WR, Dallas Cowboys
· In a Week 5 OT victory over Kansas City, he became the 10th player in NFL history to record at least 10 catches, 250 yards and two touchdowns in a game. He is the only one of those 10 to record the game-winning score in overtime. His 250 receiving yards was a single-game team record.
· Recorded 482 receiving yards in his first three NFL starts, the most of any player since 1970.
· Posted 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 TDs, becoming the third player in team history with 80+ receptions, 1,300+ receiving yards and 10+ touchdowns in a season (MICHAEL IRVIN, TERRELL OWENS).
CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
· Barber is tied for the third-most return touchdowns all-time with 13. He trails only DEION SANDERS (19) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ROD WOODSON (17) for the most return touchdowns in NFL history.
QB, New England Patriots
· Became the first quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a quarter, throwing six total in a Week 6 win over Tennessee.
· Brady (20) tied Pro Football Hall of Famer BOB GRIESE and RANDALL CUNNINGHAM for the third-most consecutive home wins as a starting quarterback since 1970. He also became the fifth quarterback to win 20 or more consecutive home games since 1970.
QB, New Orleans Saints
· Set the NFL record for completion percentage in a season (70.62).
· Extended his consecutive 4,000 passing yard seasons to four, a franchise record.
· Became the first player in NFL history to throw six touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend.
· With nine touchdown passes through Week 2, Brees tied St. Louis’ CHARLEY JOHNSON (1965) for the most TD passes through the first two games of a season.
· Became the fastest quarterback to reach 15,000 passing yards with a team when the Saints beat the Giants in Week 6. The previous mark was 56 games set by Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (Miami) and MARC BULGER (St. Louis).
S, Buffalo Bills
· Byrd recorded an interception in five consecutive games and is one of only two players since 1970 to accomplish the feat in their first season in the NFL. The other was Kansas City’s ERIC HARRIS in 1980 (six in a row).
K, New Orleans Saints
· Became fourth player in NFL history to surpass 2,000 career points (2,044).
WR/KR/PR, Cleveland Browns
· Recorded his seventh and eighth career kickoff-return touchdowns (both in Week 15), the most in NFL history. Cribbs entered the game tied with five other players – Pro Football Hall of Famers OLLIE MATSON and GALE SAYERS and TRAVIS WILLIAMS, MEL GRAY and DANTE HALL – for the most kickoff-return touchdowns in league annals with six.
· Became the second player in NFL history with two touchdowns of at least 100 yards in the same game in Week 15. Miami’s TED GINN, JR. accomplished the feat in Week 8. Cribbs is also the ninth player in NFL history with two kickoff-return touchdowns in a game.
· Recorded 2,510 combined yards placing him fifth all-time in a single season.
TE, San Francisco 49ers
· Tied ANTONIO GATES for the most touchdown receptions in a single-season among tight ends with 13.
DE, Indianapolis Colts
· Recorded a sack in each of the Colts’ first eight games of the season and tied teammate ROBERT MATHIS (eight games, 2005) for the longest such streak since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. In addition, Freeney recorded a sack in nine consecutive games overall, tying him with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE SMITH and KEVIN GREENE for the third-longest streak since 1982.
QB, Minnesota Vikings
· Played in his 287th consecutive regular-season game, surpassing JIM MARSHALL for the longest consecutive game streak in NFL history by a non-kicker/punter.
· Passed for 33 touchdowns, his NFL-record ninth 30+ touchdown season.
· Has recorded 61 career 300-yard passing performances, the fourth-most in NFL history.
· Favre has thrown for at least four touchdowns 23 times in his career topping Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO and PEYTON MANNING (21) for the most such games in NFL history.
· His 33-to-seven touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.71) is the fourth best in NFL history among passers with a minimum of 20 TD passes (TOM BRADY, 2007, 6.50; STEVE DE BERG, 1990, 5.75; Manning, 2004, 4.90).
· Favre’s 392 yards passing in Week 11 are the second-most passing yards ever in a game by a 40-year old quarterback. He trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (409 on October 26, 1997).
· Became the 12th 40-year-old quarterback to start an NFL game in the Super Bowl era (since 1966), leading the Vikings to a 38-10 road victory over the Rams in Week 5.
