Today's NFL playoff games

Associated PressJanuary 14, 2012 


Today, 4:30 p.m., Fox

Series: 49ers lead 45-24-2

Last meeting: Saints beat 49ers 25-22, Sept. 10, 2010

Last week: Saints beat Lions 45-28; 49ers had bye

Saints offense: OVERALL (1), RUSH (6), PASS (1)

Saints defense: OVERALL (24), RUSH (12), PASS (30)

49ers offense: OVERALL (26), RUSH (8), PASS (29)

49ers defense: OVERALL (4), RUSH (1), PASS (16)

Streaks, stats and notes: Saints have won six straight against 49ers since losing 2001 season finale in last game before they left NFC West. ... Saints set NFL record by converting league-best 56.7 percent of third-down conversions, including 41.3 percent when needing at least 10 yards. Niners second to last, converting 29.4 percent of third downs. ... New Orleans has topped 600 yards the past two weeks, including playoff-record 626 against Detroit. ... New Orleans has lost all four road playoff games in franchise history. ... Saints QB Drew Brees has thrown for 5,942 yards, including his one postseason game, second to Dan Marino's 6,085 in the 1984 regular season and postseason. ... San Francisco playing first playoff game since after 2002 season. Only long snapper Brian Jennings remains from that team. ... 49ers allowed three rushing TDs - all in final two games - the fewest ever in 16-game season. ... San Francisco QB Alex Smith completed just 40 percent of his passes in red zone, the lowest figure among 24 QBs with at least 40 throws inside opponent's 20. ... 49ers kicker David Akers set NFL record with 44 field goals, including seven from at least 50 yards.


Saturday, 8 p.m., CBS

Series: Broncos lead 27-17

Last meeting: Patriots beat Broncos 41-23, Dec. 18, 2011

Last week: Broncos beat Steelers 29-23, OT; Patriots had bye

Broncos offense: OVERALL (23), RUSH (1), PASS (31)

Broncos defense: OVERALL (20), RUSH (22), PASS (18)

Patriots offense: OVERALL (2), RUSH (20), PASS (2)

Patriots defense: OVERALL (31), RUSH (17), PASS (31)

Streaks, stats and notes: In first meeting this season, Broncos rushed for 167 yards in first quarter but committed three turnovers in second that enabled Patriots to recover from 16-7 deficit. ... Coaches Bill Belichick of Patriots and John Fox of Broncos faced each other in Super Bowl of 2003 season when Fox was coaching Carolina Panthers. Patriots won 32-29. ... Broncos are 2-0 against Patriots in playoff games. In last one - Jan. 14, 2006 - Denver forced five turnovers, including Champ Bailey's 100-yard interception return on which he was tackled at New England 1. Broncos won 27-13 and advanced to AFC championship game. ... Tim Tebow is 8-4 as starter this season after posting 125.6 passer rating, the franchise's record for a playoff game, last Sunday. ... Broncos led NFL with 2,632 yards rushing (164.5 per game), led by Willis McGahee's 1,199. ... Tom Brady's 14-5 postseason record tied with Terry Bradshaw for best by NFL quarterback with at least 15 starts. Brady threw for 5,235 yards, second in league history to Drew Brees' total of 5,476 ... Wide receiver Wes Welker led NFL with 122 catches and 1,569 yards receiving. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was second with 1,327, a single-season record for tight ends. His 17 touchdown catches also were most by tight end in NFL history. ... Patriots allowed second-most yards of any team this season, 411.1 per game, but only 18th most points, 21.4.

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