We are breaking down all four teams involved in this Sunday’s AFC and NFC Championship Games, and our next look is at the AFC’s No. 1 seed New England, thanks to the tools provided by the NFL’s media-only NFLGSIS site.
Over the course of 16 regular season games, we can see how teams attack on offense through the ground and air, and how opponents choose to attack them — all by direction.
Now, gameplans are different each week, and game situation (score, down and distance) can influence play calling, but tendencies can be seen as you look at the data.
The Patriots, as well as their opponents in the AFC title game, the Baltimore Ravens, have played only one game in the postseason, so the regular-season numbers may provide more usable information.
Here is the Patriots’ offense and defense rushing play direction report, with plays, average gain and NFL regular season rank (out of 32 teams) and postseason rank (out of 12 teams). Note that on offense, the higher the rank number for average gain (rush and pass) and passing completion percentage (1, 2, 3) the better, and on defense, the lower rank number for the same categories is better (30, 31, 32).
First, the regular season rushing offense for New England:
And the postseason rushing offense for the Patriots:
Next, the regular season rushing defense for New England:
And the postseason rushing defense for the Patriots:
And the passing play direction report with plays, average gain, completion percentage and NFL postseason rank (short is 14 or less yards at point of reception/incompletion/interception; long is 15 or more yards):
Here is the regular season passing offense for New England:
The postseason passing offense for the Patriots:
The regular season passing defense for New England:
The postseason passing defense for the Patriots: