Published: December 26th, 2010 | Tags: Week 16 notable nuggets, Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Bernie Kosar, Darren Sharper, Deion Sanders, Ed Reed, Kerry Collins, Kurt Warner, Matt Forte, Mike Ditka, Peyton Manning, Priest Holmes, Rob Gronkowski, Sam Bradford, Steve Mariucci, Tom Brady, Ty Law
The playoff picture began to take form in Week 16, as the Patriots clinched home-field advantage, the Chiefs clinched the AFC West, the Jets and Ravens secured playoff spots and the Eagles won the NFC East.
And now a look at some of the most notable numbers, ongoing streaks and best performances from around the league, with assists from the NFL Network research desk and the folks in the NFL communications office:
Patriots 34, Bills 3
Tom Terrific: Tom Brady set an NFL record by completing his 319th consecutive pass without an interception, passing Bernie Kosar (308 in 1990-91). Brady has 24 TDs and 0 INT his last 10 games. Brady also extended his current NFL-record streak to eight consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Rob Gronkowski had two more TDs this week and now has nine this season, tying him for second-most among rookie TEs in NFL history. He only trails some guy named Mike Ditka (12 in 1961).
The Patriots have won 15 straight games against the Bills, tied for the fourth-longest win streak in NFL history by one team against another.
Bears 38, Jets 34
The Bears scored 38-plus points in back-to-back games for first time since 1989.
The Jets’ streak of 21 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ended as Matt Forte finished with 113 yards on 19 rushes.
Forte finished with 169 yards from scrimmage, becoming the first player in franchise history with at least 1,400 yards from scrimmage in each of his first three NFL seasons.
Redskins 20, Jaguars 17 (OT)
Is it positive or negative that the Redskins’ three overtime wins this season (they’re 3-1) ties them for NFL single-season record? The 1983 Packers played in five overtime games, the NFL single-season mark. Overtime began in 1974.
Chiefs 34, Titans 14
Kerry Collins now has 40,141 career pass yards, the 12th player in NFL history to reach 40,000 yards.
Lions 34, Dolphins 27
The Lions, who had two wins the last two seasons, have won three straight games for the first time since 2007. The Lions have now won back-to-back road games in same season for first time since 2004 under head coach Steve Mariucci. The Lions set the dubious mark of losing an NFL-record 26 straight road games, which ended last week.
Rams 25, 49ers 17
Sam Bradford improved to 7-8 as starter, the most wins by rookie QB drafted No. 1 overall since 1970. Bradford now has 335 completions this season, breaking Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record of 326 in 1998.
Ravens 20, Browns 10
Ed Reed had two interceptions, his 10th career two-INT game and second this season. Reed now has 52 career INTs, which is tied for 24th all-time, one behind Deion Sanders and Ty Law, and second among active players behind Darren Sharper (63).
Packers 45, Giants 17
Aaron Rodgers went for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants, and since becoming the starter in 2008, has passed for 12,165 yards to join Kurt Warner (12,612) and Peyton Manning (12,287) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 12,000 yards in the first three seasons as a starting quarterback.
Broncos 24, Texans 23
Arian Foster has 2,030 yards from scrimmage this season, joining Priest Holmes (three times, 2001-03) as the only undrafted players in NFL history to record at least 2,000 yards from scrimmage yards in a season.