A sampling of NFL records set and milestones reached in 2016:
TEAM RECORDS & MILESTONES
Led the NFC in total defense (305.2 yards per game) and sacks (48).
QB CARSON PALMER passed for 4,233 yards, his franchise-best third season with 3,500+ pass yards.
RB DAVID JOHNSON set single-season franchise records in scrimmage yards (2,118), rushing touchdowns (16) and total touchdowns (20).
Won the NFC South division title for the first time since
Ranked first in the NFL in total points (540) and second
in total offense (415.8 yards per game).
QB MATT RYAN set
a franchise record and ranked second in the NFL with 4,944 passing yards.Ryan has six seasons with at least
4,000 passing yards, the most seasons in franchise history. He also owns the
top six passing yardage seasons in team history.
WR JULIO JONES ranked second in the NFL with 1,409 receiving yards, his fourth season with at least 1,000 receiving yards, tied for the second most in franchise history.
In Week 4, became the first team in NFL history to have a
500-yard passer (Ryan, 503) and a
300-yard receiver (Jones, 300) in
the same game.Jones’ 300 receiving yards and Ryan’s 503 passing yards both set franchise single-game records.
QB JOE FLACCO passed for 4,317 yards, a career-high and single-season franchise record.
Flacco recorded his seventh career season with 3,000+ passing yards, the most in franchise history.
TE DENNIS PITTA had 86 receptions, the most by tight end in a single season in franchise history.
Set a franchise record with 29 rushing touchdowns and led
the NFL in rushing yards per game (164.4).
RB LE SEAN MC COY had 13 rushing touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise
McCoy had four games with 100+ rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns this season, tied for the most
in Bills history.
Defeated Arizona 30-20 in Week 8 in a rematch of last
season’s NFC Championship Game and became the first team since Tampa Bay in 2002-03 to win both a Championship Game and the rematch the following season
by 10+ points each.
QB CAM NEWTON set franchise records in passing touchdowns (136) and rushing touchdowns (48).
RB JONATHAN STEWART has 51 career total touchdowns, third-most in franchise history.
Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD ranked second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards and surpassed MATT FORTÉ (1,238 in 2008) as the Bears’ all-time rookie rushing leader.
Howard had seven 100-yard rushing games this season, the most games with 100+ rushing yards by a rookie in team history.
Howard gained 202 yards from scrimmage (153 rushing, 49 receiving), including a rushing touchdown, in Week 8 and became the youngest player (21 years, 363 days) in Bears history to record at least 200 scrimmage yards in a single game.
In Week 13, Howard became the fifth rookie in Bears history to rush for three touchdowns in a single game.
QB ANDY DALTON had 4,206 passing yards, his second career season with 4,000+ pass yards (4,293 in 2013), and joined CARSON PALMER (two) as the only quarterbacks in team history with multiple 4,000-yard passing seasons.
RB JEREMY HILL had nine rushing touchdowns and has at least nine rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons, the second-longest streak in franchise history.
LB VONTAZE BURFICT has three seasons with 100+ tackles (101 in 2016), tied for the second-most in franchise history.
WR TERRELLE PRYOR SR. had 1,007 receiving yards and became the seventh wide receiver in
franchise history with a 1,000-yard receiving season.
LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 143 tackles, the eighth-most in a season in team
Won the NFC East division title for the second time in
the past three seasons.
Won 11 consecutive games from Weeks 2-13, tied for the
longest winning streak in franchise history.
Ranked first in the NFL in rush defense, allowing 83.5
yards per game.
QB DAK PRESCOTT and RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT became the first rookie quarterback and running back duo to start a season opener for the Cowboys since Pro Football Hall of Fame QB ROGER STAUBACH and RB CALVIN
HILL in 1969.
Became the first team in NFL history to have a rookie
pass for 20 touchdowns (Prescott, 23) and a rookie rush for 15 touchdowns (Elliott,15) in the same season.
In Week 9, Prescott had three touchdown passes and Elliott rushed for two touchdowns, marking the second time in NFL history in which a rookie passed for three touchdowns and a rookie teammate rushed for two touchdowns in the same game.
WR DEZ BRYANT has 67 career touchdown catches and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (65) for the second-most in franchise history.
Led the NFL in pass defense, allowing 185.8 yards per
In Week 10, rookie JUSTIN SIMMONS blocked an extra-point attempt with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and rookie WILL PARKS returned it for the game-winning two-point conversion in Denver’s 25-23 win at New Orleans. It marked the first-ever game-winning defensive two-point conversion since the rule was adopted in 2015 and the first to give the scoring team the lead.
Earned a playoff berth for the second time in the past three
Had eight wins after trailing in the fourth quarter or
overtime, the most in a single season in NFL history.
