Eagles DC Gannon explains how the defense turned things around against Atlanta

After two series, it appeared that the Atlanta Falcons offense was poised to score a lot of points against the Eagles on Sunday. 

Atlanta had drives of 72 and 74 yards, but Philadelphia kept them from scoring touchdowns. The Falcons would not score again after their second scoring drive, and Philadelphia would defeat Atlanta on the road 32-6.

The Eagles allowed 260 yards of total offense(102 total yards in the second half) and sacked Matt Ryan three times. Philadelphia allowed only 114 yards after the Falcons’ first two offensive drives.

On Tuesday, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon discussed the team’s adjustments on defense after the first two drives.

“I think the main two things that changed were we cleaned some technique issues up after the first couple series there,” Gannon said. “I think guys settled in a little bit better and started trusting their keys. We talk about alignment, assignment, key, technique. If you don’t have those, if one of those four things is wrong, it’s hard to play good team defense.

“I think really it’s a credit to our players; they settled down and just started getting back to the basics of that. That’s really pre-snap that we can control everything. The technique part is post-snap. But alignment, assignment, where they put their eyes, that’s all pre-snap. I think we kind of settled down and did a better job of that.

“We got to some different things we had in our back pocket that we knew we were going to run and got to some of those calls. They executed well.”

Give Philly’s defense a lot of credit. They played very well on Sunday and deserve just as much recognition as the offense for the Eagles defeating the Falcons on Sunday.

Let’s see if the defense can keep it going against the 49ers on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Falcons-Jets, Jaguars-Dolphins to battle in London

The National Football League today announced that it will return to playing International Series Games in 2021, with two games to be held at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Atlanta Falcons will host the New York Jets on Sunday, October 10 and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, October 17, with both games kicking off at 2.30 p.m. UK time (9.30 a.m. ET)

The NFL’s London Games series has comprised 28 games over 13 consecutive seasons from 2007-2019.  This season’s games will represent the continuation of this important international initiative after the coronavirus pandemic forced all games in 2020 to be played in the United States.

“The Jaguars are honored to return to London, our home away from home, and continue in our mission to grow the NFL and promote Jacksonville in the UK and beyond,” said Jaguars team owner Shad Khan. “With Urban Meyer as our head coach, we’ll be arriving with an entirely new look and attitude that I’m confident will meet the approval of our Union Jax supporters. I’m also hoping that many of our loyal fans in Jacksonville can join us in London for a great experience and to ratchet up the homefield advantage. Go Jags!”

The Jaguars will be playing their eighth home game in London, while the Dolphins will play in the UK for the fifth time, and second time as the road team. The Falcons and Jets will both take the field in London for the second time.

The full 2021 NFL regular-season schedule will be announced later today, at 8:00 p.m. ET (1:00 a.m. UK time).

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan discusses his regrets from Super Bowl LI

For 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, Super Bowl 54 provides an opportunity for redemption. The last time Shanahan coached in a Super Bowl was when he was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

In that game, the Falcons were dominating the Patriots and were up 28-3 in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Falcons and Shanahan, the Patriots would score the final 31 points and would defeat the Falcons 34-28 in overtime. This was the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Losing in the Super Bowl was very difficult for Shanahan, and on Monday, he discussed how he felt after the loss to the Patriots.

“The days after were real tough,” Shanahan said. “Losing a Super Bowl is extremely tough for everybody, especially when you lose one when you have a 28-3 lead going into the fourth. The way it came down on me personally, I didn’t react to that, I think, the way people would expect because there were definitely parts in that Super Bowl that I would love to have back and stuff I was very hard on myself, but the whole narrative of if I would’ve just ran it, we would’ve won. I know that wasn’t the case. 

“I know what went into that game and all the stuff that happened, so that stuff didn’t bother me. You’ve got to deal with that and listen to other people, but it was nice to be able to move on and move out here and just keep working. I’m glad I’m going to get the chance to go back.”

With the Falcons leading 28-20 late in the fourth quarter, the Falcons moved the ball all the way down to the Patriots’ 22-yard line. However, Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked, and then, the Falcons were called for a holding the penalty, which pushed the Falcons out of field goal range.

Shanahan discussed what he did wrong.

