UNPREDICTABLE NFL: With one week remaining in the 2015 regular season, at least three teams will advance to the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2014 – KANSAS CITY (10-5), MINNESOTA (10-5) and WASHINGTON (8-7). Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.   
Two additional teams that missed the playoffs last season are still in contention for a trip to Super Bowl 50 – HOUSTON (8-7) and the NEW YORK JETS(10-5). 
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The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:

SEASON

PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS

1990

7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)

1991

5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)

1992

6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)

1993

5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)

1994

5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)

1995

4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)

1996

5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)          

1997

5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)

1998

5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)

1999

7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2000

6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)

2001

6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)

2002

5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)

2003

8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)

2004

5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)

2005

7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)

2006

7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)

2007

6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)

2008

7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)

2009

6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)

2010

5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)

2011

6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)

2012

4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)

2013

5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)

2014

5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)

2015

3* (Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)

*Through Week 16

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HIGH SCORES: Through Week 16, NFL teams have combined to score 10,993 points (45.8 points per game). 
With 658 points (41.1 points per game) in Week 17, the 2015 season will surpass 2012 (11,651) for the second-most points scored in a single season in NFL history (11,985 in 2013).
The most combined points scored in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON

MOST COMBINED POINTS SCORED

2013

11,985

2012

11,651

2014

11,565

2011

11,356

2010

11,283

 

 

2015

10,993*

*Through Week 16

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30 CLUBNine different quarterbacks have passed for 30 or more touchdowns in 2015, tied for the most in a single season in NFL history (2014).
With one touchdown pass on Sunday by Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD (29) at Chicago or New York Jets quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK(29) at Buffalo, this season would surpass 2014 for the most quarterbacks to throw at least 30 touchdown passes in a single season.
The quarterbacks to throw at least 30 touchdown passes this season: 

PLAYER

TEAM

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Tom Brady

New England

36

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville

35

Carson Palmer

Arizona

34

Eli Manning

New York Giants

33

Cam Newton

Carolina

33

Drew Brees

New Orleans

31

Derek Carr

Oakland

31

Russell Wilson

Seattle

31

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

30

 

 

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets

29

Matthew Stafford

Detroit

29


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FANTASTIC FALCON: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES leads the league with 127 receptions and 1,722 receiving yards this season.
With 127 receiving yards on Sunday against New Orleans, Jones would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,848 yards in 1995) for the second-most receiving yards in a season in NFL history. 
The players with the most receiving yards in a season in NFL history: 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

RECEIVING YARDS

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2012

1,964

Jerry Rice

San Francisco

1995

1,848

Isaac Bruce

St. Louis

1995

1,781

Charley Hennigan

Houston Oilers

1961

1,746

Julio Jones

Atlanta

2015

1,722*

Marvin Harrison

Indianapolis

2002

1,722

*Through Week 16

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DOMINANT DREWNew Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 38-27 win over Jacksonville. The performance marked Brees’ 13th career game with at least 400 passing yards. 
With at least 400 passing yards on Sunday at Atlanta, Brees would tie PEYTON MANNING (14) for the most 400-yard passing performances in NFL history. 
The players with the most 400-yard passing games in NFL history: 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

MOST 400-YARD PASSING GAMES

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

14

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

13

Dan Marino*

Miami

13

Carson Palmer

Cincinnati, Oakland, Arizona

8

Philip Rivers

San Diego

8

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh

8

*Pro Football Hall of Famer

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GALLOPING GORE: With 109 rushing yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE would join Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (11), CURTIS MARTIN (10), WALTER PAYTON (10) and BARRY SANDERS (10) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in at least nine different seasons.
The players to rush for 1,000 yards in at least nine different seasons: 

PLAYER

SEASONS WITH 1,000 RUSHING YARDS

Emmitt Smith

11

Curtis Martin

10

Walter Payton

10

Barry Sanders

10

 

 

Frank Gore

8*

*891 yards through Week 16

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KICKING THE RECORD BOOKS: Below is a sampling of kicking milestones that can be reached Sunday. 

  • With a 50-yard field goal on Sunday at Kansas City, Oakland kicker SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, who has converted 52 career kicks of at least 50 yards, would surpass JASON HANSON (52) for the most 50-yard field goals in NFL history. 
  • New England kicker STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI, who currently leads the NFLin scoring (147 points) and has previously done so four times in his career, can join Pro Football Hall of Famer DON HUTSON (five) and GINO CAPPELLETTI (five) as the only players to lead the league in points scored at least five times. 

Gostkowski is tied with Minnesota kicker BLAIR WALSH for the most field goals made this season with 32 and can join Pro Football Hall of Famer LOU GROZA (five), WARD CUFF (four) and JACK MANDERS (four) as the only players to lead the league in field goals at least four times.

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