Steelers, Packers put up impressive numbers

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald called the Steelers’ 31-24 triumph over the Ravens an instant classic. And what a game it was.

The Steelers will make their 15th conference championship appearance since 1970 (most in the NFL), while improving to 32-19 all-time in the playoffs, including a perfect 3-0 mark against the Ravens. The Steelers’ .627 winning percentage is the highest in NFL playoff history as well.

Here are some other morsels unearthed by our research department.

  • The Steelers outscored the Ravens 24-3 in the second half (the second-most points allowed by the Ravens against the Steelers all-time including playoff games, and the most points allowed by the Ravens in the second half since Nov. 27, 2005, when they allowed 25 second-half points to the Bengals).
  • Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is 5-1 in the playoffs. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 4-3 in the playoffs, with all of those games coming on the road.
  • Ravens QB Joe Flacco is 2-6 vs. the Steelers, including the playoffs (0-6 when Ben Roethlisberger starts).
  • The Ravens’ Terrell Suggs had three sacks and a forced fumble against the Steelers. He has five sacks in two playoff games this season, 10 sacks in his last seven playoff games and 13 sacks in his last 11 games against the Steelers, including the playoffs.
  • Roethlisberger matched Colts QB Peyton Manning in playoff wins. Roethlisberger is 9-2 in the playoffs, while Manning is 9-10. Roethlisberger ranks second all-time among quarterbacks in playoff winning percentage.
Quarterback W-L Pct. Super Bowl titles
Bart Starr 9-1 .900 2
Roethlisberger 9-2 .818 2
Jim Plunkett 8-2 .800 2
Tom Brady 14-4 .778 3
Terry Bradshaw 14-5 .737 4

Fitzgerald called Packers QB Aaron Rodgers the real slim shady. Alright, that won’t be the first time that Rodgers has been given somebody else’s nickname. Here are some notes from the Packers’ convincing win.

  • Rodgers is 2-1 in career playoff games as a starter, all on the road. The Packers won two playoff road games in the same season for the first time in franchise history.
  • Rodgers had 366 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. This marked the seventh time in NFL playoff history that a player has had 300-plus passing yards, at least three touchdown passes and at least one rushing touchdown. But Rodgers is the only person to do it twice (Manning, Jeff Garcia, Kurt Warner, Dan Marino and Joe Montana are the other quarterbacks to attain those numbers in a playoff game).
  • Rodgers’ 86.1 completion percentage is the fifth-highest in NFL playoff history (at least 20 attempts).
  • Rodgers’ playoff passer rating is currently 129.4 (105 playoff attempts). Starr holds the NFL playoff record (104.8) for quarterbacks with at least 150 attempts.
  • The Packers set a franchise record by scoring 48 points, breaking the previous mark of 45 set in last year’s 51-45 overtime loss to the Cardinals. The Packers scored a touchdown on five consecutive offensive possessions from the second to third quarter, tied for the second-most consecutive possessions with a touchdown in a playoff game since 1991.
  • The Packers were the sixth team in NFL playoff history to not punt in a game.
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