2012 NFL Records and Milestones
NFL 2012 Regular Season
A sampling of NFL records set and milestones reached in 2012:
Reached 500 regular-season victories (501).
WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 764 receptions for 10,413 yards in his career. Fitzgerald is the first Cardinal with 750+ receptions and the only player in team history with 10,000+ receiving yards.
Fitzgerald has at least one reception in 133 consecutive games (active), the longest streak in club history (MEL GRAY, 121).
CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON's seven INTs ranked fourth in the NFL in 2012 and are the most by a Cardinal since 2001.
Earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and a first-round bye for the second time in the past three seasons. Qualified for the postseason in three consecutive years for the first time in franchise history.
Posted a club-record fifth consecutive winning season.
Opened the season with eight wins, the best start in franchise history (4-0 in 1986, 2004). The Falcons are the 15th team since 1978 – when the NFL introduced the 16-game schedule – to start a season 8-0.
MIKE SMITH (56) surpassed DAN REEVES (52) for the most wins (including postseason) in Falcons history. Smith also became the first head coach in franchise history to reach the playoffs in four of his first five seasons.
QB MATT RYAN set a single-season team record with 4,719 passing yards, surpassing his own mark (4,177) set in 2011. Ryan is the only Falcons quarterback to register 4,000 passing yards in multiple seasons. With 32 TD passes in 2012, Ryan joined STEVE BARTKOWSKI (31 in 1980; 30 in 1981) as the only Falcons QBs with 30+ TD passes in a season.
WR RODDY WHITE recorded 1,351 receiving yards, his team-record sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. White (1,351) and WR JULIO JONES (1,198) are the Falcons' first pair of 1,000-yard receivers since 1998.
RB MICHAEL TURNER recorded 10 rushing touchdowns and is the only player in team history to rush for 10+ touchdowns in five consecutive seasons. Turner also became the first Falcon with 60 career rushing touchdowns.
Won back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history.
RB RAY RICE totaled 1,621 scrimmage yards (1,143 rushing, 478 receiving). Rice, who led AFC RBs with 61 catches in 2012, has reached 1,600 scrimmage yards in four consecutive seasons and surpassed JAMAL LEWIS (three times) for the most such seasons in team history.
Rice accrued more than 1,100 rushing yards for the fourth consecutive season, the longest streak in club annals. Lewis (2000; 2002-2003; 2006) is the only other Raven to surpass that mark multiple times.
TE DENNIS PITTA (seven) tied TODD HEAP (seven in 2005) for the most TD receptions in a season by a tight end in franchise history.
KR-WR JACOBY JONES registered a 108-yard KR-TD in Week 6 and a 105-yard KR-TD in Week 10, the two longest kickoff-return touchdowns by a Raven. Jones, whose 108-yard return tied for the longest in NFL history, is the first player in NFL history with two career 105+ yard kick-return touchdowns.
Rookie K JUSTIN TUCKER made a 56-yard field goal in Week 2, tied for the longest field goal in club history.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (3,400 passing yards) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM KELLY (eight seasons) as the only Bills quarterbacks to reach 3,000 yards passing in three consecutive seasons.
WR STEVIE JOHNSON led the team in catches (79) and receiving yards (1,046) and became the first Bills wide receiver to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
TE SCOTT CHANDLER (six) became the first tight end in team history with six touchdown catches in back-to-back seasons (six in 2011). PETE METZELAARS (six in 1992) and JAY RIEMERSMA (six in 1998) are the only other Bills tight ends to reach six TD receptions in a season.
DE MARIO WILLIAMS (10.5 sacks) became the first Bills defensive linemen since 1982 to record double-digit sacks in his debut season with the club.
WR STEVE SMITH (772) posted a team-best 73 receptions and is the only wide receiver in team annals with 700 career receptions.
Smith (1,174) registered his club-record seventh 1,000-yard receiving season.
Rookie LB LUKE KUECHLY led the team with 165 tackles.
DE CHARLES JOHNSON (12.5) and DE GREG HARDY (11) finished the year with double-digit sacks. It is the first time two Panthers have reached the mark in a season since 2002 (JULIUS PEPPERS, 12, MIKE RUCKER 10).
Johnson, Peppers (2004-2006) and Rucker (2001-2003) are the only Panthers to record at least nine sacks in three consecutive years.
Registered eight interception-return touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a season in NFL history (1998 Seattle, eight). The 1961 San Diego Chargers had an NFL-record nine INT-TDs.
QB JAY CUTLER passed for 3,033 yards and is the first Bears quarterback with three 3,000-yard seasons.
RB Matt Forte recorded 1,434 scrimmage yards (1,094 rushing, 340 receiving) and became the first Bear with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first five seasons. Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS had 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first three seasons.
WR BRANDON MARSHALL set single-season team records for catches (118) and receiving yards (1,508). Marshall recorded 119 receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend, the most in a Bears debut since HARLON HILL (140) in 1954.
CB TIM JENNINGS led the NFL with nine interceptions this season. Jennings is the first Bear to pace the league in interceptions since MARK CARRIER (10) in 1990.
In the first quarter of a Week 9 victory, Chicago scored a touchdown on a blocked punt (COREY WOOTTON, five yards), a run (Forté, eight), an interception (BRIAN URLACHER, 46) and a pass (Marshall from JAY CUTLER, 13) becoming the first team in NFL history to score a touchdown on each of those in a quarter.
LB LANCE BRIGGS and CB CHARLES TILLMAN both returned interceptions for touchdowns in Week 4 and Week 5, the first teammates in league annals to accomplish the feat in back-to-back weeks.
Tillman's eight career INT-return TDs and Briggs' five rank first and second, respectively, in Bears history.
Registered their 53rd win on Kickoff Weekend, the most season-opening victories all-time.
Qualified for the postseason for the fourth time under head coach MARVIN LEWIS (2005, 2009, 2011) and first time in back-to-back seasons since 1981-1982.
QB ANDY DALTON improved to 19-13 (.594), the highest winning percentage all-time by a Bengals starting quarterback (min. 20 starts).
WR A.J. GREEN recorded 1,350 receiving yards, joining CHAD JOHNSON (four times) as the only players in franchise history to register 1,300+ in a season. Green's career-high 97 receptions in 2012 are tied for the fourth-most by a Bengal all-time.
TE JERMAINE GRESHAM (64) collected the second-most receptions by a Bengals tight end in one season (DAN ROSS, 71 in 1981). Gresham is the first tight end in team history with three 50-reception seasons, reaching the mark in each of the past three years.
Defense finished third in the NFL with a franchise-record 51 sacks in 2012.
DT GENO ATKINS (12.5) and DE MICHAEL JOHNSON (11.5) registered the second-most and third-most sacks, respectively, by a Bengal in a season since 1982 (EDDIE EDWARDS, 13 in 1983).
