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2013 NFL Milestones

Posted Jan 7, 2014

2013 NFL Milestones



2013 NFL RECORDS & MILESTONES

 

 

A sampling of NFL records set and milestones reached in 2013:

 

THE TEAMS

 

 

 

ARIZONA CARDINALS

  • Head coach BRUCE ARIANS won 10 games with the Cardinals, joining NORM BARRY (11 wins in 1925) as the only head coaches in franchise history to win at least 10 games in their first season with the franchise.

 

  • In Week 11, Arians (6-4) became the first Cardinals head coach to win at least six of his first 10 games since CHARLEY WINNER in 1966 (7-2-1).

 

  • In Week 4, the Cardinals erased a 10 point fourth-quarter deficit to win in regulation since December 28, 2003 against Minnesota.
  • RB ANDRE ELLINGTON had an 80-yard TD run in Week 8 and WR MICHAEL FLOYD had a 91-yard touchdown catch in Week 9, as the Cardinals became the first team since the 1962 Denver Broncos to have a 90-yard touchdown reception and 80-yard touchdown run in the first 10 games of a season.

 

  • In Week 15, Ellington (87 receiving yards; 71 rushing yards) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON (October 26, 1952) as the only rookies in team history with at least 80 receiving yards and 70 rushing yards in a game.

 

 

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • QB MATT RYAN surpassed his own single-season club passing records for completions (439) and attempts (651). Last season, Ryan set the team marks with 422 completions and 615 attempts. 

 

  • WR RODDY WHITE (685) extended his franchise record for career receptions. TE TONY GONZALEZ (409) ranks fourth on the team’s all-time receptions list.

 

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • QB JOE FLACCO threw for 3,912 yards, the second-most in a season in team history (VINNY TESTAVERDE, 4,177 in 1996).

 

  • WR TORREY SMITH recorded 1,128 receiving yards, the second-most receiving yards in a single-season in franchise history (MICHAEL JACKSON, 1,201 in 1996).

 

  • K JUSTIN TUCKER (38) surpassed MATT STOVER (35 in 2000) for the most field goals made in a season in franchise history.

 

 

BUFFALO BILLS

  • QB EJ MANUEL recorded 11 touchdown passes, the most by a Bills rookie in franchise history (DENNIS SHAW, 10 IN 1970). He also had 180 completions, surpassing Shaw (178) for the most in ever by a Bills rookie.

 

  • RB FRED JACKSON (5,127) joined Pro Football Hall of Famers THURMAN THOMAS (11,938) and O.J. SIMPSON (10,183) as the only players in franchise history to reach 5,000 career rushing yards.

 

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • The Panthers clinched the NFC South and secured a first-round bye, becoming the first team since the 2003 Philadelphia Eagles to earn a first-round bye after an 0-2 start.

 

  • In Week 3, Carolina became the first team in over a decade to post a shutout victory of 38 points or more, record at least seven sacks and three turnovers, and hold an opponent to 150 total net yards in a game. The last club to accomplish the feat was the Atlanta Falcons against Carolina on November 24, 2002.

 

  • In Week 15, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS became the first player in franchise history with at least 80 rushing (81) and 80 receiving (87) yards in the same game.

 

  • Carolina tied the franchise single-season record with 60 sacks. In Week 17, the Panthers set a club single-game record with nine sacks.

 

  • DE GREG HARDY tied the team’s single-season record with 15 sacks (KEVIN GREENE, 1998).

 

  • Hardy recorded a franchise single-game record four sacks in Week 17.

 

  • DE CHARLES JOHNSON (11) became the first player in franchise history to record at least nine sacks in four consecutive years.

 

 

CHICAGO BEARS

  • Dating back to last season (Week 3) through Week 6 this season, Chicago’s 11 interception-return touchdowns tied for the most over any 20-game span in NFL history.
  • QB JAY CUTLER (14,913) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer SID LUCKMAN (14,686) for the most passing yards in team history.

 

  • WRs ALSHON JEFFERY (1,421) and BRANDON MARSHALL (1,295) became the first set of teammates in franchise history to each record 1,200 receiving yards in the same season.

 

  • Jeffery owns the two best receiving-yardage days in team history (249 in Week 13; 218 in Week 5).

 

  • Marshall’s 2,803 receiving yards are the most by a Bear in his first two seasons with the team.

 

  • Marshall (100 catches) became the first player in Bears history with multiple 100-reception seasons (118 in 2012). His 12 receiving touchdowns are tied for the third-most in franchise history. KEN KAVANAUGH (1947) and DICK GORDON (1970) each had 13 touchdown catches.

 

  • RB MATT FORTÉ rushed for 1,339 yards and caught 74 passes for 594 yards. Forté is the first Bear with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first six seasons. He is the only Bear to record 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in two seasons.

 

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • The Bengals clinched first AFC North title since 2009.

 

  • Finished 8-0 at home this season and became the third team in NFL history to score at least 40 points in four consecutive home games (1952 Detroit Lions; 2000 St. Louis Rams).

 

  • In Week 3, the Bengals defeated Green Bay 34-30 and became one of only three teams in NFL history to win a game after allowing 30 unanswered points (1951 Green Bay and 1999 Dallas).

 

  • QB ANDY DALTON set the franchise record for passing yards (4,296) and touchdowns (33), surpassing CARSON PALMER’s 4,131 yards in 2007 and 32 touchdowns in 2005.

 

  • Dalton is 30-18 (.625) as a starter, the highest winning percentage by a Bengals quarterback in franchise history (minimum 20 starts).

 

  • WR A.J. GREEN’s 1,426 receiving yards are the third-most in a season in club annals behind CHAD JOHNSON (1,440 in 2007; 1,432 in 2005).

 

  • WR MARVIN JONES caught four touchdowns in Week 8, the most receiving touchdowns in a single game in Bengals history.

 

  • RB GIOVANI BERNARD (1,209) became the first Bengals rookie running back to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards since COREY DILLON in 1997 (1,388).

 

  • In Week 2, Bernard became the first Bengal rookie to have a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since November 19, 1989 (CRAIG TAYLOR).

 

 

CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • QB BRIAN HOYER became the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer OTTO GRAHAM (1950) to throw at least three touchdown passes in his first NFL game with Cleveland.

 

  • WR JOSH GORDON led the NFL in receiving yards (1,646) and is the first player in franchise history to lead the league in receiving yards in a season.

 

  • Gordon’s 1,646 receiving yards are the most in a single-season in franchise history. He set a single-game franchise record with 261 receiving yards in Week 13.

