5 Favorite NFL Research Nuggets – 2012 NFL-ballooza

1. With Redskins QB Robert Griffin III’s win at Saints in Week 1 and QB Kirk Cousins’ Week 15 win at Browns, the Redskins became the first team in a non-strike season to have two different rookie quarterbacks win their first career starts in the same season, since rookies John Elway and Gary Kubiak won their starting debuts with the 1983 Broncos.

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2. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw a game-winning touchdown pass in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime three times this season, the most ever by a rookie since at least the 1970 merger.

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3. Colts QB Andrew Luck led seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, which ties the highest single season total by an NFL quarterback (rookie or veteran) since 1970.   To put this achievement in context, Peyton Manning has seven game-winning drives in his last 38 regular-season games.  Tom Brady has seven in his last 63 games.

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4.The Carolina Panthers won their last 4 games after starting the season 3-9.  During those first 12 games, the Panthers went 0-for-12 on pre-game coin tosses and lost the overtime coin flip in their Week 11 loss to the Buccaneers.  The odds of a team losing 13 straight coin tosses are 1 in 8,192.

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5. The 12-4 Houston Texans have been outscored by at least 12 points in each of their 4 losses this season. Those three losses have come by a combined 75 points; by comparison, the 12-4 Patriots have been outscored by a combined total of 11 points in their 4 losses.

By: Jeff Greenholtz

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