QB BRANDON WEEDEN recorded the most wins (five) and passing yards (3,385) by a rookie in club history.
RB TRENT RICHARDSON rushed for more yards (950) and touchdowns (11) than any other Brown, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (942 rushing yards and nine rushing TDs in 1957). His three 100-yard rushing games tied a team rookie record.
Richardson's 950 rushing yards were the most among AFC rookies and third-most among all rookies.
Richardson caught 51 passes, the third-most among all rookies.
QB TONY ROMO passed for a franchise-record 4,903 yards with 28 touchdowns. Romo is the only Cowboy to pass for 4,000 yards in a season (four times) and his five seasons with 20+ touchdown passes are the most in franchise history, surpassing DANNY WHITE (four).
Romo (177) passed Pro Football Hall of Famer TROY AIKMAN (165) for the most touchdown passes in club history.
TE JASON WITTEN (806), who recorded the most single-season receptions all-time by a tight end with 110, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (750) for the most catches in franchise annals. Witten (8,948) and Irvin (11,904) are the only Cowboys with more than 8,000 receiving yards.
WR DEZ BRYANT caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. Bryant joined Irvin as the only players in club history to record at least 90 receptions, 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in a season.
LB DE MARCUS WARE (11.5) registered his seventh consecutive season with double-digit sacks. Ware's 111 career sacks are the most among all Cowboys since 1982.
Won the AFC West for the 12th time and first time in back-to-back years since 1986-1987.
Became the sixth team since 1970 to finish the season with 11+ consecutive victories.
QB PEYTON MANNING registered single-season franchise bests in passing yards (4,659), touchdown passes (37) and passer rating (105.8) this season. Manning's 37 touchdown passes and 105.8 passer rating led the AFC in 2012.
WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS (1,434) joined ROD SMITH (1,602 in 2000) and BRANDON LLOYD (1,448 in 2010) as the only Broncos to reach 1,400 receiving yards in season. Thomas had 10 touchdown receptions in 2012.
WR ERIC DECKER led the AFC and placed second in the league with 13 touchdown receptions and posted 1,064 receiving yards.
Thomas and Decker are the first Broncos duo to register 1,000+ receiving yards and 10+ TD catches in a season.
LB VON MILLER recorded a franchise-record 18.5 sacks (DE ELVIS DUMERVIL, 17 in 2009). Dumervil notched 11 sacks in 2012.
On Monday Night Football in Week 6, Denver overcame a 24-point halftime deficit to claim a 35-24 victory at San Diego. It tied for the fourth-biggest regular-season comeback in NFL history and tied for the second-largest halftime deficit erased in a victory all-time.
In two games (Week 1, Week 8), QB MATTHEW STAFFORD threw the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter. They were his third and fourth game-winners in the final minute of a fourth quarter, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer BOBBY LAYNE for the most in team history.
WR CALVIN JOHNSON set an NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards on a league-best 122 receptions, the second-most catches by a Lion in a season (HERMAN MOORE, 123 in 1995). Johnson ranks second in franchise history in career receptions (488) and receiving yards (7,836).
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Won the NFC North division in back-to-back seasons for the first time since winning three consecutive division titles in 2002-2004.
QB AARON RODGERS (171) passed Pro Football Hall of Famer BART STARR (152) for the second-most TD passes in club annals.
Rodgers passed for 4,295 yards with 39 TDs and eight interceptions this season and owns the only two 4,000-yard, 39+ TD seasons in Packer history (Rodgers in 2011). He is also the only Green Bay QB to pass for 4,000 yards with fewer than 10 interceptions in a season (three times).
PR-KR-WR RANDALL COBB (2,342) finished first in the NFL and set a franchise record for the most combined yards in a season (AHMAN GREEN, 2,250 in 2003). Cobb led the team with 80 receptions, 954 receiving yards, 964 kickoff-return yards and 292 punt-return yards and added 132 rushing yards.
Rookie CB CASEY HAYWARD led all NFL rookies with six interceptions.
Won their second AFC South title in franchise history after claiming the division championship in 2011. Recorded franchise-records in wins (12) and tied the franchise record for sacks (44).
QB MATT SCHAUB passed for 4,008 yards and 22 TDs, his third 4,000-yard, 20-TD season. Schaub is the only player in club history to reach either mark in a season.
RB ARIAN FOSTER posted NFL bests with 17 total touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns, his third consecutive season with 10+ rush TDs (16 in 2010; 10 in 2011). DOMANICK WILLIAMS (13 in 2004) is the only other Texan to rush for at least 10 TDs in a season.
WR ANDRE JOHNSON collected 112 receptions for a club-record 1,598 yards with four touchdowns.
DE J.J. WATT led the NFL with a franchise-record 20.5 sacks.
In Week 11, Schaub passed for 527 yards and WR ANDRE JOHNSON recorded 14 receptions and 273 receiving yards, all of which are franchise single-game records.
Became only the second team (2008 Miami, 11) in NFL history to win 11 games following a season with two or fewer victories.
Reached the postseason for the 12th time in 14 seasons.
WR REGGIE WAYNE led the Colts with 106 receptions and 1,355 receiving yards. Wayne (13,058) moved into second on the Colts' all-time scrimmage yards list.
WR T.Y. HILTON led all NFL rookies with seven TD receptions in 2012.
RB VICK BALLARD finished second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL among rookie RBs with 814 rushing yards.
Wayne posted 212 receiving yards in Week 5, the second-most in franchise annals (Pro Football Hall of Famer RAYMOND BERRY, 224, November 10, 1957).
KR DEJI KARIM had a 101-yard KR-TD in Week 17, the longest since COTTON SPEYRER's 101-yard return in 1973.
RB MAURICE JONES-DREW (63) passed FRED TAYLOR (62) for the most rushing TDs in club history. Jones-Drew (12,014) became the third player in team history to eclipse 12,000 combined yards, joining Taylor and JIMMY SMITH.
WR JUSTIN BLACKMON led NFL rookies with 865 receiving yards and tied for the most receptions among rookies with 64.
Blackmon totaled 236 receiving yards in Week 11, the third-most in a game by a rookie all-time. That total also marked the second-most among all players in franchise history (Jimmy Smith, 291).
K JOSH SCOBEE set franchise records for points scored (848) and field goals made (192) in a career and tied a team record with 20 consecutive made field goals.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
RB JAMAAL CHARLES (1,509) became the third Chief to reach 1,500 rushing yards in a season (LARRY JOHNSON and PRIEST HOLMES).
Charles rushed for a 91-yard touchdown in Week 3 and an 86-yard touchdown in Week 16, the two longest runs from scrimmage in Chiefs history. Charles' 91-yard TD is longest play in club annals.
