Amazing afternoon: Best of OT info
September, 23, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
The wildest afternoon of NFL games so far this season featured three overtime games among the day’s early contests.
It’s the first day with three overtime contests since November 7, 2010.
Let’s take a look at the key stats in each one.
Tennessee Titans 44, Detroit Lions 41
The Titans survived an epic comeback attempt by the Lions in one of the most unusual NFL games in recent memory.
How odd was it? Consider these notes from the Elias Sports Bureau:
The Titans became the first team in NFL history to have five touchdowns of at least 60 yards in length in a single game.
The Titans are the second team in NFL history to score a punt-return touchdown, a kickoff-return touchdown, a fumble-return touchdown, and a passing touchdown in the same game, joining the 2002 Chiefs.
The Lions became the first team in NFL history to score two touchdowns in the final 18 seconds of regulation to either take a lead or force overtime.
The 46 combined points in the fourth the quarter of the Lions (25) and Titans (21) matchup are the second-most in a fourth quarter in league history trailing only the 48 from Lions (34) and Bears (14) in 2007.
One of the keys for the Titans was the play of quarterback Jake Locker, who completed 22-of-31 passes against four-or-fewer pass rushers for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Sunday marked the first time Locker has thrown for multiple touchdowns against four-or-fewer pass rushers in a game.
Kansas City Chiefs 27, New Orleans Saints 24
The Saints fell to 0-3 with the loss. Under the current playoff format, only three of 113 teams to start 0-3 have recovered to make the postseason.
They are the eighth team in the Super Bowl era to start 0-3 the season after winning 13 or more games.
The Chiefs had lost 31 straight games when trailing by at least 10 points entering the fourth quarter. The Saints had their NFL-best 19-game winning streak when leading at halftime snapped.
It was a franchise-record-setting day for Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (six field goals) and Jamaal Charles (91-yard touchdown run is the longest run from scrimmage in Chiefs history).
Charles rushed for 233 yards. He's one of four players in NFL history with multiple games of 230-or-more rushing yards. Jim Brown has the most (three). Charles, Corey Dillon and O.J. Simpson each have two.
New York Jets 23, Miami Dolphins 20
The theme of this game may have been the Jets good fortune in snapping a three-game road losing streak.
They won despite quarterback Mark Sanchez completing 21 of 45 passes.
They are the first team to win a game in which their quarterback threw at least 45 passes, and completed less than 50 percent of them since the 2002 Giants (Kerry Collins).
The Jets were also fortunate in that Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter missed field goals of 47 yards in the fourth quarter and 48 in overtime.
Carpenter is 13-for-27 on field goal attempts of at least 47 yards since the start of the 2009 season. His 14 misses are the most in the NFL in that span.
The biggest positive for the Jets: Santonio Holmes was key when the Dolphins decided to send five-or-more pass rushers. Holmes had four receptions for 81 yards when the Dolphins blitzed with at least five rushers.