NFL playoffs kick off with the Wildcard Weekend. The weekend starts off with an AFC matchup between the Bills and Colts, then division rivals Rams and Seahawks will face off in Seattle, ending with the juggernaut Buccaneers and underdogs Washington. Sunday features two historic rushing teams in the Ravens and Titans, while Drew Brees hopes to lead the Saints to a win in the Superdome, and the first-ever Super Wild Card Weekend ends with a young Browns offense vs. T.J. Watt and the dominant Steelers defense.
Here are the 5 most interesting facts to know about the NFL Wildcard matchups:
Buffalo Bills are having one of the greatest offensive seasons in NFL history, while the Colts have Jonathan Taylor, who is an up-and-coming star rusher in the NFL.
The Bills broke plenty of franchise records this season https://t.co/ClFo8CNDwr— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 8, 2021
SHEESH.— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 4, 2021
Jonathan Taylor (age 21) is the youngest player all-time to rush for 250+ yards pic.twitter.com/Srkk5KEazv
Aaron Donald is still as dominant as ever, and the Rams will have a tough task playing against Russell Wilson at Seattle.
Aaron Donald has been wreaking HAVOC since entering the league in 2014— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 5, 2021
▪️85.5 sacks (MOST in NFL, 79.5 next highest)
▪️131 tackles for loss (MOST in NFL, 101 next highest)
▪️199 QB hits (MOST in NFL, 173 next highest) pic.twitter.com/zLKyXqu4IO
Russell Wilson is 5-0 at home in his playoff career, tied with Bart Starr for 2nd most home playoff wins without a loss by a starting QB all-time (Kurt Warner, 7-0).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 9, 2021
The Seahawks have won 10 straight home playoff games, the 3rd longest streak in NFL postseason history pic.twitter.com/aDjLVkZ0C8
In a matchup that is arguably the biggest talent disparity in these playoffs, Tom Brady will face a 7-9 Washington team in hopes of starting the run to add another ring to his collection.
Tom Brady is the only player in NFL history to play for 20+ seasons with one team (Patriots) and later make the playoffs with another— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 26, 2020
Brady is also the first player in NFL history to make the playoffs 12 straight times (TEN S. Gostkowski can join in 2020)
The 7-9 Washington Football Team won the NFC East@WashingtonNFL is the 3rd team in NFL history (excl. strike seasons) to reach the playoffs with a sub-.500 record -- and both of the other two (2010 SEA, & Ron Rivera's 2014 CAR) won a playoff game that season— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 4, 2021
Ravens vs. Titans will be a rushing battle, with Lamar Jackson and co. going against the rushing king Derrick Henry who’s on a historic 20-game run right now.
Baltimore has run ALL OVER the Bengals.— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 3, 2021
The Ravens are just the second team since the merger to rush for over 400 yards in a game.
Derrick Henry is running up the numbers...— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 8, 2021
Henry's Last 20 Games (Reg+Post)
2,684 Rush Yds <<
22 Rush TD
>> MOST EVER IN 20-GAME SPAN pic.twitter.com/fZyHOV2LDJ
Bears ended the season playing well behind David Montgomery, while Drew Brees will try to elevate his legendary status.
The Bears have scored 30+ points in 4 straight games for the 1st time since Weeks 4-7 in 1965 when they were led by Hall of Famers George Halas & Gale Sayers— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 27, 2020
Baker Mayfield has finally led the Browns to the playoffs, while T.J. Watt will look to continue his DPOY-caliber season.
TJ Watt was a mainstay in the backfield this season https://t.co/dPZhzuzIJx— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) January 6, 2021