NFL Nation: Joe Montana
The only fine in the physical game was given to 49ers guard Adam Snyder, who will pay $7,875 for a striking an opponent late.
In other 49ers notes:
- 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, who suffered a knee injury last Sunday, told San Francisco radio station 95.7 The Game on Friday morning that he expects to play against Seattle. That became evident Thursday when he practiced. More information should be available after Friday's practice, but barring a setback Staley looks good to go.
- Joe Montana told The Game that he may not attend the final game at Candlestick Park because of a scheduling conflict. The team is going to honor "The Catch," the famous pass from Montana to Dwight Clark that beat Dallas and sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 1982.
- Meanwhile, if you want to attend that final game at Candlestick, it is going to cost you.
Joe Montana recently listed Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Eli Manning as his five top active NFL quarterbacks, in no particular order.
No surprises there, although Eli Manning might not automatically qualify with the others if we polled a wider audience, in my view.
Montana withheld from consideration a younger group featuring Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.
"Still too early, but they look great," Montana tweeted.
Montana apologized for leaving off Joe Flacco, but he didn't say which of the other five would leave the list to make room.
Montana's list featured the top four players in Total QBR over the past three seasons, with 1,000 pass attempts as the minimum for consideration. Eli Manning ranked eighth over that span. Kaepernick (76.8), Griffin (71.4), Wilson (69.6) and Luck (65.0) ranked among the NFL's top 11 in QBR last season, with Kaepernick at No. 3.
The chart below shows leaders since 2010. Check out the ratio of touchdown passes to interceptions for Rodgers and Brady. Both were in the 4.5-to-1 range, well above the others. Kaepernick was at 3.3-to-1 last season, compared to 2.6-to-1 for Wilson. Those figures ranked among the NFL's top seven last season.
Here is Flacco's case for why he should get paid more than every quarterback in the league:
- His nine playoff victories are tied with Tom Brady for the most ever by a quarterback in his first five seasons. Flacco also has the same number of postseason victories as Peyton Manning -- which is significant considering Flacco has played nine fewer seasons.
- Flacco has won 63 games, including the regular season and playoffs, since 2008. That's six more than anyone else over that same span, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers are the closest to Flacco with 57 victories. Brees is third with 56.
- Flacco enjoyed a postseason for the ages. His 11 touchdowns tied the NFL record for most in a single postseason. Joe Montana is the only other player in NFL history with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in a single postseason.
- His Total QBR of 95.1 was seven points higher than any other Super Bowl performance in the Total QBR era (since 2008). His rating topped those of Brees, Brady, Rodgers and both Manning brothers.
- Flacco completed 40 passes of at least 25 yards in the regular season. Only Brees (47) threw more than Flacco.
- Among quarterbacks with 500 pass attempts in 2012, Flacco had the third-fewest interceptions with 10. That ranks behind Brady and Rodgers, who had eight each. Flacco didn't throw an interception in his last 195 passes, a streak that spans seven games.
- He has never missed a start in his five-year NFL career, a streak of 80 consecutive games. Only Eli Manning (135 games) and Philip Rivers (112) have longer streaks than Flacco.
- Flacco is the first quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons. He also has six career road playoff wins, which is the most in NFL postseason history (Eli Manning has five).
- He has 15 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. Four of them have come this season, including the AFC divisional playoff game in Denver. That's one fewer than Ben Roethlisberger over that same span.
NEW ORLEANS -- There always has been a debate whether Baltimore's Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback. This will only heat up after Flacco led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title and won the game's Most Valuable Player award.
What can't be argued is Flacco's numbers in the playoffs. They're elite. When statistics put your name in the same sentence as Joe Montana, there's no question that you're in a different class.
Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes in these playoffs, tying the NFL single-postseason record shared by Montana (postseason after 1989 season) and Kurt Warner (postseason after 2008 season). Flacco and Montana did not throw an interception during those postseasons.
"Joe Montana has been my favorite quarterback," Flacco said. "So to be put anywhere next to him is pretty cool."
