By: Mark Lane

Seahawks at Cowboys

WILDCARD FACTS (17)

This is the Cowboys’ 33rd postseason appearance, breaking a tie with the New York Giants for the most in league history.

This is the Cowboys’ 62nd postseason game, the most in league history. The Pittsburgh Steelers are second with 61.

The Cowboys are tied with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots for the second-most postseason wins in NFL history with 34.

Dallas is 1/8 teams to have never participated in an overtime playoff game. The other seven teams are Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and Baltimore.

This will be the Cowboys’ 30th home playoff game, tying them with the San Francisco 49ers for the second-most in NFL history. Only the Steelers have more with 32.

The Cowboys are 20-9 at home in the playoffs. The 20 wins are fourth-most in league history. The losses are tied with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants for the second-most in NFL history.

Dallas is 11-7 against the NFC West in the postseason with a 5-3 record at home.

Since 1990, this is the seventh time out of the Cowboys’ 10 wildcard weekend appearances that they will play on Saturday.

AT&T Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, and Heinz Field are just 3/13 venues opened since 2000 to have hosted a playoff game in their first year.

The Cowboys are 7-1 at home. There have been nine previous Cowboys team to only suffer one loss at home. 6/9 of those teams won their opening home playoff games.


Seattle is 3-11 in road playoff games.

Dallas is 0-1 against Seattle in January. That lone game was the 2006 NFC wildcard at then-Qwest Field when the Seahawks edged Dallas 21-20.

The Cowboys are 7-5 in the wildcard round with a 6-2 record at home.

The Seahawks are 8-4 in the wildcard round with a 2-2 record on the road.

Dallas is 1-2 in night playoff games, not including Super Bowls, with a 1-0 record at home.

Seattle is 5-0 in night playoff games with all of them having been played at home, never on the road.

The Seahawks are 0-3 all-time indoors in the playoffs.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (5)

With a minimum of 30 passes to qualify, Prescott’s 100.1 passer rating in December was tied with Troy Aikman in 1990 for the 15th-best in Cowboys history.

Prescott had a 7.67 yards per pass attempt in the final five games of 2018, which were ninth-most in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes was tied for seventh place at 7.77.

Over the final five weeks of the season, among starting quarterbacks, Prescott had the absolute best third down passer rating at 124.9, a full 6.5 points better than second place Patrick Mahomes.

No one picked up more cumulative first downs (throwing and rushing) than Prescott in the final five weeks with 29.

Prescott finished 2018 as the second-most sacked quarterback with 56 sacks. Third-most sacked was Russell Wilson with 51.


RUSSELL WILSON FACTS (4)

Wilson’s 110.9 passer rating is the highest single-season passer rating of his career.

2018 was the first year where Wilson did not rush for a touchdown.

Wilson’s 67 rushes were the lowest of his career.

Wilson is 3-0 in the wildcard round of the playoffs with a 93.2 passer rating. On the road, he is 2-0 with a 78.1 passer rating.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (9)

With Marvin Lewis parting ways with the Cincinnati Bengals, Garrett is now the longest-tenured head coach to have not coached in a conference championship game.

Jason Garrett is 2-4 against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 3-1
Wade Phillips: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 2-4
Jimmy Johnson: 1-0
Chan Gailey: 1-0
Bill Parcells: 1-2
Dave Campo: 0-2

Garrett is 38-36 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 20-15 record at home.

When coaching against playoff-winning quarterbacks, Garrett is 29-38.

A win would join Garrett with Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, and Barry Switzer as the only Cowboys head coaches to have won two playoff games.

A win would also join Garrett with the aforementioned trio to have won two home playoff games.

A win would join Garrett with Tom Landry as the only Dallas coaches to have two wildcard round wins.

Garrett is 21/41 on challenges for his career with a 2/5 rate in 2018.

Garrett has never thrown the challenge flag in a playoff game.


PETE CARROLL FACTS (10)

Carroll is 17-6 against the NFC East in his coaching career.

Pete Carroll has a 5-2 record against the Dallas Cowboys. As head coach for Seattle, Carroll is 4-2. Here is how he compares to other Seattle coaches:

Mike Holmgren: 4-2
Pete Carroll: 4-2
Chuck Knox: 1-1
Tom Flores: 0-1
Jim Mora, Jr.: 0-1
Dennis Erickson: 0-1
Jack Patera: 0-2

Carroll is 4-1 in the wildcard round with a 1-1 record on the road.

Carroll is 2-5 on the road in the playoffs.

The Seahawks finished with 111 penalties, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 15th-most in 2018.

The Seahawks’ 111 penalties were tied with the 1992 team for the 11th-most in team history.

The Seahawks had the eighth-best red zone conversion percentage in the NFL at 65.5 percent.

The Seahawks went for it 14 times on fourth down in 2018, tied with the Steelers and Patriots for the seventh-fewest in the NFL.

Carroll is 38/77 on challenges for his career with a 4/5 record in 2018.

Carroll is 2/3 on challenges in the postseason.



EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (15)

Elliott is the first rushing champion since Freeman McNeil in the strike-shortened year of 1982 to win the NFL rushing title and rush for six or fewer touchdowns.

Elliott’s 1,434 rushing yards are the third-fewest to win a rushing title in a complete 16-game season.

Elliott’s 125 rushing yards against the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFC divisional playoffs tied with Calvin Hill for the eighth-most in Cowboys playoff history. The 125 yards were also the third-most by a Cowboy in his first ever playoff game.

Among running backs with at least 100 first down carries, Elliott’s 5.07 yards per carry were the sixth-highest in 2018, and the third-highest among playoff-qualifying running backs.

Among running backs with at least 60 second down carries, Elliott’s 4.64 yards per carry were the 10th-most in 2018, and the third-highest among playoff-qualifying running backs.

Elliott’s 26 second down conversions by rushing are the third-most among playoff-qualifying running backs. Only Jordan Howard (29) and Todd Gurley (28) have more.

Elliott converted the most third downs on the ground with 19.

No doubt Elliott won the NFL rushing title. However, he joins Gurley and Seattle’s Chris Carson as the only top-10 rushing yards leaders to make the playoffs. Comparatively, in 2004, six running backs from the top-10 were on playoff-qualifying teams.

The Cowboys are 16-4 when Elliott achieves a 4.5 yards per carry compared to 11-9 when he does not.

The place on the field where Elliott has the highest yards per carry is between the minus-21-yard line and the 50. Elliott has a 5.1 yards per carry.

No surprise that Elliott has his best yards per carry at 4.8 when Dallas is ahead. However, when Dallas is trailing, his yards per carry is 4.7.

Elliott has an 8.8 yards per carry when Dallas is trailing with 2:00 or less to play.

Elliott has a 5.6 yards per carry against the Seahawks.

Elliott has a 112.0 yards per game versus the Seahawks, his sixth-highest against an opponent he has faced multiple times.


BROADCAST FACTS (13)

This is the 13th game in the series to be broadcast on FOX. Here is the breakdown by network:
FOX: 12
NBC: 4 (1 playoff)
CBS: 2
ABC: 1

This is the fifth time in the series Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call a game in the series. The Seahawks lead 3-1.

This is the third prime time game in the series, playoffs or otherwise, and Dallas and Seattle are even 1-1.

This is the first time FOX will broadcast a Saturday wildcard game.

The Cowboys are 4-7 on FOX in the postseason.

The Seahawks are 7-6 on FOX in the postseason.

The Cowboys are 1-4 when Buck calls their playoff games.

The Seahawks are 5-3 when Buck calls their playoff games.

Dallas is 1-4 when Aikman calls their postseason contests.

Seattle is 5-3 when Buck calls their postseason contests.

This is Buck and Aikman’s 60th postseason game together, the most by any NFL on FOX team. Summerall and Madden are second with 27.

Pat Summerall called the most Cowboys postseason games with 29.

In every one of the Cowboys’ 11 previous postseason games on FOX, they have always drawn the A-team.


