Published: October 3rd, 2010 | Tags: Aeneas Williams, Antonio Gates, Arian Foster, Billy Sims, Charles Woodson, Dallas Clark, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Eric Dickerson, Greg Pruitt, Isaac Bruce, Jim Brown, John Elway, Josh Scobee, Ken Houston, Kurt Warner, Kyle Orton, LaDainian Tomlinson, Lance Alworth, Marshall Faulk, Marvin Harrison, Matt Ryan, Peyton Hillis, Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Steven Jackson, Terrell Owens, Tony Dorsett, Tony Gonzalez
With an assist from George Li on the NFL Network research desk, here’s a look at some of the most notable numbers and best performances to come out of Week 4. Drum roll please … as Terrell Owens leads things off.
Owens had 10 receptions for 222 yds and a TD, the second-most career single-game receiving yards and the second most in franchise history. It was also Owens’ third career 200-yard game, and at 36 years, 300 days old, he is the oldest in NFL history to have a 200-yard receiving game. Owens now has 15,325 career receiving yards, passing Isaac Bruce for second all-time. Here’s T.O.’s day in video.
Peyton Hillis had 27 rushes for 102 yards and a TD, his fourth straight game with a rushing TD (longest streak by a Browns player since Greg Pruitt had five straight games with a rush TD in 1975).
LaDainian Tomlinson had a noteworthy day on several fronts. Tomlinson finished with 19 rushes for 133 yards and two TDs, his first 100-yard rushing game since Oct. 26, 2008. It was his 37th career game with two-plus rush TDs and his 25th career game with 10-plus rushing yards and two or more rushing TDs, which ties Jim Brown for most all-time. Tomlinson now has 12,831 career rushing yards, passing Tony Dorsett for seventh all-time.
Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez had seven receptions for 41 yards, giving him 12,012 career receiving yards. Gonzalez is the 17th player in NFL history, and the first TE, to reach 12,000 receiving yards.
The Falcons improved to 15-1 at home with Matt Ryan as the starter. Ryan went 26-of-43 passing for 273 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
The Saints improved to 3-1 despite outscoring opponents by a total of seven points (79-72) this season.
The teams have a history of close games, and this was the third straight game in the series decided by 3 points. It was also the fifth straight regular-season meeting decided by 4 points or less.
Charles Woodson did it again with his 10th career INT return for a TD, passing Deion Sanders, Aeneas Williams and Ken Houston for third all-time.
The Lions suffered their 23rd consecutive road loss, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history.
Steven Jackson had 22 rushes for 70 yards, giving him 6,991 career rushing yards to pass Marshall Faulk for second most in franchise history (Faulk had 6,959 with the Rams). Jackson now trails only Eric Dickerson (7,245). Here’s a look at the run that moved Jackson up the list.
The Rams ended a 15-game losing streak vs. the NFC West and have now held their first four opponents to 17 points or fewer for the first time since 1978.
Kyle Orton posted another statistically strong day, completing 35 of 50 passes for 341 yards, two TDs and an INT. Orton has 1,419 passing yards this season, the second-highest total through the first four games to start a season in NFL history (Kurt Warner had 1,557 yards in 2000).
Arian Foster was benched into the second quarter, but finished with 16 rushes for 131 yards and a TD, plus three receptions for 56 yards and another TD. Foster now has 537 rushing yards and 152 receiving yards this season, joining Emmitt Smith (1995) and Billy Sims (1980) as the only players in NFL history with 500-plus rushing yards and 100-plus receiving yards through the first four games of a season. Foster’s 74-yard TD Sunday was the longest run in franchise history.
Antonio Gates had seven receptions for 144 yards and two TDs, extending his NFL record for tight ends to eight straight games with a TD, one shy of Lance Alworth’s franchise record of nine set in 1963.
In what might have been the play of the week, Josh Scobee’s game-winning 59-yard FG was the longest FG in franchise history. It was the third-longest game-winning field goal in the NFL since 1983.
Peyton Manning now has 51,493 career passing yards, passing John Elway for third all-time.
Reggie Wayne had 15 receptions for 196 yards, breaking the franchise single-game record for receptions held by Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark (14).
– Frank Tadych