NFL Playoffs Fun With Numbers: Some Crazy Statistics That Will Frighten You

To deflect attention away from my healthy 0-2 record from yesterday, I’m going to give you a brief post of two incredibly eerie statistics.

John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens: Team trailed at halftime by 3 pts and led by 4 at the end of the quarter, only to lose by 3 pts. Starting QB (Joe Flacco) threw for two touchdowns.

Later that day….

Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers: Team trailed at halftime by 3 pts and led by 4 at the end of the 3rd quarter, but lost by 3 pts. Starting QB (Alex Smith) threw for two touchdowns.

I guess the Harbaugh brothers really are close to each other.

And as for the New York Giants’ phenomenal run to this year’s Super Bowl? Maybe it’s a little bit too close to 2008.

2008 New York Giants Playoff Run: Def. NFC South team (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in #4 vs. #5 matchup, #1 seed (Dallas Cowboys), #2 seed (Green Bay Packers), played New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Previously played the Patriots in the regular season. Held the Green Bay Packers to 20 pts in playoff game. Won the NFC Championship Game in overtime on the road, with the winning points coming off a turnover.

2012 New York Giants Playoff Run: Def. NFC South team (Atlanta Falcons) in #4 vs. #5 matchup, #1 seed (Green Bay Packers), #2 seed (San Francisco 49ers), play New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Previously played the Patriots in the regular season. Held the Green Bay Packers to 20 pts in playoff game. Won the NFC Championship Game in overtime on the road, with the winning points coming off a turnover.

And if you really want to talk about scary, neither the Patriots nor the Giants won a playoff game after Super Bowl XLII. Furthermore, both the Giants and Pats lost their subsequent postseason games prior to 2012 in front of their home fans.

You scared yet? Hopefully the pattern continues and the Giants win the Super Bowl by 3, only this time Stephen Gostkowski shanks a 21 yard FG with 2 seconds left in regulation.

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