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The Steelers
18 Jan 2021, 05:30 GMT+10

Mike Prisuta

That once-envisioned potential shot at defending-champion Kansas City never materialized for the Steelers this season.

Now it's time to find out how the Browns will do against the Chiefs.

Following is a capsule look at today's Divisional Round games:

AFC: Browns (12-5) at Chiefs (14-2), 3:05 p.m.

Kansas City won its fifth straight AFC West title and advanced to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the NFL. A Chiefs' victory would position Kansas City to host a third consecutive conference championship game. The last team to accomplish that was Philadelphia from 2002-04. Those Eagles were coached by Andy Reid, the current head coach of the Chiefs.

Kanas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the NFL's career leader in regular-season passer rating (108.7) and postseason passer rating (106.6).

The Browns scored the second-most points in a playoff game in franchise history in their 48-37 win over the Steelers in the Wild Card round, behind Cleveland's 56-10 victory over Detroit in the 1954 NFL Championship Game.

Browns running back Kareem Hunt rushed for two touchdowns against the Steelers, the first time a Cleveland player scored at least two touchdowns on the ground in a postseason game since Earnest Byner had two on Jan. 4, 1986 at Miami.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 21 of 34 attempts for 263 yards, with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 115.2 passer rating against the Steelers. Mayfield, the No. 1 overall selection in 2018, joined Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks drafted first overall to win a road game in their first career postseason starts.

NFC: Buccaneers (12-5) at Saints (13-4), 6:40 p.m.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became the oldest player to throw a touchdown pass in a postseason game (43 years, 159 days) in Tampa Bay's 31-23 victory over Washington in the Wild Card round. That designation previously belonged to George Blanda (43 years, 108 days). Brady passed for a postseason franchise-record 381 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 104.3. Brady has the most postseason games played (42), wins (31), passing yards (11,769) and passing touchdowns (75) in NFL history.

He joined Hall-of-Famers Brett Favre and Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win a playoff game after winning at least 10 postseason games for another franchise.

The Buccaneers won in the postseason for the first time since winning Super Bowl XXXVII on Jan. 26, 2003.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 28 of 39 attempts (71.8 percent) for 265 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 107.3 in New Orleans' 21-9 victory over Chicago in the Wild Card round.

Brees has thrown for at least one touchdown in all 17 postseason games in his career. Only Favre (20 games) and Brady (18) have had longer such streaks in NFL history.

Running back Alvin Kamara led the NFL with 21 scrimmage touchdowns (16 rushing, five receiving) in 2020, the most in a single season in franchise history. Kamara had six rushing touchdowns in Week 16, which tied the NFL's single-game record. He also became the first player in NFL history with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons. Kamara's 2,824 career receiving yards are the most ever by a running back in his first four seasons.

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