NFL records set and milestones reached in 2011:
Won six games after trailing in the fourth quarter, tied for the second-most such victories by any team since 1970.
RB BEANIE WELLS rushed for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns to become the first Cardinal to rush for 1,000+ yards and 10+ touchdowns in a season. Wells rushed for a franchise-record 228 yards in a Week 12 victory over St. Louis.
WR LARRY FITZGERALD recorded 1,411 receiving yards, his franchise-record fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Fitzgerald (73) surpassed ROY GREEN (69) for the most total touchdowns in team history.
Rookie CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON returned four punts for touchdowns, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON and VAI SIKAHEMA for the franchise career record.
Qualified for the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in franchise history.
Posted club record fourth consecutive winning season.
Team offense set a franchise record with 6,026 total net yards.
QB MATT RYAN set a single-season team record with 4,177 passing yards.
WR RODDY WHITE recorded 1,296 receiving yards, his team-record fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season. White also became the first player in franchise history with multiple seasons of at least 100 catches.
RB MICHAEL TURNER recorded 11 rushing touchdowns and became the only player in team history to rush for 10+ touchdowns in four consecutive seasons. Turner also became the first Falcon with 50 career rushing touchdowns.
WR JULIO JONES set team rookie receiving records with 959 yards and eight touchdowns.
Won the AFC North title for the first time since 2006 and secured a first-round bye.
Team went undefeated against the AFC North for the first time.
Posted a perfect 8-0 record at home in 2011.
RB RAY RICE recorded an NFL-best 2,068 scrimmage yards and became the first Raven ever to have at least 1,700 scrimmage yards in three consecutive seasons. Rice rushed for 204 yards in Week 13 and joined PRIEST HOLMES (227 on November 22, 1998) and JAMAL LEWIS (295 on September 14, 2003; 205 on December 21, 2003) as the only players in franchise history to rush for 200 yards in a game.
Tied a franchise record with nine sacks in a Week 12 victory over San Francisco.
Buffalo became the eighth team in NFL history to win its first four home games after starting the previous season 0-4 at home.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (3,832) joined DREW BLEDSOE (4,359 in 2002) and Hall of Famer JIM KELLY (3,844 in 1991) as the only Bills quarterbacks to reach 3,800 yards passing in a season.
WR STEVIE JOHNSON finished with a team-leading 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and became the first Bills wide receiver to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
TE SCOTT CHANDLER (six) tied PETE METZELAARS (six in 1992) and JAY RIEMERSMA (six in 1998) for the most touchdowns catches by a tight end in a single-season in team history.
QB CAM NEWTON set the NFL rookie record for with 4,051 passing yards and his 21 touchdown passes were third-most among rookies all-time. In Week 2, Newton recorded 432 yards passing to set a single-game team record. His 91-yard touchdown pass to WR BRANDON LA FELL in Week 16 was the longest offensive play in team history.
WR STEVE SMITH (699) surpassed MUHSIN MUHAMMAD (696) for the most receptions in franchise history.
CB CHRIS GAMBLE (27) surpassed ERIC DAVIS (25) for the most interceptions in franchise history.
In Week 11, rookie KR KEALOHA PILARES recorded a franchise-record 101-yard kickoff return-touchdown.
RB MATT FORTE recorded 1,487 scrimmage yards (997 rushing, 490 receiving) and became the first Bear with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first four seasons. Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS had 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first three seasons. In Week 4, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers WALTER PAYTON and Sayers as the only players in franchise history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game. FORTE became the first Bear to rush for 200 yards since Payton's 275 yards on November 20, 1977.
LB BRIAN URLACHER recorded three interceptions in 2011. His 21 career interceptions are the third-most in franchise history among linebackers, trailing DOUG BUFFONE (24) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DICK BUTKUS (22).
K ROBBIE GOULD (806) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (750) for the second-most points in franchise history (KEVIN BUTLER, 1,116).
Club qualified for the postseason for the third time under head coach MARVIN LEWIS (2005, 2009).
Team won three games in which it trailed by at least 10 points at halftime, tied for the most such wins in a season in NFL history.
QB ANDY DALTON finished in the top five among rookies all-time with 20 touchdown passes (T-4th) and 3,398 passing yards (5th).
