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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK

Posted Dec 3, 2012

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK

KEEPING IT CLOSE: There have been 11 games decided by eight points or fewer thus far in Week 13, bringing the season total to 106 such games.

 

The 106 games decided by eight-or-fewer points are already the most ever through Week 13 with one game still to play.

 

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

 

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 13

2012

106*

2002

105

2003

102

2011

101

2010

99

2006

99

1988

99

                                                                                                *One game remaining

 

-- NFL --

 

COMPLETE PLAYER: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING completed 27 passes for 242 yards with three touchdowns for a 103.2 passer rating in the Broncos’ 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the victory, Denver clinched the AFC West division title. 

 

Manning now has 4,986 completions in his career and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (4,967) for the second-most completions all-time. BRETT FAVRE holds the record, completing 6,300 passes in his career.

 

The players with the most completions in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

COMPLETIONS

Brett Favre

6,300

Peyton Manning*

4,986

Dan Marino

4,967

John Elway

4,123

Warren Moon

3,988

*Active

 

 

-- 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 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 --

 

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

 

-- NFL --

 

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated the Miami Dolphins 23-16 on Sunday and clinched the AFC East division title.

 

The Patriots have now won 12 consecutive regular-season December games and became the fourth team in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

 

The teams to win at least 12 consecutive regular-season games in December:

 

TEAM

YEARS

CONSECUTIVE DECEMBER WINS

San Diego Chargers

2006-2009

18

Dallas Cowboys

1968-1972

13

New England Patriots

2009-present

12*

New England Patriots

2006-2008

12

                                                *Current streak

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