Week 14 across the NFL had its share of blowouts: Cleveland's 30-7 spanking of Kansas City; the Giants' 52-27 shellacking on the Saints; Seattle's 58-0,"check your man-card at the door" pasting of Arizona; and ending Monday night with New England's 42-14 "kick to the curb" of Houston.
On the field, off the field. Good news and bad. The 2012 season has already produced more rumor and headlines than a group meeting at Granny's beauty shop. So, if you've been focused on bounty scandals and blowouts, here's what you have missed.
Blowouts aside, Week 14 produced eight games decided by eight points or less. That's 115 games on the year decided by eight or less—a league record through 14 weeks. It's more proof that games are more competitive. So far in 2012, 105 games have been decided by seven points or less—also a league first.
How About Some Free football?
On Sunday, five players returned interceptions for touchdowns. Fifty-one players have combined for 57 interception returns for touchdown so far. That's a mark that ranks third in NFL history.
New England's 42-14 win on Monday night over Houston secured its 10th consecutive 10-win season. The Patriots join the 49ers as the only teams in NFL history with 10 consecutive 10-win seasons. San Francisco has the most consecutive 10-win seasons with 16 recorded from 1983 to 1998.
Manning, Brady and Favre
Tom Brady's 296 yards passing, four touchdowns and zero interceptions against Houston was his 36th with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions. Brady trails Peyton Manning's mark of 37 games and is tied with Brett Favre for second most.
Colts Record Luck
Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has led six fourth-quarter or overtime game-winning drives. It's the most for a rookie since the league merger in 1970. Luck needs just 259 passing yards to surpass Cam Newton's 4,051 rookie record set a season ago.
Motown's Latest Hit
Detroit's Calvin Johnson joined Marvin Harrison and Andre Johnson as one of only three players to log back-to-back seasons of 1,500 yards receiving. Johnson's mark ranks him among the best in NFL history. Only seven players have accrued 1,500 yards receiving in multiple seasons. The names: Jerry Rice (four), Michael Irvin (two), Marvin Harrison (three), Charley Hennigan (two), Torry Holt (two) and Andre Johnson (two).
J.B., O.J. and A.P.
Minnesota's Adrian Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win over Chicago. Peterson now has 1,600 yards on the ground, 10 touchdowns and averages just over six yards per carry. Peterson joins Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson as the only players in league history with such numbers. He and LaDainian Tomlinson are the only two to score 10 or more touchdowns in each of their first six seasons.
Kansas City's Jamaal Charles has two touchdown runs of at least 75 yards in 2012 and three for his career. Tennessee's Chris Johnson is the only other active player with three or more touchdown runs of at least 75 yards.
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