By the numbers: Rams WR Tavon Austin explodes for career day
Here were some of the more exhilarating numbers from the week that was in Week 10.
Outside of the Jaguars grabbing their first victory of the season and maybe the Bengals' successful Hail Mary to force overtime vs. the Ravens, the wackiest game on the Week 10 schedule had to be the Rams facing the Colts on the road.
Indianapolis was a 9.5-point favorite and was coming off big wins vs. the Broncos and Seahawks in recent weeks, and it seemed as though the Colts shouldn't have had any problems with a Rams squad that had lost three straight and still was having to start journeyman quarterback Kellen Clemens.
But this is the NFL and no game is safe. And thus, the Rams rightfully plundered the Colts for 38 points and easily won by four touchdowns and a safety. It's the first time St. Louis has won by at least 30 points since 2003. And it was easily the breakout game for receiver Tavon Austin, taken No. 8 overall in the 2013 draft who hadn't been utilized by the team in the way that many observers would have expected.
All of that, however, changed Sunday as Austin exploded for 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just two catches to go with a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown. Here are some interesting numbers from the game and from Austin's performance.
- When Austin caught his 57-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter, it wasn't just his longest reception of the season. As my colleague Will Brinson points out, that one catch would have been good for a career-high in receiving yards as well. His previous best was 47 yards in Week 2.
- Austin is the first player in NFL history to record a 95-plus yard punt return for a touchdown and a 55-plus yard touchdown reception in the same game, via NFL Communications.
- Austin is the eighth player in NFL history to score three touchdowns of at least 50 yards in the same game, via Andrew Siciliano. According to Elias, three of those players were 22 years old or younger -- Austin, Randy Moss in 1998 and Gale Sayers in 1965.
- For the first time in Andrew Luck's career, he was intercepted three times in a game. Matt Hasselbeck also threw one, and the last time the Colts threw four picks in a game was in November 2006.
BY THE NUMBERS
0: The number of times in franchise history that the Bengals have scored an offensive touchdown in overtime, via my colleague John Breech. This obviously didn't happen in their overtime loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
1: The number of players in NFL history who have returned an interception for a touchdown against both Eli Manning and Peyton Manning. This man's name is Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter. He got Eli on Sunday. He got Peyton in a somewhat more important game a few years back.
2: The number of teams in league history that have won three-straight games after starting a season 0-6, via NFL Communications. That would be the Giants this season and the Titans, who finished 8-8, in 2009.
5: The number of road victories earned by the Eagles this year. They, meanwhile, have won exactly zero at home. According to Gregg Rosenthal, Philadelphia is the first team in league history to have at least a .500 record through Week 10 without scoring a victory at home.
14:03: The amount of time the Chargers held the ball in the first quarter, via Michael David Smith. That means the Broncos obviously had control of their offense for only 57 seconds. Yet, the Broncos led 7-0 heading into the second quarter.
16: The number of touchdowns thrown this season by Nick Foles against zero interceptions. According to NFL Football Info, he joins Peyton Manning and Milt Plum as the only players ever to start a season with that many touchdowns without a pick. Manning accomplished it earlier this season with 20. Also, you'll recall that Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns last week. On Sunday, he matched Y.A. Tittle's record for the most touchdowns in a game AFTER throwing for seven touchdowns, via NFL History.
30: The number of carries in Week 10 by Giants running back Andre Brown, who played his first game of the season and gained 115 yards. Both of those numbers are career highs.
31: The number of days it had been since Giants quarterback Eli Manning last threw an interception, via ESPN.com. Entering Sunday, though, Manning still led the league in passes completed to the other team.
99: The number of yards of total offense in the first half for Oakland, via Jerry McDonald. At the time, the Raiders held a 17-14 lead.
50,311: The number of punting yards accumulated by Shane Lechler in his 14-year career, via the Texans. He's only the sixth player in league history to break the 50,000-yard mark, but he still has a ways to go to catch the NFL's all-team leader. Jeff Feagles recorded 71,211 yards in his career.
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