Seven From Sunday: Week 15
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, the 15th week of the 2019 season.
- The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated Cincinnati, 34-13, to clinch a postseason berth for the 11th-consecutive season, the longest such streak in NFL history.
The GREEN BAY PACKERS defeated Chicago, 21-13, and combined with the Rams' Week 15 loss, clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2016.
With the Rams' loss in Week 15, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013.
The SEATTLE SEAHAWKS won 30-24 at Carolina in Week 15 and combined with the Rams' loss, clinched a playoff berth for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.
On Thursday night, the BALTIMORE RAVENS defeated the New York Jets, 42-21, to clinch their second-consecutve AFC North division title.
Green Bay and San Francisco each qualified for the postseason after missing the playoffs last season. From 1990-2018 – a streak of 29 consecutive years – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. With a win on Sunday Night Football, the BUFFALO BILLS can also qualify for the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2018.
- This week, with Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football remaining, 19 players recorded at least two offensive touchdowns (rushing and receiving), including a four-touchdown game from Cardinals running back KENYAN DRAKE.
With two games remaining in Week 15, the 19 such performances of at least two offensive touchdowns are the second-most in a single week in NFL history, trailing only Week 13 of the 1983 season (20 players with at least two touchdowns).
- Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 286 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 137.7 passer rating in the Seahawks' 30-24 win at Carolina.
Wilson, currently in his eighth NFL season, has 86 career regular-season wins, tied with TOM BRADY (86) for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback in his first eight seasons in league annals.
Panthers running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had eight receptions and recorded 175 scrimmage yards (88 receiving, 87 rushing) with two rushing touchdowns on Sunday.
McCaffrey has six career games with at least 75 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (six games) for the third-most such games since 1970. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (11 games) and PRIEST HOLMES (nine) had more.
McCaffrey, who had 107 receptions – the most by a running back in a single-season in NFL history – in 2018, has 94 catches in 2019 and joined LARRY CENTERS (1995 & 1996) as the only running backs with at least 90 receptions in multiple seasons in NFL history.
- New England quarterback TOM BRADY threw two touchdown passes in the team's Week 15 victory at Cincinnati. Brady, who has 21 touchdown passes in 2019, has 17 career seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes and surpassed PEYTON MANNING (16 seasons) for the most such seasons in NFL history.
Patriots running back JAMES WHITE recorded his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on Sunday. White, currently in his sixth NFL season, has 23 career touchdown receptions, tied with CHUCK FOREMAN (23) and BRIAN WESTBROOK (23) for the most receiving touchdowns by a running back in his first six seasons since 1970.
- Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs' 23-3 victory over Denver. Mahomes, currently in his third NFL season, has 17 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (17) for the second-most such games in a player's first three seasons in league annals. Only ANDREW LUCK (19) had more.
Chiefs tight end TRAVIS KELCE had 11 receptions for 142 yards on Sunday. Kelce, who has 1,131 receiving yards in 2019, is the first tight end in NFL history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons. He also joined Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (four seasons), as well as ROB GRONKOWSKI (four) and JASON WITTEN (four) as the only tight ends with four career seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards in league annals.
Kansas City wide receiver TYREEK HILL had two touchdown receptions against Denver, including a 41-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Hill, currently in his fourth NFL season, has 21 career touchdowns of at least 40 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (21) for the third-most such touchdowns in a player's first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers BOB HAYES (24) and RANDY MOSS (23) had more.
- Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON had two touchdown passes in the Texans' 24-21 win at Tennessee in Week 15. Watson has 26 touchdown passes along with seven rushing touchdowns this season.
Watson, who had 26 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in 2018, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1994 and 1998) as the only quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in multiple seasons in NFL history.
- Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON passed for a career-high 458 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 124.9 passer rating in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win at Detroit.
Winston, who passed for 456 yards with four touchdowns in Week 14, is the first player in NFL history with at least 450 passing yards in consecutive games in league annals.
Winston has five games with at least 375 passing yards in 2019 and joined PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2013) and DREW BREES (five games in 2013) as the only quarterbacks with at least five such games in a single-season in NFL history.
An undrafted rookie, Detroit running back WES HILLS had two rushing touchdowns in his NFL debut in Week 15 and joined ISAIAH CROWELL (September 7, 2014) as the only undrafted rookies with at least two rushing touchdowns in their first career game in the common draft era.
- Other notable performances from Sunday include:
- Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against Philadelphia. Peterson has 110 career rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (110) for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.
Peterson has 14,102 career rushing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer CURTIS MARTIN (14,101) for the fifth-most rushing yards in league annals.
- Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had 13 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 29-22 win over San Francisco.
Jones has 11,881 receiving yards since entering the NFL in 2011 and surpassed TORRY HOLT (11,864) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (11,776) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first nine seasons in NFL history.
Jones also has 780 receptions in his first nine seasons and surpassed BRANDON MARSHALL (773) and WES WELKER (768) for the fourth-most receptions in a player's first nine seasons in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (845) as well as ANTONIO BROWN (837) and TORRY HOLT (805) had more.
- San Francisco tight end GEORGE KITTLE had a career-high 13 receptions and 134 receiving yards on Sunday against Atlanta.
Kittle, who has 2,780 receiving yards since entering the NFL in 2017, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (2,774) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in their first three seasons in league annals.
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