Week 12 of the NFL was a week of historic and record breaking performances. Some players played their way into the record books while other set new lows for their franchises. David Johnson found himself in the company of Edgerrin James while Tom Brady joined Peyton Manning as one of the NFL’s all-time winningest signal callers. The week saw some players score their first touchdowns while others scored three different ways in the same game. Every week of the NFL brings something new, with the playoff race becoming more clear, things are heating up around the league.
With every week in the NFL comes surprises, while some of them are exhilarating and encouraging, others only lead to disappointment and despair. With any game or contest there will always be a winner and a loser, and is just as true this week in the NFL as it is the next.
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NFL Week 12 winners and losers
New Orleans Saints’ Offense
The Saints’ offense had one of their highest offensive outputs of the season on Sunday, scoring 49 points in their victory over the Rams. It was a complete performance from the Saints’ offense with nearly everyone involved in the high-scoring affair. Brees completed 77 percent of his passes, throwing for 310 yards and four touchdowns while adding a fifth, rushing. Two of Brees’ scores went to rookie wideout, Michael Thomas, who led the team in receiving with nine receptions for 108 yards. Brees was not the only one to throw a touchdown pass as Willie Snead connected with Tim Hightower for a 50-yard score on a gadget play. Ingram bounced back from a concussion he suffered last week with his second best performance of the season, rushing for 146 yards and a score on 14 carries, while adding another receiving. The only one not to get in the action was Brandin Cooks, who was held without a catch in the contest.
Against the Falcons on Sunday, Johnson accumulated 160 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. It was part of a history making effort for the second-year back as he has now recorded 11-straight games of gaining more than 100 yards from scrimmage. Johnson is only the second player to accomplish such a feat, joining Edgerrin James who did it twice — once in 2000 and again in 2005, according to NBC Sports’ Zac Jackson.
David Johnson was not the only one to make history as Tyreek Hill also found himself in the record books on Sunday. Hill becomes the first player since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score on a run, a pass and a kick return in the same game, courtesy of ESPN. He scored all three of Kansas City’s touchdowns in the game against the Broncos, returning a kick for 86 yards, rushing for a three-yard score and receiving a three-yard touchdown pass. The fifth-round rookie speedster was drafted primarily as a kick returner, but has become a much larger contributor on offense.
In keeping with record setting performances, Tom Brady, joins Peyton Manning as the all-time winningest quarterback in league history with his 200th career win on Sunday, as the Patriots topped the Jets. He’ll go for victory number 201 at home against the Rams in week 13. Sunday was a week of firsts for Jared Goff and Matt Barkley, as both found the end zone for their first career touchdown passes. Goff was making his second start after making his NFL debut in week 11, while Barkley was making just his sixth in four years. As Goff and Barkley were throwing their firsts in week 12, Marcus Mariota extended his stretch of games with at least two passing touchdowns to eight. The Dolphins and Giants also increased their streaks on Sunday and have now won six in-a-row.