LB DERRICK JOHNSON (125) has surpassed 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons, leading the team both years.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL totaled more passing yards (3,294) and completions (282) than any rookie in club history.
Tannehill became the first Dolphins rookie QB to start a season opener.
RB REGGIE BUSH tied career-highs with six rushing TDs and eight total TDs.
DE CAMERON WAKE (15) reached double-digit sacks for the second time in his four-year career. With 43 sacks, Wake has the most sacks of any Dolphin in his first four seasons.
Qualified for the postseason for the first time since winning back-to-back division titles in 2008-2009, winning the final four games in December to earn a Wild Card berth.
RB ADRIAN PETERSON set a franchise record with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games (Week 7-Week 14). Peterson totaled 1,313 yards in those games, the most by any player in NFL history over any eight-game stretch in a single season.
DE JARED ALLEN (12) registered his sixth consecutive season and seventh overall with 11 or more sacks. Allen's 74 sacks with the Vikings are third in club history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN RANDLE (114) and CHRIS DOLEMAN (96.5).
TE KYLE RUDOLPH's career-best nine TD catches led Minnesota in 2012 and are the second-most in franchise history by a tight end.
Rookie K BLAIR WALSH scored 141 points (35 FG, 36 PAT), the most by a rookie in club annals.
WR-KR PERCY HARVIN recorded a 105-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 4 and his five career kickoff-return touchdowns are the most in team history.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Won the AFC East title for the 14th time and became the second team in NFL history to win at least 10 games in 10 consecutive seasons (San Francisco, 1983-1998, 16 consecutive seasons).
The Patriots (2009-2012) became the third team in league annals to win 13 consecutive December games (San Diego, 18 from 2006-2009; Dallas, 13 from 1968-1972).
Totaled 557 points, the third-most of any team in a single season in league annals.
The Patriots scored 52 points in Week 4 and 59 in Week 11. New England has scored at least 50 points in five games started by QB TOM BRADY, the second-most 50-point games by a starting quarterback in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer LEN DAWSON, six).
Recorded at least 350 total net yards in an NFL-record 17 consecutive games (11/6/2011-10/28/2012), surpassing the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams (16).
BILL BELICHICK (204) now has the seventh-most wins (including postseason) among all NFL head coaches, surpassing DAN REEVES (201) and CHUCK KNOX (193). Belichick reached 200 wins in his 307th game, the fourth-fastest of any coach in league history.
Brady has recorded at least one touchdown pass in a franchise-record 48 consecutive regular-season games, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history.
WR WES WELKER posted an AFC-best 118 receptions for 1,354 receiving yards, becoming the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons and first Patriot with 1,300+ receiving yards in back-to-back campaigns. Welker is now the Patriots all-time career leader in receptions (672) and ranks second in receiving yards (7,459).
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
QB DREW BREES, who led the NFL in passing yards (5,177) and touchdown passes (43), registered 4,000+ yards for the seventh consecutive season and 30+ TDs for the fifth consecutive season. Brees is the only Saints quarterback to reach either of those marks in any season.
TE JIMMY GRAHAM registered 85 receptions for 982 yards with nine touchdowns. Graham, who had 99 receptions in 2011, is the only Saints TE with 80+ receptions in a season.
P THOMAS MORSTEAD led the NFC and finished second in the NFL with 50.1 yards per punt. His 43.2 net average ranked second among NFL punters.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Became the third team in NFL history with 650 regular-season wins (654).
TOM COUGHLIN (83) surpassed BILL PARCELLS (77) for the second-most regular-season wins in Giants history among head coaches, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE OWEN (153).
QB ELI MANNING (211) became the Giants' all-time leader in touchdown passes (PHIL SIMMS, 199). Manning threw 26 TD passes in 2012, his fourth season with at least 25. He is the only Giants QB to reach 25 touchdown passes in at least three seasons.
WR VICTOR CRUZ collected 86 receptions for 1,092 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cruz is the first player in club annals to post at least 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in a season.
Rookie RB-KR DAVID WILSON set a single-game franchise record with 327 all-purpose yards in Week 14. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.
S STEVIE BROWN amassed an NFL-best 307 interception-return yards, a Giants franchise record. His eight interceptions tied for the second-most in the league.
Cruz caught a game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning in Week 7, the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.
Gained 604 yards of total offense in Week 2, the second-most in team history (609, 12/3/1950).
NEW YORK JETS
RB SHONN GREENE set career highs in rushing yards (1,063) and rushing touchdowns (eight). Greene has reached 1,000 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons (1,054 in 2011).
CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE posted a team-high three interceptions, his third time tying or leading the Jets in the category in as many years.
Became the third team in NFL history to score a touchdown via the rush, pass, interception-return and punt-return in a season's opening game (MARK SANCHEZ threw three TD passes, SHONN GREENE rushed for a TD, ANTONIO CROMARTIE returned an interception 40 yards for a TD and JEREMY KERLEY added a 68-yard PR-TD).
QB CARSON PALMER (4,018) joined RICH GANNON (4,689 in 2002) as the only Raiders quarterbacks to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season.
Palmer passed for at least 200 yards in a franchise-record 16 consecutive games (11/27/2011-11/18/2012).
K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI totaled 118 points, the fifth-most points scored by a Raider in one season. Janikowski owns four of the top-five single-season point totals and has scored the most points (1,389) in team history.
WR JEREMY MACLIN has 258 career receptions, the most by any Eagle in his first four seasons.
WR DE SEAN JACKSON has six career 70+ yard touchdowns (four receiving, two punt returns). Only TIMMY BROWN (nine) has more in club history.
Rookie DT FLETCHER COX led all rookie interior linemen with 5.5 sacks.
Rookie KR-WR DAMARIS JOHNSON recorded 291 punt return yards, the second most by a Philadelphia rookie (Jackson, 440 in 2008).
Registered more passing yards than their opponent in 18 consecutive home games (11/21/2010-12/9/2012), the longest streak in NFL history (16, 2000-2001 St. Louis Rams).
Finished first in the league in yards allowed per game (275.8) and pass defense (185.2 yards per game). Pittsburgh is the first club to lead the league in net yards allowed in 10 different seasons.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER posted 3,265 passing yards to become the Steelers' all-time leader with 29,844 career passing yards (Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW, 27,989). It marked Roethlisberger's club-record seventh 3,000-yard season in as many years.
In Week 10, Pittsburgh defeated Kansas City in overtime, 16-13, to earn the team's 15th consecutive home win on Monday Night Football, the longest such streak in NFL history. The streak began on October 19, 1992 when the Steelers defeated Cincinnati, 20-0.
