Led by Luck's mark, sev­eral records fall

Pass­ing, re­ceiv­ing and kick­ing statis­tics take a huge hit from of­fences

Austin American-Statesman - - NFL - Wire Ser­vices

It was a record-set­ting week­end in the NFL, and still more marks could fall next week.

Indianapolis Colts quar­ter­back An­drew Luck broke Cam New­ton’s rookie pass­ing yards record late in the sec­ond quar­ter of Sun­day’s 20-13 vic­tory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a 23-yard throw to fel­low rookie T.Y. Hil­ton.

Luck has 4,183 pass­ing yards this sea­son af­ter throw­ing for 205 on Sun­day. Carolina’s New­ton threw for 4,051 yards dur­ing the 2011 sea­son.

■ Min­nesota kicker Blair Walsh had three field goals in the Vik­ings’ win over the Tex­ans. His first of the game, a 56-yarder in the sec­ond quar­ter, made him 9-for-9 from 50 yards or more this sea­son, break­ing the record of eight by Morten An­der­son and Ja­son Han­son. It also tied the team record for dis­tance with Paul Edinger, who had a 56-yarder in 2005.

■ Dal­las tight end Ja­son Wit­ten had two catches in the over­time loss to New Or­leans, break­ing Tony Gon­za­lez’s NFL sea­son record of 102 catches for a tight end set in 2004. Wit­ten has 103.

■ Satur­day, Detroit wide re­ceiver Calvin John­son broke Jerry Rice’s sin­gle-sea­son yards re­ceiv­ing record of 1,848 in the Lions’ 31-18 loss to At­lanta.

With 11 re­cep­tions for 225 yards against the Fal­cons, John­son also be­came the only player in NFL his­tory with 100 yards re­ceiv­ing in eight straight games and with 10-plus re- cep­tions in four games in a row. He had seven re­cep­tions of 20-plus yards for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer, a feat no other player in the league has done since at least 1991, ac­cord­ing to STATS LLC.

John­son, who has tied an­other league sin­gle-sea­son mark with 100 yards re­ceiv­ing in 11 games, can add to his record to­tal of 1,892 yards re­ceiv­ing in Detroit’s fi­nale Sun­day at home against Chicago and could reach the 2,000-yard mark.

John­son’s 10th catch Satur­day night was for a 26-yard gain with 2:57 left in the game.

Detroit quar­ter­back Matt Stafford threw for 443 yards against the Fal­cons, set­ting an NFL record for the most yards pass­ing in a game with­out a touch­down. With 4,695 yards pass­ing and a game to go against the Bears, he and New Or­leans’ Drew Brees could be- come the first two NFL play­ers to throw for 5,000-plus yards in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

Browns: Rookie quar­ter­back Bran­don Wee­den left the loss to the Broncos with a right shoul­der in­jury af­ter get­ting sacked in the third quar­ter.

Jets: Quar­ter­back Tim Te­bow didn’t play a snap for New York for the fourth time in five games, and said he hasn’t been so “in­ac­tive” since he was “3 or 4 years old.”

Tex­ans: Run­ning back Arian Fos­ter left the loss to the Vik­ings with an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat. Coach Gary Ku­biak said Fos­ter had ex­pe­ri­enced the prob­lem once be­fore in prac­tice. “He calms down and he’s fine,” Ku­biak said. Hous­ton’s med­i­cal staff told Ku­biak that Fos­ter was OK late in the game and could re­turn, but Ku­biak thought it would be best to give him the rest of the game off.

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