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The Week That Was – Week 8 In The NFL

Posted By Sports Talk Florida On October 30, 2012 @ 3:25 PM In main feature,NFL | No Comments

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 8

SO CLOSE: Through Week 8, there have been 67 games decided by eight points or fewer, the most through the first eight weeks of a season in NFL history. There have been 62 games decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the most during that span.

This season, 32 games have been determined by three points or fewer. That total is tied for the fourth-most such contests through the first eight weeks of any NFL season.

The most games decided by eight points, seven points and three points or fewer through Week 8:
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PATRIOT WAY: The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS amassed 473 total net yards in their 45-7 win over St. Louis in the NFL’s International Series game in London, England. The Patriots have posted at least 350 total net yards in 17 consecutive games, surpassing the Rams (1999-2000) for the longest such streak in NFL history.

New England currently leads the NFL in total offense with 440.8 yards per game in 2012.

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GIANT COMEBACK: The NEW YORK GIANTS won their fourth consecutive game as they defeated division rival Dallas, 29-24. The Giants led 23-0 with 13:05 left in the second quarter before the Cowboys rebounded to seize a 24-23 lead in the third quarter. The Giants regained the lead and held on for a 29-24 victory, marking the fifth time since 1950 that a team led by at least 23 points in a game, gave up the lead and came back to win.

The last such game occurred on October 21, 2007 when the Tennessee Titans led the Houston Texans 32-7 before Houston took a 36-35 lead with 57 seconds remaining. The Titans then drove for a game-winning field goal as time expired to win 38-36.

The teams to lead by at least 23 points, fall behind, and come back to win since 1950:

DATE

TEAM OPPONENT

POINTS LED BY

POINTS TRAILED BY

FINAL SCORE

10/28/12

New York Giants at Dallas

23

1

29-24

10/21/07

Tennessee  at Houston

25

1

38-36

10/25/87

Green Bay  at Detroit

24

2

34-33

12/7/80

Cincinnati  vs. Baltimore Colts

25

2

34-33

10/7/51

Green Bay  vs. Pittsburgh

28

5

35-33

 

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LAST ONE STANDING: On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons (7-0) remained undefeated after their 30-17 win at Philadelphia. Atlanta is the last undefeated team remaining in the NFL and improved to 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 262 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 137.4 passer rating. Ryan earned his 50th regular season win as a starter and tied BEN ROETHLISBERGER for the second-fewest starts (69) to reach the milestone among active players. New England’s TOM BRADY reached 50 regular season wins in 65 starts.

Ryan is now 15-0 (4-0 in 2012) when he throws at least three touchdown passes in a game. Only DARYLE LAMONICA (19-0) has a better record in games with at least three touchdown passes. Ryan, who posted a 137.4 passer rating, is 28-0 (5-0 in 2012) in games with a 100+ rating.

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CATCHING ON: On Sunday, Dallas tight end JASON WITTEN recorded 18 receptions for 167 yards in the Cowboys’ 29-24 loss to the New York Giants. Witten’s 18 receptions are tied for the third-most by any player in a single game and the most by a tight end in a single game in NFL history.

Witten is only the third player in NFL history to record two games with at least 15 receptions (BRANDON MARSHALL and WES WELKER).

The most receptions in a single game in NFL history:

 

MOST RECEPTIONS IN SINGLE GAME

DATE PLAYER TEAM

RECEPTIONS

12/13/09 Brandon Marshall Denver

21

12/17/00 Terrell Owens San Francisco

20

10/28/12 Jason Witten Dallas

18

9/14/08 Brandon Marshall Denver

18

12/3/50 Tom Fears LA Rams

18

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MILE-HIGH MANNING: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING completed 22 of 30 passes for 305 yards with three touchdown passes versus zero interceptions and a 138.9 passer rating in the Broncos’ 34-14 win over New Orleans on Sunday Night Football. Manning now has 37 career games with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions, including three such games in 2012, surpassing BRETT FAVRE (36) for the most such games in NFL history.

The players with the most games with three-plus touchdown passes and zero interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

MOST GAMES WITH 3+ TD PASSES & 0 INTs

Peyton Manning

37*

Brett Favre

36

Tom Brady

32*

Drew Brees

24*

Dan Marino

18

Fran Tarkenton

18

*Active

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WILD MONDAY: Below are some notes from last night’s Monday Night Football game between the 49ers and Cardinals…

The San Francisco 49ers held on to their lead in the NFC West with a 24-3 victory over Arizona on Monday Night Football. San Francisco’s all-time record on Monday night is now 42-25 (.627), the second-most wins on Monday Night Football since 1970 (DALLAS, 43-31-0).

San Francisco wide receiver RANDY MOSS caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from quarterback ALEX SMITH in the victory. Moss now has 18 touchdown catches on Monday night in his career, the third-most receiving touchdowns on Monday night in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, 34; TERRELL OWENS, 20). Moss’ last touchdown reception on Monday night was with the Minnesota Vikings on October 11, 2010 against the New York Jets.

Moss now has 156 career touchdowns, tying Owens for the fourth-most in NFL history.

Source: NFL

 

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 8

2012

62

1999

62

1983

60

2011

58

1987

57

 


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