 

  • Gordon (87) and TE JORDAN CAMERON (80) are the second duo in franchise history with at least 80 receptions each in a season (KELLEN WINSLOW, 82 & BRAYLON EDWARDS, 80 in 2007).

 

  • Cameron caught seven touchdowns, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer OZZIE NEWSOME (nine in 1979) for the most by a tight end in a season in club history.

 

  • LB BARKEVIOUS MINGO (five) finished second among AFC rookies in sacks.

 

 

DALLAS COWBOYS

  • In Week 5, QB TONY ROMO passed for a franchise-record 506 yards.

 

  • In Week 5, three Cowboys had at least 120 receiving yards and a touchdown – TERRANCE WILLIAMS (151 yards, one touchdown), DEZ BRYANT (141 yards, two touchdowns) and JASON WITTEN (121 yards, one touchdown) – becoming the third team ever to accomplish the feat in a single game (1961 Houston Oilers, 2013 New England).
  • Terrance Williams is the only rookie in franchise history to record a touchdown catch in four consecutive games (Weeks 5-8).

 

  • Bryant had 93 receptions for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns this season and is the first Cowboy to record consecutive seasons with at least 90 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Bryant’s 13 touchdown catches are tied for the third-most in team history (TERRELL OWENS, 15 in 2007; FRANK CLARKE, 14 in 1962).

 

  • Witten extended his franchise record for receptions to 879.

 

 

DENVER BRONCOS

  • Denver scored 606 points, surpassing the 2007 New England Patriots (589) for the most in a season in NFL history. The Broncos’ 37.9 points per game average is the second-highest scoring average of any NFL team, trailing only the 1950 Los Angeles Rams (38.8).

 

  • Dating back to last season, Denver won 15 consecutive regular-season games and each by at least seven points, the second-longest streak in NFL history (1941-42 Chicago Bears, 16 games).

 

  • The Broncos scored 50 or more points in three different games (Week 4, 52; Week 5, 51; Week 14, 51), becoming the fifth team in NFL history to accomplish the feat in a single season and the first since 1969.

 

  • Denver became the third team in NFL history to score at least 30 points in each of its first eight games (2000 St. Louis Rams; 2007 New England Patriots).

 

  • The Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have five players score at least 10 touchdowns in the same season – DEMARYIUS THOMAS (14), KNOWSHON MORENO (13), JULIUS THOMAS (12), ERIC DECKER (11) and WES WELKER (10). No other NFL team has had more than three different players score at least 10 touchdowns in a season in NFL history.

 

  • On Kickoff Weekend, D. Thomas, J. Thomas and Welker each had two touchdown catches, joining the 1989 Cincinnati Bengals as the only teams to have three different players with multiple touchdown receptions in the same game.
  • Denver recorded the second-most total yards per game (457.3) in a single-season in NFL history (2011 New Orleans Saints, 467.1).

 

  • QB PEYTON MANNING (5,477, 55) surpassed his own franchise records he set last season for most passing yards (4,659) and touchdowns (37) in a season.

 

  • D. Thomas (1,430) reached 1,400 receiving yards for the second time in his career and is the first Bronco to accomplish the feat in two seasons. His 14 touchdown catches are tied for the club record in a season (ANTHONY MILLER, 14).

 

  • J. Thomas (12) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10 in 1998 and 1996) for the most touchdown catches by a tight end in a season in franchise history.

 

  • In Week 13, Decker registered a Broncos single-game record with four touchdown receptions.

 

 

DETROIT LIONS

  • In Week 3, won at Washington for the first time in team history and defeated the Redskins’ franchise on the road for the first time since 1935 (October 13) when Detroit registered a 17-7 win in Boston over the Boston Redskins.
  • QB MATTHEW STAFFORD (17,457) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BOBBY LAYNE (15,710) for the most passing yards in franchise history. Stafford needed 55 games to surpass Layne’s mark, which was set in 97 games.

 

  • Stafford (4,650) recorded his third consecutive season with at least 4,500 passing yards, the only such seasons in franchise history.

 

  • RB REGGIE BUSH became the second player in franchise history with at least 1,000 rushing yards (1,006) and 500 receiving yards (506) in the same season (BILLY SIMS, 1980).

 

  • LB DE ANDRE LEVY had a career-high six interceptions, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE SCHMIDT for the most interceptions in a season by a Lions linebacker.

 

  • DE ZIGGY ANSAH led NFL rookies with eight sacks.

 

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS

  • The Packers won the NFC North division for the third consecutive season. The club is making its 29th playoff appearance, the third-most in NFL history.
  • In Week 2, QB AARON RODGERS passed for 480 yards and RB JAMES STARKS rushed for 132 yards, becoming the first team in NFL history with a 450-yard passer and 125-yard rusher in the same game.

 

  • RB EDDIE LACY rushed for 1,178 yards this season, breaking JOHN BROCKINGTON’s franchise rookie record of 1,105 rushing yards set in 1971.

 

  • Lacy set a franchise rookie record with 11 rushing touchdowns.

 

  • Lacy became the first Packers rookie since Brockington in 1971 to rush for at least 99 yards in consecutive games (Week 5, 99; Week 6, 120).

 

 

HOUSTON TEXANS

  • The Texans became the first team since the 1970 merger to win each of its first two games of the season on the game’s final play.
  • WR ANDRE JOHNSON extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 117.

 

  • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS’ 52 receptions and 802 receiving yards are the second-most by a rookie in franchise history (Andre Johnson, 66 catches and 976 yards in 2003).

 

  • DE J.J. WATT (10.5) became the second player in franchise history with consecutive 10 sack seasons (MARIO WILLIAMS, 2007-08).

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

  • The Colts clinched the AFC South title for the eighth time since 2003.

 

  • Indianapolis became the first team in NFL history to have two players record 1,000 receptions with the franchise (MARVIN HARRISON, 1,102; REGGIE WAYNE, 1,006).
  • WR T.Y. HILTON (1,944) surpassed BILL BROOKS (1,853) for the most receiving yards in a player’s first two seasons in team history.

 

  • LB ROBERT MATHIS has 111 career sacks, surpassing DWIGHT FREENEY’s club record for career sacks (107.5).

 

  • Mathis’ 19.5 sacks this season surpassed Freeney’s franchise record for sacks in a single season (16), earning him the inaugural Deacon Jones Award.

 

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

  • QB CHAD HENNE passed for 3,241 yards and became the first Jaguar to throw for 3,000 passing yards since 2009 (DAVID GARRARD, 3,597).