WALT ANDERSON FACTS (12)


This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. Anderson has refereed 18 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 9-9. Here are the results:

2005 – @NYG, 10-17 – L 2006 – TB, 38-10 – W 2006* – @SEA, 20-21 – L 2007 – Rams, 35-7 – W 2007 – WAS, 28-23 – W 2008 – WAS, 24-26 – L 2008 – NYG, 20-8 – W 2009 – @DEN, 10-17 – L 2009* – @MIN, 3-34 – L 2011 – @NYG, 31-14 – L 2012 – CHI, 34-18 – L 2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L 2013 – WAS, 31-16 – W
2013 – @NYG, 24-21 – W
2015 – @WAS, 19-16 – W
2017 – @WAS, 33-19 – W
2017 – @NYG, 30-10 – W
2018 – @CAR, 8-16 – L
2018 – NO, 13-10 – W

*Playoff game


The Cowboys have won the penalty battle 8/18 times with Walt Anderson:

2005 – NYG: 6/44; DAL: 7/46 2006 – TB: 5/55; DAL: 2/19 2006* – SEA: 3/15; DAL: 8/74 2007 – Rams: 7/50; DAL: 2/10 2007 – WAS: 3/71; DAL: 7/58 2008 – WAS: 5/30; DAL: 3/15 2008 – NYG: 7/40; DAL: 11/108 2009 – DEN: 7/70; DAL: 10/81 2009* – MIN: 8/50; DAL: 2/10 2011 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43 2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10 2012 – WAS: 2/20; DAL: 1/6 2013 – WAS: 12/104; DAL: 7/80
2013 – NYG: 11/81; DAL: 11/85
2015 – WAS: 9/73; DAL: 8/70
2017 – WAS: 5/32; DAL: 8/89
2017 – NYG: 7/69; DAL: 8/51
2018 – CAR: 9/80; DAL: 10/85
2018 – NO: 5/48; DAL: 8/80

*Playoff game



Anderson had the third-lowest home team winning percentage in 2018:
John Hussey: .867
Carl Cheffers: .800
Tony Corrente: .750
Shawn Hochuli: .667
Walt Coleman: .625
Jerome Boger: .600
Alex Kemp: .600
Clay Martin: .600
Craig Wrolstad: .600
John Parry: .600
Brad Allen: .533
Pete Morelli: .533
Ron Torbert: .533
Bill Vinovich: .533
WALT ANDERSON: .467
Shawn Smith: .433
Clete Blakeman: .333


Anderson was tied for the seventh-highest percentage of home teams having fewer penalties:
Craig Wrolstad: .867
Pete Morelli: .667
Tony Corrente: .643
John Hussey: .600
Bill Vinovich: .600
WALT ANDERSON: .533
Brad Allen: .533
Walt Coleman: .531
Clete Blakeman: .467
Jerome Boger: .467
Shawn Hochuli: .467
Shawn Smith: .400
John Parry: .333
Ron Torbert: .333
Carl Cheffers: .333
Alex Kemp: .333
Clay Martin: .333


The Seahawks are 8-6 with Anderson. Here are the results:
2003 – @CIN, 24-27 – L
2005 – @CRD, 33-19 – W
2006 – MIN, 13-31 – L
2006 – DAL, 21-20 – W
2007 – @CAR, 10-13 – L
2010 – @DEN, 14-31 – L
2011 – ATL, 28-30 – L
2012 – @SF, 6-13 – L
2014 – @CRD, 35-6 – W
2015 – @SF, 20-3 – W
2015 – PIT, 39-30 – W
2016 – BUF, 31-25 – W
2017 – @CRD, 22-16 – W
2018 – @DET, 28-14 – W




The Seahawks have had fewer penalties 8/14 times with Anderson:

2003 – CIN: 7/60; SEA: 5/30
2005 – CRD: 9/78; SEA: 6/52
2006 – MIN: 5/45; SEA: 5/30
2006 – DAL: 8/74; SEA: 3/15
2007 – CAR: 5/54; SEA: 3/15
2010 – DEN: 3/35; SEA: 7/64
2011 – ATL: 4/35; SEA: 6/40
2012 – SF: 5/40; SEA: 3/20
2014 – CRD: 1/5; SEA: 11/97
2015 – SF: 4/33; SEA: 6/50
2015 – PIT: 6/65; SEA: 8/76
2016 – BUF: 11/115; SEA: 10/75
2017 – CRD: 9/58; SEA: 12/108
2018 – DET: 4/32; SEA: 7/111



