomas' Season Stats:
39 Tackles, 6 QB Sacks, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR.
Jets CB Darrelle Revis' Season Stats:
32 Tackles, 10 PD, 2 FR.

Other tidbits:
NYJ 11th OFF; IND 20th DEF
NYJ 4th RUN; IND 25th VS. RUN
NYJ 22nd PASS; IND 13th VS. PASS
NYJ 13th PTS; IND 23rd PTS ALLOWED
IND 4th OFF; NYJ 3rd DEF
IND 29th RUN; NYJ 3rd VS. RUN
IND 1st PASS; NYJ 6th VS. PASS
IND 1st PTS; NYJ 6th PTS ALLOWED
IND 19th TO/TA; NYJ 5th TO/TA
PEYTON MANNING HAS 8 GAMES OF 300 YDS PASSING OR MORE IN POSTSEASON, MOST IN NFL HISTORY.
MANNING IS THIRD ALL-TIME IN POSTSEASON PASSING YDS (5,164). JOE MONTANA (5,855) AND BRETT FAVRE (5,772) HAVE MORE.
MANNING COMPLETED 26-OF-39 PASSES FOR 377 YARDS WITH 3 TDS IN AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WIN VS. JETS IN 2009.
JETS HELD REGGIE WAYNE TO 3-55-0 AND DALLAS CLARK TO 4-35-1 IN '09 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BUT SURRENDERED 11-151-1 TO PIERRE GARCON AND 7-123-1 TO AUSTIN COLLIE.
JETS RUSHING FOR 148.4 YDS PER GAME, WHILE COLTS SURRENDERING 127.0 YDS PER GAME ON GROUND.
MARK SANCHEZ HAD A 92.7 QB RATING IN POSTSEASON IN '09 COMPARED TO 63.0 IN REGULAR SEASON.
SANCHEZ COMPLETED 41-OF-68 PASSES FOR 539 YDS WITH 4 TDS AND 2 INTS.
SANCHEZ COMPLETED 5-OF-7 PASSES FOR 124 YDS WITH 2 TDS AND NO INTS IN FIRST HALF OF '09 AFC TITLE GAME. IN SECOND HALF, HE WAS 12-OF-23 FOR 133 YDS WITH NO TDS AND AN INT.
COLTS OUTRUSHED JETS 101-86 IN '09 AFC TITLE GAME.
SHONN GREENE RUSHED 54 TIMES FOR 304 YARDS AND TWO TDS IN '09 PLAYOFFS.
GREENE AND LADAINIAN TOMLINSON HAVE COMBINED FOR 1,454 YDS RUSHING AND 8 TDS THIS SEASON.
SANTONIO HOLMES HAS SCORED A TD IN ALL 4 CAREER POSTSEASON APPERANCES (3 RECEIVING, ONE PUNT RETURN).

 

BALTIMORE AT KANSAS CITY

Ravens' Key To The Game:
Can Baltimore's 5th-rated run "D" stifle Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones and keep Chiefs from owning the clock?

Ravens QB Joe Flacco's Season Stats:
62.6%, 3,622 yards, 7.4 Avg., 25 TDs, 10 INTs, 40 Sacks/294 yards, 93.6 and 43-84, 2.0, 1 TD rushing.
Ravens RB Ray Rice's Season Stats:
307-1,220, 4.0, 5 TDs and 63-556, 8.8, 1 TD.
Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali's Season Stats:
52 Tackles, 14½ QB Sacks, 3 PD, 4 FF, 2 FR.
Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson's Season Stats:
121 Tackles lead team, 1 QB Sack, 15 PD, 1 INT - 15 yards, 1 TD, 4 FF. 1 FR.

Chiefs' Key To The Game:
Can Chiefs do enough with the ball through the air to keep Ravens' "D" honest?

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' Season Stats:
230-1,467, 6.4, 5 TDs and 45-468, 10.4, 3 TDs receiving.
Chiefs RB Thomas Jones' Season Stats:
245-896, 3.7, 6 TDs and 14-122, 8.7 receiving.
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata's Season Stats:
63 Tackles, 5½ QB Sacks, 5 PD, 1 FR.
Ravens ILB Ray Lewis' Season Stats:
139 Tackles lead team, 2 Sacks, 4 PD, 2 INTs - 26 YD's, 1 TD, 2 FF, 3 FR.