WR A.J. GREEN recorded 1,057 receiving yards, the most by a rookie in team history. His 65 receptions were the second-most by a Bengals rookie (CRIS COLLINSWORTH, 67 in 1981).
Dalton and Green became the first rookie quarterback-wide receiver duo in NFL history with 3,000+ passing yards and 1,000+ receiving yards.
RB CEDRIC BENSON (4,176) became the fifth Bengals running back to reach 4,000 career rushing yards.
WR GREG LITTLE recorded 61 catches, the second-most by a rookie in franchise history (KEVIN JOHNSON, 66 in 1999).
QB TONY ROMO passed for 31 touchdowns. His four seasons with 20+ touchdown passes are tied for the most in franchise history (DANNY WHITE). Romo finished the season with a 102.5 passer rating, the second-highest single season rating in team history (Pro Football Hall of Famer ROGER STAUBACH, 104.8 in 1971).
In Week 15, Romo became the first quarterback in team history to throw for three touchdowns and run for another in the first half of a game.
Rookie RB DE MARCO MURRAY set a team single-game record with 253 rushing yards in Week 7.
Won the AFC West for the 11th time. The Broncos went from "worst-to-first," winning the division after finishing in last place a season ago.
Became the fifth team in NFL history to reach the postseason after starting 2-5 or worse after seven games. Were the third team ever to win six consecutive games after starting a season 2-5 or worse.
LB VON MILLER recorded 11.5 sacks, the most by a Denver rookie since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
In Week 9, WR-PR EDDIE ROYAL joined RICK UPCHURCH (Week 2 in 1982) as the only players in franchise history to record a touchdown reception and a punt return-touchdown in the same game.
Clinched the club's first playoff berth since 1999.
Won three games after trailing by at least 17 points, the most in a season in NFL history. With comeback wins of 20 points in Week 3 and 24 points in Week 4, the Lions became the first team ever to win consecutive games in which it trailed by at least 20 points in each contest.
Set franchise records for total net yards (6,337) and points scored (474) in a season.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD set team records for passing yards (5,038), passing touchdowns (41), and passer rating (97.2).
WR CALVIN JOHNSON led the NFL with 1,681 receiving yards and became the first wide receiver in team history with at least 1,000 yards in three of his first five seasons. He recorded a team-record 16 touchdown receptions and is the first Lion since Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (17 in 1991) to score 15 touchdowns in a season.
TE BRANDON PETTIGREW recorded 83 catches, the most in a single season by a tight end in team history.
K JASON HANSON (2,016) became the first player in NFL history to score 2,000 points with one franchise.
T JEFF BACKUS (176) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DICK LE BEAU (171) for the most consecutive starts in club history.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Won the NFC North division and clinched the top seed in the conference with an NFL-best 15-1 record.
Set franchise records for wins (15), points scored (560), and total net yards (6,482).
Became the second defending Super Bowl champion (1998 Denver Broncos) to start the following season 13-0 and the sixth team in NFL history to win 15 regular-season games in a season.
QB AARON RODGERS set team records for touchdown passes (45), passing yards (4,643), passer rating (122.5), and 300-yard passing games (eight).
WR DONALD DRIVER became the first Packer with 10,000 career receiving yards (10,060).
PR-KR-WR RANDALL COBB became first rookie in club annals to record both a kickoff-return and punt-return touchdown.
Won AFC South title for the first time and clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history. The Texans went from "worst-to-first," winning the division after finishing in a tie for last place a season ago.
Recorded franchise-records in wins (10), rushing yards (2,448), and sacks (44).
RB ARIAN FOSTER (29) surpassed DOMANICK WILLIAMS (23) for the most career rushing touchdowns in team history.
WR REGGIE WAYNE (862) joined MARVIN HARRISON (1,102) as the only players in franchise history to record 850 career receptions.
In Week 15, RB DONALD BROWN recorded an 80-yard touchdown run, tied for the longest run in franchise history.
RB MAURICE JONES-DREW (1,606) surpassed FRED TAYLOR (1,572 in 2003) for the most rushing yards in a season in franchise history. He became the first Jaguar to lead the league in rushing yards.
