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NFL 2018 saw plenty of Records & Milestones

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

2018 NFL RECORDS & MILESTONES

​For the complete 2018 NFL Records and Milestones, click here​.

New teams making the playoffs, terrific turnarounds, consistent teams excelling again, records falling and young players making their mark. The 2018 season had it all.

Competitiveness highlighted the 2018 regular-season as 73 games were decided by three points or fewer, the most in a season in NFL history while 68% of all games played this season (175 of 256) were within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in a season in NFL history. On 71 occasions, teams came back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime – an average of 4.2 teams per week – tied for second-most in a season in NFL history.

Week 17 came down to the wire, as three playoff spots and three divisions titles – the AFC West, AFC North and AFC South – were decided on the final day of the season. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010.

Seven of the 12 playoff teams are new to the postseason in 2018: BALTIMORECHICAGODALLASHOUSTONINDIANAPOLIS, theLOS ANGELES CHARGERS and SEATTLE. Since 1990 – a streak of 29 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The seasons with at least seven new playoff teams since 1990:

SEASON PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS
1990 7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)
1999 7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2003 8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)
2005 7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)
2006 7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2008 7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)
2017 8 (Buffalo, Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Tennessee)
2018 7 (Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle)

Both the Chicago Bears (NFC North) and Houston Texans (AFC South) completed “worst-to-first” turnarounds and at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 15 of the past 16 seasons.

With Chicago and Houston earning division titles, 2018 marked the second consecutive season that two teams went from worst to first (Jacksonville and Philadelphia in 2017) – something that has never happened in any other major US sport.

OFFENSIVE TRENDS: The 2018 season will go down as one of the most prolific offensive seasons in league history.

Teams combined to score 1,371 total touchdowns, the most in a single season in NFL history, while the 11,952 total points scored are thesecond-most in league annals (11,985 in 2013).

MOST TOUCHDOWNS, NFL HISTORY   MOST TOTAL POINTS, NFL HISTORY
SEASON TOUCHDOWNS   SEASON TOTAL POINTS
2018 1,371 2013 11,985
2013 1,338   2018 11,952
2015 1,318   2015 11,680

With three teams – KANSAS CITY (35.3 points per game), the LOS ANGELES RAMS (32.9) and NEW ORLEANS (31.5) – averaging at least 30 points per game, the 2018 season joined 1948, 1949 and 2011 as seasons with at least three teams averaging at least 30 points per game.

The Chiefs, with 565 points scored, finished as the third-highest scoring team in league annals, trailing only the 2013 DENVER BRONCOS(606 points scored) and 2007 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (589).

PROLIFIC PASSERS: In 2018, league-wide passing numbers trended at a record pace, as the marks for passer rating (92.9), completion percentage (64.9 percent) and touchdown passes (847) were all the highest for a single season in NFL history, while the total completions (11,462) were the third-highest in a single season in league annals.

SEASON RATING   SEASON COMPLETION PCT. SEASON TD PASSES SEASON COMPLETIONS
2018 92.9   2018 64.9   2018 847   2015 11,527
2015 90.2   2016 63.0   2015 842   2016 11,526
2016 89.3   2015 63.0   2014 807   2018 11,462

 

Twelve quarterbacks passed for at least 4,000 yards, including five with at least 4,500 passing yards, in 2018: Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (5,129), Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (5,097), Atlanta’s MATT RYAN (4,924), Los Angeles Rams’ JARED GOFF (4,688) and Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (4,593).

With 12 quarterbacks reaching 4,000 passing yards, the 2018 season tied the 2015 season for the second-most quarterbacks with at least 4,000 passing yards.

The seasons with the most players with at least 4,000 passing yards in NFL history:

SEASON PLAYERS WITH 4,000 PASSING YARDS
2016 13
2018 12
2015 12
2014 11
2012 11

Nine quarterbacks threw at least 30 touchdown passes this season, including four with at least 35 touchdown passes: Mahomes (50), Luck (39), Ryan (35) and Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON (35).

Eight quarterbacks had a passer rating of 100 or higher, including three with a 110+ passer rating in 2018: New Orleans’ DREW BREES(115.7), Mahomes (113.8) and Wilson (110.9). The eight quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100 or higher were the most in a single season in NFL history, surpassing the previous record of six in the 2015 season.

TOP BACKS: Nine players rushed for at least 1,000 yards, including three players with at least 1,200 rushing yards, this season: Dallas’EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (1,434), New York Giants’ rookie SAQUON BARKLEY (1,307) and Los Angeles Rams’ TODD GURLEY (1,251).

The 2018 season saw players average 4.42 yards per rush attempt, the highest single-season total in league history.

