Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
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.
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.
The Ravens were 2-5 against teams that made the playoffs -- two losses to Pittsburgh and losses to Tennessee, Indianapolis, the Giants and wins over Philadelphia and Miami -- with a cumulative score of 115-130. [NOTE: These are corrected numbers, apologies for earlier error.]
Some other final numbers from my friends at ESPN Stats & Information to ponder before kickoff of the divisional round of the playoffs this afternoon:
• Chris Johnson has carried the ball more in the first half than the second, which is the opposite of what the team has done with LenDale White'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.
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.
• 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.
• Last week at Miami, Joe Flacco 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.
• When I saw side-by-side pictures of Kerry Collins 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. Donovan McNabb 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 the mailbag. (Or both!)