Jones-Drew has now recorded 74 career touchdowns, the most in club annals. He also tied Taylor (62) for most rushing touchdowns by a Jaguar.
QB BLAINE GABBERT started 14 games, setting a franchise rookie record. He surpassed BYRON LEFTWICH, who started 13 games in 2003.
TE MARCEDES LEWIS (2,684) surpassed KYLE BRADY (2,500) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in club history.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
LB TAMBA HALI (12) became the fourth Chief to register double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons.
LB DERRICK JOHNSON recorded 179 tackles, the highest single-season total in Chiefs history. He surpassed LB MIKE MASLOWSKI, who had 162 tackles in 2002.
Tied the NFL record for most wins (six) after an 0-7 start. The Dolphins joined the 1978 St. Louis Cardinals and 1998 Washington Redskins as the only teams in NFL history to accomplish this feat.
WR BRANDON MARSHALL recorded 81 catches in 2011. Marshall had 86 receptions in 2010 and became the first player in team history with at least 80 catches in two seasons. His 81 receptions were the fifth-highest single season total in team history.
In Week 15, RB REGGIE BUSH (203) became the second player in club history to record 200+ rushing yards in a game (RICKY WILLIAMS).
In Week 17, DE RANDY STARKS recorded two interceptions, the first time in team history that a Miami defensive lineman had two interceptions in a single game.
DE JARED ALLEN (22) surpassed CHRIS DOLEMAN (21 in 1989) for the franchise's single-season sack record.
RB ADRIAN PETERSON (64) surpassed CHUCK FOREMAN (52) in Week 2 to become the franchise leader in rushing touchdowns.
WR-KR PERCY HARVIN recorded a 103-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 1 and his four career kickoff-return touchdowns are the most in team history.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Club won the AFC East title for the 13th time and became the third team in NFL history to win at least 10 games in nine consecutive seasons (San Francisco, 1983-1998, 16 consecutive seasons; Indianapolis, 2002-2010, nine).
Team recorded 6,848 total net yards, a franchise record for most total net yards in a season. The Patriots scored 61 total touchdowns in 2011, the third-most in team history (75, 2007; 65, 2010) and totaled 513 points, also the third-most in club annals (589, 2007; 518, 2010).
QB TOM BRADY set a franchise record with 5,235 passing yards. He has recorded at least one touchdown pass in a team-record 32 straight regular season games.
TE ROB GRONKOWSKI (1,327) surpassed BEN COATES (1,174 in 1994) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season in club history.
Gronkowski recorded 18 total touchdowns (17 receiving, one rushing) and joined CURTIS MARTIN (17 in 1996) and RANDY MOSS (23 in 2007) as the only Patriots to have at least 16 total touchdowns in a season.
WR WES WELKER (1,569) surpassed Moss (1,493) for the most receiving yards in a single season in franchise history. Welker (554) also joined TROY BROWN (557) and STANLEY MORGAN (534) as the third player in franchise history with 500 catches.
BILL BELICHICK became the first head coach in NFL history with 13 or more regular-season wins in five different seasons.
Belichick and Brady surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA and DAN MARINO (116) with 124 wins together, the most by a head coach-quarterback tandem in the Super Bowl era.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Won the NFC South and tied a club record with 13 wins, equaling the mark set by the SB XLIV championship team in 2009. Team recorded an 8-0 home record for the first time in club history.
Club set NFL-single season records for total net yards (7,474) and net passing yards (5,347).
QB DREW BREES set franchise and NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,476), completions (468), completion percentage (71.2 percent), 300-yard passing games (13) and consecutive 300-yard passing games (seven).
TE JIMMY GRAHAM posted 1,310 receiving yards and became the first tight end in team history with a 1,000-yard season.
Graham (99) and RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES (86) became the first tight end-running back duo in NFL history with at least 80 catches each in a season.
WR MARQUES COLSTON had 1,143 receiving yards, his team-record fifth 1,000-yard season.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Won the NFC East and are making their 31st postseason appearance, the most in NFL history. Team posted a .500+ record for the seventh consecutive season, the longest streak for the Giants since 1954-63.
