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NFL Week 2 2013 Seven from Sunday: Drew Brees Extends Consecutive 300-Yard Passing Game Streak in NFL History

A look at seven statistical highlights from NFL games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 15, the second week of the 2013 season.

Al Messerschmidt


  • Three quarterbacks (AARON RODGERS, MICHAEL VICK, PHILIP RIVERS) each passed for at least 400 yards and did not throw an interception today. That is the most such performances in a week in NFL history. Green Bay's Rodgers passed for 480 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Packers' 38-20 win over Washington. In San Diego's 33-30 victory over Philadelphia, the Chargers' Rivers had 419 yards, three touchdowns with no interceptions. The Eagles' Vick finished with 428 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. There have been five 400-yard, 0-interception individual performances through the first two weeks which is only one behind the record for an entire season. There were six such performances in the 2010 and 2012 seasons. This season, there have been six individual 400-yard passing performances. That is the most in any two-week span in NFL history.
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 480 yards and running back JAMES STARKS rushed for 132 yards in the Packers' win. The Packers are the first team in NFL history with a 450-yard passer and 125-yard rusher in the same game. Rodgers completed 34 of 42 passes (81.0 percent) for 480 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 146.0 passer rating. Starks rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay also had two 100-yard receivers as JAMES JONES had 11 catches for 178 yards and RANDALL COBB totaled nine receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown.
  • Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 41-23 win over the New York Giants. Manning (60,256) became the third quarterback in NFL history to reach 60,000 career passing yards, joining BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361). Manning, who accomplished the feat in his 226th game, is the fastest to reach the milestone. Manning has nine touchdown passes this season, tied with CHARLEY JOHNSON (1965) and DREW BREES (2009) for the most through the first two weeks of the season. Manning is the only player in NFL history to have nine passing touchdowns and no interceptions through the first two weeks of a season. The game also marked the first time in NFL history that the starting quarterbacks each passed for at least 400 yards in the previous week. In Week 1, Peyton Manning passed for 462 yards and the Giants' ELI MANNING had 450 passing yards.
  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 322 yards in the Saints' 16-14 win at Tampa Bay. The performance marked Brees' seventh consecutive 300-yard passing game, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1998) and KURT WARNER (2000) and RICH GANNON (2002) for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Brees (2011-12) also holds the NFL record with nine consecutive 300-yard passing games.
  • Houston rookie DE ANDRE HOPKINS caught a three-yard touchdown pass in overtime in the Texans' 30-24 win over Tennessee. Houston is thefirst team since the 1970 merger to win each of its first two games of the season on the game's final play. Hopkins is the first rookie wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass in overtime since SANTONIO HOLMES (December 31, 2006).
  • Chicago's DEVIN HESTER returned five kickoffs for a franchise-record 249 yards in the Bears' 31-30 win over Minnesota. Hester's 249 yards are the third-most in NFL history in a game for a player who had five kickoff returns or fewer. Detroit's WALLY TRIPLETT had 294 yards on four returns (October 29, 1950) and Seattle's LEON WASHINGTON had 253 yards on four returns (September 26, 2010). Minnesota rookie CORDARRELLE PATTERSON opened the game with a 105-yard kickoff-return touchdown, tied for the longest in team history (PERCY HARVIN, 9/30/12). Patterson's 105-yard kickoff-return is tied for the fourth-longest by a rookie in NFL history, trailing RANDALL COBB (108 yards, 9/8/11), NOLAND SMITH (106 yards, 12/17/67) and ROY GREEN (106 yards, 10/21/79).
  • San Diego tight end ANTONIO GATES had eight catches for 124 yards in the Chargers' 33-30 win at Philadelphia. Gates (652) is the fifth tight end in NFL history to reach 650 career receptions and his 20 100-yard receiving games are the fourth-most by a tight end who began his career since 1960.

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