Bill Belichick sets NFL record for playoff coaching victories

Bill Belichick has 21 playoff victories as a head coach.
Bill Belichick has 21 playoff victories as a head coach.(Getty Images)

Sunday's victory over the Colts in the AFC Championship gave Patriots coach Bill Belichick the NFL record for playoff coaching victories with 21.

Belichick was tied with Tom Landry of the Cowboys before Sunday's win.

Several other records were achieved Sunday.

The Patriots tied the Cowboys and Steelers for most Super Bowl appearances at eight.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set the NFL record for conference championship starts. His ninth AFC title game start broke a tie with safety Charlie Waters of the Cowboys and linebacker/defensive lineman Jack Reynolds of the Rams and 49ers.

Brady also took the NFL lead for conference championship wins at six. He was tied with John Elway entering Sunday's game.


Brady passed Peyton Manning for the lead in postseason passing yards. Brady had 226 Sunday and has 7,017 career passing yards in the playoffs. Manning has 6,800.

Belichick now has an opportunity to tie Chuck Noll for the NFL record for Super Bowl victories by a coach. Noll won four with the Steelers in the 1970s. Belichick, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Walsh all have three.

Belichick holds the NFL lead for Super Bowl appearances as a coach with nine, including appearances as an assistant coach. Dan Reeves is second at seven. Belichick will tie Don Shula for appearances by a head coach at six on Feb. 1.

Video: Belichick and Brady on going back to the Super Bowl

(Boston Globe) Bill Belichick and Tom Brady talk about how well the team played in the AFC Championship game and returning to the Super Bowl. (By Alan Miller, Globe Staff)