|Totals for Playoffs||9-0-1, 100%|| |
100 Yard Rushers
|Totals for Playoffs||4-2, 67%|
During the regular season, running backs turned out 100-yard performances at about a 22% rate (unneccessary explanation you might want to skip: there were 32 teams playing in 16 games each, so 256 actual games, since the teams were playing each other, but 512 opportunities for a team to produce a 100-yard rusher. Running backs capitalized on that 112 times. Thus the 22% rate). There have been 10 games so far in the playoffs with six rushers, so that rate is considerably higher than the season average. I don't think I have a definitive answer to explain all of this. Some of it is probably just small sample size. Another element is probably that the bad running teams that are unlikely to have a 100-yard rusher have been eliminated. It's possible to make the playoffs with a bottom-of-the-barrel running game, like the Colts did, but it's difficult. Everything else you do has to be pretty stellar. Still, those don't totally explain the rate nearly tripling. It's funny how sports happen.
As to the win percentage, it's right in line with the regular season. Reassuringly so.
300 Yard Passers
|Totals for Playoffs||2-2, 50%|
We again have the same effect as with the 100-yard rushers. 300-yard passers occurred at about a 19% rate in the regular season, while they jumped to a 40% rate in the playoffs. Not as much as the rushers, but still by quite a bit, and I think for the same reasons. Great players carry their teams to the playoffs, and once there, they continue to be great. That manifests itself in racking up excellent performances at a higher rate. It just reminds us all how awesome the playoffs are. Cherish them, friends.