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THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 13

Posted Dec 4, 2012

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 13

SO CLOSE: Through Week 13, 55.7 percent of games (107 of 192) have been decided by eight points or fewer. The 107 games decided by that margin are the most through the first 13 weeks of a season in NFL history.

 

There have been 97 games decided by seven points or fewer, also the most ever through this point of any season.

 

The most games decided by eight points and seven points or fewer through Week 13:

 

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER

 

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 13

 

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 13

2012

107

 

2012

97

2002

105

 

2011

96

2003

102

 

2003

96

2011

101

 

2002

95

Three tied

99

 

2006

93

 

-- NFL --

 

MORE TIME: There have been 19 overtime games this season, one shy of the NFL record for the most in league annals through Week 13 (20 in 1995 and 2002).

 

Rookies propelled their teams to victory in each of last week’s two overtime games.

 

Seattle rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who tied a career best with 293 passing yards and added a career-high 71 rushing yards, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to SIDNEY RICE on the extra period’s opening possession to claim a 23-17 win at Chicago. Wilson posted 38 passing yards with one touchdown and 28 rushing yards during the 12-play, 80-yard drive that sealed the victory.

 

During St. Louis’ 16-13 win over San Francisco, Rams rookie kicker GREG ZUERLEIN converted a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter and a game-winning 54-yard field goal in overtime. Rams rookie cornerback JANORIS JENKINS also scored his third touchdown in two weeks on a two-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter.

 

The most overtime games in a season’s first 13 weeks:

 

MOST OVERTIME GAMES

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 13

2002

20

1995

20

2012

19

2003

19

1983

17

 

-- NFL --

 

CLINCHING CROWNS: Four teams clinched a playoff berth in Week 13, including three division winners:

 

  • The ATLANTA FALCONS, who defeated New Orleans 23-13 on Thursday night, clinched the NFC South on Sunday 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.

 

On Sunday, Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY became the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win 10 division titles, while Broncos quarterback PEYTON MANNING tied Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA for the second-most division titles in NFL history with nine.

 

-- NFL --

 

PATRIOT WAY: With their 23-16 win at Miami, the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS clinched their fourth consecutive AFC East title and ninth division championship since 2003.

 

The Patriots (9-3) are guaranteed to finish the year with a winning record for the 12th consecutive season, the longest active such streak and tied for the seventh-longest all-time. New England is the first team to accomplish the feat since the San Francisco 49ers (1983-1998) posted a winning record in 16 consecutive seasons.

 

The teams with the most consecutive winning seasons in NFL history:

 

TEAM

YEARS

CONSEC. WINNING SEASONS

Dallas Cowboys

1966-1985

20

San Francisco 49ers

1983-1998

16

Oakland Raiders

1965-1980

16

Chicago Bears

1930-1944

15

Green Bay Packers

1934-1947

14

Cleveland Browns

1957-1969

13

New England Patriots

2001-2012

12*

Green Bay Packers

1921-1932

12

*Active streak

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

NO LUCK NEEDED: Indianapolis rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns in the Colts’ 35-33 victory over the Detroit Lions. Luck directed a 75-yard game-winning scoring drive in the final 1:07 of the contest, his fifth game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime this season. That total is tied for the most among rookie quarterbacks since the merger (BEN ROETHLISBERGER in 2004; VINCE YOUNG in 2006).

 

Luck has thrown for 3,596 yards this season, the most ever by a rookie in his first 12 games. His total (3,596) already ranks third-most in NFL history for a rookie, trailing only CAM NEWTON (4,051) and PEYTON MANNING (3,739).

 

The rookies with the most passing yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

PASSING YARDS

Cam Newton

Carolina

2011

4,051

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

1998

3,739

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

2012

3,596*

Sam Bradford

St. Louis

2010

3,512

Matt Ryan

Atlanta

2008

3,440

*Through 12 games

 

 

 

Luck has recorded eight wins and surpassed SAM BRADFORD (seven in 2010) for the most by a rookie quarterback who was drafted number one overall in the Super Bowl era.

 

The players selected number one overall with the most wins in their rookie seasons in the Super Bowl era

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

WINS

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

2012

8*

Sam Bradford

St. Louis

2010

7

Cam Newton

Carolina

2011

6

Jim Plunkett

New England

1971

6

Drew Bledsoe

New England

1993

5

Jeff George

Indianapolis

1990

5

*Through 12 games

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

ROBERT’S RUSHING RECORD: Washington rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III recorded 72 rushing yards on five carries (14.4 average) in the Redskins 17-16 win over the NFC East-rival New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

 

Through 12 games, Griffin has 714 rushing yards, already the most by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (CAM NEWTON, 706 in 2011). He is one of only five quarterbacks since 1970 to reach 700 rushing yards in a single season, joining RANDALL CUNNINGHAM, BOBBY DOUGLASS, Newton and MICHAEL VICK (three times).

 

-- NFL --

 

GOLD RUSH: San Francisco linebacker ALDON SMITH recorded one sack in the 49ers’ 16-13 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams. 

 

Smith has 31.5 career sacks and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (31) for the most by a player in his first two NFL seasons since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

 

Smith leads the NFL with 17.5 sacks, the second-most through a team’s first 12 games since 1982. MARK GASTINEAU of the New York Jets had 18.5 sacks through 12 games in 1984.

 

The players with the most sacks through a team’s first 12 games since the sack became an official statistic in 1982:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

SACKS THROUGH 12 GAMES

Mark Gastineau

NY Jets

1984

18.5

Aldon Smith  

San Francisco

2012

17.5

Michael Strahan

NY Giants

2001

16.5

Lawrence Taylor

NY Giants

1986

16.5

La'Roi Glover  

New Orleans

2000

16

Reggie White

Philadelphia

1987

16

Doug Betters

Miami

1983

16

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