By the numbers: Alshon Jeffery, Adrian Peterson have enormous days
Here are some of the best and worst numbers from Week 13.
In Week 5, Alshon Jeffery had the best receiving day in Chicago Bears history, nabbing 10 catches for 218 yards from Jay Cutler . Somehow, he was even better Sunday vs. the Minnesota Vikings while catching passes from Cutler's backup.
And he broke his own franchise receiving yards record, gathering 249 yards and two touchdowns (including this one) on 12 catches from Josh McCown . Not only was it the most in Chicago's long franchise history, that's the 26th-best total in the history of the league.
Unfortunately for Chicago, it didn't help the Bears win the game, as they fell to Minnesota 23-20 in overtime and saw their playoffs chances diminish while falling back into second place in the NFC East.
Here are some other interesting numbers from the wackiest game of those that started at 1 p.m.
-- Jeffery did most of his damage in the first three quarters. In the final 15 minutes and overtime, Jeffery had just two catches for 15 yards. In the first three quarters, he recorded 10 for 234.
-- For the first time in NFL history, two players recorded 10-plus catches, 200-plus receiving yards and two-plus touchdowns on the same day, via NFL Communications. One was Jeffery, and the other was Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon (more on him below).
-- Jeffery became the seventh player ever with two 200-yard receiving games in the same season, via NFL Football Info. Also, Gordon is the eighth player to do it (still more on him below)
-- Adrian Peterson 's 211 rushing yards is the most since he exploded for 212 in Week 14 of last season.
-- Sunday marked Peterson's fifth career game with at least 200 rushing yards, tying Tiki Barber for the second-most in an NFL career, via ESPN Stats Info. The only person ahead of them: O.J. Simpson with six.
-- In his career, Peterson has 10,059 rushing yards. He's the fifth player in NFL history to gain at least 10,000 yards in his first seven seasons (via ESPN Stats Info).
-- Vikings kicker Blair Walsh nailed a 39-yard field goal with 8:04 left in overtime that would have given Minnesota the victory, but Minnesota tight end Rhett Ellison was penalized for grabbing his opponent's face mask. Then, after Adrian Peterson lost 3 more yards on the third-down replay, Walsh missed the 57-yarder.
-- After Bears kicker Robbie Gould became the most accurate kicker in NFL history, he missed a 66-yard field goal at the end of regulation and then a 47-yarder in overtime that would have given Chicago the win.
By the numbers
0: The number of wins this season for the Houston Texans when they're leading at halftime, via Adam Wexler. Overall, Houston is 0-for-5.
0.25: The career success percentage of Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone when he challenges a play, via Tim Graham. In Week 13, he finally successfully challenged a call that gave a touchdown to quarterback EJ Manuel.
1.0: The season success percentage of Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis when he challenges a play. He's 6 for 6 in 2013.
3: The number of touchdowns caught by Greg Jennings this season, including one on Sunday. All have been courtesy of backup quarterback Matt Cassel , via Dan Wiederer.
6: The number of rushing touchdowns this season for the Texans after Ben Tate managed three and Case Keenum scored another against the New England Patriots . Yes, that means Houston had two rushing touchdowns through the first 12 weeks of the year.
8: The number of times Peyton Manning has thrown at least five touchdowns in a game, tying him with Drew Brees for the most in NFL history, via ESPN Stats Info.
8: The number of consecutive wins by the Carolina Panthers . As a franchise, that's never been done before.
8.3: The first-half passer rating of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith before he was benched at halftime. In Week 11, his passer rating was 10.1, and in Week 12, it was 22.3.
13: The number of consecutive seasons that the Patriots have had a winning record after their victory against the Texans gave them win No. 9 on the season.
39: The number of total yards gained by the Jets in the first half. To contrast that, the Miami Dolphins ran 50 plays in the first two quarters (via Rich Cimini).
43: The number of days it's been since Geno Smith has thrown a touchdown pass (H/T to Peter King).
108: The number of yards gained by Kansas City's Knile Davis on his kickoff return in the second quarter. It's the longest play in franchise history.
261: The number of receiving yards accumulated by Josh Gordon, who became the first NFL player in history to record back-to-back 200-yard receiving games in the regular season. Last week, Gordon had 237 receiving yards. On Sunday, he tied Steve Largent for No. 14 on the all-time single-game receiving yardage list.
3,267: The number of passing yards thrown this season by Tom Brady . This is the 11th time in his career he's gone over 3,000 yards, making him only the sixth quarterback in history to do that, via the team.
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