NFL 2013 Week 13: The Week That Was

Peyton's MVP Performance

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passed for 403 yards and five touchdowns in the Broncos' 35-28 win at Kansas City. Manning has won his first 10 division starts with the Broncos and joins Kurt Warner (11) as the only players since the 1970 merger to win their first 10 division starts with a team.

Manning leads the NFL with 4,125 passing yards, the most ever through the first 12 games of a season. He recorded his 13th career 4,000-yard season, extending his record for the most in NFL history. DREW BREES ranks second with seven 4,000-yard seasons.

The game marked Manning's eighth career game with at least five touchdown passes, tied with Brees for the most in NFL history.

Manning's 41 touchdown passes are tied for the second-most (TOM BRADY, 2007) through the first 12 games of a season. Manning had 44 touchdown passes through the first 12 games of the 2004 season.


Through Week 13 of the 2013 NFL regular season, there have been 19 individual 400-yard passing performances, including Peyton Manning's 403 yards on Sunday against Kansas City.

The 19 individual 400-yard passing games are already the most ever for a full season (18 in 2011).

The most individual 400-yard passing games in a single season in NFL history:

Season 400 Yard
Passing Games
Source: NFL *Through Week 13


Scoring Highs

NFL teams have combined for 8,929 points in 2013, the most points through 13 weeks in NFL history. The previous high was 8,776 points last season.

That record total equates to 46.51 points per game. If the current average stays at this pace, it would rank as the highest of any season in history (1948, 46.48 points per game).

Keeping It Close

Through Week 13, there have been 96 games decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the second-most through the first 13 weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 13:

Games Season
Source: NFL


Patriot Way

On Sunday, the New England Patriots defeated Houston 34-31 and are now guaranteed to finish the year with a winning record for the 13th consecutive season, the longest such active streak and tied for the sixth-longest all-time. New England is the first team to accomplish the feat since the San Francisco 49ers (1983-1998) posted a winning record in 16 consecutive seasons.

The teams with the most consecutive winning seasons in NFL history:

Team Years Seasons
Source: NFL *Active streak
Dallas Cowboys1966-198520
San Francisco 49ers1983-199816
Oakland Raiders1965-198016
Chicago Bears1930-194415
Green Bay Packers1934-194714
New England Patriots*2001-201313
Cleveland Browns1957-196913


Young Luck

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 200 yards in the Colts' 22-14 win over Tennessee. Luck (7,167) surpassed Drew Bledsoe (7,049) and Andy Dalton (7,067) for the fourth-most passing yards in the first two seasons of a career in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in the first two seasons of a career in NFL history:

Quarterback Team Seasons Passing Yards
Source: NFL *Through 12 games in 2013
Cam NewtonCarolina2011-127,920
Peyton ManningIndianapolis1998-997,874
Dan MarinoMiami1983-847,294
Andrew Luck*Indianapolis 2012-137,167
Andy DaltonCincinnati 2011-127,067


Seattle Slinger

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns for a 139.6 passer rating in the Seahawks' 34-7 win over New Orleans on Monday night.

Wilson (22 in 2013; 26 in 2012) is now one of only four players in NFL history to pass for at least 20 touchdowns in each of their first two seasons.

Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (20 in 1983; 48 in 1984), PEYTON MANNING (26 in 1998 and 1999) and ANDY DALTON (20 in 2011; 27 in 2012) also accomplished the feat.

Wilson (48) also surpassed Dalton for the third-most touchdown passes in a quarterback's first two seasons in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most passing touchdowns in their first two seasons in NFL history:

Quarterback Seasons Passing TDs
Source: NFL *Through 12 games ^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Dan Marino^1983-8468
Peyton Manning 1998-9952
Russell Wilson*2012-1348
Andy Dalton2011-1247
Jeff Garcia1999-200042


Top Player Performances

Cleveland's Josh Gordon had 10 catches for 261 yards with two touchdowns and Chicago's Alshon Jeffery recorded 12 catches for 249 yards with two touchdowns marking the first time in NFL history two players had at least 10 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns on the same day.

Gordon and Jeffery each have two 200-yard receiving games in 2013 and are among the eight different players in NFL history to have multiple 200-yard receiving games in a single season.

Gordon, who had 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown last week, is the first player in NFL history to have 200 receiving yards in consecutive games.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 211 yards in the Vikings' 23-20 overtime win over Chicago. Playing in his 101st career game, Peterson became the third fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 rushing yards (10,057), trailing Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (91 games) and JIM BROWN (98).

Peterson is one of only five players in NFL history to rush for at least 10,000 yards in his first seven seasons, joining Dickerson (11,226), LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (10,650), BARRY SANDERS (10,172) and EMMITT SMITH (10,160).

The Vikings-Bears contest is the third game in NFL history to have a 200-yard rusher (Minnesota's ADRIAN PETERSON, 211 rushing yards) and a 200-yard receiver (Chicago's ALSHON JEFFERY, 249 receiving yards).

The previous two instances occurred on September 16, 2007 (Cleveland's JAMAL LEWIS, 216 rushing and Cincinnati's CHAD JOHNSON, 209 receiving) and January 3, 2010 (Kansas City's JAMAAL CHARLES, 259 rushing and Denver's JABAR GAFFNEY, 213 receiving).

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in the Eagles' 24-21 win over Arizona. This season, Foles has 19 touchdown passes and no interceptions, the second longest streak to start a season for the most touchdown passes before throwing an interception (PEYTON MANNING, 20 in 2013 for Denver).

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one in the Panthers' 27-6 win over Tampa Bay. In his third season, Newton has 10 games with at least two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. That total is the most such games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson had eight catches for 121 yards in the Texans' 34-31 loss to New England. Playing in his 150th career game, Johnson recorded his 900th catch (900) and reached the milestone in the second-fewest games in NFL history. MARVIN HARRISON, who finished his career with 1,102 receptions, accomplished the feat in 149 games.

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