Vince’s View: NFL Divisional Round Playoffs predictions straight-up and vs. the spread

Vince’s View: NFL Divisional Round Playoffs predictions straight-up and vs. the spread

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Below is the game schedule with my NFL Divisional Round Playoff game predictions. Winners straight-up are in bold. The line is my pick against the spread.

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2022 Super Wildcard Weekend Round Straight-Up: 4-2 (67%)
2022 Super Wildcard Weekend Round Against The Spread: 2-4 (33%)
2022 Season Straight-Up: 188-89 (68%)
2022 Season Against The Spread: 145-132 (52%)
2021 Season Straight-Up: 158-97 (62%)
2021 Season Against The Spread: 140-115 (55%)

NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE & MY PREDICTIONS

​The NFL has finalized the schedule of sites, dates, and times for the Divisional Playoffs, presented by Intuit TurboTax, on January 21-22.

(All times Eastern) BOLD = Straight-up winner / ( ) = vs. the spread winner

Saturday, January 21

AFC:    4:30 PM (ET)              Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5) (NBC, Peacock, Universo) 

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)              (+7.5) New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX, FOX Deportes) 

Sunday, January 22

AFC:    3:00 PM (ET)              (+5.5) Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC:    6:30 PM (ET)              Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5) (FOX, FOX Deportes)


The AFC and NFC Championship Games, presented by Intuit TurboTax, will take place on Sunday, January 29:

Sunday, January 29

NFC:    3:00 PM (ET)              NFC Championship (FOX, FOX Deportes)

AFC:    6:30 PM (ET)              AFC Championship (CBS, Paramount+)

Two things can be true.

The future is now and, at the same time, the future is very bright.

Look no further than this week’s Divisional Playoffs presented by Intuit TurboTax, where 29-year-old DAK PRESCOTT is the oldest starting quarterback remaining in contention for Super Bowl LVII. In fact, the average age of the eight starting quarterbacks this week is 25 years and 278 days. That’s the youngest group since the league began Divisional Playoffs with the 1970 merger. All eight starting quarterbacks in the Divisional Round are under 30 years old, just the second time that’s ever happened (it also occurred during the 2004 postseason).

In the AFC, all four starting quarterbacks – JOSH ALLEN (26 years, 246 days on gameday), JOE BURROW (26 years, 43 days), TREVOR LAWRENCE (23 years, 107 days) and PATRICK MAHOMES (27 years, 126 days) – are under 28. In either conference, that’s only happened twice previously, in the AFC Divisional Rounds of 1984 (MARK MALONEDAVE KRIEG and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY and DAN MARINO) and 2020 (Allen, Mahomes, LAMAR JACKSON and BAKER MAYFIELD).

And credit the college scouting and coaching staffs of the remaining organizations that have drafted and developed the core of their rosters. Looking at the final eight teams, from Prescott and EZEKIEL ELLIOTT in 2016 to BROCK PURDY, the final selection in 2022, each of the past seven drafts are well represented in this week’s Divisional Round.

This week’s Divisional Round also features the well-rested KANSAS CITY CHIEFS and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, the respective No. 1 seeds in the AFC and NFC. But beware: Since the beginning of the 2018 playoffs, No. 1 seeds in the postseason are a combined 7-8 (.467) with zero Super Bowl victories over the past four years.

For a seventh consecutive season, at least two teams have advanced to the Divisional Playoffs that missed the postseason the year before, including JACKSONVILLE and the NEW YORK GIANTS this season. Could one of those teams continue a remarkable march?

Storylines abound. The countdown is on. Strap in for one of the best weekends of the year.

