Sunday, Jan. 15
New England's Tom Brady threw six touchdown passes in a 45-10 win over Denver on Saturday to match the NFL playoff record set by Daryle Lamonica in 1969 and matched by Steve Young in the 1995 Super Bowl. Tight end Rob Gronkowski's three TD catches in the first half matched the NFL record for an entire playoff game. ... Brady moved into third place in career touchdown passes in the playoffs with 36, trailing Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44).
SAFE AT HOME
With New England's 45-10 rout of Denver and San Francisco's 36-32 win over New Orleans on Saturday, home teams improved to 6-0 in the playoffs.
San Francisco became the first team in NFL history to score two lead-changing touchdowns in the final 3 minutes to win a playoff game, according to STATS LLC. The 49ers topped New Orleans 36-32 on Saturday.
Denver's Tim Tebow struggled against New England in a 45-10 loss Saturday night, a week after leading the Broncos to an overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tebow was sacked five times and finished 9 for 26 for 136 yards. He had only three completions in the first half, compared to Tom Brady's five touchdown passes in the opening 30 minutes.
San Francisco's 36-32 win over New Orleans on Saturday was its first playoff victory in nine years. The 49ers pulled off another last-second win. They came from behind for five victories during the regular season, four on the road. ... The Saints are still searching for the first postseason road victory in franchise history after falling to 0-5. ... Drew Brees finished the regular season and playoffs with 6,404 yards passing, surpassing Dan Marino's 6,085 on the way to the Super Bowl for Miami in the 1984 season.
New England, which has won nine straight games, snapped a three-game postseason skid with a 45-10 win over Denver on Saturday night. ... Drew Brees threw two first-half interceptions in New Orleans' 36-32 loss at San Francisco on Saturday, and had his NFL-record streak of 226 postseason passes without an interception snapped on Dashon Goldson's pick in the opening quarter. Brees' streak dated to the NFC championship game against Chicago five years ago.
"He's been around the block a few times. He knows how to win games. If you're not ready to punch him in the mouth he's going to eat you up all night." - Denver's Champ Bailey on New England's Tom Brady, who tied a postseason record with six touchdown tosses in the Patriots' 45-10 rout of the Broncos on Saturday night.