SEVEN FROM SUNDAY
December 30, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 29, the 17th and final week of the 2013 regular season.
The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Tampa Bay 42-17 to clinch a playoff berth and earn the No. 6 seed. The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, who secured a playoff spot last week, defeated Arizona 23-20 and earned the No. 5 seed.
Next weekend in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs, the NFC East winner (Philadelphia or Dallas) will host New Orleans and San Francisco will travel to Green Bay.
The DENVER BRONCOS, who defeated Oakland 34-14, clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who defeated Buffalo 34-20, secured a first-round bye.
The remaining AFC playoff clubs are the CINCINNATI BENGALS (No. 3), INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (No. 4), KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (No. 5) and SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (No. 6). The Chargers clinched a playoff berth with a 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City combined with losses by Miami and Baltimore.
Cincinnati will host San Diego and Kansas City will travel to Indianapolis next weekend in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs.
The playoff schedule will be announced later tonight.
He is the first player to set both the single-season passing yardage and touchdown records in the same season since Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO in 1984.
Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK guided the Colts to a 30-10 win over Jacksonville. Luck has 13 home wins in his first two seasons, tied with MATT RYAN for the second-most in the Super Bowl era.
Luck passed for 282 yards in the Colts’ win and has 8,196 yards in his career. He is the first player in NFL history with 8,000 passing yards in his first two seasons.
Cleveland wide receiver JOSH GORDON had seven catches for 82 yards and finished the season with 1,646 yards. He currently leads the league and can be the first player in franchise history to lead the NFL in receiving yards in a season.
Washington wide receiver PIERRE GARÇON had six catches and finished the season with a franchise-record 113 receptions. He currently leads the NFL and can be the first Redskin to lead the league in receptions since Pro Football Hall of Famer ART MONK in 1984.