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NFL by the numbers – Eagles offense is soaring into NFL playoffs

Anwar S. Richardson
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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 wild-card weekend:

0 – Playoff wins by Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis during his 11-year tenure. He is 0-4 in the playoffs.

1 – Team in NFL history ever had a quarterback with a 100+ passer rating, 1,500-yard rusher and 1,300-yard receiver, and that was the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles. Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy won the rushing title (1,607 yards), quarterback Nick Foles was the passing leader (119.2 passer rating), while receiver DeSean Jackson had 1,332 receiving yards.

3 – Games have been played between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers since 2012. The 49ers have won each contest.

4 – Consecutive wins by the San Diego Chargers prior to the playoffs. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished the season ranked second in the AFC with a 105.5 passer rating and led the league with a 69.5 completion percentage.

5 – Players from the New Orleans Saints were recently selected to the Pro Bowl: quarterback Drew Brees, guard Jahri Evans, tight end Jimmy Graham, guard Ben Grubbs and defensive end Cameron Jordan.

8 – Players from the Kansas City Chiefs were Pro Bowl selections, tied for the NFL lead: tackle Branden Albert, safety Eric Berry, running back Jamaal Charles, cornerback Brandon Flowers, linebacker Tamba Hali, linebacker Justin Houston, returner Dexter McCluster and defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

10 – Game-winning drives by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter and overtime during his two-year career, which is more than any another passer in league history since 1970.

12 – Teams are in the playoffs, but five squads were not in the postseason last season. The Saints are one of five new teams in this year’s playoff field, joining Carolina, Kansas City, Philadelphia and San Diego. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs that were not in the postseason the year before.

13 – Of the 16 games played on the final day of the regular season had playoff implications.

19.4 – Points per game allowed by Philadelphia Eagles over the past 12 games compared to 27.5 through the first four games of this season.

27 – Touchdown passes thrown by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles during the regular season and only two interceptions. Foles’ passer rating was 119.2, highest number of any starting quarterback.

35/1 – Odds the San Diego Chargers will win the Super Bowl, according to Bovada. Denver and Seattle currently have 11/4 odds of winning it all.

103.6 – Postseason passer rating by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which is the third-best mark in NFL history.

171 – Tackles by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict during the regular season, which led the NFL.

531 – Yards after contact by Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. However, Lacy had only 11 yards after contact against San Francisco in Week 1.

1,255 - Rushing yards by San Diego's Ryan Mathews, the first Charger to reach 1,200 rushing yards since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007 (1,474).

1990 – The last season Cincinnati recorded a playoff victory. Quarterback Boomer Esiason led his team to a 41-14 wild-card victory against the Houston Oilers on January 6, 1991. Cincinnati was defeated by the Los Angeles Raiders, 20-10, the following week.

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

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