A look at seven statistical
highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December
9, the 14th week of the 2018 season.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Tampa
Bay, 28-14, and clinched the NFC South division title for the
second-consecutive season. New Orleans has won back-to-back division titles
for the first time in franchise history.
The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
clinched a playoff berth with a 27-24 overtime victory over
Baltimore. The Chiefs advance to the postseason for the fourth-consecutive
The LOS ANGELES RAMS,
who clinched the NFC West division title in Week 13 and play at Chicago tonight
(8:20 PM ET, NBC), can clinch a first-round bye with a victory over the
MIAMI DOLPHINS defeated New England,
34-33, on the final play from scrimmage, as running back KENYAN DRAKE took a lateral from wide receiver DE VANTE PARKER 52 yards for a touchdown as time expired.
The Dolphins’ game-winning 69-yard touchdown was the longest
play from scrimmage to win a game with no time remaining in the fourth quarter
since the 1970 merger.
Dolphins running back FRANK
GORE recorded 116 scrimmage yards (92 rushing, 24 receiving) in the team’s
victory. Gore, who has 18,530 career scrimmage yards, surpassed Pro Football
Hall of Famer LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (18,456)
for the fifth-most scrimmage yards in NFL history. The four players with
more scrimmage yards than Gore are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of
Fame: JERRY RICE (23,540), EMMITT SMITH (21,579), WALTER PAYTON (21,264) and MARSHALL FAULK (19,154).
City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES completed
35 of 53 passes (66.0 percent) for 377 yards with two touchdowns and one
interception for a 91.5 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 27-24 overtime victory
Mahomes, who was selected in the first round of the 2017
NFL Draft, leads the NFL with 4,300 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes this
season. Mahomes joined Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (1984) and KURT
WARNER (1999) as the only first-or-second year quarterbacks in league
annals with at least 4,000 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes in a single
Chiefs tight end TRAVIS
KELCE had seven catches for 77 yards and one touchdown in the victory.
Kelce has 86 catches and 1,159 receiving yards this season and is the first
tight end in league annals with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving
yards in three consecutive seasons.
Kansas City defensive lineman CHRIS JONES recorded a sack in the win and has at least one sack in
each of the Chiefs’ past nine games. Jones is the first player to record a
sack in at least nine consecutive games in a single season since the individual
sack became an official statistic in 1982. He is the sixth player since
1982 to record at least one sack in nine consecutive games at any point in time.
Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS completed
21 of 32 passes (65.6 percent) for 196 yards with two touchdowns and zero
interceptions for a 103.1 passer rating in the Packers’ 34-20 victory over
Rodgers, who has not thrown an interception in 368 pass
attempts dating back to Week 4, surpassed TOM BRADY (358 consecutive attempts from 2010-11) for the most
consecutive pass attempts without an interception in NFL history.
York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING passed
for 197 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 132.0 passer
rating and rookie running back SAQUON
BARKLEY rushed for 170 yards with one touchdown in the team’s 40-16 victory
Manning has 55,142 career passing yards and became the seventh
quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 55,000 passing yards.
Barkley, who scored on a 78-yard touchdown run, has five
scrimmage touchdowns of at least 50 yards this season, the most by a rookie
in a single season since Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (five touchdowns in 1998). Only BILLY HOWTON of the 1952 Green Bay Packers had more such touchdowns
as a rookie in a single season (six).
Barkley has 12 games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in
2018, tying EDGERRIN JAMES (12
games in 1999) for the second-most games with 100+ scrimmage yards by a rookie
in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (13 games in 1983) has more such games.
Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had
11 receptions for 98 yards in the Saints’ 28-14 victory at Tampa Bay.
Thomas, who has 298 receptions since entering the league in
2016, surpassed ODELL BECKHAM, JR. (288
catches from 2014-16) and JARVIS LANDRY (288
catches from 2014-16) for the most catches by a player in his first three
seasons in NFL history.
notable performances from Sunday include:
England quarterback TOM BRADY passed
for 358 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 112.4 passer
rating in the Patriots’ Week 14 loss at Miami.
Brady has 582 career
touchdown passes (including the postseason) and surpassed PEYTON MANNING (579) for the most
touchdown passes in NFL history.
Brady has 47 career
games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes and surpassed
Manning (46 games) for the second-most such games in league annals. Only DREW BREES (63) has more such games in
Francisco tight end GEORGE KITTLE had
seven catches for 210 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown catch, in the
49ers’ 20-14 victory over Denver.
Kittle’s 210 receiving yards are the third-most by a
tight end in a single game in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall
of Famers SHANNON SHARPE (214
receiving yards on October 20, 2002) and JACKIE
SMITH (212 on October 13, 1963).
rookie quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD completed
18 of 22 passes (81.8 percent) for 238 yards with one touchdown and zero
interceptions for a 126.9 passer rating in the Browns’ 26-20 victory over
Mayfield has thrown at
least one touchdown pass in each of his first 10 career starts and joined Pro
Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (1999) and BRAD JOHNSON (1996-97) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl
era with a touchdown pass in each of his first 10 career starts.
wide receiver JULIO JONES had eight
catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ loss at Green Bay.
Jones leads the NFL
with 1,429 receiving yards this season and has recorded at least 1,400
receiving yards in each of the past five seasons, the longest streak in NFL history.