His Total QBR of 95.1 was seven points higher than any other Super Bowl performance in the Total QBR era (since 2008), according to ESPN Stats & Information. He was better on the biggest stage than Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady or either of the Manning brothers.
Flacco was 7-of-13 for 171 yards and two touchdowns on passes longer than 10 yards downfield in the Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He also completed 7 of 10 third-down passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
"I told him [Saturday night that if you want to be elite, you have to win the Super Bowl," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "And he did. Joe Flacco is elite in my book."
After a shaky first half, Colin Kaepernick was spectacular as he rallied the 49ers back into the game. Kaepernick led them to 17 points in a span of 4:10 in the third quarter. Kaepernick also scrambled for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Michael Crabtree finished with five catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. Kaepernick's second-half play was brilliant. But he did throw the first Super Bowl interception in franchise history. Joe Montana never threw one. Steve Young never threw one. Montana and Young have Super Bowl titles. Kaepernick doesn't.
Frank Gore wasn't much of a factor early on as the 49ers fell way behind. But Gore had a few key runs, including a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter and two big runs in the fourth quarter. Kaepernick didn't have any explosive plays off the read option, but his scrambling ability caused major problems for Baltimore's defense. Backup running back LaMichael James lost a second-quarter fumble that helped the Ravens take a 14-3 lead.
Joe Flacco completed 13 of 20 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as San Francisco's secondary struggled and the pass rush was quiet. But, just like everything else, the pass defense improved in the second half. Still, it wasn't good enough.
This wasn't a big problem for the 49ers because the Ravens came out throwing in the first half. But the 49ers held Ray Rice in check when he did run.
Jim Harbaugh did a nice job of getting his team back into the game after the power outage early in the second half. But Harbaugh's team, particularly Kaepernick, seemed uptight in the first half. Harbaugh is known for being extremely intense. I can't help but wonder if his high-pressure style might be why his team started so poorly. Harbaugh's play-calling at the end of game, when the 49ers failed to score on four plays from within seven yards of the end zone, also leaves him open for plenty of criticism.
To me, there is at least one subjective argument Moss could make -- one I think he was implying with his quotes in Sando's latest post on the topic.
In short, Moss might well have changed the game to a greater degree than Rice did. To be clear, the West Coast scheme Rice helped popularize forced fundamental transformations from NFL defenses. But Moss has never been part of a revolutionary scheme. The changes he effected resulted from his unique individual skills. As Moss once joked during his time in Minnesota, the offenses he played in were best called "Moss, Go Deep."
As we discussed in 2011, when he announced a retirement that became a one-year hiatus, Moss forced opponents to develop and enhance new coverages to cover him. At the time, brackets, clouds and regular safeties over the top were exotic defenses rarely seen in the NFL. Moss forced them on a weekly basis.
Moreover, at least one team -- the Green Bay Packers -- changed their draft philosophy in response to Moss' arrival in 1998. The following year, the Packers drafted three cornerbacks. Two of them, Mike McKenzie and Antuan Edwards, were at least six feet tall, a size range the Packers deemed better suited to defend Moss.
Here's how Moss put it Wednesday, via Sando: "… Do you understand what a Cover 2, two-man, 3 Cloud, Tampa 2 is?"
Moss suggested that those defenses made it tougher to put up the kind of numbers that Rice did.
"Well, I think over the course of my career," he said, "it's not very smart for an offense to design a whole offense [around me] knowing that I'm going to be taking two and three and four guys here and there, on each and every play. It's hard for me to be able to put up numbers knowing that I have multiple guys guarding me on plays. But what I've been able to do, I'm happy with it."
I don't think that element alone elevates Moss above Rice, nor does the fact that Rice played most of his career with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young. (Moss said Wednesday, via ESPN's Rick Reilly, that: "Jerry Rice had two hall of fame QBs his whole career. Give me that and see where my numbers are." But this argument isn't as much of a landslide toward Rice as many would suggest.
With eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions, Baltimore Ravens QB Flacco has a shot to tie or break Montana's record for most touchdown passes without throwing an interception in a single postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Montana threw 11 touchdowns without getting picked off in 1989.
