For 16 NFL seasons, Tony Gonzalez has done it better than most tight ends. But amid the glittering statistics -- 1,242 catches for 14,268 yards and 103 touchdowns -- one protrudes like a rotten apple in a bushel full of Red Delicious: zero.
Gonzalez spent 12 seasons with Kansas City and went 0-3 in playoff games. So he negotiated a trade to Atlanta. In four years with the Falcons, he has enjoyed 45 regular-season wins. Yet in the playoffs, he is 0-2 with Atlanta.
With retirement looming -- Gonzalez lists the odds of his playing next year at 19-to-1 -- his desire for his first playoff win falls well short of obsession. But asked if a loss Sunday to Seattle would leave a hole in his résumé, he responded tersely: "That's a tough question. Ask me after the game."
AFC playoffs: New England is in the playoffs just about every season. The Patriots win a lot of postseason games, too; Tom Brady could surpass Joe Montana as the winningest playoff quarterback in history Sunday against Houston.
But Brady, Vince Wilfork and Deion Branch are the only remaining players who have a Patriots championship ring.
"That was some kid then," Brady said of looking back on his first Super Bowl title, a 20-17 win over St. Louis that wrapped up the 2001 season. "You don't quite understand what has happened or what has been accomplished until you try so many times and you don't get to accomplish those things."
The last of three Super Bowl wins was 24-21 over Philadelphia after the 2004 season. Since then the Patriots have lost twice to the New York Giants.
All-Pro team: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and Houston defensive end J.J. Watt were unanimous choices for The Associated Press All-Pro team.
Peterson is a three-time All-Pro; Watt is making his debut. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning made his sixth team, the previous five while quarterbacking Indianapolis.
Also chosen for the sixth time was Gonzalez (Cal). Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch (Cal) and cornerback Richard Sherman (Stanford) were first-timers.
Chiefs: Kansas City hired longtime Green Bay personnel man John Dorsey to replace the fired Scott Pioli as its general manager. Dorsey worked with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid from 1992-98, when Reid was an assistant for the Packers.
Browns: Former San Diego coach Norv Turner is set to become Cleveland's offensive coordinator, according to The Plain Dealer.
New head coach Rob Chudzinski was on Turner's staff in San Diego.
Etc.: CBS analyst Bill Cowher said he has no plans to coach in the NFL, a few days after telling Newsday he probably would come back at some point.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.