FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/3/13
2012 NFL RECORDS & MILESTONES A sampling of NFL records set and milestones reached in 2012:
THE TEAMS ARIZONA CARDINALS
Reached 500 regular-season victories (501). WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 764 receptions for 10,413 yards in his career. Fitzgerald is the first Cardinal with 750+ receptions and the only player in team history with 10,000+ receiving yards. Fitzgerald has at least one reception in 133 consecutive games (active), the longest streak in club history (MEL GRAY, 121). CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON’s seven INTs ranked fourth in the NFL in 2012 and are the most by a Cardinal since 2001.
Earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and a first-round bye for the second time in the past three seasons. Qualified for the postseason in three consecutive years for the first time in franchise history. Posted a club-record fifth consecutive winning season. Opened the season with eight wins, the best start in franchise history (4-0 in 1986, 2004). The Falcons are the 15th team since 1978 – when the NFL introduced the 16game schedule – to start a season 8-0. MIKE SMITH (56) surpassed DAN REEVES (52) for the most wins (including postseason) in Falcons history. Smith also became the first head coach in franchise history to reach the playoffs in four of his first five seasons. QB MATT RYAN set a single-season team record with 4,719 passing yards, surpassing his own mark (4,177) set in 2011. Ryan is the only Falcons quarterback to register 4,000 passing yards in multiple seasons. With 32 TD passes in 2012, Ryan joined STEVE BARTKOWSKI (31 in 1980; 30 in 1981) as the only Falcons QBs with 30+ TD passes in a season. WR RODDY WHITE recorded 1,351 receiving yards, his team-record sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. White (1,351) and WR JULIO JONES (1,198) are the Falcons’ first pair of 1,000-yard receivers since 1998. RB MICHAEL TURNER recorded 10 rushing touchdowns and is the only player in team history to rush for 10+ touchdowns in five consecutive seasons. Turner also became the first Falcon with 60 career rushing touchdowns.
Won back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history.
RB RAY RICE totaled 1,621 scrimmage yards (1,143 rushing, 478 receiving). Rice, who led AFC RBs with 61 catches in 2012, has reached 1,600 scrimmage yards in four consecutive seasons and surpassed JAMAL LEWIS (three times) for the most such seasons in team history. Rice accrued more than 1,100 rushing yards for the fourth consecutive season, the longest streak in club annals. Lewis (2000; 2002-2003; 2006) is the only other Raven to surpass that mark multiple times. TE DENNIS PITTA (seven) tied TODD HEAP (seven in 2005) for the most TD receptions in a season by a tight end in franchise history. KR-WR JACOBY JONES registered a 108-yard KR-TD in Week 6 and a 105-yard KR-TD in Week 10, the two longest kickoff-return touchdowns by a Raven. Jones, whose 108-yard return tied for the longest in NFL history, is the first player in NFL history with two career 105+ yard kick-return touchdowns. Rookie K JUSTIN TUCKER made a 56-yard field goal in Week 2, tied for the longest field goal in club history. BUFFALO BILLS
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (3,400 passing yards) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM KELLY (eight seasons) as the only Bills quarterbacks to reach 3,000 yards passing in three consecutive seasons. WR STEVIE JOHNSON led the team in catches (79) and receiving yards (1,046) and became the first Bills wide receiver to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. TE SCOTT CHANDLER (six) became the first tight end in team history with six touchdown catches in back-to-back seasons (six in 2011). PETE METZELAARS (six in 1992) and JAY RIEMERSMA (six in 1998) are the only other Bills tight ends to reach six TD receptions in a season. DE MARIO WILLIAMS (10.5 sacks) became the first Bills defensive linemen since 1982 to record double-digit sacks in his debut season with the cl