NFC South Saves Bucs
The Buccaneers (8-9) became the fourth team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record in a non-strike-shortened season. Two of the previous three won their wild-card game, but both lost in the divisional round.
GOAT Kicker Problems
Justin Tucker missed six field goals this season, as many as he has missed the last three seasons combined and one off his single-season career high. Yet, his career percentage is still the best in NFL history by almost 2 percent, and is 4 percent better than the next-closest player (Robbie Gould) who has played at least as long as he has.
Not All Bad For Russ
Despite a down year, Russell Wilson is the second quarterback ever (Peyton Manning) with 3,000-plus passing yards in each of his first 11 seasons.
Lions Crush 2022 Draft
Aidan Hutchinson, who finished with 9.5 sacks, and James Houston (eight) are the first pair of rookie teammates to each record at least eight sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
Jaguars linebacker Foyesade Oluokun’s 128 solo tackles are the most in the NFL in 17 seasons and tied for the fourth-most all-time with Jonathan Vilma (2005 with the Jets). Oluokun finished two tackles behind Ray Lewis, who had 130 tackles in 1999, for third. Lewis also holds the all-time record with 156, set in 1997. Second on the list is Patrick Willis, who had 136 for San Francisco in 2007.
Jacobs Climbs Raiders’ Ladder
Josh Jacobs led the NFL with 2,053 yards from scrimmage and scored 12 touchdowns. He is the first Raider to lead the NFL in yards since Tim Brown in 1988. He is also the first Raider to win the rushing title (1,653 rush yards) since Marcus Allen in 1985.
Quarterback’s Best Friend
Austin Ekeler became the fifth running back in NFL history to catch 100 or more passes in a single season and the first since 2019. His 107 receptions ties Christian McCaffrey for the second-most by a running back in NFL history.
Super Bowl Hangover
The Rams (5-12) have the most losses of any defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history. They’re also only the 17th team to miss the postseason the year after winning it all and the eighth to do so with a losing record.
Luck or Skill?
The Minnesota Vikings have 11 one-score wins, the most by any team in a single season in NFL history. They are the first team to win 13 or more games in a season with a negative scoring differential (minus-3).
Just End The Season
The 2022 season is the 12th consecutive year the Jets have missed the playoffs, the longest such streak in the NFL. No other team has missed the playoffs for more than seven consecutive seasons.
Herbert Hits QB Milestones
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert finished with 477 completions, tying him with Tom Brady’s 2021 output for the second most all-time. He became the second player ever to throw for 25 or more TD passes in his first three seasons (Peyton Manning). And he also became the first player in NFL history with at least 4,500 passing yards in two of his first three career seasons.
There were 66 different quarterbacks to start a game this season, setting a new NFL record. The previous mark was 64, set in 2007. David Blough (Arizona) tied it in Week 17, and Nathan Peterman (Chicago) and Sam Howell (Washington) broke it in Week 18.
Racking up Stats, Not Wins
The Las Vegas Raiders are only the fifth team in NFL history, and the first this century, to have a 1,500-yard rusher (Jacobs) and 1,500-yard receiver (Davante Adams) in the same season. The Raiders are the first team to accomplish the feat and miss the playoffs.
Allgeier Runs into Record Book
Tyler Allgeier, a fifth-round draft choice from BYU, set the Falcons’ rookie rushing record with 1,035 yards this season. He surpassed William Andrews’ 43-year-old record of 1,023. Andrews is a member of the franchise’s Ring of Honor.
Josh Allen Joins Elite Club
Allen, who had 4,283 passing yards and 35 touchdown passes this season, is the sixth player in NFL history with at least three career seasons of 4,000 passing yards and 35 touchdown passes, joining Aaron Rodgers (six seasons), Tom Brady (five), Patrick Mahomes (four), Peyton Manning (four) and Drew Brees (four). Allen, who also had seven rushing touchdowns this season, is the first player in NFL history with three career seasons with 35 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns.
The Ohio State
Saints WR Chris Olave and Jets WR Garrett Wilson became the first pair of receivers from the same school (Ohio State) to top 1,000 yards as rookies in NFL history.
Eagles’ Special Season
The Eagles led the NFL with 70 sacks this season, tied with the 1987 Bears (70 sacks) for the third-most sacks by a team in a single season in NFL history. Only the 1984 Bears (72 sacks) and 1989 Vikings (71) had more.
The Eagles also led all teams with 32 rushing touchdowns, tied with the 2003 Chiefs and 2006 Chargers (32) for the second-most by a team in a season in the Super Bowl era. Only the 1976 Steelers (33) had more.