Among the many NFL records set in the 2014 season, most notable - and hardly surprising - was something done by Peyton Manning.
The Denver quarterback easily surpassed Brett Favre's mark of 508 touchdown passes and stands at 530. Manning, 38, has said he plans to keep playing.
Manning and longtime rival Tom Brady also extended their lead for division titles by a quarterback. Brady led the Patriots to their 12th AFC East crown, and Manning won his 11th, his third with the Broncos, to stand 1-2.
The Broncos tied San Francisco's mark of 12 straight road divisional victories, dating back to 2010.
Other team achievements included four clubs' averaging 400 yards on offense per game, a first: New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Denver; Dallas' becoming the sixth team to go 8-0 on the road; Carolina's becoming the first back-to-back winner of the NFC South, despite its 7-8-1 record; and two comeback marks.
There were five rallies to victory from 21 or more points down, and there were 43 comebacks from a 10-point deficit to win. The latter tied the mark set the previous season.
The league-wide completion rate (62.6 percent), passer rating (88.9), and total touchdown passes (807) were at historic levels. So was the interception rate of 2.52 percent, the lowest of any season in NFL history.
One more chance
Coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese are getting one more chance to turn around the New York Giants - or else.
Co-owner John Mara announced that Coughlin and Reese would be back in 2015 despite an "embarrassing" 6-10 record, two straight losing seasons, and missing the playoffs five of the past six years.
Of course, in the one season the Giants made the playoffs, 2011, they won the championship.
Mara stressed that everyone in the organization will be on the spot next season, saying he felt like firing everyone after a loss at Jacksonville in November. He didn't, and the play of the team's young players, notably rookie Odell Beckham Jr., and the team's refusal to quit down the stretch in a season marred by injuries make him optimistic about next season.
Jags drop coordinator
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch after two lackluster seasons.
The Jaguars (3-13) ranked 32d and 31st, respectively, in the NFL in total yards during Fisch's tenure.
Jacksonville scored 24 offensive touchdowns this season, averaging 290 yards and 15.6 points a game.
Players complained privately in recent weeks about Fisch's having little or no feel for play-calling and belittling rookie quarterback Blake Bortles in practice.
Jacksonville could reach out to fired Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman, who has become close friends with head coach Gus Bradley.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for life without injured running back Le'Veon Bell.
The Steelers signed well-traveled Ben Tate as a backup plan in case Bell's hyperextended right knee does not heal in time for the wild-card game Saturday night against Baltimore.
Bell injured the knee in the third quarter of the win Sunday night over Cincinnati.
At least three potential candidates for the Chicago Bears' GM job have emerged. Longtime former NFL scout John Wooten said he recommended Baltimore Ravens director of pro personnel Vince Newsome, New York Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson to team consultant Ernie Accorsi.