SEVEN FROM SUNDAY –
A look at seven statistical
highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December
23, the 16th week of the 2018 season.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated
Pittsburgh, 31-28, and clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC
playoffs. With the Steelers’ loss, the HOUSTON
TEXANS clinched a playoff berth.
The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated Buffalo, 24-12,
and clinched the AFC East division title for the 10th consecutive season.
The Patriots have
advanced to the postseason in 10 consecutive seasons (2009-18), surpassing
Dallas (nine from 1975-1983) and Indianapolis (nine from 2002-2010) for the
most consecutive seasons in NFL history with a playoff berth.
With their 10th win of
the season, New England (16 seasons from 2003-2018) tied San Francisco (16 from
1983-98) for the most consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories in NFL
New England quarterback
TOM BRADY, who has 4,105 passing
yards this season, joins PEYTON
MANNING (14 seasons), DREW BREES (12)
and PHILIP RIVERS (10) as the only
quarterbacks in NFL history with 10 seasons of at least 4,000 passing yards.
The DALLAS COWBOYS defeated Tampa Bay,
27-20, and clinched the NFC East division title for the second time in the
past three seasons.
Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 109 scrimmage yards
(85 rushing, 24 receiving) in the Cowboys’ Week 16 victory.
Elliott, who has 4,048
rushing yards and 1,199 receiving yards in his three-year NFL career, is the fifth
player in NFL history with at least 4,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving
yards in his first three NFL seasons, joining OTTIS ANDERSON, CHRIS JOHNSON,
and Pro Football Hall of Famers BARRY
SANDERS and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON.
Elliott, who had 1,994
scrimmage yards in 2016, leads the NFL with 2,001 scrimmage yards this season
and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC
DICKERSON and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON, and EDGERRIN JAMES as the only players in
league annals with at least 1,900 scrimmage yards in two of their first three career
rookie quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD completed
27 of 37 pass attempts (73.0 percent) for 284 yards with three touchdowns and zero
interceptions for a 121.9 passer rating in the Browns’ 26-18 win against
Mayfield, who has 24
touchdown passes in 2018, surpassed ANDREW
LUCK (23 touchdown passes in 2012) for the second-most touchdown passes by
a rookie quarterback selected No. 1 overall in the common draft era. Only PEYTON MANNING (26 in 1998) had more
passing touchdowns as a rookie quarterback selected No. 1 overall in the common
Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS completed
37 of 55 pass attempts (67.3 percent) for 442 yards with two touchdowns and
zero interceptions for a 103.8 passer rating and had two rushing touchdowns in
the Packers’ 44-38 overtime win at the New York Jets.
Rodgers is the only
player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards, two passing touchdowns
and two rushing touchdowns. He also previously accomplished the feat on
October 2, 2011 against Denver (408 passing yards, four touchdown passes and
two rushing touchdowns).
quarterback NICK FOLES passed for
471 yards and four touchdowns while tight end ZACH ERTZ had 12 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the
Eagles’ 32-30 victory against Houston.
Foles is the first
quarterback in franchise history with multiple career games of at least 400
passing yards and four touchdown passes (406 passing yards and seven
touchdown passes on November 3, 2013 at Oakland). His 471 passing yards are the
most in a single game in franchise history, surpassing DONOVAN MC NABB, who passed for 464
yards against Green Bay on December 5, 2004.
Ertz, who has a
franchise-record 113 catches in 2018, surpassed JASON WITTEN (110 receptions in 2012) for the most receptions by a
tight end in a single season in NFL history.
· Minnesota wide receiver
ADAM THIELEN had five receptions for
80 yards in the Vikings’ 27-9 victory at Detroit.
Thielen, who signed as an undrafted free agent with
Minnesota in 2013, has 110 catches and 1,335 receiving yards in 2018 and joins
ROD SMITH (2000 & 2001) & WES WELKER (2009, 2011 & 2012) as
the only undrafted players in the common draft era with at least 100 receptions
and 1,300 receiving yards in a single season.
· Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had 178 scrimmage
yards (101 rushing, 77 receiving) and 12 receptions in the Panthers’ Week 16
loss against Atlanta.
McCaffrey, who leads all running backs with 106 receptions
this season, surpassed MATT FORTÉ
(102 receptions in 2014) for the most receptions by a running back in a single
season in NFL history.
McCaffrey, who has 1,080 rushing yards in 2018, joins
Pro Football Hall of Famer LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (2003) and MATT FORTÉ (2014) as the only players
in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 100 receptions in a single
· Pittsburgh wide
receiver JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 11 receptions
for 115 yards in the Steelers’ Week 16 loss against New Orleans.
Smith-Schuster, who is 22 years and 31 days old, has 106
catches this season and surpassed LARRY
FITZGERALD (22 years, 123 days) as the youngest player to reach 100
receptions in a single season in NFL history.