Little Stature, Big History: Tavon Austin Enters Record Books
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 12
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 24, the 12th week of the 2013 season.
- Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had five catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 40-11 win over Indianapolis. Fitzgerald has 11,019 career receiving yards and became the youngest player in NFL history (30 years, 85 days) to reach 11,000 receiving yards. The previous mark was held by RANDY MOSS at 30 years, 222 days.
In Arizona’s Week 8 victory over Atlanta, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history (30 years, 57 days) to reach 800 career receptions.
- St. Louis rookie wide receiver-punt returner TAVON AUSTIN had a 65-yard touchdown run in the Rams’ 42-21 win over Chicago. Austin had touchdown receptions of 81 and 57 yards and a 98-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 10, the Rams’ last game.
Austin is the first player in NFL history to record a 95+ yard punt-return touchdown, an 80+ yard receiving touchdown and a 65+ yard rushing touchdown in a single season.
He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963) and GALE SAYERS (1965) as the only players in NFL history to score four touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a two-game span in a single season.
- Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 26-26 tie with Green Bay. Playing in his 100th career game, Peterson has 9,846 rushing yards, the third-most in NFL history for a player’s first 100 games. He passed Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (9,766) today and only trails Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (10,818) and JIM BROWN (10,403).
Peterson has 86 rushing touchdowns, the fifth-most in a player’s first 100 games. He trails Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (103), LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (102), SHAUN ALEXANDER (91) and Hall of Famer Brown (88).
Peterson has 10 rushing touchdowns this season and joined Tomlinson (nine) and Smith (eight) as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 10 touchdowns in seven different seasons.
- San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 392 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ 41-38 win at Kansas City. Rivers has passed for at least 390 yards in four games in 2013 and tied Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (1984) and JOE MONTANA (1990) for the most such games in a single season.
- Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON had seven catches for 115 yards in the Lions’ 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay. In his past five games, Johnson has 861 receiving yards, the most in NFL history for a five-game span in a single season. The previous mark was 822 yards set by CHARLEY HENNIGAN in 1961.
- Cleveland wide receiver JOSH GORDON had 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown in the Browns’ 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh. Gordon, who set a single-game franchise record for receiving yards, recorded the fifth 200-yard receiving games this season. With two games still to play, that total is the second-most through the first 12 weeks of a season since the 1970 merger(six in 2012).
- Carolina tight end GREG OLSEN caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 43 seconds remaining in the Panthers’ 20-16 win at Miami. Carolina, which extended its winning streak to seven games, is the first team since the 2011 Houston Texans (December 11, 2011) to extend a winning streak to at least seven games with a game-winning, come-from-behind touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
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