ST. LOUIS RAMS
RB STEVEN JACKSON (1,042) reached 1,000 rushing yards for the eighth consecutive season, the longest streak in team history. Jackson (10,135) is the only Ram with more than 10,000 rushing yards.
Jackson and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON are tied for second in club history with 56 career rushing touchdowns, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (58).
Rookie CB JANORIS JENKINS recorded three interception-return touchdowns, tied for the most by a rookie in NFL history and the most by any St. Louis player in a season. Jenkins returned two INTs for touchdowns in Week 12, becoming the fourth rookie to accomplish the feat in league annals.
WR DANNY AMENDOLA in Week 2 collected 15 receptions, tying a franchise record held by ISAAC BRUCE and FLIPPER ANDERSON. Amendola tied an NFL record with 12 catches in the first half (REGGIE WAYNE, 12 on 12/30/2007).
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
QB PHILIP RIVERS (3,606) is the first Charger to pass for 3,500 yards in five consecutive seasons. His 27,891 career passing yards trail only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTS (43,040) in team annals.
Rivers passed for 26 touchdowns, extending his team-record streak of consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes to five.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Won the NFC West in back-to-back seasons for the first time since winning four consecutive titles from 1992-1995.
JIM HARBAUGH, whose team earned a first-round bye in 2012, joined GEORGE SEIFERT (1989-90) as the only 49ers head coaches to win the NFC West division in each of their first two seasons.
RB FRANK GORE became San Francisco's all-time leader in rushing attempts (1,911) and rushing touchdowns (51).
LB ALDON SMITH led the NFC with a franchise-record 19.5 sacks.
In Week 5, San Francisco amassed a franchise-record 621 yards (311 rushing, 310 passing) and became the first team in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing. The 49ers had a 300-yard passer (ALEX SMITH, 303 yards), 100-yard rusher (FRANK GORE, 106 yards), and two 100-yard receivers (MICHAEL CRABTREE, 113 yards and VERNON DAVIS, 106 yards) in the same game for the first time since November 19, 1961.
Earned a Wild Card berth at 11-5, the team's best record since finishing 13-3 in 2005 en route to Super Bowl XL.
Won all eight regular-season games at home for the third time since 2003. Seattle was the only team with a perfect record at home in 2012. QB RUSSELL WILSON is the first rookie quarterback since 1970 to win all of his team's home games.
Wilson set team rookie records for passing yards (3,118), completion percentage (64.1), touchdown passes (26) and passer rating (100.0). His passer rating is the highest of any player in team history.
RB MARSHAWN LYNCH rushed for 1,590 yards with 11 touchdowns. His 1,590 rushing yards are the third-most in a season in club annals.
Scored 58 points in Week 14 and 50 in Week 15, the first time a team has scored at least 50 points in back-to-back games in a season since the 1950 New York Giants. Seattle outscored opponents by 91 points (108-17) in those contests, the largest margin of victory in a two-game span since Chicago in 1941 (95 points).
DE CHRIS CLEMONS (11.5) posted at least 11 sacks for the third consecutive season, becoming the first Seahawk to record at least 10 sacks in each of his first three seasons with the club.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
QB JOSH FREEMAN threw for a club-record 4,065 yards. Freeman is the only quarterback in Buccaneers history with three 3,400+ yard seasons, accomplishing the feat in each of the past three years.
WR VINCENT JACKSON caught 72 passes for 1,384 yards, the second-most receiving yards in Buccaneers history (MARK CARRIER, 1,422 in 1989).
Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN established Tampa Bay rookie records for rushing yards (1,454) and rushing touchdowns (11).
Martin set single-game team records by rushing for 251 yards and four TDs in Week 9, both of which were the highest totals by any player in 2012. Martin and MIKE ANDERSON (12/3/2000) are the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a game. Martin had TD runs of 70, 67, 45 and one yards in the contest. He is the first player in NFL history with rushing touchdowns of at least 70, 65 and 45 yards in a single game.
RB CHRIS JOHNSON (1,243) joined EDDIE GEORGE (five, 1996-2000) as the only players in club history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in five consecutive seasons. Johnson (6,888) also became the third player in franchise history with 6,500 career rushing yards (George, 10,009 and Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL, 8,574).
Johnson ran for a franchise-long 94-yard touchdown in Week 15.
WR KENDALL WRIGHT (64) tied for the most receptions among NFL rookies, the second-most by a rookie in team history (BILL GROMAN, 72 in '60).
KR-WR DARIUS REYNAUD registered a Titans-record 105-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 3.
In Week 3, Tennessee became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of at least 60 yards in a game in its 44-41 overtime win over Detroit: TOMMIE CAMPBELL, 65-yard punt-return TD; JARED COOK, 61-yard TD reception from JAKE LOCKER; DARIUS REYNAUD, 105-yard kick-return TD; NATE WASHINGTON, 71-yard TD reception from Locker; and ALTERRAUN VERNER, 72-yard fumble-return TD.
In Week 17, the Titans became the first team in NFL history with two interception-return touchdowns and two punt-return touchdowns in the same game in the Titans' 38-20 win over Jacksonville. Rookie linebacker ZACH BROWN scored both interception-return touchdowns (79 and 30 yards) and Reynaud scored both punt-return touchdowns (69 and 81 yards).
Won the NFC East for the first time since 1999.
Became the fifth team in NFL history to qualify for the playoffs after a 3-6 start.
MIKE SHANAHAN (175) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers BUD GRANT (168), PAUL BROWN (170) and JOE GIBBS (171) and MIKE HOLMGREN (174) for 11th place all-time in career victories.
Rookie QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III passed for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns versus five interceptions for a 102.4 rating and rushed for 815 yards with seven touchdowns. Griffin is Washington's first quarterback to reach 3,000 passing yards and 15 passing TDs while surrendering fewer than 10 interceptions.
Rookie RB ALFRED MORRIS finished second in the NFL with a team-record 1,613 rushing yards.
Morris (13) recorded more rushing touchdowns than any Redskins rookie. His 13 rushing TDs led the NFC and were the second-most in the NFL.
Griffin and Morris are the first rookie teammates with 3,000+ yards passing and 1,500+ rushing yards. The pair is also the first QB-RB combo to rush for at least 500 yards each in their rookie season.
DAVID AKERS K, San Francisco 49ers
Connected on a 63-yard field goal on Kickoff Weekend, which tied the record for the longest field goal in NFL history (TOM DEMPSEY, JASON ELAM and SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI).
Became the 17th player in league history to score 1,500 points and reached the milestone in his 206th game, the second-fastest of any player in NFL history to achieve the feat (Elam, 197).
