Monday Nuggets: Week 3

Monday Nuggets: Week 3

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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 3 that align with our Mission, Vision, and Values!

Back in Philly

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned to Philadelphia this past weekend after six successful seasons with the Eagles.  Although the Redskins lost 37-34, Jackson had five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown (81 yards). Jackson, who had two 80+ yard touchdown catches with the Eagles, is only the third player in NFL history to log an 80-yard touchdown catch both for and against the same team. Pro Football Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner (Houston Oilers) and Art Powell (Oakland Raiders) are the others to achieve this feat.

Jackson scored on an 88-yard TD pass (see video below) against the Redskins on the first play from scrimmage in the Eagles 59-28 drubbing of the Washington Redskins on Nov. 17, 2010. That was the longest TD pass in the opening minute of a game since the 1969 season. Roman Gabriel connected with Wendall Tucker for a 93-yard touchdown strike when the Los Angeles Rams faced the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 9,1969.

Super Bowl Rematches

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 26-20 in overtime during Week 3. This was just the sixth time in NFL history that a Super Bowl rematch occurred in the following regular season. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII last season in New York/New Jersey. The defending Super Bowl champion has now won four of the six meetings in the history of these games.

The first Super Bowl rematch occurred in Week 1 of the 1970 NFL Season, the first year of the AFL-NFL merger. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 27-10 and were able to seek revenge for their loss in Super Bowl IV.
Super Bowl opponents who played each other the following regular season.

1/11/1970 IV (23-7) Kansas City Minnesota 9/20/1970 27-10 Minnesota
1/9/1977 XI (32-14) Oakland Minnesota 12/11/1977 35-13 Oakland
1/21/1979 XIII (35-31) Pittsburgh Dallas 10/28/1979 14-3 Pittsburgh
1/31/1993 XXVII (52-17) Dallas Buffalo 9/12/1993 13-10 Buffalo
1/26/1997 XXXI (35-21) Green Bay New England 10/27/1997 28-10 Green Bay
2/2/2014 XLVIII (43-8) Seattle Denver 9/21/2014 26-20 (OT) Seattle


Switching Roles

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton achieved a unique feat this past weekend. The fourth-year veteran recorded his first career touchdown reception. The catch came on a pass from receiver Mohamed Sanu in the first quarter and served as the lightning rod for a 33-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans. This was the first touchdown reception by a quarterback in Bengals franchise history.

The last NFL quarterback to accomplish this feat was the Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyler Thigpen in 2008 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trivia. Interestingly, only one Hall of Fame quarterback has caught a pass for a touchdown. Can you guess who it is? See answer at bottom of the page.

Tight with Tom

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 6-yard touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. In doing so, the pair now has a total of 44 career combined touchdowns, tying Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark for the third-most quarterback to tight end touchdowns of all time.

Philip Rivers Antonio Gates San Diego 63*
Drew Bledsoe Ben Coates New England 45
Tom Brady Rob Gronkowski New England 44*
Peyton Manning Dallas Clark Indianapolis 44
Drew Brees Jimmy Graham New Orleans 43*
Sonny Jurgensen Jerry Smith Washington 43
Dan Fouts Kellen Winslow San Diego 41
John Elway Shannon Sharpe Denver 41
Trivia Answer: John Elway. The Denver Broncos signal caller hauled in a 23-yard pass from running back Steven Sewell on Sept. 7, 1986 in the second quarter against the L.A. Raiders to put his team within five points. The Broncos finished off the Raiders 38-36 as Elway also completed 21 passes for 239 yards and two touchdown passes of his own.

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