List of 2013 NFL records and milestones

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The following records were set or milestones were achieved during the 2013 NFL season.

Regular season records/milestones[edit]

  • A record 11,985 points were scored during the season, with games averaging 46.8 points, the highest average in NFL history (46.5 in 1948).[1]
  • A total of 1,338 total touchdowns were scored, surpassing the league-wide record of 1,297, which occurred last season.[1]
  • A record 863 field goals were made this year, surpassing the record set last year with 852. Also, kickers converted a record 86.5% of their field goal attempts breaking the record of 84.5% set during the 2008 season.[1]
  • With 5,477 passing yards Peyton Manning broke Drew Brees' 2011 record for passing yards in a season by a single yard.[1]
  • Peyton Manning also finished with a season record 55 touchdown passes, surpassing the mark of 50 set by Tom Brady in 2007.[1][2][3]
  • In scoring 606 points during the regular season, the Denver Broncos surpassed the NFL record for most points (previously held by the 2007 Patriots who scored 589 points) and became the first team to eclipse the 600 point threshold.[1] The Broncos outscored the next highest scoring team (the Chicago Bears) by 161 points, or more than ten points per game.[4]
  • A total of eleven teams scored at least 400 points this season, breaking the record of nine teams in 2008 and 2012.[1]
  • Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts surpassed Cam Newton for most passing yards through two seasons in an NFL career. He finished with 8,196 yards in his first two seasons.[1]
  • The Denver Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have five players score at least ten touchdowns in the same season: Demaryius Thomas (14), Knowshon Moreno (13), Julius Thomas (12), Eric Decker (11) and Wes Welker (10). No team had previously had more than three such players.[1]
  • Tom Brady led the Patriots to his eleventh division title as the team's starting quarterback, setting the mark for the most division titles for a starting quarterback. Peyton Manning led his team to the tenth division title of his career, which is the second most all time.[1][3]
  • Andre Johnson, of the Houston Texans, reached 100 catches for his fifth season which ties him with Wes Welker for the league record for the most seasons with 100+ receptions.[5]
  • Peyton Manning set a record for most touchdown passes without an interception to start a season with 20. Later in the season Nick Foles of the Eagles nearly matched the mark by starting the season with 19 touchdowns before throwing an interception, which is the second longest such streak in league history.[1]
  • Punter Johnny Hekker of the St. Louis Rams set a single season record with an average of 44.2 net yards per punt, besting the mark of 44.0 yards set by Andy Lee in 2011.[6]
Week 1
  • On September 5, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos set or tied five NFL passing records against the Baltimore Ravens:[7]
    • Seven touchdown passes tied record for most in a game. Achieved by five other quarterbacks, most recently Joe Kapp in 1969.
    • Set record of three career games throwing six or more TDs.
    • Tied Drew Brees' record of four career games throwing five or more TDs.
    • Tied Brett Favre's record of 23 career games throwing four or more TDs.
    • Extended his own record with his 73rd 300-yard passing game.[8]
  • The four safeties recorded in Week 1 tied a league record for most in an opening week of games. The mark has been achieved three times previously: 1970, 1993 and 1999.[9]
Week 2
  • Peyton Manning became just the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 60,000 yards in a career, joining Dan Marino (61,361 career passing yards) and Brett Favre (71,838). Manning achieved the mark in his 226th game, making him the fastest to the milestone.[10]
Week 4
  • Placekicker Blair Walsh of the Minnesota Vikings set an NFL record by making his 12th straight 50+ yard field goal. Walsh had previously shared the record with Robbie Gould and Tony Zendejas. He also broke the Vikings' franchise mark for field goals of 50 or more yards which had been held by Ryan Longwell.[11][12][13]
  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford set two NFL records in the first half of the Lions' week four game against Chicago: he became the first quarterback in league history to complete more than 1,200 passes in his first 50 games and he also broke Kurt Warner’s league record for most yards thrown in his first 50 games with a total of 13,976 yards.[14]
Week 5
  • Peyton Manning of the Broncos threw 20 touchdown passes before he threw his first interception of the season to set an NFL record for the longest such streak at the start of a season. The previous record of 16 was set by Milt Plum of the Cleveland Browns in 1960.[15][16] Manning's 20 touchdown passes through five games are also a league record.[17] In addition, the 414 yards passing Manning compiled bring his career total to 61,371 eclipsing Dan Marino for second place on the career passing yardage list behind only Brett Favre.[17]
  • Oakland's Charles Woodson scored the 13th return touchdown off of a turnover of his career, which ties a league record also held by Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.[18]
Week 6
  • Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould tied an NFL record (set in week 4 by Blair Walsh) by making his twelfth consecutive field goal attempt of 50 or more yards.[12]
  • The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs each won to become the last two remaining undefeated teams at 6–0, making this just the second time since the introduction of the division format in 1933 that two teams from the same division have maintained perfect records through six games. Both the Broncos and Chiefs play in the AFC West. The only other pair of teams to have achieved this feat are the 1934 Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions which each made it to 10–0.[19]
  • Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught five passes to become just the ninth player in league history with 1,000 receptions. With 1,001 career receptions Wayne is currently in eighth place on the all–time list for receptions. The Colts became the first franchise to have two players reach the milestone of 1,000 receptions: Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Wayne was the third fastest player to reach the mark, doing so in his 195th game. Only Harrison and Jerry Rice caught 1,000 passes in fewer games.[20]
Week 7
  • Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made his 100th career start. The 27,485 passing yards he has compiled are the most by a player through 100 starts in league history.[21]
  • Kick returner Devin Hester of the Bears returned a punt for a touchdown. This score extended his NFL records in regular season punt return TDs (13) and combined punt or kick return TDs (19) while also moving him past Deion Sanders for the record of most career return TDs of any type, including playoff games (20).[21]
Week 8
  • Vikings kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson set a league record for the longest kickoff return at 109 yards. This return also ties the record for longest play of any type.[22]
  • Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a 93 yard touchdown run which set an NFL record for the longest run by a quarterback. He also set a team record for the longest run from scrimmage.[23][24]
  • Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals caught four passes for 48 yards and a TD, as the Cardinals beat the Falcons. He reached the 800–reception level in the win becoming the youngest player in the history of the league to catch 800 passes. Fitzgerald was 30 years and 57 days old on Sunday.[24]
Week 9
Week 10
  • Peyton Manning, with his win over the Chargers in San Diego, now holds the record for most career road wins by a quarterback with 74.[27] The record was previously held by Brett Favre who compiled a 73–76 road record compared to 74–42 for Manning as of this game.[28]
  • The New Orleans Saints set an NFL record for most first downs in a game by achieving 40 first downs against the Dallas Cowboys in their 49–17 victory.[29]
Week 11
  • Washington linebacker London Fletcher played in his 250th consecutive game in the Redskins' 24–16 loss at Philadelphia, joining Jim Marshall, Brett Favre and Jeff Feagles as just the fourth player to accomplish this. It was also his 209th consecutive start, breaking Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks' record for the longest streak by a linebacker in NFL history.[30]
  • Tom Brady became the sixth player in NFL history to reach 4,000 career passes completed.[31]
Week 12
Week 13
  • Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon became the first player in NFL history to gain 200+ receiving yards in each of two consecutive games.[35]
  • Alshon Jeffery, of the Chicago Bears, recorded 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns. This, along with Josh Gordon's game, marked the first time in NFL history two players had at least ten catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns on the same day.[35]
  • With his 211–yard rushing effort against the Chicago Bears, Adrian Peterson of the Vikings breached the 10,000–yard mark for his career. He became the third fastest NFL player to reach 10,000 yards. Peterson accomplished this feat in his 101st career game. Eric Dickerson (91 games) and Jim Brown (98 games) reached this mark in fewer games.[35]
  • Tom Brady's second touchdown pass on Sunday was the 353rd of his pro career, all for the Patriots under Bill Belichick. That broke the NFL record for career TD passes under a particular head coach; Dan Marino threw 352 TD passes under Don Shula.[36]
  • Adam Vinatieri, of the Indianapolis Colts, kicked five field goals (47, 48, 45, 37, 49) against the Tennessee Titans. With this, Vinatieri accomplished the following: joined Morten Andersen as the only players in NFL history to score at least 800 points for two teams, tied Jason Elam’s league record with a 16th season with at least 100 points and tied an NFL record shared by nine players with four field goals from 40–49 yards.[37]
Week 14
Week 15
  • All teams on Sunday combined to score 763 points which set a new league single-day scoring record surpassing the 759 points scored on January 1, 2012.[40]
  • Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, became the first running back in NFL history with four touchdown catches in one game. He also scored once on a run and no other player, regardless of position, had four touchdown catches and a touchdown run in a single game.[40][41]
  • Tony Gonzalez became the first tight end and the fifth player overall in NFL history to reach 15,000 receiving yards with his 62 yards against the Redskins. He currently has 1,313 catches, 15,008 yards and 110 touchdowns. Only Gonzalez and Jerry Rice have surpassed 15,000 receiving yards, 1,100 catches and 100 touchdowns in a career.[41]
  • Calvin Johnson had 98 yards receiving during the week which gave him 5,094 yards since the beginning of the 2011 season. He became the first player in NFL history to record 5,000 yards in a three-season span.[42]
  • Justin Tucker tied an NFL record for longest field goal in a dome with his game-winning 61 yard field goal. He also converted from 24, 29, 32, 49 and 53 yards in scoring every point of the Ravens' 18–16 victory over the Lions. In doing so, Tucker became the first player to make field goals from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in a single game.[43]
Week 16
Week 17

