Published: January 9th, 2011 | Tags: Mark Sanchez, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Indianapolis Colts, Joe Flacco, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Pete Carroll, Peyton Manning, Rex Ryan, Seattle Seahawks
This is the first time in the Super Bowl era that both defending conference champions lost in the opening round of the playoffs. This is the ninth time in the Super Bowl era that both defending conference champions failed to reach the second round of the playoffs (either failed to reach playoffs or lost in opening round).
Some other notes from the first day of the playoffs from the NFL research department:
- The Jets have won a playoff game in consecutive seasons for first time in franchise history. The Jets are 7-2 on the road this season, including the playoffs.
- LaDainian Tomlinson‘s teams are 3-0 all-time vs Colts in playoffs (2-0 with the Chargers).
- Jets QB Mark Sanchez is 3-1 in the playoffs, and joins Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks to win a playoff game in each of his first two seasons (since 1950). Colts QB Peyton Manning is 9-10 career in playoffs (6-4 at home); 3-4 career in wild-card games.
- The Jets are 14-6 on the road under Rex Ryan, including the playoffs (3-1 on road in playoffs under Ryan).
- The Seahawks are third team in NFL history to win a playoff game without a single Pro Bowl selection.
- The Seahawks notched their fifth consecutive home playoff win, and are 7-2 all time at home in the playoffs.
- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is now 2-2 in the playoffs, and this was his first win since he led the Patriots to a wild-card win over the Dolphins in 1997.
- The defending Super Bowl champions have lost four consecutive playoff games. The last defending Super Bowl champion to win a playoff game was the 2005 Patriots. The Saints are the fourth defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history to lose in the wild-card round.
- Saints QB Drew Brees is 0-2 on the road in the playoffs.