Seven From Sunday - Week 16

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Seven From Sunday - Week 16

Seven From Sunday 2015 Regular Week 16 English


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 27, the 16th week of the 2015 season.

  • The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, who defeated Cleveland 17-13, clinched a playoff berth. The Chiefs have won nine consecutive games and joined the 1986 New York Jets as the only teams in NFL history with a nine-game winning streak and a five-game losing streak in the same season. The CINCINNATI BENGALS, who play at Denver tomorrow night, clinched the AFC North division title today and can secure a first-round bye with a win over the Broncos. The DENVER BRONCOS, who host Cincinnati tomorrow, can clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Bengals. The HOUSTON TEXANS, who defeated Tennessee 34-6, can clinch the AFC South division title tomorrow night if Cincinnati defeats Denver. 

The ARIZONA CARDINALS, who have already won the NFC West division title, defeated Green Bay 38-8 and clinched a first-round bye. The WASHINGTON REDSKINS clinched the NFC East division title last night with a 38-24 win at Philadelphia. The MINNESOTA VIKINGS, who host the New York Giants tonight, can secure a playoff spot with a victory.

  • New York Jets wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL had eight catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets’ 26-20 overtime win against New England. Marshall has a franchise-record 101 catches this season and is the first player in NFL history with six 100-catch seasons. 

Jets wide receiver ERIC DECKER scored the game-winning touchdown with a six-yard catch in overtime. This marked the eighth game this season in which Marshall and Decker each had a touchdown reception, the most by teammates in the same season in NFL history. 

  • Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had nine catches for 178 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 20-13 win over Carolina. Jones has 127 catches and 1,722 receiving yards this season and is only the second player in NFL history with at least 125 catches and 1,700 receiving yards in a season (MARVIN HARRISON, 2002). 

Jones’ 127 catches are the third-most in a season in NFL history. With one game remaining, he trails Harrison (143 in 2002) and ANTONIO BROWN (129 in 2014). 

  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 412 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 135.4 passer rating in the Saints’ 38-27 win over Jacksonville. The performance marked Brees’ 13th career 400-yard passing game, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the second-most such games in NFL history and one shy of the NFL record held by PEYTON MANNING (14). 

In today’s victory, Brees threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to BRANDIN COOKS, Brees’ 16th career 70+ yard touchdown pass. That is tied for the most 70+ yard touchdown passes by a player in NFL history with Manning and AARON RODGERS.

  • Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON rushed for a touchdown – his eighth of the season – in the Panthers’ loss at Atlanta. Newton, who has thrown 33 touchdown passes this year, is the first player in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and eight rushing touchdowns in a single season. 
  • Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had seven catches in the Steelers’ 20-17 loss at Baltimore. Brown ranks second in the NFL with 123 catches this season and joins Pro Football Hall of Famer CRIS CARTER (1994-95) as the only players with back-to-back 120-catch seasons in NFL history. 
  • San Francisco wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN had five catches in the 49ers’ 32-17 loss at Detroit. Boldin (1,004) reached 1,000 career receptions and is the 13th player in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
    Boldin, Arizona’s LARRY FITZGERALD (Week 13) and Dallas’ JASON WITTEN (Week 13) all reached the 1,000-catch mark this season, marking the first time in NFL history three players recorded their 1,000th career reception in the same season.
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