Another week, another record for the remarkable Peyton Manning.
Less than two years after having two vertebrae fused in his neck, the Denver Broncos quarterback set the NFL single-season record for yards passing in a 34-14 victory over Oakland on Sunday, completing a 5-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas with 13 seconds remaining in the first half to break Drew Brees' mark of 5,476 yards set in 2011.
Manning, who broke the record for TD passes last weekend, added to it with four first-half TD passes.
He then took a seat on the bench, having gone 25-of-28 passing for 266 yards for the day and finishing the regular season with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdown passes.
"I feel like it's a record every other week," Thomas said. "It's great to be a part of [it]."
Adam Vinatieri, renowned as one of the best clutch kickers ever in his career with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts (not to mention the Amsterdam Admirals) booted three field goals in a 30-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The 12 points moved him into fifth all-time with 2,006 points - passing George Blanda (2,002) and Matt Stover (2,004). The 41-year-old Vinatieri, the oldest player in the league and a soon-to-be free agent, is just the seventh player in the NFL's 2K club.
Vinatieri is the only kicker in league history to win four Super Bowl rings, to play in five Super Bowls, and be part of six conference championships. With 16 100-point seasons, he is tied for the most in league history with Jason Elam, and Vinatieri and Morten Andersen also are the only NFL players to top 800 points with two teams.
Another guy joining a club of distinction: Houston's Chris Johnson became the sixth man in NFL history to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons with a 23-yard run in the second quarter of the Texans' 16-10 loss to Tennessee, joining Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDanian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson, and Corey Dillon.
Leave it to Rex Ryan, always having to be different.
While other coaches are waiting to get pink slips (so long, Rob Chudzinski, see you later, Mike Shanahan), New York Jets owner Woody Johnson told the team that Ryan would return as coach next season shortly after its 20-7 victory over Miami to conclude an 8-8 season.
Players celebrated by soaking Ryan with a bucket of sports drink.
The Jets will sit out the playoffs for the third year in a row. Guess being the most entertaining coach in the NFL counts for a lot in New York.
Jacksonville finished the season with 1,260 rushing yards. The Eagles' LeSean McCoy entered Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys with 1,476.