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.

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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.

Statistical recap of Week 10 in the NFL

SPRINTING SAINTS: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Buffalo 47-10 in Week 10 to improve to 7-2.

The Saints, who have won seven consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season.

New Orleans, led by running backs MARK INGRAM (131 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and rookie ALVIN KAMARA (106 rushing yards, one touchdown), rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns in the victory. New Orleans became the fifth team – and the first since 1957 (Cleveland Browns, November 24, 1957) – in NFL history (including the postseason) to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game.

The teams with at least 295 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history (including the postseason):

TEAM DATE RUSHING YARDS RUSHING TDS
New Orleans November 12, 2017 298 6
Cleveland November 24, 1957 330 6
Los Angeles Rams November 18, 1951 371 6
New York Giants November 19, 1950 423 6
Chicago December 8, 1940* 382 7
*NFL Championship

— NFL —

CAREER DAY FOR CLAYBORNAtlanta defensive end ADRIAN CLAYBORN recorded a career-high six sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas last week.

Clayborn’s six sacks are a single-game franchise record (CHUCK SMITH, five on October 12, 1997) and are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS(seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

The players with the most sacks in a single game since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM DATE SACKS
Derrick Thomas^ Kansas City November 11, 1990 7
Adrian Clayborn Atlanta November 12, 2017 6
Osi Umenyiora New York Giants September 30, 2007 6
Derrick Thomas^ Kansas City September 6, 1998 6
Fred Dean^ San Francisco November 13, 1983 6
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

15,000 FOR FITZ: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had 10 catches for 113 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to Seattle in Week 10.

Fitzgerald, who has 15,066 career receiving yards, became the sixth player in NFL history with at least 15,000 career receiving yards.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEIVING YARDS  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895  
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934  
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco 15,292  
Isaac Bruce Los Angeles/St. Louis, San Francisco 15,208  
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 15,127  
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,066  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Fitzgerald, who was 34 years, 70 days old when he reached 15,000 receiving yards, became the second-youngest player in NFL history to accomplish the milestone, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (33 years, 72 days old).

The youngest players to reach 15,000 career receiving yards:

PLAYER AGE WHEN REACHING 15,000 RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice^ 33 years, 72 days
Larry Fitzgerald 34 years, 70 days
Randy Moss 35 years, 244 days
Terrell Owens 36 years, 279 days
Isaac Bruce 36 years, 307 days
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

ROAD WARRIORNew England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 266 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 41-16 win at Denver on Sunday Night Football last week.

Brady, who has won 86 career regular-season road starts, surpassed PEYTON MANNING (85) for the most regular-season road victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

The starting quarterbacks with the most regular-season road victories in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) ROAD WINS  
Tom Brady New England 86*  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 85  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 73  
Dan Marino^ Miami 65  
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 64*  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

SUPER-CAMCarolina quarterback CAM NEWTON threw four touchdown passes and rushed for 95 yards, including a long of 69 yards, in the Panthers’ 45-21 win against Miami on Monday Night Football last week.

Newton, who also threw for five touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on December 20, 2015, is the only quarterback in NFL history with two career games with at least four touchdown passes and 95 rushing yards.

Philadelphia’s RANDALL CUNNINGHAM, who threw four touchdown passes and had 124 rushing yards on November 4, 1990, is the only other quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat in a single game.

The quarterbacks with at least four touchdown passes and 95 rushing yards in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATE TD PASSES RUSHING YARDS
Cam Newton Carolina November 13, 2017 4 95
Cam Newton Carolina December 20, 2015 5 100
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia November 4, 1990 4 124

Newton, who has 4,002 career rushing yards, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 4,000 rushing yards, joining MICHAEL VICK (6,109), Cunningham (4,928) and Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (4,239).​​

The quarterbacks with at least 4,000 career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CARRER GAMES RUSHING YARDS  
Michael Vick Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York Jets, Pittsburgh 143 6,109  
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas, Baltimore 162 4,928  
Steve Young^ Tampa Bay, San Francisco 169 4,239  
Cam Newton Carolina 103 4,002  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

MATTY ICEAtlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 215 yards with two touchdowns for a 104.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ Week 10 win against Dallas.

Ryan, who has 40,073 passing yards in 151 career games, reached 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing the previous record held by DREW BREES (152).

The quarterbacks to reach 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES TO 40,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS  
Matt Ryan Atlanta 151  
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 152  
Dan Marino^ Miami 153  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 154  
Philip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 159  
Carson Palmer Cincinnati, Oakland, Arizona 160  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

DAK ATTACK: Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT rushed for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ loss at Atlanta last week.

Prescott, who has 39 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns in 25 career games, is one of four quarterbacks since 1970 to account for at least 50 touchdowns in his first 25 career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (62 touchdowns) and KURT WARNER (60) and DAUNTE CULPEPPER (55).

The quarterbacks to account for at least 50 touchdowns in their first 25 career games since 1970:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS PASSING TDS RUSHING TDS TOTAL TDS  
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983-84 60 2 62  
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1998-2000 59 1 60  
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 1999-2001 43 12 55  
Dak Prescott Dallas 2016-17 39 11 50  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

BIG PLAY BRISSETTIndianapolis quarterback JACOBY BRISSETT connected on two touchdown passes – a 61-yarder to wide receiver CHESTER ROGERS and a 60-yarder to wide receiver DONTE MONCRIEF – in the Colts’ Week 10 loss to Pittsburgh.

Brissett, who threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. HILTON in Week 9, is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 60 yards to three different receivers over a two-game span.

The quarterbacks with touchdown passes of at least 60 yards to three different receivers in a two-game span:

QUARTERBACK TEAM SEASON WEEKS RECEIVERS (YARDS)
Jacoby Brissett Indianapolis 2017 9-10 T.Y. Hilton (80), Chester Rogers (61), Donte Moncrief (60­)
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 12-13 Donte Moncrief (79), Coby Fleener (73), T.Y. Hilton (73)
Eli Manning New York Giants 2009 13-14 Brandon Jacobs (74), Hakeem Nicks (68), Domenik Hixon (61)
Trent Dilfer Cleveland 2005 1-2 Braylon Edwards (80), Frisman Jackson (68), Steve Heiden (62)
Jim Kelly^ Buffalo 1989 3-4 Andre Reed^ (78), Thurman Thomas^ (74), Don Beebe (63)
Dave Ryan Detroit 1946 7-8

John Greene (88), Billy deCorrevont (72), Bob Cifers (70)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Patriots’ Nate Ebner: “We just kind of wore them(Falcons) down”

After being down 28-3 in the third quarter of Super Bowl 51, the Patriots stormed back and took the game to overtime. At that point, Patriots’ safety Nate Ebner felt New England had the Falcons right where they wanted them. Ebner, in an interview with Go4it host Paul Gant, felt the Patriots were in a good shape once they received the ball first in overtime:

“I mean when we won the toss, with the momentum that we had, I think a lot of us would say there was no doubt we were going to go down and score,” said Ebner. “We were prepared to fight for however long it took. Obviously the offense took care of business, and the way they started moving the ball we just kind of wore them down, and it was just too much for them to handle.”

To hear the whole interview go to this link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pgant/2017/02/25/patriots-nate-ebner-the-quads-kevin-savage

Interview comes in at 45:26