Been a while
The Raiders are looking to win their first road playoff game since 1980, when they won twice away from Oakland on their way to winning Super Bowl XV. They have lost their last 5 road playoff games, and will be facing a Texans team that is 7-1 at home this season, tied for the best record in the NFL with the Cowboys, Giants and Seahawks.
No prior experience needed
Connor Cook will be the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start a playoff game before starting a regular season game. The combined 21 starts between Brock Osweiler (21) and Connor Cook (0) will tie for the third-fewest combined starts in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era, behind the 18 from Tommy Maddox (15) and Kelly Holcomb (3) in 2002 and the 20 between Roger Staubach (14) and Bob Lee (6) in 1971.
Bad luck Lions
The Lions have lost eight straight playoff games, tied for the longest postseason losing streak in NFL history (1994-2014 Chiefs, active Bengals streak). The Seahawks have won nine straight playoff games at home, the NFL's longest active streak. The last time the Lions won a playoff game (in 1991), Lions QB Matthew Stafford was 3 years old, and 24 players on the Lions' current roster were not yet born. The last time the Lions won a playoff game on the road was 1957, when current head coach Jim Caldwell was 2 years old.
Matthew Stafford is 5-45 in his career against teams to finish the season with a winning record (including playoffs). He went 1-6 in such games this season. Russell Wilson is 26-16 in his career against teams to finish the season with a winning record (including playoffs). He went 3-2 in such games this season.
Russell setting records
Russell Wilson has at least 1 playoff win each of his first 4 NFL seasons. With a win over the Lions in the Wild Card Round, he would match Joe Flacco for the most consecutive seasons with a playoff win (5) by any QB to start his career in the Super Bowl era. He would also pass Flacco for another record -- the most wins by any starting QB in NFL history in his first 5 seasons, including playoffs.
Since these teams met in Week 6, Jay Ajayi leads the NFL with 1,155 rushing yards and Le'Veon Bell leads the league with 1,552 scrimmage yards. Together, they accounted for all 4 of the NFL's 200+ yard rushing games this season.
Bad as of late
After winning 10 of his first 12 career playoff starts, Ben Roethlisberger is 1-4 in his last 5 playoff starts. He has 5 passing touchdowns and 5 interceptions in those games.
Breaking the curse
Jay Ajayi had 204 rushing yards in Week 6 against the Steelers. He'll become the 7th player since the 1970 merger to have 200+ rushing yards in a game and then play that same opponent in the playoffs that season. Each of the previous 6 players failed to reach even 100 rushing yards in the playoff rematch, with an average of 44.7 rushing yards in the second game.
Eli Manning is 2-0 in Green Bay in the playoffs. He has as many playoff wins at Lambeau Field as Aaron Rodgers does (2-2).
Eli Manning is one of four QBs since 1991 with a higher winning percentage (.727) and a higher passer rating (89.3) in the playoffs than he has in the regular season (min. 10 playoff games). The others on the list? Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner, and Joe Flacco.
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