NFL 2013 Week 13: What To Look For

Emerald City Showdown

When the Seattle Seahawks (10-1) and New Orleans Saints (9-2) face each other on Monday Night Football, the matchup will mark the second-highest combined winning percentage for opposing teams on a MNF game with each team playing at least 10 games.

Seattle and New Orleans have a .863 combined winning percentage (19-3) in 2013.

In 1990, the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, who each started 10-1, matched up on a Monday night in Week 13 with a combined winning percentage of .909 (20-2 combined record). The Giants finished 13-3 before defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. The 49ers finished 14-2 before losing the 1990 NFC Championship game by a score of 15-13 to the Giants.

Seattle Slinger

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to a 10-1 record this season while passing for 2,362 yards and 19 touchdowns.

With one touchdown pass against New Orleans on Monday Night Football, Wilson (26 in 2012) can become 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.

With three touchdowns this week, Wilson (45) can also surpass 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 TD Passes
Source: NFL *Through 11 games in 2013 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Dan Marino^68
Peyton Manning52
Andy Dalton47
Russell Wilson*45
Jeff Garcia42


Never Say Never

Since the current 12-team playoff format was instituted in 1990, 16 teams have reached the postseason despite having a losing record after 11 games, including one team in eight of the past nine seasons.

Additionally, this includes a streak of seven consecutive seasons (2004-2010) in which a sub-.500 team after 11 games reached the playoffs. Six of those seven won at least one playoff game.

The teams with a losing record after 11 games to make the playoffs since 1990:

Season Team After 11 Games Final Record Advanced To
Source: NFL *Won Division
1990New Orleans Saints5-68-8Wild Card
1993Minnesota Vikings5-69-7Wild Card
1994Detroit Lions5-69-7Wild Card
1994New England Patriots5-610-6Wild Card
1995Detroit Lions5-610-6Wild Card
1995San Diego Chargers4-79-7Wild Card
1996Jacksonville Jaguars4-79-7Conference Championship
1997Detroit Lions5-69-7Wild Card
2004St. Louis Rams5-68-8Divisional
2005Washington Redskins5-610-6Divisional
2006Philadelphia Eagles*5-610-6Divisional
2007Washington Redskins5-69-7Wild Card
2008San Diego Chargers*4-78-8Divisional
2009New York Jets5-69-7Conference Championship
2010Seattle Seahawks*5-67-9Divisional
2012Washington Redskins*5-610-6Wild Card


Three-Course Meal

The NFL features a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the eighth consecutive season, with traditional holiday games in Detroit and Dallas followed by a primetime nightcap on NBC hosted by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Lions play their 74th Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 46th since 1966. All six teams playing on Thanksgiving are either in or within one game of a playoff spot.

Game Network Local Time Eastern Time
Source: NFL
Green Bay Packers at Detroit LionsFOX12:30 PM ET12:30 PM
Oakland Raiders at Dallas CowboysCBS3:30 PM CT4:30 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore RavensNBC8:30 PM ET8:30 PM


December To Remember

With 112 career touchdown passes in the month of December, Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING trails only BRETT FAVRE (116) for the most touchdown passes during the month in NFL history.

With five touchdown passes against Kansas City on Sunday, Manning can become the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes in the month of December.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY needs one more touchdown pass during the month for sole possession of the fifth-most touchdown passes in December all-time.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in the month of December in NFL history:

Quarterback Team(s) December TD Passes
Source: NFL *Active ^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Brett FavreGreen Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota116
Peyton Manning*Indianapolis, Denver112
Dan Marino^Miami110
Drew Brees*San Diego, New Orleans90
Tom Brady*New England80
Dave KriegSeattle, Kansas City, Detroit, Arizona, Chicago80


Andre The Giant

In his 11th season, Houston wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON has 892 career receptions for 12,256 yards and 61 touchdowns.

With eight receptions on Sunday against New England, Johnson would become the 15th player in NFL history to reach 900 receptions, and would do so in his 150th game, the second-fewest games to reach the mark in league annals (MARVIN HARRISON, 149 games).

The fastest players to 900 receptions in NFL history:

Players Games to reach 900 Career Receptions
Source: NFL *Through 149 games
Marvin Harrison1491,102
Torry Holt166920
Jerry Rice1681,549
Terrell Owens1781,078
Reggie Wayne1781,006
Andre Johnson149892*


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