JIM CALDWELL became the third head coach in franchise history to lead the Lions to the playoffs twice in his first
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,327 yards, fifth-most in a season in team history, and had a 93.3 passer rating, third-highest in team history.
Won the NFC North division title for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
Have 217 victories at Lambeau Field, surpassing Chicago (216 at Wrigley Field) for the most wins by any franchise
at one stadium in NFL history.
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 4,428 yards, his sixth career season with at least 4,000 passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (five) for the most in franchise history.
Rodgers and WR JORDY NELSON have connected on
59 touchdown passes, surpassing Favre and ANTONIO FREEMAN (57) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.
WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 25 total receptions in Weeks 7 & 8, the most in a two-game span in Packers history.
RB TY MONTGOMERY rushed for 162 yards
and two touchdowns in Week 15 at Chicago and became the second Packer to rush for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game against the Bears (AHMAN GREEN, September 29, 2003).
Won the AFC South division title for the second consecutive season. It is the second time in franchise history the team has
won back-to-back division titles (2011-12).
Led the NFL in total defense (301.3 yards per game).
WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 317 career receptions and surpassed ANDRE JOHNSON (312) for the most receptions in a player’s first four seasons in franchise history.
S QUINTIN DEMPS had six interceptions, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history.
WR T.Y. HILTON led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards and has four seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, the third-most in franchise history.
In Week 16, QB BLAKE BORTLES and WR MARQISE LEE became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to
throw touchdown passes of at least 20 yards to each other in the same game.
WR ALLEN ROBINSON joined JIMMY SMITH as the only players in team history with at least 800 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in consecutive seasons.
LB PAUL POSLUSZNY had 132 tackles and has five seasons with 100+ tackles with the Jaguars, the most in franchise history.
DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had eight sacks, the
most by a rookie in franchise history.
Won the AFC West division title for the first time since
Ranked first in the NFL with 33 takeaways and tied for
the league lead with a +16 turnover differential.
QB ALEX SMITH has 1,317 rushing yards in four seasons with Kansas City and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer LEN DAWSON (1,253) for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback in franchise history.
Rookie WR-PR-KR TYREEK HILL had 12 touchdowns (6 receiving, 3 rushing, 2 punt return, 1 kick return), tied for the most by a rookie in franchise history.
Hill had a 95-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 17, the longest punt-return touchdown in team history.
Overcame a 21-point deficit in their 33-27 overtime victory against San Diego in Week 1 and became the first team in NFL history to extend a winning streak of at least 10 games with a 21+ point comeback victory.
TE LANCE KENDRICKS has 17 career touchdown catches and surpassed BILLY TRUAX (16) for the second-most touchdowns by a tight end in franchise
WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN has 146 career punt returns and tied LE ROY IRVIN (146) for the most punt returns in team
Earned a postseason berth for the first time since 2008.
RB JAY AJAYI had 1,272 rush yards, the third-highest single-season total in franchise history.
Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 30-15 win over Pittsburgh in Week 6 and joined RICKY WILLIAMS as the only players in franchise history to rush for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in a game. He is the first Dolphin to rush for at least 200 yards in three games in a season.
WR JARVIS LANDRY had 94 receptions, the second-most catches in a season in Dolphins history. Landry also owns the single-season team record with 110 catches in 2015.
Rookie RB-KR KENYAN DRAKE had a 96-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 9, the second-longest by a rookie in franchise history (MERCURY MORRIS, 105 yards, Septermber,14, 1969).
Joined the 1969 Los Angeles Rams as the only teams since
1933 to start 5-0 without throwing an interception.
Had eight sacks at Carolina in Week 3, tied for the third-most
in a road game in team history.
CB XAVIER RHODES had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown and KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 11 and became the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game.The Vikings are the fourth team in NFL history with two scoring plays of at least
100 yards in the same game. Rhodes’ 100-yard interception-return touchdown was the longest in franchise history.
Won the AFC East division title for the eighth consecutive season, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are the only team in league history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.
Recorded their sixth season with at least 13 victories (14-2), tied with Denver for the second most 13-win seasons in NFL history.
Are the fifth team in NFL history – and the first since the 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers – to have at least 16 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record.
Head coach BILL BELICHICK has 201 regular-season victories with New England and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers GEORGE HALAS (318 with Chicago), DON SHULA (257 with Miami), TOM LANDRY (250 with Dallas) and CURLY LAMBEAU (209 with Green Bay) as the only coaches to reach 200 career regular-season wins with one franchise.
Belichick has 260 career victories (including the postseason) and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA (347), GEORGE HALAS (324) and TOM LANDRY (270) as the only head coaches in NFL history with at least 250 career wins.
RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT set a franchise record with 18 rushing touchdowns.
WR JULIAN EDELMAN ranks second in franchise history with three seasons of 90+ receptions (98 in 2016).
Led the NFL in total offense (426.0 yards per game) and ranked first with 6,816 total net yards (5,074 passing,
QB DREW BREES has 53,763 pass yards in 11 seasons with New Orleans and became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to pass for 50,000 yards with one team.
WR MICHAEL THOMAS set franchise rookie records and led all NFL rookies with 92 receptions, 1,137 receiving yards
and nine touchdown catches.
Earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2011.
QB ELI MANNING passed for 4,027 yards, his franchise-record sixth season with 4,000+ passing yards.
WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had a career-high 101 receptions and joined STEVE SMITH (107 in 2009) as the only players in franchise history with a 100-catch season.Beckham had 1,367 receiving yards, the third-most in a single season in team history.
S LANDON COLLINS had 125 tackles, the most by a safety in a season in franchise history.
Collins and CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE each recorded two interceptions in Week 7, the first Giants duo to accomplish the feat since KENNY HILL and TERRY KINARD on September 14, 1986 against San Diego.
RBs MATT FORTÉ (1,110) and BILAL POWELL (1,076) became the first running back duo in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards each.
Earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.
Tied for the NFL lead with a +16 turnover differential.
In Week 1, became the fourth team in NFL history to score
the game-winning points on a two-point conversion in the final minute of the fourth quarter when QB DEREK CARR connected with WR MICHAEL CRABTREE on the game-winning two-point conversion with 47 seconds remaining. They are the first to do so in a season opener.
Carr passed for four touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 4 and became the first Raiders quarterback to have a four TD and zero INT performance in back-to-back seasons since RICH GANNON in 1999 and 2000. Carr also accomplished the feat on November 1, 2015.
Crabtree had three touchdown receptions in Week 4 and became the first Raider to have three touchdown catches in a game since JERRY PORTER on December 19, 2004.
WR AMARI COOPER (1,153) and Crabtree (1,003) became the first Oakland duo since 2001 (JERRY
RICE and TIM BROWN) and third in franchise history to each have at least 1,000 receiving yards in the same
LB BRUCE IRVIN had six forced fumbles, tied for the most in a single season in team history.
Rookie QB CARSON WENTZ became the first Eagles rookie to start at quarterback in a season opener since DAVEY O’BRIEN in 1939.
Wentz had 379 completions, the most in a season in franchise history and the most by a rookie in NFL history.
K CALEB STURGIS made 35 field goals, the most in a season in franchise history.
Had kickoff-return touchdowns in Week 6 (WENDELL SMALLWOOD, 86 yards) and Week 7 (JOSH HUFF, 98 yards) and became the fifth team since 1970 to have kickoff-return touchdowns by different players in consecutive weeks.
Won the AFC North division title, their seventh division title since 2002.
Have 601 regular-season victories, joining Chicago (744), Green Bay (730) and the New York Giants (684) as the
only teams in NFL history to reach 600 regular-season wins.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER and WR ANTONIO BROWN have combined for 50 touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW and LYNN SWANN (49) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to receiver in team history.
Roethlisberger had 15 touchdown passes through Week 5, the most by a Steelers quarterback in the first five games of a season.
K CHRIS BOSWELL made six field goals in Week 15, tied with GARY ANDERSON (10/23/88) and JEFF
REED (12/1/02) for the most in a single game in franchise history.
QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 4,386 yards, his team-record eighth season with at least 4,000 passing yards.
Rivers had 33 touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history. Rivers has five 30-touchdown seasons, the most in Chargers history.
Rookie DE JOEY BOSA (10.5) became the first Chargers rookie to record 10 or more sacks since 2005 (SHAWN MERRIMAN, 10.0).
Rookie DL DE FOREST BUCKNER had 6 sacks, tied for the fifth-most by a rookie in
Won the NFC West division title for the third time in the
past four seasons and advanced to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 4,219 yards, the most in a season in franchise history.
TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 65 receptions for 923 yards, the highest totals by a tight end in franchise
LB BOBBY WAGNER led the NFL and set a single-season franchise record with 167 tackles.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON set franchise single-season records with 4,090 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes.
WR MIKE EVANS had 96 receptions, the second-most in franchise history.
Evans had 12 touchdown catches, tied for the most in a season in team history.
TE CAMERON BRATE had eight receiving touchdowns, tied for the most by a Buccaneers tight end in a season.
QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 26 touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers GEORGE BLANDA and WARREN MOON as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to pass for at least 25 touchdowns in a season.
TE DELANIE WALKER had seven touchdown receptions, the third-most among tight ends in franchise history.
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