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By PFW staff

Here's a roundup of interesting facts and figures for the divisional-round matchups.

BALTIMORE AT PITTSBURGH

Ravens' Key To The Game:
Can the Ravens' 32nd-ranked pass rush rattle the Pittsburgh O-line, just 30th at protecting the QB?

Ravens QB Joe Flacco's Season Stats:
62.6%, 3,622 yards, 7.4 AVG, 25 TD, 10 INT, 40 Sacks/294 yards, 93.6 & 43-84, 2.0, 1 TD.
Ravens RB Ray Rice's Season Stats:
307-1,220, 4.0, 5 TDs & 63-556, 8.8, 1 TD receiving.
Steelers OLB James Harrison's Season Stats:
100 Tackles, 10½ Sacks, 5 PD, 2 INT - 2 YD's, 6 FF, 1 FR
Steelers SS Troy Polamalu's Season Stats:
63 Tackles, 1 Sack, 11 PD, 7 INTs - 101 yards, 1 TD, 1 FF, 1 FR.

Steelers' Key To The Game:
Can Rashard Mendenhall do enough on the ground vs. Ravens' No. 5 run "D" to keep Baltimore honest on defense?

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's Season Stats:
61.7%, 3,200 yards, 8.2 AVG, 17 TDs, 5 INTs, 32 sacks/220 yards, 97.0 & 34-176, 5.2, 2 TDs.
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall's Season Stats:
324-1,273, 3.9, 13 TDs & 23-167, 7.3 receiving.
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata's Season Stats:
63 Tackles, 5½ Sacks, 5 PD, 1 FR.
Ravens FS Ed Reed's Season Stats:
Reed led NFL with 8 INTs playing in just 10 games. Also had 37 Tackles, 16 PD, 8 INTs - 183 yards.

Other tidbits:
BAL 22nd OFF; PIT 2nd DEF
BAL 14th RUN; PIT 1st VS. RUN
BAL 20th PASS; PIT 12th VS. PASS
BAL 16th PTS; PIT 1st PTS ALLOWED
PIT 14th OFF; BAL 10th DEF
PIT 11th RUN; BAL 5th VS. RUN
PIT 14th PASS; BAL 21st VS. PASS
PIT 12th PTS. BAL 3rd PTS ALLOWED
PIT 2nd TO/TA; BAL 9th TO/TA
BEN ROETHLISBERGER HAS WON LAST 6 STARTS VS. BAL.
SIX OF LAST SEVEN MEETINGS BETWEEN THE TEAMS SETTLED BY 4 POINTS OR LESS.
LAST 4 MEETINGS BETWEEN TEAMS SETTLED BY THREE POINTS APIECE.
TERRELL SUGGS HAS 7 SACKS IN HIS LAST 6 PLAYOFF GAMES.
HALOTI NGATA HAS 15 TACKLES AND 1.5 SACKS VS. PIT THIS SEASON.
TODD HEAP CAUGHT 10 PASSES FOR 108 YDS IN WIN AT KC IN WILD-CARD ROUND.
JOE FLACCO SACKED 4 TIMES VS. KC; WAS SACKED 40 TIMES IN 16 REGULAR-SEASON STARTS
BAL ALLOWED JAMMAL CHARLES TO RUSH FOR 82 YDS ON ONLY 9 CARRIES.
BAL RAN 78 OFFENSIVE PLAYS VS. KC, WHICH RAN JUST 40. BAL OUTGAINED KC 390-161.
MIKE WALLACE EXCEEDED 100 YDS RECEIVING IN FINAL 3 GAMES OF SEASON AND HAD 100+ YDS IN 5 OF FINAL 7 GAMES OVERALL.
BAL HAS HELD RASHARD MENDENHALL TO 2.8 YPC ON 44 CARRIES THIS SEASON.
TROY POLAMALU HAS 5 INTS IN HIS LAST 5 GAMES AND AT LEAST 1 PICK IN 4 OF HIS LAST 5 GAMES. IN THE ONLY GAME IN WHICH HE DIDN'T HAVE AN INTERCEPTION, HE HIT JOE FLACCO AND FORCED A FUMBLE RECOVERED BY LAMARR WOODLEY IN WEEK 13. PIT SCORED THE EVENTUAL GAME-WINNING TD ON THE RESULTING DRIVE. 

 

GREEN BAY AT ATLANTA

Packers' Key To The Game:
Pack was just 18th vs. the run this year and they'll have to throttle Michael Turner to get Aaron Rodgers and Company on the field.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' Season Stats:
65.7%, 3,922 yards, 8.3 AVG, 28 TDs, 11 INTs, 31 Sacks/193 yards, 101.2 & 64-356, 5.6, 4 TDs rushing.
Packers RB James Starks' Season Stats:
29-101, 3.5 & 2-15, 7.5 but 23-123 in Wild-Card game vs. Philly.
Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton's Season Stats:
118 Tackles led team, 2 Sacks, 3 PD, 1 INT - 2 yards, 3 FF.
Falcons CB Brent Grimes' Season Stats:
87 Tackles 2nd on team, 23 PD, 5 INTs - 84 yards.

