Following a season that saw NFL offenses put up historic scoring numbers and scored a record number of touchdown (1,371), it’s only fitting that four of the league’s top offenses are still alive in the playoffs.
The NFL’s four highest-scoring teams from the regular season will play this weekend for the right to head to the Super Bowl in Atlanta two weeks later.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs will host the New England Patriots in the AFC and the Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams in New Orleans in the NFC. In the regular season, the Chiefs, Rams, and Saints all scored more than 30 points per game while the Patriots were fourth at 27.2 points per game.
Both games will also be rematches of high-scoring regular-season battles. The Saints beat the Rams 45-35 at the Superdome and the Patriots took care of the Chiefs 43-40 at Gillette Stadium.
When informed that the league’s four top offenses would be playing for Super Bowl bids, Saints quarterback Drew Brees called it an “interesting stat.”
“You’ve got to score points to win,” Brees said. “But you’ve got to stop people to win, too. And so I think that certainly the defenses deserve to be talked about as well. But playoff football is what we all aspire to have the opportunity to play. You look at both sides of the bracket, AFC and NFC, it’s the [Nos.] 1 and 2 seeds, right? So I think in many cases it’s probably the guys that everybody felt would be here for one reason or another.”