NFL Conference Championships: By the Numbers

Geoffrey Dean, Chief Data Editor

137 days later, the Super Bowl matchup is set: The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The Chiefs were able to slow down Derrick Henry, while Patrick Mahomes once again guided Kansas City to a magical offensive performance. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers ran roughshod over the Green Bay defense en route to a 37-20 throttling of the Packers. Here are some of the numbers from the championship weekend:

17- Years since the last time Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, or Peyton Manning was not in the AFC Championship Game: This year’s AFC championship game was the first time in almost two decades that one of those three quarterbacks was not starting for either team. Not only that, Brady, Roethlisberger, and Manning represented the AFC in the Super Bowl each of those years.

22.425- Average distance of scoring play of winning teams: Between San Francisco and Kansas City, nine touchdowns were scored, for an average of 22.425 yards per score. This contrasts sharply with the meager 7.5 yards per touchdown scored by losing teams.

82.4- Rushing plays as a percent of San Francisco’s total offense: Green Bay’s defense seemed to have few answers for Raheem Mostert and the San Francisco 49ers rushing attack. On a game that saw Mostert carry the ball 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns, the Niners ran the ball on over three-quarters of their offensive plays.

85.7- Super Bowl win percentage of teams with a top 4% defense: Since 1986 only one team has lost the super bowl with a top 4% defense, the 2014 Seattle Seahawks on the infamous goal-line interception. Outside of that instance, top-ranked defenses have won six super bowls over that span. San Francisco enters the game as the number two overall defense in the NFL, while the Chiefs rank seventeenth. (click and drag to highlight circles for more info)

Check out interesting stats from the wild card and divisional round!

Watch the Super Bowl:
San Francisco 49ers (NFC 1 seed) vs Kansas City Chiefs (AFC 2 seed), Sunday, February 3, 6:30 PM, FOX.