NFL History and Stats

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's archives, located inside the brand new Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center, houses the world's largest collection of information related to the sport. The following are links to stories on our website created from the more than 20 million pages of documents and 3 million photographic images contained in our collection.  


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1922 NFL Owners Meeting

1932 NFL Playoff Game, Chicago Bears vs. Portsmouth Spartans

1933 NFL Championship Game, Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

1942 NFL’s War Relief Games and War Bond Efforts

1945 NFL Championship Game - Cleveland Rams vs. Washington Redskins

1947 Opening Game - Eagles and Redskins combine for most points on opening day

1953 NFL Championship Game, Cleveland vs. Detroit

1957 Playoff Game, Detroit vs. San Francisco

1958 NFL Championship Game, Baltimore vs. NY Giants

1963 – Raiders and Oilers score 70 points in first half

1967 NFL Championship Game, Dallas vs. Green Bay

1968 (Nov. 17) - The Infamous "Heidi" Game - Raiders vs. Jets 

1971 AFC Divisional Playoff Game, Kansas City vs. Miami

1972 Miami's Perfect Season

1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game - "Immaculate Reception" - Oakland vs. Pittsburgh

1976 Expansion Draft (Tampa Bay/Seattle)

1976 AFC Championship Game - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders

1979 NFC Championship Game - Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams

1981 AFC Divisional Playoff Game, Miami vs. San Diego

1985 Patriots Wild Card Run

1986 AFC Championship Game, Cleveland vs. Denver

1992 AFC Wildcard Game, Buffalo vs. Houston

250 yards receiving, game

2,000-Yard Rushers

2007 New England Patriots go 18-0

2010 NFL Season in Review

2011 NFL Season in Review

40 and over, oldest NFL players

500 club – QBs with 500 yds passing, game

50,000-Yard Quarterbacks

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African-Americans in Pro Football

Age, oldest NFL players

Air Coryell

All-America Football Conference Standings, 1946-49

All-Decade Teams

All-time Win/Loss Records by Team

American Football League, 1960-1969

American Football League Standings, 1926

American Football League Standings, 1936-37

American Football League Standings, 1940-41

Anderson (William “Flipper”) Sets Receiving Mark

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Bermuda Triangle

Best Performances, Kickoff Weekend

Biggest Comebacks

Bironas, Rob kicks eight field goals

Birth of Professional Football

Brees' 54-game TD streak

Brothers Who've Played Pro Ball

Brown, Jim - Exclamation point on a career

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Campbell (Earl) - Record 1980 Season

Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams set rookie rushing mark

Carter, Cris sets reception mark in 1994

Champions, 1920 - 2014

Christmas Day Games

Chronology of Professional Football

The Classic Shootout, 1981 AFC Divisional Playoff Game

Coaching Victories, Career Leaders

Coin Toss History


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The Dallas Texans

Davis, Terrell, 1998 season

Debut - Red Grange

Decade-by-Decade - A breakdown of feature stories from the past

Defunct Leagues Standings:  AFL (1926) | AFL (1936-37) | AFL (1940-41) | AAFC | WFL | USFL

Eric Dickerson Trade

Draft History, 1936-2014

Draft History: No. 1 to HOF - 13 members of the Hall were first overall pick

Draft History: Drafting the Class of 2009 – Bob Hayes | Randall McDaniel | Bruce Smith | Derrick Thomas | Rod Woodson
Draft History: Drafting the Class of 2010 – Dick LeBeau | Floyd Little | Russ Grimm | Rickey Jackson | Jerry Rice | Emmitt Smith | John Randle

Draft History: Drafting the Class of 2012 – Jack Butler | Dermontti Dawson | Chris Doleman | Cortez Kennedy | Curtis Martin | Willie Roaf 

Draft HistoryDrafting the Class of 2014

Draft History: Joe Stydahar, the first drafted player to make it to Canton


The Drive

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Expansion in the 1970s, Seattle and Tampa Bay

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Fathers & Sons Who've Played Pro Ball

Field Goals, Longest

Field Goals, Most in a game

First Passes

First Playoff Game

First Overtime Game

Firsts in Pro Football

First Professional Football Player

First Televised Game

First Thanksgiving Game

Football and America

Forty and Over, Oldest Players

Franchises, All-Time List of NFL Teams

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Grange, Red makes his professional debut

Greatest Comebacks, Bills rally from 32 points back

Greatest Comebacks

"Greatest Game Ever Played" - 1958 NFL Championship Game 

Green Bay Packers Set Interception Mark

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Harrison sets single season reception record, 2002

"Heidi" Game - Infamous Raiders vs. Jets game on Nov. 17, 1968  

Heisman Trophy winners in the Hall of Fame

Heffelfinger, William “Pudge” – First Pro

Highest scoring first half

Highest Scoring Game

Highest Scoring Games - NFL shootouts

Highest Scoring Opening Game - 1947 Eagles vs. Redskins

History, Firsts in Pro Football

History of Professional Football

History Features: Decade-by-Decade

History of NFL Franchises, 1920-present

History Section on

Histories of Current 32 NFL Teams

Holy Roller - Dave Casper and the Raiders Famous Play from 1978

Hobbs return preserved

Hornung’s 176-point season, 1960

Hutson, Don

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The Ice Bowl

Immaculate ReceptionThe "Immaculate Reception" | Franco talks about the "Immaculate Reception" Joe Greene's memory | Elevator Panel | Tartan Turf | Program Cover | Official Account

InfographicsNFL on Wednesday | Overtime

Interceptions, Most in single game

International – Football in the U.K. 