Falcons' Key To The Game:
Can Falcons' Pass "D," which allowed A-Rod 344 yards and 114.3 passer rating last time, slow the aerial assault?

Falcons QB Matt Ryan's Season Stats:
62.5%, 3,705 yards, 6.5 AVG, 28 TDs, 9 INTs, 23 Sacks/158 yards, 91.0 & 46-122, 2.7 rushing.
Falcons RB Michael Turner's Season Stats:
334-1,371, 4.1, 12 TDs & 12-85, 7.1.
Packers OLB Clay Matthews' Season Stats:
60 Tackles, 13½ Sacks, 4 PD, 1 INT - 62 yards, 1 TD, 2 FF.
Packers CB Tramon Williams' Season Stats:
57 Tackles, 1 Sack, 20 PD, 6 INTs - 87 yards, 1 FF, 2 FR.

Other tidbits:
GB 9th OFF; ATL 16th DEF
GB 24th RUN; ATL 10th VS. RUN
GB 5th PASS; ATL 22nd VS. PASS
GB 10th PTS; ATL 5th PTS ALLOWED
ATL 16th OFF; GB 5th DEF
ATL 12th RUN; GB 18th VS. RUN
ATL 15th PASS; GB 5th VS. PASS
ATL 5th PTS; GB 2nd PTS ALLOWED
GB 4th TO/TA; ATL 3rd TO/TA
MATT RYAN HAS THROWN AT LEAST 1 TD IN 15 STRAIGHT GAMES.
ATL 27-1 UNDER MIKE SMITH WHEN THEY HOLD A LEAD AT HALFTIME.
ATL 17-2 WHEN MICHAEL TURNER RUSHES FOR 100 YDS OR MORE.
MATT RYAN IS 20-2 AS A STARTER AT THE GEORGIA DOME.
ATL DID NOT HAVE AN INTERCEPTION IN ONLY 2 GAMES ALL SEASON.
AARON RODGERS HAS BEEN SACKED AT LEAST TWICE IN 7 OF THE PAST 8 GAMES.
AARON RODGERS HAS TD-INT RATIO OF 8-1 IN HIS LAST 4 ROAD GAMES.
GB 3-3 THIS SEASON WHEN CLAY MATTHEWS DOES NOT MAKE A SACK.
GB DEFENSE HAS 10 INTERCEPTIONS IN THE LAST 6 GAMES.

 

SEATTLE AT CHICAGO

Seahawks' Key To The Game:
Can Seattle neutralize Julius Peppers the same way it did the last time it visited Chicago?

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 & 23-60, 2.6, 3 TDs rushing.
Marshawn Lynch's Season Stats:
165-573, 3.5, 6 TDs & 21-138, 6.6 avg. receiving.
Bears DE Julius Peppers' Season Stats:
54 Tackles, 8 Sacks, 9 PD, 2 INTs - 1 YD, 3 FF, 1 Kick Blocked.
Bears MLB Brian Urlacher's Season Stats:
125 Tackles lead team, 4 Sacks, 10 PD, 1 INT - 0 YD, 2 FF, 3 FR.

Bears' Key To The Game:
Can Bears run the football to keep Seahawks' pass rush honest?

Bears QB Jay Cutler's Season Stats:
60.4%, 3,274 yards, 7.6, 23 TDs, 16 INTs, 52 Sacks/352 yards, 86.3 & 50-232, 4.6, 1 TDs rushing.
Bears RB Matt Forté's Season Stats:
237-1,069, 4.5, 6 TDs & 51-540, 10.7, 3 TDs receiving.
Seahawks DE Raheem Brock's Wild-Card & Season Stats:
32 Tackles, 9 Sacks, 3 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR
Seahawks FS Earl Thomas' Wild-Card & Season Stats:
76 Tackles, 7 PD, 5 INTs - 68 yards, 1 FF.

