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Recapping records, milestones achieved Week 16 in the NFL

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 16

TERRIFIC TURNAROUNDS: The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS clinched the AFC South division title and joined the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (NFC East, home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs) as teams to go from “worst-to-first” this season. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons.

If the CAROLINA PANTHERS, who have already clinched a playoff berth, win the NFC South, 2017 would tie the 2005 and 2006 seasons for the most such “worst-to-first” clubs in NFL history.

The PANTHERS (playoff berth), LOS ANGELES RAMS (NFC West), MINNESOTA VIKINGS (NFC North) and NEW ORLEANS SAINTS(playoff berth) have clinched at least a playoff berth. All four teams finished in either third or fourth place in their divisions last year and missed the postseason.

Entering Week 17, five of the eight divisions have a team either in or tied for first place that finished in third or fourth place in the division last season.

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. This season, six teams – Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, New Orleans and Philadelphia – have all qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason last year.

This weekend, four clubs – the BALTIMORE RAVENSBUFFALO BILLSLOS ANGELES CHARGERS and TENNESSEE TITANS – are vying for the final two playoff spots in the AFC. In total, eight teams will clinch a playoff spot after not qualifying for the postseason in 2016, tied with the 2003 season for the most such teams since 1990.

The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:

SEASON PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS
1990 7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)
1991 5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)
1992 6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)
1993 5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)
1994 5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)
1995 4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)
1996 5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)
1997 5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)
1998 5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)
1999 7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2000 6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)
2001 6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)
2002 5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)
2003 8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)
2004 5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)
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)
2007 6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2008 7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)
2009 6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)
2010 5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)
2011 6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)
2012 4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)
2013 5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2014 5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)
2015 4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)
2016 6 (Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York Giants, Oakland)
   
2017 8* (Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia)
*Two of Baltimore, Buffalo, Los Angeles Chargers & Tennessee will qualify for the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2016

– NFL –

GURLEY DOES IT ALL: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY totaled a career-high 276 scrimmage yards (158 receiving yards, 118 rushing yards) and had two touchdown receptions in the team’s 27-23 win over Tennessee in Week 16.

Gurley is the third player in NFL history to have at least 100 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON (November 28, 1954) and HERSCHEL WALKER (December 14, 1986).

The players with at least 100 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATE RUSHING YARDS RECEIVING YARDS
Todd Gurley LA Rams December 24, 2017 118 158
Herschel Walker Dallas December 14, 1986 122 170
Ollie Matson^ Chicago Cardinals November 28, 1954 115 161
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Gurley, who has 2,093 scrimmage yards, 13 rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns this season, is the third different player in NFL history to have at least 2,000 scrimmage yards, 10 rushing touchdowns and more than five touchdown catches in a single season. The other two players to accomplish the feat are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: O.J. SIMPSON (1975) and MARSHALL FAULK(2000 and 2001).

The players with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards, 10 rushing touchdowns and more than five touchdown catches in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS RUSH TDS REC. TDS  
Todd Gurley LA Rams 2017* 2,093 13 6  
Marshall Faulk^ St. Louis Rams 2001 2,147 12 9  
Marshall Faulk^ St. Louis Rams 2000 2,189 18 8  
O.J. Simpson^ Buffalo 1975 2,243 16 7  
*Through Week 16
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

PROLIFIC PASSERS: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 239 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 23-13 win over Atlanta last week.

Brees, who has 70,200 career passing yards, joined PEYTON MANNING (71,940) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) as the only players in NFL history with at least 70,000 career passing yards.

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER PASSING YARDS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 70,200*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who ranks fifth in the NFL with 4,089 passing yards, extended his NFL-record streak to 12 consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards.

Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD, who leads the NFC with 4,123 passing yards, surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the seventh consecutive season, the second-longest streak in NFL history.

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

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS SEASONS WITH 4,000+ PASS YARDS
Drew Brees New Orleans 2006-17 12*
Matthew Stafford Detroit 2011-17 7*
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1999-2004 6
Matt Ryan Atlanta 2011-16 6*
*Active streak (Ryan has 3,778 yards in 2017)

Ryan, who has 3,778 passing yards this season, has recorded at least 4,000 passing yards in each of the past six seasons and can extend his streak to seven consecutive seasons with 222 passing yards against Carolina in Week 17.

– NFL –

PHENOMENAL FITZ: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 23-0 win over the New York Giants in Week 16.

Fitzgerald, who ties for second in the league with 101 receptions, has five career seasons with at least 100 catches, tied for the second-most in NFL history. Only BRANDON MARSHALL (six) has more such seasons.

The players with the most 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS
Brandon Marshall Denver, Chicago, New York Jets 6
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 5
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 5
Andre Johnson Houston 5
Wes Welker New England 5

 

Fitzgerald, who ranks fourth in the NFC with 1,101 receiving yards, registered his ninth season with at least 1,000 receiving yards, tied for the third-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (14) and RANDY MOSS (10) have more such seasons.

The players with the most seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 1,000+ REC. YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland 14
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England 10
Tim Brown^ Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 9
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 9
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas 9
Jimmy Smith Jacksonville 9
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

LUCKY NUMBER 13: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith passed for 304 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 29-13 victory over Miami last week.

Smith, a 13-year NFL veteran, has a career-high 4,024 passing yards and is the third quarterback in NFL history to reach 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career in his 13th season or later.

The players to record their first season with at least 4,000 passing yards in their 13th career season or later:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON EXPERIENCE PASSING YARDS
Alex Smith Kansas City 2017 13 4,024*
Rich Gannon Oakland 2002 15 4,689
Steve Beuerlein Carolina 1999 13 4,436
*Through Week 16 ​​

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com