NFL 2020: ICY HOT TD Week 15

(originally written 12/22/20)

What the hell is NFL ICY HOT TD, anyway? I'll tell you—ICY HOT TD = In Case You Had Other Things To Do.

While some of us are able to watch NFL football all Sunday long and follow it up with postgame analysis/highlight shows well into the night...many of us can't. I aim to bring those fans bits of trivia, data, and news they likely missed on Game Day.


Such as:

 

  • On Thursday Night Football, the Chargers squeezed past the host Raiders 30-27, as LA QB Justin Herbert set a rookie record with his 7th 300-yard passing game of the season. The win broke the Chargers' nine-game losing streak to the AFC West.

  • More from Vegas: Raiders QB Marcus Mariota joined Steve Young (1987 Wild Card game) as the only NFL quarterbacks to come off the bench with 150+ passing yards, 50+ rushing yards and at least one rushing TD in a game.

  • On Saturday, visiting Buffalo dismantled the Broncos 48-19; by losing, Denver became the first team to miss the playoffs five straight years after winning the Super Bowl. Broncos CB Michael Ojemudia was ejected in the second half for slapping an opponent (who was poking in his mask, but undetected by the officials).

  • More from Denver: Bills wideout Jake Kumerow became their 13th player with a TD reception this season, tying a league record held by seven teams.

  • Also on Saturday, Green Bay beat Carolina 24-16 at Lambeau Field, although Packers WR Davante Adams eight-game touchdown streak was snapped. The only receivers with longer same-season streaks: A.J. Green (nine in 2012) and Jerry Rice (12 in 1987).

  • More from Green Bay: Panthers receivers Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore both reached 1,000 yards for the year, becoming only the second Carolina duo to do so (Patrick Jeffers and Muhsin Muhammad in 1999).

  • Miami got past visiting New England 22-12. Aiding the win: Miami forced at least one turnover for the 20th consecutive game, the NFL's longest active streak.

  • Host Baltimore nearly tripled up the Jaguars 40-14, as Ravens QB Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback with 800+ rush yards in successive seasons.

  • In Tennessee, the Titans achieved Scorigami by taming the Lions 46-25. In the loss, Detroit K Matt Prater tied Sebastian Janikowski's record with his 58th career field goal of 50+ yards.

  • More from Tennessee: check out Corey Davis below...

  • Dallas triumphed over the visiting 49ers 41-33. Cowboys long snapper L.P. Ladouceur set a record for Canadian-born players with his 251st regular-season game, passing Eddie Murray. Also, 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk broke Deebo Samuel's 2019 team record for receptions by a rookie (finishing the game with 59 to Samuel's 57).

  • The Seahawks traveled to Washington and won 20-15; Seattle S Jamal Adams recorded a sack for the fourth straight game, the longest streak by a DB since sacks became official in 1982. Also, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson broke Matt Hasselbeck's team record of 4,250 pass attempts, finishing the game with 4,267.

  • The Bears outlasted host Minnesota 33-27; Bears WR Darnell Mooney set a team record for receptions by a rookie WR (46; Harlon Hill had 45 in 1954). Vikings WR Justin Jefferson broke the same record for his team, passing Randy Moss's 69 in 1998.

  • The Bucs beat the Falcons in Atlanta 31-27. In the loss, Falcons WR Calvin Ridley became the third ever with 10+ receptions and 1+ touchdowns on his birthday (Isaac Bruce, Tom Fears). His QB Matt Ryan became the second ever with 10 consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons (Drew Brees). And Falcons K Younghoe Koo broke Matt Bryant's team record for FG in a season (35 and counting; Bryant kicked 34 FG in both 2016 and 2017).

  • The previously winless Jets squeaked by the host Rams 23-20, as RB Frank Gore scored the 100th TD of his career (81 rushing, 18 receiving, one fumble recovery). New York became the second winless team to defeat a 9+ win opponent (the 1962 Raiders over the Patriots).

  • Arizona held off the visiting Eagles 33-26. From ESPN: Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and Gore became the first 37-year-old WR and RB to each score touchdowns in the same week. More from Arizona below:

  • On the road, the Chiefs held off the Saints 32-29, as TE Travis Kelce made eight or more catches for the seventh straight game, the longest streak by a TE since at least 1950. New Orleans DE Cameron Jordan was ejected for throwing a punch.

  • On Sunday Night Football, the Browns beat the host Giants 20-6, but we could find no mention-worthy feats from that game. Or from Houston's 27-20 loss at Indiana.

  • On Monday Night Football, Cincinnati upset visiting Pittsburgh 27-17. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for just 19 yards in the first half, his lowest total of any half in his career (his previous low was 24 set against the Ravens earlier this season). Big Ben still became the 7th member of the 60,000-yards passing club...barely.

  • Road teams finished 8-8 during Week 15.

Sources: ESPN.com, SI.com, NFL.com, NFL Primetime, CBSSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com, the Elias Sports Bureau and various TV and radio broadcasts