Inside the numbers: Week 17

A look at the best and worst performances of Week 17, plus record-breaking performances and key statistics from the final week of the regular season.

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  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown (video) in Sunday’s 20-19 win over the Giants, reaching a number of milestones. Peterson pushed his NFL best and franchise single-season rushing mark to 1,760 yards, and became the fifth player in NFL history to total 3,000 or more yards in their first two seasons — joining Eric Dickerson (3,913), Edgerrin James (3,262), Earl Campbell (3,147) and Clinton Portis (3,099). Peterson is also just the fourth player to ever lead his conference in rushing yards in his first two seasons, joining Campbell (1978-79), Dickerson (1983-84) and James (1999-2000).
  • Falcons RB Michael Turner rushed for 208 yards and a touchdown (video) against the Rams, setting a franchise single-season record with 17 touchdowns this season. Turner passed Jamal Anderson, who had 16 TDs in 1998.
  • The Rams set a franchise record with 14 losses this season. They ended the season with a 10-game losing streak, and have lost 18 of the last 20 overall.
  • The Patriots set an NFL record for fewest penalties in a 16-game season with 57.
  • Patriots WR Randy Moss had one reception for 13 yards against the Bills, but it was a key reception. It put him over 1,000 yards receiving for the ninth time in his career, tying Tim Brown and Jimmy Smith for second-most in NFL history. Jerry Rice holds the record with 14 consecutive seasons.
  • The Bills became just the fourth team since 1960 to start a season 4-0 and finish with a losing record, joining the 1995 Rams (7-9), 1989 Bears (6-10) and 1986 Falcons (7-8-1).
  • The Chiefs finished with 10 sacks this season, the lowest single-season total since the stat started being tracked in 1960.
  • Saints QB Drew Brees finished with 5,069 passing yards this season, falling just 15 yards short of Dan Marino’s NFL single-season record. Brees completed 30-of-49 passes for 384 yards with four touchdowns (video) and one interception Sunday, and broke his own franchise record with 34 touchdowns this season. He also tied the NFL record with 10 300-yard games in a single season, held by Rich Gannon (1992).
  • The Browns set an NFL record by going 24 consecutive quarters without scoring an offensive touchdown.
  • The Lions fell 31-21 to the Packers in Week 17, becoming the first 0-16 team in NFL history. They join the 1976 Buccaneers (0-14) as the only winless teams in the Super Bowl era.
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