Seven From Sunday – Week 15
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 20, the 15th week of the 2020 season.
- The SEATTLE SEAHAWKS defeated Washington, 20-15, to clinch a playoff berth for the third-consecutive season.
The BUFFALO BILLS defeated Denver, 48-19, on Saturday and clinched the AFC East division title for the first time since 1995.
For the Week 15 Playoff Scenarios involving the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Monday night, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN), click here.
The Steelers, who missed the postseason in 2019, can clinch the AFC North division title this week. In each of the past 42 seasons (1977-2019, excluding 1982, when divisional play did not occur), at least one team has won its division the season after missing the playoffs.
The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat Atlanta, 31-27, on Sunday.
With two games remaining this week, there have been 40 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, the most through Week 15 in NFL history, and eight games in a which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win, trailing only the 2011 season (nine games) for the most ever through Week 15.
- Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 254 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 92.0 rating in the Chiefs’ 32-29 win at New Orleans.
Mahomes has 21 career games with at least three touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (21 games) for the second-most such games by a quarterback in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (27 games) has more.
- Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 133.1 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Ravens’ 40-14 win over Jacksonville.
Jackson has 19 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed DAK PRESCOTT (18 rushing touchdowns) for the third-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (28) and JOSH ALLEN (25) have more.
Jackson, who had 1,206 rushing yards in 2019, has 828 rushing yards this season and joins MICHAEL VICK (2004 & 2006) as the only quarterbacks with two seasons of at least 800 rushing yards in NFL history.
Jacksonville rookie running back JAMES ROBINSON recorded a touchdown reception on Sunday against Baltimore.
Robinson has 10 touchdowns (seven rushing, three receiving) this season and is the third undrafted rookie with 10 touchdowns in the common-draft era, joining PHILLIP LINDSAY (2018) and DOMINIC RHODES (2001).
- Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY passed for 406 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 127.8 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Cardinals’ 33-26 win over Philadelphia.
Murray has nine games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown this season, the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.
Murray has 10 career games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown and is the fourth quarterback with 10 such games in his first two seasons in NFL history, joining CAM NEWTON (14 games), JOSH ALLEN (10) and STEVE GROGAN (10).
Murray, who has 26 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns this season, joins CAM NEWTON (2015) as the only quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season in NFL history.
Philadelphia rookie quarterback JALEN HURTS passed for 338 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 102.3 rating and had 63 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on Sunday against Arizona.
Hurts is the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw at least three touchdown passes and rush for a touchdown in his first career road start.
Hurts joins JOE BURROW (Week 7, 2020) and JUSTIN HERBERT (Week 7, 2020) as the only rookie quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game since 1970.
Hurts, who rushed for 106 yards in his first career start in Week 14, joins RANDALL CUNNINGHAM (1985) and LAMAR JACKSON (2018) as the only rookie quarterbacks with at least 50 rushing yards in each of their first two starts in the Super Bowl era.
- Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 390 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 110.4 rating in the Buccaneers’ Week 15 victory.
Brady has 19 career games with at least 375 passing yards and two touchdown passes, surpassing PHILIP RIVERS (18 games) for the third-most such games in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (32) and PEYTON MANNING (20) have more.
Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 356 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 110.6 rating on Sunday.
Ryan has 343 touchdown passes in his 13-year career and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342 touchdown passes) for the 10th-most touchdown passes in NFL history.
- Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL passed for three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 145.8 rating and added two rushing touchdowns while running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 46-25 win over Detroit.
Tannehill is the third player with a passer rating of 145-or-higher, three touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history, joining JACK KEMP (December 4, 1960) and MICHAEL VICK (November 15, 2010).
Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards and had 16 rushing touchdowns in 2019, has 1,679 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns this season and joins SHAUN ALEXANDER (2004-05), Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS (1997-98) and LARRY JOHNSON (2005-06) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,500 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
- Minnesota rookie wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded eight receptions for 104 yards on Sunday against Chicago, his sixth game with at least 100 receiving yards this season.
Jefferson is the fifth rookie with at least six games of 100-or-more receiving yards in history, joining BILL GROMAN (nine games in 1960), ODELL BECKHAM JR. (seven games in 2014), HARLON HILL (seven games in 1954) and BILLY HOWTON (six games in 1952).