· Favre returned to Lambeau Field for the first time as a visiting player. During his 16-year career in Green Bay, Favre won 89 games at Lambeau. Favre is the first player since 1970 to total 90 wins at a stadium with wins as both a home and visiting player.
· Became the first quarterback to beat all 32 current teams when the Vikings beat the Packers in Week 4.
· Favre passed for at least two touchdowns in 11 consecutive games at the Metrodome (eight with Green Bay, three with Minnesota), tied for the third-longest streak (JIM EVERETT, Anaheim Stadium, 1989-90) with the most consecutive games with multiple TD passes at one stadium. Favre (Lambeau Field, 1994-96) and KURT WARNER (Trans World Dome/Edward Jones Dome, 1999-2000) each had a streak of 12 games, the longest in NFL history.
WR, Arizona Cardinals
· At 26 years, 13 days old, became the second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 6,000 receiving yards (6,046). Trails only RANDY MOSS, who reached the milestone at 25 years, 270 days old.
· Recorded 501 receptions in 87 career games, becoming the second fastest wide receiver in NFL history to reach 500 catches, trailing only teammate ANQUAN BOLDIN (80 games).
TED GINN, JR.
WR/KR, Miami Dolphins
· Became the first player in NFL history with two touchdowns of 100 yards in the same game and the eighth player (see Cribbs note) in NFL history with two kick-return touchdowns in a game (Week 8 against N.Y. Jets). Ginn also became the first player to record two KR-TDs in the same quarter since Green Bay’s TRAVIS WILLIAMS in 1967.
TE, Atlanta Falcons
· Became the first tight end in NFL history – and the 21st player overall – to reach 11,000 career receiving yards (11,807). (Week 1)
RB, San Francisco 49ers
· Became the first player since BARRY SANDERS on October 12, 1997 to record two rushing touchdowns of 75-plus yards in a single game. (Week 2)
RB, Cleveland Browns
· His 286 rushing yards in Week 15 were the third-most in a game in NFL history, trailing only ADRIAN PETERSON (296 in 2007) and JAMAL LEWIS (295 in 2003).
WR, Minnesota Vikings
· Joined FELIX JONES (2008) as the only rookies in the past five years to score a touchdown in each of the first three games of a season.
· Ranks first in franchise history with 2,081 total combined yards as a rookie.
WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
· With 920 career receptions, surpassed wide receiver KEENAN MC CARDELL (883) and moved into 11th place on the all-time receptions list.
· Holt, who had 12,670 receiving yards in 10 seasons with the Rams, became the first player in NFL history to post 100 yards in his first game against a team for which he had at least 10,000 receiving yards in the Jaguars Week 6 win over St. Louis.
· Holt also reached 13,000 receiving yards (13,066) in his 164th career game, becoming the third-fastest to accomplish the feat. Only JERRY RICE (154) and MARVIN HARRISON (162) reached 13,000 yards in fewer games. (Week 6)
· Reached 902 career receptions in 166 games, ranking second in NFL history for the fewest number of games to reach 900 catches. Holt trails only MARVIN HARRISON, who accomplished the feat in 149 games.
DE SEAN JACKSON
WR, Philadelphia Eagles
· First player in NFL history with a 60+ yard TD in each of his team’s first three games of a season.
· Tied NFL record with eight touchdowns of 50+ yards (ELROY “CRAZYLEGS” HIRSCH, 1951; DEVIN HESTER, 2007).
· Became just the second player in NFL history with six touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing, and one punt return) of at least 50 yards in his team’s first seven games of a season. Jackson joins Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Hirsch, who had six touchdowns of at least 50 yards in 1951 with the Los Angeles Rams, as the only players to accomplish the feat.
· Had the highest yards per touchdown average in NFL history with a minimum of 10 touchdowns (52.6). “I’ve just been put in some great positions to score long touchdowns,” says Jackson. “Whatever we need to do to make it work, that’s what we’re going to do. I want to keep winning, keep making plays and hopefully make it to the Super Bowl.”
RB, Tennessee Titans
· Became the sixth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards (2,006). He broke the scrimmage yards record (2,509) previously held by MARSHALL FAULK (2,429 in 1999).
· Recorded 11th consecutive 100-yard game, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history (MARCUS ALLEN). Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (1997) holds the NFL record with 14 100-yard rushing games in a row.
