Matt Ryan is the NFL's Best Quarterback at Home
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 6
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 14, the sixth week of the 2012 season.
- Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 249 yards in the Falcons’ 23-20 win over Oakland. Ryan led the Falcons 43 yards in 39 seconds to set up MATT BRYANT’s game-winning 55-yard field goal with one second remaining. Ryan guided Atlanta to his 19th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. That is the most by a quarterback in his first five seasons in the Super Bowl era.
Ryan is now 29-4 (.879) in home starts, the best record by a starting quarterback since 1970 (minimum 20 starts). Baltimore’s JOE FLACCO, who also led his team to a home victory today, ranks second with a 31-5 (.861) mark.
- Washington rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns and rookie running back ALFRED MORRIS had a rushing touchdown in the Redskins’ 38-26 win over Minnesota. Griffin has six rushing touchdowns this season and Morris has five. They are the first rookie teammates to each rush for at least five touchdowns in a team’s first six games in NFL history.
Since 1970, Griffin and MICHAEL VICK (December 1, 2002) are the only quarterbacks to rush for at least 130 yards and two touchdowns in a game.
- Tampa Bay defensive back RONDE BARBER had a 78-yard interception-return touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 38-10 win over Kansas City. Barber has eight career interception-return touchdowns and he is the first player in NFL history with at least eight interception-return touchdowns, four fumble-return touchdowns and a punt-return touchdown.
Barber’s 12 combined interception and fumble-return touchdowns are tied for the third-most in NFL history with AENEAS WILLIAMS and CHARLES WOODSON. Only Pro Football Hall of FamerROD WOODSON and DARREN SHARPER have more with 13.
Barber started his 221st career game and tied linebacker DERRICK BROOKS for the most starts in franchise history.
- Baltimore’s JACOBY JONES had a 108-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Ravens’ 31-29 win over Dallas. Jones’ return ties for the longest kick-return touchdown in NFL history with ELLIS HOBBS (September 9, 2007) and RANDALL COBB (September 8, 2011).
- Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 19-16 overtime loss against Buffalo. At 29 years, 44 days old, Fitzgerald (10,045) joins RANDY MOSS (28 years, 314 days) as the only players in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards before the age of 30.
- The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS gained 475 total net yards in the team’s 24-23 loss at Seattle. The Patriots have gained at least 350 total net yards in 15 consecutive games and passed the 1982-83 San Diego Chargers (14) for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams hold the record at 16 consecutive games.
- Detroit’s JASON HANSON scored 14 points and converted all four field-goal attempts, including the game-winner in overtime, in the Lions’ 26-23 win at Philadelphia. Hanson has 2,074 career points and passed JOHN CARNEY (2,062) for the third-most points in NFL history. Hanson’s 2,074 points are the most ever by a player with one franchise.
Hanson has 479 career field goals and passed Carney (478) for the third-most in NFL history. Hanson’s 479 field goals are the most ever by a player with one franchise.
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