Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 3 of the NFL season:
After falling 26-20 to Seattle Sunday, Denver is 0-3 in overtime games, including playoffs, since Peyton Manning joined the team in 2012. The Seahawks are 4-0 in overtime the last three seasons, the most OT wins in the NFL over that span. Sunday was the first overtime in NFL history featuring the participants from the previous season's Super Bowl. There has still been no Super Bowl OT. Tim Tebow was 4-0 in OT games as the Broncos' QB in 2011 alone.
A week after throwing a 50-yard pass, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu threw a scoring TD pass. His 18-yard touchdown to quarterback Andy Dalton made Sanu the only player in NFL history with no incompletions, 2+ touchdown passes, and 150+ passing yards. He is 4-for-4, having completed one pass in each of his first two years, including a 73-yard TD as a rookie, and is 2-for-2 this year for 68 yards and a score. Sanu has thrown for 166 yards for his career.
Green Bay only managed to move across midfield three times in a 19-7 loss to Detroit, tying the fewest times the Packers have driven into opposing territory in any of the 97 games quarterback Aaron Rodgers has started.
With four catches against the Giants, Texans receiver Andre Johnson moved ahead of Art Monk and tied Derrick Mason for 12th on the all-time catch list (943). Passing Andre Reed (951) is the next rung in the all-time ladder for Johnson.
Philadelphia became the seventh team in league history to trail after the first quarter of its first three games and win all three. The last team to do this was the 1999 New England Patriots. Philadelphia has trailed by 14, 4, and 7 after each of the first quarters this season. The Eagles are also the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing by 10+ points in all three games.
In leading Seattle to the game's first touchdown in a 26-20 overtime win over Denver, quarterback Russell Wilson snapped a streak of 10 straight incompletions on throws of 30+ yards with his 39-yard scoring pass to Ricardo Lockett. The late second-quarter TD proved to be the game-winner.
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When Dallas erased a 21-0 deficit to knock off St. Louis 34-31 in Week 3, it marked the fourth time this season a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win. Philadelphia, Chicago, and Green Bay have also come back from 17+ down. That is tied with 2011 for the most through the first three weeks of the season since the 1970 merger. Dallas also tied its largest comeback in franchise history.
Devin Hester of the Falcons set an NFL record with the 20th touchdown return of his career during his team's win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The previous record was held by Deoin Sanders.
With a 101-yard receiving game at Cleveland Sunday, Steve Smith now has 25 career 100-yard receiving games on the road. Only Jerry Rice (39) and Marvin Harrison (26) have more since 1960. Smith passed Randy Moss, Isaac Bruce, Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens. The five catches for 101 yards pushed Smith to 290 yards for the season, the most by a player in the first three games with the franchise since Anquan Boldin's 287.
Arizona moved to 3-0 with a 23-14 victory against San Francisco in Week 3, and for the third straight week, the Cardinals had a shutout in the fourth quarter. Arizona has now outscored its opponents 30-0 in the final 15 minutes. San Francisco, which has outscored its opponents 55-37 in the first three quarters of the first three games, has been outscored 31-0 in the fourth quarter.
With his 81-yard touchdown catch against Philadelphia in Week 3, Washington's DeSean Jackson is only the third player in NFL history with an 80-yard TD catch both for and against his team. Jackson had an 88-yard TD catch for the Eagles against the Redskins on Nov. 15, 2010. He joins Charlie Joiner and Art Powell in pulling off the rare feat.
Tom Brady has an 85 percent completion rate when throwing to receiver Julian Edelman. The longtime Patriots quarterback is completing just 51 percent of his passes when throwing to anyone else.
Speaking of Brady, he nabbed his 150th career victory with Sunday’s win over Oakland. Brady joins Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (169) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.
With a 370-yard, four-touchdown day through the air against Jacksonville, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck (31-39-0) became the first Colts quarterback with 350+ yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 75+ completion percentage in a game since Johnny Unitas did so in 1967.
By Corby A. Yarbrough, @Corby_Yarbrough