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SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 14
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 9, the 14th week of the 2012 season.
- In four games today, the winning points were scored in the final two minutes or overtime, bringing the season total to 47 such games. That is tied for the most through the first 14 weeks of a season since the 1970 merger (2003).
Washington’s KAI FORBATH kicked the game-winning 34-yard field goal in overtime as the Redskins defeated Baltimore 31-28. Washington tied the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Rookie NICK FOLES threw a one-yard touchdown pass to JEREMY MACLIN as time expired in the Eagles’ 23-21 win at Tampa Bay.
Dallas’ DAN BAILEY kicked the game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Cowboys’ 20-19 win at Cincinnati.
The St. Louis Rams scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from SAM BRADFORD to BRANDON GIBSON with 48 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to win at Buffalo 15-12.
- Foles’ game-winning touchdown pass is the third game-winning touchdown thrown by a rookie quarterback this season with no time remaining (Foles, Week 14; ANDREW LUCK, Week 13;RUSSELL WILSON, Week 3). Prior to 2012, it had only been accomplished twice by rookies from 1970-2011 (MATTHEW STAFFORD, 2009 and TIM COUCH, 1999).
- Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 21-14 win over Chicago. This season, Peterson has rushed for 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.04 yards per carry. He is the third player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.0 yards per carry in his team’s first 13 games. The other two players to accomplish the feat are Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963) and O.J. SIMPSON (1973).
Peterson has rushed for 10 touchdowns this season and joined LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 10 touchdowns in each of his first six seasons.
Peterson has rushed for at least 100 yards in a franchise-record seven consecutive games.
- Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON passed for 287 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards with one touchdown in the Panthers’ 30-20 win over Atlanta. Newton is the first player in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, 100 rushing yards and a touchdown pass and a touchdown run in a game.
- Seattle rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON led the Seahawks to a 58-0 win over Arizona. Wilson improved to 6-0 at home and is the first rookie quarterback to start and win each of his team’s first six home games since the 1970 merger.
- Indianapolis rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK rallied the Colts from a 13-point (20-7) deficit in the team’s 27-23 win over Tennessee. Luck led the Colts back from a fourth-quarter deficit (23-21), his sixth game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. His six such drives are the most by a rookie since the 1970 merger.
Luck has 3,792 passing yards and passed PEYTON MANNING (3,739) for the second-most by a rookie in NFL history.
In that game, Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Wayne surpassed the 1,200-yard mark (1,220) for the sixth time in his career and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (11), RANDY MOSS (eight), MARVIN HARRISON (six) and TORRY HOLT (six) as the only players with at least six such seasons.
- New York Giants rookie DAVID WILSON scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one kickoff return) and had a franchise-record 327 all-purpose yards (227 kickoff return, 100 rushing) in the Giants’ 52-27 win over New Orleans. Wilson is the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.