Wildcard Weekend has concluded with six exciting games that will forever be remembered as the first-ever two-day period with six playoff games. Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and Buffalo finally broke their bad luck in the playoffs on the backs of their great QBs while the Rams, Ravens, and Saints will look to make their way back to the Super Bowl with some intelligent minds on the sidelines.
Here are the 10 most interesting facts to know from Wildcard Weekend:
Cleveland Browns upset over the Steelers finally got them a playoff win for the first time since returning to the Land.
The Browns went off in their 1st playoff game in 18 years https://t.co/3ScHctBXll— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 11, 2021
Cleveland won a playoff game for the 1st time since 1994.— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 11, 2021
Baker Mayfield wasn’t alive until 1995 https://t.co/l9PbX6yigH
According to @EliasSports the Browns are the first team to score a defensive TD on the first play from scrimmage of a playoff game since the 1965 Baltimore Colts against the Packers.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2021
Don Shinnick recovered a fumble for a TD on the first play. pic.twitter.com/TXFIOKINeb
Ahead 35-10 at halftime on the Steelers at Heinz Field tonight, the @Browns have posted the most 1st half points by a road team in NFL playoff history. Prior high: 31- Vikings in their 1987 Divisional Round game at the Saints & the Chiefs in their 2013 Wild Card Game at the Colts pic.twitter.com/z9tf9AGmEr— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 11, 2021
Washington’s elite defensive front wasn’t enough to stop Tom Brady and his plethora of weapons.
Tom Brady has eliminated more teams (17) in the postseason than any other QB in league history even has NFL playoff wins pic.twitter.com/mKSqp8e9q5— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 10, 2021
Oldest players with a PASS TD in NFL Postseason history:— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 10, 2021
1. Tom Brady (43 years, 159 days)
2. George Blanda (43 years, 108 days) pic.twitter.com/tn996QT59e
The @Buccaneers have won their first playoff game since since January 2003 and have eliminated Washington Football Team from the playoffs.— #DivisionalRound on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 10, 2021
Tom Brady won his 31st postseason game, throwing his 74th and 75th career postseason touchdowns. #SuperWildCardhttps://t.co/cPmZxMA5sr
After tonight, Tom Brady of the @Buccaneers has now gone 335 consecutive pass attempts on the road without an INT, the longest streak in NFL history (reg & post).— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) January 10, 2021
He has also now won 16 straight starts (reg & post) when facing an undrafted starting QB, also an NFL record.
Lamar went out on the field on Sunday to prove his doubters wrong and lead the Ravens to a victory behind his remarkable rushing ability.
Thanks to his tremendous performance along the ground against the Titans earlier today, the @Ravens Lamar Jackson now owns the 2nd highest single season total on this list (one that he tops due to his effort from last year) of some of the best running quarterbacks in NFL history pic.twitter.com/v4ThaJWrVj— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 11, 2021
Most Rush Yards By QB in Playoff Game in #NFL History:— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 10, 2021
Colin Kaepernick - 181
Lamar Jackson - 143
Lamar Jackson (today) - 136
Colin Kaepernick - 130
Mike Vick - 119
Donovan McNabb - 107
Lamar Jackson joins Dan Marino and Patrick Mahomes as the only players in NFL history to have an MVP and a playoff win by the end of their age-23 season— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 10, 2021
Down a whole lot of points early in the game, the Steelers passed early and often as Big Ben was kept busy against the Browns defense.
Historic game for Big Ben in the loss https://t.co/krYKCmQ3Hz— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 11, 2021
Thanks to a rather big early deficit and some running game issues, Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday accumulated quite the lofty passing attempt total (a mixed bag of interceptions, touchdowns & many, many yds). With it, he set a new single game high on this all-time #NFLPlayoffs list pic.twitter.com/PNYVLHl8ej— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 11, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger in 2020 Wild Card:— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 11, 2021
- Most completions in NFL history (47)
- 1st player with 4+ pass TD & 4+ INT in a playoff game
- 2nd-most pass yds (501) in a playoff game (T. Brady, 505)
- 2nd QB with 400+ pass yds in 2 straight playoff games (D. Brees)
Via the 1st of his 2 so far tonight vs CLE, Ben Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw's 30 for the most career playoff passing touchdowns in @steelers franchise history. He has also passed Bradshaw, Kurt Warner (31) & has tied Dan Marino for 7th all-time in playoff TD passes (32) pic.twitter.com/vlgGAzsMh2— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 11, 2021
Picked off for a 4th time late in the affair tonight, Roethlisberger has now broken a #Steelers record for passes intercepted in a playoff game. He's also been forced to throw most of the night, posting the 7th ever playoff effort of 60+ passing attempts (needs 66 for the record) https://t.co/cRpkz4bW49— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 11, 2021
Josh Allen is a Bills legend in the making, leading the team to the divisional round for the first time in his lifetime.
Josh Allen made history with his production across the board https://t.co/iGcSmZL8G6— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 10, 2021
Recap of Josh Allen's MONSTER Wildcard Game 👇— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 10, 2021
• 374 Total Yards with 3 TDs & 0 INT
• 1st player in Bills history with 2 Pass TD and a Rush TD in a Playoff Game
• 1st player in Bills history with 300 Pass Yards and No INTs in a Playoff Game#BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/hBmhzxzIGL
Josh Allen— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 9, 2021
First #BillsMafia QB with a postseason rushing TD since Jack Kemp in the 1964 AFL Championship vs the Chargers
New Orleans dominated the Bears on both sides, shutting down Turbisky and containing Khalil Mack.
The @Saints allowed 9 points & 239 total yards in the 2020 Wild Card against the Bears— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 11, 2021
Each is the fewest allowed by the Saints in a playoff game in team history
Cam Akers’ playoff debut was a memorable one, as the Rams will rely on him in order to get back to the Super Bowl.
According to @EliasSports Cam Akers’ 142 scrimmage yards were the most by any player in the 1st half of a playoff debut in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 9, 2021
The previous mark was 133 by Alfred Jenkins in 1980 pic.twitter.com/NMARoPa6jz
Doing much of his damage in the 1st half of a 30-20 Wild Card Game defeat of the Seahawks today, @RamsNFL rookie running back Cam Akers compensated for his team's QB health woes with a yards from scrimmage total inferior to only one player on this list dating back over 70 seasons pic.twitter.com/dndEtNgBuB— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 10, 2021
Cam Akers broke a couple of Rams rookie playoff records tonight.— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 10, 2021
Most rushing yards in a game:
131 — Cam Akers
99 — Eric Dickerson
Most scrimmage yards in a game:
176 — Cam Akers
110 — Eric Dickerson
John Harbaugh’s impressive resume gets better, as he proves that he is one of the most underrated coaches of all-time, who’s already proven to be a HOF-caliber HC.
.@Ravens head coach John Harbaugh won his 8th career road playoff game— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 10, 2021
That breaks a tie with Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin for the most road playoff wins by any head coach in NFL history
Colts and Bills played it safe Saturday by securing the ball, but only one team came out on top.