QB ELI MANNING set franchise records for passing yards (4,933) and 300-yard passing games (eight). He now has 22 career 300-yard games, surpassing PHIL SIMMS (21) for the most in team history. Manning also recorded his seventh consecutive season with 3,000+ pass yards and 20+ pass touchdowns, the most in team history.
WR VICTOR CRUZ (1,536) surpassed AMANI TOOMER (1,343 in 2002) for the most receiving yards in a single season in franchise history. Cruz also set a club record with seven 100-yard receiving games in 2011.
Cruz (1,536) and WR HAKEEM NICKS (1,192) became the first set of Giants to each record at least 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL (16.5) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR and MICHAEL STRAHAN as the only Giants with 16 or more sacks in season.
NEW YORK JETS
QB MARK SANCHEZ (six) recorded the second-most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season in franchise history (AL DOROW, seven in 1960).
In Week 4, JOE MC KNIGHT recorded a 107-yard kickoff-return-touchdown, the longest play in Jets history.
KR-WR JACOBY FORD had a 101-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 6 and holds the franchise record with four career kickoff return-touchdowns.
In Week 10, RB MICHAEL BUSH recorded 242 scrimmage yards, the fourth-most in franchise history and the most in a game by a Raider since ART POWELL (247) on December 22, 1963.
In Week 10, KAMERION WIMBLEY joined Pro Football Hall of Famer HOWIE LONG and ANTHONY SMITH (twice) as the only Raiders to record at least four sacks in a game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
In Week 12, K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI converted six field goals, setting the franchise record for the most in a single game.
Also in Week 12, P SHANE LECHLER recorded a franchise-record 80-yard punt.
RB LE SEAN MC COY recorded 20 touchdowns (17 rushing, 3 receiving) and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE VAN BUREN (18 in 1945) for the most total touchdowns in a single-season in team history. The mark had been the longest-standing single-season club touchdown mark in the NFL.
McCoy (1,309) topped 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons, becoming the fifth player in team history to accomplish the feat.
DEs JASON BABIN (18) and TRENT COLE (11) combined for 29 sacks, the second-most ever by a duo of Eagles defensive linemen (Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE and CLYDE SIMMONS, 33 in 1992).
Team qualified for the postseason for the seventh time since realignment in 2002. Club has 33 postseason victories, tied for the most in NFL history (Dallas, 33).
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER had 4,077 passing yards and has recorded the only two 4,000-yard seasons in franchise history.
RB RASHARD MENDENHALL (29) surpassed Hall of Famer FRANCO HARRIS (28) for the most rushing touchdowns in the first four seasons of a career in franchise history. He became the eighth player in Steelers history with at least 25 rushing touchdowns.
WR HINES WARD became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 career receptions.
MIKE TOMLIN became the sixth head coach to win at least nine games in each of his first five seasons since 1970.
Tomlin joined Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL (193), BILL COWHER (149) and RAYMOND "BUDDY" PARKER (51) as the only head coaches in franchise history to reach 50 regular-season wins.
ST. LOUIS RAMS
RB STEVEN JACKSON (1,145) reached 1,000 rushing yards for the seventh consecutive season, the longest streak in team history.
Jackson ranks third in team history with 52 career rushing touchdowns, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (58) and ERIC DICKERSON (56).
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
TE ANTONIO GATES (593) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer CHARLIE JOINER (586) for the most catches in franchise history.
QB PHILIP RIVERS (163) became the third player in Chargers history with 150 career passing touchdowns (DAN FOUTS, 254; JOHN HADL, 201).
Rivers passed for 27 touchdowns, extending his team-record streak of consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes to four.
K NICK NOVAK converted a team-record 12 field goals of 40 yards-or-longer this season.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Won the NFC West for the first time since 2002. JIM HARBAUGH joined GEORGE SEIFERT (1989) and STEVE MARIUCCI (1997) as the only 49ers head coaches to win the NFC West division in their first year.
Became the first team in NFL history to not allow a rushing touchdown in the first 14 games of a season.
RB FRANK GORE (7,625) passed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE PERRY (7,344) for the most rushing yards in franchise history.
Gore recorded a franchise-record five consecutive 100-yard games (Weeks 4-6; 8-9).
