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The Week That Was - Week 15

Posted Dec 17, 2013

The Week That Was - Week 15



THE WEEK THAT WASWEEK 15

 

SCORING HIGHS: On Sunday, NFL teams combined to score 763 points, the most scored in a single day in NFL history. The previous high was 759 points on January 1, 2012.

 

Teams have combined to score 10,632 points this season, the most ever through Week 15 (10,236 in 2012).

 

Teams have also combined to score 1,190 TDs, the most at this point in NFL history (1,136 in 2012). Of the 1,190 touchdowns, 722 have been TD passes, the most through the first 15 weeks of any season. The previous high was 663 in 2010.

 

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PLAY 60: In Week 15, the GREEN BAY PACKERS (trailed 26-3; won 37-36) overcame a 23-point deficit to win. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, there have been 18 comeback wins of at least 14 points, tied for the most in a season in NFL history (18 in 2011).

 

The most comeback victories of at least 14 points in a season in NFL history:

 

SEASON

MOST 14 POINT COMEBACK WINS

2013

18*

2011

18

1996

17

1987

17

1983

17

1979

17

*Through Week 15

 

 

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KEEPING IT CLOSE: Through Week 15, there have been 110 games decided by seven points or fewer, the second-most through the first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history (113 in 2002).

 

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 15:

 

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 15

2002

113

2013

110

2003

109

2012

108

2011

108

 

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TDS GALORE: Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH threw five touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ 56-31 win over Oakland. That marked the seventh individual five-touchdown performance this season, already the fifth-most in a single season in NFL history (11 in 2004).

 

The most individual five-touchdown games in a single season in NFL history:

                                     

SEASON

MOST INDIVIDUAL FIVE TD PASS GAMES IN SEASON

2004

11

2011

8

1969

8

1962

8

2013

7*

*Through Week 15

 

 

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YARDS APLENTY: Through Week 15, NFL games have averaged 703 total yards per game, which is on pace to surpass the single-season record set in 2012 (694.4 per game).

 

Three NFL teams – DENVER (453.4), PHILADELPHIA (414) and DETROIT (405.3) – are averaging more than 400 total yards per game, which is on pace to tie for the most of any season in NFL history (2011 and 2012).

 

Denver can challenge the single-season record for total yards per game, which was set in 2011 by the New Orleans Saints (467.1).

 

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PO(INT) OF RETURN: Teams have combined to score 56 interception-return touchdowns through Week 15, the second-most INT-TD returns through 15 weeks since 1970 (62 in 2012).

 

Five players – Arizona cornerback ANTOINE CASON (20 yards), Carolina cornerback CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN (41), Chicago cornerback ZACK BOWMAN (43), Cleveland safety TASHAUN GIPSON (44) and Kansas City safety ERIC BERRY (47) – returned interceptions for touchdowns in Week 15.

 

The most interception-return touchdowns through Week 15 since 1970:

 

THROUGH WEEK 15

SEASON

INT-TD RETURNS

2012

62

2013

56

1999

53

2001

52

2003

50

 

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MEGATRON: On Monday Night Football, Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON recorded six catches for 98 yards in the Lions’ 18-16 loss to Baltimore.

 

Johnson, who leads the NFL with 5,094 receiving yards since the start of the 2011 season, became the first player in NFL history to record 5,000-yards in any three-season span.

 

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COLTSTRONG: Indianapolis linebacker ROBERT MATHIS recorded a sack in the Colts’ 25-3 win over Houston, bringing his career total to 108 and season total to 16.5. Both totals surpassed DWIGHT FREENEY’s club record for career sacks (107.5) and sacks in a single season (16 in 2004).


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