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A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 22, the 16th week of the 2019 season.
- The BALTIMORE RAVENS defeated Cleveland, 31-15, to clinch a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Ravens are the No. 1 seed in the AFC for first time in franchise history.
With their 23-20 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday, the HOUSTON TEXANS clinched their second-consecutive AFC South division title.
The MINNESOTA VIKINGS, who host the GREEN BAY PACKERS on Monday Night Football, clinched a playoff berth for the second time in the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams’ loss at San Francisco on Saturday night. Green Bay can clinch the NFC North division title with a victory on Monday.
On Saturday, the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated Buffalo, 24-17, to clinch their 11th-consecutive AFC East division title, the most consecutive division titles won by one team in NFL history.
The BUFFALO BILLS, GREEN BAY PACKERS, MINNESOTA VIKINGS and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS have each qualified for the postseason after missing the playoffs last season. From 1990-2019 – a streak of 30 consecutive years – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.
- New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had 12 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 38-28 victory at Tennessee.
Thomas has 145 receptions in 2019 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (143 in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history.
Thomas, who leads the NFL with 1,688 receiving yards this season, has 5,475 receiving yards in his first four seasons and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (5,396) for the most receiving yards in a player’s first four seasons in league annals.
- The BALTIMORE RAVENS rushed for 243 yards in their Week 16 win at Cleveland. The Ravens are the seventh team since 1970 and first since the 1978 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (eight) and 1978 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11) with at least eight games of 200-or-more rushing yards in a single season.
Baltimore has 3,073 rushing yards in 2019 and joined the 1978 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3,165 rushing yards) and 1973 BUFFALO BILLS (3,088) as the only teams with at least 3,000 rushing yards in a single season in league annals.
With quarterback LAMAR JACKSON (1,206 rushing yards) and running back MARK INGRAM (1,018), the Ravens are the seventh team in NFL history and first since the 2009 CAROLINA PANTHERS (JONATHAN STEWART and DEANGELO WILLIAMS) to have two players with at least 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.
- Indianapolis running back NYHEIM HINES recorded punt return touchdowns of 84 and 71 yards in the Colts’ 38-6 win against Carolina.
Hines is the fifth player with at least two punt return touchdowns of 70-or-more yards in a single game in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JACK CHRISTIANSEN (November 22, 1951) as well as DARRIEN GORDON (November 9, 1997), LEROY IRVIN (October 11, 1981) and ERIC METCALF (October 24, 1993).
Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 15 receptions and 173 scrimmage yards (119 receiving, 54 rushing) on Sunday.
McCaffrey has 109 receptions in 2019, surpassing his total in 2018 (107) for the most catches in a single season by a running back in NFL history and became the first running back in league annals with multiple career seasons of at least 100 receptions.
McCaffrey has nine games with at least 150 scrimmage yards this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (1999 and 2001) and CHRIS JOHNSON (2009) as the only players with at least nine such games in a single season in NFL history.
- New York Giants rookie quarterback DANIEL JONES passed for 352 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 132.1 rating in the teams’ 41-35 overtime victory at Washington. Jones is the first rookie with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single game in NFL history.
Jones, who also had four touchdowns passes in both Week 8 and Week 10, is the third rookie quarterback with at least three games of four-or-more touchdown passes in league annals, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (1961) and DESHAUN WATSON (2017).
Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY totaled a career-high 279 scrimmage yards (189 rushing, 90 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Week 16 victory.
Barkley is the fifth player with at least 275 scrimmage yards and both a rushing and receiving touchdown in a single game since 1970, joining PRIEST HOLMES (Week 13, 2001 and Week 12, 2002), CHRIS JOHNSON (Week 2, 2009), HERSCHEL WALKER (Week 15, 1986) and DELVIN WILLIAMS (Week 9, 1976).
Barkley also joined BILLY CANNON (December 10, 1961), DELVIN WILLIAMS (November 7, 1976) and PRIEST HOLMES (November 24, 2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 175 rushing yards, 90 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a single game.
Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for a touchdown on Sunday. Peterson has 111 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (110) for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.
- Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had 10 receptions for 166 yards in the Falcons’ 24-12 win over Jacksonville.
Jones, appearing in his 125th career game, has 12,047 receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.
Jones registered his 15th career game with at least 150 receiving yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (30 games), LANCE ALWORTH (17), TERRELL OWENS (17) and DON MAYNARD (15), as well as CALVIN JOHNSON (15) as the only players with at least 15 such games in league annals.
- Arizona linebacker CHANDLER JONES recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles in the Cardinals’ 27-13 win at Seattle.
Jones, who had 17 sacks in 2017, has a career-high 19 sacks this season and joined J.J. WATT (2012, 2014-15), ELVIS DUMERVIL (2009 and 2014), Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL STRAHAN (2001 and 2003) and DEMARCUS WARE (2008 and 2010) as the only players with at least 17 sacks in multiple seasons since 2000.
- Other notable performances from Sunday include:
- Philadelphia tight end ZACH ERTZ had four receptions in the Eagles’ 17-9 win against Dallas and has 525 receptions during his seven-year NFL career, surpassing JASON WITTEN (523) for the most catches by a tight end in his first seven seasons in league annals.
- Miami rookie defensive tackle CHRISTIAN WILKINS had his first-career touchdown reception in the Dolphins’ 38-35 overtime win against Cincinnati.
Wilkins joins WILLIAM “THE REFRIGERATOR” PERRY (November 3, 1985) as the only rookie defensive linemen to record a receiving touchdown in the Super Bowl era.