· Posted at least 125 rushing yards in six consecutive games, tying the NFL record set by Pro Football Hall of Famers EARL CAMPBELL (1980) and ERIC DICKERSON (1984). Johnson is the first player in NFL history with six consecutive games of 125+ rushing yards and a 5.0+ yards per carry average in each of those games. Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (1958) accomplished this feat in five consecutive games.
· Johnson has rushed for 800 yards in November, the most by a player in a calendar month since 1970.
· In Week 2, became first player in NFL history to record a 90-plus yard rushing touchdown (91), 50-plus yard rushing touchdown (57), and 60-plus yard receiving touchdown (69) in a game.
· Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (1963) and Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON (2007) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and average 6.4 yards per carry in a team’s first nine games of a season.
· Became only the fifth player in NFL history to rush for 1,500 yards in his team’s first 12 games. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN, WALTER PAYTON and O.J. SIMPSON and former Denver running back TERRELL DAVIS as the only players to accomplish the feat.
· Became only the fifth player in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards in his team’s first 13 games. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (2,008 in 1963), WALTER PAYTON (2,051 in 1977) and O.J. SIMPSON (2,120 in 1975) and former Kansas City running back PRIEST HOLMES (2,104 in 2002) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
· Became the seventh player in NFL history with 3,000 rushing yards in his first 30 career games.
WR, Houston Texans
· With 500 career receptions in 88 games through Week 2, he ranked second in NFL history for the fewest number of games to reach 500 receptions (ANQUAN BOLDIN, 80).
· Johnson, who now has 7,948 career receiving yards, reached the 7,000-yard mark in his 93rd game, tying CHAD OCHOCINCO for the seventh-fewest games to reach the milestone.
· Joined MARVIN HARRISON (2001-02) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 1,500 receiving yards in consecutive seasons.
· Joined JERRY RICE as the only players since 1970 to lead NFL in receiving yardage in consecutive seasons. Rice (1989-90, 1993-95) accomplished the feat twice.
RB, New York Jets
· Recorded 1,402 rushing yards, setting a career-high and breaking the 1,000-yard plateau for a fifth straight season.
· Set franchise record with 14 rushing touchdowns in 2009.
QB, Indianapolis Colts
· Manning (50,128) joined BRETT FAVRE (69,329), and Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (61,361) and JOHN ELWAY (51,475) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards. Manning also became the fastest to reach the 50,000-yard mark, accomplishing the feat in 191 career games (Marino, 193).
· Passed FRAN TARKENTON (342) for third on the all-time passing touchdowns list. Manning now has 366.
· Became the first player in NFL history with 40,000 passing yards in one decade after passing for 318 yards in a win over the Houston Texans in Week 9.
· Became the first player all-time to pass for at least 3,500 yards in 12 consecutive seasons and is also the first player in NFL history to throw at least 25 touchdown passes in 12 seasons in a row.
· Extended his consecutive 4,000 passing yard seasons to four. Manning has 10 4,000-yard passing seasons, the most in NFL history.
· Joined BRETT FAVRE (nine) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with five seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes.
· Manning, who now has 4,232 completions in his career, reached the 4,000-completion mark in his 183rd career game, the fastest in NFL history (Week 8). Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback DAN MARINO reached 4,000 completions in 193 games. Manning is one of only four players in NFL history to record 4,000 completions, joining current Vikings quarterback BRETT FAVRE (6,083) and Hall of Famers Marino (4,967) and JOHN ELWAY (4,123).
· Became the third player in NFL history to start a season with five consecutive 300-yard passing games. Only KURT WARNER (2000) and STEVE YOUNG (1998) had longer streaks in NFL history (six consecutive games).
· Has recorded 56 career 300-yard passing games, the fourth-most in NFL history.
· Won 14 consecutive games when passing for 300 yards, tying TOM BRADY for the second-most consecutive wins when reaching the 300-yard passing mark.
· Recorded 12th consecutive 20-touchdown pass season, tying BRETT FAVRE for most all-time.
WR, Denver Broncos
· Recorded 21 receptions for 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Indianapolis in Week 14, setting an NFL record for most catches in a game. TERRELL OWENS previously held the record with 20 receptions on December 17, 2000 with the San Francisco 49ers.
· Joined MARVIN HARRISON (4), JERRY RICE (3), HERMAN MOORE (3) and WES WELKER (3) as the only players to have 100 receptions in at least three consecutive seasons.
