CNNSI.com NFL Playoffs 2001 NFL Playoffs 2001


  Posted: Thursday January 10, 2002 12:41 PM


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CNNSI.com's Jon A. Dolezar breaks down this week's games.
Wild-Card Previews
   Tampa Bay (9-7) 4:30 p.m. EST
Saturday
   Philadelphia (11-5) Preview
Stats Matchup
Injury Report
Key Stat 15-7 -- Bucs' record in December and January games (including the playoffs) since 1998.
Key
Matchup
Eagles wide receiver James Thrash (63 catches for 833 yards and eight touchdowns) against Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber (10 interceptions, 24 passes defensed).
Player to Watch Keyshawn Johnson, WR, Tampa Bay: Finished with career highs in catches (106) and yards (1,266), but caught only one touchdown pass.


   New York (10-6) 8 p.m. EST
Saturday
   Oakland (10-6) Preview
Stats Matchup
Injury Report
Key Stat 1/15/83 -- Date of Jets' last road playoff win, a 17-14 victory against the L.A. Raiders
Key
Matchup
Raiders wide receivers Tim Brown (91 catches for 1,165 yards and nine touchdowns) and Jerry Rice (83 catches for 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns) against Jets cornerbacks Aaron Glenn (five interceptions, 14 passes defensed) and Marcus Coleman (two interceptions, 12 passes defensed).
Player to Watch Rich Gannon, QB Oakland: Led the AFC with a 95.5 quarterback rating, the first Raiders signal caller to lead the conference in passer rating since Ken Stabler (103.4) in 1976.


   San Francisco (12-4) 12:30 p.m. EST
Sunday
   Green Bay (12-4) Preview
Stats Matchup
Injury Report
Key Stat 10-0 -- Packers' record at Lambeau Field in postseason games.
Key
Matchup
Packers offensive tackles Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton (Green Bay allowed 22 sacks, third-fewest in NFL) against Andre Carter (47 total tackles, 6.5 sacks) and John Engleberger (31 total tackles, four sacks).
Player to Watch Brett Favre, QB, Green Bay: Has a 91.1 career postseason rating and ranks fifth in postseason history with 25 touchdown passes.


   Baltimore (10-6) 4 p.m. EST
Sunday
   Miami (11-5) Preview
Stats Matchup
Injury Report
Key Stat 2 -- Number of coaches since 1980 to win their first five playoff games (Joe Gibbs and Tom Flores), a club Brian Billick would join if the Ravens win.
Key
Matchup
Dolphins running back Lamar Smith (career-worst 3.1 yards per carry) against Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis (117 total tackles, 10 stuffs).
Player to Watch Terry Allen, RB, Baltimore: Has rushed for 298 yards in the past three games after gaining just 360 yards in his first eight games with the Ravens.



 
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