With the playoffs over, let’s take one last look at Game Scripts data from the 2015 season. Some high-level notes:
- In the wild card round, all four road teams won. No road team won another game in the postseason.
- Just two teams won playoff games this year with negative Game Scripts: the Broncos against the Steelers (-0.5) and the Seahawks against the Vikings (-2.5). The Steelers led 10-6 for much of the 2nd quarter, and 13-9 in the third quarter. In fact, Denver trailed 13-12 until there were three minutes left in the game. The frigid game in Minnesota was a tale of three quarters… and a disastrous fourth. The Vikings entered the 4th quarter up 9-0, but Seattle scored the final points of the game to emerge with a 10-9 win.
- The most pass-happy game by a winning team in the playoffs? That came by the Patriots in the division round against the Chiefs. Even without adjusting for Game Script, it was pass-happy, but a 76.4% pass ratio with a +8.3 Game Script is incredible. Remember, New England attempted a pass on 24 of its first 26 plays, and the Patriots finished with just 10 non-kneel runs.
Below are the 2015 playoffs Game Scripts data:
|Wk||Team||H/R||Opp||Boxscore||PF||PA||Margin||Game Script||Pass||Run||P/R Ratio||Op_P||Op_R||Opp_P/R Ratio|
The Broncos ran on close to half of the team’s plays in the first two playoff games, and then on exactly 50% of offensive plays in the Super Bowl. In three of the 11 playoff games, the winning team ran more frequently than they passed; in a fourth game, the Vikings also pulled off that feat.
What stands out to you?