· Became the only player in NFL history with 18 or more receptions in one game twice.
DONOVAN MC NABB
QB, Philadelphia Eagles
· Became one of just four players in NFL history to have at least 30,000 passing yards (32,873), 200 touchdowns passes (216), 3,000 rushing yards (3,249) and 20 rushing touchdowns (28). McNabb joined Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY, FRAN TARKENTON, and STEVE YOUNG in accomplishing the milestone.
WR, New England Patriots
· Has 149 career touchdowns and now ranks fourth all-time for the most career TDs.
· Moss, has 148 career touchdown receptions, ranking second all-time. JERRY RICE holds the NFL record with 197 career touchdown receptions.
· Recorded 1,264 receiving yards this year and joined JERRY RICE (14) as the only players in NFL history to record 10 1,000-yard seasons.
WR, Buffalo Bills
· Has recorded 26 career 50-yard touchdowns from scrimmage (rushing or receiving), passing Pro Football Hall of Famer LENNY MOORE (25) for the fourth-most in NFL history.
· Ranks fifth all-time for most career touchdowns in NFL history (147), and third in receiving touchdowns (144).
· Became the sixth player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions (1,006).
· Moved into third place on all-time receiving yards list (14,951).
QB, Cincinnati Bengals
· This was his fourth season of 20-plus TD passes.
RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
· Moved into third-place all-time among undrafted NFL rushers (5,378). Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE PERRY is the all-time leader in rushing yards for an undrafted player with 8,378 yards.
RB, Minnesota Vikings
· Rushed for 1,383 yards and 18 touchdowns, becoming only the third player in history to rush for 1,300+ yards and 10+ touchdowns in each of his first three seasons (EARL CAMPBELL, four seasons, 1978-81 and BARRY SANDERS, 1989-91).
· Rushed for 180 yards against Cleveland in Week 1. Peterson has reached the 100-yard mark in three consecutive games on Kickoff Weekend (103 in 2007; 103 in 2008; 180 in 2009;) and joined WILLIE PARKER (four consecutive, 2005-2008) and EDGERRIN JAMES (three consecutive, 1999-2001) as only the third player in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in each of the first three Kickoff Weekend games in which they appeared. Peterson also became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 180 yards and three touchdowns on Kickoff Weekend.
· Had the third highest rushing yards per game average (110.9) for any running back in his first 30 starts since 1970 (ERIC DICKERSON, 120.0, LARRY JOHNSON, 117.1).
QB, Green Bay Packers
· Passed for 4,434 yards this season and is the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in each of the first two seasons in which he started a game.
· With a 30-seven touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.29), he became one of seven quarterbacks in NFL history with a ratio greater than 4.0 (min. 20 touchdown passes).
WR, Denver Broncos
· Became the third wide receiver in NFL history to reach 100 catches in 20 or fewer games, joining Arizona’s ANQUAN BOLDIN (16 games) and former New England wide receiver TERRY GLENN (20).
QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
· Led the Steelers to a 27-14 victory over Cleveland in Week 6 to win each of his first 10 starts against the Browns. He is only the second player since 1970 to win each of his first 10 regular-season starts against one team (JOHN ELWAY against New England).
· Passed for 503 yards against Green Bay, Roethlisberger joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Y.A. TITTLE (1962) and WARREN MOON (1990) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a game. He became just the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards in a game and the ninth to do it in a non-overtime game.
QB, New York Jets
· Became the first rookie quarterback since Pro Football Hall of Famer ROGER STAUBACH of the Dallas Cowboys (1969) to start on Kickoff Weekend for a team that finished the previous season with a winning record.
· Became the first rookie quarterback since 1970 to start and win his team’s first three games of a season.
S, New Orleans Saints
· Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer ROD WOODSON (12) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 10 career INT-TDs.
· Joins DEION SANDERS (1994) as the only players in league annals with two INT-TDs of at least 90 yards in one season.
· Recorded nine interceptions for 376 yards, the most INT return yards in single-season in NFL history.
· Tied RONNIE LOTT for sixth on the all-time interceptions list (63).
WR, New York Giants
· Set franchise-record with 107 receptions.
· Became fourth Giants receiver to record 1,200 receiving yards in one season.
K, Indianapolis Colts
· Became the fifth player in NFL history with 2,000 career points (2,004).
