From the NFL….
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 18, the 11th week of the 2012 season.
In four games yesterday, the winning points were scored in the final two minutes or overtime, bringing the season total to 36 such games.
The Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all won in overtime. The Cowboys won on a 38-yard field goal by Dan Bailey with 6:07 remaining. The Texans, who scored twice in overtime, got the winning score on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson with 2:01 remaining. The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on their first possession of overtime capped by a 15-yard TD pass from Josh Freeman to Dallas Clark with 10:40 remaining.
The Green Bay Packers scored their winning points with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb.
Schaub threw for 527 yards in the Texans’ 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville. Schaub’s 527 passing yards are tied for the second-most in a game in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, December 16, 1990). Pro Football Hall of Famer Norm Van Brocklin holds the NFL single-game record with 554 passing yards (September 28, 1951).
In that game, wide receiver Andre Johnson of Houston had 14 catches for 273 yards with one touchdown and rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Jacksonville had seven catches for 236 yards with one touchdown. It marked the first game in NFL history in which two players each had 235+ receiving yards.
Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 14 of 15 passes (93.3 percent) for 200 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the Redskins’ 31-6 win over Philadelphia.
Griffin’s 93.3 completion percentage is the highest by a quarterback with at least four touchdown passes since Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (October 16, 1994).
Griffin had a 61-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss in the third quarter, his third touchdown pass of at least 60 yards this season. He is the first player in NFL history with at least three 60+ yard touchdown passes and a 60+ yard rushing touchdown in a season.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes in the Broncos’ 30-23 win over San Diego. Manning has 423 career touchdown passes and moved into sole possession of second place in NFL history, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (420).
With the victory, Manning (148) passed Marino (147) and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (148) for the second-most regular-season wins as a starter in NFL history.
Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green had six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 28-6 win over Kansas City.
Green has a touchdown reception in nine consecutive games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (1963) for the third-longest streak in a single season in NFL history. The only longer single-season streaks all-time belong to Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (12 games, 1987) and Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch (10 games, 1951).
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 59-24 win over Indianapolis. Gronkowski, who has 10 touchdowns this season, is the first tight end in NFL history with at least 10 receiving touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. Gronkowski subsequently suffered a broken arm late in the fourth quarter.
In his third season, Gronkowski has 37 receiving touchdowns, the third-most by a player in his first three NFL seasons. The only players with more are Randy Moss (43) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (40).
Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin rushed for 138 yards and had four catches for 23 yards in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 overtime win at Carolina.
Martin has gained 1,019 scrimmage yards in his past six games and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) and Edgerrin James (1999) as the only rookies in NFL history to gain at least 1,000 yards in a six-game span.