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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK

Posted Nov 6, 2012

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK

SUNDAY ENDS: The Atlanta Falcons (8-0) remained undefeated with a 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Atlanta tight end TONY GONZALEZ recorded four receptions for 36 yards and Dallas tight end JASON WITTEN caught seven passes for 51 yards.

 

Gonzalez now has 50 receptions this season and 1,199 for his career, second all-time behind Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,549). Gonzalez is the only player in NFL history with 15 consecutive 50-reception seasons and joins Rice (17) as the only players in NFL history with 15 50-reception seasons

 

Witten has 58 receptions in 2012, marking his ninth consecutive 50-catch season, the second-most by a tight end behind Gonzalez. Witten (754) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (750) for the most receptions in franchise history.

 

Gonzalez and Witten rank among the top three tight ends in all-time receptions and receiving yards:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

RECEPTIONS

RECEIVING YARDS

Tony Gonzalez

Kansas City, Atlanta

1,199

13,833

Shannon Sharpe*

Denver, Baltimore

815

10,060

Jason Witten

Dallas

754

8,447

*Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

10,000 CLUB: Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD totaled 285 passing yards on Sunday as the Lions defeated Jacksonville, 31-14. Stafford (10,233) reached 10,000 career passing yards in his 37th career game and became the second-fastest player to reach the milestone (KURT WARNER, 36).

 

The fewest games to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAMES

Kurt Warner

St. Louis

36

Matthew Stafford

Detroit

37

Marc Bulger

St. Louis

38

Dan Marino

Miami

38

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

39

                               

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ROOKIE SHOWDOWN: The Indianapolis Colts (5-3), led by 2012 NFL Draft No. 1 overall selection ANDREW LUCK, defeated the Miami Dolphins (4-4) and rookie quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL, 23-20 on Sunday. The matchup marked the first time since the merger that two rookie quarterbacks, each with at least three wins, faced each other in a game.

 

Luck completed 30 of 48 passes (62.5 percent) for 433 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 105.6 passer rating. Luck’s 433 passing yards are the most by a rookie in a game in NFL history, besting the previous mark of 432 yards set by CAM NEWTON last season.

 

Luck has four 300-yard passing games, tied with PEYTON MANNING (1998) for the most by a rookie in a season all-time.

 

This season, there have been nine individual 300-yard passing games by rookie quarterbacks. That is already the most such games in a single season in NFL history.

 

The most passing yards in a single game by a rookie quarterback in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

OPPONENT

WEEK

SEASON

PASSING YARDS

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

Miami

9

2012

433

Cam Newton

Carolina

Green Bay

2

2011

432

Ryan Tannehill

Miami

Arizona

4

2012

431

 

-- NFL --

 

ZERO TO 60: Pittsburgh head coach MIKE TOMLIN earned his 60th victory on Sunday with a 24-20 win over the New York Giants. Tomlin now has a 60-28 (.682) record in six seasons and his 88 games ties CHUCK KNOX (88) for the fourth-fewest games to reach 60 career victories among coaches who began their career since 1970.

 

GEORGE SEIFERT (75) reached 60 wins in the fewest games in NFL history.

 

The coaches who began their career since 1970 to win 60 games in the fewest games 

 

COACH

TEAM(S)^

NO. OF GAMES

George Seifert

San Francisco

75

Joe Gibbs

Washington

84

Mike Ditka

Chicago

85

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh

88

Chuck Knox

LA Rams, Buffalo

88

Bill Cowher

Pittsburgh

90

Andy Reid

Philadelphia

90

^Through first 60 wins

 

 

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNF:  One more note to keep in mind for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Eagles and Saints…

 

STILL IN THE MIX: History shows that a losing record at this point in the season does not negate a team’s chances of making the playoffs. Since 2000, 29 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and proceeded to the playoffs, including at least one in each season.

 

Of those 29 clubs, five have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including the 2001 New England Patriots, who won Super Bowl XXXVI. 

 

The five teams since 2000 to start .500 or worse halfway through the season and advance to the Conference Championship Game:

 

SEASON

TEAM

RECORD

ADVANCED TO:

2001

New England

4-4

Won Super Bowl XXXVI

2002

Tennessee

4-4

Championship Game

2002

Oakland 

4-4

Lost Super Bowl XXXVII

2007

San Diego

4-4

Championship Game

2009

New York Jets

4-4

Championship Game

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