Rookie LB ALDON SMITH recorded 14 sacks, the most ever by a 49ers rookie.
K DAVID AKERS (166) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (138 in 1987) for the most points in a single season in franchise history.
QB TARVARIS JACKSON passed for 3,091 yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (3,678 in 1997) as the only Seahawks quarterbacks to pass for at least 3,000 yards in their first season with the club. Jackson became the sixth quarterback in franchise history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in a season.
RB MARSHAWN LYNCH recorded at least one touchdown in a team-record 11 consecutive games.
WR DOUG BALDWIN became the first undrafted rookie to lead his team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (788) since BILL GROMAN (1960, Houston Oilers).
DE CHRIS CLEMONS recorded 11 sacks and became the first Seahawk to record at least 10 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the team.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
QB JOSH FREEMAN threw for 3,592 yards, the second-most passing yards in a single season in team history (BRAD JOHNSON, 3,811 in 2003).
Freeman became the first quarterback in club history with at least 3,400 passing yards in consecutive seasons and joined Johnson (2001, 2003) as the only Buccaneers with two seasons with at least 3,400 passing yards.
CB RONDE BARBER (225) surpassed DERRICK BROOKS (224) for the most games played in team history.
Club reached 400 total victories (400).
QB MATT HASSELBECK (3,571) joined WARREN MOON (4690 in 1991; 4689 in 1990; 3631 in 1989) as the second quarterback in franchise history to reach 3,500 passing yards in a season.
RB CHRIS JOHNSON (1,047) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL (4, 1978-1981) and EDDIE GEORGE (5, 1996-2000) as the only players in club history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons. He also joined George and Campbell as the third player in franchise history to reach 5,000 for his career.
RB ROY HELU became the first rookie in franchise history to rush for at least 100 yards in three consecutive games (Weeks 12-14).
Helu set a franchise single-game record with 14 receptions (105 yards) in Week 9.
LB BRIAN ORAKPO had nine sacks and joined DEXTER MANLEY and CHARLES MANN as the only Redskins to record at least 8.5 sacks in three consecutive seasons.
K GRAHAM GANO had a 59-yard field goal in Week 9, the longest in team history.
DAVID AKERS K, San Francisco 49ers
Recorded 166 kicking points and surpassed GARY ANDERSON (164 in 1998) for the most in a single season in NFL history.
Converted 44 field goals, the most in a single-season all-time.
JARED ALLEN, DE Minnesota Vikings
Led the NFL with 22 sacks, tied with MARK GASTINEAU (1984) for the second most of any player since the statistic became official in 1982 (MICHAEL STRAHAN, 22.5 in 2001).
DAN BAILEY K, Dallas Cowboys
Converted six field goals in Week 3, tying for the most by ever by a rookie in a game (GARO YEPREMIAN, 1966; JEFF REED, 2002).
DOUG BALDWIN WR, Seattle Seahawks
Recorded 788 receiving yards, surpassing JAMES JETT (771 in 1993) for the most by an undrafted rookie since 1970.
Became the first undrafted rookie to lead his team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (788) since BILL GROMAN (1960, Houston Oilers).
RONDE BARBER CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Extended his consecutive games started steak to 199 games, the most by a cornerback in NFL history.
TOM BRADY QB, New England Patriots
Passed for 5,235 yards, becoming one of four players in NFL history to reach 5,000 passing yards in a single season.
Became the sixth player in NFL history to reach 300 career touchdown passes (300), tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY for fifth-most in league annals. Recorded 39 touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (48, 1984; 44, 1986) as the only players in NFL history with at least two different seasons with 39 or more touchdown passes. Became the only player in NFL history to follow a 500-yard passing performance (517, Week 1) with a 400-yard game (423, Week 2).
DREW BREES QB, New Orleans Saints
Set NFL-single season records for passing yards (5,476), completions (468), completion percentage (71.2 percent), 300-yard passing games (13) and consecutive 300-yard passing games (seven).
Extended his active streak of 43 games with at least one touchdown pass, the second-longest such streak in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS, 47 games).
Has thrown at least 20 completions in an NFL-record 36 consecutive regular-season games.
In Week 15, became the first quarterback in NFL history to complete 80+ percent of his passes and throw for at least 400 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a game.