“Yeah, the play I regretted the most was when we got down there,” Shanahan said. “We haven’t converted a third down, really the entire second half, I think we were averaging one yard a carry rushing. So, when you do that, the formula to keep giving the ball back to someone is to go run-run-pass. You’re going to make a third-and-seven at best every single time. If you’re not converting third downs, that makes it tough. We did mix it up a little bit. I think we actually ran it more in the second half than we did in the first half.

“The other team was I think 34 of 38, converted all their third downs, couldn’t get the ball. Finally they got it within a score, we got it back and got pretty aggressive to get it down there. It was a second-and-10, called a pass on the last time down there. On second-and-10 I called a run. We got a two-yard loss and a holding call that put us out of field goal range. This time I went the opposite. Tried to get a play to [Atlanta Falcons WR] Julio [Jones]. They played a different coverage, didn’t get the call I wanted, so I didn’t like the call. I was hoping we could just get rid of it, but they had a pretty good rush and got a sack. Once that happened, I knew we had to throw because now we were out of field goal range. Threw it the next down to [Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed] Sanu, ran a choice-route breaking out and moved the chains, but they called a holding call on our left tackle so that put us way back and we had to throw again to get back into it and we missed it. I wish I didn’t call that play on second-and-11 that led to that sack.”

Obviously, the Falcons should have won that football game, but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady made magic happen, and the rest is history.

Hopefully, for Shanahan, he can get vindication in Super Bowl 54. 

Tony Gonzalez: The 2012 Falcons gave me my best chance to win a Super Bowl(VIDEO)

Heartbreak and the Atlanta Falcons have been synonymous over the years, and nothing epitomizes that more than 28-3 in Super Bowl 51. The Falcons were cruising to a victory in that Super Bowl before Tom Brady, and the Patriots pulled off an improbable comeback to beat Atlanta in OT. Those are the types of losses that you never get over.

Four years before the heartbreak in Super 51, Falcons fans dealt with another crushing defeat. This time in the NFC title game, at home, against the 49ers in 2013(2012 season). In that game, the Falcons, who had the best record(13-3) in the NFC, jumped out to a 17-0 lead and led 24-14 at halftime. Unfortunately for the Falcons, they would not score another point and would lose 28-24 to Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers.

Hall of Famer and former Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez remembers that game all so well and believes the 2012 Falcons gave him his best chance to win a Super Bowl.

“We were balanced,” Gonzalez recently said about the 2012 Falcons. “We had John Abraham on defense. Obviously, the offense was off the charts with me, Roddy(White), Julio(Jones), Matt(Ryan), Michael Turner in the backfield, and a really good offensive live. So, yeah, it was the best opportunity. We just came up a little short. ”

The 12-time Pro Bowler discussed some of the things that went wrong in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers.

“It was one of those things where that game could have went both ways,” Gonzalez said. “We were up 24-10(24-14) at halftime or something like that. I don’t think we scored after halftime and it isn’t because we weren’t moving the ball. We were moving the ball, but just bad luck. It’s really weird.

“I looked at the game one time, and one of the snaps went right through Matt’s(Ryan) hand. I remember Harry Douglas, we had this great call where he’s wide open, and he trips out of nowhere on his own feet, which he never does that. Roddy(White) is running a route one time, and he rounds it at the top, and he never rounds it. He always comes back. He’s an All-Pro receiver, and the ball gets intercepted. Harry(Douglas) catches the ball but falls down, and it would have been a touchdown right there, and all this kind of stuff happened in the second half. It was just a fluke.”

According to Gonzalez, who spent 17 years in the NFL, things were just not meant to be for the 2012 Falcons:

“The 49ers were supposed to be there,” he said. “That’s where we got Colin Kaepernick. Maybe it was all meant to be. That’s the way you gotta look at it and say, ‘hey, I’m right where I’m supposed to be, and I’m happy.'”

Before that 2012 season, Gonzalez had not won a playoff game, but 2012 marked the first time Gonzalez would win a game in the postseason, and while he did not win a Super Bowl, Gonzalez did get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend, so fortunately for him, he will be immortalized forever.

However, for Falcons fans, the heartache continues.

Listen below as Gonzalez talks the 2012 Falcons:

 

Falcons-Broncos to play in 2019 Hall of Fame Game

The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos will kick off the National Football League’s 100th season in the city where the league was born. The Falcons and Broncos are scheduled to face each other in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. ET in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ​

The game marks the fourth appearance by each club in the annual preseason classic. Both teams own 1-2 records in the Hall of Fame Game series.

