A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 19, the 15th week of the 2010 season.
· With the results of today’s games, the ATLANTA FALCONS and PITTSBURGH STEELERS clinched playoff berths. They join the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS as the teams who have secured a postseason spot.
· Philadelphia’s DE SEAN JACKSON returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the Eagles’ 38-31 win at the New York Giants. It is the only game-winning punt-return touchdown as time expired in NFL history. Jackson has scored a rushing, receiving and punt-return touchdown in each of his first three seasons and joins DICK TODD (Washington, 1939-41) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
The Eagles trailed 31-10 in the fourth quarter and the comeback marked the ninth time in NFL history in which a team trailed by at least 21 points in the fourth quarter and won the game.
The Eagles scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, the most ever in the final period in franchise history.
· New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 267 yards in the Saints’ 30-24 loss at Baltimore. Brees has 4,122 passing yards and reached 4,000 yards for the fifth consecutive season. He joins PEYTON MANNING (1999-2004; 2006-2010) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least five consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons.
· Dallas tight end JASON WITTEN had 10 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 33-30 win over Washington. Witten, who has 605 career catches, reached 600 receptions in his 125th game to become the fastest tight end in NFL history to reach the mark. He is the fourth tight end in league annals with at least 600 receptions, joining TONY GONZALEZ (1,061), SHANNON SHARPE (815) and Pro Football Hall of Famer OZZIE NEWSOME (662).
· Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had nine catches for 125 yards in the Cardinals’ 19-12 loss at Carolina. At 27 years, 110 days old, Fitzgerald (601) is the youngest player in NFL history to reach 600 receptions and the second-youngest (8,053) to record 8,000 receiving yards (RANDY MOSS, 26 years, 297 days).
· Kansas City running back THOMAS JONES rushed for 62 yards in the Chiefs’ 27-13 win at St. Louis. Jones is the 25th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards (10,045) and the first ever to accomplish the feat playing for at least five different teams.
· St. Louis quarterback SAM BRADFORD passed for 181 yards in the Rams’ loss. He has 3,065 passing yards and is the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards. Bradford joins PEYTON MANNING (3,739 in 1998) and MATT RYAN (3,440 in 2008) as the only rookie quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.