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  Posted: Monday January 28, 2002 12:24 AM
Updated: Monday January 28, 2002 12:24 AM

0 -- Teams that have won the Super Bowl after losing a regular-season game to Tampa Bay. The Rams could become the first, having lost to the Bucs 24-17 in Week 11. Grant Wistrom
Grant Wistrom and the Rams have turned around their turnover woes. AP
1 -- Touchdowns allowed by the Eagles' defense in their four previous playoff games, dating to last season. St. Louis' offense scored three touchdowns against Philadelphia on Sunday.
1.000 -- New England's winning percentage in AFC Championship Games (3-0). The Bengals (2-0) and Ravens (1-0) are the only other AFC teams with perfect marks.
2 -- Offensive touchdowns scored by the Patriots this postseason, one each against the Raiders and Steelers. New England's special teams have scored two touchdowns as well, both against the Steelers on Sunday.
2.6 -- Average yards per rush allowed by the Patriots in defeating the Raiders and Steelers the past two weeks.
3 -- Quarterbacks who have taken their teams to the Super Bowl the same year they made their first career starts -- Vince Ferragamo (1979) and Kurt Warner ('99) of the Rams and the Patriots' Tom Brady this season.
4 -- Consecutive playoff games in which Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams has intercepted a pass, setting an NFL record.
4-4 -- The Steelers' record when playing host to the AFC title game. Only the 49ers have been home for as many conference championship games, and they are also 4-4.
5 -- Interceptions thrown by Steelers QB Kordell Stewart in his past two AFC title games, including two Sunday against the Pats. He threw three in a 24-21 loss to Denver in 1997.
6 -- Touchdowns scored by Marshall Faulk in six postseason games with the Rams, including two Sunday against the Eagles and one against the Packers in the second round.
8 -- Consecutive field goals made by Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri in postseason play before missing a 50-yard attempt in the fourth quarter Sunday.
+9 -- The Rams' turnover margin in the playoffs (10 takeaways, one giveaway) after going minus-10 in the regular season.
12 -- Double-digit point spreads in Super Bowl history. The Patriots have been the heavy underdog three times -- Super Bowl XX (10 points), Super Bowl XXXI (14) and now Super Bowl XXXVI (14.5).
14 -- Yards gained by the Eagles in the third quarter on Sunday. The Rams compiled 115 yards on two scoring drives that turned a 17-13 halftime deficit into a 22-17 lead.
16 -- Field-goal attempts missed by Steelers kicker Kris Brown this season, most in the NFL. Twelve of Brown's misses came at Heinz Field, including one in each of Pittsburgh's playoff games.
29.8 -- Average yards allowed by the Steelers on six punt returns this postseason, including two touchdowns.
58 -- Rushing yards gained by the Steelers on Sunday, their lowest total of the season and only the second time this season they were held under 100 yards (Week 16, 73 against Bengals).
120 -- Rushing yards by Donovan McNabb in the Eagles' three playoff games, making him the sixth quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards in a single postseason. The others five are Steve McNair (209 in 1999), Otto Graham (169, '50), Joe Montana (144, '84), Steve Young (128, '94) and Kordell Stewart (112, '97).
126 -- Days since Drew Bledsoe last played in a game before coming off the bench against the Steelers.

All stats through the conference championship games.

 


 
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