BRYAN ANGER P, Jacksonville Jaguars
Set the single-season rookie record for highest punting average (47.8) and highest net punting average (40.8), surpassing BRETT KERN (46.7 in 2008) and MATT BOSHER (38.9 in 2011), respectively.
RONDE BARBER DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He and LONDON FLETCHER have the longest current streaks of consecutive games played (240).
In Week 6, he recorded a 78-yard interception-return touchdown and became the first player in NFL history with at least eight interception-return touchdowns, four fumble-return touchdowns and a punt-return touchdown. His 12 combined interception and fumble-return touchdowns are tied for the third-most in NFL history with AENEAS WILLIAMS and CHARLES WOODSON, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ROD WOODSON (13) and DARREN SHARPER (13).
Only player in NFL history with at least 25 career sacks (28) and 40 interceptions (47).
JUSTIN BLACKMON WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Amassed 236 receiving yards in Week 11, the third-most by a rookie in a single game in NFL history. It marked the first game in NFL history in which two players each had 235+ receiving yards (ANDRE JOHNSON, 273).
TOM BRADY QB, New England Patriots
Extended his streak to 48 games with at least one touchdown pass, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history (DREW BREES, 54).
Became the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win 10 division titles.
His 136 wins are the fifth-most in NFL history among starting quarterbacks, trailing BRETT FAVRE (186), PEYTON MANNING (154) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY (148) and DAN MARINO (147).
On Kickoff Weekend, Brady won his 125th career game as a starter and reached the milestone in the fewest starts (160) in NFL history. The previous mark was held by Manning (184).
Has passed for at least three touchdowns in 53 career games, joining Peyton Manning (73), Favre (72), Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (62) and Brees (54) as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 such games.
Threw for 4,827 yards in 2012, joining Manning (12), Brees (seven), Favre (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (six) as the only players to have at least five seasons with 4,000 passing yards.
Increased his passing yards total to 44,806, ninth-most in NFL history.
DREW BREES QB, New Orleans Saints
Threw at least one touchdown pass in 54 consecutive games, the longest streak in NFL history, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47 games, 1956-60) in Week 4.
Became first player in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in consecutive seasons.
Joined BRETT FAVRE (nine) and PEYTON MANNING (seven) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least five seasons with 30+ touchdown passes.
Led the NFL with 43 touchdown passes, tying Favre and Pro Football Hall of Famers LEN DAWSON, Unitas and STEVE YOUNG for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes (four).
Has passed for at least three touchdowns in 54 career games, joining Peyton Manning (73), Favre (72), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (62) and TOM BRADY (53) as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 such games.
Passed for 5,177 yards, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with consecutive 5,000-yard seasons and three career 5,000-yard seasons. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 15,000 yards in a three-year span (15,273).
Moved into eighth place all-time with 45,919 career passing yards.
Passed for at least four touchdowns and 300 yards in 18 career games (4 in 2012), surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (16) for the most such games in NFL history.
Registered the 67th 300-yard passing game of his career in Week 17, the second-most such games in NFL history (Peyton Manning, 72).
In Week 8, he recorded his 300th career touchdown pass in his 161st game, tying New England's Brady (161) for the third-fewest games to reach the mark in league annals.
JAMAAL CHARLES RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Had three touchdown runs of at least 80 yards this season (91, 80, 86), tying CHRIS JOHNSON (2009 and 2012) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (1997) for the most in a single season in NFL history.
In Week 3, Charles rushed for 233 yards and caught six passes for 55 yards in, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (November 19, 1961) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 225 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in the same game.
RANDALL COBB WR-KR-PR, Green Bay Packers
Became the first player in NFL history with at least 900 receiving yards (954) and 900 kickoff-return yards (964) in a single season.
Recorded a 75-yard punt-return touchdown on Kickoff Weekend and a 108-yard kickoff-return TD in last year's opener. He is the only player in NFL history to have a kick-return touchdown in Week 1 in each of his first two NFL seasons.
VICTOR CRUZ WR, New York Giants
Totaled 2,032 receiving yards and 125 receptions through his first 25 career games, the sixth-most and tied for the sixth-most, respectively, through the first 25 games of a career in NFL history.
ANDY DALTON QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Passed for 27 touchdowns this season and is one of three players in NFL history to pass for at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons (20 in 2011). Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (20 in 1983; 48 in 1984) and PEYTON MANNING (26 in 1998 and 1999) also accomplished the feat.
PHIL DAWSON K, Cleveland Browns
Kicked three field goals of at least 50 yards (51, 50, 52) in the second half of Week 4 and is one of eight players in NFL history to kick three such field goals in a game. He is the first to kick all three in one half.
LARRY FITZGERALD WR, Arizona Cardinals
In Week 3, he became the youngest player in NFL history (29 years, 23 days) to reach the 700-catch mark. Fitzgerald, who now has 764 catches, surpassed the previous record (JASON WITTEN, 30 years, 133 days) by more than a year.
At 29 years, 44 days old, he joined RANDY MOSS (28 years, 314 days) as the only players in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards before the age of 30 (Week 6).
Caught a pass in 133 consecutive games, second-longest active streak in the NFL behind TONY GONZALEZ (195).
LONDON FLETCHER LB, Washington Redskins
He and RONDE BARBER have the longest current streaks of consecutive games played (240).
ARIAN FOSTER RB, Houston Texans
Led the NFL in total touchdowns (17) for the second time in his career. Since the advent of the common draft in 1967, he and PRIEST HOLMES are the only undrafted players to lead the league in touchdowns multiple times.
In Week 5, he surpassed 5,000 scrimmage yards (3,629 rushing, 1,374 receiving) in his first 40 career games, reaching the milestone in the third-fewest games in league annals. Only EDGERRIN JAMES (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (39) recorded 5,000 yards from scrimmage in fewer games.
CHRIS GIVENS WR, St. Louis Rams
Caught a pass of at least 50 yards (52, 51, 65, 56, 50) in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a rookie in the Super Bowl era.
TONY GONZALEZ TE, Atlanta Falcons
Has totaled 103 career touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end. He is the eighth player in NFL history to reach 100 career touchdown catches. He moved past TIM BROWN (100) and Pro Football Hall of Famers DON HUTSON (99) and STEVE LARGENT (100) for sixth place all-time.
Registered 93 receptions this season and has 1,242 in his career, second-most all-time behind Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,549). He is the only player in NFL history with 15 consecutive 50-reception seasons and joins Rice (17) as the only players in NFL history with 15 50-reception seasons.
Became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 14,000 career receiving yards (14,268) and passed TORRY HOLT (13,382), HENRY ELLARD (13,777), CRIS CARTER (13,899) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JAMES LOFTON (14,004) for seventh place on the all-time list.
A.J. GREEN WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Caught a touchdown pass in nine consecutive games this season, tying 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 (CRAZYLEGS) HIRSCH (10 games, 1951).
