2023-01-25 05:01:05

NFL Playoff Teams Are Earning Their Yards After the Catch

Logo The New York Times
The New York Times
By Mike Tanier

Quarterbacks get all the credit but the teams left in the N.F.L. playoffs thrive because playmakers like Deebo Samuel, Travis Kelce, A.J. Brown and Samaje Perine pick up yards after their catches.

The quintessential San Francisco 49ers forward pass travels roughly 15 feet through the air. It can be thrown by the rookie quarterback Brock Purdy to targets like Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey or George Kittle, who then dodge, weave, sprint or steam roll through defenders to transform what looked like a meager 5-yard pass into a highlight.

The 49ers have long been notorious for relying upon short tosses to speedy yet burly receivers to maximize yards after the catch, or YAC. The 49ers led the N.F.L. in YAC per reception in 2019 (6.6), 2020 (6.2) and 2021 (6.5). They tied the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers for the league lead with 6.6 YAC per reception in the 2022 regular season.

Thats right: Kansas City, while still an aerial circus, also relies heavily on yards after the catch to supplement its offense. So do the Philadelphia Eagles, who finished tied for fifth in the N.F.L. with 5.8 YAC per reception. Even the Cincinnati Bengals, whose signature play remains a moon launch from Joe Burrow to JaMarr Chase, finished tied for 11th in the league with 5.2 YAC per reception.

Continue read on nytimes.com

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lapresse2023-01-24 11:36:24
For the second straight season, the Dallas Cowboys - the team that popularized the " Hail Mary " pass almost 50 years ago - never even had a prayer of...

Logo ESPN
American FootballBy Nick Wagoner2023-01-23 05:52:40
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In desperate need of a spark for an offense that for most of the first three quarters had been unable to solve the Dallas Cowboys...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-25 01:57:47
This Sunday, the NFC Championship game will mark the first time that Brock Purdy and Jalen Hurts face each other in the NFL, when the San Francisco 49ers...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-23 23:57:57
Brock Purdy had a good performance with the San francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys, the Bay Area team won 12-19 and advanced to the National...

Logo ESPN
American FootballBy Adam Teicher2023-01-24 13:22:26
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid walked through Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia the day before a 2012 Week 10 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. This...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-24 18:28:55
The NFL NFC Conference final is about to take place on Sunday between Patrick Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs vs Joe Burrow's Cincinatti Bengals. During his most...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Sam2023-01-24 12:23:24
The Dallas Cowboys took many by surprise on Sunday when they published a tweet blaming Dak Prescott 's mistakes for their 19-12 loss to the San Francisco...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-24 18:42:32
Just one week after labeling Aaron Rodgers as a "choke artist," FS1's Skip Bayless has urged the Cowboys to trade Dak Prescott for Rodgers. Dallas' loss to...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lapresse2023-01-23 12:13:11
The San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals advanced to the conference championship games with excellent defensive performances on Sunday. The...

Logo ESPN
American FootballBy Paul Gutierrez2023-01-24 13:32:34
"The best ability, is availability." -- Anonymous HENDERSON, Nev. -- Go ahead, then, add another maxim, albeit a cautionary one, to the Las Vegas Raiders '...

Logo Daily Mail
FootballBy Nathan Salt2023-01-24 15:43:02
FS1's Skip Bayless has called on the Cowboys to trade QB Dak Prescott for Aaron Rodgers - just a week after he slammed the Packers star as a 'choke artist'....

Logo ESPN
American FootballBy Todd Archer2023-01-24 13:24:46
FRISCO, Texas -- Twenty-seven years and counting. With their 19-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs, the...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-23 02:59:47
The San Francisco 49ers (2) eliminated the Dallas Cowboys (6) Sunday night at Levi's Stadium in the Divisional Round of the 2022-23 NFL Playoffs, with tight...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-24 05:57:56
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple mocked Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs on Twitter and seemingly threw shade at Damar Hamlin one day after...

Logo Daily Mail
FootballBy Alex Raskin Sports2023-01-24 12:35:12
Tom Brady isn't going to pay his $16,444 fine for an attempted trip without a fight. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has decided to appeal the penalty...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-24 17:52:20
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys once again on Sunday to progress in the playoffs. DE Nick Bosa gave the Cowboys one last message after...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-24 00:00:09
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons could have taken the high road when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel trolled him on social media Sunday...

Logo Marca
American FootballBy Lw2023-01-23 04:17:33
Eight weeks ago, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was injured in the Week 13 game in which the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 33-17. In his place...

Logo The New York Times
SportBy Derrik Klassen2023-01-23 01:31:29
The passing game is only part of Cincinnatis offensive might, Travis Kelce proved to be the ultimate safety valve for Patrick Mahomes and the Giants face...

Logo ESPN
American FootballBy Brady Henderson2023-01-24 13:32:34
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks enter the offseason in an envious position. They’re loaded with high-end draft capital, including the fifth overall...