The NFL’s Divisional Playoff schedule:

Saturday, January 21
AFCJacksonville Jaguars (10-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)4:30 PM ETNBC, Peacock, Universo
NFCNew York Giants (10-7-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)8:15 PM ETFOX, FOX Deportes
Sunday, January 22
AFCCincinnati Bengals (13-4) at Buffalo Bills (14-3)3:00 PM ETCBS, Paramount+
NFCDallas Cowboys (13-5) at San Francisco 49ers (14-4)6:30 PM ETFOX, FOX Deportes

The Starting 11 entering the 2022 Divisional Playoffs

1.     STAY IN YOUR SEAT: Twelve of the last 13 postseason games have been within one score in the fourth quarter, including five of six Wild Card contests last week.

  • Four of the six 2022 playoff games so far, and 11 of the last 13 postseason contests dating to the start of the 2021 Divisional Playoffs, have been decided by seven points or less. Eight of those 13 have been separated by no more than three points.
  • Eight of the last 13 playoff games have also been decided in the last two minutes of regulation or in overtime.
  • And, teams have scored the winning points on the game’s final play in six of the past 13 NFL postseason contests.
     

2.     NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 4: The number of teams over the past five postseasons (2017-21) that finished last or tied for last in their divisions and rebounded with a berth in their conference championship games. Both JACKSONVILLE and the NEW YORK GIANTS can join that group this week. The four previous teams to accomplish it: The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers in 2021, and the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.

  • Since the 1970 merger, 20 teams have reached their conference championship games after finishing in last place (or tied for last) in their divisions the previous season, including eight that reached the Super Bowl: The 1981, 1988 and 2021 Cincinnati Bengals, the 1999 St. Louis Rams, the 2001 New England Patriots, the 2003 Carolina Panthers, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles.
     

3.     ROAD SWEET ROAD: Road teams in NFL Divisional Playoff games have won four of the last five games, dating to Tampa Bay’s win at New Orleans in the last contest of the 2020 Divisional Round.

4.     SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUPS: Recently named Associated Press All-Pros will match up on Saturday night when the NEW YORK GIANTS (10-7-1) visit the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (14-3) at Lincoln Financial Field (8:15 PM ET, FOX, FOX Deportes).

  • When Philadelphia has the ball, the Eagles’ All-Pro center JASON KELCE draws Giants All-Pro defensive lineman DEXTER LAWRENCE. Then, when the Giants have possession, look for Philadelphia’s All-Pro linebacker HAASON REDDICK lined up across from New York’s All-Pro offensive tackle ANDREW THOMAS.
  • What’s more, in San Francisco on Sunday, look for 49ers All-Pro tackle TRENT WILLIAMS in a battle against Cowboys All-Pro linebacker MICAH PARSONS, while All-Pro guard ZACK MARTIN anchors a Dallas offensive line tasked with stopping San Francisco All-Pro defensive lineman NICK BOSA.
     

5.     SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Also in that Sunday Divisional Playoff finale, when DALLAS (13-5) squares off with SAN FRANCISCO (14-4) at Levi’s Stadium (6:30 PM ET, FOX, FOX Deportes), the teams will tie an NFL record by meeting in a ninth postseason game. The only other pairs of teams to meet nine times in the NFL playoffs are the Cowboys and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, and the 49ers and Green Bay Packers.

  • San Francisco’s BROCK PURDY is expected to become the 10th rookie quarterback to start a Divisional Playoff game since the 1970 merger, the first since the Cowboys’ DAK PRESCOTT met the Packers in the 2016 playoffs. The list started with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO in 1983. Since 1970, only four rookie quarterbacks have started in a conference championship game: SHAUN KING in 1999, BEN ROETHLISBERGER in 2004, JOE FLACCO in 2008 and MARK SANCHEZ in 2009.
  • Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT last week became just the fifth player in NFL history to register four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in the same postseason game, joining AARON RODGERSTOBIN ROTEMATT RYAN and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING. He also became the first player in the Cowboys’ rich postseason history to reach both 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes in a playoff game.

6.     STREAK SPEAK: Chiefs running back JERICK MCKINNON has scored a touchdown in six consecutive games. His nine receiving touchdowns this season matched the highest mark by a running back in the Super Bowl era, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (nine touchdown receptions in 2001), CHUCK FOREMAN (nine in 1975) and LEROY HOARD (nine in 1991).

