Top Seven Statistical Highlights from Week 13 Sunday in the NFL

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 6, the 13th week of the 2020 season.

  • The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Atlanta, 21-16, and in combination with Chicago’s Week 13 loss, clinched a playoff berth for the fourth-consecutive season.

    For the Week 13 Playoff Scenarios involving the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET) and PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Monday, 5:00 PM ET), click here.

    The DETROIT LIONS overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Chicago, 34-30, while the MINNESOTA VIKINGS overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Jacksonville, 27-24, in overtime in Week 13.

    With four games remaining this week, there have been 37 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, the most through Week 13 in NFL history.
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 129.6 rating while wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had 10 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 30-16 win over Philadelphia.

    Appearing in his 193rd career game, Rodgers – who now has 400 career touchdown passes – became the seventh player in NFL history with at least 400 career touchdown passes and surpassed DREW BREES (205 games) as the fastest player to reach the mark.

    Rodgers has 36 touchdown passes this season and is the first player with five career seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes in league annals. He also accomplished the feat in 2016 (40 touchdown passes), 2014 (38), 2012 (39) and 2011 (45).

    Adams has four games with at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch this season, tied with ODELL BECKHAM JR. (four games in 2014) and TORRY HOLT (four in 2003) for the second-most such games in a single season in NFL history. Only MICHAEL THOMAS (six games in 2019) has more.

    Adams is the third player with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in seven consecutive games within a single season in NFL history, joining ANTONIO BROWN (eight games in 2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (seven games in 2007).
  • Making his fifth career start, Miami rookie quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for a career-high 296 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions for a 97.8 rating in the Dolphins’ 19-7 win over Cincinnati.

    Tagovailoa is the second quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and zero interceptions in each of his first five career starts, joining JEFF KEMP.
  • Appearing in his 12th career game, Minnesota rookie wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had nine receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 13 win over Jacksonville.

    Jefferson, who has 1,039 receiving yards this season, is the fifth rookie with at least 1,000 receiving yards in his first 12 career games in the Super Bowl era, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (2014), ANQUAN BOLDIN (2003), MARQUES COLSTON (2006) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998).

    Jacksonville rookie running back JAMES ROBINSON totaled 108 scrimmage yards (78 rushing, 30 receiving) and one rushing touchdown on Sunday.

    Robinson has seven games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with CLARK GAINES (seven games in 1976) for the most such games by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era.

    Robinson has 1,278 scrimmage yards this season, tied with PHILLIP LINDSAY (1,278 scrimmage yards in 2018) for the second-most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only DOMINIC RHODES (1,328) had more.
  • Las Vegas tight end DARREN WALLER had 13 receptions for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders’ 31-28 win at the New York Jets on Sunday.

    Waller is the fourth tight end in NFL history to record at least 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a single game, joining RICH CASTER (September 24, 1972) as well as Pro Football Hall of Famers SHANNON SHARPE (October 20, 2002) and JACKIE SMITH (October 13, 1963).
  • New England quarterback CAM NEWTON totaled three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) in the Patriots’ 45-0 win in Week 13.

    Newton has four games with at least two rushing touchdowns this season, the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.

    Newton has 10 career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in league annals.

    Newtown, who has 11 rushing touchdowns this season, is the first quarterback with three career seasons of at least 10 rushing touchdowns in NFL history. He also had 14 rushing touchdowns in 2011 and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2015.

    Wide receiver GUNNER OLSZEWSKI had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown while defensive back DEVIN MCCOURTY returned a blocked field goal 44 yards for a touchdown on Sunday.

    The Patriots are the sixth team in NFL history with both a punt-return touchdown and blocked field goal return for a touchdown in the same game and first since the BALTIMORE RAVENS in Week 12, 2015.
  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 402 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 109.4 rating while running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for two touchdowns in the Lions’ Week 13 victory.

    Stafford is the seventh quarterback with at least 10 career games with 400-or-more passing yards in NFL history, joining DREW BREES (16 games), PEYTON MANNING (14), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (13), BEN ROETHLISBERGER (12), PHILIP RIVERS (11) and TOM BRADY (10).

    Peterson recorded his 28th career game with at least two rushing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (27 games) for the third-most such games in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (38 games) and EMMITT SMITH (36) have more.

    Peterson, who has six rushing touchdowns this season, has 11 career seasons with at least five rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (11 seasons) for the third-most such seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLEN (13 seasons) and EMMITT SMITH (12) have more.
  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:
    • Indianapolis quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 285 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 119.3 rating in the Colts’ 26-20 win at Houston.

      Rivers, who has 3,263 passing yards this season, is the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 15 seasons with 3,000 passing yards, joining TOM BRADY (18 seasons), Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (18), DREW BREES (16) and PEYTON MANNING (16).
    • Cleveland wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY recorded eight receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown in the Browns’ 41-35 win at Tennessee in Week 13.

      Landry, who is in his seventh career season, has 71 career games with at least five receptions and surpassed STERLING SHARPE (70 games) for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first seven seasons in NFL history. Only DEANDRE HOPKINS (78 games), ANTONIO BROWN (72) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (72) have more.
    • Seattle safety JAMAL ADAMS registered one sack against the New York Giants on Sunday and now has a career-high 7.5 sacks this season.

      Adams is tied with ROMAN HARPER (7.5 sacks in 2011) for the second-most sacks by a defensive back in a single season since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only ADRIAN WILSON (eight sacks in 2005) had more.
    • Indianapolis defensive end JUSTIN HOUSTON registered three sacks and a safety in the Colts’ Week 13 win.

      Houston, who has at least three sacks in eight career games, is the fourth player with at least eight games of three-or-more sacks since 2000, joining JOHN ABRAHAM (10 games), JULIUS PEPPERS (nine) and DEMARCUS WARE (nine).

      Houston, who also recorded a safety in Week 3, is the fourth player to record two safeties in a single season since 2000, joining JARED ALLEN (2008), JUNIOR GALETTE (2014) and JAMEEL MCCLAIN (2008).


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