The Patriots have won six consecutive AFC East titles (2009-2014), tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Only the Los Angeles Rams (seven, 1973-79) posted a longer streak. The Patriots also had a five-season streak of winning the AFC East from 2003-2007 and are now the first team in NFL history to win 11 division championships in a 12-year span.
The Broncos’ 22-10 win over San Diego made it 12 consecutive divisional road wins for them, tying the San Francisco 49ers (12 from 1987-90) for the longest such streak in NFL history. The last time the Broncos lost an AFC West road game was Dec. 19, 2010 (39-23 loss at Oakland).
The Colts won the AFC South as Andrew Luck became one of two quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to guide his team to at least 10 regular-season wins in each of his first three NFL seasons. Russell Wilson joined him in that category with the Seattle Seahawks.
But in the Colts game, Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt sacked Luck twice, giving Watt eight sacks in six games against Luck, twice as many as any other player facing Luck, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Wilson led the Seahawks to a 17-7 win over San Francisco, and Wilson’s 34 wins and 21 home victories are the most in the Super Bowl era in a quarterback’s first three seasons. Wilson was aided by a stingy defense as the Seahawks became only the second team since 1980 to hold the 49ers to 10 points or fewer in a two-game season series, according to Elias (they Seahawks beat the 49ers 19-3 on Thanksgiving).
In the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals (11-3) clinched at least a playoff spot after the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. The Cardinals beat the St. Louis Rams 12-6 on Thursday night and tied a franchise record with their 11th win.
Other Sunday snippets:
Over the past seven games, Beckham has 61 catches for 866 yards and six touchdowns. His 61 catches are the most by a rookie in a seven-game span and his 866 receiving yards are the second-most by a rookie over a seven-game span (Bill Groman had 920 yards during a seven-game stretch in 1960). Beckham has 90 receiving yards in seven consecutive games, extending his NFL-record streak for a rookie. Overall, Beckham has 71 catches for 972 yards, tied for the 13th in the NFL, and nine touchdowns, tied for 11th in the NFL. His 97.2-yard average per game is fourth in the NFL this season.
Brown’s 115 receptions are the most in Steelers history and he has two more games to add to that total. The NFL record is 143 catches by Marvin Harrison in 2002.
Sources: NFL and Elias Sports Bureau.