Sunday 20 August 2017 / 11:41 PM

THE WEEK THAT WAS: NFL WEEK 14

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 61 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 14, the third-most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Four teams – DETROIT, MINNESOTA, the NEW YORK JETS and WASHINGTON – were victorious in Week 14 after trailing in the fourth quarter.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
201264
198964
201661
201160
201559

Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD rushed for a seven-yard touchdown with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Lions’ 20-17 victory over Chicago. The Lions have won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The teams with the most wins after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

TEAMSEASONGAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER
Detroit20168
Indianapolis20097
Many tied6

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EXCITING FINISHES: There have been 155 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 14, the most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Twelve games were within one score in the fourth quarter in Week 14, including Washington’s 27-22 win at Philadelphia. Redskins running back CHRIS THOMPSON rushed for a go-ahead 25-yard touchdown with 1:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, the longest game-winning touchdown run inside the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter in franchise history.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016155
2004145
2015143
2013143
2012143

Additionally, there have been 144 games within seven points in the fourth quarter, including 11 last week, through Week 14, the most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within seven points in the fourth quarter through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES WITHIN SEVEN POINTS IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016144
2015138
2004138
2013137
2011137

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CLOSE GAMES: There have been 122 games decided by eight points or fewer and 112 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 14, both the most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in league annals. In Week 14, 11 games were decided by eight points or fewer, with 10 of those contests decided by seven points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016122
2012115
2015114
2002112
2013110

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016112
2015108
2012105
2011103
2013102
2002102

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STELLAR STEELERS: Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL rushed for a franchise-record 236 yards with three touchdowns, and added 62 receiving yards in the Steelers’ 27-20 win at Buffalo. Bell joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (November 19, 1961) as the only players in NFL history with at least 225 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 50 receiving yards in the same game.

PLAYERTEAMDATERUSHING YARDSRUSHING TDSRECEIVING YARDS
Le’Veon BellPittsburghDec. 11, 2016236362
Jim Brown^ClevelandNov. 19, 1961237452
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

Bell ranks third in the NFL with 1,616 scrimmage yards (1,053 rushing, 563 receiving) despite only appearing in 10 games this season. Bell’s 1,616 yards from scrimmage are the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first 10 games of a season, trailing only Brown’s 1,704 yards (1,447 rushing, 257 receiving) through 10 games in 1963.

The most scrimmage yards by a player through his first 10 games of a season:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRUSHING YARDSRECEIVING YARDSSCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jim Brown^Cleveland19631,4472571,704
Le’Veon BellPittsburgh20161,0535631,616
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had five catches for 78 yards in the Steelers’ victory. Brown, who has 93 catches for 1,130 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 90 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in three consecutive seasons.

The players with 90+ receptions, 1,100+ receiving yards and 10+ touchdown catches in the most consecutive seasons:

 

PLAYER

 

TEAM

 

SEASONS

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 90+ CATCHES,

1,100 RECEIVING YARDS & 10+ REC. TDS

Marvin Harrison^Indianapolis1999-20035
Antonio BrownPittsburgh2014-20163*
Demaryius ThomasDenver2012-20143
Terrell OwensSan Francisco2000-20023
Jerry Rice^San Francisco1993-19953
Sterling SharpeGreen Bay1992-19943
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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HOME SWEET HOME: New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 406 yards with three touchdowns for a 116.8 passer rating in the Patriots’ 30-23 victory over Baltimore on Monday Night Football. Brady has 28,464 passing yards in 109 career games at New England’s Gillette Stadium, which is the most passing yards by a quarterback at a single stadium in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE, who passed for 28,240 yards in 120 career games at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, previously held the record.

The most passing yards by a quarterback at a single stadium in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSTADIUMGAMESPASSING YARDS
Tom BradyNew EnglandGillette Stadium10928,464
Brett Favre^Green BayLambeau Field12028,240
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

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BIG-PLAY OBJ: New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM JR. had four catches for 94 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown reception in the Giants’ 10-7 victory over Dallas on Sunday Night Football. Beckham has nine career touchdown catches of at least 60 yards, the second-most by a player in his first three seasons in the league. HARLON HILL recorded 10 touchdowns of 60 or more yards in his first three seasons with the Bears from 1954-56.

The players with the most 60+ yard touchdown receptions in their first three seasons:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONS60+ YARD RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS
Harlon HillChicago1954-195610
Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants2014-20169*
Victor CruzNew York Giants2010-20127
Homer JonesNew York Giants1964-19667
Charley Taylor^Washington1964-19667
*In third season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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PACKER PAIRING: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 246 yards with three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver JORDY NELSON in the Packers’ 38-10 victory over Seattle. Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 57 touchdown passes, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and ANTONIO FREEMAN for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

The most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in Green Bay history:

QUARTERBACKRECEIVERRECEIVING TDS
Aaron RodgersJordy Nelson57*
Brett FavreAntonio Freeman57
Aaron RodgersJames Jones41
Brett FavreSterling Sharpe41
*Active teammates

Rodgers and Nelson have combined for the most touchdowns among active quarterback and wide receiver duos, and trail only the quarterback and tight end combinations of San Diego’s PHILIP RIVERS and ANTONIO GATES (82 touchdowns) and New England’s TOM BRADY and ROB GRONKOWSKI (67 touchdowns) among active teammates.

QUARTERBACKRECEIVERTEAMRECEIVING TDS
Philip RiversAntonio GatesSan Diego82
Tom BradyRob GronkowskiNew England67
Aaron RodgersJordy NelsonGreen Bay57
Tony RomoDez BryantDallas50
Ben RoethlisbergerAntonio BrownPittsburgh49

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WINNING IN MANY WAYS: Miami kicker ANDREW FRANKS converted a 21-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the Dolphins’ 26-23 victory over Arizona. The Dolphins tied a franchise record with five game-winning scores in the fourth quarter this season and are the second team in NFL history (Indianapolis, 2008) to have scored game-winning points in the fourth quarter on five different play types (rush, reception, kickoff return, interception return and field goal) in a single season.

The game-winning scores in the fourth quarter by Miami in 2016:

OPPONENTWEEKGAME-WINNING SCORETIME REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER
Buffalo7RB Damien Williams 12-yard run3:56
New York Jets9KR-RB Kenyan Drake 96-yard kickoff return5:15
San Diego10LB Kiko Alonso 60-yard interception return1:01
Los Angeles11WR DeVante Parker 9-yard pass from QB Ryan Tannehill0:36
Arizona14K Andrew Franks 21-yard field goal0:00

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HILL THRILLS: Kansas City wide receiver/return specialist TYREEK HILL had a 78-yard punt-return touchdown and a 36-yard touchdown reception in the Chiefs’ 21-13 win over Oakland on Thursday Night Football. Hill, who was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 12 after recording a rushing, receiving and kickoff-return touchdown in the same game, is the third rookie – and the first since Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS in 1965 – to score a rushing, receiving, kickoff-return and punt-return touchdown in a single season.

The rookies with a rushing, receiving, kick-return and punt-return touchdown in a single season:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRUSH TDSRECEIVING TDSKICK RETURN TDSPUNT RETURN TDS
Tyreek HillKansas City20161611
Gale Sayers^Chicago196514611
Bobby Mitchell^Cleveland19581311
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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