 

  • RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 81 total touchdowns, the most in franchise history.

 

  • C BRAD MEESTER holds the franchise record for games played (209).

 

  • LB PAUL POSLUSZNY (161) registered 100 tackles for the sixth consecutive season.

 

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

  • Kansas City’s 11 wins tied for the most by a team that won two or fewer games the previous season (2008 Miami Dolphins and 2012 Indianapolis Colts).

 

  • The Chiefs became the first team in the four professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) to start a season 9-0 after finishing with the worst record in the previous year. The Chiefs also became the first NFL club since 1934 to start 9-0 and not allow more than 17 points in any of the first nine games.

 

  • The Chiefs scored 35 first-half points in Week 14 and 15 and are the only team in NFL history to score at least 35 points in the first half of consecutive games. They also accomplished the feat in 2002 (Week 13 and 14).

 

  • Head coach ANDY REID (151) became the 21st coach in NFL history to win 150 games (including playoffs).

 

  • Reid is the third head coach in NFL history to win his first nine games with a new team, joining JIM CALDWELL (14 with the 2009 Indianapolis Colts) and WALLY LEMM (nine with the 1961 Houston Oilers).

 

  • QB ALEX SMITH rushed for 431 yards, the most by a quarterback in franchise history (TYLER THIGPEN, 386 in 2008).

 

  • WR DWAYNE BOWE (6,401) surpassed CARLOS CARSON (6,360) for the fourth-most receiving yards in franchise history.

 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

  • Miami started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2002.

 

  • In Week 9, the Dolphins earned a 22-20 overtime victory over Cincinnati as defensive end CAMERON WAKE recorded a safety, the third overtime game in NFL history that ended with a safety.

 

  • QB RYAN TANNEHILL threw for 3,913 yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO as the only quarterbacks in team history to pass for at least 3,900 yards in a season.

 

  • Tannehill became the first Dolphins quarterback to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. He is the second quarterback in franchise history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in multiple seasons (Marino, 13).

 

  • TE CHARLES CLAY had the second-most receptions (69) and receiving yards (759) by a tight end in a season in team history (RANDY MC MICHAEL, 73 receptions and 791 yards in 2004).   

 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  • Rookie KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON led the NFL with a 32.4 kickoff-return average and is the first Viking to accomplish the feat.

 

  • In Week 7, CB-PR MARCUS SHERELS scored on an 86-yard punt-return touchdown, the third longest in franchise history. It marked his second career punt-return touchdown, tied for the most in franchise history.

 

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Head coach BILL BELICHICK surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL (209) and moved into fifth-place all-time with 217 career victories (including postseason).
  • The Patriots reached 10 regular-season wins for the 11th consecutive season, joining the San Francisco 49ers (1983-1998; 16) as the only teams in NFL history to record 11 consecutive 10-win seasons.

 

  • New England won 15 consecutive home games against AFC East opponents and became the fifth team since 1970 to win at least 15 consecutive home games against division opponents.

 

  • In Weeks 12-14, New England tied an NFL record with three consecutive wins in which it trailed by at least 10 points in the second half and became the first team to do so since the 2000 Kansas City Chiefs.

 

  • In Week 9, three Patriots had at least 120 receiving yards and a touchdown – ROB GRONKOWSKI (nine catches, 143 yards, one touchdown), AARON DOBSON (five catches, 130 yards, two touchdowns) and DANNY AMENDOLA (four catches, 122 yards, one touchdown) – becoming the third team ever to accomplish the feat in a single game (1961 Houston Oilers, 2013 Dallas).

 

  • WR JULIAN EDELMAN (105) joined TROY BROWN and WES WELKER as the only Patriots to record 100 receptions in a single season.

 

  • CB LOGAN RYAN led NFL rookies with five interceptions this season.

 

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

  • In Week 10, New Orleans set an NFL single-game record with 40 first downs.

 

  • DE CAMERON JORDAN (12.5) and LB JUNIOR GALETTE (12) are the first Saints duo to each record at least 12 sacks in a season since 2000 (LA’ROI GLOVER, 17; JOE JOHNSON, 12).

 

 

NEW YORK GIANTS

  • The Giants became the second team in NFL history to lose its first six games and win the next four (2009 Tennessee).

 

  • Kickoff Weekend marked the first time in franchise history that three different players – VICTOR CRUZ (118 yards), HAKEEM NICKS (114) and RUEBEN RANDLE (101) – each had at least 100 receiving yards.

 

  • QB ELI MANNING (35,345) surpassed PHIL SIMMS (33,462) for the most passing yards in franchise history.

 

  • Manning (5,008) also surpassed Simms (4,647) for the most passing attempts in club history.

 

 

NEW YORK JETS

  • New York’s defense allowed the fewest rushing yards per game (88.3) in the AFC. The team’s offense averaged 134.9 rushing yards per game, the second best in the AFC.

 

  • QB GENO SMITH (3,046) threw for the most passing yards by a rookie in franchise history (MARK SANCHEZ, 2,444 in 2009).

 

  • On Kickoff Weekend, Geno Smith and the Jets became the first team since the merger to open the season with a one-point win when starting a rookie QB.

 

  • LB DAVID HARRIS (123) led the team in tackles for the fifth consecutive season.

 

  • K NICK FOLK’s streak of 23 field goals made in a row to start the season was the longest in franchise history.

 

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS

  • QB TERRELLE PRYOR (576) surpassed RICH GANNON (529 in 2000) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season in team history.

 

  • In Week 8, Pryor had a 93-yard touchdown run, surpassing BO JACKSON (92 yards, November 5, 1989) for the longest rushing touchdown by a Raider.
  • QB MATT MC GLOIN made his first career start in Week 11 and became the first undrafted rookie quarterback to throw at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single game in the common draft era (since 1967).

 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

  • The Eagles won the NFC East after finishing in last place last season.

 

  • Philadelphia set franchise records for points scored (442), total net yards (6,676) and total touchdowns (53).

 

  • Team had 4,110 passing yards and 2,566 rushing yards, joining the 1998 San Francisco 49ers as only teams with 4,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in a single-season.

 

  • The Eagles are the first team ever to have a quarterback with a 100 rating (NICK FOLES, 119.2), a 1,500-yard rusher (LE SEAN MC COY, 1,607) and a 1,300-yard receiver (DE SEAN JACKSON, 1,332).

 

  • Philadelphia is one of four teams in NFL history to gain at least 400 yards in each of its first six games, joining the 2013 Denver Broncos, 2007 New England Patriots and 1983 San Diego Chargers.