He is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first 20 career games. Reached 100 career receptions in 20 games, tying for the third-fastest all-time.
ROBERT GRIFFIN III QB, Washington Redskins
Rushed for 815 yards, the most by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (CAM NEWTON, 706 in 2011). He is one of only three quarterbacks since 1970 to reach 800 rushing yards in a single season, joining RANDALL CUNNINGHAM, BOBBY DOUGLASS, and MICHAEL VICK (two times).
Griffin (102.4) and RUSSELL WILSON (100) are the only qualifying rookies in NFL history with a 100+ passer rating. His 158.3 single-game passer rating in Week 11 is the highest among rookie quarterbacks (min. 15 attempts) in league annals, surpassing BEN ROETHLISBERGER's 158.0 passer rating on December 5, 2004.
He is the first player in NFL history with at least four 60+ yard touchdown passes and a 60+ yard rushing touchdown in a season.
Became the only rookie in NFL history with back-to-back four touchdown pass games (Week 11 and 12).
Threw for 320 yards on Kickoff Weekend, joining ANDREW LUCK (309), PEYTON MANNING (302) and Newton (422) as only rookies to throw for at least 300 yards on Kickoff Weekend. He is the only player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception in his NFL debut.
Completed an 88-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of his NFL debut for his first career TD, tied with ED RUBBERT (1987) for the second-longest touchdown pass in a player's NFL debut (NEIL O'DONNELL, 89 yards, 1991).
In Week 6, he joined Vick (December 1, 2002) as the only quarterbacks to rush for at least 130 yards and two touchdowns in a game since 1970.
ROB GRONKOWSKI TE, New England Patriots
Recorded 11 touchdowns this season and became the first tight end in NFL history to post 10+ TD catches in three consecutive seasons.
Registered 38 career 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).
JASON HANSON K, Detroit Lions
Has totaled 2,150 career points and passed JOHN CARNEY (2,062) for the third-most points in NFL history. His 2,150 points are the most ever by a player with one franchise.
Has amassed 495 career field goals, surpassing Carney (478) for the third-most in NFL history. His 495 field goals are the most ever by a player with one franchise.
Became the first player in NFL history to make 50 field goals of 50+ yards. His 52 career field goals of at least 50 yards are the most all-time.
STEVEN JACKSON RB, St. Louis Rams
Rushed for 1,042 yards this season, joining LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight) and Pro Football Hall of Famers THURMAN THOMAS (eight), CURTIS MARTIN (10), BARRY SANDERS (10) and EMMITT SMITH (11) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons.
Reached 10,000 career rushing yards (10,135) and passed RICKY WILLIAMS (10,009) for 26th place on the all-time list.
SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI K, Oakland Raiders
In Week 15, he tied JOHN KASAY (42) for the second-most career field goals of 50+ yards in NFL history. JASON HANSON holds the NFL record with 52 field goals of 50+ yards.
JANORIS JENKINS CB, St. Louis Rams
Tied for the NFL lead with three interception-return touchdowns this season, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers LEM BARNEY (1967) and RONNIE LOTT (1981) for the NFL rookie record.
Returned two interceptions for a touchdown in Week 12 and is only the fourth rookie in NFL history to do so. The other rookies to accomplish the feat were HOOT FLANAGAN (November 29, 1925), DAN SANDIFER (October 31, 1948) and BOBBY FRANKLIN (December 11, 1960).
ANDRE JOHNSON WR, Houston Texans
In Week 16, he reached 800 career catches in his 137th game, reaching the mark in the second-fewest games in NFL history. Only MARVIN HARRISON amassed 800 catches in fewer games (131).
Johnson and WES WELKER each have 18 career games with at least 10 catches, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (17) for the most such games in NFL history.
Amassed 273 receiving yards in Week 11, marking the first game in NFL history in which two players each had 235+ receiving yards (JUSTIN BLACKMON, 236).
His 461 combined receiving yards in Week 11 (273) and 12 (188) are the most receiving yards over a two-game span in a single season in NFL history.
In Week 17, he recorded his 29th career game with at least nine receptions and 80+ receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Rice (28) and Harrison (28) for the most such games.
CALVIN JOHNSON WR, Detroit Lions
Led the NFL with 1,964 receiving yards, an NFL single-season record (Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, 1,848 in 1995).
Became the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 yards in consecutive seasons (1,681 in 2011).
Recorded 11 100-yard receiving games in 2012, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11 in 1995) for the most in a season.
Set an NFL record with eight consecutive 100-yard receiving games, surpassing CHARLEY HENNIGAN (seven in 1961) and Irvin (seven in 1995) for the longest such streak in league history.
Registered an NFL-record four consecutive games with 10 or more receptions.
Became the first player in NFL history with four consecutive 140+ receiving yard games in a single season. He also tied the NFL record set by PAT STUDSTILL in 1966 with his fifth consecutive game with at least 125 receiving yards.
CHRIS JOHNSON RB, Tennessee Titans
Produced three touchdown runs of 80+ yards this season, bringing his career total to an NFL all-time high of six (three in 2009). His three such runs in a season are tied with JAMAAL CHARLES (2012) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (1997) for the most in a single season in NFL history.
Surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,243) and became the eighth player in NFL history with 1,000 or more rushing yards in each of his first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (10, 1989-98), CURTIS MARTIN (10, 1995-2004), ERIC DICKERSON (seven, 1983-89) and TONY DORSETT (five, 1977-81), and COREY DILLON (six, 1997-2002), EDDIE GEORGE (five, 1996-2000) and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight, 2001-08).
Rushed for 126 yards in Week 10 and recorded his 24th career game with at least 125 rushing yards, the second-most in a player's first five seasons in NFL history. Dickerson had 27 games with 125+ rushing yards in his first five seasons.
DAMARIS JOHNSON PR-WR, Philadelphia Eagles
In Week 13, he returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown, tied for the third-longest punt-return touchdown in NFL history.
JACOBY JONES WR-KR, Baltimore Ravens
In Week 6, he returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, tying the longest kick-return touchdown in NFL history with ELLIS HOBBS (September 9, 2007) and RANDALL COBB (September 8, 2011).
Scored on a 105-yard kickoff return in Week 10 and became the first player in NFL history with two career 105+ yard kick-return touchdowns.
JULIO JONES WR, Atlanta Falcons
Caught an 80-yard touchdown pass in Week 12 and became the only player in the past 20 years to record an 80-yard touchdown reception in each of his first two seasons.
JEREMY KERLEY WR-PR, New York Jets
On Kickoff Weekend, he became the first player in the NFL since 2000 (AZ-ZAHIR HAKIM) to record a touchdown reception (12 yards) and punt return-touchdown (68 yards) in a season opener.