It's the type of playoff run that is changing the minds of Flacco's critics and NFL defenders.
"He is one of the elite quarterbacks," Patriots safety Steve Gregory said after the AFC Championship Game. "I know he gets a lot of flack for possibly not being that type of guy. But he is."
There is a trend that suggests Flacco will be getting more than compliments. Every quarterback who has finished a postseason throwing at least eight touchdowns without a pick has not only won the Super Bowl, but also the Super Bowl MVP.
At this point, just getting to the Super Bowl is a surreal moment for Flacco.
"I think it is just one of those things you dream of when you are a little kid," he said. "You watch [Joe] Montana and those guys light them up in the Super Bowl. So, to be here at this point is pretty special."
Now, Flacco has a chance to surpass one of Montana's records. That's pretty surreal as well.
Keith Hawkins of ESPN Stats & Information reached into the vault to pull out three memorable games between the teams. The Falcons won two of them, including one on Steve Bartkowski's last-play pass to Billy "White Shoes" Johnson in 1983. I remember living in Northern California at the time and listening to the ending of that game -- or perhaps highlights of the ending, I'm not sure -- on the radio in my dad's old Ford pickup truck.
NFL.com has video from that final play, featuring a prescient announcer's call: "You've got to go to Billy 'White Shoes' and let him do a little dance with the ball and go to the end zone."
The two other games Hawkins singled out included the 49ers' 45-35 victory over the Falcons in 1990. Joe Montana set a career high with six touchdown passes. Jerry Rice caught five of them. Rice finished the game with 13 receptions for 225 yards.
More recently, in the divisional playoffs following the 1998 season, the Falcons scored a 20-18 victory over the 49ers in Dan Reeves' first game back from quadruple-bypass surgery. The Falcons went to the Super Bowl that year, losing to Denver.
The 49ers and Falcons faced one another for the first time in 1966 before becoming division rivals the following year. The 49ers hold a 44-30-1 lead in the all-time series, counting playoffs. That includes 43-26-1 as division rivals. The Falcons have won all four meetings since realignment.
The teams played to a 10-10 tie in 1986 when the 49ers played without Montana, who had undergone back surgery following a Week 1 injury that was considered career-threatening. David Archer's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Sylvester Stamps tied the game for Atlanta. Archer completed 16-of-35 passes for 176 yards and three interceptions. Jeff Kemp completed 13-of-29 passes for 146 yards and two picks for the 49ers.
Relief performances such as that one from Kemp contributed to the 49ers' decision to acquire Steve Young from Tampa Bay in 1987.
New England Patriots quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady continues to set records. He recently became the NFL's all-time winningest playoff quarterback, as well as the third player to throw at least 40 postseason touchdowns.
All of this confirms Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. But Brady says he has no time to reflect on his legacy.
"To tell you the truth, I don’t really think about any of that," Brady said during his Wednesday’s press conference. "I’m just trying to win a football game this week. I think we’re very short-term focused and playing against a great football team that obviously deserves the right to be here. We know how challenging of a team they are, both schematically and personnel-wise. All of our focus is on this week."
Expect some articles over the next few days about Brady's place in NFL history. That will only increase if Brady qualifies for his sixth Super Bowl.
Is Brady the NFL's greatest quarterback? That's subject to debate. But Brady certainly has the résumé to make a case.
However, don't expect Brady to believe his own hype -- he never has. Brady continues to live in the moment, which involves Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Baltimore.
"I try not to buy into what people say or think," Brady said. "I just live my life and certainly enjoy being the quarterback for this team. There’s nothing more fun than running out onto the field in front of 70,000 people cheering for us. That’s what it will be this weekend."
Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday's Houston Texans-New England Patriots divisional-round playoff game at Gillette Stadium:
Guarding against overconfidence: The New England Patriots are heavily favored against the Texans. New England trounced Houston 42-14 last month. But that means all the pressure is on New England to win again at home. This game could have shades of the Patriots' 2010 playoffs if New England isn't careful. That year New England drilled the rival New York Jets in the regular season 45-3, only to get overconfident and lose to the Jets in the playoffs. In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, teams that lost in the regular season by 28 points or more are 11-11 in rematches in the postseason.
