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The Week That Was - Week 16

Posted Dec 24, 2013

The Week That Was - Week 16



THE WEEK THAT WASWEEK 16

 

UNPREDICTABLE NFL: After Week 16, all four AFC divisions have been decided, but the final playoff spot is still to be determined. In the NFC, all four divisions are up for grabs on the season’s final Sunday.

 

This season will mark an NFL-record 11th consecutive season that at least one team has finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place the previous season.

 

Three teams that finished in or tied for last place in their division in 2012 – Philadelphia (NFC East), New Orleans (NFC South) and Carolina (NFC South) – remain in contention for a division title entering Week 17. 

 

Entering the season’s final week, 18 teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII:

 

DIVISION

AFC

NFC

EAST

New England (11-4)

TBD

NORTH

Cincinnati (10-5)

TBD

SOUTH

Indianapolis (10-5)

TBD

WEST

Denver (12-3)

TBD

PLAYOFF BERTH

Kansas City (11-4)

Seattle* (12-3); San Francisco* (11-4)

PLAYOFF BERTH

TBD

Carolina* (11-4)

*In contention for division title

 

 

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EXCITING FINISHES: Through Week 16, there have been 116 games decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the second-most through 16 weeks of a season in NFL history (118 in 2002).

 

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TDS GALORE: Cincinnati’s ANDY DALTON and Denver’s PEYTON MANNING each threw four touchdown passes without an interception on Sunday. There have now been 17 such performances this season, one shy of the single-season record (18 in 2004).

 

The most games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions in a season in NFL history:

 

SEASON

MOST INDIVIDUAL FOUR TD PASS & ZERO INT GAMES IN SEASON

2004

18

2013

17*

2007

16

2009

14

Many tied

12

*Through Week 16

 

 

Teams have combined to score 11,322 points this season, the most ever through Week 16 (10,914 in 2012).

 

Teams have also combined to score 1,265 TDs, the most at this point in NFL history (1,210 in 2012). Of the 1,265 touchdowns, 757 have been TD passes, the most through 16 weeks of any season. The previous high was 714 in 2010.

 

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PO(INT) OF RETURN: Teams have combined to score 62 interception-return touchdowns through Week 16, the second-most INT-TD returns in a season since 1970 (71 in 2012).

 

Six players – Cincinnati linebacker VINCENT REY (25 yards), New England safety TAVON WILSON (74), New York Giants safety WILL HILL (38), Philadelphia cornerback BRANDON BOYKIN (54), Pittsburgh cornerback CORTEZ ALLEN (40) and San Francisco linebacker NA VORRO BOWMAN (89) – returned interceptions for touchdowns in Week 16.

 

The most interception-return touchdowns in a season since 1970:

 

SINGLE SEASON SINCE 1970

SEASON

INT-TD RETURNS

2012

71

2013

62*

1967

60

2001

59

2003

58

1999

58

*Through Week 16

 

 

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TOM TERRIFIC: The New England Patriots and quarterback TOM BRADY clinched the AFC East division title on Sunday with a 41-7 win over Baltimore.

 

Brady now has 147 career wins and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for fourth on the all-time wins list among starting quarterbacks.

 

The starting quarterbacks with the most regular-season wins in NFL history:

 

QUARTERBACK

CAREER WINS

Brett Favre

186

Peyton Manning*

166

John Elway

148

Tom Brady*

147

Dan Marino

147

*Active

 

 

Brady has now led the Patriots to 11 division titles, the most of any starting quarterback in NFL history.

 

The Denver Broncos and quarterback PEYTON MANNING clinched the AFC West division title and a first-round bye with a 37-13 win over Houston. Manning joins Brady as the only starting quarterbacks in NFL history with 10 division titles.

 

The starting quarterbacks with the most division titles since 1970:

 

QUARTERBACK

CAREER DIVISION TITLES

Tom Brady

11*

Peyton Manning

10*

Joe Montana

9

Brett Favre

8

Terry Bradshaw

7

John Elway

7

 

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MANNING’S DOZEN: Denver’s PEYTON MANNING passed for 400 yards with four touchdowns for a 113.2 passer rating in Denver’s win, helping the AFC West-champion Broncos improve to 12-3.

 

Since entering the NFL in 1998, Manning’s teams have reached 12 regular-season wins in 10 different seasons, the most by a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

 

The starting quarterbacks with the most 12-win regular seasons in the Super Bowl era:

 

MOST SEASONS WITH 12 WINS

PLAYER

SEASONS

Peyton Manning*

10^

Tom Brady*

7

Brett Favre

6

John Elway

4

Jim Kelly

4

*Active

^Includes 2013

 

 

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GREAT GARÇON: Washington wide receiver PIERRE GARÇON has caught at least five passes in all 15 games this season and recorded 11 catches for 144 yards on Sunday in the Redskins’ loss to Dallas.

 

Garçon now has 107 receptions this season and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer ART MONK (106) for the most in a single season in franchise history.

 

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BLOWING OUT THE CANDLE: On Monday night, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS defeated Atlanta 34-24 in the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park. San Francisco will move to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California next season.

 

The 49ers have called Candlestick home since 1971 and Monday marked the 36th time the stadium has hosted Monday Night Football, the most of any stadium in NFL history.

 

The NFL stadiums to host the most Monday Night Football Games in NFL history:

 

STADIUM

MOST MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES

Candlestick Park

36

Sun Life Stadium

32

Giants Stadium

30

Texas Stadium

28

Soldier Field

25

Qualcomm Stadium

25


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