COMEBACKS GALORE: Kickoff Weekend delivered many close games and exciting finishes. Eight teams came back
from fourth-quarter deficits to win in Week 1, the most comeback victories in Kickoff Weekend history.
The eight teams that trailed during the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend that came back to win:
NO NEED TO PANIC: At the end of Week 2, no more than 11 teams will be able to claim a perfect 2-0 record, leaving at least 21 clubs at 1-1 or 0-2.
Since realignment in 2002, 79 of the 132 playoff teams (58.8 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
A look at how playoff clubs in 2011 and 2012 began their seasons:
MANNING BOWL: Brothers PEYTON and ELI MANNING will meet for the third time of their NFL careers when the New York Giants host the Denver Broncos in Week 2. This will be the first game in NFL history to feature opposing players who passed for at least 400 yards in the previous week.
The Manning brothers were the top two passers on Kickoff Weekend in terms of yardage. Peyton passed for 462 yards in the Broncos’ 49-27 win against the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. Eli amassed 450 yards in the Giants’ 36-31 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1.
MANNING BOWL II: With 51 passing yards against the Giants, Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING (59,949) will join BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361) as the only players in NFL history with 60,000 career passing yards.
Manning, who will be playing in his 226th career game this week, can reach the 60,000-yard mark in the fewest games of any player in history. Marino reached the milestone in his 236thcareer game, while Favre accomplished the feat in 250 games.
MANNING BOWL III: Quarterback PEYTON MANNING of the Broncos passed for seven touchdowns Kickoff Weekend, tying the NFL single-game record.
With three passing touchdowns on Sunday, Manning can become the first player in NFL history with 10 TD passes through the first two weeks of a season. The record of nine is currently shared by CHARLEY JOHNSON (1965) and DREW BREES (2009).
The players with the most touchdown passes through Week 2 of an NFL season:
MEGATRON MOVES UP: Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON has 7,873 career receiving yards in 93 games. With 127 receiving yards on Sunday against Arizona, Johnson would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (94
games) for the third-fewest games in NFL history to reach the 8,000-yard mark.
Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (83 games) and RANDY MOSS (93) reached the milestone in fewer games.
The players to reach 8,000 receiving yards in the fewest number of games:
QUAN-TITY AND QUALITY: San Francisco wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN totaled 208 receiving yards in his 49ers’ debut on Kickoff Weekend. It marked the first 200-yard receiving game by any player on Kickoff Weekend since Boldin accomplished the feat against the Detroit Lions in his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2003 (217 yards).
With 99 receiving yards in Week 2 against Seattle, Boldin would eclipse the NFL record for the most receiving yards in a player’s first two games with a new team (rookies and veterans).
The players with the most receiving yards in their first two games with a new team in NFL history:
ACTION JACKSON: Atlanta running back STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries (7 average) in his Falcons’ debut in Week 1. Jackson, who is the Rams’ all-time leading rusher with 10,138 yards, will face his former team when Atlanta hosts St. Louis this Sunday.
Jackson will be the fifth player in NFL history to play against a team for whom they rushed for 10,000 yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (Dallas) and THURMAN THOMAS (Buffalo) and FRED TAYLOR (Jacksonville) and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (San Diego).