Andrew Luck’s First NFL Game Ever

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Andrew Luck came into the NFL as the number one overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He had a stellar college career behind him and big shoes to fill in front of him in the form of Peyton Manning. But how did his first NFL game go?

In his first NFL game, Andrew Luck went on the road on September 9th, 2012 in a contest vs. the Chicago Bears.

Andrew Luck completed the first pass he attempted which went for an eight yard gain and was caught by Dominique Jones. The Colts got on the board first thanks to an interception return for a touchdown by Jerrell Freeman. That was it though until just over three minutes before halftime when running back Donald Brown ran a score in from 18 yards out. At halftime, Indianapolis trailed 24-14.

The Bears tacked on another TD and field goal in the third quarter to boost their lead to 34-14. A couple minutes into the fourth quarter though, it happened, Andrew Luck threw his first NFL TD pass. It went for four yards, was the final Colts points scored in the game, and was caught by Donnie Avery. The Bears added another score before it was over and went on to win the game 41-21, giving Luck his first loss as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Luck finished the game completing 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He also ran the ball twice for nine yards. This gave him his first 300 yard passing game, though in a loss.

10 Fun Facts About The Touchdown Passes Of Jim Harbaugh

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Jim Harbaugh has become one of the most sought after coaching names in football. Before that though, he was an NFL quarterback. He started his career with the Chicago Bears and then went on to play for several other teams. Here is a look at 10 fun facts about the touchdown passes of Jim Harbaugh.

-Jim Harbaugh threw 129 touchdown passes during his NFL career.

-During his career, Jim Harbaugh threw 50 touchdown passes with the Bears, 49 with the Colts, 18 with the Chargers, and 12 with the Ravens.

-The team Jim Harbaugh would throw the most touchdown passes against during his career was the Miami Dolphins with a total of 11.

-The first touchdown pass Jim Harbaugh threw in the NFL was a five yarder in the fourth quarter of a Bears loss to the Browns in 1989. It was caught by Wendell Davis.

-Jim Harbaugh threw five touchdown passes of 80 yards or farther during his NFL career. He threw three of them while with the Bears with two being caught by Anthony Morgan and one by Dennis Gentry. He also threw one to Marshall Faulk while playing for the Indianapolis Colts. He then threw one while playing for the Chargers that was caught by Kenny Bynum.

-Of Jim Harbaugh’s 129 career TD passes, he threw 67 in home games and 62 in road games.

-Jim Harbaugh threw more touchdown passes during the second quarter during his career, a total of 45, than he did in any other quarter of play. He also threw 18 in the first quarter, 33 in the third quarter, and 32 in the fourth quarter.

-On December 2nd, 1990 in a Bears win over the Detroit Lions, Jim Harbaugh threw the one and only overtime touchdown pass of his career. It went for 50 yards and was caught by running back Neal Anderson.

-Jim Harbaugh threw touchdown passes to 37 different players during his time in the NFL.

-The last touchdown Jim Harbaugh threw while in the NFL was a 10 yarder to Curtis Conway in 2000 while playing for the San Diego Chargers.

Odell Beckham Jr. And His First NFL Game Ever

Sometimes, regardless if they are a retired star or a fresh faced youngster, it is fun to look back at an NFL players first game in the league. This is true about Odell Beckham Jr. too who really burst on the scene as a rookie for the New York Giants in 2014.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s first game came on October 5, 2014, the fifth game of the season, a Giants win over the Falcons.

Odell Beckham Jr. caught four passes in that game, each thrown to him by quarterback Eli Manning. His first reception came in the first quarter and was a gain of seven yards that saw him tackled by Desmond Trufant. His second reception was good for an eight yard gain in the third quarter and saw him tackled by Kemal Ishmael. Beckham then was credited with his very first catch for a first down in the fourth quarter when he caught a pass for a 14 yard gain and was tackled by Paul Worrilow. Later in the fourth quarter, Beckham caught a 15 yard pass from Manning that ended up being his first NFL TD reception.

Odell Beckham Jr. also returned one punt during his first NFL game. It went for zero yards and he called for a fair catch.

By all forms of measurement, four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown is a good performance for a first year wide receiver in his first NFL game ever.

The Team With The Most 300 Yard Passing Games In NFL History

One of the most common ways to judge a quarterback or a team’s passing game is to see how many 300 yard games they have thrown for in a season or over the past few years. A 300 yard game shows that a quarterback or team were very successful in moving the ball through the air. This will continue to be the measuring stick used in the future too as a 300 yard passing game by a quarterback or team also usually means the team was successful, maybe even to the point of winning the game.

