Week That Was
THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 16
There have been 70 games won by teams that trailed
in the fourth quarter through Week 16, tied for the most such games in a
single season in NFL history.
Four teams – HOUSTON, MIAMI, PITTSBURGH
and SAN FRANCISCO – were victorious in Week 16 after trailing in the
fourth quarter. The Texans and Steelers both overcame fourth quarter deficits
for the second consecutive week.
most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL
GAMES WON AFTER
TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER IN SINGLE SEASON
WORST TO FIRST: The DALLAS COWBOYS (13-2), who defeated Detroit 42-21 on Monday Night Football, clinched the NFC
East division and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks
the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last
or tied for last place to a division championship the following year.
The teams to go from
“worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:
PRIOR SEASON RECORD
Tied for last place
Won Super Bowl
The GREEN BAY PACKERS defeated
Minnesota 38-25 on Saturday at Lambeau Field. The win marked the Packers’ 217th
victory at Lambeau Field, the most home wins by any franchise at one stadium
in NFL history. Green Bay surpassed Chicago, which had 216 victories at
The most home wins by a franchise at
The PITTSBURGH STEELERS defeated Baltimore
31-27 on Sunday, clinching the AFC North division title. The victory marked the
600th regular-season victory in franchise history, joining Chicago (744),
Green Bay (729) and the New York Giants (683) as the only teams in NFL history
to reach 600 regular-season wins.
The teams with the most regular-season victories in
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
New England defeated the New York Jets 41-3 on
Saturday, marking BILL BELICHICK’s 200th regular-season win as head
coach of the Patriots.
Belichick joins Pro Football Hall of Famers GEORGE
HALAS (318 with Chicago), DON SHULA (257 with Miami), TOM LANDRY (250
with Dallas) and CURLY LAMBEAU (209 with Green Bay) as the only head
coaches to win 200 regular-season games with one team.
The head coaches with 200 regular-season wins with
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
FRANCHISE CONNECTIONS: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 347 yards and four
touchdowns, including two to wide receiver JORDY NELSON, in the Packers’
38-25 win over Minnesota.
Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 59 touchdown passes, surpassing
Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and ANTONIO FREEMAN (57) for
the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.
Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 279 yards and
three touchdowns, including the game-winning four-yard score to wide receiver ANTONIO
BROWN with nine seconds remaining in the Steelers’ 31-27 win over
Roethlisberger and Brown have combined for 50 touchdown passes, surpassing
Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW and LYNN SWANN (49)
for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to receiver in team
Roethlisberger has 301 career touchdown passes and surpassed
Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (300) for the ninth-most touchdown
passes in NFL history. Roethlisberger is the 10th player in NFL history
to throw for at least 300 career touchdowns.
The quarterbacks with 300 career
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
POSH PASSERS: Dallas
wide receiver DEZ BRYANT had two
touchdown catches and his first career touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ 42-21
victory against Detroit.
Bryant, who has 67 career receiving
touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (65) for the second-most in franchise history, is the
fifth player in NFL history with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in
the same game.
The players with two touchdown
catches and a touchdown pass in the same game:
Kansas City defensive tackle DONTARI POE threw a two-yard touchdown
pass in the Chiefs’ 33-10 win against Denver.
Poe, who has 1.5 sacks this season,
is the first player with a touchdown pass and a sack in the same season since
the sack became an official statistic in 1982.
Jacksonville quarterback BLAKE BORTLES passed for 325 yards and
one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 38-17 win against Tennessee. Bortles, who threw a
21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver MARQISE
LEE, also had a 20-yard touchdown reception from Lee in the victory.
Bortles and Lee became the first
pair of teammates in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 20 yards
to each other in the same game.
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