RECORD-BREAKING 2013 SEASON HAD IT ALL!
Scoring at an all-time high…new teams making the playoffs and winning divisions…consistent teams excelling once again…records falling…young players making their mark…and so much more!
The 2013 season really did have it all, including a fantastic finish.
Week 17 came right down to the wire as 13 of the 16 games scheduled for the final day of the regular season had playoff implications. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010.
Each of the 12 teams still in Super Bowl XLVIII contention can look back at the wild ride that was the 2013 regular season and appreciate how challenging the road to the playoffs was.
Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs that were not in the postseason the year before. Five teams – Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego – accomplished the feat this year.
“It’s great to be in the playoffs,” says Kansas City’s ANDY REID, who became the 21st NFL head coach to reach 150 career wins (151). “We also understand that’s not where it stops. We’ve got to finish this season the right way.”
For the second consecutive year, a team that won two games the previous season rebounded to win 11 games. The Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) tied the 2008 Miami Dolphins and 2012 Indianapolis Colts for the most wins by a team that won two or fewer games the previous season.
The 2013 season also proved that consistency is difficult, but not impossible, to maintain in the NFL. The Patriots became the second team in NFL history to win at least 10 games in 11 consecutive seasons, joining the 1983-98 San Francisco 49ers (16 consecutive seasons) as the only teams to accomplish the feat. BILL BELICHICK (217 wins) also surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL (209) for fifth place on the all-time wins list among head coaches (including postseason).
Two of the winningest quarterbacks in league history – PEYTON MANNING of Denver (13-3) and TOM BRADY of New England (12-4) – led their teams to the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the AFC. Brady became the first starting QB in NFL history to win 11 division championships. Manning captured his 10th division title, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA for second place all-time.
And two of the NFL’s most significant single-season records fell in 2013. Manning set the NFL’s single-season passing-yard record with 5,477 yards, surpassing DREW BREES’ mark of 5,476 yards in 2011, and finished the regular season with 55 touchdown passes, also the most in a season in NFL history.
Manning is the first player to set both the single-season passing yardage and touchdown records in the same season since Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO in 1984.
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