Sunday, January 08, 2006
"PLAYOFF WINNING STREAK
The Patriots have set the NFL's all-time record for consecutive playoff victories, having won 10 consecutive playoff games. The Patriots surpassed previous record set by the Green Bay Packers, when their Vince Lombardi coached teams won nine straight playoff games from 1961-67. The Patriots have not lost a playoff game since Jan. 3, 1999, when they dropped a 25-10 decision to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Wild Card Weekend game in Jacksonville. Since then, the Patriots have gone 10-0 in the playoffs and have won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX.
BIG WILLIE STYLE
Willie McGinest set an NFL single-game playoff record with 4.5 sacks tonight, surpassing the previous record of 3.5, shared by Washington's Rich Milot (1984) and Chicago's Richard Dent (1985). McGinest's 4.5 sacks brings his career total to 16.0 playoff sacks, setting an all-time NFL record, surpassing Bruce Smith's total of 13.5. Tonight marked McGinest's second career playoff game in which he registered three or more sacks, joining his triple-sack performance against Tennessee in the 2003 divisional playoffs (1/10/04). McGinest played in his 17th career playoff game tonight (a Patriots record). In his regular season career, McGinest has recorded a total of 78.0 sacks, good for third on the team's all-time sacks list and tying him for the lead among active NFL linebackers (tied with teammate Chad Brown).
SCORING STREAK BY GIVENS
David Givens grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 7:19 left in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 14-3 lead. Givens has now caught a touchdown pass in six consecutive playoff games, the second longest such streak in NFL history. John Stallworth of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds the NFL record with a touchdown"