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Monday Nuggets: Week 12

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11/24/2014
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission is to: Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE. We found many samples from Week 12 that align with our Mission, Vision, and Values!

The Eagles Got a 100 During Week 12

Philadelphia Eagles rookie Josh Huff took the opening kickoff the distance against the Tennessee Titans yesterday when he returned the ball 107 yards for a touchdown. The quick-strike TD primed the Eagles to a 43-24 victory and kept them atop the NFC East Division.


The kickoff return of more than 100 yards was the second of the season for the Eagles. During Week 3 against the Washington Redskins, Chris Polk returned a kick 102 yards for a TD en route to 37-34 win.


The Eagles are the first team since the 1970 Packers to have two players with kickoff returns of 100-plus yards in the same season.

On Oct. 4, 1970, Dave Hampton had a 101-yard TD during a 13-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Then on Dec. 6th, Packers return man Larry Krause ran back the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score in a 20-12 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Philadelphia now has 10 touchdowns on special teams and defense during the 2014 season which is a new franchise-record.

Colts Players Rising Up the Record Books

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri continued his record-breaking career against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 19-year veteran converted on three field goals which pushed him into fifth place on the NFL's career field goal list with 473.


Top Ten Field Goals:


Rank Player Field Goals Years
1 Morten Andersen 565 1982-2007
2 Gary Anderson 538 1982-2004
3 Jason Hanson 495 1992-2012
4 John Carney 478 1988-2010
5 Adam Vinatieri 473 1996-Present
6 Matt Stover 471 1991-2009
7 John Kasay 461 1991-2011
8 Jason Elam 436 1993-2009
9 David Akers 386 1998-2013
10 Nick Lowery 383 1978-1996

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is one of the most decorated players in franchise history. Yesterday he played in his 206th career game which tied him with legendary Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas for the second-most in team history. In 14 seasons, Wayne now has 1,056 career receptions for 14,171 yards and 71 TDs.


Question: Who sits atop the Colts record book for most games played? Find out at the bottom of the page.

Patriots = Consistency

The New England Patriots improved to 9-2 with a 34-9 win against the Detroit Lions yesterday. The victory clinched their 14th consecutive winning season. New England (2001-present) is now the sixth franchise in NFL history to post at least 14 consecutive winning seasons and is the first to do so since the San Francisco 49ers (1983-98, 16 seasons).

Dallas Cowboys (1966-1985)   San Francisco 49ers (1983-1998)   Oakland Raiders (1965-1980)   Chicago Bears (1930-1944)   Green Bay Packers (1934-1947)   New England Patriots (2001-2014)
1 1966 10-3-1   1 1983 10-6-0   1 1965 8-5-1   1 1930 9-4-1   1 1934 7-6-0   1 2001 11-5-0
2 1967 9-5-0   2 1984 15-1-0   2 1966 8-5-1   2 1931 8-5-0   2 1935 8-4-0   2 2002 9-7-0
3 1968 12-2-0   3 1985 10-6-0   3 1967 13-1-0   3 1932 7-1-6   3 1936 10-1-1   3 2003 14-2-0
4 1969 11-2-1   4 1986 10-5-1   4 1968 12-2-0   4 1933 10-2-1   4 1937 7-4-0   4 2004 14-2-0
5 1970 10-4-0   5 1987 13-2-0   5 1969 12-1-1   5 1934 13-0-0   5 1938 8-3-0   5 2005 10-6-0
6 1971 11-3-0   6 1988 10-6-0   6 1970 8-4-2   6 1935 6-4-2   6 1939 9-2-0   6 2006 12-4-0
7 1972 10-4-0   7 1989 14-2-0   7 1971 8-4-2   7 1936 9-3-0   7 1940 6-4-1   7 2007 16-0-0
8 1973 10-4-0   8 1990 14-2-0   8 1972 10-3-1   8 1937 9-1-1   8 1941 10-1-0   8 2008 11-5-0
9 1974 8-6-0   9 1991 10-6-0   9 1973 9-4-1   9 1938 6-5-0   9 1942 8-2-1   9 2009 10-6-0
10 1975 10-4-0   10 1992 14-2-0   10 1974 12-2-0   10 1939 8-3-0   10 1943 7-2-1   10 2010 14-2-0
11 1976 11-3-0   11 1993 10-6-0   11 1975 11-3-0   11 1940 8-3-0   11 1944 8-2-0   11 2011 13-3-0
12 1977 12-2-0   12 1994 13-3-0   12 1976 13-1-0   12 1941 10-1-0   12 1945 6-4-0   12 2012 12-4-0
13 1978 12-4-0   13 1995 11-5-0   13 1977 11-3-0   13 1942 11-0-0   13 1946 6-5-0   13 2013 12-4-0
14 1979 11-5-0   14 1996 12-4-0   14 1978 9-7-0   14 1943 8-1-1   14 1947 6-5-1   14 2014 9-2-0
15 1980 12-4-0   15 1997 13-3-0   15 1979 9-7-0   15 1944 6-3-1                
16 1981 12-4-0   16 1998 12-4-0   16 1980 11-5-0                        
17 1982 6-3-0                                        
18 1983 12-4-0                                        
19 1984 9-7-0                                        
20 1985 10-6-0                                        

The Versatility of Forté

Matt Forté, the Chicago Bears running back, rushed for 89 yards with two touchdowns and added five catches for 23 yards in the Bears’ 21-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Forté now has 7,488 rushing yards and 3,517 receiving yards in just 102 career games. He is the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 7,000 rushing yards and 3,500 receiving yards. Gold Jackets Marshall Faulk (97 games) and Marcus Allen (99) are the only players to reach this milestone in fewer games.


Breaking onto the Top 20

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught 9 passes for 137 yards and 1 TD during the Niners 17-13 victory against the Washington Redskins. Boldin now has 12,169 career receiving yards and has moved ahead of Gold Jacket Charlie Joiner for 20th into the all-time receiving yardage list.


The 137 receiving  yards was the 36th 100-plus yard game of Boldin’s career. He ranks seventh among all active players in the NFL. 

Woodson Makes History

Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson helped his team win their first game of the season with his spectacular defensive play on Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished the game with eight total tackles and a sack in the Raiders 24-20 victory. In doing so, he became the first player in NFL history to achieve this feat:

Answer: Peyton Manning played 208 games for the Colts, the most in franchise history.

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