The seasons with the highest average yards per rush attempt in NFL history:

SEASON AVERAGE YARDS PER RUSH ATTEMPT
2018 4.42
2011 4.29
2012 4.26

Six players recorded at least 10 rushing touchdowns in 2018: Gurley (17), New Orleans’ ALVIN KAMARA (14), Pittsburgh’s JAMES CONNER (12), Tennessee’s DERRICK HENRY (12), Barkley (11) and Los Angeles Chargers’ MELVIN GORDON (10).

RIDICULOUS RECEIVERS: Twenty-one players had at least 1,000 receiving yards, including six with at least 1,400 receiving yards, this season: Atlanta’s JULIO JONES (1,677), Houston’s DE ANDRE HOPKINS (1,572), Tampa Bay’s MIKE EVANS (1,524), Kansas City’sTYREEK HILL (1,479), Pittsburgh’s JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (1,426) and New Orleans’ MICHAEL THOMAS (1,405).

Eleven players had at least 100 receptions in 2018, including seven with at least 110 catches: Thomas (125), Philadelphia’s ZACH ERTZ(116), Hopkins (115), Minnesota’s ADAM THIELEN (113), Jones (113), Green Bay’s DAVANTE ADAMS (111) and Smith-Schuster (111).

With 11 players recording at least 100 catches this season, the 2018 season surpassed the 1995 season (nine) for the most players with at least 100 catches in a single season.

The seasons with the most players with at least 100 receptions in NFL history:

SEASON PLAYERS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS
2018 11
1995 9
2015 7

Nine players had at least 10 touchdown catches this season, including four with at least 12 touchdown receptions: Pittsburgh’s ANTONIO BROWN (15), Adams (13), Indianapolis’ ERIC EBRON (13) and Hill (12).

DOMINANT DEFENDERS: Twenty-two players recorded at least 10 sacks, including six with at least 14 sacks, in 2018: Los Angeles Rams’AARON DONALD (20.5), Houston’s J.J. WATT (16), Kansas City’s CHRIS JONES (15.5), Denver’s VON MILLER (14.5), Minnesota’sDANIELLE HUNTER (14.5) and Seattle’s FRANK CLARK (14).

With 16 players recording at least 12 sacks, the 2018 season tied the 1992 season (16 players) for the third-most players with at least 12 sacks in a single season since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The seasons with the most players with at least 12 sacks since 1982:

SEASON PLAYERS WITH 12+ SACKS
1984 19
1983 18
2018 16
1992 16

Six players recorded at least five interceptions in 2018: Chicago’s KYLE FULLER (seven), Miami’s XAVIEN HOWARD (seven), Atlanta’sDAMONTAE KAZEE (seven), Chicago’s EDDIE JACKSON (six), Cincinnati’s SHAWN WILLIAMS (five) and New York Giants’ ALEC OGLETREE (five).


​For the complete 2018 NFL Records and Milestones, click here​.​

 

NFL: Expectations for Wildcard Weekend

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WILD CARD WEEKEND

NEW YEAR, NEW TEAMS: The Chicago Bears (12-4, NFC North) and Houston Texans (11-5, AFC South) both completed “worst-to-first” turnarounds and at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 15 of the past 16 seasons. 2018 marked the second consecutive season that two teams went from worst to first – something that has never happened before in any other major US sport.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions and appear in the Super Bowl since 2003:

SEASON TEAM RECORD PRIOR SEASON RECORD ADVANCED TO
2003 Carolina Panthers 11-5 7-9 Super Bowl XXXVIII
2009 New Orleans Saints 13-3 8-8 Won Super Bowl XLIV
2017 Philadelphia Eagles 13-3 7-9 Won Super Bowl LII
         
2018 Chicago Bears 12-4 5-11 ???
2018 Houston Texans 11-5 4-12* ???

*Tied for last place

This season, seven teams qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2017 – Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle – and all seven will be in action on Wild Card Weekend. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 – a streak of 29 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

– WILD CARD WEEKEND –

FROM WILD CARD TO SUPER BOWL: Winners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl nine times. At least one Super Bowl participant in six of the past 13 seasons played in a Wild Card game.

The Wild Card round participants to win the Super Bowl:

SEASON TEAM SUPER BOWL RESULT
1980 Oakland Defeated Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV, 27-10
1997 Denver Defeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24
2000 Baltimore Defeated New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7
2005 Pittsburgh Defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL, 21-10
2006 Indianapolis Defeated Chicago in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17
2007 New York Giants Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14
2010 Green Bay Defeated Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25
2011 New York Giants Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17
2012 Baltimore Defeated San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31

 

– WILD CARD WEEKEND –

WINNING WAYS: The BALTIMORE RAVENS and DALLAS COWBOYS will each be playing on Wild Card Weekend.

