Week 12 notable nuggets

With an assist from the NFL Network research desk and the crew at @NFLfootballinfo, here’s a look at the most notable numbers and performances from Sunday’s games in Week 12.

Falcons 20, Packers 17

The Falcons’ magic at home continued, as they improved to 19-3 at the Georgia Dome under Mike Smith and QB Matt Ryan picked up his 15th straight home win as starter. Ryan tied Danny White for the best winning percentage in a player’s first 20 starts at home during the Super Bowl era.

Roddy White became the 12th wide receiver in NFL history with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.

Browns 24, Panthers 23

Another career highlight for Peyton Hillis: 26 rushes, 131 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.  Hillis now has 11 rushing TDs this season and is the fifth player in franchise history with 10-plus in a season, joining Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Mike Pruitt, and Kevin Mack (the last to do so in 1986). He also joined Marshall Faulk (Sept. 17, 2000) as the only players ever with at least 130 rushing yards, three rushing TDs, six receptions and 60 receiving yards in a single game.

Joe Haden intercepted his fourth pass of the season, and is the first Browns rookie with an interception in three consecutive games since Bernie Parrish in 1959. 

Texans 20, Titans 0

The Texans snapped a four-game losing streak by posting their first shutout in franchise history. The feat is even more impressive considering the Texans had allowed 24 or more points in their previous 10 games. The records show only the 1951 Packers (12) had a longer streak of allowing 24-plus points to start a season.

Texans WR Andre Johnson has 65 receptions this season and is the first wide receiver in NFL history with at least 60 receptions in each of his first eight seasons.

Vikings 17, Redskins 13

The Vikings snapped an eight-game road losing streak in the debut of interim coach Leslie Frazier, who became the fourth interim head coach since 2000 to win his debut. The others: Jason Garrett (2010), Jim Haslett (2008) and Gary Moeller (2000). Interim coaches are 4-13 in debuts since 2000.

Steelers 19, Bills 16 (OT)

Troy Polamalu recorded his fourth interception of the season, and the Steelers improved to 20-3 when Polamalu has an interception, including 4-0 this season.

Dolphins 33, Raiders 17

Raiders WR Jacoby Ford finished with 329 all-purpose yards, a franchise rookie record, and tied for fourth-most by a rookie since 1960. Ford had a 101-yard kickoff return TD, making him the first rookie with two kickoff return TDs of 94 or more yards since Devin Hester in 2006.

Chiefs 42, Seahawks 24

The Chiefs continue to get it done on the ground, out-rushing the Seahawks 270-20. It was the fifth game with 200-plus rushing yards for the Chiefs this season, their most 200-yard games in a season since setting a franchise record with eight 200-yard games in 1978.

A tip of the cap to Dwayne Bowe, who had a career-high three TDs and had his seventh straight game with a receiving TD to extend a franchise record. Bowe now has 14 receiving TDs this season to break Chris Burford’s franchise record of 12 in 1962. Bowe’s 13 receptions also tied a career high and is the second-most in franchise history. Bowe joined Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Jimmy Smith as the only players since 1990 to record at least 13 catches, 170 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions in a game. 

Bears 31, Eagles 26

Jay Cutler tied his career-high with four touchdown passes, his third game as a Bear with four TD passes.  He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Sid Luckman (four times) and Billy Wade (three) as the only Bears to throw four or more touchdowns in a game at least three times.  Cutler was 14 of 21 for 247 yards and a career-best 146.2 passer rating. Cutler’s teams are 18-0 in his career when he has a 100-plus passer rating (3-0 this season).

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