 

  • Head coach CHIP KELLY became the first rookie head coach in franchise history to win a division title in his first season.

 

  • Foles’ 119.2 passer rating surpassed DONOVAN MC NABB’s single-season club record set in 2004 (104.7).

 

  • McCoy led the NFL this season with 1,607 rushing yards and 2,146 scrimmage yards. He is the first Eagle to lead the league in both rushing and scrimmage yards since Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE VAN BUREN in 1948.

 

  • McCoy’s 1,607 rushing yards are the most in a season in franchise history. His 2,146 scrimmage yards surpassed BRIAN WESTBROOK (2,104 in 2007) for the single-season club record.

 

  • In Week 14, McCoy set the single-game franchise record with 217 rushing yards, surpassing the previous mark of 205 yards by Van Buren on November 27, 1949.

 

  • Jackson’s 1,332 receiving yards are the second-most in Eagles history (MIKE QUICK, 1,409 in 1983).

 

  • Including the postseason, LB TRENT COLE (80.5) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (128) as the only Eagles players to reach 80 career sacks.

 

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER (219) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW (212) for the most touchdown passes in Steelers history. Roethlisberger extended his franchise record for most passing yards (34,105).

 

  • Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards, trailing his own single-season club record of 4,328 passing yards in 2009.

 

  • WR ANTONIO BROWN (1,499) surpassed YANCEY THIGPEN (1,398) for the most receiving yards in a season in Steelers history. His 110 receptions this season were the second-most in franchise history (HINES WARD, 112 in 2002).

 

  • Rookie RB LE’VEON BELL (1,259) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer FRANCO HARRIS (1,235 in 1972) for the most scrimmage yards by a Steelers rookie.

 

 

ST. LOUIS RAMS

  • Head coach JEFF FISHER joined Pro Football Hall of Famer CURLEY LAMBEAU as the only head coaches in NFL history to face a team that he led for at least 17 seasons (Week 9 vs. Tennessee).

 

  • DE ROBERT QUINN led the NFC and finished second in the league with 19 sacks, surpassing the single-season franchise record (17) set by KEVIN CARTER in 1999.

 

  • RB ZAC STACY had consecutive 100-yard games in Week 8 and 9 and Week 15 and 16, joining STEVEN JACKSON (2004) are the only rookies in franchise history with consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

 

 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

  • San Diego reached the postseason for the first time since 2009.

 

  • QB PHILIP RIVERS (221) surpassed JOHN HADL (201) for the second-most career touchdown passes in Chargers annals, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTS (254). Rivers’ 32,369 career passing yards are second in club history (Fouts, 43,040). 

 

  • RB RYAN MATHEWS (1,255) is the first Charger to reach 1,200 rushing yards since LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2007 (1,474).

 

  • WR KEENAN ALLEN led NFL rookies with 71 receptions and 1,046 receiving yards, surpassing Tomlinson (59 catches in 2001) and JOHN JEFFERSON (1,001 yards in 1978) for the most receptions and receiving yards by a Chargers rookie.

 

  • Allen set the franchise rookie record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season (five).

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

  • The 49ers clinched third consecutive playoff appearance.

 

  • Head coach JIM HARBAUGH became the first head coach in franchise history to lead the 49ers to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.

 

  • In Week 8, Harbaugh (30-9-1) won his 30th regular-season game and became the fourth-fastest head coach to reach the milestone since 1970.

 

  • QB COLIN KAEPERNICK threw for 3,197 yards and rushed for 524 yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as the only 49ers with at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in the same season.  

 

  • RB FRANK GORE recorded his franchise-record seventh 1,000-yard season (1,128).

 

  • TE VERNON DAVIS (13) tied his team record for most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a season (2009).

 

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Started 11-1 for the first time in franchise history.

 

  • In Week 9 against Tampa Bay, the Seahawks overcame a 21-point deficit, the largest comeback victory in franchise history.

 

  • CB RICHARD SHERMAN led the NFL with eight interceptions and became the first Seahawk to accomplish the feat since EUGENE ROBINSON (nine in 1993) tied for the league lead.

 

 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

  • WR VINCENT JACKSON had 1,224 receiving yards and is the first player in franchise history with consecutive 1,200-yard seasons (1,384 receiving yards in 2012).

 

  • In Week 11, RB BOBBY RAINEY became the first player in franchise history with at least two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the same game.

 

  • LB LAVONTE DAVID is the first player in club history with at least 100 tackles (143), six sacks (six) and two interceptions (five) in a season.

 

 

TENNESSEE TITANS

  • The Titans tied the 1995 St. Louis Rams (four games) for the longest streak without a turnover to begin a season in NFL history.

 

  • RB CHRIS JOHNSON (1,077) recorded his sixth consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards, surpassing EDDIE GEORGE (five) for the most consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards in franchise history.

 

  • Johnson (50) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL (73) and George (64) as the only running backs in franchise history to reach 50 career touchdowns.

 

  • WR KENDALL WRIGHT caught 94 passes, becoming the fifth different player in club history to reach 90 receptions in a season.

 

  • Wright (1,079) is the first Titans player to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 2011 (NATE WASHINGTON, 1,023).

 

  • DT JURRELL CASEY (10.5) joined RAY CHILDRESS (13 in 1992) as the second defensive tackle in franchise history to reach double-digit sacks.

 

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • WR PIERRE GARÇON led the NFL with 113 receptions and is the first Redskin to lead the league in receptions since Pro Football Hall of Famer ART MONK in 1984 (106). Garçon (113) surpassed Monk’s team record of 106 receptions set in 1984.

 

  • WR SANTANA MOSS reached 10,000 career receiving yards (10,167) and ranks third in team history with 571 career receptions (Monk, 888).

 


THE PLAYERS

 

PLAYER

ACCOMPLISHMENT(S)

 

 

JOHN ABRAHAM

LB, Arizona Cardinals

  • Recorded 11.5 sacks this season, increasing his career total to 133.5, ninth-best since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

 

 

MATT ASIATA

RB, Minnesota Vikings

  • Made his first career start in Week 15 and rushed for three touchdowns, becoming the first player since DAUNTE CULPEPPER (September 3, 2000) to rush for his first three touchdowns in his first NFL start.

 

 

TAVON AUSTIN

WR, St. Louis Rams

  • In Week 10, returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown and had receiving touchdowns of 81 and 57 yards. He is the first player in NFL history with a 95 yard punt-return touchdown and two 55 yard receiving touchdowns in the same game. No player had ever had a 95 yard punt-return touchdown and one 55 yard receiving touchdown in a single game.