Broncos owner PAT BOWLEN and cornerback CHAMP BAILEY, and former Falcons tight end TONY GONZALEZ will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame two days later. The other members of the Class of 2019 include GIL BRANDT, TY LAW, KEVIN MAWAE, ED REED and JOHNNY ROBINSON. The Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Tickets for the 2019 Hall of Fame Game and the Enshrinement Ceremony go on sale Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. ET at: www.profootballhof.com/tickets

“We are fired up to kick off the NFL’s 100th season in the Hall of Fame Game,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said. “We are honored to play in Canton and be a part of the celebration for all of the inductees. This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection and our brotherhood with additional time on the field.”

Broncos coach Vic Fangio commented, “With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year’s induction class, it’s an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it’s also special for us to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage.”

The 2019 Hall of Fame Game will be televised nationally by NBC and called by the Sunday Night Football team, and broadcast nationally on radio by Westwood One.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a key component of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that is underway around the Hall’s campus, was labeled as among “13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums” by Forbes.

Asante Samuel believes he belongs in the Hall of Fame

Throughout his 11-year NFL career, CB Asante Samuel was a playmaker. In his five seasons with the Patriots, Samuel amassed 22 interceptions, three that went for touchdowns. In 2007, Samuel was named to the Pro Bowl and was First Team All-Pro. Also, Samuel was apart of two Super Bowl winning teams with the Patriots.

In 2008, Samuel would sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he would continue his playmaking ways. In four seasons with the Eagles, Samuel had 23 picks, two that went for touchdowns, and three Pro Bowl appearances.

Samuel would retire in 2013 after spending two seasons with the Falcons. He ended his career with 51 interceptions(32nd in NFL history), six that were returned for touchdowns. He also had seven picks in the playoffs, which is tied for six in NFL history, and of those seven picks, he returned 4 for touchdowns, which is an NFL record.

Does Samuel belong in the Hall of Fame? He thinks so.

“If I’m not mistaken, it’s three people(seven players) in the Hall of Fame already with 50 interceptions in 10 years,” Samuel told TMZ Sports. “I mean I broke the playoff record, which Willie Brown had (most interceptions returns for touchdowns). He’s a Hall of Famer. I was a two-time interception leader in the NFL (2006, 2009), which is more than others.

“The facts are the facts, so if you are going by the facts, Pro Bowls and All-Pros, yeah, I was overlooked. I had 10 interceptions one year(2006) and didn’t make it to the Pro Bowl, so we’ll see how that go. The facts are the facts.”

Samuel, along with notable players such as Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey, and Ed Reed will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019.

I think Samuel has a great case for the Hall. Based on the numbers, he was a playmaker not only in the regular season, but in the playoffs, too.

If we look at Samuel’s complete body of work, you have to say that he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Only thing you could point to is that missed interception opportunity in Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants, but that does not overshadow the many plays he made in his career.

 

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie celebrating with a dance!

The Philadelphia Eagles move on. Philly beat the Falcons 15-10 in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday night. The Eagles will now host the NFC title game against either Minnesota or New Orleans next Sunday.

After the game, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie got his dance on!

Check it out:

Complete Wild Card weekend schedule

The NFL announced the scheduled for Wild Card weekend tonight.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, January 6

AFC   4:35 PM (ET)

 Tennessee at Kansas City (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC)

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)

 Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

Sunday, January 7

AFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

 Buffalo at Jacksonville (CBS)

NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)

 Carolina at New Orleans (FOX)

The Divisional Playoffs will be played on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14.

The AFC (CBS, 3:05 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 6:40 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21.

The 2018 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and Super Bowl LII will take place on Sunday, February 4 (NBC, 6:30 PM ET) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

American Football Conference

National Football Conference

  1. New England (13-3), AFC East champion

  1. Philadelphia (13-3), NFC East champion

  1. Pittsburgh (13-3), AFC North champion

  1. Minnesota (13-3), NFC North champion

  1. Jacksonville (10-6), AFC South champion

  1. Los Angeles Rams (11-5), NFC West champion

  1. Kansas City (10-6), AFC West champion

  1. New Orleans (11-5), NFC South champion

  1. Tennessee (9-7)

  1. Carolina (11-5)

  1. Buffalo (9-7)

  1. Atlanta (10-6)

Statistical look at all the happenings in Week 12 of NFL

ELECTRIC EAGLE: Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw three touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 31-3 win against Chicago last week.

