RECORDS & AWARDS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 14
December 5, 2012Richmond High School
WINNING MODEL: Last week,the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3) clinched their fourth consecutive AFC East title and ninth division championship since 2003. The Patriots are guaranteed to finish the year with a winning record for the 12th consecutive season and are the first team to accomplish the feat since the San Francisco 49ers (1983-1998) posted a winning record in 16 consecutive seasons.
With a win against Houston on Monday Night Football, New England will reach 10 regular-season wins for the 10th consecutive season and join San Francisco (16) as the only teams in league annals to record 10 consecutive 10-win seasons.
The teams with the most consecutive seasons with 10+ regular-season wins in NFL history:
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PICK SIX: This season, 47 NFL players have combined for 52 interception-return touchdowns. With 64 games remaining in 2012, those totals already rank one shy of the top-five since 1970 for their respective categories.
Denver linebacker VON MILLER andSan Diego linebacker DEMORRIO WILLIAMS eachscored on an interception return in Week 13. Williams’ posted his second interception-return touchdown this season, while Miller registered the first of his career.
The most combined interception-return touchdowns and players with at least one interception-return touchdown since 1970:
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STEADY BREES: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES ranks second in the NFL with 3,674 passing yards this season.
Brees, who amassed an NFL-record 5,476 passing yards last year, has recorded 4,000 or more passing yards in each of the past six seasons (2006-2011), tied with PEYTON MANNING (1999-2004) for the longest such streak in NFL history. With 326 passing yards this Sunday at the New York Giants, Brees will become only the second quarterback to pass for 4,000 or more yards seven times and the first to do it in seven consecutive seasons.
The quarterbacks with the most 4,000-yard passing seasons and most consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons in league history:
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CATCHING ON: New England’s WES WELKER (92), Chicago’s BRANDON MARSHALL (91) and Indianapolis’ REGGIE WAYNE (88) have the most receptions among wide receivers this season. All three players own at least three seasons with 100 or more receptions and can reach the mark again this weekend.
With eight catches against Houston on Monday Night Football, Welker can become the first player in NFL history with five 100-reception seasons.
This weekend, Marshall and Wayne need nine and 12 catches, respectively, to join Welker, Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE and MARVIN HARRISON as the only players to have four seasons with 100 receptions.
The players with four 100-reception seasons in NFL history:
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MORE MEGATRON: Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON leads the league with 1,428 receiving yards, the most by any player through his first 12 games since Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH in 1965.
With 72 receiving yards at Green Bay on Sunday Night Football, Johnson can become the third player in NFL history to reach 1,500 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons, joining MARVIN HARRISON (Indianapolis 2001-2002) and ANDRE JOHNSON (Houston 2008-2009).
Only six players in league annals – Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (four times) and MICHAEL IRVIN (two) and Harrison(three), CHARLEY HENNIGAN (two), TORRY HOLT (two) and Andre Johnson(two) – have accrued 1,500 or more receiving yards in multiple seasons.
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THIRTY TD THROWS: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING and Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS have thrown for 29 touchdowns in 2012, tied for the second-most behind New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (31). Manning (six times), Brees (five) and Rodgers (two) have each recorded 30 or more touchdown passes in multiple seasons.
With at least one touchdown pass in Week 14, Manning will join BRETT FAVRE (nine) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw 30 or more touchdown passes in seven seasons, while Rodgers can become the seventh quarterback with three such seasons.
New England’s TOM BRADY (25) needs five touchdown passes to reach the mark for the fourth time in his career and tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the fourth-most seasons with 30+ touchdown passes all-time.
The quarterbacks with 30+ touchdown passes in the most seasons all-time:
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WHAT’S THE RUSH: Entering the final quarter of the season, NFL teams are averaging 4.25 rushing yards per carry, on pace for the second-highest total since the merger. The league average last season was 4.29 yards per attempt, marking only the fifth time since 1970 the league-wide average finished above 4.20.
The highest league-wide average yards per rushing attempt since 1970: