· Won back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1974-75.
· Recorded 10 wins for the first time since 1976.
· The only team not to lose back-to-back games this season.
· QB KURT WARNER recorded eight 100+ passer rating games, tied for most in franchise history (NEIL LOMAX, 1984).
· WR ANQUAN BOLDIN became first player in team history to record five 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
· WR LARRY FITZGERALD moved into third-place for receptions in franchise history (523). His 13 touchdown receptions marked a career-high and tied for the league lead in 2009.
· S ADRIAN WILSON became just the 10th player to record 20 sacks (20.5) and 20 interceptions (23) in his career.
· Finished 9-7 to clinch the first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history (11-5 in 2008).
· QB MATT RYAN has a career record of 13-1 at home, including 6-0 in 2009.
· WR RODDY WHITE became the first player in team history with three consecutive 80+ reception and 1,100+ receiving yard seasons.
· White had a franchise-record 210 receiving yards in Week 5 vs. San Francisco. In that game, Ryan and White connected on a 90-yard touchdown pass, the third-longest team history.
· TE TONY GONZALEZ set a franchise record for receptions by a tight end (83).
· QB JOE FLACCO set the Ravens’ single-season record for passer rating (88.9) and completion percentage (63.1) and finished second in completions (315) and yards per attempt (7.24).
· RB RAY RICE finished second in franchise history with 2,043 scrimmage yards (JAMAL LEWIS, 2,271 in 2003).
· Rice rushed for 1,339 yards, becoming second Raven to rush for 1,300+ (Lewis).
· For the first time in franchise history the Ravens have a 3,000-yard passer (Flacco), 1,000-yard rusher (Rice) and a 1,000-yard receiver (DERRICK MASON).
· Mason, who has 863 career receptions, became just the 22nd player in NFL history to record 800 receptions and 10,000 receiving yards (11,089) in a career.
· TE TODD HEAP (427 and 4,893) and Mason (410 and 4,975) are the only players in Ravens history with more than 400 receptions and 4,000 receiving yards.
· RB WILLIS MC GAHEE had 14 touchdowns (12 rushing, two receiving) to tie the team record set by MICHAEL JACKSON (1996) and Lewis (2003).
· RB FRED JACKSON became sixth player in franchise history to rush for 200+ yards in a single game (212 in Week 17).
· Jackson rushed for 1,000 yards for first time in career and became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 kick return yards in the same season.
· Rookie S JAIRUS BYRD set the team rookie record and finished third in franchise history in a single-season with nine interceptions.
· WR TERRELL OWENS became the sixth player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions (1,006).
· WR LEE EVANS moved into third place in team history in receiving yards (5,356) and receiving touchdowns (39).
· Had two teammates become the first running back duo in history to each rush for 1,100 yards in one season. JONATHAN STEWART rushed for 1,133 yards and DE ANGELO WILLIAMS added 1,117 yards.
· Williams became Panthers’ all-time leading rusher with 3,850 career rushing yards.
· MUHSIN MUHAMMAD became the first Panthers receiver to reach 50 career touchdowns in Week 16. STEVE SMITH caught his 50th career touchdown later in same game.
· QB JAY CUTLER became the first Bears quarterback since 1970 to have a 100-plus passer rating in three consecutive games.
· Cutler became the first Bears quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in back-to-back games.
· Cutler threw for second-most passing yards (3,666) and third-most passing touchdowns (27) in single-season in Bears history.
· JOHNNY KNOX became first Bears rookies since WALTER PAYTON to record a touchdown in four consecutive games.
· RB MATT FORTÉ is one of just three players in team history to have multiple seasons with 1,400-plus yards from scrimmage, joining Payton and NEAL ANDERSON.
· TE GREG OLSEN recorded 60 receptions and eight touchdowns, both second for a tight end in franchise history (MIKE DITKA).
· The Bengals’ nine victories through Week 13 were an eight-win improvement over last season (1-10-1) through the first 12 games. Cincinnati is tied with the 1963 Oakland Raiders (0-12 in 1962; 8-4 in 1963) and the 1999 Indianapolis Colts (2-10 in 1998; 10-2 in 1999) for the best win improvement through 12 games from one season to the next in NFL history.
· Earned 10 wins for the first time since 2005.
· WR CHAD OCHOCINCO extended his franchise records in receptions (684) and receiving yards (9,952). He is second in receiving touchdowns with 62 (CARL PICKENS, 63).
· RB CEDRIC BENSON became the fourth player in team history to rush for 1,200 yards (1,251).
