For his Hall of Fame career, Saints quarterback Drew Brees (5,162 yards passing, 42 total TDs in 2013) has thrown for at least 350 yards in every road playoff game. On the flip side, Brees lost all three outings.
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RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles (1,980 total yards, 19 TDs) averaged 106 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his first seven road games this season -- robust averages that didn't include his 215-yard, five-TD explosion against the Raiders (Week 15). One more thing: Of his last three encounters with the Colts, Charles boasts averages of 159 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
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QB Peyton Manning, Colts (now with Broncos)
Excluding Peyton Manning (with Indy from 1998-2011), the last Colts quarterback to win a home playoff game was ... Johnny Unitas, whose Baltimore Colts knocked off the Oakland Raiders in the 1970 AFC championship.
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RB Eddie Lacy, Packers
Of his last 12 games, Packers rookie Eddie Lacy (1,435 total yards, 11 TDs) racked up 100 total yards and/or one touchdown 11 times. The lone clunker of the bunch: Collecting only 39 yards against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day -- a loss that seemingly crippled Green Bay's playoff chances.
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QB Alex Smith, 49ers (now with Chiefs)
The longest carry of Alex Smith's pro career also stands as his greatest single triumph -- a fourth-quarter, 28-yard touchdown run in the 49ers' amazing comeback victory over the Saints (2011 NFC divisional round).
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RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
Philly tailback and NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy (2,146 total yards, 11 TDs) holds pedestrian averages of 58 total yards and zero touchdowns in two career playoff games. Of equal importance (read: disappointment), he averaged just 11 touches in both defeats.
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QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, an elite-level starting quarterback for six NFL seasons, has started in only two home playoff games -- with modest averages of 269 yards passing and 1.5 touchdowns. Rodgers' career averages against the 49ers have a little more grandeur, with the northern California native averaging 307 yards passing and 2.4 TDs against his favorite club from childhood.
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RB Frank Gore, 49ers
Niners tailback Frank Gore (1,269 total yards, nine TDs this season) has notched 100-plus total yards and/or one touchdown in all five career playoff games. However, there is some trepidation when tabbing him for wild-card greatness: According to Pro Football Reference, Gore has never suited up for a game with a kickoff-time temperature of 20 degrees or less. The Sunday weather in Green Bay should dip well below the 20 threshold.
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QBs Matthew Stafford, Lions/Andrew Luck, Colts
Counting the playoffs, the Bengals -- who haven't won a playoff game in 23 years (the longest current drought amongst NFL clubs) -- have surrendered only two 300-yard passing days in their last 31 outings. The two quarterbacks to break the 300 threshold: Detroit's Matthew Stafford (above, left) and Indy's Andrew Luck. (Photo Credits: Tim Fuller/Andrew Weber)
RB Pierre Thomas, Saints
Here's something for the trio of Pierre Thomas (1,062 total yards, five TDs), Darren Sproles (824 total yards, four TDs) and Mark Ingram (454 total yards, one TD) to shoot for: In Saints franchise history, Deuce McAllister remains the only back to rush for 100 yards in a playoff game -- 143 rushing yards, two TDs against the Eagles (2006 NFC divisional round).
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TE Antonio Gates, Chargers
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, a borderliner Hall of Famer (20 100-yard outings, 72 career TDs), has never tallied 100 yards receiving in a playoff game. Of those eight outings, Gates only has one touchdown (postseason debut against the Jets -- 2004).
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QB Nick Foles, Eagles
Nick Foles is vying to become the third Eagles quarterback in 32 years to win a home playoff game, with Donovan McNabb and Rodney Peete -- yes, Rodney Peete! -- serving as Philly's other home heroes in that span.
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WR Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe (57 catches, 673 yards, five TDs) has never caught a pass in a playoff game. In the 2010 postseason, Bowe attracted only one errant target in Kansas City's 30-7 home drubbing to Baltimore in the wild-card round.
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TE Jimmy Graham, Saints
The Saints' Jimmy Graham (NFL-high 16 TDs this season) has snagged at least one touchdown catch in every career playoff game. Of those two outings, the tight end averaged six catches, 79 yards and 1.5 TDs. That momentum also has relevance for this weekend: In his lone encounter with Philly (November 2012), Graham caught eight balls for 72 yards and one score.
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Jim Harbaugh (49ers)/Mike McCarthy (Packers)
According to The Weather Channel, Green Bay should have a game-time temperature of zero degrees on Sunday (insert Tom Coughlin frostbite joke here), with a blustery wind chill of minus-18. If that occurs, it will easily serve as the coldest playoff game in 49ers history. On the plus side, San Francisco has claimed victory in its two coldest postseason outings -- upending the 1970 Vikings in the NFL divisional round (10 degrees/-5 wind chill in Minneapolis) ... and crushing the 1988 Bears in the NFC title game (20 degrees/+2 wind chill in Chicago).