HIGHEST SCORING SEASON
With one game remaining, the 2020 season has had the most total points (12,658) and touchdowns scored (1,469) in a single season in NFL history.
NEW PLAYOFF TEAMS
Seven of the 14 teams to qualify for the playoffs are new to the postseason in 2020, having missed the playoffs a year ago: Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the Washington Football Team.
Since 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before.
NEW DIVISION WINNERS
The AFC North (Pittsburgh) and NFC East (Washington) are won by teams that missed the postseason in 2019.
At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 17 of the past 18 years, including the 2020 season.
In each of the past 43 seasons (1977-2020, excluding 1982, when divisional play did not occur), at least one team has won its division the season after missing the playoffs.
The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS won the AFC West and finished as the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The Chiefs will have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
The BUFFALO BILLS, who won the AFC East, finished as the AFC’s No. 2 seed. They will host the No. 7 seed INDIANAPOLIS COLTS on Super Wild Card Weekend. Indianapolis clinched its second playoff berth in the past three seasons.
The PITTSBURGH STEELERS, who won the AFC North, finished as the AFC’s No. 3 seed. They will host the No. 6 seed CLEVELAND BROWNS in the Wild Card round. Cleveland clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.
The TENNESSEE TITANS, who won the AFC South, finished as the AFC’s No. 4 seed. They will host the No. 5 seed BALTIMORE RAVENS in the Wild Card round. Baltimore clinched a playoff berth for the third-consecutive season.
The GREEN BAY PACKERS won the NFC North and finished as the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The Packers will have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, who won the NFC South, finished as the NFC’s No. 2 seed. They will host the No. 7 seed CHICAGO BEARS in the Wild Card round. Chicago clinched its second playoff berth in the past three seasons.
The SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, who won the NFC West, finished as the NFC’s No. 3 seed. They will host the No. 6 seed LOS ANGELES RAMS in the Wild Card round. The Rams have clinched a playoff berth in three of the past four seasons.
The WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM earned the No. 4 seed and the franchise’s first NFC East division title since 2015. They will host the NFC’s No. 5 seed, the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, on Super Wild Card Weekend.
Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 240 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 147.9 rating. Wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had a touchdown reception in the Packers‘ 35-16 win at Chicago.
Rodgers led the NFL with a career-high 48 touchdown passes this season. He is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (48 touchdown passes in 1984) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history.
He led the NFL with a 121.5 passer rating, the second-highest single-season mark by a quarterback in NFL history, trailing only his 122.5 rating in 2011.
A-Rod is the first quarterback in NFL history with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in 14 games within a single season in NFL history.
Rodgers had 12 games with at least three touchdown passes this season, tied with TOM BRADY (12 games in 2007) for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.
Adams led the NFL with 18 touchdown receptions, tied for the third-most touchdowns by a wide receiver in a single-season in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers RANDY MOSS (23 touchdowns in 2007) and JERRY RICE (23 touchdowns in 1987) had more.
Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN passed for 224 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 122.3 rating. Wide receiver STEFON DIGGS had seven receptions for 76 yards in the Bills‘ 56-26 win over Miami.
Allen, who had 4,544 passing yards with 37 touchdown passes and eight rushing touchdowns in 2020, is the first player with at least 4,500 passing, yards, 35 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in a single season in NFL history.
Diggs led the NFL with 127 receptions this season, the sixth-most receptions in a single season in league annals. Only MICHAEL THOMAS (149 receptions in 2019), Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (143 in 2002), JULIO JONES (136 in 2015) and ANTONIO BROWN (136 in 2015 and 129 in 2014) had more.
Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 302 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 134.1 rating. He added one rushing touchdown in the Chargers‘ 38-21 win at Kansas City.
Justin Herbert only throws bombs
— PFF (@PFF) January 3, 2021
Herbert recorded the most touchdown passes (31), most completions (396) and second-most passing yards (4,336) by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.
At 22 years and 299 days old, Herbert surpassed LAMAR JACKSON (22 years, 356 days in 2019) as the youngest quarterback with at least 30 touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history.
With Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (38 touchdown passes, age 25), Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (37 touchdown passes, age 24), Houston’s DESHAUN WATSON (33 touchdown passes, age 25) and Herbert (31 touchdown passes, age 22), 2020 is the first season in league history with four quarterbacks under the age of 26 to each throw at least 30 touchdown passes in the same season.
Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON had three touchdown passes and rushed for 97 yards. Rookie running back J.K. DOBBINS rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens‘ 38-3 win over Cincinnati.
The Ravens rushed for a franchise-record 404 yards on Sunday. The fourth-highest single-game total since 1950. Only the NEW YORK GIANTS (423 rushing yards on November 19, 1950), CINCINNATI BENGALS (407 rushing yards on October 22, 2000) and CHICAGO BEARS (406 rushing yards on September 6, 1955) had more.
Jackson, who had 36 touchdown passes and seven rushing touchdowns last season, had 26 touchdown passes and seven rushing touchdowns in 2020. He joined DESHAUN WATSON (2018-19) as the only quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history.
Jackson, who rushed for 1,206 yards in 2019, had 1,005 rushing yards in 2020 and became the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards in multiple seasons.
Dobbins recorded a rushing touchdown in six consecutive games (Week 11, Week 13-17). He is tied for the third-longest such streak by a rookie running back in the Super Bowl era. Only MAURICE JONES-DREW (eight games in 2006) and CURTIS DICKEY (seven games in 1980) had a longer streak.
Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for a 117.8 rating. Wwde receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 11 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers‘ 44-27 win over Atlanta.
Tom ➡️ AB
Brady's 40th TD of the season 🔥
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 3, 2021
Brady made the 299th regular-season start of his career and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (298 starts) for the most regular-season starts by a quarterback in NFL history.
Brady, who had 50 touchdown passes in 2007, recorded 40 touchdown passes in 2020 and became the fifth quarterback with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons in NFL history. He is joining AARON RODGERS (three seasons), DREW BREES (two), PEYTON MANNING (two) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (two).
Brown recorded his 22nd career game with at least 10 receptions, tied with ANDRE JOHNSON (22 games) for the most games with at least 10 receptions in NFL history.
Brown has 11 career games with at least 125 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions. He is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers DON MAYNARD (11 games) and TERRELL OWENS (11) for the fifth-most such games in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (22 games), RANDY MOSS (15), MARVIN HARRISON (13) and DON HUTSON (13) have more.
Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS registered 46 receiving yards on Sunday. Evans, who had 1,006 receiving yards this season, is the first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons.
Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans‘ 41-38 win at Houston.
CROWN THE KING.
Derrick Henry has rushed for 2,000 yards in a season! #Titans
— NFL (@NFL) January 4, 2021
Henry led the NFL with 2,027 rushing yards in 2020 and is the eighth player in league annals to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a season. He led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in 2019, is the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006-07) to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons.
Henry is the first player in NFL history with five career games with at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Other notable performances from Sunday include:
Minnesota rookie wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had nine receptions for 133 yards in the Vikings‘ 37-35 win at Detroit.
Jefferson had 1,400 receiving yards in 2020 and surpassed ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,377 receiving yards in 2003) for the most receiving yards by a rookie in the Super Bowl era. Jefferson is the fourth rookie with at least seven games of 100-or-more receiving yards in history, joining BILL GROMAN (nine games in 1960), ODELL BECKHAM JR. (seven games in 2014) and HARLON HILL (seven games in 1954).
Indianapolis rookie running back JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts‘ 28-14 win over Jacksonville.
Taylor’s 253 rushing yards were tied with DEMARCO MURRAY (253 rushing yards on October 23, 2011) for the second-most rushing yards by a rookie in a single game in NFL history. Only ADRIAN PETERSON (296 rushing yards on November 4, 2007) had more.
New England quarterback CAM NEWTON passed for 242 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 127.4 rating. He had his first-career touchdown reception in the Patriots‘ Week 17 win.
Newton is the fifth quarterback with at least three touchdown passes and a receiving touchdown in a single game in NFL history, joining RAY BUIVID (December 5, 1937), JIM MCMAHON (September 29, 1985), FRANK RYAN (October 30, 1960) and DESHAUN WATSON (December 1, 2019).
New England wide receiver JAKOBI MEYERS had a 19-yard touchdown pass in the Patriots‘ 28-14 win over the New York Jets. Meyers, who also had a touchdown pass in Week 10, is the fourth wide receiver with two touchdown passes in a single season in the Super Bowl era, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (2018), ROD GARDNER (2003) and ANTWAAN RANDLE EL (2010).
Miami cornerback XAVIEN HOWARD led the NFL with 10 interceptions this season. He became the first player with at least 10 interceptions in a single season since ANTONIO CROMARTIE (10 interceptions) in 2007.