Manning vs. San Diego
Peyton Manning has faced six teams multiple times in the playoffs. The Chargers are the only one of those teams Manning has not defeated (0-2).
Manning has a losing record against only four quarterbacks (minimum five starts, including postseason), and has gone 4-5 against Philip Rivers.
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The Colts and Patriots met in the postseason three times in four seasons from 2003-2006. The home team won each game, and all three went on to win the Super Bowl.
Revenge of the Saints
The Seahawks beat the Saints in Week 13, 34-7. During that trouncing, the Saints had only 188 yards of total offense, the fewest yards gained by New Orleans in any game since 2003. The 27-point margin was the second worst in the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era, and the seven points scored tied for the fewest in the Payton/Brees era. Brees' 147 passing yards was his lowest total in a complete game since Week 17, 2006.
With a career passer rating of 96.0, Philip Rivers is the highest rated quarterback in NFL history not to have advanced to the Super Bowl (min. 1500 attempts). Rivers is ranked fourth on the all-time passer rating list, behind Super Bowl winners Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Steve Young.
This game will feature the two QBs with the most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns since Colin Kaepernick became a starting QB in Week 11, 2012. Kaepernick has 1,124 yards rushing, while Cam Newton has 972 yard in that span. Newton has 10 rushing TDs to Kaepernick's nine during that period.
Patriots in the postseason
After starting his career with 14 wins in his first 16 playoff games, Tom Brady has gone 3-5 in his last eight playoff games, starting with the Patriots' 17-14 loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Brady's overall postseason record is 17-7.
The Patriots are 11-3 at home in the playoffs under Bill Belichick. After starting 8-0 under Belichick, the Patriots are just 3-3 in their last 6 home playoff games.
John Pagano's Chargers defense held the Broncos under 400 yards of offense in both of their games this season. The Broncos offense had over 400 yards in every other game this season.
Drew Brees (6'0") and Russell Wilson (5'11") will tie for the shortest combined height of starting QBs in the postseason, since 1950. Their combined height of 11'11" matches that of Fran Tarkenton (6'0") and Pat Haden (5'11"), who matched up in playoff games between the Vikings and Rams in both 1976 and 1978. Otto Graham (6'1") of the Browns squared off in the playoffs against Travis Tidwell of the Giants (5'10") in 1950. The only matchup won by the shorter QB was the 1978 Divisional Round game, when Haden's Rams beat Tarkenton's Vikings, 34-10.
One and done
The Seahawks are looking to reverse a negative trend for No. 1 seeds in the NFC, who have been "one and done" in four of the last six seasons (2011 Packers, 2010 Falcons, 2008 Giants, 2007 Cowboys).
The Panthers had the best scoring defense at home in the NFL this season. They gave up only 12.0 PPG, which was almost 2 points better than the Seahawks, at 13.8 PPG.
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