by NFL Reporter Dean Michaels

NFL 2013 Wild Card Weekend: What to Look For

From Wild Card To Super Bowl

Winners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl nine times, including each of the past three seasons. At least one Super Bowl participant in seven of the past eight years played a Wild Card game.

The Baltimore Ravens won four playoff games last year to win Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. In 2011, the NFC No. 4 seed New York Giants claimed four playoff victories to win their second championship in five seasons. In 2010, the Green Bay Packers won four playoff games to become the second No. 6 seed to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

The Wild Card participants to win the Super Bowl:

Season Team Super Bowl Result
Source: NFL
1980OaklandDefeated Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV, 27-10
1997DenverDefeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24
2000BaltimoreDefeated New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7
2005PittsburghDefeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL, 21-10
2006IndianapolisDefeated Chicago in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17
2007New York GiantsDefeated New England in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14
2010Green BayDefeated Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25
2011New York GiantsDefeated New England in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17
2012BaltimoreDefeated San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31


49ers & Packers - Familiar Foes

This Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers (Wild Card) travel to play the Green Bay Packers (NFC North Champions) as part of Wild Card Weekend. It marks the seventh postseason meeting between these teams, tying for the fourth-most all-time (49ers vs. Giants, 8; Bears vs. Giants, 8; Cowboys vs. Rams, 8). It is the third meeting between the 49ers and Packers on Wild Card Weekend.

The Packers lead the playoff series (4-2) and of those six games, the winning team reached the Super Bowl three times, winning once.

The playoff games between San Francisco and Green Bay:

Season Round Winner Score Result
Source: NFL
2012Divisional49ers45-31Lost Super Bowl XLVII
2001Wild CardPackers25-15Advanced to Divisional Round
1998Wild Card49ers30-27Advanced to Divisional Round
1997NFC ChampionshipPackers23-10Lost Super Bowl XXXII
1996DivisionalPackers35-14Won Super Bowl XXXI
1995DivisionalPackers27-17Advanced to NFC Championship


The 49ers-Packers matchup marks the 21st time that Green Bay hosts a playoff game. Already boasting the highest home winning percentage in postseason history (.800), Green Bay looks to extend that mark against San Francisco.

The teams with the highest home winning percentage all-time in the postseason (minimum 10 games):

Team Record Win Pct.
Source: NFL
Green Bay16-4.800
New England14-4.778


Number 1 QB's

This weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Indianapolis in a Wild Card matchup featuring starting quarterbacks who were selected as No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who is in his first season with the Chiefs, led the team to an 11-5 record. Smith was the first overall selection of San Francisco in 2005.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was the Colts first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft and has led the team to playoff appearances in consecutive seasons.

When Kansas City and Indianapolis play this weekend, it will mark the fifth time in postseason history that the opposing quarterbacks are both former first overall selections.

The playoff games featuring opposing quarterbacks who were first overall selections:

Season Round Matchup Result
Source: NFL
2011NFC ChampionshipAlex Smith (SF) vs. Eli Manning (NYG)NYG defeated SF 20-17 (OT)
1999Wild CardJeff George (MIN) vs. Troy Aikman (DAL)MIN defeated DAL 27-10
1998AFC ChampionshipJohn Elway (DEN) vs. Vinny Testaverde (NYJ)DEN defeated NYJ 23-10
1994Wild CardVinny Testaverde (CLE) vs. Drew Bledsoe (NE)CLE defeated NE 20-13
2013Wild CardAndrew Luck (IND) vs. Alex Smith (KC)???


Awesome Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 423 yards in his first playoff start in the 2010 playoffs against Arizona on Wild Card Weekend. With another 400-yard passing performance this Sunday against San Francisco, Rodgers can join Drew Brees (three), Peyton Manning (two) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (two) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat in multiple playoff games.

Playoff Brees

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES enters this weekend's Wild Card matchup against Philadelphia with a 104.2 rating in his postseason career, the second-best mark in NFL history. His 67.0 completion percentage in the postseason is the highest mark ever.

Through nine career postseason games, Brees has five 300-yard passing games, the third-most in NFL history. With 300 passing yards on Wild Card Weekend, Brees would join Peyton Manning (Eight), Tom Brady (Six), Kurt Warner (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana (Six) as the only quarterbacks to have at least six 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history. The NFL quarterbacks with the most 300-yard passing games in the playoffs:

Quarterback Team(s) Games
300 Yard
Passing Games
Source: NFL
*Active **Pro Football Hall Famer
Peyton Manning*Colts, Broncos208
Tom Brady*Patriots246
Joe Montana**49ers, Chiefs236
Kurt WarnerRams, Cardinals136
Drew Brees*Saints95
Dan Fouts**Chargers, Saintss75


Brees also enters the weekend with a streak of three consecutive 300-yard passing games in the playoffs, the second-longest in history. With 300 yards passing on Saturday against Philadelphia, Brees would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTS (four) for the most consecutive 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive 300-yard passing games in the playoffs:

Quarterback Team(s) Seasons Consecutive
300 Yard Games
Source: NFL
*Current streak **Pro Football Hall Famer
Dan Fouts**Chargers1979-814
Jim Kelly**Bills1989-903
Warren Moon**Oilers1991-933
Drew Brees*Saints2010-113



Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES will make his first-career postseason start on Wild Card Weekend. Foles helped the Eagles, winners of seven of their last eight games, clinch the NFC East. The second-year signal-caller led the league in passer rating (119.2) and had 27 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions, the best touchdown-interception ratio in NFL history.

The NFL quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

Quarterback Team Season Round Yards
Source: NFL
*Current streak **Pro Football Hall Famer
Kelly HolcombBrowns2002Wild Card429
Aaron RodgersPackers2009Wild Card423
Randall CunninghamEagles1988Divisional407
Kurt WarnerRams1999Divisional391
Neil LomaxCardinals1982Wild Card385


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