NFL 2020: ICY HOT TD Week 17

(originally written 1/10/21)

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:

 

  • Buffalo achieved Scorigami by crushing the Dolphins 56-26, winning its franchise record-tying 13th game. Bills QB Josh Allen finished the year with 4,544 passing yards, breaking Drew Bledsoe's team record. Dolphins CB Xavien Howard intercepted his 10th pass of the season, tying the Miami team record set in 1967.

  • Baltimore dominated at Cincinnati 38-3, as Ravens QB Lamar Jackson became the first QB with two seasons of 1,000 rush yards. 

  • The host Giants held off the Cowboys 23-19, as Giants K Graham Gano broke Josh Brown's team record with his 30th consecutive made field goal. Gano's Dallas counterpart Greg Zuerlein tied the Cowboys team record (Richie Cunningham, 1997) with his 34th overall field goal of the season.

  • Cleveland held off the Steelers at home 24-22, snapping their 18-year postseason drought. There were no shenanigans between Steelers QB Mason Rudolph and Browns DL Myles Garrett, who did exchange a quick word after the game.

  • The Jets traveled to New England and lost 28-14; Patriots QB Cam Newton set a team QB record with a 49-yard run (breaking the record of 41 set by Steve Grogan twice). Newton also broke Grogan's team record (538, 1978) with 592 rush yards this season.

  • In a low-scoring game, it was the Rams holding off visiting Arizona 18-7. The Rams achieved their 8th straight win over the Cardinals with help from the play below:

  • It was Las Vegas squeezing by host Denver 32-31. Raiders TE Darren Waller broke Tim Brown's team record with 107 receptions this season (Brown caught 104 in 1997). Also, Vegas K Daniel Carlson set a new team record with 148 points (Sebastian Janikowski scored 142 in 2010).

  • Indianapolis doubled up Jacksonville at home 28-14, as Colts RB Jonathan Taylor set a new team single-game record with 253 rush yards (Edgerrin James had a 219-yard game in 2000).  Additionally, Indy QB Philip Rivers moved into 5th place all-time with his 421st TD pass.

  • Tampa Bay defeated visiting Atlanta 44-27, scoring 24 or more points in a team-record 7th consecutive game.

  • At Soldier Field in Chicago, the Packers hammered the Bears 35-16. Pack QB Aaron Rodgers joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks with 45 touchdown passes in multiple seasons; Rodgers' 48 TD passes breaks his own team record of 45 set in 2011.

  • More from Chicago: Green Bay WR Davante Adams broke Sterling Sharpe's team record for receptions in a season, finishing up with 115 to Sharpe's 112 in 1993. Adams also tied Sharpe's team record with 18 TD's on the year.

  • The Vikings won a shootout over the host Lions, 37-35. Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson's 1,379 receiving yards for the season broke the all-time rookie record set by Anquan Boldin in 2003. Also, the below happened:

  • In Kansas City, the Chiefs fell to the Chargers 38-21. In place of resting Pat Mahomes, Chiefs QB Chad Henne made his first start and threw his first TD pass in over six years. Chargers QB Justin Herbert broke the NFL rookie completions record (396 to Wentz's 379 in 2016).

  • The Seahawks defeated rival San Francisco in Arizona, 26-23. Seattle WR D.K. Metcalf set a new team receiving yards season record (1,302 to Steve Largent's 1,287 in 1985). And Tyler Lockett became the first Seahawk to reach 100 receptions in a season.

  • New Orleans destroyed host Carolina 33-7, intercepting five passes as a team for the first time since 1991 Week 17.

  • Tennessee won a wild one over host Houston 41-38, as Titans RB Derrick Henry broke Chris Johnson's team record with 2,027 rush yards for the season. Henry became the 8th RB in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

  • On Sunday Night Football, the Eagles lost in controversial fashion to Washington 20-14. The Football Team became the third team in NFL history to reach the playoffs with a losing record (2010 Seattle, 2014 Carolina).

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