QB, Detroit Lions
· His 422 passing yards in Week 11 were the most by a rookie in a single game in NFL history, besting the mark set by Arizona’s MATT LEINART (405 yards; November 26, 2006).
· Became the second rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw five touchdown passes in a game, joining RAY BUIVID of the Chicago Bears who had five TD passes on December 5, 1937.
· At 21 years, 288 days old, Stafford was the youngest player in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a game. Buivid accomplished the feat at 22 years, 112 days old.
WR, Denver Broncos
· Caught a tipped pass and raced 87 yards for the game-winning score with 11 seconds remaining in the Broncos’ 12-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. That reception was the longest game-winning touchdown from scrimmage in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history.
LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON
RB, San Diego Chargers
· 12,490 career rushing yards. He passed MARSHALL FAULK (12,279) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (12,312) to move into eighth place all-time.
· Tomlinson recorded his 153rd career touchdown and now ranks third all-time (JERRY RICE, 208; EMMITT SMITH, 175).
· Tomlinson has now rushed for at least 10 touchdowns in each of the first nine seasons to start his career, the longest such streak in NFL history.
· Totaled 153 touchdowns since the 2000 season, the most in one decade in NFL history.
· Scored 150 total touchdowns (135 rushing, 15 receiving) in 137 career games, becoming the fastest player in NFL history to reach 150 total TDs.
· Tomlinson now has 36 multiple-rushing touchdown games, tying EMMITT SMITH (36) for the most such games all-time.
· Tomlinson, who now has 12,490 rushing yards in his career, reached the 12,000-yard mark in his 132nd game (Week 8), the fourth-fastest in NFL history behind Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (115 games), ERIC DICKERSON (118) and BARRY SANDERS (125). The NFL’s all-time leading rusher, EMMITT SMITH, accomplished the feat in 133 games and Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON reached 12,000 yards in his 134th game.
WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
· In Week 3, recorded 82 receiving yards and joined the exclusive 10,000 receiving yards club (10,947). Ward became only the fifth player in NFL history with 10,000 career receiving yards all with one team (Colts, MARVIN HARRISON; Seahawks, STEVE LARGENT; Cowboys, MICHAEL IRVIN; Broncos, ROD SMITH). Ward, who has 895 career receptions, also became just the 21st player in NFL history to record 800 receptions and 10,000 receiving yards in a career.
QB, Arizona Cardinals
· Set an NFL record with a 92.3 completion percentage (24 of 26) in the Cardinals’ 31-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. The previous record, with a minimum of 20 attempts, was the 91.30 mark set by Cleveland’s VINNY TESTAVERDE (21 of 23) in 1993 against the Los Angeles Rams.
· Has recorded 52 career 300-yard passing performances, the fourth-most in NFL history.
· Became the fastest quarterback to reach 50 300-yard games (114), surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (176 games).
· Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON as the only players to pass for at least 13,000 yards with two different teams.
· Surpassed 30,000 career passing yards in his 114th career game, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the fewest number of games to accomplish the feat in NFL history. (Week 6)
· Warner, who now has 208 touchdown passes, reached the 200 mark in his 118th career game, becoming the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
· Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON as the only players in NFL history with at least 100 touchdown passes with two teams (102 TDs with the Rams, now has 100 touchdown passes with the Cardinals).
WR, New England Patriots
· With 302 receptions in his first 40 games with the Patriots, became the first player in NFL history to record 300 catches in the first 40 games with a new team. The previous record for the most receptions in a player’s first 40 games with a new team was 269 by Denver’s LIONEL TAYLOR.
· Tied MARVIN HARRISON for the fewest individual games played to reach 100 receptions in a season in NFL history at 11. Welker also joined Harrison (4), JERRY RICE (3) and HERMAN MOORE (3) as the only players to have 100 receptions in three consecutive seasons (see Marshall note).
· Through 12 games this season, led the NFL with 109 receptions, tied for the most by a player in his first 12 games of a season. Indianapolis’ MARVIN HARRISON had 109 receptions in his first 12 games of the 2002 season.
· Totaled 123 receptions on the season, tying HERMAN MOORE for second most in a single-season in NFL history.
RB, Miami Dolphins
· Reached the 1,000-yard mark for the first time since 2003, the longest gap between 1,000-yard seasons in NFL history. Williams also became the seventh running back in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season in which he was 32+ years old at the start of the season.