INDIANAPOLIS -- Honestly, I don’t know if you can handle this, but I’m compelled to see.
Here’s a buffet of nuggets on the Colts and Jets provided by ESPN Stats & Information:
The Colts are in the AFC Championship Game for the second time in the last four seasons and sixth time in team history. The Colts have never lost an AFC Championship Game at home, beating the Patriots in 2006 and the Raiders in 1970, both times going on to win the Super Bowl.
The Jets are playing in the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1998. The Jets have won two playoff games in a season for the first time since 1982 and the second time in team history. Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco (last postseason) are the only rookie QBs to win multiple postseason games.
The Jets are 7-0 this season when Darrelle Revis records an interception and 7-1 this season when they hold their opponent scoreless in the first quarter.
The Colts’ Reggie Wayne has a touchdown reception in four straight playoff games.
The Colts have lost to the Jets both times they’ve met in the playoffs: 41-0 in a 2002 wild-card game and 16-7 in Super Bowl III.
The Jets won their one Super Bowl (III) in Miami. The Colts have won two Super Bowls (V and XLI) in Miami. The winner of this game goes to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV.
Indianapolis’ regular-season winning percentage was .3125 higher than New York’s. Teams with a regular-season winning percentage .300-plus higher than their opponent are 19-3 all-time in the playoffs, 18-2 in the Super Bowl era and 18-1 at home.
Either Rex Ryan or Jim Caldwell will become the fifth head coach to take a team to the Super Bowl in his first season as an NFL head coach, joining Bill Callahan, George Seifert, Red Miller and Don McCafferty (of the Colts in Super Bowl V).
After struggling against top defenses early in his postseason career, Peyton Manning has gone 4-0 since the 2006 postseason against scoring defenses ranked in the top 3. He was 0-4 from 2000 to 2005 and the Colts scored an average of 13 points. In the four such games since, they’ve scored an average of 26.
If Manning throws for 300 yards, it would be his seventh 300-yard game in the playoffs. He would pull into first place in that category ahead of Joe Montana and Kurt Warner.
The Jets were 9-7 in the regular season. Teams with fewer than 10 wins in a conference championship game since 1980 are 1-7. The 2008 Cardinals were the lone winners.
Only three teams in the Super Bowl era have started 7-7 as the Jets did and advanced to the conference championship game. The 1996 Jaguars, the 1984 Steelers and the 1983 Seahawks all lost.
In 18 games this season, the Jets are 0-5 when they allow 20 points or more and 11-2 when they allow fewer than 20. They’ve allowed fewer than 20 in their last eight, including two playoff wins.
Field goal kickers hit 19 of 23 attempts against the Jets this season (.826). They’ve missed all five attempts against New York in the postseason. According to Elias, they are the first team since the 1983 49ers to have opponents miss at least five field goals in the playoffs against them.