NFL stats: Brady reaches 10th Super Bowl, Kelce receiving record

Benedict Bermange

Cricket Statistician

Tom Brady is the fourth quarterback to reach the Super Bowl with two different teams after Craig Morton (Cowboys and Broncos), Kurt Warner (Rams and Cardinals) and Peyton Manning (Colts and Broncos). Manning is the only one to have won a Super Bowl with both teams

Last Updated: 27/01/21 8:26am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after reaching a 10th Super Bowl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after reaching a 10th Super Bowl

Sky Sports Cricket statistician Benedict Bermange lends his talents to the 2020 NFL season, bringing you his top 10 stats from the Conference Championship games in the playoffs…

Tom Brady‘s three touchdown passes in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ victory over the Green Bay Packers took him to 80 in his career in the postseason. Aaron Rodgers of the Packers threw three of his own to move into joint-second on the all-time list.

Most touchdown passes in playoff history

Player TD passes
Tom Brady 80
Aaron Rodgers 45
Joe Montana 45
Brett Favre 44
Peyton Manning 40

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Highlights of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game
Highlights of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game

However, whereas Brady won his 10th Conference Championship game in 14 attempts, Rodgers became the first quarterback to lose four successive Championship games.

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers said his side had their chances after they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers said his side had their chances after they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game

Brady threw interceptions on three successive drives for just the second time in his career. The only other occasion was when he actually threw them on four successive drives in a 31-20 loss to the Denver Broncos in 2001. It was his third playoff win when throwing at least three interceptions, more than any other quarterback. Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw won two playoff games each when throwing at least three interceptions.

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Tom Brady sealed his return to a 10th Super Bowl after surviving three second-half interceptions against the Green Bay Packers
Tom Brady sealed his return to a 10th Super Bowl after surviving three second-half interceptions against the Green Bay Packers

Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game which gave him a total of 17, the most by any quarterback in their first seven postseason games.

Most touchdown passes in first seven playoff games

Player TD passes
Patrick Mahomes 17
Matt Ryan 16
Kurt Warner 15
Aaron Rodgers 15
Dan Marino 15
Drew Brees 15
Bernie Kosar 15

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Highlights of the Buffalo Bills against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game
Highlights of the Buffalo Bills against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game

Mahomes has passed for at last 250 yards in each of his seven postseason starts, the most by any quarterback to start a postseason career. Andrew Luck started with five such games for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2014.

Travis Kelce‘s 13 receptions are the most in a league or conference championship game in NFL history. The top two tight ends in postseason history in terms of receiving yards will face each other in the Super Bowl.

Most receiving yards by a tight end in playoff history

Player Yards
Rob Gronkowski 1,206
Travis Kelce 859
Dallas Clark 847
Keith Jackson 834
Shannon Sharpe 814

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s best catches from the AFC Championship game, where he set a franchise record with 13 receptions
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s best catches from the AFC Championship game, where he set a franchise record with 13 receptions

Kelce and Tyreek Hill became the first team-mate duo to each have multiple 100-yard receiving games in the same postseason.

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s best plays from his 172-yard performance against the Buffalo Bills
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s best plays from his 172-yard performance against the Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl LV will be the first to between the quarterbacks who won each of the two most recent Super Bowls. Brady won two years ago with the New England Patriots before Mahomes won last year with the Chiefs. The two starting quarterbacks have an age difference of 18 years, which is the largest between opposing Super Bowl quarterbacks, surpassing the 17 years between Brady and Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams two years ago.

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Reaction from Tom Brady and Bruce Arians after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game
Reaction from Tom Brady and Bruce Arians after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game

Brady is the fourth quarterback to reach the Super Bowl with two different teams after Craig Morton (Cowboys and Broncos), Kurt Warner (Rams and Cardinals) and Peyton Manning (Colts and Broncos). Manning is the only previous quarterback to have won a Super Bowl with two different teams.

Excluding rookies, the last quarterback to reach the Super Bowl in his first season with a team was Jake Delhomme, who reached the Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers in the 2003 season. The only non-rookie to with a Super Bowl in his first season with a new team was Trent Dilfer, who won in 2000 with the Baltimore Ravens.

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