JOSHUA CRIBBS KR-PR-WR, Cleveland Browns
Recorded an 84-yard punt return-touchdown in Week 16 and has 11 career combined kick return-touchdowns (three punt, eight kickoff), the fifth-most in NFL annals.
RANDALL COBB WR-KR, Green Bay Packers
Recorded a 108-yard kickoff return-touchdown on Kickoff Weekend, tied for the longest kickoff return in NFL history (ELLIS HOBBS, 2007).
ANDY DALTON QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Finished in the top five among rookies all-time with 20 touchdown passes (T-4th) and 3,398 passing yards (5th). Dalton and Carolina QB CAM NEWTON became the first pair of rookie passers to throw for at least 3,000 yards in the same season.
LARRY FITZGERALD WR, Arizona Cardinals
In Week 10, he became the third-youngest player (28 years, 74 days old) in NFL history to reach 70 receiving touchdowns, trailing only RANDY MOSS (26 years, 269 days) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (28 years, one day).
RYAN FITZPATRICK QB, Buffalo Bills
Passed for 3,832 yards, his second-consecutive season with at least 3,000 yards passing.
JACOBY FORD KR-WR, Oakland Raiders
In Week 6, he recorded a 101-yard kickoff-return touchdown in his 20th career game and joined TRAVIS WILLIAMS (four KR-TDs) as the only players in NFL history with at least four kickoff-return touchdowns in the first 20 games of a career.
ARIAN FOSTER RB, Houston Texans
Registered two 78-yard touchdown receptions this season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (two in 1983) as the only running backs to have two 70+ yard touchdown receptions in a season since 1970.
Recorded three 100-yard receiving games, the first running back to accomplish the feat in a season since 2000 (RICHIE ANDERSON).
Averaged an NFL-best 141.6 scrimmage yards per game in 2011 (1,841 yards, 13 games).
DWIGHT FREENEY DE, Indianapolis Colts
Became first player in club history with 100 career sacks (102.5) since the statistic became official in 1982.
TED GINN JR. WR-KR-PR, San Francisco 49ers
Scored on a 102-yard kick-return and a 55-yard punt-return in Week 1, becoming the first player to record a kickoff-return touchdown and punt-return touchdown in the same game on Kickoff Weekend and the 12th player in NFL history to have both in the same game overall. The returns came just 59 seconds apart, the fastest of the 12 players to do so.
TONY GONZALEZ TE, Atlanta Falcons
Ranked fourth among NFL tight ends with 80 catches in 2011 and now has 1,149 in his career, the second most among all NFL players (Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, 1,549).
Recorded his 13th consecutive season with 60+ receptions, an NFL record.
A.J. GREEN WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Led NFL rookies in receptions with 65. Caught a game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass on Kickoff Weekend, the longest fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown catch in NFL history by a rookie in his team's first game (22 yards, COBB ROONEY of the Duluth Kelleys in 1924).
ROB GRONKOWSKI TE, New England Patriots
Became the first tight end in NFL history to lead the league in touchdown catches (17), also a single-season record for tight ends. Reached 20 career touchdown catches in his 26th game, the fewest games of any tight end in NFL history, surpassing the mark previously held by Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (31 games). Reached the 10-touchdown mark for the second consecutive season and joined ANTONIO GATES (2004-05) as the only tight ends in league annals to accomplish the feat. Recorded his 25th receiving touchdown in his 29th game. Only four other players have reached 25 touchdown receptions in 29 games or fewer -- BILL GROMAN (24 games), Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (27) and BOB HAYES (27) and RANDY MOSS (29).
JASON HANSON K, Detroit Lions
Became the sixth player in NFL history to score 2,000 career points (2,016) and now ranks fourth all-time. He is the only player to score all of his points with one team.
Has recorded 50 field goals of 50+yards, the most all-time.
DEVIN HESTER WR-KR-PR, Chicago Bears
Including the postseason, Hester has 19 combined return touchdowns (12 punt, six kickoff, one missed field goal) and is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS for the most in NFL history.
SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI K, Oakland Raiders
Connected on a 63-yard field goal on Kickoff Weekend, which tied the record for the longest field goal in NFL history (TOM DEMPSEY, JASON ELAM).
