SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 12
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, the 12th week of the 2017 season.
- Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20 win over Tampa Bay. Jones has three career games with at least 250 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have multiple 250+ yard receiving games.
Jones, who played in his 90th career game today, has 563 catches for 8,649 yards, the most by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history. He passed ANQUAN BOLDIN (558) for the most receptions and Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (8,502) for the most receiving yards.
Jones caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver MOHAMED SANU in the second quarter of today’s game. Sanu, who also threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with Cincinnati in 2012 (September 23, 2012), is the first wide receiver since the 1970 merger to throw multiple career 50+ yard touchdown passes. He is also the first non-quarterback to throw two career 50+ yard touchdown passes since Pro Football Hall of Fame running back WALTER PAYTON (1979, 1983).
- The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated Chicago 31-3 to improve to 10-1. It marks the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 10-1 or better (1949, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous three instances.
In the Super Bowl era, 38 teams have previously started 10-1 and all 38 made the playoffs, 17 reached the Super Bowl (44.7 percent) and eight won the Super Bowl (21.1 percent).
Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw three touchdown passes in today’s win and leads the league with 28 touchdown passes. Wentz’s 28 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first 11 games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer SONNY JURGENSEN (24) in 1961.
Wentz has 28 touchdown passes and five interceptions and is the third quarterback in NFL history to have at least 25 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions through his team’s first 11 games, joining TOM BRADY (2007, 2015, 2017) and AARON RODGERS (2011, 2014).
- The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated Miami 35-17 and improved to 9-2. The Patriots clinched their 17th consecutive season with a winning record, the longest streak since 1970, surpassing the previous record of 16 held by the 1970-1985 Dallas Cowboys and 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers.
New England quarterback TOM BRADY threw four touchdown passes with one interception for a 114.1 passer rating in today’s win. Brady, who turned 40 years old in August, has 26 touchdown passes this season, the most by a quarterback in a single season at the age of 40 or older.
Brady has 27 career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions, surpassing PEYTON MANNING (26) for the second-most in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (28) has more such games.
- Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win at San Francisco. Seattle improved to 7-4 on the season and bounced back from last week’s 34-31 loss against Atlanta. With the victory, Wilson improved to 23-4 (.852) in his career in games following an in-season loss, the best record by a starting quarterback since the 1970 merger (minimum 15 such starts).
- Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY had 128 scrimmage yards in the team’s 26-20 win over New Orleans. Gurley, who has 1,344 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns this season, is the fourth player in franchise history to have at least 1,300 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first 11 games of a season. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers ELROY “CRAZYLEGS” HIRSCH (1951), ERIC DICKERSON (1983) and MARSHALL FAULK (2000) as the only Rams to accomplish the feat.
- New Orleans running backs ALVIN KAMARA (188 scrimmage yards, two touchdowns) and MARK INGRAM (36 scrimmage yards) combined for 224 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ loss at the Los Angeles Rams. Kamara (1,094 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) and Ingram (1,055 scrimmage yards, eight touchdowns) are the first running back teammates to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in a team’s first 11 games in the Super Bowl era.
- The CAROLINA PANTHERS defeated the New York Jets 35-27. Carolina linebacker LUKE KUECHLY had a 34-yard fumble-return touchdown with 12:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers the lead and KAELIN CLAY added a 60-yard punt-return touchdown with 9:54 left to extend Carolina’s lead. It marked the second time in franchise history – and first since the club’s inaugural 1995 season (October 8, 1995 against Chicago) – in which the Panthers scored two return touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a game.