By the numbers: Peyton Manning takes over NFL touchdown record
Here are some of the most important numbers from Week 16.
As we've mentioned before, Peyton Manning is having one of the best seasons of his career. And one of the best quarterback performances in NFL history. He's not quite as old as George Blanda was, but at the age of 37, Manning is playing like he's a decade younger.
That continued Sunday when the Denver Broncos smashed the Houston Texans , 37-13, a game in which Manning completed 32 of 51 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns. It was yet another epic performance by Manning, and in doing so, he recorded some awesome numbers.
•His third touchdown of the day tied Tom Brady 's season record of 50, set in 2007.
•And here's No. 51, the record-breaker
•This is the first time Manning has passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season, and after Sunday's performance, he stands at 5,211. Manning is now the first player in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season, via NFL Communications.
•You'd better believe Drew Brees ' record of 5,476 passing yards in a season, set in 2011, is in serious trouble when Manning gets to Week 17.
•At halftime, Manning had thrown for 296 yards. According to ESPN Stats Info, that's his most in the first half since he threw for 317 against the Tennessee Titans in Week 13 of 2004.
•Also, John Fox became the fourth coach in NFL history to win three-consecutive division titles in his first three seasons with a team, via Patrick Smyth.
BY THE NUMBERS
2: The number of fumbles lost by Reggie Bush after he promised following the Week 11 game that he wouldn't fumble again for the rest of the year.
3: The number of consecutive touchbacks executed by Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath . According to Chris Russell, Forbath only had two touchbacks in his previous 25 kickoffs.
4: The number of consecutive home games in which the Cincinnati Bengals have scored at least 40 points, via Paul Dehner Jr. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings were the victim of a 42-14 mugging.
5-0: The record of the Dallas Cowboys this season when they play NFC East opponents. According to Elias Sports, they haven't won five-straight division games since 1998.
11: The number of division titles won by the New England Patriots with Tom Brady quarterbacking the team, via NFL Communications. It's the most of any quarterback in NFL history.
13: The number of game-winning drives led by Tony Romo since 2011. Via ESPN, that's the most in the NFL.
18: The number of sacks recorded this season by St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn , who beat the franchise record once held by Kevin Carter (17 sacks in 1999).
24: The number of tackles made by Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly . That is one off the NFL record.
24: The number of consecutive home wins for Russell Wilson before the Cardinals beat the Seahawks, via Bruce Feldman. That streak dates back to Oct. 2, 2010 when Virginia Tech beat Wilson's N.C. State squad.
26: The number of interceptions thrown this season by Eli Manning. That is a Giants team record.
31: The number of touchdown passes thrown this season by Tony Romo, making him the eighth player in NFL history with at least 30 touchdowns thrown in at least three different seasons, via ESPN Stats Info. Romo tossed 36 in 2007 and 31 in 2011.
56: The number of sacks recorded by the Buffalo Bills defense this year, a new franchise record. The previous high was 50, set in 1964. Of course, grabbing seven of them on Sunday vs. the Miami Dolphins certainly helps. Which leads us directly to ...
58: The number of sacks allowed by the Dolphins this season, a franchise record. The previous record was 53, set in 1969 (Wink of the CBS Eye to Armando Salguero).
103: The number of net yards for the Dolphins on Sunday. Via the team, that's the third-lowest total in franchise history and the worst offensive performance since 1999. The team also gained just six first downs, which ties the lowest mark in franchise history.
107: The number of catches made this season by Washington's Pierre Garcon . That set a new franchise record, beating out Art Monk's 106 in 1984.
654: The number of punt return yards accumulated by Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster this season, topping the old record of 627 by Tamarick Vanover in 1999, via the Chiefs.
1,136: Before Sunday's game, Matt Cassel had accumulatd more passing yards in his first four career starts with the Vikings than any other quarterback in team history, via NFL on FOX. On Sunday, Cassel threw for 153 yards.
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