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Postseason Inside the Numbers

Posted Jan 11, 2013

As the Patriots get ready to take on the Houston Texans on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, check out some of the Patriots postseason numbers and approaching milestones.

PATRIOTS IN THE PLAYOFFS

.589
The Patriots' postseason winning percentage. New England is 23-16 in the playoffs, the fifth best winning percentage in NFL history. That figure trails only Green Bay (30-17, .638), Pittsburgh (33-21, .611), Baltimore (11-7, .611) and San Francisco (26-18, .591).

.813
The Patriots’ home playoff winning percentage. New England has won 13 of 16 home playoff games and is tied with Denver (13-3, .813) for the winningest franchise at home in NFL postseason history.

3
The Patriots are one of three teams to make the playoffs in four consecutive seasons (2009-12). The only other teams to accomplish the feat are the Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers.

6
The number of Championship Game berths for the Patriots since 2000, the most in the NFL since that year.

7
The number of Super Bowl appearances for the Patriots, ranked third in NFL history behind the eight appearances by Dallas and Pittsburgh.

9
The number of divisional playoff berths for the Patriots since 2000, the most for any team in the NFL since that year.

10
The number of playoff appearances for the Patriots since 2000. Only the Indianapolis Colts (11) have more playoff appearances during that time.

11
The number of receptions WR Deion Branch (XXXIX) and WR Wes Welker (XLII) each have in a Super Bowl, tied with Jerry Rice (XXIII) and Dan Ross (XVI) for the most in Super Bowl history.

14
The number of playoff games the Patriots won from 2000-2009, tied for the most by any team in any 10-year period in NFL history.

28
In 22 playoff games since 2000, the Patriots have forced 28 interceptions, the second most of any team coming into this postseason. The Baltimore Ravens are first with 35 postseason interceptions since 2000. New England’s 28 postseason interceptions since 2000 have resulted in five touchdowns.

50
The longest field goal in the playoffs made by Stephen Gostkowski on Jan. 14, 2007 at San Diego, which ranks first in Patriots playoff history, surpassing Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard kicks in 2002 and 2005.

KRAFT ERA IN THE PLAYOFFS

14
The number of times the Patriots have earned playoff berths since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. New England has qualified for the playoffs 20 times in its 52-year history. The Patriots have earned 14 playoff berths in the 19 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, a dramatic contrast to the six total playoff berths the team earned in its first 34 years of existence.

16
There have been 16 home playoff games since Kraft bought the team in 1994. In the franchise’s first 34 years, the Patriots hosted one playoff game, a 31-14 loss to Houston in 1978.

BILL BELICHICK IN THE PLAYOFFS

.708
Belichick’s playoff winning percentage (17-7) is tied with Joe Gibbs’ for the fourth-highest playoff winning percentage among NFL head coaches, trailing only Vince Lombardi (9-1, .900), Tom Flores (8-3, .727) and Bill Walsh (10-4, .714).

1
The number of Super Bowl victories Coach Belichick needs to tie Chuck Noll for the most Super Bowl wins by any head coach in NFL history. Belichick’s three Super Bowl victories are tied with Joe Gibbs and Bill Walsh for second most in NFL history.

17
The number of career playoff games Coach Belichick has won, a total that is tied for third-highest by a head coach in NFL history with Joe Gibbs. Belichick needs three wins to tie Tom Landry for the most wins in the playoffs in NFL history.

TOM BRADY IN THE PLAYOFFS

1
The number of Super Bowl victories QB Tom Brady needs to tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady is tied for second with Troy Aikman with three Super Bowl wins.

1
The number of Super Bowl starts QB Tom Brady needs to pass John Elway for the most Super Bowl starts by a quarterback in NFL history. Brady is currently tied with Elway with five starts.

1
The number of playoff victories QB Tom Brady (16) needs to break a tie with Joe Montana (16) for the most playoff wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

5
Tom Brady, Matt Light, Cornelius Bennett, John Elway and Charles Haley are the five players in NFL history to start five Super Bowls.

6
Tom Brady tied an NFL single-game playoff record with six touchdown passes against Denver in 2011. Daryle Lamonica of Oakland in 1969 and Steve Young of San Francisco in the 1994 Super Bowl also had six touchdown passes.

18
Brady ended his streak of 18 consecutive postseason games with a touchdown pass vs. Baltimore in the 2011 AFC Championship game. His 18 consecutive games ranks second in NFL history to the 20 by Brett Favre.

22
The number of career playoff games Tom Brady has played in a New England uniform. Brady is tied with Tedy Bruschi for the most playoff games for the Patriots.

38
The number of touchdowns Tom Brady has thrown in 22 career playoff games, a number that ranks third in NFL history. Joe Montana ranks first with 45 and Brett Favre ranks second with 44.

92.9
The completion percentage Tom Brady (26-for-28) recorded against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional game in 2007, an NFL record for a single postseason game with a minimum of 15 completions.

127
The number of completions for Tom Brady in his Super Bowl career, a number that ranks first in NFL history, significantly higher than second place (Joe Montana, 83) and third place (Jim Kelly, 81).

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