· For the first time in club annals, three different backs (Benson, BERNARD SCOTT, LARRY JOHNSON) rushed for 100 yards each over a three-game span.
· Set a team record for wins in the month of December (four).
· Became second team since 1978 to win last four games of season after starting 1-11 (New England, 1993).
· RB JEROME HARRISON rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns in the Browns’ 41-34 win at Kansas City in Week 15 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (237 in 1957 and 1961) for the most rushing yards in a single-game in franchise history.
· KR/WR JOSHUA CRIBBS recorded 2,510 combined yards, placing him fifth all-time in a single season in NFL history
· Cribbs became the first player in NFL history to amass five 1,000 kick return yard seasons to start a career.
· WR MOHAMMED MASSAQUOI became the fourth Browns rookie to lead the team in receiving yards in club history. His 18.4 yards per catch average set the Browns record previously held by Pro Football HOFer PAUL WARFIELD (17.7 in 1964).
· The Cowboys became the 20th NFL team to open a new stadium since 1992. An NFL regular-season record 105,121 fans attended the regular-season home opener against the New York Giants on September 20, topping the previous high of 103,467 that turned out to see the 49ers-Cardinals game in Mexico City in 2005.
· Qualified for the playoffs, marking their 30th postseason appearance, tied for most in NFL history.
· QB TONY ROMO threw for 4,483 yards, the most passing yards in a single-season in franchise history. He also set the single-season club records for completions (347) and attempts (550).
· WR MILES AUSTIN 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).
· Romo (Eastern Illinois) and Austin (Monmouth) combined for most touchdowns (11) by an undrafted quarterback and wide receiver duo in a season.
· TE JASON WITTEN became the third tight end in NFL history with multiple seasons of 90+ receptions and 1,000+ receiving yards (TONY GONZALEZ, four; TODD CHRISTENSEN, two)
· Head coach JOSH MC DANIELS started his rookie season 6-0, tying the record for best start to a season by a rookie head coach since 1970. Colts head coach JIM CALDWELL later extended the record to 14-0.
· QB KYLE ORTON set the team record for most passing yards by a player in his first year with the club (3,802). His 10 games with a 90+ passer rating tied the team record for a season.
· DE ELVIS DUMERVIL set the Broncos single-season sack record with 17. He became the first Bronco to lead the NFL in sacks.
· WR BRANDON MARSHALL is one of five players to record 100+ receptions in three consecutive seasons.
· RB KNOWSHON MORENO became the fifth Broncos rookie running back to lead all rookies in rushing (947).
· Rookie S LOUIS DELMAS became the first rookie in NFL history to register an interception return for a touchdown (100 yards, vs. Arizona, 12/20/09), a safety (vs. Green Bay, 11/26/09) and a fumble return for a touchdown (65, at New Orleans, 9/13/09) in the same season.
· MATTHEW STAFFORD 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.
· WR CALVIN JOHNSON surpassed 3,000 receiving yards for his career (3,081) on 193 receptions, the most receptions and receiving yards for a player in his first three seasons in club history.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
· Became the second NFL team with 650 regular-season victories (654; Chicago, 693).
· QB AARON RODGERS passed for 4,434 yards this season, second-highest in team history (LYNN DICKEY, 4,458) and had a passer rating of (103.2) becoming the second Packers quarterback with a passer rating of 100+ (BART STARR).
· With 8,322 rushing yards with the Packers, AHMAN GREEN surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM TAYLOR (8,207) for the most rushing yards in franchise history
· WR DONALD DRIVER broke the all-time record for receptions by a Packer (647). Driver’s six consecutive 1,000 yard seasons also set a franchise record.
· The Packers had a 4,000-yard passer (Rodgers), two 1,000-yard receivers (GREG JENNINGS, Driver) and a 1,200-yard rusher (RYAN GRANT) for the second consecutive season, marking the first time a team has done this in NFL history.
· CB CHARLES WOODSON recorded three INT-TDs, tying for most in a season in club history. His eight defensive touchdowns as a Packer are a franchise record.
· Finished 9-7 for their first winning season in franchise history.
· QB MATT SCHAUB threw for a franchise-best 4,770 yards, 29 touchdowns and 98.6 passer rating.
· Schaub’s nine 300-yard games tied for third best in a single season in NFL history (RICH GANNON, DREW BREES, 10).
· Schaub (4,770) and WR ANDRE JOHNSON (1,569) led the NFL in passing yards and receiving yards, becoming the first teammates to accomplish this feat since 1998 (Green Bay, BRETT FAVRE, ANTONIO FREEMAN).
