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Amy Sancetta, File, Associated Press
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 7-8 - FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy bump fists on the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. The big names are the same, but the Packers are a different team than the one that won the Super Bowl last season. Instead of going on the road to win their way in as a wild card, they'll have home-field advantage in the NFC.

This NFL regular season was unlike any other in the Super Bowl era.

Teams gained more yards than ever (a combined 693.7 per game, 21.7 higher than the previous record). They scored more points (44.4 combined per game) than any time since 1965. The entire history of the league had produced two 5,000-yard passing seasons; there were three in 2011. Quarterbacks threw for 300 or more yards in a game 121 times, 17 more than ever before.

With Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Matthew Stafford among the quarterbacks chasing a championship as the playoffs begin this weekend, the question becomes: Will this postseason be as pass-heavy and filled with points as the regular season?