Tuesday 24 October 2017 / 11:11 AM

THE WEEK THAT WAS: WEEK 11

CLOSE GAMES: There have been 123 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 11, the most such games in the first 11 weeks of a season in NFL history. Three teams – DETROIT, the NEW YORK GIANTS and WASHINGTON – have had all of their games within one score in the fourth quarter this season.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 11 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 11
2016123
2013114
2007113
2004113
2015112

Additionally, there have been 96 games decided by eight points or fewer and 90 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 11, both the most such games in the first 11 weeks of a season in league annals.

The Lions are the first team in NFL history to have each of its first 10 games decided by seven points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 11 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 11
201696
201589
198886
201285

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 11 in NFL history:

SEASONGAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 11
201690
201584
198881
201179


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FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACKS: Through Week 11, there have been 47 games in which a team that trailed in the fourth quarter came back to win, tied for the second-most such games in the first 11 weeks of a season in NFL history. Three teams – DETROIT, MIAMI and OAKLAND – overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win in Week 11.

All six of the Lions’ wins in 2016 have featured a fourth-quarter comeback. Last week, Detroit tight end ERIC EBRON rushed for the game-winning touchdown on his first career carry in the Lions’ 26-19 win over Jacksonville, becoming the first player to score a fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown on his first NFL carry since 1995 (CASEY WELDON). Detroit is first team in NFL history to have six wins when trailing in the fourth quarter in the team’s first 10 games of a season.

Miami quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL led two touchdown drives with under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter in the Dolphins’ 14-10 victory at Los Angeles. In Mexico City, Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the Raiders’ 27-20 win over Houston at Estadio Azteca.

The most games won by a team that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 11:

SEASONGAMES WON WHEN TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 11
198950
201647
201547
201246
201145
199945


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DOMINANCE IN DALLAS: Rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 301 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.2 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 27-17 win over Baltimore. Prescott became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and multiple touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games.

Prescott joined CHARLIE CONERLY (1948), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (1983) and RUSSELL WILSON (2012) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to throw multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

The rookie quarterbacks with multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games:

PLAYERSEASONTEAMGAMES TD PASSES IN STREAK
Dak Prescott2016Dallas5*13
Russell Wilson2012Seattle511
Dan Marino^1983Miami512
Charlie Conerly1948New York Giants512
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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MINNEAPOLIS 100: Minnesota’s XAVIER RHODES had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown and CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Vikings’ 30-24 win over Arizona. The Vikings became the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game.

Minnesota is the fourth team in NFL history with two scoring plays of at least 100 yards in the same game.

The teams with two touchdowns of at least 100 yards in the same game:

DATETEAMPLAYERYARDS PLAYERYARDS
Nov. 20, 2016MinnesotaXavier Rhodes100 (INT)Cordarrelle Patterson104 (KR)
Dec. 20, 2009ClevelandJosh Cribbs100 (KR)Josh Cribbs103 (KR)
Nov. 1, 2009MiamiTed Ginn Jr.100 (KR)Ted Ginn Jr.101 (KR)
Oct. 14, 1962DallasAmos Marsh101 (KR)Mike Gaechter100 (INT)

Rhodes’ 100-yard interception-return touchdown was the longest in Vikings history. Patterson, who is in his fourth season in the NFL, is the first player in league history with four touchdowns of 100+ yards.

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TERRIFIC TOM: New England quarterback TOM BRADY threw for 280 yards with four touchdowns passes and no interceptions in the Patriots’ 30-17 win at San Francisco. With the win, Brady has 199 career victories (including the postseason), which ties Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE for the second-most in NFL history. Brady needs one win to tie PEYTON MANNING (200) for the most wins all-time.

The quarterbacks with the most career regular-season and postseason wins in NFL history:

 PLAYERTEAM(S)CAREER WINS
 Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver200
 Tom Brady*New England199
 Brett Favre^Atlanta, Green Bay, NY Jets, Minnesota199
 John Elway^Denver162
 *Active  
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer 

Brady has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history. He has recorded two such performances in 2016.

The most games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions in NFL history:

 PLAYERTEAM(S)MOST CAREER 4+ TD, 0 INT GAMES
 Tom Brady*New England21
 Drew Brees*San Diego, New Orleans19
 Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver18
 Aaron Rodgers*Green Bay13
 Brett Favre^Atlanta, Green Bay, NY Jets, Minnesota12
 *Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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PROLIFIC PASSERS: Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 375 yards with three touchdowns with no interceptions and Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS threw for 351 yards with three touchdowns without an interception in the Redskins’ 42-24 victory over the Packers on Sunday Night Football.

Cousins and Rodgers became the seventh pair of opposing quarterbacks in NFL history to both throw for at least 350 yards with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions in the same game.

DATEWINNING TEAMQUARTERBACKPASS YARDSTDS LOSING TEAM QUARTERBACKPASS YARDSTDS
 11/20/16WashingtonKirk Cousins3753 Green Bay Aaron Rodgers3513
 10/20/13CincinnatiAndy Dalton3723 Detroit Matthew Stafford3573
 12/23/12New OrleansDrew Brees4463 Dallas Tony Romo4164
 12/20/09PittsburghBen Roethlisberger5033 Green Bay Aaron Rodgers3833
 10/10/04MinnesotaDaunte Culpepper3965 Houston David Carr3723
 9/26/04IndianapolisPeyton Manning3935 Green Bay Brett Favre3604
 9/24/95HoustonChris Chandler3524 Cincinnati Jeff Blake3563


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RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had eight catches for 76 yards in the Steelers’ 24-9 win at Cleveland. This season, Brown leads the NFL with 77 receptions.

Brown, who has 603 career receptions, reached 600 catches in his 96th career game, the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history.

The players to reach 600 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

 PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
 Antonio BrownPittsburgh96
 Anquan BoldinArizona, Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit98
 Marvin Harrison^Indianapolis102
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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