Colts’ Manning, Bills’ Owens reach career milestones

A number of team and league records were broken in Week 17, while some players joined elite statistical company on all-time lists. Here’s a look:

  • Colts QB Peyton Manning didn’t play the entire game against the Jets, but he played long enough to eclipse the 50,000-yard mark in passing yards. Manning became the fourth player in league history to reach the plateau, joining Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway. That’s a short list.
  • Bills WR Terrell Owens also joined a short list, becoming the sixth NFL player to reach 1,000 career receptions. Owens needed two receptions to reach 1,000, and finished with four catches for 39 yards. He reached the milestone in 203 career games, joining Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, and Isaac Bruce. Owens was third-fastest to the mark, trailing only Rice and Harrison.
  • Cardinals QB Kurt Warner put his name in the record books alongside Fran Tarkenton. Warner joined Tarkenton as the only NFL players to throw 100 touchdown passes with two different teams. Warner threw two touchdowns against the Rams to reach 100 with the Cardinals, and also recorded 102 in six seasons with the Rams.
  • Saints FS Darren Sharper set an NFL record for most interception return yards in a season with a 21-yard return of a pick against the Bucs. Sharper has 376 return yards on nine interceptions this season, breaking the record held by Ravens S Ed Reed (358) in 2004.
  • Switching over to a few team records, Panthers second-year RB Jonathan Stewart had a big game in Week 16, setting the team’s single-game rushing record with 206 yards against the Giants. In the process, Stewart broke the 1,000-yard mark this season and combined with teammate DeAngelo Williams (1,117 yards) to become just the fifth pair of 1,000-yard backs in league history.
  • Bengals RB Cedric Benson set the team’s franchise record with his sixth 100-yard game of the season Sunday. Benson posted 133 yards on 29 carries against the Chiefs.
  • Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck set the franchise record for career passing yards, passing Dave Krieg (26,132 yards from 1980-91). Hasselbeck is the Seahawks’ all-time leading passer with 26,248 yards.
  • Elvis Dumervil had his 17th sack of the season to set a new Broncos record, breaking Simon Fletcher’s previous mark of 16 in 1992.
  • Frank Gore rushed for 71 yards and now has 1,018 on the season for his fourth straight season eclipsing 1,000, becoming the first 49ers RB in history to have four 1,000-yard seasons.
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