  • When KANSAS CITY (14-3) hosts JACKSONVILLE (10-8) on Saturday (4:30 PM ET, NBC, Peacock, Universo), the Chiefs’ ANDY REID (35 postseason games entering this week) will tie Pro Football Hall of Famers TOM LANDRY (36) and DON SHULA (36) for the most postseason games by an NFL head coach. Only BILL BELICHICK (44) has more. The Chiefs are 7-2 over their last nine postseason games under Reid, including a Super Bowl LIV victory.
  • In winning their Wild Card game last week, the Jaguars erased a 27-0 deficit, the third-largest comeback victory in NFL postseason history. The only two greater comebacks were Buffalo’s 1992 Wild Card win over the Houston Oilers (32 points) and the Colts’ 2013 Wild Card win over Kansas City (28).
  • Jacksonville is the first NFL team since the 1991 Dallas Cowboys to select first in an NFL Draft and win a playoff game in the same season.

7.     DID YOU KNOW?: Jacksonville quarterback TREVOR LAWRENCE is 41-0 on Saturdays since his sophomore season in high school. He was 3-0 on Saturdays over his final three years at Cartersville (Ga.) High School and 36-0 in three seasons at Clemson (his two college losses were on Monday and Friday). He’s also 2-0 so far in his NFL career (each of the last two Saturdays). Lawrence and the Jaguars face a third consecutive win-or-go-home Saturday game this week.

8.     UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Buffalo has gotten tremendous postseason production from wide receiver GABE DAVIS, who in last week’s win recorded six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. In his previous postseason game, at Kansas City in the 2021 Divisional Playoffs, Davis caught eight passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Davis is the first player in NFL history to reach 300 receiving yards and five touchdowns over two consecutive postseason games.

  • When CINCINNATI (13-4) clashes with BUFFALO (14-3) on Sunday at Highmark Stadium (3:00 PM ET, CBS, Paramount+), quarterbacks JOE BURROW and JOSH ALLEN will meet officially for the first time. Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, became the first quarterback ever chosen first overall to start a Super Bowl within his first two seasons. Allen, meanwhile, enters Sunday’s game as just the second player ever to reach 300 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in three consecutive postseason games, joining MATT RYAN.
  • On his clutch, 98-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter of last week’s Wild Card win, Bengals defensive end SAM HUBBARD reached a maximum speed of 17.43 miles per hour, according to Next Gen Stats. Hubbard covered 123.6 yards, the most on a touchdown by a player carrying a football during the 2022 season.
  • Cincinnati is attempting to become just the eighth team since the 1970 merger to begin a season 0-2 and still advance to its conference championship game. With a win Sunday, the Bengals would join the 1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996 and 2001 New England Patriots, 1998 New York Jets, 2003 Philadelphia Eagles, 2007 New York Giants and 2014 Indianapolis Colts as teams that lost their first two games and advanced to conference championship games.

9.     TREND TIME: Since the Eagles captured consecutive division crowns in 2003 and 2004, the NFC East has had a different champion each of the past 18 seasons (2005-22). It’s the longest stretch ever without a repeat division winner.

  • This season’s NFC East champion, PHILADELPHIA (14-3), hosts the NEW YORK GIANTS (10-7-1) on Saturday night (8:15 PM ET, FOX, FOX Deportes). Along with the DALLAS COWBOYS, three teams from the NFC East have advanced to the Divisional Playoffs, the first time since the league expanded to 32 teams and realigned into eight divisions in 2002 that a single division has placed three teams in the Divisional Round. The last Divisional Round with three teams from the same division was 1997, when Green Bay, Minnesota and Tampa Bay represented the old NFC Central.
  • In each of the prior two seasons in which the Eagles have earned the NFC’s No. 1 seed, they’ve advanced to the Super Bowl (2004 and 2017).
  • In last week’s win, Giants quarterback DANIEL JONES became the first player in NFL history to reach both 300 passing yards and 75 rushing yards in a postseason game.
  • The Giants’ BRIAN DABOLL is bidding to become just the 15th rookie head coach since the 1970 merger to lead his team to a conference championship game. However, only one coach has done it over the last 10 years (2012-21): Green Bay’s MATT LAFLEUR in 2019.