Can Brady pass Montana? New England quarterback Tom Brady has a chance at another record that he would be proud of. With a win over Houston, Brady would pass his childhood hero -- Joe Montana -- for the most postseason wins in NFL history. Brady is 16-6 during the playoffs in his career, although he went 10-0 to start his postseason career.
Talib vs. Johnson: One of the key matchups in this game will be the cornerback-receiver matchup of Aqib Talib of the Patriots versus Andre Johnson of the Texans. They will see a lot of each other Sunday. Talib was acquired in a midseason trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quickly became New England's best cover corner. It has allowed the Patriots to played more man-to-man defense. Johnson had another monster, Pro Bowl year. He caught 112 catches for 1,598 yards this season, with eight catches for 95 yards in the first meeting.
Tailback concerns: The Patriots will enter this game with concerns at tailback. New England second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen have minimal combined playoff experience. They will have to earn the trust of New England’s coaching staff. Ridley and Vereen have had some untimely fumbles late in the season. Both lost fumbles in New England’s most recent loss, to the San Francisco 49ers. Ball security will be crucial in the playoffs. As a result, the Patriots may increase the workload for sure-handed veteran tailback Danny Woodhead.
Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 7:
Blasts from the past: Yes, it's a passing league, as you hear all the time. But the Washington Redskins haven't got the memo. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III (379) and rookie running back Alfred Morris (538) have combined for 917 rushing yards in Washington's first six games. That's the highest combined rushing yardage total by two rookie teammates through six games in the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN Stats & Information. And it goes back further than this for the Redskins. Washington as a team has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of its last 12 games. The second-longest such streak in the league is two games, by the New York Giants and the St. Louis Rams. In conclusion, the Redskins like to run the ball, and for many reasons pose a different game-planning challenge than any other team the Giants have faced or will face this season.
Burgundy kryptonite: In two games against the Redskins last year (both losses), Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw four interceptions and no touchdowns. ESPN Stats & Information tells us that Washington is one of six teams against which Manning has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in his career. The others are Tennessee, Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore and Buffalo.
Giants can run, too: Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is the only player in the league who has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his last two games. The last Giant to rush for 100 or more in at least three games in a row was Tiki Barber in 2006. Bradshaw has 16 rushes of at least 10 yards so far this year, in 92 attempts. Last year, he had 16 such rushes in 171 attempts. The Giants' offensive line is a much better run-blocking unit than it was a year ago. Their average yards per rush before first contact is 2.75, which is the fifth-best figure in the league. Last year, the Giants' average yards per rush before first contact was 1.89, which was second-worst in the league.
Got to go deep: Last year, on throws that traveled 20 or more yards downfield, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo posted a 53.2 completion percentage, 21.6 yards per attempt, 10 touchdowns and only one interception. This year on such deep throws, Romo is 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) for 8.5 yards per attempt, one touchdown and one interception. The two bits of good news on this are that the Cowboys' offensive line looked much better last week in Baltimore and could start to give Romo more time to throw, and that Carolina's pass defense is allowing a 54.5 completion percentage on throws 20 or more yards downfield -- the second-worst such mark in the NFL.
It was the third time in the past 50 seasons a Washington Redskins quarterback completed at least 70 percent of his passes for at least 310 yards with at least two touchdowns and no picks. Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann each hit all those baselines once.
NFC West baselines
Kurt Warner did it three times for the Arizona Cardinals and five times for the St. Louis Rams. Marc Bulger and Jim Everett each managed one such game for the Rams.
Matt Hasselbeck (twice) and Jim Zorn (once) are the only Seattle Seahawks to post games with at least 70 percent completions, 310 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Steve Young (five times), Jeff Garcia (three), Elvis Grbac (once) and John Brodie (once) have done it for the San Francisco 49ers. In a bit of a surprise, Joe Montana never did.
Griffin and Bradford
The most relevant comparison this week: Griffin to Rams starter Sam Bradford.
