Ravens have highest postseason winning percentage

The weekend’s playoff results left the Ravens with the highest postseason winning percentage in NFL history.  The leaders: Ravens, 12-7 (.632); Packers, 30-18 (.625); Steelers, 33-21 (.611); 49ers, 27-18 (.600); Patriots, 24-16 (.600); Panthers, 6-4 (.600).

The Ravens’ postseason won-lost record breaks down like this: 3-2 (.600), 8-5 (.615) on the road, and 1-0 in Super Bowls.  The Ravens and the Chiefs are the only teams in NFL history that have a higher postseason winning percentage in road games than in home games.  (The Chiefs’ franchise is 2-5 (.286) at home, 5-8 (.385) on the road, and 1-1 in Super Bowls.)


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The Patriots will host the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game

The Patriots will host the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game with the winner heading to New Orleans.  New England was 3-3 after six games this season.  In the Super Bowl era, five other teams have hosted a Conference Championship Game after losing at least three of their first six games:

Team Season After 6 Opponent Result
Philadelphia 2003 3-3 Carolina lost 14- 3
New England 1996 3-3 Jacksonville won 20- 6
Pittsburgh 1995 3-3 Indianapolis won 20-16
Cleveland 1968 3-3 Baltimore lost 34- 0
Buffalo 1966 3-3 Kansas City lost 31- 7
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Bill Belichick’s Postseason

Bill Belichick has never lost a postseason game to a team that his club did not face during that same regular season.  Belichick’s teams have an 8–0 record in playoff games against “first-time opponents,” compared to a 9–7 mark against opponents that his team had faced during the season (1–3 since their first Super Bowl loss to the Giants).

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Green Bay at Home Against Detroit

The Packers have won their last 20 regular-season home games against the Lions; it’s the longest team vs. team winning streak in home games in NFL history. The first three games during the streak were played at Milwaukee County Stadium; the last 17 have been at Lambeau Field.

  • The next-longest streaks: Redskins vs. Lions (all 18 times the Redskins have hosted Detroit since moving to Washington in 1937; Detroit did win road games against the Redskins when they were based in Boston, last in 1935); Steelers against Browns (16 games, 1970–85).
  • Detroit’s last road win against Green Bay was at Lambeau on Dec. 15, 1991: Erik Kramer threw two touchdown passes to Robert Clark and Mel Gray returned a punt 78 yards for a score as Wayne Fontes’ team prevailed, 21–17.
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Three TD Passes in three straight games for Freeman

Josh Freeman has thrown three touchdown passes in each of his last three games. The only other Bucs quarterback to throw at least three TD passes in three consecutive games was Vinny Testaverde in 1989. Freeman has done it in three straight team games while Testaverde missed a game during his streak.

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