RECORDS & AWARDS
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY
December 5, 2012Richmond High School
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 2, the 13th week of the 2012 season.
The Atlanta Falcons, who defeated New Orleans 23-13 on Thursday night, clinched the NFC South today with Tampa Bay’s loss at Denver.
The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East with their 23-16 win at Miami.
The Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West with their 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.
The Houston Texans clinched a playoff berth with their 24-10 win at Tennessee.
Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING led the Broncos to a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. With the victory, Denver clinched the AFC West and Manning tied Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA for the second-most division titles in NFL history with nine.
Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to DONNIE AVERY as time expired in the Colts’ 35-33 win at Detroit. Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to SIDNEY RICE in overtime in the Seahawks’ 23-17 win at Chicago.
Luck, who had 391 passing yards against Detroit, has thrown for 3,596 yards this season, the most ever by a rookie in his first 12 games. Luck’s total (3,596) already ranks third in NFL history for the most by a rookie in a single season, trailing only CAM NEWTON (4,051) and PEYTON MANNING (3,739).
Wilson has now thrown a game-winning touchdown pass in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime three times. That is the most ever by a rookie since at least the 1970 merger.
Peterson has three career 200-yard rushing games. Only six players in NFL history have more. Those six are O.J. SIMPSON (six), TIKI BARBER (five) and Brown, Campbell, Sanders and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (four).
Smith leads the NFL with 17.5 sacks, the second-most through a team’s first 12 games since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. MARK GASTINEAU of the New York Jets had 18.5 sacks through 12 games in 1984.