10.  THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: Jan. 17, 1993 (30 years ago) – In the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park, STEVE YOUNG guides San Francisco on a nine-play, 93-yard drive, culminating in a 5-yard touchdown pass to JERRY RICE. The march cuts the Dallas lead to 24-20 with 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Faced with whether to run time off the clock in conservative fashion or push the ball downfield, Dallas head coach JIMMY JOHNSON tells offensive coordinator NORV TURNER he wants to score. So, on the ensuing play from scrimmage, Turner calls “896 F Flat.” When TROY AIKMAN reads blitz at the line, he realizes ALVIN HARPER on a post route is his best option. Harper races 70 yards to the San Francisco 9-yard line, setting up a Cowboys touchdown that cements a 30-20 victory and a berth in Super Bowl XXVII, the Cowboys’ first Super Bowl title under owner, president and general manager JERRY JONES.

11.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: San Francisco’s BROCK PURDY (selected with the 262nd and final choice of the 2022 NFL Draft) isn’t the only late-round gem who will be in action at this week’s Divisional Playoffs. Other notable “Day 3” selections drafted and developed by their teams expected to make significant contributions this week:

  • 2022: DANIEL BELLINGER, N.Y. Giants (fourth round, No. 112 overall); CORDELL VOLSON, Cincinnati (fourth, 136); DARON BLAND, Dallas (fifth, 167); JAYLEN WATSON, Kansas City (seventh, 243); ISIAH PACHECO, Kansas City (seventh, 251).
  • 2021: EVAN MCPHERSON, Cincinnati (fifth, 149); TALANOA HUFANGA, San Francisco (fifth, 180); TREY SMITH, Kansas City (sixth, 226).
  • 2020: L’JARIUS SNEED, Kansas City (fourth, 138); TYLER BIADASZ, Dallas (fourth, 146).
  • 2019: JULIAN LOVE, N.Y. Giants (fourth, 108); TONY POLLARD, Dallas (fourth, 128); DRE GREENLAW, San Francisco (fifth, 148); DARIUS SLAYTON, N.Y. Giants (fifth, 171); DONOVAN WILSON, Dallas (sixth, 213).
  • 2018: DORANCE ARMSTRONG, Dallas (fourth, 116); JOSH SWEAT, Philadelphia (fourth, 130); DALTON SCHULTZ, Dallas (fourth, 137); JORDAN MAILATA, Philadelphia (seventh, 233).
  • 2017: GEORGE KITTLE, San Francisco (fifth, 146); MATT MILANO, Buffalo (fifth, 163).
  • 2016: DAK PRESCOTT, Dallas (fourth, 135).

DOMINANT DEBUTS: Three of the eight starting quarterbacks in the Divisional Playoffs, presented by Intuit TurboTax, made their postseason debuts last week in historic fashion.

New York Giants quarterback DANIEL JONES became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards (301), two touchdown passes (two) and 70 rushing yards (78) in a playoff game in New York’s victory at Minnesota. Jacksonville quarterback TREVOR LAWRENCE passed for 288 yards and four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 27-point comeback victory over the Chargers and became the sixth quarterback ever with at least four touchdown passes in his first-career playoff start. In San Francisco’s victory over Seattle, BROCK PURDY became the first rookie quarterback ever with four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in a playoff game and had the most passing yards (332) by a player making his first career playoff start since 1937.

Lawrence and Purdy can join SCOTT BRUNNER as the only players ever with at least three touchdown passes in each of their first two career playoff games.

Additionally, Jones and Purdy can join MARC BULGER, Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTSMATT HASSELBECK and MATTHEW STAFFORD as the only players ever with at least 300 passing yards in each of their first two playoff games.

