NFL 2016: What To Look for Wild Card Weekend
NFL 2016: What To Look for Wild Card Weekend

Here's what to look for during Wild Card Weekend of the NFL 2016 playoffs.

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From Wild Card to Super Bowl

Winners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl nine times. At least one Super Bowl participant in six of the past 11 years played a Wild Card Game.


Wild Card Teams 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



The PITTSBURGH STEELERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS and OAKLAND RAIDERS will each be playing on Wild Card Weekend. Oakland travels to Houston (4:35 PM ET, ESPN/ABC) on Saturday in the opening game of Wild Card Weekend. On Sunday, Pittsburgh will host Miami (1:05 PM ET, CBS) while Green Bay will face the New York Giants at Lambeau Field (4:40 PM ET, FOX).

The Steelers (34) are tied with the DALLAS COWBOYS (34) for the most postseason wins in NFL history, while the Packers (32) and Raiders (25) rank third and sixth, respectively, in all-time playoff victories. The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who are the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, have 29 postseason victories, the fifth-most all-time.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:


Wild Card Teams to win the Super Bowl

Team Wins Losses Pct. Super Bowl Wins
Source: NFL *Play this weekend **First-round bye
Pittsburgh Steelers*3423.5966
Dallas Cowboys**3426.5675
Green Bay Packers*3221.6044
San Francisco 49ers3020.6005
New England Patriots**2919.6044
Oakland Raiders*2518.5813


Green Bay (.604) owns the third-best winning percentage in postseason history, while Pittsburgh (.596) and Oakland (.581) rank fifth and sixth, respectively.



All-time Best Postseason Winning Percentage

Team Pct. Wins Losses Super Bowl Wins
Source: NFL *Play this weekend **First-round bye
Baltimore Ravens.6521582
New England Patriots**.60429194
Green Bay Packers*.60432214
San Francisco 49ers.60030205
Pittsburgh Steelers*.59634236
Oakland Raiders*.58125183


Prolific Passers

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown for at least 300 yards in four postseason games in his career.

With 300 passing yards against the Giants on Sunday, Rodgers would join TOM BRADY (10), PEYTON MANNING (nine), DREW BREES (six), KURT WARNER (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (six) and DAN FOUTS (five) as the only quarterbacks to have at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.


Most 300-yard passing performances in NFL Playoffs

Quarterback 300-yard Games
Source: NFL *Active in 2016 playoffs ^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Tom Brady*10
Peyton Manning9
Drew Brees6
Joe Montana^6
Kurt Warner6
Dan Fouts^5
Aaron Rodgers*4


Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD has thrown for at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two career postseason starts.

With 300 passing yards on Saturday night at Seattle, Stafford will join Fouts as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in each of his first three postseason games. Fouts recorded four consecutive games with 300 passing yards to begin his postseason career.


Most 300-yard passing performances to start a career in NFL Playoffs

Quarterback Team 300-yard Games
Source: NFL *Active streak
Dan FoutsSan Diego Chargers4
Matthew Stafford*Detroit Lions2
Matt HasselbeckSeattle Seahawks2
Marc BulgerSt. Louis Rams2


Russell Wilson: Winning Wilson

Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has led the Seahawks to five consecutive postseason appearances in his first five seasons in the NFL.

With a start against the Lions on Saturday night, Wilson will join JOE FLACCO (2008-12) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to start a playoff game in each of his first five seasons beginning with his rookie year.

With a win over Detroit on Saturday, Wilson, who has seven career playoff wins through his first four seasons, will tie BEN ROETHLISBERGER (eight) for the third-most postseason victories by a starting quarterback in his first five seasons.


Most Playoff Victories in 1st 5 NFL Seasons

Quarterback Team Seasons Wins
Source: NFL *Entering fifth postseason
Tom BradyNew England Patriots2000-049
Joe FlaccoBaltimore Ravens2008-129
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers2004-088
Russell Wilson*Seattle Seahawks2012-157


Big-Play Anquan Boldin

Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career.

With two touchdown catches at Seattle on Saturday, Boldin would move into a tie for third place in touchdown receptions in NFL postseason history.

The players with the :


Most Touchdown Catches in Postseason History

Player Team
Source: NFL *In 2016 postseason ^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Jerry Rice^22
John Stallworth^12
Fred Biletnikoff^10
Antonio Freeman10
Randy Moss10
Hines Ward10
Rob Gronkowski9
Andre Reed^9
Steve Smith Sr.9
Lynn Swann^9
Reggie Wayne9
Anquan Boldin*8


New Faces

Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie DAK PRESCOTT, Houston's BROCK OSWEILER, Miami's MATT MOORE and RYAN TANNEHILL and Oakland rookie CONNOR COOK.

With a start against Houston on Saturday, Oakland's Cook would become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in the postseason.

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


QBs most passing yards 1st career postseason start

Quarterback Team Season Round Yards
Source: NFL *In 2016 postseason ^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Kelly HolcombCleveland2002Wild Card429
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2009Wild Card423
Randall CunninghamPhiladelphia1988Divisional407
Kurt WarnerSt. Louis1999Divisional391
Neil LomaxSt. Louis1982Wild Card385


Bouncing Back

The MIAMI DOLPHINS overcame a 1-4 start to the 2016 season to make the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The Dolphins are the ninth team since 1990 to qualify for the postseason after starting a season with a 1-4 record.

With a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Dolphins would become the sixth team since 1990 to win a postseason game after beginning a season with a 1-4 record. The Kansas City Chiefs accomplished the feat last season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-0 in the Wild Card round.

The teams to qualify for the postseason after beginning the season with a 1-4 record since 1990:


Playoff Teams after beginning at 1-4

Team Season Wins Advanced To
Source: NFL *Play in Wild Card round on Sunday
Kansas City Chiefs20151Divisional Playoffs
Denver Broncos20111Divisional Playoffs
New York Jets20021Divisional Playoffs
Tennessee Titans20021AFC Championship
San Diego Chargers19921Divisional Playoffs
Houston Texans20150Wild Card Playoffs
Green Bay Packers20040Wild Card Playoffs
Houston Oilers19930Divisional Playoffs
Miami Dolphins*2016TBDTBD



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