December 15, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Seven from Sunday – Week 15
1. The DENVER BRONCOS (AFC West), INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (AFC South) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (AFC East) clinched their respective divisions today. The Broncos won at San Diego 22-10, the Colts defeated Houston 17-10 and the Patriots knocked off Miami 41-13.
2. The ARIZONA CARDINALS, who have the best record in the NFC at 11-3, will clinch a playoff spot tonight if the Dallas-Philadelphia game does not end in a tie. The Cardinals won at St. Louis (12-6) on Thursday night and tied a franchise record with their 11th victory.
3. The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS have won six consecutive AFC East division titles (2009-present), tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Only the Los Angeles Rams (seven, 1973-79) have posted a longer streak. The Patriots, who also won five consecutive division titles from 2003-2007, are the first team in NFL history to win 11 division championships in a 12-year span.
With the victory, head coach BILL BELICHICK earned his 229th career win, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer CURLY LAMBEAU (229) for the fourth-most total victories by a head coach in NFL history.
4. With today’s 22-10 road victory at San Diego, the DENVER BRONCOS have won 12 consecutive divisional road games, tying San Francisco (12 from 1987-90) for the longest such streak in NFL history. The Broncos have not been defeated by an AFC West opponent on the road since December 19, 2010 (39-23 loss at Oakland).
Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for 233 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 125.6 passer rating against the Chargers. He has 4,143 passing yards this year, his NFL-record 14th career 4,000-yard passing season.
5. Quarterbacks ANDREW LUCK of Indianapolis and RUSSELL WILSON of Seattle each led their respective clubs to victory today with both of their teams improving to 10-4. Luck and Wilson are the only starting quarterbacks to begin their careers in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to guide their team to at least 10 regular-season wins in each of their first three NFL seasons.
Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON led the Seahawks to a 17-7 win over San Francisco. In the regular season as a starting quarterback, Wilson’s 34 wins and 21 home victories are the most in the Super Bowl era in a quarterback’s first three seasons. He passed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (33) and MATT RYAN (33) in wins and Ryan (20) in home victories.
6· New York Giants rookie wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants’ 24-13 win over Washington. He is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 12 catches, 140 receiving yards and three touchdown catches in a game.
Over the past seven games, Beckham has 61 catches for 866 yards and six touchdowns. His 61 catches are the most by a rookie in a seven-game span and his 866 receiving yards are the second-most by a rookie over a seven-game span (920 yards, BILL GROMAN, 1960).
Beckham now has at least 90 receiving yards in seven consecutive games, extending his NFL record streak for a rookie.
7· Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 10 catches for 123 yards in the Steelers’ 27-20 win at Atlanta. Brown, who leads the NFL with 115 receptions this season, is the fourth player in NFL history with consecutive 110-catch seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (1994-95) and CRIS CARTER (1994-95) and WES WELKER (2007-09, 2011-12). Brown’s 115 receptions are the most in a single season in Steelers history, surpassing HINES WARD (112 catches in 2002).