Wentz, who leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes, has the third-most touchdown passes by a first or second-year quarterback through his team’s first 11 games of a season in NFL history.

The first or second-year quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through his team’s first 11 games of a season:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

PASSING TDS IN TEAM’S 1ST 11 GAMES

Dan Marino^

Miami

1984

30

Kurt Warner^

St. Louis

1999

29

Carson Wentz

Philadelphia

2017

28

Derek Carr

Oakland

2015

24

Jeff Garcia

San Francisco

2000

24

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Philadelphia owns the best record in the NFL at 10-1 and Wentz is the fourth first or second-year quarterback to start 10-1 or better through his team’s first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era.

The first or second-year quarterbacks to start 10-1 or better in his team’s first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECORD THROUGH TEAM’S FIRST 11 GAMES

Dan Marino^

Miami

1984

11-0

Carson Wentz

Philadelphia

2017

10-1

Dak Prescott

Dallas

2016

10-1

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2013

10-1

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

FLYING FALCONAtlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20 win over Tampa Bay in Week 12.

Jones has three career games with at least 250 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have multiple 250+ yard receiving games.

Jones has 563 receptions in 90 career games and passed ANQUAN BOLDIN (558) for the most catches by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES

Julio Jones

Atlanta

563

Anquan Boldin

Arizona

558

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

554

Jones has 8,649 receiving yards and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (8,502) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES

Julio Jones

Atlanta

8,649

Lance Alworth^

San Diego

8,502

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

TOM TERRIFICNew England quarterback TOM BRADY threw four touchdown passes and one interception for a 114.1 passer rating in the Patriots’ 35-17 win against Miami last week.

Brady has 27 career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions, surpassing PEYTON MANNING(26) for the second-most in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (28) has more such games.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

 TEAM(S)

GAMES WITH AT LEAST 4 TD PASSES & 1 OR FEWER INTS

Drew Brees

 San Diego, New Orleans

28*

Tom Brady

 New England

27*

Peyton Manning

 Indianapolis, Denver

26

*Active

 

— NFL —

DYNAMIC DUONew Orleans running backs ALVIN KAMARA (188 scrimmage yards, two touchdowns) and MARK INGRAM (36 scrimmage yards) combined for 224 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week.

Kamara (1,094 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) and Ingram (1,055 scrimmage yards, eight touchdowns) are the seventh pair of teammates – and first running back duo – to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in a team’s first 11 games in the Super Bowl era.

The teammates with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first 11 games of a season:

TEAM

SEASON

PLAYER

SCRIMMAGE YDS

TDS

PLAYER

SCRIMMAGE YDS

TDS

New Orleans

2017

Alvin Kamara

1,094

9

Mark Ingram

1,055

8

Green Bay

2014

Jordy Nelson

1,066

9

Eddie Lacy

1,007

9

Indianapolis

2000

Edgerrin James

1,586

14

Marvin Harrison^

1,066

8

St. Louis

2000

Marshall Faulk^

1,447

15

Isaac Bruce

1,185

9

Indianapolis

1999

Edgerrin James

1,547

9

Marvin Harrison^

1,118

12

Dallas

1995

Emmitt Smith^

1,643

20

Michael Irvin^

1,169

8

Dallas

1966

Dan Reeves

1,088

14

Bob Hayes^

1,002

10

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the month of November, Kamara became the third rookie in NFL history to total at least 500 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers GALE SAYERS (October, 1965) and CHARLEY TAYLOR (November, 1964).

The rookies with at least 500 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

MONTH

SCRIMMAGE YDS

RUSH TDS

REC. TDS

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans

2017

November

594

3

3

Gale Sayers^

Chicago

1965

October

520

3

5

Charley Taylor^

Washington

1964

November

596

3

3

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

 

 

— NFL —

BIG GAME BROWNPittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 31-28 win against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football last week.

Through 11 games this year, Brown has five games with at least 10 receptions and 100 yards, tied for the fourth-most such games in a single season in NFL history. Brown, who also had five such games in 2015, is the first player to accomplish the feat in multiple seasons.