International - NFL Europa

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"The King" Hugh McElhenny

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Largest Trades

Last Dropkick Converted in NFL Game

Latin-Americans in Pro Football

Left-handed Quarterbacks

Longest Field Goals 

Longest Games

Longest Returns

Longest runs from scrimmage, by team

Longest Winning Streaks

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Manning (Peyton) sets TD mark

Miami's Perfect Season

McElhenny, Hugh- "The King"

"Million Dollar Backfield" sparks dream season  

Military and Football

Miracle at the Meadowlands

Moore's scoring record tied by Tomlinson

Most passing yards, game (team-by-team record holders)

Most Points, Opening Game - Eagles and Redskins combine for record

Most receiving yards, game (team-by-team record holders)

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NFL's All-Decade Teams

NFL Champions

NFL Commissioners and Presidents

NFL Europa

NFL Founded in Canton

NFL Passer Rating System

NFL Nicknames

NFL Owners Meeting, 1922

NFL Seasons in Review2011  |  2010

NFL Team Rushing Records

NFL Teams – all-time listing of league franchises - History Section

Nomellini, Leo and Perry, Joe

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O'Brien, Davey

Oldest NFL records

Oldest Players

Oorang Indians

Overtime - Birth of OT | Longest field goal in OT | Tie games

Overtime, infographic

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Passing, 99 Yard TD Passes

Passing, 4,000-Yard Club

Passing yards – QBs with 500 yds, game

Passing Yards - Team Record Holders 

Passer Rating System

Payton (Walter) – Sets Single Game Rushing Mark

Pearl Harbor Day, NFL Games

Perry, Joe and Nomellini, Leo

Peterson, Adrian rewrites history

Playoff Results

Playoff Standings, All-Time

Playoffs, Top Seeds

Pro Football Timeline

Providence Steam Roller

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QBs with most TD passes in a season

Quarterbacks, 4,000-Yard Club

Quarterbacks, 50,000-Yard Club

Quarterbacks, Left-handed

Quarterback Passer Rating System

Quarterbacks who've passed for 7 TDs in a game

Quarterbacks who've passed for 500 yds, game

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Radio Helmet

Receiving Leaders, Career Top 20

Receiving, 250-yard games

Receiving yards records, game (team-by-team record holders)

Records: Accounts of NFL Records

Red Grange makes his professional debut

Regular Season Games Played-NFL

Rookies Who've Won NFL Statistical Titles

Running Backs: 2,000-Yard Rushers

Running backs with 3 or more 80-yard TD runs 

Running Wild, Barry Sanders runs for 100 yards in 14 consecutive games

Rushing - Team Record Holders

Rushing records, team-by-team (single game)

Rushers, 1,000 yard duos - Csonka/Morris | Harris/Bleier | Mack/Byner | Vick/Dunn | Jacobs/Ward  | Stewart/Williams

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Sayers scores 6

Seasons in Review2011  |  2010


Shotgun Formation

Single-game rushing records by team

Super Bowl Coaches

Super Bowl Coin Toss

Super Bowl Quarterbacks

Super Bowl Stadiums

Super Bowl (Game Time) Temperatures

Don Shula Become All-time Winningest Coach

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Tarkenton's debut 

TD passes in a season – chronology of the record

Team Histories

Teams in the NFL, 1920-present

Team-by-Team single season rushing leaders

Team-by-team, single-game rushing records

Team record holders: receiving yards, game

Television – First Televised Game

Thanksgiving Day Games, 1920-2014

Thanksgiving – Detroit Tradition

Thanksgiving and playoff hopes

Thorpe, Jim and the Oorang Indians

Tie Games, Overtime 

Tomlinson, LaDainian Makes History in 2003

Tomlinson, LaDainian sets points record

Tomlinson ties Lenny Moore's consecutive game scoring record

Top 20: Career statistical leaders (at start of 2014 NFL Season)

Touchdowns, 99-Yard TD Passes

Touchdowns, Manning (Peyton) sets TD Mark

Touchdowns, Most consecutive games with a TD pass

Touchdown runs – Five RBs with three or more 80-yard touchdowns 

Trades, Largest

"Triple Crown" Winners

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Undefeated Teams - 1934 and '42 Bears 1948 Browns | 1972 Dolphins | 2007 Patriots

Unitas' record

United States Football League Standings. 1983-85

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Norm Van Brocklin's record-setting 554 yards

Michael Vick sets QB rushing mark

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Wednesday, infographic

Win/Loss Records by Team

Winners - "Triple Crown"

Winning Streaks

Wild Card, History

Williams sets rookie rushing mark

World Football League Standings, 1974-75

Wrong-way runs

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Youngest Coaches

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