The most amazing factoid from NFL Wild Card weekend

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs is set after the Jaguars, Titans, Falcons and Saints won over the weekend.

Two of the games were pretty good, and two were duds, but the latter produced a factoid that must be shouted from the rooftops.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles ran for 88 yards while passing for only 87, putting him in some unique company.


Bortles is the third starting QB since 1970 to win a playoff game with more rushing yards (88) than passing yards (87), joining Michael Vick (119 rushing, 82 passing; 2004 Divisional Round) and Bob Griese (39 rushing, 34 passing; 1973 AFC Championship). Both Vick and Griese earned their wins with fewer than 20 pass attempts (Vick: 16; Griese: 6). Bortles is the first QB since Steve McNair in 1999 to throw for fewer than 100 pass yards and win a playoff game with a minimum of 20 pass attempts, per NFL Research.

How great is that?

Three decades, three quarterbacks, similar results. I guess football really is timeless sometimes!

Can you think of an odder trio than Bortles, Griese and Vick?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Quarterback Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Bortles was considered an athletic pocket passer when he was drafted out of UCF and Vick is probably the most electrifying runner the position has ever seen, but what about Griese?

He never ran for more than 230 yards in a season as the Dolphins quarterback.

And who would have thought Steve McNair would show up on a list of quarterbacks who threw for less than 100 yards in a playoff game?

Source: Marrone expresses concern about Jaguars' offense -

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Marcus Hartman
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Marcus Hartman has been a digital sports columnist and reporter at Cox Media Group Ohio since 2016.