You cannot show a Saints-related highlight of the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch without airing his Beast Mode touchdown run during the 2010 NFC playoffs. But there is one minor reality at play here: For his seven NFL regular seasons, Lynch (1,573 total yards, 14 TDs in 2013) has never cleared 100 total yards against New Orleans.
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QB Peyton Manning, Colts (now with Broncos)
Peyton Manning may lead all NFL quarterbacks in yearly playoff appearances (13), but here's something interesting: In his illustrious career (15 healthy seasons), Manning has only once played the same team three times in the same season -- Miami in 2000. Manning's numbers in the third go-round with the Dolphins: 194 yards passing and one touchdown.
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RB Frank Gore, 49ers
Niners tailback Frank Gore (1,269 total yards, nine TDs) has been a model of consistency on three fronts: 1. Gore has logged at least one touchdown in his last four playoff games (five total). 2. He has tallied 100-plus total yards for each of his three career meetings with the Panthers (averaging 124 per game). 3. On the flip side, Gore has never scored a touchdown against Carolina.
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QB Philip Rivers, Chargers
Since the 2007 season, spanning 14 games, Chargers QB Philip Rivers has accounted for only multiple touchdowns against the Broncos seven times (50 percent). During that run against Denver, Rivers (4,478 yards passing, 32 TDs in 2013) has thrown for 300-plus yards just twice. (Photos: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
QB Tom Brady, Patriots
Since Rob Gronkowski incurred a season-ending knee injury (Week 14 vs. Cleveland), Tom Brady's proficiency with completions, pass attempts, yards passing and touchdowns have subsequently crested or declined over the last three games. That aside, Brady owns the NFL record for most playoff victories (17) among quarterbacks; and of his last six postseason outings, he's averaging 307 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns.
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CB Richard Sherman, Seahawks
The Seahawks, the NFL's No. 1 pass defense during the regular season (172 yards allowed per game), haven't allowed a single opposing quarterback to cross the 200-passing-yard threshold for nine straight games. For the record, Minnesota needed two QBs -- Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel -- to hit the middling 200 mark. (Photo: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports)
QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Quarterback Russell Wilson hasn't registered multiple touchdowns in four straight games -- the longest such drought of his young career. On the positive side, Wilson (3,557 yards passing, 27 total TDs) has enjoyed a pass-completion rate of 60 percent or higher nine times since Week 6.
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WR Steve Smith, Panthers
The Panthers (established in 1995) have tallied only two home playoff victories in franchise history -- with both wins coming against the Cowboys (1996, 2003 seasons).
Of their last 10 games, the Colts defense has allowed 120 team rushing yards eight times. That bodes very well for a Patriots offense that has averaged 205 rushing yards in their last two outings. (Photos: Kirby Lee/Wilson Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
RB LeGarrette Blount, Patriots
Four different Patriots -- Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden -- have claimed single-game honors in rushing yards this season, with Blount (189 yards, two TDs in Week 17) leading the charge nine times. Not bad for a guy with only two receptions in 2013 ... and five separate outings of 20 yards or less.
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QB Cam Newton, Panthers
Quarterback Cam Newton, who has only one 300-yard passing day in his last 21 games, has averaged 247 total and 1.9 touchdowns in his last seven outings. That run preceded Newton's 184-yard, zero-TD effort against the 49ers in Week 10.
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TE Jimmy Graham, Saints
The Saints offense generated at least 17 first downs in 15 games this season, with the lone exception coming against Seahawks in Week 13 (12 first downs). New Orleans also notched 300-plus total yards 15 times in 2013 ... with the lone clunker coming against Seattle (188 yards). From that blowout loss, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught three balls for 42 yards and one TD.
DE Corey Liuget, Chargers/LB Wesley Woodyard, Broncos
Of the eight remaining teams in the playoffs, only the Chargers (259 yards allowed) and Broncos (254 yards allowed) rank among the NFL's 10 worst pass defenses for the season. (Photos: Christopher Hanewinckel/Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
QB Drew Brees, Saints
Drew Brees has averaged 396 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns in his last four playoff games -- a stat that factors in his 404-yard, two-TD outing against Seattle in the 2010 wild-card round. Along those lines, Brees has broken the 60-pass threshold only twice in his career -- with both occurrences coming in the playoffs (2010, 2011 postseasons).
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LB Thomas Davis/DE Greg Hardy, Panthers
How's this for symmertry? Since Week 2, Carolina's defense has surrendered only one 300-yard passing game (Drew Brees in Week 14) -- the same amount of times San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick has thrown for 300-plus yards in that span (Week 17 @ Arizona).