Tom Brady (113.2) and Aaron Rodgers (112.2) were the NFL’s top 2 quarterbacks in passer rating in 2014. This will be the 13th playoff game between the NFL’s top 2 QBs in passer rating during the regular season. The New England Patriots signal-caller with the No. 2 rating has won 7 of the previous 12 meetings.
Romo’s winning percentage is .375 (3-5) when the game-time temperature is below 40 degrees, the lowest win Tom Brady Camo Jersey percentage among the remaining playoff QBs. Rodgers’ is .733 (22-8).
The Cowboys are the first team in NFL history to have the NFL’s leader in passer rating (Romo), rushing yards (DeMarco Murray) and receiving TDs (Dez Bryant) in the same season.
The Cowboys finished undefeated on the road this season (8-0) — four of five teams to finish a season 8-0 on road went on to the Super Bowl.
The Packers lost zero games at home this season.
Over the last five games the Cowboysare 5-0, scoring 37.8 points per game, while giving up 19.8 points per game with, a plus-11 turnover differential.
The Cowboys are averaging 37.8 PPG since December (including playoffs) — most in NFL.
Dallas had NFL’s No. 2 rushing offense this season (147.1 YPG).
The Cowboys’ defense has forced 15 Tom Brady turnovers during their five-game winning streak — most in the NFL since Week 14.
Dallas held eight opponents to 20 points or less this season (including playoffs). However, they allowed opponents to convert 43.6 percent of third downs this season — 27th in NFL and allowed opponents to convert 61.2 percent of red zone drives into touchdowns — 27th in NFL.
The Packers’ offense led the NFL in scoring (30.4 PPG). Since Week 4, Green Bay is averaging 33.2 PPG.
The 2014 Packers had the fifth-best scoring offense at Tom Brady Captain Patch Jersey home in NFL history, 39.8 points per game.
Rodgers’ crew led the NFL with 6.2 yards per play average and had only 13 giveaways this season (T-fewest in NFL, NE).
Rodgers at home: 67.1 completion percentage, 291.8 passing yards per game, 25-0 TD-INT ratio, 133.2 passer rating.The Packers ranked 15th in total defense (346.4 YPG), with the NFL’s No. 13 scoring defense (21.8 PPG). They held opponents below 25 points in 13 games this season — 11-2 in such games.
In the last three contests the Packers’ D has given up 15.3 points per game, 225 yards per game, 80 rushing yards per game, 145 passing yards per game, 29.3 third downs percent, with 4.0 sacks per game.
Green Bay allowed 25.7 percent of 20-plus air yard passes to be completed in 2014 (third-lowest in NFL). Tony Romo completed 41.8 percent of 20-plus air yard passes in 2014 (fifth-highest in NFL).
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Andrew Luck threw an interception in 11 of 16 regular season games in 2014. That’s tied for the league lead in games with at least one INT. Luck is the only one of the “leaders” this category –Blake Bortles, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers are the others — to advance to the postseason.
The Colts’ offense had at least one giveaway in 14 of 17 games this season — 31 giveaways in regular season (T-29th in NFL).
Last week, Luck passed Kurt Warner for most passing yards in first four postseason starts, 1,438 yards.
Luck threw 11 TD passes of 20-plus air yards in 2014 (most in NFL), while Denver allowed 20.0 percent of 20-plus air yard passes to be completed in 2014 — lowest percent in NFL.
Daniel “Boom” Herron had 524 scrimmage yards the entire regular season — 351 rush and 173 receiving yards. In the Wild Card round vs. the Bengals he had 12 rush for 56 yards and 10 receptions for 85 yards.
T.Y. Hilton had seven 100-yard games this season. Five of Hilton’s seven touchdowns this season came on the road. Also, five of Hilton’s seven TDs this season were 25-plus-yard receptions. Hilton has had two career games vs. Denver: 7 receptions, 68 yards — 7 receptions on 22 targets (31.8 reception percent).
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 106.7 receiving YPG in his playoff career, which is the most in NFL history with a minimum of five games. Hilton is averaging 124.0 YPG in his four-game playoff career, which is the most in NFL history with a minimum of four games.
The Colts’ defense had the NFL’s second best third-down defense during the regular season, allowing only 33.3 percent of conversions.
Two of the three defenders with the NFL’s lowest passer rating against this season will be lining up Sunday in Chris Harris Jr. (31.7) and Vontae Davis (39.8) (min. 50 targets).
The Broncos’ offense was most balanced in the month of December, rushing 48.2 percent of the time, as opposed to 36.9 percent in November.
Denver allowed just 17 sacks this season (Fewest in NFL) — 4 of top 5 in that category made the playoffs.
C.J. Anderson’s 648 rush yards since Week 12 leads the NFL.
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders combined for 3,023 receiving yards this season (third-most in NFL history for any receiving duo).
Julius Thomas in Week 1 against the Colts had 7 receptions, for 104 yards and three touchdowns — only career game with three TDs.
The Broncos’ defense ranked third in total Tom Brady Captain Jersey yards this season, second in rushing yards allowed, 79.8, and ninth in passing yards, 225.4.