The three have been picked within the first spherical by groups coming off a playoff berth in strikes that Inexperienced Bay, Kansas Metropolis and Buffalo certainly do not remorse.
The Packers took Aaron Rodgers 24th total in 2005 regardless of having Brett Favre on the roster. Favre had led Inexperienced Bay to a 10-win season and playoff berth in 2004 and remained the starter for Rodgers’ first three seasons. The Packers then made Rodgers the starter in 2008 and have made the playoffs 10 instances since then with one Tremendous Bowl title.
The Chiefs made their transfer for a quarterback in 2017 after back-to-back playoff appearances the earlier two years with Alex Smith as their starter. Kansas Metropolis traded up 17 spots to take Mahomes and gave him the beginning function in 2018. All Mahomes has accomplished in that point is win the 2018 MVP award, get named Tremendous Bowl MVP final yr and put the Chiefs in place to get again there this season.
The decide Kansas Metropolis received to take Mahomes got here from Buffalo, which ended up with star cornerback Tre’Davious White that season together with additional first- and third-rounders. The Payments then traded up 5 spots the subsequent yr to draft Allen, who has emerged as a star this season.
Since 2000, a playoff workforce has used a first-round decide on a quarterback seven instances total.
The Broncos did it twice, taking Jay Cutler in 2006 after making it to the AFC title sport with Jake Plummer the earlier season, after which Paxton Lynch in 2016 after profitable the Tremendous Bowl in Peyton Manning’s remaining season earlier than retirement.
The Texans did it in 2017, buying and selling up for Deshaun Watson after making it to the playoffs the earlier yr with Brock Osweiler, and the Packers did it this previous season once they drafted Jordan Love.
TOM TERRIFIC: Tom Brady can be part of some illustrious firm with a win this week for an additional Tremendous Bowl look. Brady will seem in his staggering 14th convention title sport in 19 seasons as a starter when Tampa Bay visits Inexperienced Bay on Sunday.
Brady gained 9 of these earlier 13 convention championship video games when he was in New England and might change into the primary soccer participant to seem in 10 NFL title video games with a win.
Solely a handful of gamers have made it to the championship spherical 10 instances in Main League Baseball or the NBA, together with among the most iconic names in each sports activities.
Yogi Berra has probably the most with 14 World Collection appearances, adopted by Mickey Mantle (12), Whitey Ford (11), and Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Elston Howard (10 every).
Within the NBA, Invoice Russell is the chief with 12 appearances, adopted by Celtics teammate Sam Jones with 11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James every have 10, with James reaching that mark final season.
NOT SO SWEET HOME: For the third straight yr, the New Orleans Saints’ season ended with a playoff loss at house.
After dropping the NFC title sport to the Rams within the 2018 season thanks largely to a blown name on the finish of regulation, after which shedding once more in additional time to Minnesota final season, the Saints fell quick on Sunday towards Tampa Bay after committing 4 turnovers in a sport for the primary time since 2016.
The Saints turned simply the third workforce to lose a house playoff sport in three straight seasons, becoming a member of Kansas Metropolis (2016-18) and Chicago (1986-88). Drew Brees is the one quarterback to do it, as Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes began the video games for the Chiefs, and Doug Flutie and Jim McMahon for the Bears.
In all, the Saints have gained 49 regular-season video games the previous 4 years and haven’t got a Tremendous Bowl berth to point out for it, having additionally misplaced in 2017 at Minnesota. That is probably the most wins ever in a four-year span for a workforce that did not make the Tremendous Bowl, in response to the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
PLAYING FROM AHEAD: The Chiefs have a formidable streak of holding a lead in 60 straight video games within the common season and playoffs, 10 shy of the document set by Seattle (2012-15).
The final workforce to stop Kansas Metropolis from taking a lead was Buffalo, in a 16-10 win on Nov. 26, 2017.
MIGHTY MATT: Packers coach Matt LaFleur is again within the NFC title sport for the second time in two seasons as an NFL coach.
LaFleur is the sixth coach for the reason that merger to make the convention championship sport in his first two seasons and the primary to do it since San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh (2011-12).
The opposite coaches to do it are Baltimore’s Don McCafferty (1970-71), San Francisco’s George Seifert (1989-90), Dallas’ Barry Switzer (1994-95) and the Jets’ Rex Ryan (2009-10).
All these coaches reached no less than one Tremendous Bowl in these years except for Ryan, who misplaced to Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
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