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What to watch for in the 2016 postseason

TEAM

  • New England (8) can break a tie with Dallas, Denver and Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl berths in NFL history.
  • The New England Patriots (29) need one more postseason victory to become the fifth team in NFL history with 30 postseason wins, joining Pittsburgh (34), Dallas (34), Green Bay (32) and San Francisco (30).
  • New England (7) holds the record for consecutive seasons hosting a divisional playoff game. Miami (5) has the second longest streak.
  • New England has advanced in the postseason for five straight seasons and with one postseason victory in 2016 will match the record of six straight seasons of postseason advancement set by the Dallas Cowboys (1991-96).

ROBERT KRAFT

  • Robert Kraft (7) can set an NFL record with his eighth conference championship. Pat Bowlen of Denver is tied for first with seven.

BILL BELICHICK

  • Bill Belichick has won four Super Bowls as a head coach and needs one more championship to pass Chuck Noll for most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.
  • Belichick (6) needs to earn one more Super Bowl berth to pass Don Shula (6) for most appearances all time.

TOM BRADY

  • Brady's 10 300-yard postseason passing performances are the most in NFL history and he looks to add to that record.
  • Brady (8) needs one more playoff game with three-or-more touchdown passes to tie Joe Montana (9) for most three-plus TD playoff games since the NFL merger.
  • Brady (4) needs one more Super Bowl victory to break a tie with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback in NFL history.
  • If Tom Brady (3) wins one more Super Bowl MVP Award, he will pass Joe Montana for most Super Bowl MVP Awards in NFL history.
  • If Tom Brady (6) appears in one more Super Bowl he will surpass DL Mike Lodish for the most Super Bowl appearances by a player. Lodish played in four with Buffalo and two with Denver.
  • If Tom Brady (4) wins Super Bowl LI he will match Charles Haley (5) for the most Super Bowl wins by a player in NFL history

JULIAN EDELMAN

  • Julian Edelman (68) can move into the NFL's top 10 all-time in postseason receptions with one more catch, and needs two more receptions to move past Wes Welker (69) for the most postseason receptions in Patriots history.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI

  • Stephen Gostkowski (132) currently sits tied for fourth with Jerry Rice in total postseason points behind Adam Vinatieri (234), David Akers (175) and Gary Anderson (153).
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