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What to watch for in the 2017 postseason

A look at upcoming milestones to watch for in the postseason.

A look at upcoming milestones to watch for in the postseason.


  • Entering the postseason, New England has 32 playoff victories in team history, fourth most in NFL history. Pittsburgh has the most (36), followed by Dallas (34) and Green Bay (34).
  • The Patriots are tied with the Dallas Cowboys (1991-96 - 12 total wins) for the most consecutive seasons with at least one playoff win (2011-16 - 11 total wins) with six straight and look to set the NFL record with a playoff win.
  • New England is one win away from its 14th conference championship appearance. That would tie Dallas for third most in NFL history. Pittsburgh is first with 16, followed by San Francisco with 15.
  • With a win, the Patriots will extend their NFL record wto a seventh straight appearance in a conference championship game. Oakland, who appeared in five straight conference championship games from 1973-77, is second.
  • With a win, the Patriots will earn their 15th Divisional Playoff game victory, tying San Francisco (15) for second place behind Pittsburgh (16).


  • With a victory, Bill Belichick will extend his NFL record by coaching in his 12th conference championship game. Tom Landry is second, coaching in 10 with Dallas.
  • When the Patriots host the Divisional Playoff game, Belichick will set an NFL record for a head coach by coaching in his 37th playoff game, passing Tom Landry and Don Shula for most playoff games by a head coach in NFL history.
  • Belichick will coach in his 15th Divisional Playoff game next weekend, passing Don Shula for most in NFL history.


  • Tom Brady will play in his 14th Divisional Playoff game, passing Jerry Rice for most Divisional Playoff appearances in NFL history.
  • If the Patriots win, Brady will play in his NFL record 12th conference championship game in 16 seasons as a starter. George Blanda and Gene Upshaw previously held the record with 10 conference championship game appearances.
  • Brady and Joe Montana are tied with nine playoff games with three or more touchdown passes, most in NFL history.


  • Stephen Gostkowski enters the postseason with 160 playoff points in his career, third-most behind Adam Vinatieri (234) and David Akers (175).
  • Gostkowski currently sits in fourth place in playoff field goals with 31, behind Adam Vinatieri (56), David Akers (39) and Gary Anderson (32).


  • Rob Gronkowski's three career 100-yard receiving games in the playoffs are tied for third all time for a tight end behind Vernon Davis (4) and Keith Jackson (4).
  • Gronkowski's 52 career playoff receptions are fifth all-time by a tight end behind Dallas Clark (64), Jay Novacek (62), Shannon Sharpe (62) and Brent Jones (60).
  • Gronkowski is in fourth place in NFL playoff history for receiving yards by a tight end behind Dallas Clark (847), Keith Jackson (754) and Shannon Sharpe (814).


  • 12 Patriots players will potentially play in their first postseason: WR Kenny Britt, DL Adam Butler, WR Brandin Cooks, OL Cole Croston, WR Phillip Dorsett, RB Mike Gilislee, CB Stephon Gilmore, LB Nicholas Grisgsby, TE Jacob Hollister, DL Eic Lee, OL LaAdrian Waddle and DL Deatrich Wise, Jr.
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