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- There were three games Sunday in which a team was trailing and scored the game-winning points in the final minute.
Cleveland scored a touchdown when BRIAN HOYER connected with JORDAN CAMERON with 51 seconds left in the Browns’ 31-27 victory at Minnesota. Tennessee scored when JAKE LOCKER completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to JUSTIN HUNTER with 15 seconds remaining in the Titans’ 20-17 win over San Diego. Miami scored with 43 seconds left when RYAN TANNEHILL connected with DION SIMS in the Dolphins’ 27-23 win against Atlanta.
This season there have been eight games in which a team was trailing and scored the game-winning points in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
- There were six individual 300-yard passing games, bringing the season total to 29. With one game still to play, that total is the second-most through the first three weeks of a season (34 in 2011). There were 26 300-yard passing games through the first three weeks of the 2012 season.
The six quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards in Week 3: Detroit’s MATTHEW STAFFORD (385 yards), New Orleans’ DREW BREES (342), the New York Jets’ GENO SMITH (331), Washington’s ROBERT GRIFFIN III (326), Cleveland’s BRIAN HOYER (321) and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (406).
The Saints’ Brees has passed for at least 300 yards in eight consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history and one shy of the NFL record. Brees (2011-12) holds the league record with nine consecutive 300-yard passing games.
- Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON tied a career high with four touchdown passes in the Seahawks’ 45-17 win over Jacksonville. Wilson is now a perfect 10-0 at home and is the fifth quarterback to win each of his first 10 starts at home among quarterbacks who began their career since 1970.
- Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO led the Ravens to a 30-9 victory over Houston at M&T Bank Stadium. Flacco is now 11-0 at home in September starts in his NFL career, the best record for a quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 10 attempts per start).
- Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON had seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 27-20 win at Washington. Johnson, who now has 505 receptions and 8,104 yards in 95 career games, is the third player in NFL history to reach 500 receptions and 8,000 receiving yards in fewer than 100 career games. Johnson joins RANDY MOSS (93 games) and TORRY HOLT (95) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
The Lions won at Washington for the first time in team history and defeated the Redskins’ franchise on the road for the first time since 1935 (October 13) when Detroit registered a 17-7 win in Boston over the Boston Redskins.
- Cleveland punter SPENCER LANNING punted five times, kicked an extra point and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass in the Browns’ 31-27 win at Minnesota. He is the first player since Philadelphia’s SAM BAKER on October 13, 1968 with a punt, an extra point and a touchdown pass in a single game.
- The CAROLINA PANTHERS registered seven sacks, three turnovers and held the New York Giants to 150 total net yards in the team’s 38-0 win over New York. The Panthers are the first team in over a decade to post a shutout victory of 38 points or more, record at least seven sacks and three turnovers, and hold an opponent to 150 total net yards in a game. The last club to accomplish the feat was the Atlanta Falcons against Carolina on November 24, 2002.
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