 

Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (December 12, 1965) and RANDY MOSS (November 26, 1998) as the only players age 22 or younger with three 50 yard touchdowns in the same game. Austin finished the game with 142 scrimmage yards (138 receiving, four rushing) and 145 punt-return yards. He and STEVE SMITH (December 8, 2002) are the only players in NFL history with at least 140 scrimmage yards and 140 punt-return yards in the same game.

 

 

ANQUAN BOLDIN

WR, San Francisco 49ers

  • Had 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown on Kickoff Weekend. There have been only three 10 catch, 200 yard receiving performances on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history and he has two of them. In his NFL debut with the Arizona Cardinals in 2003 (September 7), he had 10 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The only other player with such a game on Kickoff Weekend is Dallas’ FRANK CLARKE, who had 10 catches for 241 yards and three touchdowns on September 16, 1962.

 

 

NA VORRO BOWMAN

LB, San Francisco 49ers

  • Bowman was the only player in the NFL to record three sacks (five), two interceptions (two), an interception-return touchdown (one), two forced fumbles (four) and a fumble recovery (two).

 

  • Only player in the NFL this season with at least 100 tackles (143), five sacks (five), four forced fumbles (four) and an interception-return touchdown (one).

 

  • In Week 17, he became the first player since 2006 (DE MECO RYANS) to record at least 10 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a game. 

 

 

TOM BRADY

QB, New England Patriots

  • Has 359 career passing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

 

  • Increased his passing yards total to 49,149, the seventh-most in NFL history.

 

  • Became the sixth player in NFL history to reach 4,000 career completions (4,178) and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (4,123) for the fifth-most in NFL history.

 

  • Passed for 4,343 yards and joined PEYTON MANNING (13), DREW BREES (eight), BRETT FAVRE (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (six) as the only players to have at least six seasons with 4,000 passing yards.

 

  • Has a 148-45 (.767) career record, tied with Elway for the third-most wins among starting quarterbacks in NFL history.

 

  • Has led the Patriots to 11 division titles, the most of any starting quarterback in NFL history.

 

  • Improved to 11-1 (.917) in season openers, the best record among quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era.

 

 

DREW BREES

QB, New Orleans Saints

  • Became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 passing yards (51,081). Accomplished the feat in his 183rd game, the fewest games of any player.

 

  • Is the first quarterback in NFL history with three consecutive 5,000-yard seasons and four career 5,000-yard seasons. He is the first ever to pass for 20,000 yards in a four-year span (20,435).

 

  • Has passed for at least 30 touchdowns in six consecutive seasons, surpassing BRETT FAVRE (five) for the longest such streak in NFL history.

 

  • With 39 touchdown passes this season, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for the fourth-most touchdown passes in NFL history (363).

 

  • Threw four touchdown passes with no interceptions in five different games this season, extending his NFL record to 17 such games.

 

  • Has 25 career games with at least four touchdown passes, the second-most in NFL history (PEYTON MANNING, 31).

 

 

REGGIE BUSH

RB, Detroit Lions

  • In his Lions debut, recorded 101 receiving yards and 90 rushing yards and became the first player with at least 100 receiving yards and 90 rushing yards in his first game with a new team since San Diego’s CID EDWARDS (October 1, 1972).

 

 

JORDAN CAMERON

TE, Cleveland Browns

  • In September, caught five touchdown passes, tied for the second-most by a tight end in September in NFL history (JIMMY GRAHAM, 6 in 2013).

 

 

JAMAAL CHARLES

RB, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. SIMPSON (1975) as the only players ever to record 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his first seven games of a season.

 

  • In Week 15, became the first player in NFL history with at least four touchdown receptions and one touchdown run in a single game.

 

  • Charles led the NFL with 19 total touchdowns (12 rushing, seven receiving).

 

 

RANDALL COBB

WR-KR-PR, Green Bay Packers

  • Had a career-long 67-yard run in Week 5 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS as the only players in NFL history with a 60 yard run, 60 yard reception, 100 yard kickoff return and 80 yard punt return in his first three seasons.

 

 

ANDY DALTON

QB, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Joined PEYTON MANNING and CAM NEWTON as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of their first three seasons to begin a career (4,296 in 2013).

 

  • Is one of five quarterbacks to lead a team to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.

 

 

KARLOS DANSBY

LB, Arizona Cardinals

  • Is the fourth player in NFL history with at least six sacks (6.5), four interceptions (four) and two interception-return touchdowns (two) in a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

 

 

LAVONTE DAVID

LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Was the only player in the NFL this season with at least 100 tackles (143), five sacks (six) and five interceptions (five). In the past decade, David and BRIAN URLACHER (2007) are the only two players to accomplish the feat.

 

 

BRANDON FIELDS

P, Miami Dolphins

  • Has a 46.8 career punting average, the third-highest punting average since 1939.

 

 

LARRY FITZGERALD

WR, Arizona Cardinals

  • In Week 8, reached 800 career receptions and became the youngest player in NFL history to do so (30 years and 57 days old).

 

  • In Week 12, reached 11,000 career receiving yards and became the youngest player ever to do it (30 years and 85 days old).

 

  • Caught 10 touchdown passes this season and became the ninth player in NFL history to record at least five seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (nine), RANDY MOSS (nine), MARVIN HARRISON (eight), TERRELL OWENS (eight), Pro Football Hall of Famers CRIS CARTER (six) and LANCE ALWORTH (five), BOB HAYES (five) and ART POWELL (five).

 

 

JOE FLACCO

QB, Baltimore Ravens

  • In September, Flacco has an 11-0 career record at home as a starter, tied with JAY SCHROEDER for the best record for a quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 10 attempts per start).

 

 

LONDON FLETCHER

LB, Washington Redskins

  • Played in his 244th consecutive game (Week 4) and surpassed former Raider BILL ROMANOWSKI (243) for the most consecutive games played by a defensive player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

 

  • Is the fourth player in NFL history to play in 250 consecutive games (256), joining punter JEFF FEAGLES (352), quarterback BRETT FAVRE (299) and defensive end JIM MARSHALL (282).

 

  • In Week 11, made his 209th consecutive start, surpassing DERRICK BROOKS for the longest streak by a linebacker in NFL history.