ANDRE JOHNSON WR, Houston Texans
Recorded his 700th catch in his 120th career game, the second-fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history (MARVIN HARRISON, 114 games).
CALVIN JOHNSON WR, Detroit Lions
Led the NFL with 1,681 receiving yards and finished second in the league with 16 receiving touchdowns.
Became the first player with two 200-yard receiving games in a season since DON MAYNARD in 1968.
Joined RANDY MOSS (2003) as the only players to register 1,600+ receiving yards and 16+ receiving touchdowns in a season.
Joined Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH and JERRY RICE as the only players in NFL history to record at least 12 receiving touchdowns three times in their first five seasons.
CHRIS JOHNSON RB, Tennessee Titans
Recorded his ninth career touchdown run of at least 45 yards (48) in Week 13 and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON and PAUL LOWE for the fourth-most such touchdown runs in NFL history. Has rushed for at least 100 yards and two touchdowns 11 times in his first four seasons, tying for the fourth-most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL and CLINTON PORTIS.
JULIO JONES WR, Atlanta Falcons
Led NFL rookies with eight receiving touchdowns.
Caught three passes for 131 yards (43.7 average) and two touchdowns (80 and 50 yards) in Week 9 and became the first rookie since at least 1970 to have an 80+ yard and 50+ yard touchdown catch in a single game.
MAURICE JONES-DREW RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Led the NFL in rushing yards (1,606) and was the only player to average over 100 yards rushing per game (100.4) this season.
RYAN KERRIGAN LB, Washington Redskins
Recorded a nine-yard interception return-touchdown on Kickoff Weekend and became the first rookie linebacker since 2002 (JAMES ALLEN) to score a touchdown on Kickoff Weekend.
CHRIS LONG DE, St. Louis Rams
Registered a career-best 13 sacks this season. The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer HOWIE LONG (1981-1993), Chris and his father joined CLAY MATTHEWS, JR. (1978-1996) and CLAY MATTHEWS (2009-2011) as the only father-son duos to each register double-digit sacks in at least one season since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
ELI MANNING QB, New York Giants
Recorded 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (1959) and PEYTON MANNING (2002) for the most in a single season in NFL history.
Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO as the only players in NFL history to have at least three 400-yard passing games in a season.
LE SEAN MC COY RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Led the NFL with 20 touchdowns (17 rushing, three receiving). Joined Pro Football Hall of Famers LENNY MOORE (1964) and O.J. SIMPSON (1975) and GEORGE ROGERS (1986) as only the players to score a touchdown in each of the first nine games of a season since 1960.
MARCO MURRAY RB, Dallas Cowboys
Recorded 253 rushing yards in Week 7, the second-most in a game by a rookie in NFL history (ADRIAN PETERSON, 296).
CAM NEWTON QB, Carolina Panthers
Recorded an NFL rookie-record 4,051 passing yards, surpassing PEYTON MANNING (3,739 in 1998).
Accounted for 35 total touchdowns (21 passing, 14 rushing), surpassing the rookie record formerly held by CHARLEY CONERLY (27 in 1948).
His 14 rushing touchdowns were the most in a single season by any quarterback in NFL history (rookies and veterans).
Became the first player in league history with back-to-back 400-yard passing games to begin a career (422 in Week 1; 432 in Week 2) and his 854 passing yards are the most ever by a player in his first two NFL games.
ADRIAN PETERSON RB, Minnesota Vikings
Rushed for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and has at least 750 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns in all five of his NFL seasons. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN and EMMITT SMITH and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 750 yards and eight touchdowns in each of his first five seasons.
PATRICK PETERSON CB-KR-PR, Arizona Cardinals
Became the first player in NFL history with four punt-return touchdowns of at least 80 yards in a single season. His four punt-return touchdowns tied Pro Football Hall of Famer JACK CHRISTIANSEN (1951), RICK UPCHURCH (1976) and DEVIN HESTER (2007) for the most in a single season in league annals. Recorded a game-winning 99-yard punt-return touchdown in overtime Week 9, the second-longest punt-return in NFL history (ROBERT BAILEY, 103 yards, 1994). It marked the second time in NFL history an overtime game ended with a punt-return touchdown.
