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16 Amazing NFL Stats from Week 9


Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 9 of the NFL season.


Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdown passes in a 42-23 win over Baltimore, marking the second straight week he has thrown six TDs for an NFL record 12 touchdowns over a two-game span. Roethlisberger had 10 TD passes in the first seven games of the season.


New England's Tom Brady surpassed John Elway for fifth-most passing yards all-time. He threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Denver. The win was Brady's 155th victory, the most of any starting QB through his first 200 regular-season starts.


When Brady and Denver's Peyton Manning met in Week 9 it marked the first game in NFL history to feature opposing starting quarterbacks with at least 150 career regular-season wins each.


Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns in the 43-21 loss to New England, and now has 2+ TD passes in 14 consecutive games. That is the longest streak in NFL history. It marked the 47th consecutive game with at least one touchdown pass, tying Johnny Unitas for the third-longest streak in NFL history.


Peyton Manning also set the NFL record with his 14th game of at least 400 passing yards, besting Dan Marino's 13. Manning threw for 438 yards in the New England loss.


New England tight end Rob Gronkowksi recorded his 50th career touchdown in his 59th game, tying Randy Moss as the second-fastest players in NFL history to reach 50 career TD receptions. Lance Alworth (54 games) is the only player to reach the milestone in fewer games.


The Patriots are now 59-0 all-time when leading by 20 or more points at halftime (regular and postseason combined). They led 27-7 at the intermission. The 27 points allowed by Denver at the break was more points than it had allowed in any game this season.


With its 28-17 win over Dallas, Arizona is 7-1 for the first time since 1974 and also has sole possession of the best record in the NFC this late in the season for the first time since Week 11, 1974. This was the first regular-season win for the Cardinals in Dallas since Oct. 29, 1989.


Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin became the first player in franchise history with at least 150 receiving yards and multiple touchdown catches in back-to-back games in a single season. He was 6-for-158 with two TDs against Houston in Week 9 after going 12-for-187 with two TDs against Arizona last week. Maclin is the first player to go 150+ with two TDs in back-to-back weeks since Miles Austin did it in 2009.


All 21 Houston points in a 31-21 loss to the Eagles came via turnover. It began with an A.J. Bouye 51-yard interception return for a score. Jumal Rolle's interception setup the Texans' next score four plays later (Ryan Fitzpatrick to Arian Foster for 56 yards), and Houston recovered a fumble on a play in which Fitzpatrick was intercepted. Two plays later, Fitzpatrick found DeAndre Hopkins for a 7-yard TD pass.


Minnesota running back Matt Asiata rushed for three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 29-26 win against Washington. Asiata now has three career games with three rushing touchdowns, the most of any undrafted player in his first three seasons in the common draft era (since 1967).


Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill rushed for 47 yards in Week 9, including a long run of 22 yards. He now has a rush of at least 20 yards in each of his past four games. Tannehill joins Steve Young and Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks with a 20+ yard run in at least four consecutive games in the past 25 years.


Miami's 37-0 shutout of San Diego was the Dolphins' first shutout in 123 games and their largest since a 42-0 win over Kansas City on Oct. 11, 1987. The Chargers were shutout for the first time since 1999, having scored in 241 straight games, which was the third-longest active streak.


Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston posted his fourth game with multiple sacks in Week 9. That is the most of any player in the league. Denver LB Von Miller is the next closest with three such games. Houston leads the league with 12 sacks.


Cincinnati rookie running back Jeremy Hill joined Corey Dillon as the only rookies in franchise history to run for at least 150 yards and two rushing TDs in a single game. Hill had 154 yards on 24 carries and two scores in the win at Jacksonville. It was the most rushing yards by a Bengal since Cedric Benson's 189 in 2009.


Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had six catches in a 24-10 win against the New York Jets and now has 503 career catches. He joins tight end Tony Gonzalez (916) as the only players in franchise history with 500 career receptions.