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    <p><em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em></p> <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If you boil Saturday's Ravens-Titans game down to how these teams fared against playoff-caliber teams in the regular season, the arrow will point to the Titans.</p> <table border="0" align="right"> <tr> <td>&nbsp;<img src="http://a.espncdn.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/med/bal.gif" alt="" width="80" height="80" /></td> <td>&nbsp;<img src="http://a.espncdn.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/med/ten.gif" alt="" width="80" height="80" /></td> </tr> </table> <p>The Titans were 4-1 against teams that made the playoffs -- wins over Minnesota, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh and a loss to Indianapolis -- with a cumulative score of 105-85. Take out the finale when the Titans weren't pressing to win in Indianapolis because they already held the No. 1 seed and Tennessee was 4-0 and the point differential was 105-62.</p> <p>The Ravens were 1-5 against teams that made the playoffs -- two losses to Pittsburgh and losses to Tennessee, Indianapolis, the Giants and a win over Philadelphia -- with a cumulative score of 88-117.</p> <p>Some other final numbers from my friends at ESPN Stats & Information to ponder before kickoff of the divisional round of the playoffs this afternoon:</p> <p>&bull; <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11258" target="_new">Chris Johnson</a> has carried the ball more in the first half than the second, which is the opposite of what the team has done with <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9631" target="_new">LenDale White</a>'s carries. The more-threatening Johnson has often helped the Titans build a lead and has been used far more when the Titans have been behind or tied, while White has helped them protect leads and milk the clock and has been used more when the team is ahead.</p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" align="center"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="300" bgcolor="#c0c0c0"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="3" bgcolor="#005b00"><font face="Verdana" size="1" color="#ffffff"><strong>Titans RBs: Carries By Quarter</strong> </font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Quarter</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Johnson</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>White</strong></font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">1st</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">66</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">37</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">2nd</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">69</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">44</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">3rd</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">59</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">51</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4th</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">52</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">66</font></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="300" bgcolor="#c0c0c0"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="3" bgcolor="#005b00"><font face="Verdana" size="1" color="#ffffff"><strong>Titans RBs: Carries By Game Score</strong> </font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Score</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Johnson</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>White</strong></font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Tied</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">59</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">14</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Behind</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">58</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">41</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Ahead</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">134</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">145</font></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </p> </td> </tr> </table> <p>Both the Titans and the Ravens like to get ahead and run the ball late, and Saturday's game features three of the NFL's best fourth-quarter running backs.</p> <table border="0" align="center"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="400" bgcolor="#c0c0c0"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4" bgcolor="#005b00"><font face="Verdana" size="1" color="#ffffff"><strong>Average Yards Per Carry Among Playoff Backs*</strong> </font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Player</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Qtrs 1-3 ypc</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>4th Qtr ypc</strong></font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Difference</strong></font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4481" target="_blank">Willis McGahee</a>, BAL</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">3.64</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">5.18</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">+1.54</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1755" target="_new">Edgerrin James</a>, ARI</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">3.60</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4.80</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">+1.20</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=5760" target="_new">Derrick Ward</a>, NYG</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">5.33</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">6.69</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">+1.36</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10580" target="_blank">Le'Ron McClain</a>, BAL</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">3.44</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4.73</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4"><font face="Verdana" size="1">+1.29</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">LenDale White, TEN</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">3.53</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4.55</font></td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1">+1.02</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4" bgcolor="#ffffff"><font face="Verdana" size="1" color="#000000">*<em> Minimum 100 carries during regular season. </em></font></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <p>&bull; Since the NFL expanded to a 12-team playoff structure in 1990, No. 6 seeds are 2-10 against No. 1 seeds. However, the six seeds have won the last two matchups -- Steelers over Colts in the '05 AFC divisional playoffs and Steelers over Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.</p> <p>&bull; Last week at Miami, <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11252" target="_new">Joe Flacco</a> became the third rookie quarterback to win his playoff debut and the first to do it on the road. The previous two rookie signal-callers to win their playoff debuts went on to lose their next game.<br /> <br /> &bull; When I saw side-by-side pictures of <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=734" target="_new">Kerry Collins</a> and Flacco earlier this week, I wondered: Have two quarterbacks who wore No. 5 ever squared off in a playoff game before? ESPN's Mark Simon quickly found Collins vs. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1753" target="_new">Donovan McNabb</a> on Jan. 7, 2001, when the Giants beat the Eagles to advance to the NFC Championship Game. We came up empty beyond that. If you've got any answers, please share in the comments section or hit <a href="http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/mailbagESPN?event_id=21417" target="_blank">the mailbag</a>. (Or both!)</p>

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