By the numbers: Manning sets more records; Vernon Davis ties one
Here are some of the most important numbers to emerge from this weekend of the divisional playoffs.
With only four teams left in the postseason vying for the NFL title, here are some of the most interesting numbers to emerge from the divisional round of the playoffs this weekend:
2: The number of playoff touchdown catches for Indianapolis Colts receiver LaVon Brazill in his career after he caught two on Saturday. As Scott Kacsmar points out, that's as many playoff scoring grabs as Marvin Harrison had in his entire career.
3: The number of playoff road wins San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has produced in the less than two years he's been the starter. In their careers, Joe Montana and Steve Young combined for one, via Adam Schefter.
4-0: The record of the New England Patriots in playoff games when Tom Brady doesn't throw a touchdown pass, as he did (or didn't) on Saturday (via ESPN Stats Info).
4-1: The record of Kaepernick in playoff games. Cam Newton , Jake Locker , Blaine Gabbert , Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton -- all of whom were drafted before Kaepernick -- are a combined 0-4, via SportsCenter.
6: The number of rushing touchdowns scored by the Patriots on Saturday, the highest total in franchise history. As John Breech points out, it's also the second most in playoff history, behind only the Chicago Bears ' seven rushing scores in the 1940 NFL title game.
7: The number of touchdowns caught by San Francisco's Vernon Davis in his playoff career. That ties Dave Casper for the most all time by a tight end.
8: The number of games in NFL history, before Saturday, that a game had ended with a final score of 23-15. The 23-15 win by the Seattle Seahawks was the first of its kind since 2002, and it's the first time that score has occurred in playoff history.
12: The number of years since the New Orleans Saints were shut out in the first three quarters of a game. Seattle allowed zero New Orleans points Saturday, and the last time that happened was when the 49ers managed it in 2002.
15: The number of conference games to which the 49ers have advanced. That ties the Steelers for the most since the NFL merger, via NFL Communications.
24: The number of passes thrown by Kaepernick in the first half Sunday. Via ESPN Stats Info, that's the most passing attempts made by Kaepernick in any first half of his career.
34: The number of yards thrown for by Drew Brees in the first half. As Breech wrote, it was the worst statistical half of Brees' career.
36: The number of years it's been since a Super Bowl runner-up advanced to the next season's NFC title game until San Francisco managed it Sunday. The last squad to do that was the 1977 Minnesota Vikings , via ESPN Stats Info.
42: The number of career playoff touchdowns thrown by New England's Tom Brady -- who, stunningly, didn't throw any agaisnt the Colts on Saturday. Still, Brady has the third most throwing scores in history behind Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44). More on Brady's career playoff prowess below.
42: The number of rushing yards accumulated by the Saints in the first quarter of their loss to the Seahawks. The first time those teams met this season, New Orleans gained 44 rushing yards for the entire game (H/T to Jerry Brewer). Note: on Saturday, the Saints finished with 108 rushing yards.
57: The number of touchdown passes for a single season (including the playoffs) thrown by Peyton Manning . He passed Dan Marino for the entire season record Sunday, via NFL on CBS.
67: The number of tickets what went unused for the Denver Broncos - San Diego Chargers game, according to the home team. Otherwise, 76,902 managed to make their way to the stadium.
81: The success percentage rate for the Carolina Panthers offense when they've gone for it on fourth down in its last 11 chances. Of course, that includes the Panthers' inability to score on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the second quarter of their loss to the Seahawks.
6,147: The number of postseason yards thrown by Tom Brady in his career. He's the first quarterback ever to break the 6,000-yard mark in the postseason.
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