Seven From Sunday
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 16
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
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
- 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).
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
- 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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