Anderson’s games were tied for the fourth-most sacks in 2018:
Cheffers: 6.2
Martin: 5.8
Coleman: 5.6
ANDERSON: 5.3
Torbert: 5.3
Hussey: 5.1
Morelli: 5.1
Blakeman: 4.9
Hochuli: 4.9
Vinovich: 4.9
Wrolstad: 4.9
Smith: 4.9
Corrente: 4.7
Allen: 4.0
Kemp: 4.0
Parry: 3.9
Boger: 3.6



Anderson’s games featured the second-most offensive holding calls in 2018:
Hochuli: 4.5
ANDERSON: 3.5
Cheffers: 3.4
Parry: 3.3
Torbert: 3.1
Wrolstad: 3.1
Blakeman: 2.7
Boger: 2.7
Martin: 2.6
Kemp: 2.5
Morelli: 2.4
Smith: 2.3
Allen: 2.1
Corrente: 2.0
Coleman: 1.9
Hussey: 1.6
Vinovich: 1.2


The Cowboys are 5/5 on challenges under Anderson while opponents are 2/6. Replay Assistant is 3/5 with none of those decisions having favored the Cowboys.


The Seahawks are 2/5 when challenging Anderson with opponents going 7/9. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with two of those decisions benefiting Seattle.


Anderson had the second-highest challenge overturn rate, and he reviewed the most coaches’ challenges in 2018:
Allen: .800 (4/5)
ANDERSON: .692 (9/13)
Morelli: .667 (2/3)
Cheffers: .625 (5/8)
Hussey: .556 (5/9)
Parry: .500 (4/8)
Vinovich: .444 (4/9)
Corrente: .417 (5/12)
Hochuli: .400 (2/5)
Martin: .375 (3/8)
Wrolstad: .364 (4/11)
Coleman: .333 (3/9)
Torbert: .333 (3/9)
Blakeman: .333 (2/6)
Boger: .182 (2/11)
Smith: .167 (1/6)
Kemp: .125 (1/8)


Home teams are 6-3 in Anderson’s playoff games with home teams have fewer penalties 4/9 times.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (15)

The Seahawks have four players with at least 375 rushing yards. They are the ninth time since 1940 to achieve this feat. Only 1/8 of those previous teams won a playoff game: the 2001 Steelers.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson’s nine rushing touchdowns are tied for the seventh-most in the NFL and the third-most amongst playoff-qualifying running backs.

The Cowboys defense has the highest opposing passer rating among playoff teams at 95.7, which was the 11th-highest in the NFL.

The Seahawks defense has the second-highest opposing passer rating among playoff teams at 94.3, which is the 14th-highest in 2018.

The Cowboys defense has the absolute lowest interceptions for a playoff team with nine, tied for sixth-lowest in 2018. The only other playoff team are the Eagles with 10, which was eighth-lowest in the league.

The Dallas defense has the third-lowest yards per carry among playoff teams at 3.8, which was the fourth-lowest in 2018. Only the Texans (3.4, first), Saints (3.6, second), Ravens (3.7, third) had lower.

The Seahawks defense is tied with the Patriots for the third-highest yards per carry at 4.9, which is also tied for the third-highest among playoff teams.

The Dallas defense allows 94.6 rushing yards per game, the fifth-lowest in the NFL and the fifth-lowest among playoff teams.

Seahawks DE/LB Frank Clark produced four forced fumbles, tied for sixth-most in 2018.

Clark tallied 14.0 sacks, the sixth-most in 2018.

Clark also had 27 quarterback hits, the eighth-most in the NFL.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner produced 138 tackles, the fourth-most in the NFL.


The Cowboys are 0-2 on Jan. 5, all being divisional playoff games. Here are the results:
1991 – @DET, 6-38 – L
1996 – @CAR, 17-26 – L


The Seahawks are 1-0 on Jan. 5 with a 35-14 win over Washington at home in the 2007 NFC wildcard.


The Cowboys have birthdays to celebrate on Jan. 5:
1978 – Michael Wiley, RB, 2000-02
1980 – Derek Ross, CB, 2002-03
1985 – Tra Battle, S, 2008