ANDREW LUCK QB, Indianapolis Colts
Recorded an NFL rookie-record 4,374 passing yards, surpassing CAM NEWTON (4,051 in 2011).
Had six 300-yard passing games, surpassing PEYTON MANNING (four in 1998) for the most by a rookie all-time.
His 433 passing yards in Week 9 are the most by a rookie in a game in NFL history, besting the previous mark of 432 yards set by Newton last season.
Threw for 309 yards on Kickoff Weekend, joining ROBERT GRIFFIN III (320), PEYTON MANNING (302) and Newton (422) as only rookies to pass for at least 300 yards on Kickoff Weekend.
ELI MANNING QB, New York Giants
Threw for a career-high 510 yards in Week 2, tying for the eighth most in a single game in NFL history.
PEYTON MANNING QB, Denver Broncos
Has accumulated 154 career wins, the second-most in NFL history among starting quarterbacks, trailing only BRETT FAVRE (186).
Posted his 48th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in Week 9, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (47) for the most in the NFL since 1970.
Posted his 73rd career game with three or more touchdown passes in Week 17, eclipsing Favre (72) for the most in NFL history.
Has completed 5,082 passes in his career and surpassed Marino (4,967) for the second-most completions all-time (Favre, 6,300).
Led his teams to 12 regular-season wins for the ninth time, the most such seasons by a starting quarterback in NFL history.
Has 436 career touchdown passes, joining Favre (508) and Marino (420) as the only players in NFL history to record 400 career touchdown passes. Manning reached the mark in the fewest games (209) in NFL history.
Reached 4,000 passing yards (4,659) this season, extending his NFL record to 12 career 4,000-yard seasons.
Passed for at least 3,000 yards in his 14th season, surpassing Marino (13) for the second-most such seasons in NFL history. Favre holds the record with 18 such seasons.
BRANDON MARSHALL WR, Chicago Bears
Became the fifth player in NFL history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season with three different teams. The other four to accomplish the feat are IRVING FRYAR, TONY MARTIN, RANDY MOSS and TERRELL OWENS.
Recorded at least 100 receptions for the fourth time in his career, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, MARVIN HARRISON and REGGIE WAYNE for the second-most such seasons in NFL history.
DOUG MARTIN RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Posted 1,926 scrimmage yards, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (2,212 in 1983) and EDGERRIN JAMES (2,139 in 1999) for the most ever by a rookie.
Gained 1,019 scrimmage yards in a six-game span (Week 6 through 11), joining 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.
His 486 scrimmage yards in Weeks 8 and 9 were the most by a player in a two-game span in a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON in 1977.
In Week 7 and 8, he joined Dickerson, Anderson and BILLY SIMS as the only rookies to record 200+ scrimmage yards in back-to-back games.
HEATH MILLER TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Finished in the top two among AFC tight ends in receptions (71, second), receiving yards (816, first) and receiving touchdowns (eight, second).
VON MILLER LB, Denver Broncos
In his first 25 games, he amassed (24.5) the second-most sacks during that span. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (25) had more sacks through a player's first 25 games.
RANDY MOSS WR, San Francisco 49ers
Recorded 434 receiving yards this season, moving past TIM BROWN (14,934) and ISAAC BRUCE (15,208) into third place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list.
Posted three touchdown receptions this season, bringing his career total to 156. He moved into sole possession of second place in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, 197), surpassing TERRELL OWENS (153).
CAM NEWTON QB, Carolina Panthers
Only player in NFL history with at least 5,000 passing yards (7,920), 25 passing touchdowns (40), 1,000 rushing yards (1,447) and 15 rushing touchdowns (22) in a player's first two NFL seasons. His 22 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback in his first two NFL seasons.
In Week 14, he became the first player in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards (287), 100 rushing yards (116), a touchdown pass (two) and a touchdown run (one) in a game.
In Week 2, he became the second player in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards (253) with a 125+ passer rating (129.2) and at least 70 rushing yards (71) with a TD in a single game (MICHAEL VICK, November 15, 2010).
ADRIAN PETERSON RB, Minnesota Vikings
Finished with 2,097 rushing yards this season, the second-most in a season in league history and just nine yards shy of breaking Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON's NFL record (2,105 in 1984).
Tied EARL CAMPBELL for the most games with at least 150 rushing yards in a single season (seven).
Joined LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 10 touchdowns in each of his first six seasons.
Accumulated 1,313 yards in eight games (Weeks 7 through 15), the most over any eight-game span in a single season in NFL history.
He and C.J. SPILLER joined JAMAAL CHARLES (2010) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963), BARRY SANDERS (1997) and O.J. SIMPSON (1973) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,200 yards in a season while averaging 6.00 yards per carry or better.
Reached 8,000 career rushing yards in his 85th career game and is one of only seven players in NFL history to reach the mark in 85 games or fewer. He joins Dickerson (73), Brown (80), Campbell (83), Sanders (83), EDGERRIN JAMES (84) and EMMITT SMITH (85).
Rushed for the fourth-most touchdowns through his first 80 games of any player in NFL history (67). Only Smith (78) and Brown (76) and Tomlinson (73) have more rushing touchdowns through 80 career games.
ED REED S, Baltimore Ravens
Surpassed ROD WOODSON (1,483) for the most interception-return yards in NFL history (1,541).
He has 61 career interceptions (four in 2012), which ranks 10th on the all-time list.
PHILIP RIVERS QB, San Diego Chargers
Reached 25,000 passing yards in his 104th career game. Only six players in NFL history reached the milestone in fewer games. He also reached the milestone with 3,144 attempts, the fifth-fastest to accomplish the feat in NFL history.
Started 112 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak of any NFL quarterback (ELI MANNING, 127).
AARON RODGERS QB, Green Bay Packers
Finished the year as the NFL's leading passer (108.0) for the second consecutive season, and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1991-94) as the only qualifying players in NFL history to post a 100+ passer rating in four consecutive seasons. Rodgers (104.9) and Young (96.8) rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the NFL's all-time passer rating list.
Reached 150 touchdown passes in the second-fewest games (76) in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (62).
Threw 39 touchdown passes this season, joining Marino and BRETT FAVRE as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with three seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes before age 30.
Became the first quarterback ever to have 20+ touchdown passes through his team's first eight games in consecutive seasons. He also is the first player in NFL history to throw at least 25 TDs in his team's first nine games in two different seasons.
MATT RYAN QB, Atlanta Falcons
His 22 career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime are the most by a quarterback through his first five seasons that began his career since 1970.
Has 56 wins, the most in first five seasons in NFL history.
MATT SCHAUB QB, Houston Texans
Passed for 527 yards in Week 11, 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).
