Just the Facts: Playoffs & QBs

We have a bunch of interesting/useless information to amaze your friends during Sunday's playoff game against Arizona. For instance, the Packers have 12 world championships. The other 11 teams in the playoff field have combined for 19.

Playoff history

— Green Bay is 6-11 in road playoff games and has lost three in a row away from Lambeau Field. The streak started with the controversial, last-second 30-27 setback at the San Francisco 49ers in a wild-card game during the 1998 season, and included Brett Favre's six-interception game at St. Louis and the fourth-and-26 overtime loss at Philadelphia. The Packers' last road win was 23-10 over the 49ers for the NFC championship following the 1997 season.

— With six playoff appearances since 2000, the Packers trail only three teams (Indianapolis, nine; Philadelphia, eight; New England, seven). The Packers rank fifth with 25 playoff berths (Dallas leads with 30). They boast the No. 2 playoff winning percentage at 25-15 for .625 (Baltimore is 7-4 for .636). The Packers are 6-3 as a wild-card team.

— The Packers are one of six teams in this year's playoff field who didn't make it last year. For 14 consecutive seasons, at least five playoff teams qualified after watching from home the previous postseason.

— The Packers have 12 world championships. The other 11 teams in the playoffs have combined for 19, with Dallas next with five, the Colts with four and the Patriots and Eagles with three apiece.

— New Orleans and Indianapolis are the No. 1 seeds in the playoffs, which means almost nothing. A No. 1 seed hasn't won a Super Bowl since New England won Super Bowl XXXVIII following the 2003 season. The NFC's No. 1 seed hasn't won a Super Bowl since Kurt Warner led the Rams to a win in Super Bowl XXXIV following the 1999 season. The Bears (2007), Seahawks (2006 and Philadelphia (2005) all were No. 1 seeds in the NFC who lost in the Super Bowl. Since the 12-team format began in 1990, only 18-of-38 No. 1 seeds have reached the Super Bowl and only 8-of-38 (21.1 percent) have won the title.

— With a 7-1 second half, the Packers enter the playoffs with a ton of momentum. Which might not mean much. In 2007, New England won all 16 games but lost in the Super Bowl. In 2004, the Steelers won their last 14 but lost in the AFC title game. In 1993, the Houston Oilers won their last 11 but didn't even get to the conference title game. On the other hand, the Dolphins (14 straight in their perfect 1972 season) and the Patriots (12 straight in 2003) won Super Bowls.

— Incredibly, the Cardinals are just the 10th Super Bowl loser in NFL history to get back to the playoffs the following season. One of those was the Packers, who lost Super Bowl XXXII to Denver and was robbed in a playoff loss at San Francisco in the 1998 playoffs. No Super Bowl loser has won the Super Bowl the following year.

— It's possible the Packers will play at Minnesota next weekend. The Vikings and Patriots were the only teams to go 8-0 at home this season. That feat has been accomplished 13 times. Only five reached the Super Bowl and only three have won it (New England in 2003 and 2004 and Indianapolis in 2006).

— The Packers are 2-2 all-time in overtime playoff games, with losses in their last two (Philadelphia, 2003; Giants, 2007) since Al Harris' famous pick-six beat Seattle in the 2003 wild-card round. Since 2000, there have been 11 overtime playoff games. Both teams had a crack with the ball in eight of those games.

Quarterbacks' big numbers

— A record 10 quarterbacks threw for 4,000 yards this season, with Aaron Rodgers ranking fourth with 4,434 and Kurt Warner just missing with 3,753 after missing some time with injuries and barely playing last week. Seven of those 10 reached the playoffs.

— The Packers' defense finished No. 2 in the NFL and atop the NFC. That group will be challenged by Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, whose playoff passer rating of 98.8 is second in NFL history to Packers legend Bart Starr (104.8). Warner's 1,147 passing yards in last year's playoffs set a single-season record, breaking his own record while with St. Louis in 1999. His favorite target, Larry Fitzgerald, has a playoff-record four consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

— With his 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions, Rodgers is one of only seven quarterbacks in NFL history with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of more than 4-to-1.

— Rodgers and Warner were two of the record 12 quarterbacks who threw at least 25 touchdown passes. Rodgers finished fourth with 30 and Warner was 12th with 26. Eight of the 12 reached the playoffs.

— Rodgers also was one of the record five quarterbacks to finish the season with a passer rating of 100. Rodgers ranked fourth at 103.2. Four of the five reached the playoffs.

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