Posted: Wednesday January 11, 2006 2:31PM; Updated: Wednesday January 11, 2006 4:25PM
From 1985 through 2004, the Steelers played 19 playoff games, but they didn't manage a 40-yard pass play in any of them. Against the Bengals Sunday, WR Cedrick Wilson had two in the span of 19 ˝ minutes.
His 54-yard catch from QB Ben Roethlisberger with 5:29 left in the second quarter was the longest postseason pass play by the Steelers since MarkMalone's 65-yard completion to John Stallworth in the 1984 AFC Championship Game. Wilson's 43-yard TD reception with 1:13 left in the third quarter was the Steelers' longest playoff touchdown pass since the same Malone-to-Stallworth play.
Wilson finished with three catches for 104 yards, the most yards in a playoff game on three catches since Packers WR Antonio Freeman was 3-for-105 in Super Bowl XXXI against the Patriots after the 1996 season.
Redskins FS SeanTaylor's 51-yard fumble return for a TD was the longest postseason fumble return for a touchdown in seven seasons, since NeilSmith's 79-yarder for the Broncos in a 1998 AFC conference semifinal game against the Dolphins.
It was the sixth-longest postseason fumble return in history and the longest ever by a player on a visiting team. The previous long fumble return by a visiting player was a 50-yarder by Lee Artoe of the Bears against the Redskins in Washington in the 1942 NFL Championship Game.
Longest Fumble Returns for TDs in Postseason
93 yards -- Andy Russell (Steelers), 1975, vs. Colts (AFCW)
79 yards -- Neil Smith (Broncos), 1998, vs. Dolphins (AFCD)
60 yards -- Hugh Green (Buccaneers), 1982, vs. Cowboys (NFCW)
60 yards -- Mike Curtis (Colts), 1968, vs. Vikings (NFCD)
52 yards -- Wilber Marshall (Bears), 1985, vs. Rams (NFCC)
51 yards -- Sean Taylor (Redskins), 2005, at Buccaneers (NFCW)
Patriots WR David Givens caught a touchdown pass against the Jaguars, his sixth straight postseason game with a touchdown reception. That's the second-longest streak in NFL history, behind only Stallworth's eight-game streak for the Steelers from 1978 through 1983.
Givens' longest regular-season streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception is two, at the end of the 2003 season. Since the end of that season, Givens has more postseason TD catches (six) than regular-season TD catches (five).
Patriots TE BenWatson's 63-yard TD catch from Tom Brady against the Jaguars was the fifth-longest postseason reception by a tight end in history and the longest ever in a wild-card game. The previous long TD by a tight end in a wild-card game was a 58-yarder from Ravens QB Trent Dilfer to Shannon Sharpe against the Broncos in 2000.
Longest TDs by TEs in Postseason
96 -- Shannon Sharpe (Ravens), from Trent Dilfer, at Raiders, 2001 (AFCC)
78 -- Jim Doran (Lions), from Tobin Rote, vs. Browns, 1957 (NFLC)
75 -- John Mackey (Colts), from Johnny Unitas, 1970 (SB)
65 -- Raymond Chester (Raiders), from Jim Plunkett, 1980 (AFCD)
63 -- Ben Watson (Patriots), from Tom Brady, vs. Jaguars, 2005 (AFCW)
Panthers RB DeShaun Foster ran for 151 yards against the Giants at the Meadowlands Sunday, the most yards in an NFC wild-card game in 12 years, since Giants RB Rodney Hampton ran for 161 yards against the Vikings in the same stadium, and the fourth-most ever in an NFC wild-card game.
Patriots DE WillieMcGinest's 4 ˝ sacks not only broke the NFL single-game postseason record of 3 ˝ shared by Bears DE Richard Dent (against the Giants in 1985) and Redskins LB Rich Milot (against the Bears in 1984), it gave him more sacks in one playoff game than he's had in any single month in more than a decade. He had five in December 1995. McGinest had only 1 ˝ more sacks all regular season (6.0) than he had against the Jaguars
Patriots CB AsanteSamuel's 71-yard interception return for a TD against the Jaguars was the longest INT return for a TD ever in an AFC wild-card game. The previous long was a 59-yarder by Colts DB Eugene Daniel at Pittsburgh in 1996 ... The Giants became the first home team held scoreless in a playoff game in 26 years, since the Rams blanked the Buccaneers 9-0 in the 1979 NFC Championship Game. It had been 62 years since the Giants were shutout at home in a playoff game. It last happened on Dec. 19, 1943, when they lost to the Redskins, 28-0, in the NFL Championship Game ... Carolina's 223 rushing yards are the most against the Giants in a postseason game in 70 years, since the Lions had 256 on Dec. 15, 1935 ...
The Panthers had two running backs with 63 or more rushing yards this weekend -- DeShaun Foster with 151 and Nick Goings with 63. None of the other seven wild-card teams had a single back with 63 or more yards ... The Giants' time of possession against the Panthers, 17:15, was the lowest by any team since the NFL began tracking time of possession in 1977 ... Palmer has thrown only one career postseason pass, but it's the longest in history by a Bengal. Palmer's 66-yard pass to Chris Henry broke the franchise record set on Jan. 9, 1983, when Ken Anderson connected with Cris Collinsworth on a 53-yarder.