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Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 02, 2013



BIG PLAY EXCITEMENT

 

“Big plays equal points in this league,” says Green Bay Packers head coach MIKE MC CARTHY 

One of the biggest momentum changers in the NFL is a long touchdown. Not only does it put points on the board, but it can change the direction of the game.

“Making big plays to help the team is what I dream about,” says Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who had a 60-yard touchdown run last week in the Vikings’ 34-27 win over Pittsburgh at London’s Wembley Stadium. “A big run at a key moment can swing the momentum of a game.”

Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, has 12 career touchdown runs of at least 60 yards, the most in NFL history.

“I was just being patient and letting the holes open up for me,” says Peterson about his latest 60-yard touchdown run. “I was able to press it and cut it back and then take it to the house. I have to give thanks to those guys up front. They were the ones that made it happen, as well as the receivers blocking down the field. It was a big momentum shift for us.”

 

MOST 60+ YARD TD RUNS IN NFL HISTORY

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

YEARS

60+ YARD TD RUNS

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota

2007-2013

 12*

Jim Brown

Cleveland

1957-1965

9

Chris Johnson

Tennessee

2008-2013

 8*

Barry Sanders

Detroit

1989-1998

8

Ahman Green

Seattle, Green Bay, Houston

1998-2009

7

*Active

Minnesota wide receiver GREG JENNINGS had a 70-yard touchdown reception last week, the seventh TD catch of at least 70 yards in his career. He is tied with the New York Giants’ VICTOR CRUZ for the most 70+ yard touchdown receptions among active players.

 

“Greg made plays all game and he does a tremendous job with the run after the catch,” says Vikings quarterback MATT CASSEL about Jennings’ performance in Week 4. “He’s strong with the ball and runs after the catch.”


Cruz, who had a 69-yard touchdown catch last week against Kansas City, had a 70-yard receiving TD in Week 1 versus Dallas. In his career, he has seven touchdown receptions of at least 70 yards as well as a 68- and 69-yarder.

 

“Any time I get a chance to get the ball, I want to make the big play,” says Cruz. “I am just trying to do the most I can when I catch the ball.”

 

Since the 1970 merger, Jennings and Cruz are among the seven players with at least seven touchdown receptions of 70+ yards. Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE has the most in the NFL during that span with nine.

 

MOST 70+ YARD REC TDs SINCE 1970

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

YEARS

70+ YARD REC TDs

Jerry Rice

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

1985-2004

9

James Lofton

Green Bay, LA Raiders, Buffalo, LA Rams, Philadelphia

1978-1993

8

Terrell Owens

San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati

1996-2010

8

Wesley Walker

New York Jets

1977-1989

8

Victor Cruz

New York Giants

2010-2013

 7*

Greg Jennings

Green Bay, Minnesota

2006-2013

 7*

John Taylor

San Francisco

1987-1995

7

 


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