Inside NFC playoff numbers: What Dak Prescott has in common with HOFer

Using Stathead from Pro Football Reference, Yardbarker shines a spotlight on key names and numbers ahead of Super Wild Card Weekend in the NFC:

 

No. 7 Green Bay Packers (9-8) at No. 2 Dallas Cowboys (12-5) | Sunday 4:30 p.m. ET

 

Former Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears to have transferred “ownership” of rival Chicago to Jordan Love, with Green Bay’s first-year starter beating the Bears in both regular-season meetings this year.

 

It remains to be seen whether ownership of the Cowboys will also be extended.

 

The Packers have won nine of their last 10 games against the Cowboys and Rodgers won both of his playoff starts against Dallas.

 

For the second time in three seasons, the Cowboys led the NFL in scoring. Quarterback Dak Prescott led the way with 4,516 yards passing and a league-leading 36 touchdown passes.

 

Prescott is the second Cowboy to lead the league in passing TDs, joining Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, who did it in 1973 (21).

 

No. 6 Los Angeles Rams (10-7) at No. 3 Detroit Lions (12-5) | Sunday, 8 p.m. ET

 

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and Lions QB Jared Goff will face their former teams.

 

The last starting quarterback to face a former team of his in the playoffs was Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, who lost to Indianapolis in the 2014 divisional round while playing for Denver.

 

In Stafford’s case, he’s the first starting QB to face his former team in a road playoff game since Matt Hasselbeck, a former backup for Brett Favre in Green Bay, who returned to Lambeau Field for two playoff games with Seattle and lost both of them, most recently in the 2007 divisional round.

 

Detroit’s offense has lit up the scoreboard this season with four different players — running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery, wide receiver

 

Amon-Ra St. Brown and tight end Sam LaPorta — each scoring at least 10 touchdowns. Before this season, Detroit never even had three players with double-digit TDs in the same season.

 

No. 5 Philadelphia Eagles (11-6) at No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8) | Monday, 8 p.m.

 

After a 10-1 start, the Eagles lost five of their past six games and had to settle for a wild-card berth. Philadelphia’s 11 wins are the fewest for a team that won at least 10 of its first 11 games since the 1986 New York Jets, who started 10-1 but lost each of their last five.

 

For the third straight season, the Buccaneers won the NFC South. They did so by relying heavily on the passing game, continuing a trend that goes back several years.

 

With running back Rachaad White leading the Bucs this season with 990 rushing yards, Tampa Bay has now gone eight straight seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher, tied with the Jets for the longest active drought of its kind.

 

The last Buccaneer with 1,000 rushing yards was Doug Martin in 2015 (1,402).

 

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