· LB BRIAN CUSHING recorded four interceptions, tying the franchise record for a linebacker. Cushing was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009.
· Won an NFL-record 23 consecutive regular-season games, surpassing the 2006-08 New England Patriots for the longest streak in history.
· Became the first team in NFL history with seven consecutive 12-win seasons.
· Joined the San Francisco 49ers (1997), Philadelphia Eagles (2004) and New England Patriots (2007) as the only teams since 1990 to clinch their divisions by their 11th game of the season.
· Became first team in NFL history to win five in a row when trailing in the fourth quarter in each contest (Weeks 7-12). Finished season with seven fourth-quarter comeback wins, the most in NFL history.
· Indianapolis has 115 regular-season wins since the start of the 2000 season, the most by a team in a single decade. The San Francisco 49ers registered 113 wins in the 1990s.
· QB PEYTON MANNING moved past JOHNNY UNITAS and FRAN TARKENTON into fourth-place all-time in wins by a starting quarterback (131).
· WR REGGIE WAYNE recorded 100+ receptions for the second time in his career.
· TE DALLAS CLARK became the third tight end in NFL history to record 90+ receptions, 1,000+ receiving yards and 10+ touchdowns in one season (TONY GONZALEZ, TODD CHRISTENSEN). Became second tight end in NFL history to record 100+ receptions in a season (Gonzalez).
· MAURICE JONES-DREW set a franchise record with his 15th rushing TD in 2009. FRED TAYLOR had 14 in 1998.
· Jones-Drew’s 1,391 rushing yards ranks 3rd in team annals for a single-season.
· WR MIKE THOMAS set the franchise rookie record with 48 receptions. His 453 receiving yards were second-most by a rookie in club history (PETE MITCHELL, 527 in 1995).
· The Jaguars rushed for 217 yards in Week 10 vs. Tennessee. Their 13.6 yards per carry average in that game was the highest in the NFL since 1970.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
· RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for a franchise-record 259 yards in Week 17 vs. Denver.
· Charles became the fifth player in franchise history to rush for 1,000+ yards with a 5.0 yards per carry average.
· LB DERRICK JOHNSON tied an NFL record with two INT-TDs in Week 17 vs. Denver.
· QB MATT CASSEL tied for third most touchdowns by a first-year Chief (16, STEVE DE BERG).
· “Mr. Irrelevant,” K RYAN SUCCOP set a Chiefs rookie record with 25 field goals (in 29 attempts) and tied for second-most points by a Chiefs rookie (104, JACK SPIKES).
· JASON TAYLOR became the fourth Dolphin to play for the team in three different decades (1990s, 2000s and 2010s).
· WR DAVONE BESS recorded 76 receptions on season, becoming the fifth Dolphin in franchise history with 75+ receptions.
· SEAN SMITH became first rookie CB in franchise history to start all 16 games.
· CB VONTAE DAVIS became the first rookie to lead the team in interceptions since 1989 (LOUIS OLIVER, four).
· Won back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1977-78.
· RB ADRIAN PETERSON set the franchise record for most TDs in a single season with 18.
· QB BRETT FAVRE recorded a team-record 10 games with a passer rating of 100+.
· WR SIDNEY RICE became the third player in team history to amass 80+ receptions (83) and 1,300+ receiving yards (1,312) in a season (RANDY MOSS, CRIS CARTER).
· WR/KR PERCY HARVIN set a team rookie record with 2,081 combined yards. Harvin’s 60 receptions set a Vikings rookie record.
· TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE set the club record for touchdowns by a tight end with 11.
· DE JARED ALLEN tied his career-high with an NFC-best 14.5 sacks.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
· Won AFC East division title for seventh time in the past nine seasons.
· Have won at least nine games in nine consecutive seasons.
· Won 17 consecutive regular-season games against the NFC, the longest winning streak any team has posted against the opposite conference since the 1970 merger, before falling to the New Orleans Saints in Week 12.
· QB TOM BRADY recorded his 30th 300-yard passing game of his career, surpassing DREW BLEDSOE (26) for the most 300-yard games in franchise history.
· WR WES WELKER finished second in team history with 1,348 receiving yards and tied for second all-time with 123 receptions. His 8.8 receptions per game average is second in NFL history (MARVIN HARRISON, 8.9; min. 10 games played).
· WR RANDY MOSS has recorded 35 games with two or more touchdown receptions, second-most in NFL history (JERRY RICE, 44). Moss also became the seventh player to reach the 14,000 receiving yard milestone (14,465), and now ranks sixth on the all-time list.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
· DREW BREES has more passing yards (14,579) than any other player in his first 50 games with a new team (rookies and veterans) in NFL history.
· Was the first team to score at least 45 points in each of the first two games of a season since the 1968 Oakland Raiders.
· The Saints became the fourth team since 1970 to have seven different players score a rushing or receiving touchdown in a game when they beat the Giants in Week 6. The Seattle Seahawks (10/30/1977 vs. Buffalo Bills), Cincinnati Bengals (12/17/1989 vs. Houston Oilers) and Jacksonville Jaguars (12/23/2007 vs. Oakland) also accomplished the feat.
· Scored the ninth-most points in a season in NFL history (510).
· Started the season at 13-0, best start in franchise history, before falling to Dallas in Week 15.
NEW YORK GIANTS
· By beating the Cowboys in Week 2, the Giants became the fifth visiting team to win in the past six stadium-opening games.
· QB ELI MANNING (4,021) became the third player in franchise history to throw for over 4,000 yards (KERRY COLLINS, 4,073 and PHIL SIMMS, 4,044).
· Manning is the first Giant to pass for 3,000+ yards and 20+ touchdown passes in five consecutive seasons.
· WR STEVE SMITH caught a club record 107 passes and became the fourth player in team history to record 1,200 receiving yards.
· P JEFF FEAGLES is the second player in NFL history to play in four different decades (SAMMY BAUGH).
NEW YORK JETS
· Became the eighth team since 1970 to lead the NFL in rushing yards per game (172.3) and total defense (252.3).
· Set team record for rushing yards in a season with 2,765, topping the 2,646 of 1979.
· Head coach REX RYAN became the first coach to lead his team to the top defense by yards and scoring in his rookie season.
· QB MARK SANCHEZ became the first New York Jets rookie quarterback to start a game since MATT ROBINSON on November 13, 1977 against the Seattle Seahawks. Sanchez ended the Jets’ streak of 491 consecutive games without starting a rookie quarterback (previously the longest in the NFL). (Week 1)
· Became the second team since 1960 to record at least 300 rushing yards in consecutive games – Weeks 6 and 7 – in a season (Buffalo, 1975).
· Went 10 straight games eclipsing 100 yards on the ground, their longest streak since nine straight games in 1991.
· RB THOMAS JONES set the record for most rushing touchdowns in franchise history (14), breaking his own record from 2008 (13). With 1,402 yards, Jones became the second Jet to rush for 1,400+ yards (CURTIS MARTIN).
· Became the third team since 1977 to start two rookie wide receivers on Kickoff Weekend (DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY, LOUIS MURPHY).
· PR/KR JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS moved into eighth in franchise-history in punt return yards (863) and ties for first in club annals with three punt return touchdowns.
· TE ZACH MILLER became third tight end in club history with 800+ receiving yards in a season (805).
· P SHANE LECHLER set the NFL record for net punting average in a season (43.9) and recorded the second-highest yards (51.1) per punt average (SAMMY BAUGH, 51.4).
· K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI kicked a franchise-record long 61 yard field goal in Week 16.
· QB DONOVAN MC NABB 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.
· McNabb played in his 148th game as an Eagle, tying BOBBY WALSTON and KEN CLARKE for 10th place in team history and most by an Eagles quarterback.
· WR DE SEAN JACKSON became only the second player in team history to have a rushing and receiving touchdown of 50-plus yards in the same game in Week 7. (BOSH PRITCHARD on 10/23/49 vs. Washington – 75-yard reception, 77-yard rush).
· Jackson had the highest yards per touchdown average in NFL history with a minimum of 10 touchdowns (52.6). Jackson’s eight touchdowns of 50+ yards tied an NFL-record.
· RB LE SEAN MC COY set Eagles rookie rushing record with 637 rushing yards on the season.
· TE BRENT CELEK recorded 76 receptions, second-most among tight ends in club history (KEITH JACKSON, 81 in 1988).
· Became the first team in NFL history with three players that are 24 years-or-younger with 50-plus catches, 750-plus yards and four-plus touchdowns (WR JEREMY MACLIN – 21 years old; Jackson – 23 years old; Celek – 24 years old).
· QB KEVIN KOLB became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 300 yards in each of his first two career starts.
· QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER became the first Steelers QB pass for 4,000 yards in a season (4,108).
· Had two 1,000-yard receivers (SANTONIO HOLMES, HINES WARD), a 1,000-yard rusher (RASHARD MENDENHALL) and a 4,000-yard passer (Roethlisberger) for the first time in franchise history.
· Ward has caught at least one pass in a team-record 178 consecutive games, good for sixth on the all-time list.
· Mendenhall became seventh running back in team history to rush for 1,000 yards (1,108).
· WRs Ward and Holmes and TE HEATH MILLER all recorded 70+ receptions, the first time three Steelers teammates have done so in franchise history.
· LB LA MARR WOODLEY finished the season with eight consecutive games with 0.5+ sacks, the most in team history (GREG LLOYD, six).
ST. LOUIS RAMS
· RB STEVEN JACKSON became the first player in team history to rush for 1,000+ yards in five consecutive seasons (ERIC DICKERSON, four).
· Jackson (1,416) became the fourth Ram to lead the NFC in rushing (CHARLES WHITE, ERIC DICKERSON, LAWRENCE MC CUTCHEON).
· WR/KR DANNY AMENDOLA (2,302) became the fourth Ram to surpass 2,000 combined yards in a season (Dickerson, Jackson, MARSHALL FAULK).
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
· Tied franchise-record with 11 consecutive wins.
· Scored 20+ points in an NFL-record 22 consecutive games.
· Won NFL-record 18 consecutive games in December and tied the 1970-74 Miami Dolphins (18 in November) for the most consecutive games won in a calendar month since 1970.
· QB PHILIP RIVERS became first Charger to record consecutive 100+ passer rating seasons. Rivers’ career-high 4,155 passing yards ranks third in club history.
· WR VINCENT JACKSON (1,167) and TE ANTONIO GATES (1,157) each eclipsed 1,150 receiving yards, only the second time that has been accomplished in team history (1980; JOHN JEFFERSON, 1,340 and KELLEN WINSLOW, 1,290).
· RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON rushed for 12 touchdowns, his NFL-record ninth consecutive season with 10+ touchdowns.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
· RB FRANK GORE rushed for a career-high 10 touchdowns, tying the single-season franchise record.
· Gore had five 100-yard rushing games in 2009, giving him 20 total for his career. This ties him with Pro Football HOFer JOE PERRY for most in franchise history. Gore became the first 49er to rush for four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
· TE VERNON DAVIS recorded 13 touchdown receptions, tied for most in season by tight end in NFL history (ANTONIO GATES, 2004).
· Led NFL in games in which they did not allow a touchdown (five).
· QB MATT HASSELBECK threw for 3,029 yards, his sixth career 3,000 yard season, most in franchise history.
· Hasselbeck passed Ring of Honor member DAVE KRIEG for first place in most attempts (3,806), completions (2,293) and yardage (26,433) in club history.
· TE JOHN CARLSON caught 51 passes for 574 yards, both second-most by a tight end in franchise history. His seven touchdowns was a Seahawks tight end record.
· K OLINDO MARE made 19 consecutive field goals, a club record.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
· QB JOSH FREEMAN set a franchise rookie record with 1,857 passing yards and 10 touchdown passes.
· TE KELLEN WINSLOW had 884 yards receiving, breaking the single-season franchise record for tight ends that had been held by JIMMIE GILES, who had 786 yards in 1981. His 77 receptions also set a team tight end record.
· Became first team in NFL history to have three different return specialists win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors (SAMMIE STROUGHTER, CLIFTON SMITH and MICHEAL SPURLOCK).
· CB AQIB TALIB tied a franchise record with three interceptions in one game.
· K CONNOR BARTH tied an NFL record with three field goals of 50+ yards in one game.
· Became the first team to reach .500 after starting the season 0-6, finishing 8-8.
· First team in NFL history to win five consecutive games after an 0-6 start.
· CHRIS JOHNSON (2,006, 14) broke Campbell’s franchise rushing record and rushing touchdown records (1,934, 13).
· QB VINCE YOUNG is 26-13 (.667) as Titans starter, the highest winning percentage of any quarterback in franchise history (min. 20 starts).
· TE BO SCAIFE (215) moved into second-place on the franchise’s tight end receptions list (FRANK WYCHECK, 482).
· WR KENNY BRITT recorded 701 receiving yards on 42 receptions, good for fifth and sixth on the franchise’s rookie receiving list, respectively.
· Placed two players in the top 10 in sacks (ANDRE CARTER, 11 and BRIAN ORAKPO, 11) – the only team with two in the top-10.
· Orakpo’s 11 sacks are a franchise rookie record, and his four sacks in one game tied a franchise record.
· QB JASON CAMPBELL became fifth Redskins quarterback with 1,000 completions (JOE THEISMANN, SONNY JURGENSEN, SAMMY BAUGH, MARK RYPIEN).
· LB LONDON FLETCHER has started 151 consecutive games, fourth-most among active players.