Their teams face one another Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The Redskins selected Griffin with a draft choice acquired from the Rams once St. Louis determined Bradford would remain its starter. Both players were very high draft choices, Bradford first overall in 2010 and Griffin second overall this year.
The scheduling rotation called for the Redskins and Rams to play one another this season regardless of the trade. That part was coincidental. Scheduling Griffin against Bradford in Week 2 gave fans something to anticipate early in the season. Bradford nearly led the Rams to an upset at Detroit last week. Griffin helped the Redskins knock off New Orleans in the Superdome.
Few great games
A note from ESPN Stats & Information, displayed in the first chart, revived a point I've heard recently from a source I can't recall.
The point is that Bradford has never had a truly great statistical performance in two-plus seasons with the Rams.
The chart at right shows players with the fewest games featuring a Total QBR score of at least 70 out of 100, counting only games with at least 25 action plays for the quarterback. Bradford has the fewest.
Matthew Stafford and Alex Smith are on the list, but both have made strides. Smith's QBR was at 83.5 during the 49ers' victory over Green Bay in Week 1. Stafford tossed three picks and struggled, but he led the winning touchdown drive after Bradford had helped rally the Rams into the lead.
Top offensive rookie
Bradford was most productive in 2010, when he was healthy and won offensive rookie of the year honors. Injuries to him and a long list of teammates affected Bradford last season. Learning a new offense on short notice -- we all recall the lockout -- had to be tough.
Bradford completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and no picks during a victory over Denver as a rookie. His Total QBR score for that game was 94.7, a career high by a wide margin. That was one of three 300-yard games for him. It was the only time Bradford tossed more than two touchdown passes. He has five games with two, 12 games with one and nine games with none.
The nine games with no scoring passes are the most since 2010 for quarterbacks with at least 20 pass attempts in a game.
Anyone familiar wit the Rams' offense over the past three seasons -- its linemen, wide receivers and changing schemes in particular -- realizes Bradford isn't the primary problem in St. Louis. Still, the best quarterbacks and even a few average ones hit the statistical jackpot every so often. Bradford's time will presumably come.
QBR measures how quarterbacks affect win probability for their teams. It correlates to winning more closely than even turnover differential. The Rams haven't won much at all.
So, have the Rams dragged down Bradford more than Bradford has held back the Rams? I think so. We'll have a better idea as the Rams improve around Bradford. We shouldn't expect Bradford to produce the way Griffin did last week. We shouldn't even expect Griffin to do so. That game was the exception. But it's reasonable to expect progress.
The biggest concern from the Rams' perspective is how Bradford will perform behind an offensive line that has already lost center Scott Wells and left tackle Rodger Saffold to injuries. That angle is getting tiresome, but it's real. It's at least a threat to cloud the the Rams' quarterback evaluation until those players return.
At a certain point, the Rams need Bradford to transcend the challenges around him. Having it happen against Griffin and the Redskins would come as a welcome bonus.
It can't fully overshadow the Packers' regular-season dominance in the series, however.
Any 49ers fan should find the chart appalling.
The Packers have won the last nine regular-season meetings between the teams, scoring at least 30 points in five of them.
Losing at Green Bay in Week 1 this season would saddle the 49ers with 10 consecutive defeats in a regular-season series for the third time in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The team lost 13 in a row to the Baltimore Colts from 1962-68. It lost 10 straight to the Los Angeles Rams from 1970-75.
The last time San Francisco claimed a regular-season victory over Green Bay was Nov. 4, 1990.
Joe Montana was the 49ers' quarterback, Brett Favre was in college, Aaron Rodgers was 6 years old and Bart Starr was the Packers' all-time passing yardage leader. Also that day, a 26-year-old Jim Harbaugh was completing 14 of 23 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and a 105.9 NFL passer rating for Chicago during a 26-6 victory at Tampa Bay.
Enough is enough.
Marv Levy got it right back in 2008 when we asked him to identify the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
"To try to say who was the greatest would be an injustice to so many others," the Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills coach said.
