Friday, January 15, 2010
Filling morsels to tide you over
By Paul Kuharsky
Nuggets from ESPN Stats & Information to chew on as you try to fill the day between now and kickoff of Ravens-Colts Saturday night:
- At 14-2, the Colts have a regular-season winning percentage .3125 higher than the 9-7 Ravens. Teams with regular-season winning percentages.300 or more higher than their opponent in NFL postseason history are 18-3, 17-2 in the Super Bowl era and 17-1 at home. That lone road win belongs to the 1987 Vikings at San Francisco.
- Including playoffs, the Colts have won the last seven meetings dating back to 2002, posting a 17-15 win in Week 11 at Baltimore. Including playoffs, the teams meet for the ninth time in nine years dating back to 2001. The Colts posted a 15-6 win in the 2006 divisional playoffs at Baltimore in the teams' only postseason meeting. That's the last game, regular season or postseason, in which Indianapolis failed to score a touchdown. (From The Elias Sport Bureau.)
- If Manning tops 300 yards passing, it’ll be his seventh 300-yard playoff game. That would put him in first place all-time, unless Kurt Warner does it in the Arizona-New Orleans game. Manning, Warner and Joe Montana all have six.
- The Colts have lost five straight home games in the AFC divisional playoffs round (last home win in divisional playoffs round was when the team was in Baltimore in 1970).
- Joe Flacco is 3-1 as a starting quarterback in the playoffs, with all three wins coming on the road. His three road wins are tied for the most among active quarterbacks along with six others. This will be the Ravens fifth straight playoff road game.
- The Ravens ran 599 plays of two-back sets this season. That 55.7 percent is a league high. The Colts, who do not have a fullback, ran 54 such plays. That 5.5 percent is a league low.
- Manning will improve his postseason winning percentage to .500 if the Colts defeat the Ravens. Manning has a 7-8 record as a starting quarterback in playoff games. Marino (8-10), Warren Moon (3-7), and Dan Fouts (3-4) are among the Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks with a losing postseason record. (From The Elias Sport Bureau.)