 

 

NICK FOLES

QB, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Finished the season with 27 touchdown passes and two interceptions, more than twice as many touchdowns by any quarterback in NFL history who threw two or fewer interceptions (BOOMER ESIASON, 13 touchdowns with two interceptions in 1997). He also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 250 or more passes in each of his first two seasons with five or fewer interceptions each year.

 

  • In Week 9, tied the NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes, becoming one of seven players in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a single game. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. TITTLE (October 28, 1962) and PEYTON MANNING (September 5, 2013) as the only ones to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception. His 158.3 passer rating joined Tittle (151.4) as the only players in NFL history to register a 150 passer rating in a seven-touchdown game.

 

  • In Week 10, followed his seven-touchdown performance from Week 9 with an additional three touchdowns and no interceptions, joining TOM BRADY (2007) as the only players in league history with at least 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions in a two-game span in a single season.

 

  • Threw 19 touchdown passes in 2013 before his first interception, the second-longest such streak to begin a season in NFL history. Peyton Manning began this season with 20 touchdown passes before throwing his first interception.

 

  • Led the NFL in passer rating this season (119.2), the third-highest single-season mark of any player in NFL history.

 

  • In November, his 152.8 passer rating was the highest for any calendar month in NFL history (minimum 50 attempts).

 

 

ANTONIO GATES

TE, San Diego Chargers

  • Gates (719) became the fourth tight end in NFL history to record 700 career receptions (719), joining TONY GONZALEZ (1,325), JASON WITTEN (879) and Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (815).

 

  • Is the fourth tight end in NFL history with 9,000 receiving yards (9,193), joining Gonzalez (15,127), Sharpe (10,060) and Witten (9,799).

 

 

TONY GONZALEZ

TE, Atlanta Falcons

  • Has 1,325 receptions, 15,127 receiving yards and 111 touchdown catches, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE as the only two players in NFL history with at least 1,100 receptions, 15,000 receiving yards and 100 touchdown catches.

 

  • Became the fifth player – and first tight end – in NFL history to reach 15,000 career receiving yards (15,127).

 

  • Registered 83 catches this season, extending his NFL-record streak to 16 consecutive seasons with at least 50 catches. Gonzalez (16) and Rice (17) are the only players in NFL history with at least 16 career 50-catch seasons.

 

 

JOSH GORDON

WR, Cleveland Browns

  • Became the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back games with 200 receiving yards (Week 12, 237; Week 13, 261).

 

  • Led the league with 1,646 receiving yards, the 10th-most in a single season in NFL history.

 

 

JIMMY GRAHAM

TE, New Orleans Saints

  • Led all NFL players with 16 touchdown catches in 2013, which is the second-most ever by a tight end in a season (ROB GRONKOWSKI, 17 in 2011).

 

  • Became the third tight end to lead all NFL players in touchdown catches in a season, joining Gronkowski in 2011 and VERNON DAVIS, who tied for the league lead in 2009.

 

  • Tallied 413 receiving yards during Weeks 2-4, which tied for the most by a tight end in a three-game span in a single season in NFL history (DAVE KOCOUREK and SHANNON SHARPE).

 

  • Accumulated 100 receiving yards in four consecutive games (Weeks 2-5), tying for the longest streak in NFL history by a tight end. TONY GONZALEZ accomplished the feat in 2000 and Graham did so in 2011. Graham is the first tight end in NFL history to have two separate streaks with 100 yards in four consecutive games.

 

  • In September, caught six touchdowns, the most by a tight end in September in NFL history.

 

 

A.J. GREEN

WR, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Green (260) surpassed ANQUAN BOLDIN (259) for the most catches in the first three seasons of a career in NFL history.

 

  • Totaled 3,833 receiving yards in his first three seasons, the second-most in a player’s first three seasons (RANDY MOSS, 4,163).

 

 

ROBERT GRIFFIN III

QB, Washington Redskins

  • Is one of only two players (RUSSELL WILSON) in the NFL with a 90 passer rating (91.5) and at least 1,000 rushing yards (1,304) since the start of 2012.

 

 

JOHNNY HEKKER

P, St. Louis Rams

  • Recorded the highest net punting average (44.2) in a single season in NFL history.

 

 

DEVIN HESTER

KR, Chicago Bears

  • In Week 7, returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown. Including the postseason, he now has 20 return touchdowns in his career, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS (19) for the most in NFL history.

 

  • Returned five kickoffs for a franchise-record 249 yards in Week 2, which ranks as the third-most in NFL history in a game for a player who had five kickoff returns or fewer. Detroit’s WALLY TRIPLETT had 294 yards on four returns (October 29, 1950) and Seattle’s LEON WASHINGTON had 253 yards on four returns (September 26, 2010). 

 

 

DE ANDRE HOPKINS

WR, Houston Texans

  • In Week 2, Hopkins became the first rookie wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass in overtime since SANTONIO HOLMES (December 31, 2006).

 

 

SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI

K, Oakland Raiders

  • Has converted 45 career field goals of at least 50 yards, including three this season, trailing JASON HANSON (52) for the most in NFL history.

 

 

ALSHON JEFFERY

WR, Chicago Bears

  • Recorded two 200-yard receiving games in 2013 (Week 5, 218; Week 13, 249) and is among the eight players in NFL history to have multiple 200-yard receiving games in a single season.

 

 

ANDRE JOHNSON

WR, Houston Texans

  • Tied TORRY HOLT (145 games) as the second-fastest player to reach 12,000 receiving yards in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE reached the milestone in 142 career games.

 

  • Reached 900 career receptions in 150 games, the second-fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history (MARVIN HARRISON, 149 games).

 

  • In Week 14, recorded his 10th career game with at least 10 receptions and 150 receiving yards, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (10) for the most such games in NFL history.

 

  • Caught 109 passes and joined WES WELKER and BRANDON MARSHALL as the only players ever to register five 100-catch seasons.

 

 

CALVIN JOHNSON

WR, Detroit Lions

  • Became the first player in NFL history to record 5,000 yards in any three-season span (5,137 since 2011).

 

  • Through his 100th game (Week 10), registered 8,740 career receiving yards, the second-most in NFL history in a player’s first 100 games (Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH, 9,019).

 

  • In Week 8, recorded 329 receiving yards, which ranks second only to FLIPPER ANDERSON’s single-game NFL record of 336 yards. Johnson now has five career 200-yard games, tied with Alworth for the most in NFL history.

 

 

CHRIS JOHNSON

RB, Tennessee Titans

  • Became the sixth player in NFL history to record 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first six seasons joining LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON, COREY DILLION and Pro Football Hall of Famers BARRY SANDERS, CURTIS MARTIN and ERIC DICKERSON.

