Once again, interceptions remain one of the single most important factors in playoff football.
 
In fact, you can add three more defeats, and zero victories, to the Cold, Hard Football Facts interception ladder, which we wrote about in great detail last week.
  • Three teams threw more interceptions than their opponents in the divisional around. All three teams lost: Tennessee (1 INT) lost to Baltimore (0 INTs)
  • San Diego (1 INT) lost to Pittsburgh (0 INTs)
  • and, of course, Carolina (5 INTs) lost to Arizona (1 INT)
The Eagles-Giants game was a dead heat, as Philly's Donovan McNabb and New York's Eli Manning each tossed two picks.
 
Carolina's Jake Delhomme is clearly the goat of the week, as he went out and destroyed with a dreadful 5-pick performance when had been a great postseason resume.
 
Delhomme entered the Arizona game with a 5-2 postseason record and as one of the best postseason passers in league history. He had averaged an NFL record 8.55 yards per attempt in the playoffs, while his postseason passer rating of 95.0 was third best in history behind Bart Starr (104.8) and Joe Montana (95.5).
 
It all blew up in his face with a disastrous, Brett Favre-esque gunslinger of a performance: Delhomme is now one of just 14 passers in the Super Bowl Era who threw five or more picks in a playoff game. All 14 passers lost, of course.
 
Here's the updated CHFF Interception Ladder through the 2008 divisional playoffs.
 
Playoff Interception Ladder
INTs
Record
Winning %
0
184-51
.783
1
140-112
.556
2
54-117
.314
3
17-76
.183
4
1-27
.036
5
0-11
.000
6
0-3
.000
 
 
Teams that threw more TD passes this week went 3-1. But not throwing INTs remains more important in the playoffs than throwing TDs. In fact, it extended its lead after the 2008 divisional round.
  • Teams that toss more touchdowns than their opponents are 210-63 (.769)
  • Teams that toss fewer interceptions than their opponents are 261-56 (.823)