The Cowboys (34) are tied with the GREEN BAY PACKERS (34) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (34), the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC, for the second-most postseason wins all-time. Only Pittsburgh (36) has more postseason wins in league history.

Wild Card Weekend marks the 62nd playoff game in the history of the Dallas Cowboys and surpasses Pittsburgh (61) for the most postseason games played by a franchise in league annals.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN PCT. SUPER BOWL WINS
Pittsburgh 36 25 .590 6
Dallas* 34 27 .557 5
Green Bay 34 22 .607 4
New England** 34 20 .630 5
San Francisco 30 20 .600 5
*Plays this weekend
**First-round bye

Baltimore (.652) and New England (.630) own the top two winning percentages in postseason history while Dallas (.557) ranks seventh.

The teams with the highest postseason winning percentage in NFL history:

TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN PCT. SUPER BOWL WINS
Baltimore* 15 8 .652 2
New England** 34 20 .630 5
Green Bay 34 22 .607 4
San Francisco 30 20 .600 5
Pittsburgh 36 25 .590 6
Oakland 25 19 .568 3
Dallas* 34 27 .557 5
*Plays this weekend
**First-round bye

– WILD CARD WEEKEND –

POSTSEASON DEBUTS: Several teams will feature a quarterback slated to make his first career postseason start. Among those set to debut on Wild Card Weekend are Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON, Chicago’s MITCHELL TRUBISKY and Houston’s DESHAUN WATSON.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON ROUND PASSING YARDS  
Kelly Holcomb Cleveland 2002 Wild Card 429  
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 2009 Wild Card 423  
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia 1988 Divisional 407  
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1999 Divisional 391  
Neil Lomax St. Louis Cardinals 1982 Wild Card 385  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– WILD CARD WEEKEND –

TOP DEFENSE: The CHICAGO BEARS defense led the league with the fewest points allowed per game (17.7) this season. In three of the past four seasons, the teams with the top regular-season scoring defense have advanced to the Super Bowl.

The teams with the top scoring defense in the regular season to advance to the Super Bowl since 2002:

SEASON TEAM SUPER BOWL RESULT
2002 Tampa Bay Defeated Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21
2003 New England Defeated Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII, 32-29
2008 Pittsburgh Defeated Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23
2010 Pittsburgh Lost to Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25
2013 Seattle Defeated Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8
2014 Seattle Lost to New England in Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24
2016 New England Defeated Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, 34-28
     
2018 Chicago ???

– WILD CARD WEEKEND –

FANTASTIC FOLES: Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the 2017 NFC Championship Game and had 373 passing yards with three touchdowns in Super Bowl LII to help lead the Eagles to the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

With 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes on Sunday at Chicago (4:40 PM ET, NBC), Foles would become the second quarterback in NFL history to record at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in three consecutive postseason games.

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASS YARDS & 3+ TD PASSES
Matt Ryan Atlanta 3
     
Nick Foles Philadelphia 2*
*Active streak

– WILD CARD WEEKEND –

RATING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS will make his 10th career playoff start on Wild Card Weekend.

Rivers, who has recorded a passer rating of 115 or higher in each of his past two postseason starts and plays at Baltimore on Sunday (1:05 PM ET, CBS), can become the fourth quarterback to record three consecutive postseason games with a passer rating of 115 or higher.

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with a passer rating of 115 or higher in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 115+ PASSER RATING  
Joe Montana^ San Francisco 5  
Matt Ryan Atlanta 3  
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 3  
       
Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 2*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

 

NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL POSTSEASON BEGINS

​After an exciting finish to the regular season, the NFL’s second season has arrived.

The NFL postseason begins with four games on Wild Card Weekend.

 

Saturday, January 5
AFC Indianapolis at Houston 4:35 PM ET ESPN/ABC  
NFC Seattle at Dallas 8:15 PM ET FOX  
Sunday, January 6
AFC Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore 1:05 PM ET ​CBS
NFC Philadelphia at Chicago 4:40 PM ET NBC  

Week 17 came right down to the wire. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010. Three playoff spots and three divisions titles – the AFC West, AFC North and AFC South – were decided on the final day of the season.