The players with the most games with at least 10 receptions and 100 yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER

 TEAM

SEASON

GAMES WITH 10 CATCHES & 100 REC. YARDS

Andre Johnson

 Houston

2008

7

Calvin Johnson

 Detroit

2012

6

Wes Welker

 New England

2009

6

Antonio Brown

 Pittsburgh

2017

5*

Antonio Brown

 Pittsburgh

2015

5

Marvin Harrison^

 Indianapolis

2002

5

Jimmy Smith

 Jacksonville

1999

5

*Through 11 games

 

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

— NFL —

WONDERFUL WILSONSeattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win at San Francisco last week.

With the victory, Wilson improved to 23-4 (.852) in his career in games following an in-season loss, the best record by a starting quarterback since the 1970 merger (minimum 15 such starts).

The quarterbacks with the best record following an in-season loss since 1970 (minimum 15 such starts):

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

WINS

LOSSES

TIES

PCT.

Russell Wilson

Seattle

23

4

0

.852

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

23

5

0

.821

Tom Brady

New England

42

10

0

.808

Jeff Hostetler

NY Giants, LA/Oakland Raiders, Washington

24

Seven statistical highlights from Week 12

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, the 12th week of the 2017 season.

  • Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20 win over Tampa Bay. Jones has three career games with at least 250 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have multiple 250+ yard receiving games.

Jones, who played in his 90th career game today, has 563 catches for 8,649 yards, the most by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history. He passed ANQUAN BOLDIN (558) for the most receptions and Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (8,502) for the most receiving yards.

Jones caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver MOHAMED SANU in the second quarter of today’s game. Sanu, who also threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with Cincinnati in 2012 (September 23, 2012), is the first wide receiver since the 1970 merger to throw multiple career 50+ yard touchdown passes. He is also the first non-quarterback to throw two career 50+ yard touchdown passes since Pro Football Hall of Fame running back WALTER PAYTON (1979, 1983).

  • The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated Chicago 31-3 to improve to 10-1. It marks the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 10-1 or better (1949, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous three instances.

In the Super Bowl era, 38 teams have previously started 10-1 and all 38 made the playoffs, 17 reached the Super Bowl (44.7 percent) and eight won the Super Bowl (21.1 percent).

Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw three touchdown passes in today’s win and leads the league with 28 touchdown passes. Wentz’s 28 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first 11 games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer SONNY JURGENSEN (24) in 1961.

Wentz has 28 touchdown passes and five interceptions and is the third quarterback in NFL history to have at least 25 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions through his team’s first 11 games, joiningTOM BRADY (2007, 2015, 2017) and AARON RODGERS (2011, 2014).

  • The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated Miami 35-17 and improved to 9-2. The Patriots clinched their 17th consecutive season with a winning record,the longest streak since 1970, surpassing the previous record of 16 held by the 1970-1985 Dallas Cowboys and 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY threw four touchdown passes with one interception for a 114.1 passer rating in today’s win. Brady, who turned 40 years old in August, has 26 touchdown passes this season, the most by a quarterback in a single season at the age of 40 or older.

​Brady has 27 career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions, surpassing PEYTON MANNING (26) for the second-most in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (28) has more such games.

  • Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win at San Francisco. Seattle improved to 7-4 on the season and bounced back from last week’s 34-31 loss against Atlanta. With the victory, Wilson improved to 23-4 (.852) in his career in games following an in-season loss, the best record by a starting quarterback since the 1970 merger (minimum 15 such starts).

  • Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY had 128 scrimmage yards in the team’s 26-20 win over New Orleans. Gurley, who has 1,344 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns this season, is the fourth player in franchise history to have at least 1,300 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first 11 games of a season. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers ELROY “CRAZYLEGS” HIRSCH (1951), ERIC DICKERSON (1983) and MARSHALL FAULK (2000) as the only Rams to accomplish the feat.

  • New Orleans running backs ALVIN KAMARA (188 scrimmage yards, two touchdowns) and MARK INGRAM (36 scrimmage yards) combined for 224 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ loss at the Los Angeles Rams. Kamara (1,094 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) and Ingram (1,055 scrimmage yards, eight touchdowns) are the first running back teammates to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in a team’s first 11 games in the Super Bowl era.

  • The CAROLINA PANTHERS defeated the New York Jets 35-27. Carolina linebacker LUKE KUECHLY had a 34-yard fumble-return touchdown with12:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers the lead andKAELIN CLAY added a 60-yard punt-return touchdown with 9:54 left to extend Carolina’s lead. It marked the second time in franchise history – and first since the club’s inaugural 1995 season (October 8, 1995 against Chicago) – in which the Panthers scored two return touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a game.