 

 

JULIO JONES

WR, Atlanta Falcons

  • Caught an 81-yard touchdown pass in Week 2 and became the first player in NFL history with an 80 yard touchdown reception in each of his first three seasons.

 

 

MARVIN JONES

WR, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Tied WR ERIC DECKER and RB JAMAAL CHARLES for the most touchdown catches in a game this season (four).

 

 

MAURICE JONES-DREW

RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Surpassed 8,000 career rushing yards (8,071) and ranks fifth among active players.

 

 

LUKE KUECHLY

LB, Carolina Panthers

  • Leads the NFL with 320 tackles since entering the league in 2012.

 

  • In Week 16, had 24 tackles and an interception, tied for the most tackles in a game (New York Jets’ DAVID HARRIS, November 4, 2007) since tackles were tracked in 1994. He is the first player since DERRICK BROOKS (September 30, 2001) to record at least 20 tackles and an interception in the same game.

 

 

EDDIE LACY

RB, Green Bay Packers

  • Led all rookies in rushing yards (1,178), rushing touchdowns (11) and scrimmage yards (1,435).

 

 

SPENCER LANNING

P, Cleveland Browns

  • Punted five times, kicked an extra point and threw an 11-yard touchdown in Week 3, becoming the first player since Philadelphia’s SAM BAKER on October 13, 1968 with a punt, an extra point and a touchdown pass in a single game.

 

 

ANDREW LUCK

QB, Indianapolis Colts

  • Surpassed CAM NEWTON (7,920) for the most passing yards in a player’s first two seasons of a career in NFL history (8,196).

 

  • Tied BEN ROETHLISBERGER (22) for the second-most wins in the first two years of a career in NFL history (RUSSELL WILSON, 24). 

 

  • Tied Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (14) for the most wins in his first 20 starts by a quarterback drafted No. 1 overall since the 1970 merger.

 

  • Tied MATT RYAN for the second-most home wins (13) in the first two seasons to start a career in Super Bowl era.

 

  • Is the first quarterback since the merger to win each of his first seven starts that were decided by four points or fewer.

 

  • Has the most game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in the first two seasons of a career since 1970 (10).

 

 

ELI MANNING

QB, New York Giants

  • Extended his streak of consecutive starts to 151 games, the longest active streak by a quarterback.

 

 

PEYTON MANNING

QB, Denver Broncos

  • Set the NFL’s single season record for most passing yards (5,477) and touchdown passes (55).

 

  • 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.

 

  • Surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the second-most career passing yards in NFL history (64,964).

 

  • Extended his own NFL record of 4,000-yard passing seasons to 13.

 

  • Threw seven touchdowns on Kickoff Weekend, tied for the single-game NFL record (SID LUCKMAN, 1943; ADRIAN BURK, 1954; GEORGE BLANDA, 1961; Y.A. TITTLE, 1962; JOE KAPP, 1969; NICK FOLES, 2013). Manning, Foles and Tittle are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have at least seven touchdowns passes without an interception in a single game.

 

  • Recorded 12 300-yard passing games, extending his NFL record to 84.

 

  • Had at least four touchdown passes in nine games this season, surpassing BRETT FAVRE (23) for the most games with four or more touchdown passes (31). 

 

  • Threw for four touchdowns and zero interceptions in six games this season and has 16 such games in his career, the second-most in a career in NFL history (Brees, 17).

 

  • Has the longest touchdown streak (20) before throwing an interception in NFL history.

 

  • Became only the second starting quarterback in NFL history to win 10 division titles (TOM BRADY, 11). 

 

  • Is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win at least 12 consecutive regular-season games three separate times in a career.

 

  • Joined Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win at least 16 consecutive regular-season games multiple times in a career.
  • Completed 20 passes while completing at least 80 percent of his pass attempts in three games this season, tied for the most such games in a season in NFL history (BRETT FAVRE in 2009; DREW BREES in 2011; PHILIP RIVERS in 2013). 

 

 

EJ MANUEL

QB, Buffalo Bills

  • Recorded a 105.5 passer rating and 66.7 completion mark on Kickoff Weekend, the third-best by a starting rookie quarterback in Week 1 in NFL history.

 

  • Manuel became the first rookie quarterback to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions in September (Week 4 against Baltimore). Manuel and rookie head coach DOUG MARRONE are the first rookie quarterback and head coach tandem to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions since 2003.

 

 

BRANDON MARSHALL

WR, Chicago Bears

  • Recorded at least 100 receptions (100) for the fifth time in his career, tying ANDRE JOHNSON and WES WELKER for the most such seasons in NFL history.

 

 

ROBERT MATHIS

LB, Indianapolis Colts

  • Led the league in sacks with 19.5, winning the inaugural Deacon Jones Award.

 

  • Led the league with eight forced fumbles, tied for his career best.

 

 

LE SEAN MC COY

RB, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Led the NFL in rushing yards (1,607) and scrimmage yards (2,146).

 

 

CAM NEWTON

QB, Carolina Panthers

  • Joined ANDY DALTON and PEYTON MANNING as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of their first three seasons to begin a career (3,379 in 2013).

 

  • Played in his 40th career game in Week 9 and became the first player in NFL history with at least 50 passing (53) and 25 rushing (26) touchdowns in his first 40 games. Newton’s 79 total touchdowns are the fourth-most by a player in his first 40 games.

 

  • Has 10 career games with at least two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown which is the most such games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

 

  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Newton has three games with at least three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, joining DAUNTE CULPEPPER as the only players in the Super Bowl era to have three such games in their first three seasons.  

 

 

ALEC OGLETREE

LB, St. Louis Rams

  • His 98-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 6 is tied for the longest interception-return touchdown in the regular season by a linebacker in NFL history and the longest ever by a rookie linebacker.

 

 

CARSON PALMER

QB, Arizona Cardinals

  • Passed for 4,274 yards to become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards with three different teams. He previously recorded 4,000-yard seasons with Cincinnati (2006 and 2007) and Oakland (2012).

 

 

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON

WR-KR-PR, Minnesota Vikings

  • Is the only player in NFL history with four receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and two kickoff-return touchdowns in the same season.

 

  • Is the first player in NFL history with a 100-yard kickoff-return touchdown (109 and 105), 75-yard receiving touchdown (79) and 50-yard rushing touchdown (50) in a season.

 

  • Tied the NFL record for the longest play in NFL history with a 109-yard kickoff return touchdown in Week 8 (ANTONIO CROMARTIE).

