Philadelphia Eagles First Team To Clinch NFL Playoff Berth
The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated the New York Giants, 48-22, improving to 12-1 and becoming the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season.
Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS recorded 294 yards (217 passing, 77 rushing) and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) with a 109.2 rating while linebacker HAASON REDDICK registered his 10th sack of the season in the team’s Week 14 victory.
Hurts, who has 10 rushing touchdowns this season after recording 10 rushing touchdowns in 2021, joined CAM NEWTON (2011, 2015 and 2020) as the only quarterbacks ever with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in multiple seasons and is the first quarterback ever to record at least 10 rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
Hurts, who has 3,157 passing yards with 22 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns this season, is the fourth quarterback ever with at least 3,000 passing yards, 20 touchdown passes & 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season, joining KYLER MURRAY (2020), CAM NEWTON (2011 and 2015) and KORDELL STEWART (1997).
Reddick, who registered 11 sacks with Carolina in 2021 and 12.5 sacks with Arizona in 2020, is the first player to record at least 10 sacks in three consecutive seasons with three different teams since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
CLOSE GAMES IN WEEK 14
With two games yet to be completed in Week 14, there have been 91 games decided by a touchdown (six points) or less, the most such games through the first 14 weeks all-time.
Seven of 11 games (63.6 percent) that have been completed in Week 14 have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter and there have been 156 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter this season, the most such games through the first 14 weeks in NFL history.
The DALLAS COWBOYS registered a 98-yard game-winning touchdown drive that culminated with an EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushing touchdown with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of their 27-23 win over Houston, while the LOS ANGELES RAMS drove 98 yards on Thursday Night Football for the game-winning touchdown pass from BAKER MAYFIELD to VAN JEFFERSON with 10 seconds remaining in regulation of their 17-16 win over Las Vegas.
Week 14 of the 2022 season is the first week in the last 45 seasons in which there were multiple game-winning touchdown drives of at least 95 yards where the touchdown was scored inside the final two minutes of regulation.
There have been 49 games this season decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime, trailing only 2015 (50) for the most such games through the first 14 weeks of a season all-time.
The Rams overcame a 10-point deficit to win on Thursday and there have been 41 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win or tie this season, the most such games through the first 14 weeks of a season all-time.
There have been 65 games in which a team has come back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, tied with the 1989 season (65) for the second-most such games through the first 14 weeks of a season all-time. Only 2012 (66) has more.
HUGE WEEKEND FOR MAHOMES
Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns while tight end TRAVIS KELCE registered 71 receiving yards in the Chiefs’ 34-28 win at Denver.
If Miami defeats the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football, the Chiefs can secure their seventh-consecutive AFC West division title, tying the 1973-79 LOS ANGELES RAMS for the second-longest streak of division titles in NFL history. Only the 2009-19 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11 consecutive seasons) had a longer streak.
The Chiefs improved to 10-3 on the season and head coach ANDY REID became the third head coach in NFL history to record at least 10 regular-season wins in eight consecutive seasons, joining BILL BELICHICK (17 consecutive seasons from 2003-19) and GEORGE SEIFERT (eight consecutive seasons from 1989-96).
Reid has 17 career seasons with at least 10 wins and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (16 seasons) for the third-most 10-win seasons by a head coach in NFL history. Only BILL BELICHICK (20 seasons) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (20) have more.
Mahomes recorded his 24th career game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (23 games) for the most such games by a player in his first six seasons in NFL history.
Mahomes, who has 4,160 passing yards this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING as the only players in NFL history with at least 4,000 passing yards in five of their first six seasons.
Kelce has 10,045 career receiving yards and is the fifth tight end ever with at least 10,000 career receiving yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (15,127), JASON WITTEN (13,046), ANTONIO GATES (11,841) and Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10,060).
Kelce, who has recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past seven seasons (2016-22), is the first tight end in NFL history with seven career seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards.
TREVOR LAWRENCE MAKES HISTORY
Jacksonville quarterback TREVOR LAWRENCE passed for 368 yards and totaled four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) while tight end EVAN ENGRAM had 11 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 36-22 win at Tennessee.
Lawrence, who is 23 years and 66 days old, is the youngest player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in a game, surpassing KYLER MURRAY (23 years and 79 days old on October 25, 2020).
Engram is the sixth tight end in NFL history with at least 10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers SHANNON SHARPE (October 6, 1996 and October 20, 2002) and KELLEN WINSLOW SR. (December 11, 1983) as well as TODD CHRISTENSEN (October 16, 1983), TRAVIS KELCE (December 2, 2018 and December 16, 2021) and DARREN WALLER (December 6, 2020).
JOSH ALLEN CLOSING ON AARON RODGERS
Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN had one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 20-12 win over the New York Jets.
Allen recorded his 24th career game with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (24 games) for the fourth-most such games in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (45 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (31) and AARON RODGERS (30) have more.
Allen has six rushing touchdowns in 2022 and is the first quarterback with at least six rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons in NFL history.
10 RECEPTIONS FOR JA’MARR CHASE
Cincinnati wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE had 10 receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals’ 23-10 win over Cleveland.
Chase registered his eighth career game with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, tied with A.J. BROWN and JOHN JEFFERSON for the third-most such games by a player in his first two career seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (12 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (nine) have more.
Chase recorded his 20th touchdown reception in his 26th career game, tied with ROB GRONKOWSKI and DARYL TURNER for the fourth fewest games to reach 20 career touchdown receptions since 1970. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (20 games), ODELL BECKHAM JR. (22) and JOHN JEFFERSON (24) reached the mark in fewer games.
Chase, who is 22 years and 285 days old and has 2,276 receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions since entering the NFL in 2021, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS as the only players under the age of 23 with at least 2,000 receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions in NFL history.
DETROIT TOPPLE VIKINGS
Detroit quarterback JARED GOFF passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 120.7 rating and rookie linebacker JAMES HOUSTON had his fourth career sack in the Lions’ 34-23 win over Minnesota.
Goff, who is currently in his seventh NFL season, recorded his 30th career game with at least 300 passing yards, tied with four players for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first seven seasons in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (39 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (37) and ANDREW LUCK (33) have more.
Houston is the sixth rookie since 2000 to record at least one sack in each of his first three career games, joining MYLES GARRETT (2017), TOMMY KELLY (2004), BARKEVIOUS MINGO (2013), AZEEZ OJULARI (2021) and TERRELL SUGGS (2003).
In the same game Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 11 receptions for a career-high 223 receiving yards on Sunday.
Jefferson has five career games with at least 175 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (five games) for the most such games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.
Jefferson, who has 1,500 receiving yards this season, is the first player in NFL history with at least 1,400 receiving yards in each of his first three career seasons. He recorded 1,400 receiving yards as a rookie in 2020 and 1,616 receiving yards in 2021.
FAST START FOR BROCK PURDY
San Francisco quarterback BROCK PURDY completed 16 of 21 pass attempts (76.2 percent) for two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 134.0 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the 49ers’ 35-7 win over Tampa Bay.
Purdy is the first rookie in the Super Bowl era with at least two touchdown passes, one rushing touchdown and a passer rating of 125-or-higher in his first career start.