Monday, December 31, 2012
Upon Further Review: AFC North edition
By Jamison Hensley
We usually do a team-by-team Upon Further Review post on Monday, but there's not much to say after the games Sunday. Here's the condensed version:
Stat that sticks: 162 -- Career receptions for A.J. Green, the second-most ever by a player in his first two seasons (Marques Colston had 168).
Overheard: "History shows that it's great and good defenses that win championships. This is the best we've ever played going into the playoffs." -- Defensive tackle Domata Peko
Stat that sticks: 18 -- Starting quarterbacks for the Browns since returning to the league since 1999, with Thad Lewis becoming the latest Sunday. That's tied with the Miami Dolphins for the most in the league over that span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Overheard: "When somebody comes in and buys the team for a billion dollars, they can do whatever they want. If they want to bring in a new general manager and bring in a new coach, if they want to bring in new corners, if they want to bring in new running backs, they’re the new owner. So you can’t tell Haslam what to do. He’s going to be able to do whatever he wants, whatever he feels.” -- Cornerback Joe Haden on owner Jimmy Haslam
Stat that sticks: 398 -- Points scored by the Ravens this season, the most in franchise history. The previous best was 391 points, which was scored in 2003 and 2009.
Overheard: “The goal was two-fold: to put ourselves in the best position possible going forward into the playoffs and to win the game. We obviously didn’t win the game and we’re disappointed with that but we feel like we’re in the best position we could have been going forward in the playoffs. That’s really all that matters.” -- Coach John Harbaugh on resting his starters in the finale
Stat that sticks: 3 -- Seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes for Ben Roethlisberger. He becomes the first Steelers quarterback to do that.
Overheard: "That was big for us. I said earlier this week that we wanted to come out and finish the year with a win and have a good feeling going into the offseason. That is what we did. I'm proud of the way the guys finished." -- Roethlisberger
And before I forget ... Happy New Year.