 

 

ADRIAN PETERSON

RB, Minnesota Vikings

  • Became one of only five players in NFL history to rush for at least 10,000 yards in his first seven seasons (10,115), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (11,226), LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (10,650) and Pro Football Hall of Famers BARRY SANDERS (10,172) and EMMITT SMITH (10,160).

 

  • Joined Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN and Emmitt Smith and Tomlinson as the only running backs to register 750 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in seven consecutive seasons to start a career.

 

  • He and Tomlinson are the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 900 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of their first seven seasons.

 

  • Rushed for the third-most yards through his first 90 games of any player in NFL history (8,942). Only Dickerson (9,915) and Brown (9,322) have more rushing yards through 90 career games.

 

  • His 78-yard touchdown run in Week 1 was his first carry of the season, making it the longest touchdown run on a player’s first carry of a season since the 1970 merger. 

 

 

MATT PRATER

K, Denver Broncos

  • Converted a 64-yard field goal in Week 14, the longest in NFL history.

 

 

TERRELLE PRYOR

QB, Oakland Raiders

  • Recorded an NFL-record 93-yard rushing touchdown, the longest by a quarterback in NFL history.

 

 

BOBBY RAINEY

RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • In Week 11, rushed for 163 yards with two touchdowns and had a receiving touchdown, becoming the first player since EDGERRIN JAMES (November 21, 1999) to record at least 150 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a single game in a player’s first 10 games to begin a career. Rainey and James both accomplished the feat in their 10th career NFL game.

 

  • One of only four players with at least 160 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in a single game in the past 10 seasons. The others are LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (October 29, 2006), CHRIS JOHNSON (September 20, 2009) and DARREN MC FADDEN (October 24, 2010).

 

 

PHILIP RIVERS

QB, San Diego Chargers

  • Completed 20 passes while completing at least 80 percent of his pass attempts in three games this season, tied for the most such games in a season in NFL history (BRETT FAVRE in 2009; DREW BREES in 2011; PEYTON MANNING in 2013). 

 

  • Surpassed 30,000 career passing yards (32,369) and reached the milestone in his 123rd game, the fifth fastest ever. 

 

  • Started 128 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak by a quarterback (ELI MANNING, 151).

 

  • Joined PEYTON MANNING (13) and Brees (eight) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 25 touchdowns in six consecutive seasons (32 in 2013).

 

 

AARON RODGERS

QB, Green Bay Packers

  • Became the first player in NFL history to post a 100 passer rating in five consecutive seasons (104.9 in 2013). He and Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG are the only players to record a 100 rating in four seasons in a row.

 

 

BEN ROETHLISBERGER

QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Reached 90 career wins in his 135th start and is the fifth fastest to reach the milestone among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era behind TOM BRADY (115), Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (128) and TERRY BRADSHAW (129) and KEN STABLER (133).

 

  • Surpassed the 200 touchdown mark (219) and ranks 26th on the all-time list.

 

 

TONY ROMO

QB, Dallas Cowboys

  • With 31 touchdown passes in 2013, Romo (208), who was undrafted out of Eastern Illinois, became the fifth undrafted player in NFL history to reach 200 career touchdown passes (JIM HART, 209; DAVE KRIEG, 261; WARREN MOON, 291; KURT WARNER, 208).

 

  • In Week 5, became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards (506) and five touchdowns (five) in a game.

 

  • In Week 7, set the record for the most passing yards (27,485) in NFL history by a player in his first 100 career starts.

 

  • Improved his record as a starter to 24-5 (.828) in the month of November, the highest mark by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts).

 

 

RICHARD SHERMAN

CB, Seattle Seahawks

  • Led the NFL with eight interceptions.

 

  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Sherman leads the NFL with 20 interceptions. 

 

 

ALEX SMITH

QB, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Became the first quarterback since the 1970 merger to win his first nine games to start a season with a new team.

 

 

GENO SMITH

QB, New York Jets

  • Became the first QB since the 1970 merger with four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven career games.  

 

 

STEVE SMITH

WR, Carolina Panthers

  • With 836 career receptions, joined TIM BROWN as the only players in league history with at least 800 catches as well as scoring on receiving (67), rushing (two), punt-return (four) and kickoff-return (two) touchdowns.

 

 

MATTHEW STAFFORD

QB, Detroit Lions

  • Set an NFL record for the most career passing yards (14,331) through a player’s first 50 games (Week 5).

 

  • In Week 11, recorded his sixth career game with 400 passing yards through his first five NFL seasons and trails Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (seven) for the most such games in the first five seasons of a career in NFL history.

 

  • Reached 100 career touchdown passes in his 55th game (Week 11), the fourth-fastest to accomplish the feat in NFL history. The only three to reach 100 career touchdown passes in fewer games are Marino (44 games), KURT WARNER (50) and JOHNNY UNITAS (53).

 

 

JUSTIN TUCKER

K, Baltimore Ravens

  • Converted the third-longest come-from-behind game-winning field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history (61 yards in Week 15).

 

  • Converted 33 consecutive field goals, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.

 

 

ADAM VINATIERI

K, Indianapolis Colts

  • Surpassed MATT STOVER (2,004) for the fifth-most points in NFL history (2,006).

 

 

CAMERON WAKE

DE, Miami Dolphins

  • Has 51.5 career sacks, the eighth most by an undrafted player since 1982.

 

 

REGGIE WAYNE

WR, Indianapolis Colts

  • Became the ninth player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches and reached the milestone in his 195th career game, the third-fastest to reach 1,000 career receptions (MARVIN HARRISON, 167 games) in NFL history.

 

 

RUSSELL WILSON

QB, Seattle Seahawks

  • His 24 wins (13 in 2013) are the most wins by a starting quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.

 

  • With a 15-1 career record at home, he has the most home wins by a player in his first two NFL seasons in the Super Bowl era.

 

  • Threw for 26 touchdowns (26 in 2012), tying PEYTON MANNING (52) for the second-most touchdown passes in a quarterback’s first two seasons in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, 68).

 

 

JASON WITTEN

TE, Dallas Cowboys

  • Recorded 73 receptions this season and has 879 career receptions, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (815) for second place among tight ends in career receptions (TONY GONZALEZ, 1,325).

 

 

CHARLES WOODSON

S, Oakland Raiders

  • Has 13 combined return touchdowns off of turnovers (11 interceptions and two fumble recoveries), tying for the most in NFL history (ROD WOODSON and DARREN SHARPER).

 


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