Purdy, who was selected with the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, is aiming to become the fifth rookie quarterback in NFL history to start and win a Divisional Round playoff game. He can also join MARK SANCHEZ (six touchdown passes in 2009 postseason) as the only rookie quarterbacks ever with four-or-more postseason touchdown passes.

The rookie quarterbacks to start and win a Divisional Round playoff game in NFL history:

QUARTERBACKTEAMGAMEFINAL SCORE
Mark SanchezN.Y. Jets2009 AFC Divisional at San Diego ChargersNYJ 17, SD 14
Joe FlaccoBaltimore2008 AFC Divisional at TennesseeBAL 13, TEN 10
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh2004 AFC Divisional vs. N.Y. JetsPIT 20, NYJ 17
Shaun KingTampa Bay1999 NFC Divisional vs. WashingtonTB 14, WAS 13

— DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS —

CHIEFS KINGDOM: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS will be making their 2022 postseason debut this week after winning their seventh-consecutive AFC West division title and earning a first-round bye as the AFC’s No.1 seed.

With a win against Jacksonville on Saturday (4:30 PM ET, NBC/Peacock/Telemundo), Kansas City will become the third team in NFL history to appear in five consecutive Championship Games, joining the New England Patriots, who advanced to eight straight AFC Championships from 2011-18, and the Oakland Raiders, who advanced to five consecutive AFC Championships from 1973-77.

Head coach ANDY REID has led Kansas City to each of the past four AFC Championship Games, after leading Philadelphia to five NFC Championship Games earlier in his career. With a win on Saturday, he will become the third head coach in NFL history to appear in 10 Conference Championships, joining BILL BELICHICK (13) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (10).

Reid has 19 career postseason wins and can tie Landry (20) for the second-most in NFL history. Only Belichick (31) has more.

The head coaches with the most career postseason wins in NFL history:

HEAD COACHTEAM(S)POSTSEASON WINS
Bill BelichickCleveland, New England31
Tom LandryHOFDallas20
Andy ReidPhiladelphia, Kansas City19
Don ShulaHOFBaltimore Colts, Miami19
Joe GibbsHOFWashington17

In three playoff games last year, quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES totaled at least 275 passing yards and three touchdown passes in each contest. With three touchdown passes on Saturday, he will join MATT RYAN as the only players in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive playoff games. Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN also has a chance to accomplish the feat this week.

Mahomes has recorded at least three touchdown passes in seven of his 11 career playoff games, fourth-most in NFL postseason history. With three touchdown passes on Saturday, he will tie AARON RODGERS (eight games) for the third-most postseason games ever with at least three touchdown passes.

The players with the most postseason games with at least three touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Tom BradyNew England, Tampa Bay13
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco, Kansas City9
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay8
Patrick MahomesKansas City7

Mahomes’ top target in his career has been tight end TRAVIS KELCE, as they have connected on 11 postseason touchdowns over the past five years. With another touchdown between the pair, they will tie the Pro Football Hall of Fame tandem of JOE MONTANA and JERRY RICE (12 touchdowns) for the second-most postseason touchdowns between a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history. Only TOM BRADY and ROB GRONKOWSKI (15) have more.

The quarterback-receiver pairings with the most postseason touchdowns in NFL history:

QUARTERBACKRECEIVERTOUCHDOWNS
Tom BradyRob Gronkowski15
Joe MontanaHOFJerry RiceHOF12
Patrick MahomesTravis Kelce11

Kelce enters the 2022 postseason with at least 95 receiving yards in each of his past six playoff games, the longest such streak in NFL postseason history. In 15 career playoff games, he has totaled 106 receptions for 1,291 yards and 12 touchdowns.

With 99 receiving yards on Saturday, Kelce will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (1,315) and ROB GRONKOWSKI (1,389) for the third-most receiving yards in NFL postseason history.

