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Amazing NFL Stats from Week 17


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 17 of the NFL season.


Kansas City's wide receivers finished the 2014 season with zero touchdown receptions. That's the first time in at least 50 years that has happened to an NFL team. According to The Sporting News, the Chiefs are just the fourth team in league history to lay the receiver TD goose egg, the last being the 1964 New York Giants. Dwayne Bowe's Dec. 8 (2013) TD was the last for the Chiefs. He was thought to have caught a TD on Sunday but fumbled it and it was recovered by Travis Kelce for the score.


The Carolina Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-3 to win the NFC South Sunday and became the first team in NFL history to make the playoffs, despite having a winless streak of at least seven games during the season. The 7-8-1 Panthers became the second sub-.500 team to win a division since the 2010 Seattle Seahawks (7-9).


New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. set a record for most catches (91) and receiving yards (1,305) in the first 12 games to start a career after catching 12 balls for 185 yards against Philadelphia Sunday. His nine straight games with at least 90 yards receiving tied Michael Irvin for the longest single-season streak in NFL history. Beckham missed the first four games of the year due to a hamstring injury.


Five teams that missed the postseason in 2013 – Dallas, Arizona, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore – advanced to the 2014 playoffs. 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.


Nine different quarterbacks threw at least 30 touchdown passes, the most ever in a season. The previous mark was five set multiple times. The nine quarterbacks with at least 30 touchdown passes this season: Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (40), Denver’s Peyton Manning (39), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (38), Dallas’ Tony Romo (34), New England’s Tom Brady (33), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (33), Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (32), San Diego’s Philip Rivers (31), and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning (30).


The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Redskins at Washington to finish the regular season 8-0 on the road. They are the sixth team with a perfect 8-0 road record since the 16-game schedule was adopted in 1978. Four of the previous five teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.


Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had three sacks and a safety in the Texans’ 23-17 win against Jacksonville, finishing the season with 20.5 sacks. Watt, who led the league with 20.5 sacks in 2012, is the first player with at least 20 sacks in two different seasons since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.  He is the first player in NFL history with at least three offensive touchdowns, two touchdowns on takeaways and a safety in the same season.