October 13, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 6
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played on Sunday, October 12, the sixth week of the 2014 season.
1. Today’s Carolina-Cincinnati game ended in a 37-37 tie after each team traded field goals in the overtime period, marking the second overtime game to end in a tie after both teams scored points in the extra period since the modified sudden death overtime rules were implemented for the 2012 regular season. The format guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess the ball in overtime, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession.
The 74 combined points are the most ever in an NFL overtime game that ended in a tie. The game marks the most combined points in a tie game since the Boston Patriots tied the Oakland Raiders, 43-43, on October 16, 1964, which occurred before the advent of NFL overtime rules in 1974.
2. The CHICAGO BEARS improved to 3-3 by defeating the Falcons 27-13 in Atlanta, becoming the first franchise in NFL history with 750 total wins. Chicago’s all-time record is 750-555-42.
3. Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO passed for 306 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions for a 146.0 passer rating in the Ravens’ 48-17 win at Tampa Bay. Flacco threw his fifth touchdown pass at the 13:57 mark of the the second quarter (16:03 into the game), becoming the fastest player to record five TD passes in a game since at least 1970.
Flacco also became the first player since 1986 with four touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game (Minnesota quarterback TOMMY KRAMER vs. Green Bay on 9/28/86) and the first player with five touchdown passes in the first half since TOM BRADY (October 18, 2009 vs. Tennessee).
4. Dallas running back DE MARCO MURRAY rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 30-23 win at Seattle and became the second player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his team’s first six games to start a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (six games in 1958).
Tight end JASON WITTEN had two catches for 24 yards and one touchdown. Witten, who is 32 years and 159 days old today, became the second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions. Only Houston’s ANDRE JOHNSON (32 years, 143 days) was younger when he recorded his 900th career catch.
Witten and TONY GONZALEZ (1,325) are the only tight ends with at least 900 career receptions, and Witten is the youngest to reach the milestone.
5. Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 264 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.7 passer rating in the Packers’ 27-24 win at Miami, including the game-winning four-yard TD pass to tight end ANDREW QUARLESS with three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Rodgers, who played in his 100th career game today, now has 25,616 passing yards and 203 touchdown passes. His 203 touchdowns are the second-most of any player in his first 100 games, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, who threw 217 touchdowns in his first 100 career games. Rodgers’ 25,616 yards rank fourth all-time among players in their first 100 games.
6. San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS completed 22 of 34 passes (64.7 percent) for 313 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 123.8 passer rating in the Chargers’ 31-28 win at Oakland.
Rivers has posted a passer rating of 120 or better in five consecutive games, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (four in 1965) and KURT WARNER (four in 2009) for the longest such streak in NFL history (minimum 15 pass attempts in each game).
7. Denver tight end JULIUS THOMAS had four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos’ 31-17 win at the New York Jets. Thomas leads the NFL with nine touchdown catches, tied for the most of any player in NFL history through his team’s first five games of a season (CALVIN JOHNSON, 2011).
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