Playoff records/milestones[edit]

Wildcard weekend
  • The Indianapolis Colts' defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs included the second biggest comeback in NFL playoff history when the Colts erased a 28-point third quarter deficit — the only playoff game where a team came back from further down was the BillsOilers game from January 1993 which has become known simply as "The Comeback."[47] It was the first time in any NFL game (regular or postseason) that a team won in regulation play (i.e. not overtime) after having trailed by as many as 28 points.[48] The game was also the highest scoring postseason game to have been decided by a one-point margin[48] as well as the first game in league history to finish with a 45–44 result.[49]
  • The Colts and Chiefs combined for 1,049 total yards which established a new single-game postseason record, breaking the record of 1,038 yards that was set by the BillsDolphins first-round game on December 30, 1995, and matched in a SaintsLions first-round matchup on January 7, 2012.[48]
  • The Chiefs' eighth consecutive postseason loss broke the NFL record the franchise had previously shared with the Lions.[50]
Division weekend
  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady eclipsed Brett Favre's record for most playoff starts by a quarterback with his 25th postseason start. He also extended his own record for playoff victories by a starting quarterback to 18.[51]
  • Patriots coach Bill Belichick moved into a second-place tie with Don Shula on the all-time postseason head coaching wins list, one victory behind Tom Landry.[52][53]
  • Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount scored four rushing touchdowns, placing him second all time to Ricky Watters (who ran for five touchdowns in a 1994 game) in both rushing as well as total touchdowns in a playoff game.[51] With 166 rushing yards, Blount became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 125 yards and four touchdowns in a postseason game.[54]
  • The 49ers defeated the Panthers to reach the franchise's third straight and 15th overall Conference Championship game, matching the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Conference Championship appearances.[53] Jim Harbaugh became the first head coach in NFL history to take his team to the Conference Championship game in each of his first three seasons.[55]
Championship weekend
Super Bowl
  • The Seattle Seahawks recorded the quickest score in Super Bowl history when Cliff Avril tackled Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno in the endzone after a fumbled shotgun snap with just 12 seconds elapsed in the contest. The Seahawks would maintain that lead throughout the game leading to a record for the longest time holding a lead (58 minutes, 48 seconds) in Super Bowl history.[58]
  • The Broncos set the record for most Super Bowl losses with five.[58]
  • The Seahawks' defeat of the Broncos marked the first time in NFL history that a game ended with a 43–8 score.[59][60]
  • Peyton Manning set a Super Bowl record for passes completed with 34.[58]
  • Manning threw for 280 yards to pass Tom Brady and move into first place on the career playoff passing yardage list with 6,589 yards.[61][62][63]
  • Demaryius Thomas caught 13 passes to set a single-game Super Bowl record.[58]

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