COMEBACKS GALORE: The 2014 season has featured many close games and great comeback victories.
October 28, 2014. The DETROIT LIONS overcame a 21-0 halftime deficit en route to a 22-21 come-from-behind win against Atlanta at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Lions, who overcame a 14-point deficit in a 24-23 win against New Orleans in Week 7, are the fifth team in NFL history to win back-to-back games when trailing by at least 14 points one week and by 21+ points the following week.
The Lions’ victory marked the sixth time a team overcame a deficit of at least 17 points to win in 2014, the second-most such games through Week 8 of any season in NFL history (2011, eight games).
The most comeback wins of 17+ points through Week 8 since 1970:
|THROUGH WEEK 8|
|SEASON||17+ POINTS COMEBACK WINS|
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HISTORIC SUNDAY: Below is a sampling of the NFL milestones that were reached in Week 8:
- Four quarterbacks – Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (522), Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS (418), Philadelphia’s NICK FOLES (411) and Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (400) – threw for 400+ yards on Sunday, the most individual 400-yard performances in a single day in NFL history.
- The MINNESOTA VIKINGS earned a 19-13 overtime win at Tampa Bay when rookie linebacker ANTHONY BARR returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown. The game marked the fourth overtime contest in NFL history that was decided by a fumble-return touchdown.
The overtime contests decided by a fumble-return touchdown in NFL history:
|DATES||WINNING TEAM||OPPONENT||SCORE||FR-TD IN OVERTIME||YARDS|
|10/26/2014||Minnesota||Tampa Bay*||19-13||Rookie LB Anthony Barr||27|
|11/25/2007||San Francisco||Arizona*||37-31||LB Tully Banta-Cain||0|
|12/19/1999||Denver*||Seattle||36-30||LB Glenn Cadrez||37|
|9/4/1983||Baltimore Colts||New England*||29-23||LB Johnie Cooks||52|
|* Home Team|
- New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI had nine catches for 149 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns. Gronkowski’s performance marked the fourth individual game with three touchdown catches by a tight end in 2014, already the most of any season in NFL history.
- There were zero punts in the New Orleans Saints’ 44-23 win over Green Bay on Sunday Night Football, marking the third regular-season game in NFL history without a punt. The Packers’ 38-17 Week 4 win against Chicago (9/28/2014) and the Buffalo Bills’ 34-31 victory over San Francisco (9/13/1992) are the only other regular season games to feature no punts.
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QB MILESTONES: Below is a sampling of the quarterback milestones that were reached in Week 8:
- In the Steelers’ 51-34 win against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed a franchise-record 40 passes for 522 yards with six touchdowns for a 150.6 passer rating. Roethlisberger’s 522 passing yards are tied with BOOMER ESIASON (November 10,1996) for the fourth-most in a game in NFL history.
The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in a single game in NFL history:
|Norm Van Brocklin||Los Angeles Rams||9/28/1951||554|
|Matt Schaub||Houston Texans||11/18/2012||527*|
|Warren Moon||Houston Oilers||12/16/1990||527|
|Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers||10/26/2014||522|
|Boomer Esiason||Arizona Cardinals||11/10/1996||522*|
|* Overtime game|
Roethlisberger is the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games (503 yards vs. Green Bay on December 20, 2009).
Roethlisberger also improved his record to 100-50 (.667) as a starter in the regular season, joining TOM BRADY (116) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (108) and TERRY BRADSHAW (102) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to win at least 100 games in their first 150 career starts.
- In his 100th career regular-season home start, New England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 30 of 35 passes (85.7 percent) for 354 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions for a 148.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 51-23 win against Chicago. Brady has won 87 home starts, the most of any starting quarterback in NFL history in his first 100 home starts in the regular season. His .870 winning percentage at home is the highest of any starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966, minimum 50 home starts).Brady is also the only player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, a completion percentage above 85.0 percent, five or more touchdowns and no interceptions in a game. He also accomplished the feat against the Tennessee Titans on October 18, 2009.
- Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD became one of three quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to start three games in which his team overcame a deficit of at least 21 points to win (TOM BRADY and DREW BLEDSOE).
Stafford (120) threw two touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BOBBY LAYNE (118) for the most touchdown passes in franchise history.
- Buffalo quarterback KYLE ORTON completed 10 of 17 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 142.8 passer rating in the Bills’ 43-23 win at the New York Jets.Orton is the first player with at least four touchdown passes and 10 or fewer completions in a game since Pittsburgh’s BUBBY BRISTER against Cleveland on December 23, 1990.
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QB-TE DUO: Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO completed four passes to tight end JASON WITTEN against Washington on Monday Night Football and became the first quarterback-tight end duo in NFL history to reach 600 career completions (603).
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FOSTER THE RUN: Houston running back ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 30-16 win against Tennessee. The performance marked Foster’s 31st career 100-yard rushing game, tying PRIEST HOLMES for the most in NFL history by an undrafted player.
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FRANCHISE GATES: San Diego tight end ANTONIO GATES had 54 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Denver on Thursday Night Football. Gates (9,610) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (9,584) for the most receiving yards in franchise history.
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YOUNG KICKER: Arizona rookie kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO made his only field goal attempt (28 yards) in the Cardinals’ 24-20 win against Philadelphia. Catanzaro has converted all 16 field-goal attempts this season and surpassed St. Louis’ GREG ZUERLEIN (15 in 2012) for the longest streak of consecutive field goals made to start a rookie season in NFL history.
Source and graphic: NFL Media.