NFL Week 2: 10 of 16 Games Decided By 7 Points Or Fewer

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 17, 2013



From NFL Media Services

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 2

 

SO CLOSEWeek 2 continued the trend of exciting finishes and close games. Ten of the 16 games in Week 2 were decided by seven points or fewer, bringing the season total to 22. That is the most through Week 2 in NFL history. 

 

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 2 in NFL history:

 

SEASON

GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER

2013

22

2010

19

2000

18

Many tied

17

 

Eleven of those games finished within three points or fewer, tying for the most such games through Week 2 in NFL history.

 

The most games decided by three points or fewer through Week 2 in NFL history:

 

SEASON

GAMES DECIDED BY THREE POINTS OR FEWER

2013

11

1997

11

1988

11

2007

10

2000

10

1999

10

 

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COMEBACKS GALOREIn Week 2, six teams came back from fourth-quarter deficits to win. There have been 14 fourth-quarter comebacks so far, tied for the most through Week 2 of any season in NFL history (1997).

 

The most fourth-quarter comebacks through the first two weeks of a season:

 

SEASON

FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACKS

2013

14

1997

14

1979

11

Many tied

10

 

The six teams that trailed during the fourth quarter in Week 2 that came back to win:

 

WINNING TEAM

OPPONENT

4TH-QTR DEFICIT

GAME RESULT

Buffalo

Carolina

23-17

W 24-23

Chicago

Minnesota

30-24

W 31-30

Houston

Tennessee

24-16

W 30-24 (OT)

San Diego

Philadelphia

27-23

W 33-30

Arizona

Detroit

21-19

W 25-21

New Orleans

Tampa Bay

14-13

W 16-14

 

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NO NEED TO PANIC: Following Week 2, eight teams – CHICAGODENVERHOUSTONKANSAS CITYMIAMINEW ENGLANDNEW ORLEANS and SEATTLE – have a perfect 2-0 record. That leaves 24 clubs with 1-1 or 0-2 records.

 

Since realignment in 2002, 79 of the 132 playoff teams (58.8 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens in 2012.

 

A look at how playoff clubs in 2011 and 2012 began their seasons:

 

                                       2011                                                                                      2012

 

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

 

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Atlanta

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Atlanta

2-0

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

Baltimore

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

 

Baltimore

1-1

Won Super Bowl XLVII

Cincinnati

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Cincinnati

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Denver

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

Denver

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Detroit

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Green Bay

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Green Bay

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

 

Houston

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

Houston

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

 

Indianapolis

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

New England

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLVI

 

Minnesota

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

New Orleans

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

New England

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

N.Y. Giants

1-1

Won Super Bowl XLVI

 

San Francisco

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLVII

Pittsburgh

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Seattle

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

San Francisco

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

 

Washington

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

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PASSING FRENZYWeek 2 featured 11 individual 300-yard passing games, bringing the season total to 23. That is tied for the most 300-yard passing games through Week 2 in NFL history (23 in 2011).

 

SEASON

MOST 300-YARD PASSING GAMES THROUGH WEEK 2

2013

23

2011

23

2012

18

1994

14

2009

13

 

NFL quarterbacks have also thrown 111 touchdown passes through Week 2, the most combined TD passes through the first two weeks of any season in NFL history. The previous high was 108 in 2011.

 

SEASON

MOST COMBINED PASSING TOUCHDOWNS

2013

111

2011

108

2012

97

1994

97

2002

94

1987

94

 

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FRESH STARTOn Sunday, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS defeated the Dallas Cowboys 17-16 to reach 2-0 after finishing the 2012 season 2-14. The Chiefs are the fifth team in NFL history to start a season 2-0 after losing 14 or more games the previous season.

 

The teams to start 2-0 after finishing the previous season with 14+ loses:

 

TEAM

YEAR

PREVIOUS SEASON RECORD

RECORD AFTER TWO GAMES

FINAL RECORD

Kansas City

2013

2-14

2-0

???

Carolina

2002

1-15

2-0

7-9

San Diego

2001

1-15

2-0

5-11

Detroit

1980

2-14

2-0

9-7

San Francisco

1980

2-14

2-0

6-10

 

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YOUNG BERNARDCincinnati rookie running back GIOVANI BERNARD had a seven-yard touchdown run and a 27-yard TD reception in the Bengals 20-10 win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football. Bernard is the first Bengal rookie to have a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since November 19, 1989 (CRAIG TAYLOR).


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