ALDON SMITH LB, San Francisco 49ers
His 33.5 sacks are the most through a player's first two seasons since the sack became an official statistic in 1982, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (31, 1985-86).
Reached 30 sacks (30.5) in his 27th career game and is the fastest to 30 since 1982. The previous mark was 28 games held by White.
C.J. SPILLER RB, Buffalo Bills
He and ADRIAN PETERSON joined JAMAAL CHARLES (2010) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963), BARRY SANDERS (1997) and O.J. SIMPSON (1973) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,200 yards in a season while averaging 6.00 yards per carry or better.
In Weeks 1 and 2, he rushed for 292 yards on 29 attempts and averaged 10.1 yards per carry, becoming the first player to average at least 10.0 yards per carry through his team's first two games of a season (minimum 25 attempts) since Brown in 1963 (35 carries for 394 yards; 11.3 average).
MATTHEW STAFFORD QB, Detroit Lions
Stafford reached 10,000 career passing yards in his 37th career game and became the second-fastest player to reach the milestone (KURT WARNER, 36).
Attempted 727 passes in 2012 and surpassed DREW BLEDSOE's single-season NFL mark of 691 set in 1994.
Threw for the third-most passing yards (8,195) and the third-most touchdown passes (61) through 30 starts by a quarterback who began his career in the Super Bowl era, trailing Kurt Warner (8,739, 70) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (8,467, 73).
RYAN TANNEHILL QB, Miami Dolphins
Became the first rookie in NFL history to pass for 1,250+ yards (1,269) and record at least two wins (two) in his team's first five games.
CHARLES TILLMAN CB, Chicago Bears
Tied for the most interception-return touchdowns (three) this season (JANORIS JENKINS).
BLAIR WALSH K, Minnesota Vikings
Set single season record for most 50-yard field goals made in NFL history (10).
Became the first rookie in NFL history to kick a 50-yard field goal in each of his team's first three games.
Kicked three field goals of at least 50 yards (50, 53, 51) in Week 15 and is one of eight players in NFL history to kick three such field goals in a game.
LEON WASHINGTON KR, Seattle Seahawks
Returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in Week 12. He has eight career kickoff-return touchdowns, tied with JOSHUA CRIBBS for the most in NFL history.
J.J. WATT DE, Houston Texans
Led the NFL with 20.5 sacks, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (1986) for the sixth-most in a season since 1982.
Watt is the first player with at least 15 sacks (20.5) and 15 passes defensed (16) in a single season.
Became the first player since KEVIN GREENE in 1998 to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of his team's first four games.
REGGIE WAYNE WR, Indianapolis Colts
Surpassed the 1,200-yard mark (1,355) for the sixth time in his career and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (11), RANDY MOSS (eight), MARVIN HARRISON (six) and TORRY HOLT (six) as the only players with at least six such seasons.
Recorded at least 100 receptions for the fourth time in his career, tying Rice, Marvin Harrison and BRANDON MARSHALL for the second-most such seasons in NFL history.
Became the 16th player in NFL history with 40 career 100-yard receiving games (41).
WES WELKER WR, New England Patriots
Reached 100 receptions this season, becoming the first player ever with five 100-catch seasons (2007-09, 2011-12).
Welker and ANDRE JOHNSON each have 18 career games with at least 10 catches, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (17) for the most such games in NFL history.
RUSSELL WILSON QB, Seattle Seahawks
Threw for 26 touchdowns, tying PEYTON MANNING (26 in 1998) for the rookie record.
Wilson (100) and ROBERT GRIFFIN III (102.4) are the only qualifying rookies in NFL history with a 100+ passer rating.
In Week 15, he became the first player in NFL history to have three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in the first half of a game.
JASON WITTEN TE, Dallas Cowboys
His 110 receptions this season are the most in a single season by a tight end in NFL history, surpassing TONY GONZALEZ (102 in 2004).
Became the third tight end in NFL history with 800 career receptions (806), joining Gonzalez (1,242) and Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (815).
Witten's 18 receptions in Week 8 are the most by a tight end in a single game in NFL history. Witten shared the previous record of 15 with Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW.
Recorded his ninth consecutive 50-catch season, the second-most by a tight end behind Gonzalez (15).
JGREG ZUERLEIN K, St. Louis Rams
First kicker in NFL history to convert a 60-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal in the same game (Week 4).
- Tom Brady Says Patriots Can Adjust Minus Injured Tight End Rob Gronkowski
- Ravens Linebacker Ayanbadejo Sparks 'Word War' with Patriots
- Tom Brady and Shane Vereen Lead Patriots Back to AFC Title Game
- Matt Bryant Field Goal Lifts Falcons Over Seahawks into NFC Title Game
- Colin Kaepernick Leads 49ers Past Packers into NFC Title Game
- 'Flacco Fling' Helps Ravens Stun Broncos
- Nate Silver Picks Seahawks vs Patriots for Super Bowl XLVII
- Ex-Jets Assistant Mike Westhoff Says Tim Tebow Situation a 'Mess'
- Michael Strahan Among 15 Finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Ex-Panthers Assistant Rob Chudzinski Gets Browns Coaching Job
- Seahawks Rookie Defensive End Bruce Irvin Gets Start vs Falcons
- Mike Mularkey Out as Jaguars Coach
- Cowboys Hire Defensive Coordinator
- Eagles Interested in Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly
- Mike Pettine Hired as Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator
- Chargers Name Tom Telesco New General Manager
- Ex-Falcons Personnel Director David Caldwell Named Jaguars GM
- NFL Final Eight Take Center Stage in Divisional Playoffs
- NFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Packers at 49ers
- NFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Seahawks at Falcons
- AFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Ravens at Broncos
- AFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Texans at Patriots
- Cowboys Dismiss Rob Ryan as Defensive Coordinator
- Tony Sparano Out as New York Jets Offensive Coordinator
- Robert Griffin III Suffered Partial Tear of Two Ligaments in Right Knee
- Seahawks Blast Redskins in NFC Wild-Card Game
- Boldin and Flacco Carry Ravens Past Colts in AFC Wild-Card Game
- Bills Select Syracuse's Doug Marrone as New Head Coach
- Chip Kelly to Stay with Oregon
- Aaron Rodgers Powers Packers Past Vikings in NFC Wild-Card Game
- Arian Foster Lifts Texans to AFC Wild-Card Win Over Bengals
- Post Lovie Smith, Bears Eye CFL's Marc Trestman as Head Coach
- Panthers Retain Ron Rivera as Head Coach
- Chiefs Reach Agreement with Andy Reid as Next Head Coach
- LSU Safety Eric Reid To Forego Senior Year, Enter NFL Draft
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: It's Playoff Time
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
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