The final 12 teams are set:

AFC NFC
1. Kansas City (12-4), AFC West champion 1. New Orleans (13-3), NFC South champion
2. New England (11-5), AFC East champion 2. Los Angeles Rams (13-3), NFC West champion
3. Houston (11-5), AFC South champion 3. Chicago (12-4), NFC North champion
4. Baltimore (10-6), AFC North champion 4. Dallas (10-6), NFC East champion
5. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) 5. Seattle (10-6)
6. Indianapolis (10-6) 6. Philadelphia (9-7)

The NFL playoffs, which conclude on February 3 with Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (CBS, 6:30 PM ET), begin this Saturday and Sunday with Wild Card Weekend.

Both the Chicago Bears (NFC North) and Houston Texans (AFC South) completed “worst-to-first” turnarounds and at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 15 of the past 16 seasons.

With Chicago and Houston earning division titles, 2018 marked the second consecutive season that two teams went from worst to first (Jacksonville and Philadelphia in 2017) – something that has never happened in any other major US sport.

Seven of the 12 playoff teams are new to the postseason in 2018: BALTIMORECHICAGODALLASHOUSTONINDIANAPOLIS, theLOS ANGELES CHARGERS and SEATTLE. Since 1990 – a streak of 29 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

A look at the four games on Wild Card Weekend:

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-6) at HOUSTON TEXANS (11-5) (Saturday, ESPN/ABC, 4:35 PM ET)

  • This is the first postseason meeting between the AFC South division rivals. In the regular season, the Colts hold a 26-8 advantage in 34 games played.  The Texans and Colts split the season series in 2018, with Houston winning 37-34 in overtime in Week 4 and Indianapolis taking the finale 24-21 in Week 14.
  • The Colts have qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2014. Indianapolis had two players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl: tight end ERIC EBRON and rookie guard QUENTON NELSON.
  • The Texans won the AFC South for the third time in the past four seasons (2015 and 2016). Houston had four players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl: linebacker JADEVEON CLOWNEY, wide receiver DE ANDRE HOPKINS, linebacker BENARDRICK MCKINNEY and defensive end J.J. WATT.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-6) at DALLAS COWBOYS (10-6) (Saturday, FOX, 8:15 PM ET)

  • This is the second postseason meeting between the two teams. The Seahawks defeated Dallas 21-20 in their 2006 NFC Wild Card meeting (January 6, 2007). The Cowboys lead the all-time series 10-9, including the postseason. This season, Seattle won 24-13 in their Week 3 meeting at CenturyLink Field.
  • The Seahawks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and have advanced to the postseason in seven of head coach PETE CARROLL’s nine seasons with the team. Seattle had two players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl: rookie punter MICHAEL DICKSON and linebacker BOBBY WAGNER.
  • The Cowboys are back in the postseason after capturing the NFC East title for the first time since 2016. Dallas had five players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl, tied with Chicago and New Orleans for the most in the NFC: running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, cornerback BYRON JONES, defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE, guard ZACK MARTIN and tackle TYRON SMITH.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (12-4) at BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-6) (Sunday, CBS, 1:05 PM ET)

  • This is the first postseason meeting between the two teams. Baltimore leads the all-time series 7-5, including a 22-10 win in Los Angeles in Week 16.
  • Baltimore has qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2014 and won the AFC North for the first time since 2012, when they were victorious in Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens had three players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl: linebacker C.J. MOSLEY, safety ERIC WEDDLE and guard MARSHAL YANDA.
  • The Chargers have advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2013. Los Angeles had a league-best seven players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl: wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN, running back MELVIN GORDON, defensive end MELVIN INGRAM, rookie safety DERWIN JAMES, special teamer ADRIAN PHILLIPS, center MIKE POUNCEY and quarterback PHILIP RIVERS.

PHIADELPHIA EAGLES (9-7) at CHICAGO BEARS (12-4) (Sunday, NBC, 4:40 PM ET)

  • The teams will meet in the postseason for the fourth time, with Philadelphia holding a 2-1 edge. In their most recent postseason matchup, the Eagles won 33-19 in Chicago in the 2001 NFC Divisional Playoffs (January 19, 2002). The Bears lead the all-time series 30-13-1, including the postseason.
  • The Eagles, the defending Super Bowl champions, are in the postseason for consecutive years for the first time since the 2009-10 seasons and are seeking to become the first repeat Super Bowl champions since the 2003-04 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. Philadelphia had three players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl: guard BRANDON BROOKS, defensive tackle FLETCHER COX and tight end ZACH ERTZ.
  • The Bears have qualified for the postseason and claimed the NFC North division title for the first time since 2010. Chicago had five players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl, tied with Dallas and New Orleans for the most in the NFC: return specialist TARIK COHEN, cornerback KYLE FULLER, defensive tackle AKIEM HICKS, safety EDDIE JACKSON and linebacker KHALIL MACK. ​

 

Daily Almanac for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

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