With 100 receiving yards on Saturday, Kelce will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (eight games) for the most postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most postseason receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco, Oakland Raiders2,245
Julian EdelmanNew England1,442
Rob GronkowskiNew England, Tampa Bay1,389
Michael IrvinHOFDallas1,315
Travis KelceKansas City1,291

With a touchdown reception, Kelce will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN STALLWORTH (12 touchdown receptions) for the third-most postseason touchdown receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most postseason touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco, Oakland Raiders22
Rob GronkowskiNew England, Tampa Bay15
Travis KelceKansas City12
John StallworthHOFPittsburgh12

— DIVISONAL PLAYOFFS —

DUAL-THREAT QUARTERBACKS: The NEW YORK GIANTS and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES will meet for the third time this season on Saturday night (8:15 PM ET, FOX/FOX Deportes). Eagles quarterback JALEN HURTS ranked fourth among quarterbacks with 760 rushing yards in 2022, while the Giants’ DANIEL JONES ranked fifth with 708.

Saturday’s meeting will mark the first playoff matchup in NFL history in which both starting quarterbacks each had at least 600 rushing yards in the regular season and the fifth with each having at least 500 rushing yards.

The postseason games featuring two starting quarterbacks each with at least 500 rushing yards in the regular season in NFL history:

ROUNDGAMEQUARTERBACKS (RUSHING YARDS)RESULT
2022 NFC DivisionalN.Y. Giants at PhiladelphiaDaniel Jones (708) & Jalen Hurts (760)???
2015 NFC DivisionalSeattle at CarolinaRussell Wilson (553) & Cam Newton (636)CAR 31, SEA 24
2014 NFC DivisionalCarolina at SeattleCam Newton (539) & Russell Wilson (849)SEA 31, CAR 17
2013 NFC Champ.San Francisco at SeattleColin Kaepernick (524) & Russell Wilson (539)SEA 23, SF 17
2013 NFC DivisionalSan Francisco at CarolinaColin Kaepernick (524) & Cam Newton (585)SF 23, CAR 10

Philadelphia’s defense led the NFL with 70 sacks this season, tied for the third-most by a team in the regular season in NFL history. With three sacks on Saturday night, the Eagles will surpass the 1985 New York Giants (72 sacks) and 1983 Los Angeles Raiders (72) for thefourth-most sacks by a team in a single season, including playoffs, in league history.

The teams with the most sacks in a season in NFL history, including playoffs:

TEAMSEASONSACKS
Chicago Bears198482
Chicago Bears198580
Oakland Raiders196774
Los Angeles Raiders198372
New York Giants198572
   
Philadelphia Eagles202270

— DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS —

CINCINNATI STARS: The CINCINNATI BENGALS are aiming for their second-consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance and fourth overall in franchise history. 

Last year, quarterback JOE BURROW – who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – became the third quarterback selected in the first round to start a Super Bowl within his first two seasons in NFL history.

With a win at Buffalo on Sunday (3:00 PM ET, CBS/Paramount+), Burrow, age 26, will become the first quarterback selected No. 1 overall to win five playoff games prior to his 27th birthday. He can also join RUSSELL WILSON and BEN ROETHLISBERGER as the only quarterbacks ever to win five playoff games within their first three seasons.

Wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE led the team with nine receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati’s victory over Baltimore last week, marking his fifth-consecutive playoff game with at least five receptions.

With five catches on Sunday, Chase will become the fourth player in NFL history with at least five receptions in each of his first six career playoff games, joining LARRY FITZGERALDDEANDRE HOPKINS and WES WELKER.

Chase has 452 career postseason receiving yards and with 12 receiving yards on Sunday, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (463) for the second-most postseason receiving yards ever by a player in his first two seasons. Only CHARLIE BROWN (643) has more.

The players with the most postseason receiving yards in their first two career seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMRECEIVING YARDS
Charlie BrownWashington643
Randy MossHOFMinnesota463
Ja’Marr ChaseCincinnati452*
*In second season  

— DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS —

TOP BILLING: The BUFFALO BILLS are aiming for their second AFC Championship Game appearance in the past three years and can improve on their 13-1 home playoff record since 1970 when they host Cincinnati on Sunday (3:00 PM ET, CBS/Paramount+).

