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NFL by the numbers – 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a postseason beast when he scrambles

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There are many ways to look at the NFL, but the easiest - and most tedious – method to figure out what is going on is by examining the numbers.

Here is a numerical look at the league heading into the divisional playoffs:

2 – Of the top four seeds have the most first-round byes since 1990. New England has nine (most in the NFL), while Denver has six (fourth in the league).

3 – NFC divisional playoff appearances by Seattle coach Pete Carroll during his four seasons as a coach. Carroll’s squad also claimed the NFC’s No.1 seed for the second time in club history (2005 was the other year).

4 – Turnovers created by San Diego’s defense during a wild-card victory against the Cincinnati Bengals (two interceptions and two fumbles). It was a season-high for the Chargers.

6.1 – Yards-per-play average with Colts running back Donald Brown on the field since Week 3, according to ESPN Stats and Info. However, Indianapolis is averaging 4.9 yards with running back Trent Richardson during that same time span.

9 – Carolina players were a part of the team’s last playoff appearance in 2008 – wide receiver Steve Smith, tackle Jordan Gross, center Ryan Kalil, guards Travelle Wharton and Geoff Hangartner, running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Charles Johnson.

15.1 – Points per game allowed by the Carolina Panthers, second-best in the NFL. Seattle’s defense allowed a league-best 14.4 points per game.

16 – Members of the Patriots’ 53-man roster will make their first postseason appearance on Saturday. In addition to members of the rookie class, receiver Danny Amendola, running back LeGarrette Blount and linebacker Chris White will experience the NFL postseason for the first time.

19 – Wins by the NFC's No.1 seed in the divisional playoffs compared to four loses since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed has compiled a 13-10 (.565) record.

67 – Yards by Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch against the New Orleans Saints during his infamous touchdown run during the 2010 postseason.

362 – Postseason rushing yards by San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, the fifth-most rushing yards by a quarterback in playoff history. Kaepernick has averaged 90.5 yards per game in his four playoff games, the highest yards-per-game average by a QB in NFL history (minimum four games). Steve Young (594 yards in 22 games), John Elway (461 yards in 22 games), Roger Staubach (432 yards in 20 games) and Donovan McNabb (422 yards in 16 games) are ahead of Kaepernick.

778 – New England’s home playoff winning percentage. The Patriots have won 14 of 18 home playoff games and own the third-best postseason winning percentage among teams with at least 10 home playoff games, according to the team’s website.

5,679 – Postseason passing yards by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, which ranks fourth in playoff history. Tom Brady (5,949), Brett Favre (5,855) and Joe Montana (5,772) are ahead of Manning.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!



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