NFL Championship Weekend What To Look For – A Look Back

WHAT TO LOOK FORA LOOK BACK

CLOSE GAMES: The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

It marked the eighth consecutive NFC Championship Game to be decided by seven points or fewer, extending the longest streak in conference championship game history.

The past eight NFC Championship Games:

 

SEASON  TEAMS  WINNER FINAL SCORE
2007  N.Y. Giants at Green Bay  N.Y. Giants 23-20*
2008  Philadelphia at Arizona  Arizona 32-25
2009  Minnesota at New Orleans  New Orleans 31-28*
2010  Green Bay at Chicago  Green Bay 21-14
2011  N.Y. Giants at San Francisco  N.Y. Giants 20-17*
2012  San Francisco at Atlanta  San Francisco 28-24
2013  San Francisco at Seattle  Seattle 23-17
2014  Green Bay at Seattle  Seattle 28-22*
*Overtime

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 SUPER FOLLOW-UPS: The defending Super Bowl-champion SEATTLE SEAHAWKS defeated Green Bay 28-22 in overtime on Sunday and became the 12th team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl after winning it the previous season.

Eight Super Bowl winners won the title game the next year and three lost it.

The teams to reach the Super Bowl after winning it the previous season:

 

SEASON SUPER BOWL  WINNER NEXT SEASON
1966 I Green Bay Won Super Bowl
1972 VII Miami

Won Super Bowl

1974 IX Pittsburgh Won Super Bowl
1977 XII Dallas Lost Super Bowl
1978 XIII Pittsburgh Won Super Bowl
1982 XVII Washington Lost Super Bowl
1988 XXIII San Francisco Won Super Bowl
1992 XXVII Dallas Won Super Bowl
1996 XXXI Green Bay Lost Super Bowl
1997 XXXII Denver Won Super Bowl
2003 XXXVIII New England Won Super Bowl
2013 XLVIII Seattle ???

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 SUPER CHAMPIONSHIP: The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated Indianapolis 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. This is the Patriots eighth Super Bowl appearance, tying Dallas and Pittsburgh for the most in NFL history.

The teams with the most Super Bowl appearances:

 

TEAM SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
New England 8
Dallas 8
Pittsburgh 8
Denver 7
San Francisco 6

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SUPER COMBINATION: New England head coach BILL BELICHICK and quarterback TOM BRADY defeated Indianapolis 45-7 in the AFC Championship to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. Belichick and Brady extended their NFL record to six for the most Super Bowl appearances by any head coach-quarterback combination in NFL history.

 The head coach-quarterback combinations with the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history:

 

QUARTERBACK HEAD COACH TEAM SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
Tom Brady Bill Belichick New England Patriots* 6
Roger Staubach Tom Landry Dallas Cowboys 4
Jim Kelly Marv Levy Buffalo Bills 4
Terry Bradshaw Chuck Noll Pittsburgh Steelers 4
*Active

 

Belichick (six) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (six) as the only head coaches to lead their team(s) to six Super Bowls.

The head coaches to reach the most Super Bowls:

 

HEAD COACH SUPER BOWL BERTHS
Bill Belichick 6
Don Shula 6
Tom Landry 5
Five tied 4

 

Brady (six) also surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (five) for the most conference championship wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady will play in his sixth Super Bowl, the most ever by a starting quarterback.

The starting quarterbacks with the most Super Bowl appearances all-time:

 

PLAYER SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES SUPER BOWL RECORD
Tom Brady 6* 3-2
John Elway^ 5 2-3
Terry Bradshaw^ 4 4-0
Joe Montana ^ 4 4-0
Roger Staubach^ 4 2-2
Jim Kelly^ 4 0-4
*Will play in Super Bowl XLIX
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

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AMAZING ADAM: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI played his 30th career postseason game in his 19-year career on Sunday against New England. Vinatieri (30) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (29) for the most postseason games played in NFL history.

 

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (28) surpassed D.D. LEWIS (27) for the third-most postseason games played all-time.

 

The players with the most postseason games played in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) POSTSEASON GAMES PLAYED
Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis, New England 30
Jerry Rice San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 29
Tom Brady New England 28
D.D. Lewis Dallas 27

 Resource Reference: NFL Media

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