Other tidbits:
SEA 28TH OFF; CHI 9TH DEF
SEA 31ST RUN; CHI 2ND VS. RUN
SEA 19TH PASS; CHI 20TH VS. PASS
SEA 23RD PTS; CHI 4TH PTS ALLOWED
CHI 30TH OFF; SEA 27TH DEF
CHI 22ND RUN; SEA 21ST VS. RUN
CHI 28TH PASS; SEA 27TH VS PASS
CHI 21ST PTS; SEA 25TH PTS ALLOWED
SEA 27RD TO/TA; CHI 11TH TO/TA
SEAHAWKS REGISTERED SIX SACKS IN 23-20 WIN OVER BEARS IN WEEK SIX, INCLUDING 4 1/2 BY DEFENSIVE BACKS.
MIKE WILLIAMS HAD 10 CATCHES FOR 123 YARDS IN 23-20 WIN OVER BEARS IN WEEK SIX.
JOHN CARLSON HAD A PAIR OF TD CATCHES VS. SAINTS AFTER CATCHING ONLY ONE TD PASS THIS SEASON.
RAHEEM BROCK HAS COLLECTED 3 1/2 SACKS IN THE LAST TWO GAMES, IN ADDITION TO A FORCED FUMBLE IN EACH GAME.
MATT HASSELBECK THREW 4 TD PASSES VS. SAINTS AND CONNECTED WITH NINE DIFFERENT RECEIVERS.
BEARS WERE O-FOR-12 ON THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS IN 23-20 LOSS TO SEATTLE IN WEEK SIX.
MATT FORTE HAS AT LEAST 91 YARDS RUSHING IN 5 OF HIS LAST 7 GAMES
BEARS' DEFENSE ALLOWED AN AVERAGE OF 91 YARDS RUSHING PER GAME.
BEARS HAVE 5 RECEIVERS WITH AT LEAST 40 RECEPTIONS.
JAY CUTLER HAS THROWN MULTIPLE TD PASSES IN SEVEN GAMES THIS SEASON.
GB 4-5 ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON.

 

N.Y. JETS AT NEW ENGLAND

Jets' Key To The Game:
Can the Jets put their last disaster at Gillette behind them and find a way to disrupt Tom Brady's rhythm?

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 & 30-105, 3.5, 3 TDs rushing.
Jets TE Dustin Keller's Season Stats:
55-687, 12.5, 5 TDs.
Patriots MLB Jerod Mayo's Season Stats:
175 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 5 PD, 1 FF, 3 FR.
Patriots rookie CB Devin McCourty's Season Stats:
82 Tackles, 1 Sack, 17 PD, 7 INTs - 110 yards, 2 FF.

Patriots' Key To The Game:
Can the Patriots keep Rex Ryan out of their heads and Tomlinson and Greene on their backs?

Patriots QB Tom Brady's Season Stats:
65.9%, 3,900 yards, 7.9 AVG, 36 TDs, 4 INTs, 25 Sacks/175 yards, 111.0 & 31-30, 1.0, 1 TD.
Patriots WR Deion Branch's Season Stats:
48-706, 14.7, 5 TDs.
Jets DE Shaun Ellis' Season Stats:
36 Tackles, 4½ Sacks, 1 PD, 1 FF.
Jets CB Darrelle Revis' Season Stats:
32 Tackles, 10 PD, 2 FR.

Other tidbits:
NYJ 11TH OFF; NE 25TH DEF
NYJ 4TH RUN; NE 11TH VS. RUN
NYJ 22ND PASS; NE 30TH VS. PASS
NYJ 13TH PTS; NE 8TH PTS ALLOWED
NE 8TH OFF; NYJ 3RD DEF
NE 9TH RUN; NYJ 3RD VS. RUN
NE 11TH PASS; NYJ 6TH VS. PASS
NE 1ST PTS; NYJ 6TH PTS ALLOWED
NYJ T-5TH TO/TA; NE 1ST TO/TA
JETS DEFEATED COLTS IN WILD-CARD ROUND 17-16 WITH 32-YARD FIELD GOAL BY NICK FOLK AS TIME EXPIRED.
MARK SANCHEZ HAS 3-1 CAREER RECORD IN PLAYOFFS.
IN 2010, SANCHEZ HAD THREE TDS, ZERO INT IN FIRST GAME VS. PATRIOTS (JETS WIN 28-14 IN WEEK TWO); ZERO TDS, THREE INT IN SECOND GAME (PATS WIN 45-3 IN WEEK 13).
WITH TWO TDS VS. COLTS, RB LADAINIAN TOMLINSON HAS SIX CAREER PLAYOFF RUSHING TDS, THE MOST AMONG ACTIVE PLAYERS.
PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY THREW ONLY FOUR INTS ALL SEASON, BUT TWO WERE VS. JETS IN WEEK TWO LOSS.
BRADY'S LAST LOSS IN GILLETTE STADIUM WAS IN 2009 PLAYOFFS TO RAVENS.
IN WEEK 13 MEETING, TOM BRADY COMPLETED PASSES TO EIGHT DIFFERENT RECEIVERS; FIVE OF THEM AVERAGED 11 YARDS OR MORE PER RECEPTION IN THE GAME.

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