Vick a statistical anomaly with huge rushing numbers
Posted: Wednesday January 19, 2005 3:20PM; Updated: Thursday January 20, 2005 11:47AM
Michael Vick rushed for 119 yards on eight carries against the Rams in the NFC divisional playoffs.
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His longest run was twice as long as his longest pass. He averaged three times as many yards when he ran the ball as when he threw it. And Falcons QB Michael Vick on Saturday afternoon became the first quarterback in 31 years to win a playoff game with more rushing yards than passing yards.
Not to mention the first NFL player in 57 years to run for more than 109 yards on 10 or fewer carries in a playoff game.
Vick needed just eight carries to gain 119 yards in the Falcons' divisional playoff win over the Rams at the Georgia Dome. That's the fewest carries in NFL postseason history by a 100-yard rusher, breaking the record of 10 shared by three people -- Elmer Angsman of the Chicago Cards in 1947 (10-for-159), Bill Osmanski of the Chicago Bears at Washington in 1940 (10-for-109) and Kenneth Davis of the Bills at Pittsburgh in 1993 (10-for-104).
The last person to rush for 100 or more yards on eight or fewer carries in any game was Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (8-for-107 vs. the Giants in 2002). McNabb also held the record for most rushing yards in a playoff game by a quarterback (107 vs. the Packers last year) before Vick ran for 119 against the Rams, so the only two 100-yard rushing QBs in NFL postseason history will be on the same field in this weekend's NFC Championship Game.
The last person to gain 119 or more rushing yards on eight or fewer carries in any game was Napoleon Kaufman of the Raiders, who was 8-for-122 against Tampa in a 1999 regular-season game.
Vick became the first quarterback since Miami's Bob Griese in 1973 to lead his team to a playoff win while running for more yards than he threw for. Vick passed for 82 yards against the Rams.
On Dec. 30, 1973, Griese was 3-for-6 for 34 yards passing and ran three times for 39 yards in the Dolphins' 27-10 win over the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game at the Orange Bowl.
The Dolphins that day had 26 net passing yards and 266 rushing yards. Griese completed all of 20 passes in Miami's three postseason wins on the way to the Super Bowl VIII championship.
The last quarterback before Griese to lead his team to a postseason win while rushing for more yards than he passed for was Tommy Thompson of the Eagles, who was 2-for-12 for 7 yards in the Eagles' 7-0 win over the Chicago Cards in a raging blizzard in the 1948 NFL Championship Game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
Thompson ran 11 times for 50 yards in that game, winning an NFL Championship despite a 0.0 passer rating.
More obscure, bizarre and ridiculous from the NFL's Divisional Playoffs
Rams WR Kevin Curtis had 107 receiving yards against the Seahawks in a wild-card game and 128 yards against the Falcons.
That's pretty impressive. Two 100-yard games in a row. What makes it more impressive is that Curtis has never had a 100-yard game in the regular season. He's only the second receiver in NFL history whose first two 100-yard games were in the postseason.
The only other player whose first two 100-yard receiving games were in the postseason was the Steelers' Ernie Mills, who on consecutive weekends in the 1994 playoffs had 117 yards against the Browns and 106 against the Chargers.
Mills only had one more 100-yard game the rest of his career, with the Cowboys in 1998 against the Panthers, a team he once played for but never had a 100-yard game with.
Curtis is also the first Rams receiver in 54 years with 100 yards receiving in the playoffs in consecutive weeks. The only other Ram with such a back-to-back was Tom Fears of the L.A. version, who had 198 yards against the Bears on Dec. 17, 1950, and 136 at Cleveland a week later.
Falcons RB Warrick Dunn averaged 41 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry in his first eight playoff games with no touchdowns. He ran for 142 yards with an 8.4 average Saturday against the Rams.
Dunn's 142 yards are the sixth-most in NFL postseason history on 17 or fewer carries and the most by an NFC back on 17 or fewer carries since the merger. Here are the six backs in NFL playoff history who have rushed for 142 or more yards on 17 or fewer carries:
Patriots RB Corey Dillon, who turned 30 in October and rushed for 144 yards against the Colts Sunday, is the first back over 30 years old in league history to gain more than 140 rushing yards in his first career playoff appearance ... In the last 18 years, three teams have scored 47 or more points in an NFC playoff game. FB Fred McCrary has been a member of two of them (1995 Eagles vs. Detroit and 2004 Falcons vs. the Rams) ... Since 1999, Colts QB PeytonManning has had a sub-70 passer rating four times in eight playoff games and nine times in 96 regular-season games (no wonder the Colts media guide doesn't list his postseason performances in his career game-by-game section) ... Eagles LB Ike Reese has three interceptions in 122 career games, two of them this year against Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper, who threw just 11 others in 17 games ...
Dunn's 62-yard run against the Rams broke the Falcons' franchise postseason record for longest run from scrimmage set earlier in the game when Vick ran 47 yards ... Patriots QB Tom Brady is 7-0 in his postseason career but in five of those seven games has not completed a pass of 30 yards or more ... Dome teams have lost six straight NFC divisional playoff games played outdoors, a streak that dates back to the Vikings' win at Candlestick in 1987 ... Andy Reid is only the third coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in five straight seasons. The other two were John Madden from 1973 through 1977 with the Raiders and Reid's former boss, Mike Holmgren, from 1993 through 1997 with the Packers ... Culpepper threw for 316 yards against the Eagles Sunday. In their last 44 games, the Eagles have allowed 300 passing yards only twice -- to Culpepper and to Culpepper ...
Steelers RB Jerome Bettis has never rushed for more than 105 in a playoff game, but he has three career 100-yard games. Bettis on Saturday became the 15th back with three or more career 100-yard postseason games, but he's the only one who has never rushed for more than 105 yards in a game ... Dunn's 62-yard run was the longest in the playoffs since Raiders RB Charlie Garner had an 80-yarder against the Jets three years ago ... Only two receivers had a 50-yard catch this weekend -- Curtis and Greg Lewis of the Eagles. Neither has ever had a 50-yard catch in the regular season.