Other tidbits:
BAL 22nd OFF; KC 14th DEF
BAL 14th RUN; KC 14th VS. RUN
BAL 20th PASS; KC 17th VS. PASS
BAL 16th PTS; KC 14th PTS ALLOWED
KC 12th OFF; BAL 10th DEF
KC 1st RUN; BAL 5th VS. RUN
KC 30th PASS; BAL 21st VS. PASS
KC 14th PTS; BAL 3rd PTS ALLOWED
BAL 9th TO/TA; KC 5thTO/TA
BAL HAS MADE THE PLAYOFFS IN EACH OF JOHN HARBAUGH'S 3 SEASONS.
BAL HAS WON 3 PLAYOFF GAMES OVER THE PAST 2 SEASONS, ALL ON THE ROAD.
IN THEIR LAST MEETING WITH KC, THE RAVENS WON 38-24 IN THE 2009 SEASON OPENER.
JOE FLACCO HAS A 1-6 TD-INT RATIO IN 5 PLAYOFF STARTS WITH A 46.5 PASSER RATING.
JOE FLACCO HAS BEEN SACKED 13 TIMES IN THE LAST 4 GAMES.
ANQUAN BOLDIN HAS 8 CATCHES AND 0 TDS IN HIS PAST 4 CONTESTS.
KC'S LAST PLAYOFF VICTORY CAME IN THE 1993 SEASON AGAINST THE OILERS.
THE CHIEFS FINISHED THE SEASON WITH 2,627 RUSHING YARDS, THE THIRD-MOST IN TEAM HISTORY.
JAMAAL CHARLES' 6.38 YARDS PER CARRY WAS THE SECOND-BEST SINGLE-SEASON MARK IN NFL HISTORY.
MATT CASSEL'S PLUS-20 TD-INT RATIO IS THE BEST SEASONAL MARK IN CHIEFS HISTORY.
DWAYNE BOWE'S 15 TD CATCHES ARE THE MOST EVER BY A CHIEF.
THE CHIEFS' LONE HOME LOSS OF THE SEASON CAME LAST WEEK VS. OAK, A 31-10 DEFEAT.

 

GREEN BAY AT PHILADELPHIA

Packers' Key To The Game:
Can the Packers find enough of a ground game to force the Eagles' safeties to play the entire field?

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' Season Stats:
65.7%, 3,922 yards, 8.3 Avg., 28 TD, 11 INTs, 31 Sacks/193 yards, 101.2 and 64-356, 5.6, 4 TDs.
Packers WR Greg Jennings' Season Stats:
76-1,265, 16.6, 12 TDs.
Eagles DE Trent Cole's Season Stats:
65 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 2 PD.
Eagles CB Asante Samuel's Season Stats:
26 Tackles, 14 PD, 7 INTs - 70 yards.

Eagles' Key To The Game:
How healthy will Michael Vick be and how well can the Eagles O-line protect him?

Eagles QB Michael Vick's Season Stats:
62.6%, 3,018 yards, 8.1 Avg., 21 TDs, 6 INTs, 34 Sacks/210 yards, 100.2 and 100-676, 6.8, 9 TDs rushing.
Eagles RB LeSean "Shady" McCoy's Season Stats:
207-1,080, 5.2, 7 TDs and 78-592, 7.6, 2 TDs receiving.
Packers OLB Clay Matthews' Season Stats:
60 Tackles, 13½ QB Sacks, 4 PD, 1 INT - 62 yards, 1 TD, 2 FF.
Packers CB Charles Woodson's Stats:
92 Tackles, 2 QB Sacks, 13 PD, 2 INTs - 48 yards, 1 TD, 5 FF.

Other tidbits:
GB 9TH OFF; PHI 12th DEF
GB 24th RUN; PHI 15th VS. RUN
GB 5th PASS; PHI 14th VS. PASS
GB 10th PTS; PHI 21st PTS ALLOWED
PHI 2nd OFF; GB 5th DEF
PHI 5th RUN; GB 18th VS. RUN
PHI 10th PASS; GB 5th VS. PASS
PHI 3rd PTS; GB 2nd PTS ALLOWED
GB 4th TO/TA; PHI 5th TO/TA
PHI OFFENSE SET TEAM RECORDS FOR POINTS (439) AND NET YARDS (6,230) IN A SEASON.
14 DIFFERENT EAGLES HAVE SACKS THIS SEASON. ONLY SD (16), GB (15) AND PIT (15) HAVE MORE.
MICHAEL VICK BECAUSE ONLY 2ND PLAYER EVERY TO THROW FOR 3,000 YARDS, RUSH FOR 500 YARDS AND HAVE A QB RATING OF 100+, JOINING STEVE YOUNG IN 1992.
DAVID AKERS LED THE NFL IN SCORING FOR THE 1ST TIME.
LESEAN MCCOY LED THE EAGLES IN RECEPTIONS AND ALL NFL RUNNING BACKS IN CATCHES WITH 78.
PHI BECAME ONLY NFL TEAM TO EVER AVERAGE AT LEAST 4 YARDS RUSHING IN ALL 16 GAMES.
GB TRAILED CHI 3-0 AT HALFTIME LAST WEEK AND THE TEAMS WERE TIED IN THE 4TH QUARTER.
GB HELD JAY CUTLER TO 168 YARDS PASSING, PICKED HIM OFF 2 TIMES AND SACKED HIM 6 TIMES.
GB HAD ONE PASS PLAY LONGER THAN 25 YARDS AGAINST CHI IN WEEK 17.
MASON CROSBY KICKED A 56-YARD FG IN WEEK 1 GAME BETWEEN GB AND PHI.
VICK PASSED FOR 175 YARDS AND RUSHED FOR 103 YARDS AFTER REPLACING KEVIN KOLB AFTER 1ST HALF IN WEEK ONE VS. GB.
VICK WAS STOPPED ON 4TH AND 1 AT THE GB 42-YARD LINE LATE IN THE GAME.
KOLB WAS 5-FOR-10 PASSING FOR 42 YARDS WHEN HE LEFT.
BRANDON JACKSON RUSHED FOR 63 YARDS IN WEEK 1 WIN.

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