October 27, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 8
1. 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 last week’s 24-23 win against New Orleans, 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).
Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD is 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 passed for 325 yards with two touchdowns and now has 120 career touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer BOBBY LAYNE (118) for the most in club history.
2. Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 522 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.6 passer rating in the Steelers’ 51-34 win against Indianapolis. Roethlisberger, whose 522 passing yards tied for the fourth-most ever in a single game, is the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games (503 yards vs. Green Bay on December 20, 2009).
Roethlisberger 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.
The Steelers (522) and Colts (385) combined for 907 net passing yards, the second-highest combined single-game total in NFL history (971, Detroit vs. Green Bay on January 1, 2012).
3. 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 in OT. The game marked the fourth overtime contest in NFL history that was decided by a fumble-return touchdown. The score came 17 seconds into the extra period, the quickest of any fumble-return touchdown since regular-season overtime was instituted in 1974.
4. In his 100th career regular-season home start, 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 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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Kansas City kick returner-running back KNILE DAVIS had a 99-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Chiefs’ 34-7 win against St. Louis. Davis, who also had a franchise-long 108-yard kickoff return touchdown as a rookie in 2013, is the fifth player in history with a kickoff-return touchdown of at least 99 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.