Stafford continued his leading role with the Comeback Cats. He threw a game-winning, 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Theo Riddick with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Detroit Lions’ 20-16 win against the Miami Dolphins, giving Detroit the game-winning points in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter in each of its past three games, becoming the first team to do so since the 1994 New York Giants.
Stafford, who passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, has 19,953 career passing yards in 70 games, the most of any player in NFL history in his first 70 games, besting former Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino, who held the previous mark with 19,179 yards in his first 70 games. Stafford’s 122 career touchdown passes are tied with former Indianapolis Colts QB Johnny Unitas for the fourth-most of any player through 70 career games.
Hours later, on Sunday night, Stafford’s NFC North rival Rodgers became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw six TD passes in one half, joining Daryle Lamonica of the Oakland Raiders, who did it against the Bills in 1969, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Rodgers was the sixth player with three TD passes of 40-plus yards in the same quarter in the Packers’ 55-14 blowout of the Chicago Bears, joining Sonny Jurgensen (1962), Jack Concannon (1967), Jim Hart (1968), Randall Cunningham (1998), and Tony Banks (1999).
Rodgers threw 10 touchdown passes against the Bears this season, two short of Adrian Burk’s NFL record (12 TDs against the Redskins in 1954), according to Elias. Rodgers was the first player with 10 TD passes in a season versus one team since Marino threw 10 against the Jets in 1986, and he was the first ever with 10 TD passes and no interceptions against one team in a season.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was showing off his versatility in a 38-17 win over the New York Giants, passing for 172 yards and adding 107 rushing yards with one touchdown, marking his third 100-yard rushing performance this season. The Seahawks are the first team in NFL history to have a running back rush for at least four touchdowns and a quarterback with more than 100 rushing yards in the same game.
Wilson joined Michael Vick (2004 and 2006) as the only quarterbacks with at least three 100-yard rushing games in a season in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).
In a 41-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw five touchdowns, marking his 48th consecutive game with a touchdown pass, surpassing Unitas (47) for the third-longest streak in NFL history.
Manning also passed Brett Favre with 44 career touchdown passes of 50 yards or more, the most of any quarterback in NFL history, when he hit RB C.J. Anderson for a 51-yard touchdown play.
In that blowout win, Broncos TE Julius Thomas had two touchdown catches and became the first tight end in NFL history with back-to-back 12-touchdown seasons.
Other standout performances from Sunday: