Conference Championship Standouts
The road ‘dogs each took home wins in the NFC and AFC Championship, setting the stage for a rematch of Super Bowl 36 between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. But before we jump to a Super Bowl matchup that will be picked apart, analyzed, etc. for two whole weeks, let’s dive into some of the standout names from Championship Weekend.
Key Signature Stat: 98.9 pass-blocking efficiency
Pats’ Shaq Mason allowed just one pressure in his 46 pass-blocking snaps against Kansas City on Sunday, recording an impressive 98.9 pass-blocking efficiency rating in the process. He was also a road grader in the run game, finishing the weekend with one of the highest run-blocking grades among all offensive linemen.
Key Signature Stat: 16.2 pass-rush productivity
Though he recorded just one sack on the day, Saints veteran edge defender Cameron Jordan was a force on passing downs. He totaled five pressures and beat his block an additional six times in his 37 pass-rush snaps, recording a 13.5 pressure percentage and weekend-high 29.7 pass-rush win percentage.
Key Signature Stat: 95.8 pass-blocking efficiency
Eric Fisher allowed two pressures in his 36 pass-blocking snaps, a strong outing by all measures with the Pats’ defense stunting and blitzing all night long. He also finished the game as one the weekend’s highest-graded offensive tackles in terms of road blocking.
Key Signature Stat: 72.7 pass-rush productivity
Though he rushed the passer just 11 times against Kansas City, Pats’ Kyle Van Noy recorded six total pressures on his limited pass-rush snaps, including a sack, a sack-fumble and four hurries. The former BYU edge defender turned New England off-ball linebacker has found his role with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, and he’s thriving in it.
Key Signature Stat: 104.4 clean-pocket passer rating
Drew Brees didn’t get the win he hoped for, but he turned in a quality performance, doing nearly everything needed to send his team to the Super Bowl. From a clean pocket, Brees earned an impressive 104.4 passer rating, completing 21-of-32 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the process.
Key Signature Stat: 12.2 pass-rush productivity
Dante Fowler Jr. has found new life in Los Angeles, as the former Jacksonville Jaguars first-rounder has taken several step forwards since joining the now Super Bowl-bound Rams via trade earlier in the season. Against New Orleans, Fowler recorded a 12.2 pass-rush productivity, picking up four total pressures and five additional pass-rush wins in 41 pass-rush snaps.