That's taking the high road. I would have expected Robert Kraft, the esteemed New England Patriots owner, to follow a similar path. It came as a surprise to learn Friday that Kraft had publicly advocated for his quarterback, Tom Brady, as not only the greatest quarterback, but as better than a certain San Francisco 49ers legend.
"I think that Tommy, with all due respect, is better than Joe Montana," Kraft told NFL.com.
Kraft should support Brady, of course. When he took it a step further, I thought Kraft swerved from his lane. Why support his guy at the expense of another?
Ryan Feldman of ESPN Stats & Information has put together an item comparing the two quarterbacks. His conclusion: "If raw numbers are all that matters, there’s a solid argument for Brady. But if you take into account how much quarterback play has changed by comparing against their peers, Montana seems to come out ahead."
And if you consider Montana's 4-0 record in Super Bowls, then what? Brady has been brilliant. He's the only quarterback to lead game-winning drives in the final two minutes of three Super Bowls. But he's also on a two-game Super Bowl losing skid against Eli Manning and the New York Giants. Montana never lost the big one.
"I know that's a leap," Kraft continued, "but I really think (Brady) might already be the best of all time. I watch how involved he is, how driven he is. He's like (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick, he's into the details. And he's got a skill that makes him so special, he can process all of it so quickly. And then, he's just got that quality. Certain people have that sincerity. He's a very genuine guy. People can relate to him. People can trust him."
Fair points, all. This is a conversation worth having. Our top 10 list from 2008, based on conversations with Levy, Art Rooney Jr., Zeke Bratkowski, Ken Meyer, Larry Kennan, James Harris and Dick Haley, put Johnny Unitas at the top. Montana was second and Brady third.
Brady has continued to play at a high level. He might legitimately deserve consideration as the best ever. It just feels like a breach of protocol for one owner to hold up his player at the expense of another -- especially at the expense of Montana.
"It's unfair to name the best, because some other guys were just as good in their own situations," Bratkowski, a former All-American quarterback at Georgia who played under George Halas and Vince Lombardi in the NFL, said for that 2008 piece.
To be continued.
"All of a sudden," Joe Vitt recalled, "when we put the film on, everyone had heard of Russell Maryland, but we put the film on and Cortez Kennedy was making all the plays."
Vitt, now the New Orleans Saints' interim coach, was a Seahawks assistant under Chuck Knox at the time. This was in 1990.
"I called Chuck and told him to send down (defensive line coach) George Dyer because we've got a guy down here now," Vitt said. "Now, all of a sudden, we finagled that draft and moved up to No. 3 (overall). Our first three picks that year were Cortez, Terry Wooden and Robert Blackmon. We structured our defense exactly like the Miami Hurricanes because of Cortez and it was the smartest thing we ever did."
Kennedy is now the only Seahawks draft choice selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His enshrinement is Saturday. The Los Angeles Rams wound up picking Bailey in the fourth round.
The chart shows Kennedy and all the Hall of Famers drafted by current NFC West organizations since the first common draft in 1967.
There were stories behind the other selections as well.
The San Francisco 49ers famously selected Jerry Rice with the 16th pick in 1985 after their preferred choice, receiver Eddie Brown, went to Cleveland three picks earlier. Former 49ers personnel man Mike Lombardi, now with NFL Network, said 49ers coach Bill Walsh even tried to trade up with the Browns for the 13th choice. He wanted Brown that badly.
"And coach Walsh handed me the phone and said, 'Don't worry about it. We'll just pick Jerry Rice,' " Lombardi recounted for a USA Today story.
Final Indianapolis 28 Cincinnati 42 Final Atlanta 21 Green Bay 22 Final Cleveland 26 New England 27 Final Oakland 27 New York 37 Final Detroit 20 Philadelphia 34 Final Miami 34 Pittsburgh 28 Final Buffalo 6 Tampa Bay 27 Final Kansas City 45 Washington 10 Final Minnesota 26 Baltimore 29 Final Tennessee 28 Denver 51 Final St. Louis 10 Arizona 30 Final New York 14 San Diego 37 Final Seattle 17 San Francisco 19 Final Carolina 13 New Orleans 31