WHAT TO LOOK FOR :A LOOK BACK
December 31, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
UNPREDICTABLE NFL: Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.
Five teams – CAROLINA (12-4, NFC South champions), PHILADELPHIA (10-6, NFC East champions), KANSAS CITY (11-5, Wild Card), NEW ORLEANS (11-5, Wild Card), and SAN DIEGO (9-7, Wild Card) – accomplished the feat this season.
The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:
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HIGH SCORES: A record 11,985 points were scored during the 2013 season, with games averaging 46.82 points, the highest of any season in NFL history (1948, 46.48 points per game).
The seasons with the highest scoring average in NFL history:
The DENVER BRONCOS defeated Oakland 34-14 on Sunday, bringing their season total to 606 points. Denver’s 606 points surpassed the 2007 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (589) for the most points scored by a team in a single season in NFL history. Denver (37.9) also has the second-highest scoring average per game of any team in NFL history, trailing only the 1950 Los Angeles Rams (38.8).
The teams to score the most points in a single season in NFL history:
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THE NEW 30: In Week 17, San Diego’s PHILIP RIVERS threw three touchdown passes in the Chargers’ 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City.
Five quarterbacks – Denver’s PEYTON MANNING (55), New Orleans’ DREW BREES (39), Cincinnati’s ANDY DALTON (33), Rivers (32) and Dallas’ TONY ROMO (31) – have thrown for at least 30 touchdown passes this season, tying for the most of any season in NFL history.
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ALL-TIME MANNING: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING set NFL single-season records in passing yards (5,477) and first-down completions (289) on Sunday in the Broncos’ 34-14 win at Oakland.
Manning (55), who set the single-season record for touchdown passes in Week 16, tied DREW BREES (four), BRETT FAVRE and Pro Football Hall of Famers LEN DAWSON, JOHNNY UNITAS and STEVE YOUNG for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes in NFL annals.
All-time single-season passing records entering 2013 and Manning’s totals this season: