RECORD: Manning’s 51 TDs set NFL season record

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes to raise his 2013 season total to 51, establishing a new single season NFL record, surpassing the 50 by New England’s Tom Brady in 2007. Manning’s previous best was 49 in 2004 when still an Indianapolis Colt. Manning and Brady are the only two quarteracks that have thrown 50 or more in a season.

REVIEW: Megatron 7 yards shy of receiving record

NFL - Calvin Johnson had 329 receiving yards for the Detroit Lions against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL today. Megatron came seven yards shy of Willie Anderson’s (336 yards) all-time single game receiving record in the NFL.

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RECORD: Manning equals NFL record with 7 TD passes

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - Opening night of the 2013 NFL season produced instant fireworks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning equalling a single game record by throwing for seven touchdowns. It is the first time that anyone has achieved that in 44 years and the first time since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Manning joins Sid Luckman (14 Nov 1943), Adrian Burk (17 Oct 1954), George Blanda (19 Nov 1961), Y.A. Tittle (28 Oct 1962) and Joe Kapp (28 Sep 1969) in achieving this feat.

INFOGRAPHIC: Victory totals for NFL franchises

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - The 2013 NFL season kicks off tonight with the defending champions Baltimore Ravens taking on the Denver Broncos. The Chicago Bears’ 717 regular season wins still lead all franchises in the history of the league. By clicking on the picture below you will enable our interactive infographic and you can draw up standings for the last 10, five and three seasons by toggling in the checkboxes at the right hand of your screen.

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ANALYSE THIS: Meet Brandon Williams, the average NFL player

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - Now that the 32 NFL teams have announced their final 53-man team rosters, we can identify the average NFL player. His name is Brandon Williams, is 27 years old and plays as a defensive back. He is 6’2” (1.88m) tall and weighs 247 pounds (112 kg). He is entering his fourth season in the league and comes from the University of Southern California. Aside: there are two players actually named Brandon Williams to be selected to a NFL roster. One plays for the Baltimore Ravens, the other plays for the Carolina Panthers.

INFOGRAPHIC: Super Bowl all-time leaders

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - We have researched 46 previous Super Bowls to see which individuals are the leading performers in four categories: Passing, Rushing, Receiving and Points. And we have looked at records in a single game and for a Super Bowl career. Click this link to see what we found.

PREVIEW: NFL Conference Championship (20 January)

imageAMERICAN FOOTBALL - The 2012/2013 NFL playoffs Conference Championships start this Sunday, as the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers kick off the action. We have compiled several key preview facts and figures for the two matches: Atlanta Falcons v San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots v Baltimore Ravens.

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ANALYSE THIS: How strong is the NFC’s top seed?

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - The NFL’s Divisional Playoff Round starts this weekend and it will be the first playoff match this season for the Atlanta Falcons, who at 13-3 are the NFC’s top seed. They have done that behind the easiest schedule in the league, having played opponents averaging only 6.75 wins. Click on the Infographic to enable its interactive features.

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PREVIEW: NFL Divisional Round (12-13 January)

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - The 2012/2013 NFL playoffs divisional round start this Saturday, as the Broncos and the Ravens kick off the action. We have compiled several key preview facts and figures for the following four matches: Denver Broncos v Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers v Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons v Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots v Houston Texans.

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PREVIEW: NFL Wildcard Weekend (5-6 January)

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - The 2012/2013 NFL playoffs start this Saturday, as the Texans and Bengals kick off Wildcard Weekend. We have compiled several key preview facts and figures for each of the four matches: Texans v Bengals, Packers v Vikings, Ravens v Colts and Redskins v Seahawks.

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ANALYSE THIS: How rare is a tied game in the NFL?

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - For the first time in four years a regular season NFL game ended in a tie, as the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams negotiated a 24-24 stalemate on Sunday. A rare occurrence, the tie can only come about if both teams fail to break a deadlock in a 15-minute overtime period.

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REVIEW: Eli Manning joins NFL’s elite 500+ club

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - Eli Manning threw for 510 yards on Sunday, 16 September 2012 to become only the 13th quarterback in NFL history to surpass the 500-yard mark in a single game. Click Read More to see who are in this elite club.

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PREVIEW: Patriots start 2012 NFL season as favourites

FOOTBALL - The 2012 NFL season starts on Wednesday, 5 September, with the New England Patriots starting as favourites based on form in recent seasons. Over the course of the last five regular seasons, the Pats have amassed 64 wins, nearly averaging 13 per season.

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BIRTHDAY - 25 July: Walter Payton (American Football)

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - If he were alive, Walter Payton would be 58 years old today. One of the most feared running backs in NFL history, ‘The Sweetness’ conquered most rushing records, several of which he lost to other players later. He also won the Super Bowl representing the Chicago Bears, the team he played for throughout his NFL career. He died of a rare liver disease, aged only 45. 

Shares birthday with: Elias Canetti, Joseph Kennedy, Matt LeBlanc

PREVIEW: Colts will try their Luck with top pick

AMERICAN FOOTBALL - On Thursday, April 26, the 2012 NFL draft will start in New York City. The Indianapolis Colts had the worst record in the 2011 regular season and therefore have the right to select first. It is widely expected that they will select Andrew Luck, quarterback from Stanford. In fact, the Colts have confirmed that.

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