Inside the numbers: Week 13

A look at what went down in Week 13, including some interesting numbers and stats, as well as the best and worst performances:

(Mike Roemer / Associated Press)

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams had four rushing scores in a win over the Packers. (Mike Roemer / Associated Press)

  • The Bucs continue to be unconventional, winning their fourth straight game while improving to 6-0 at home. Despite gaining just 252 total yards, the Bucs did it with defense (highlights), intercepting Saints QB Drew Brees three times, including twice in the fourth quarter.
  • The Giants became the fifth defending Super Bowl champion to win more games the following season, surpassing last season’s total of 10 regular-season victories. The other four teams are the 2007 Colts, ’98 Broncos, ’89 49ers and ’75 Steelers. The Giants’ 11-1 mark is the best record through 12 games in franchise history, and they’ve now won 15 of their last 16 games on the road.
  • The Dolphins won their seventh game, matching their win total from the previous two seasons. Combined. On the flip side, the Rams did not score a TD for the second straight game, and have now been held to less than 20 points in 11 of 12 contests this season.
  • The 49ers did what no other West Coast team could do this season, win a game in the Eastern Time zone. The 49ers’ 10-3 win over the Bills gave West Coast teams a 1-15 record in the east.
  • With a 33-10 win over the Patriots, Ben Roethlisberger earned his 48 victory as a starter, tying Otto Graham, Dan Marino, and Tom Brady for the most wins by a QB in his first five seasons since 1950. … The Patriots had five turnovers, all in the second half on consecutive possessions, in the loss. It’s just the second time since 1991 that the Patriots have had five turnovers in the second half. … The Steelers came up with five sacks, which is the fifth time this season the defense has had five or more sacks.
  • In his first matchup against his former team, Michael Turner outrushed LaDainian Tomlinson 120-24 in the Falcons’ 22-16 win over the Chargers. It was Turner’s sixth 100-yard game this season and ninth of his career.
  • Gus Frerotte’s 99-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian in a win over the Bears was the longest completion in franchise history. It’s the 11th 99-yard TD pass in NFL history and the first since Jeff Garcia’s to Andre Davis for the Browns vs. the Bengals on Oct. 17, 2004.
  • Kyle Orton’s franchise record streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception ended at 206.
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