Highlighting the most important, bizarre and historic stats from this week in the NFL
Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 12 of the NFL season.
New England's win against Detroit clinched the Patriots' 14th consecutive winning season. They became the sixth team in NFL history to post at least 14 consecutive winning seasons and are the first to do so since San Francisco (1983-98).
Peyton Manning became the third player in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in at least 50 consecutive games, joining Drew Brees (54) and Tom Brady. Manning passed for four touchdowns in the Broncos' 39-36 win over Miami.
The Broncos trailed the Dolphins by 11 entering the third quarter, and Manning leading the comeback marked the first time sine 2003 that he has won a game in which his team trailed by 11 or more points entering the final quarter.
Denver wide receiver Wes Welker collected his 50th career touchdown catch in the win over Miami, joining Antonio Gates (96) and Rod Smith (68) as the only undrafted players with at least 50 touchdown receptions in the common draft era (since 1967).
Philadelphia scored on a kickoff return of 100+ yards for the second time this season on Sunday, making the Eagles the first team since 1970 Green Bay Packers to have multiple players with a 100+ yards kickoff return for a touchdown in a season. Josh Huff had Sunday's return of 107 yards while Chris Polk had a 102-yard return in Week 3. Nine different Eagles have now scored a return touchdown, tied for the most in a single season in NFL history.
Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for 300+ yards for the third straight game in Sunday's 43-24 win against Tennessee. He had never thrown two in a row prior to this season in the first six years of his career.
In his return from suspension and season debut, Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon had 17 targets. That tied Chicago's Alshon Jeffery for the most this season (Week 11 vs. Minnesota). Gordon finished with eight catches for 120 yards in a 26-24 win in Atlanta.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks defeated Arizona 19-3 Sunday, giving Wilson his 20th career home win in his 22nd start. That is tied for the fewest starts needed to reach 20 regular-season wins at home among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era. The other three QBs to accomplish the feat are Matt Ryan, Marc Bulger, and Danny White.
Oakland running back Latavius Murray averaged 28 yards an attempt against Kansas City in Week 12, which is the highest averaged in an NFL game since at least 1933 with a minimum of four attempts. The four attempts is where it stopped for Murray after suffering a concussion. He had 112 yards and two TDs.
Chicago running back Matt Forte joined Ladainian Tomlinson as the only two players in NFL history with 800+ rushing yards and 40+ catches in each of his first seven seasons.
Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 125 yards with a touchdown and had two catches for 13 yards with a touchdown in the Packers’ 24-21 win at Minnesota. Lacy is the first Packers running back to record at least 100 scrimmage yards and a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games in franchise history.
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. became the third rookie since 1960 to have 10 receptions, 125 yards, and two touchdowns in a single game when he did so against Dallas Sunday night. He was 8-for-125 with the two scores in the first half, eventually finishing with 10 catches for 146 yards and the two scores.