A great deal of attention is given to the quarterbacks with the most 300 yard games, but what team has had the most 300 yard passing games in the history of the league? The San Diego Chargers sit atop the list with the most of any team, even though their first year in football wasn’t until 1960. The passing game has always been important to the Chargers and they have had some gifted quarterbacks over the years, including John Hadl, Dan Fouts, Drew Brees, and Phillip Rivers.

Here is a look at the top ten franchises in NFL history, ranked by how many 300 yard passing games they have had going into the 2015 season.

1. San Diego Chargers – 135
2. St. Louis Rams – 121
3. Indianapolis Colts – 118
4. New England Patriots – 115
5. Green Bay Packers – 114
6. Denver Broncos – 111
7. San Francisco 49ers – 110
8. Philadelphia Eagles – 106
9. New Orleans Saints – 105
10. Washington Redskins – 101

Russell Wilson’s Very First NFL Start

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Russell Wilson has become one of the favorite NFL quarterbacks around these past few years, and when looking at what he has accomplished it is very easy to see why. How did his career start off though? How did Russell Wilson’s very first NFL start go?

Russell Wilson was named the starter for the first game of the 2012 season, the first game of his NFL career. He was 80 days short of his 24th birthday that day and he led the Seahawks onto the field on the road to face the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks got the ball to start the game and Wilson helped lead the team all the way down to the 32 yard line where Steven Hauschka attempted a field goal only to see it be blocked. By the time the first quarter had ended, the Seahawks and Cardinals were tied 3-3.

The Seahawks didn’t move the ball much in the second quarter, and after throwing his first career interception on the last play of the quarter, Seattle hit the lockerroom down 10-3.

The third quarter saw Russell Wilson throw his first career TD pass and by the time the quarter ended the game was all tied up at 13 apiece.

The fourth quarter saw Seattle add a field goal but Arizona tacked on a touchdown. The final score was 20-16 and Russell Wilson experienced losing a game in the NFL before he got a chance to know what finishing a game as the winner felt like.

Wilson finished the game having completed 18 of 34 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also ran the ball eight times that day for 20 yards.

Who Played The Most NFL Games As A Draft Pick Of The New Orleans Saints?

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When an NFL team drafts a player, they not only hope that player does well, but also plays a long time. The New Orleans Saints have had some very successful drafts over the years. What player went on to play more games than any other player drafted by the team?

Morten Andersen was drafted by New Orleans with the 86th overall pick in 1982 and went on to play 388 games in the league, 196 of those with New Orleans. The next highest number of NFL games played by a draft pick of the Saints is 239 by Lorenzo Neal who the team picked in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft.

The Most Career TD Passes In Denver Broncos History By A Non-Quarterback

Quarterbacks get all the glory. We’re used to that. They also get a lot of the blame. They get this attention in large part to what happens after the ball leaves their hands. Passing touchdowns are a big part of a quarterback’s job. Other position players pull off that feat now and then too though. In Denver Broncos history, who has thrown the most career TD passes while not playing the position of quarterback?

The team record for career TD passes by a non-quarterback is two. It is held by halfback/kicker Gene Mingo who played for the team from 1960 to 1963 and wide receiver Arthur Marshall who played for Denver in 1992 and 1993.

Dallas Cowboys 100 Yard Rushing Game Facts

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One of the most common gauges used to measure whether a running back had an effective game or not continues to be the 100 yard game. Here is a look at some fun facts about the Dallas Cowboys and 100 yard rushing games.

-The first 100 yard rushing game in Dallas Cowboys history came on September 24, 1961, in the second game of the team’s second season, when Don Perkins carried the ball 17 times for 108 yards. He also caught five passes for 61 yards that day.

-Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett had 45 career 100 yard games. He had 43 of those while playing with Dallas and two during his final season in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.

-The first time Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray went over the 100 yard rushing mark was on October 23, 2011 when he carried the ball 25 times for 253 yards and a touchdown as a rookie in a win over the Rams.

-As a rookie running back for the Cowboys in 1986, Herschel Walker had his first 100 yard receiving game two weeks before he had his first career 100 yard rushing game.

-The record for most career 100 yard rushing games against the Cowboys is four. This is held by five players: Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, LeSean McCoy, Walter Payton, and Ricky Watters.

-The first three running backs to have more than one 100 yard rushing game against Dallas in the same season are Ottis Anderson with two in 1979, John Riggins with two in 1984, and Alfred Morris with two in 2012.

-Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith topped the 100 yard rushing mark 78 times during his career. He did this 76 times for Dallas and twice at the end of his career while playing for the Arizona Cardinals.

-The Cowboys record in games when Emmitt Smith would break the 100 yard rushing mark was 57-19.

-In 1966, the Cowboys went over 100 yards rushing in a game as a team 14 times in a 14 game season. This remained the team record until 1995 when the Cowboys went over the 100 yard rushing mark 15 times in a 16 game season.

-In 1966, Don Perkins became the first Cowboys running back to have a 100 yard rushing game in the postseason.

-Emmitt Smith was the first Cowboys running back to have a 100 yard game in the Super Bowl. He did this twice during his career.

-Calvin Hill set the Cowboys team record for most 100 yard games in a season when he went over the mark five tiems in 1973. This record was broken by Tony Dorsett in 1978 when he had six 100 yard games. Three seasons later, Dorsett would break his own record when he had nine 100 yard rushing games in 1981. That record would stand until Emmitt Smith posted 11 100 yard rushing games in 1995. 2014 would see DeMarco Murray break that record when he had 12 100 yard rushing games for Dallas.

-Emmitt Smith’s first 100 yard rushing game came in his fifth NFL game when he carried the ball 23 times for 121 yards and a touchdown in a 1990 win over the Buccaneers.

-The first Cowboys player to top 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game was Tony Dorsett in 1978. In that 38-0 Dallas win over the Colts, Dorsett gained 147 yards on the ground and 107 by reception. Herschel Walker would accomplish this as well in a loss to the Eagles in 1986.

-The first Dallas player to rush for more than 100 yards in the opening game of the season was Dan Reeves in 1967.

-As of 2014, 20 different running backs had posted 100 yard rushing games for the Dallas Cowboys: Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, DeMarco Murray, Calvin Hill, Don Perkins, Herschel Walker, Marion Barber, Julius Jones, Duane Thomas, Troy Hambrick, Robert Newhouse, Felix Jones, Walt Garrison, Scott Laidlaw, Amos Marsh, Dan Reeves, Tashard Choice, Paul Palmer, Preston Pearson, and Chris Warren.

-Seven different Dallas running backs have had 100 yard rushing games on Monday Night Football: Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, DeMarco Murray, Calvin Hill, Felix Jones, and Julius Jones.

Marshawn Lynch’s Very First NFL Game

How a player does in their first game in the NFL is not always indicative of how their career will go, but it can still be fun to look at. Marshawn Lynch came to the league from the Cal Bears as the 12th overall selection by the Bills in 2007. How did he do in his first NFL game?

On September 9, 2007, in a Buffalo 15-14 loss to the Broncos, Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 19 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for nine yards. His one touchdown, the first of his career, came on a 23 yard run in the third quarter and put the Bills up 14-6 at the time.

Lynch has achieved more fame since joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. How did he do in his first game for them?

On October 17, 2010 in a 23-20 win over the Bears, Lynch ran the ball 17 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for nine yards. His one touchdown, his first for Seattle, came from one yard out in the fourth quarter and upped Seattle’s lead to 23-13.

Three Fun Facts About Heisman Trophy Winners In The NFL

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Heisman winners get a lot of attention. Deservedly so too as they are chosen as the best college football players during the season they won the award. How they do as they progress to the National Football League is a different story though.

Here is a look at three little known facts about Heisman Trophy winners in the NFL Draft.

#1 – The Great Eight!
The Heisman Trophy may not prove someone will be a great pro football player, but some have gone on to be truly great at both the college level and in the pros. Through 2010, eight players have won the Heisman and gone on to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The earliest Heisman winner to accomplish this was Doak Walker, whom the Doak Walker Award is named after, who won the Heisman in 1948.

#2 – The Only One Ever!
Only one time in the history of the NFL Draft has a Heisman Trophy winner been drafted twice. In the 1986 draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the first overall pick to select Bo Jackson, a running back out of Auburn. Jackson chose to play professional baseball instead and sat out a year of football, making him eligible the next year. In the 1987 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Raiders used their 7th round pick to select him, and that is the team he ended up playing for.

#3 – Three Got Skipped
There have only been three Heisman Trophy winners in history who have not been selected in the NFL Draft. The three players are Pete Dawkins, the 1958 Heisman winner from Army, Charlie Ward, the 1993 winner from Florida State, and Jason White, the 2003 winner from Oklahoma.