Posted: Wednesday January 11, 2006 2:31PM; Updated: Wednesday January 11, 2006 4:25PM
Mark Brunell completed just seven of 15 passes for 41 yards in the Redskins' win over the Buccaneers.
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RB Clinton Portis threw one pass for the Redskins in Saturday's wild-card game and it fell incomplete. That was enough to give him a higher passer rating than teammate Mark Brunell, who had one of the worst performances by a quarterback in NFL postseason history.
Brunell completed seven of 15 passes for 41 yards in the Redskins' win over the Buccaneers. He had one interception, no touchdowns and was sacked twice for 16 yards.
Portis's passer rating: 39.6.
Brunell's passer rating: 25.7.
Brunell became the first quarterback to pass for 41 or fewer yards in a playoff game in which he played the entire game in 32 years, since Dolphins QB Bob Griese passed for 36 yards in the 1973 AFC Championship Game, a 27-10 win over the Raiders.
Brunell had minus-one net rushing yard in the last 39 minutes of the game but still had more favorable net rushing yards than net passing yards (he had minus-eight net passing yards during the same span.)
In the game's first 4 ½ minutes, Brunell was 2-for-3 with completions of 15 yards to HB Chris Cooley and 11 yards to RB Ladell Betts. After 4 ½ minutes, the Redskins had 26 net passing yards. In the final 55 ½ minutes, they had minus-one net passing yards. Brunell was 5-for-11 for 15 yards on the Redskins' final 11 drives.
Brunell had 25 fewer passing yards in an entire game than Bengals QB Carson Palmer had in 69 seconds against the Steelers.
The Redskins' 25 net passing yards are the fewest in an NFL postseason game in 25 years, since the Lions had 22 in a 5-0 loss to the Cowboys in a 1960 NFC conference semifinal game.
Their 120 total yards of offense is the fewest in NFL playoff history by a winning team. The previous low was 134 by the Ravens, when they beat the Titans, 24-10, in a 2000 AFC conference semifinal game in Nashville.
More Obscure, Odd and Improbable Stats from Wild-Card Weekend
Five running backs and five receivers who had 1,000-yard regular seasons were in action wild-card weekend, and none of them had a 100-yard game. None of the running backs managed more than 56 yards and none of the receivers had more than 84 yards.
The five backs (Rudi Johnson, Willie Parker, Tiki Barber, Clinton Portis, Cadillac Williams) averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 90 yards per game during the regular season but only 47 yards and 3.1 per carry last weekend.
The five receivers (Steve Smith, Santana Moss, Joey Galloway, Plaxico Burress, Jimmie Smith) averaged 82 yards per game during the regular season and just 40 yards last weekend.