Last week, quarterback JOSH ALLEN passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns in their win over Miami, his third-straight playoff game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes. If he accomplishes the feat again on Sunday, he will become the first player ever with at least three touchdown passes and 300 passing yards in four consecutive playoff games.

In seven career playoff games, Allen has totaled 17 touchdown passes. With three touchdown passes on Sunday, he can become the first player in NFL history to reach 20 postseason touchdown passes in eight-or-fewer playoff games.

The players to reach 20 touchdown passes in the fewest postseason games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES TO REACH 20 TD PASSES
Drew BreesSan Diego Chargers, New Orleans9
Patrick MahomesKansas City9
Dan MarinoHOFMiami9
   
Josh AllenBuffalo7*
*Has 17 career postseason touchdown passes

Over his past two playoff games, wide receiver GABE DAVIS has totaled 314 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions, with over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each game. He can become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in three-or-more consecutive postseason games.

The players with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in the most consecutive postseason games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMCONSECUTIVE GAMES
Larry FitzgeraldArizona4 (Jan. 3, 2009 – Feb. 1, 2009)
Randy MossHOFMinnesota3 (Jan. 9, 2000 – Jan. 6, 2001)
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco3 (Jan. 8, 1989 – Jan. 6, 1990)
   
Gabe DavisBuffalo2* (Jan. 23, 2022 – Jan. 15, 2023)
*Active streak

Tight end DAWSON KNOX also recorded a touchdown reception last week, marking his fifth-consecutive game with a touchdown reception, going back to Week 14 of the regular season. He can become the third tight end in NFL history with a touchdown reception in six consecutive games within a single season, including playoffs, joining ROB GRONKOWSKI (2011 and 2014) and TRAVIS KELCE (2020 and 2021).

— DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS —

POSTSEASON HEAVYWEIGHTS MEET: When the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS host the DALLAS COWBOYS on Sunday night (6:30 PM ET, FOX/FOX Deportes), two of the most successful postseason teams in league history will meet.

Dallas has 36 postseason wins and with a victory on Sunday would tie the New England Patriots (37 postseason wins) for the most in NFL history. San Francisco has 35 postseason wins and with a victory, would tie Dallas, Green Bay and Pittsburgh for the second-most all-time.

The franchises with the most postseason victories in NFL history:

TEAMWINSSUPER BOWL TITLES
New England376
Dallas365
Green Bay364
Pittsburgh366
San Francisco355

Last week in their win at Tampa Bay, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT recorded 305 passing yards and five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing). It marked his fourth-consecutive postseason game with a rushing touchdown, the longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history.

It also marked his fourth-career playoff game with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown, tied for the third-most such games ever. With a touchdown pass and rushing touchdown on Sunday, Prescott will tie TOM BRADY (five games) for the second-most such playoff games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (seven) has more.

The players with the most postseason games with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Steve YoungHOFSan Francisco7
Tom BradyNew England, Tampa Bay5
John ElwayHOFDenver4
Donovan McNabbPhiladelphia4
Patrick MahomesKansas City4*
Dak PrescottDallas4*
*Active in 2022 postseason

In last week’s victory over Seattle, San Francisco running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY totaled 136 scrimmage yards (119 rushing, 17 receiving) and a touchdown reception, marking his second-consecutive postseason game with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown.

If he accomplishes the feat again on Sunday, McCaffrey will become the fourth player ever with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his first three career playoff games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVISLARRY FITZGERALD and ARIAN FOSTER. He can also join RICKY WATTERS as the only running backs ever with a touchdown reception in three consecutive postseason games.

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Arlington, TX – September 27, 2021 – AT&T Stadium: Jalen Hurts (1) of the Philadelphia Eagles during a Monday Night Football game. (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

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