ED REED S, Baltimore Ravens
Recorded two interceptions on Kickoff Weekend and now has 12 games with at least two interceptions, the most by any player who began their career in the Super Bowl era.
RAY RICE RB, Baltimore Ravens
Led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,068), amassing 1,364 rushing yards and 704 receiving yards in 2011, and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (four times) as the only players in league history to register at least 1,200 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards in multiple seasons.
PHILIP RIVERS QB, San Diego Chargers
Passed for 4,624 yards and joined PEYTON MANNING and DREW BREES as the only QBs in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards in at least four consecutive seasons.
AARON RODGERS QB, Green Bay Packers
Led the NFL with a passer rating of 122.5 and topped PEYTON MANNING's record of 121.1 set in 2004.
Recorded 13 games with a 100+ passer rating, the most in a single season all-time.
Threw 45 touchdown passes and became the fifth player in NFL history to pass for 45+ touchdowns in a season.
BEN ROETHLISBERGER QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger became the fourth quarterback that began his career in the Super Bowl Era to win 80 games in 113-or-fewer starts (80). Reached the 25,000-yards in 3,109 pass attempts, the second-fewest in NFL history to reach the mark (KURT WARNER, 3,076).
TONY ROMO QB, Dallas Cowboys
Romo made his 75th career start in 2011, and his 20,283 passing yards were the third-most for any player in NFL history through his first 75 starts (Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, 20,492 and KURT WARNER, 20,305).
MARK SANCHEZ QB, New York Jets
Became the fifth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win at least 30 games (including the postseason) in his first three NFL seasons. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO and JOE FLACCO, BEN ROETHLISBERGER and MATT RYAN.
ALDON SMITH LB, San Francisco 49ers
Led all rookies with 14 sacks, the second-most in a season by a rookie (JEVON KEARSE, 14.5 in 1999).
TORREY SMITH WR, Baltimore Ravens
Joined KEN BURROW (two in 1971) and RANDY MOSS (three in 1998) as the only rookies to have multiple games with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch since 1970.
DARREN SPROLES RB-KR-PR, New Orleans Saints
Set the single-season NFL record for combined net yards in a season with 2,696 (1,089 kick return, 710 receiving, 603 rushing, 294 punt return), surpassing the mark previously held by DERRICK MASON (2,690 in 2000).
MATTHEW STAFFORD QB, Detroit Lions
Recorded 5,038 passing yards and 41 touchdowns, one of three seasons by a quarterback in NFL history with 5,000+ yards and 40+ touchdowns.
Became one of four quarterbacks in NFL annals to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.
Became the second-youngest quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards and 30+ touchdowns in season (Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO).
JASON TAYLOR DE, Miami Dolphins
Posted seven sacks in his final NFL season, finishing sixth all-time with 139.5.
TIM TEBOW QB, Denver Broncos
Led game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime six times in his first 11 starts, surpassing JAKE DELHOMME (five) for the most since 1970.
LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON RB, New York Jets
Joined Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (208) and EMMITT SMITH (175) as the only players in NFL history to score 160 total touchdowns (162). Surpassed JEROME BETTIS (13,662) for the fifth-most rushing yards in NFL history (13,684).
MICHAEL VICK QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Surpassed RANDALL CUNNINGHAM (4,928) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history. Vick holds NFL quarterback rushing records for a single game (173), season (1,039) and career (5,219).
WES WELKER WR, New England Patriots
Recorded an NFL-best 122 receptions and became the second player in history with at least 120 catches in two different seasons (123 in 2009), joining CRIS CARTER (1994 and 1995).
Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE and MARVIN HARRISON as the only players to have four 100-catch seasons.
Became the fastest player to record 500 receptions with one team (70 games), surpassing the mark previously held by ANQUAN BOLDIN (80 games, Arizona). Became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 500 catches in a five-year span. MARVIN HARRISON (five times), CRIS CARTER (twice) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (once) are the only other players to accomplish the feat.
CASEY WIEGMANN C, Kansas City Chiefs
Extended his consecutive games started streak to 175, the second- longest active streak by an offensive lineman (JEFF BACKUS, 176).
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