Week 17 What To Look For - A Look Back

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Week 17 What To Look For - A Look Back

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WHAT TO LOOK FORA LOOK BACK

UNPREDICTABLE NFL: Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Four teams – HOUSTON (9-7, AFC South champions), KANSAS CITY (11-5, Wild Card), MINNESOTA (11-5, NFC North champions), and WASHINGTON (9-7, NFC East champions) – accomplished the feat this season. 

The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify: 

SEASON

PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS

1990

7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)

1991

5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)

1992

6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)

1993

5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)

1994

5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)

1995

4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)

1996

5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)          

1997

5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)

1998

5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)

1999

7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2000

6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)

2001

6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)

2002

5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)

2003

8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)

2004

5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)

2005

7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)

2006

7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)

2007

6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2008

7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)

2009

6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)

2010

5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)

2011

6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)

2012

4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)

2013

5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)

2014

5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)

2015

4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)

 

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HIGH SCORES: NFL teams combined to score 11,680 points (45.6 points per game) this season, surpassing 2012 (11,651) for the second-most points scored in a single season in NFL history (11,985 in 2013). 

The most combined points scored in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON

MOST COMBINED POINTS SCORED

2013

11,985

2015

11,680

2012

11,651

2014

11,565

2011

11,356​


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30 CLUB: Eleven different quarterbacks have passed for 30 or more touchdowns in 2015, the most in a single season in NFL history. The previous high was nine in 2014. 

The quarterbacks to throw at least 30 touchdown passes this season: 

PLAYER

TEAM

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Tom Brady

New England

36

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville

35

Eli Manning

New York Giants

35

Cam Newton

Carolina

35

Carson Palmer

Arizona

35

Russell Wilson

Seattle

34

Drew Brees

New Orleans

32

Derek Carr

Oakland

32

Matthew Stafford

Detroit

32

Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets

                  31

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

31


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FANTASTIC RECEIVERS: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had nine receptions for 149 yards against New Orleans.

​​Jones, who had the most receiving yards in the NFL this season with 1,871, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,848 yards in 1995) for the second-most receiving yards in a season in NFL history.

Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN finished the season with 1,834 yards, the fourth-most receiving yards in a season in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in a season in NFL history: 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

RECEIVING YARDS

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2012

1,964

Julio Jones

Atlanta

2015

1,871

Jerry Rice

San Francisco

1995

1,848

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2015

1,834

Isaac Bruce

St. Louis

1995

1,781


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KICKING THE RECORD BOOKS:  New England kicker STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI led the NFL in scoring for the fifth time in his career with 151 points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer DON HUTSON (five) and GINO CAPPELLETTI (five) as the only players to lead the league in points scored at least five times.

 

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