Happy New Year.
A slow day on the Boston sports scene offers the chance to peruse the NFL's postseason guide, a fascinating read that the NFL has made available to fans as well as media. The guide includes postseason records and recaps of every game.
Here are some of the more interesting details:
- Players on teams in the wild-card round of the playoffs receive a $20,000 postseason share. It's $22,000 for wild-card round teams that are division winners (Texans and Ravens in the AFC, Redskins and Packers in NFC).
- Players on divisional round playoff teams receive $22,000 and players in the conference championships receive $40,000.
- Super Bowl shares are $88,000 for the winning team, $44,000 for the losing team.
- Who says there's nothing to play for in the Pro Bowl? Players on the winning team get $50,000, while losing team members get $25,000.
- The Patriots have the second-highest winning percentage in AFC Championship Games at .778 (7-2). They trail only the Bengals, who are 2-0 for a 1.000 percentage. The Denver Broncos are tied for third with the Bills (both 6-2, .750).
- The NFC champion will be the home team in the Super Bowl and can choose which uniform it wears.
- What time is the Super Bowl? Broadcast starts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.
- Quarterback has naturally been the position for the majority of the Super Bowl MVPs (24). Running back is second with 7, receiver third with 6.
- Tickets for the Super Bowl are distributed as follows: AFC/NFC champions get 17.5 percent each; host city team(s) get 5 percent; Other 29 teams get 34.8 percent (1.2 percent each); NFL distributes remaining 25.2 percent through fan lottery, NFLPA, media and NFL associates.
- Eight of the top 15 highest-rated television shows all-time were Super Bowls.
- The Cincinnati Bengals have the worst all-time playoff winning percentage (5-10, .333).