Category Archive: NFL

The Season of Manning

Peyton Manning broke a slew of records in 2013 while leading the Denver Broncos to the top seed in the AFC at 13-3.

Manning broke Tom Brady’s NFL record of touchdown passes in a season by passing for 55 touchdowns throughout the year. Demaryius Thomas was Manning’s favorite end zone target with 14 touchdown receptions.

Maning also broke Drew Brees’ record for passing yards in a season by throwing for 5,477 yards this year. His longest pass of the year was a 78 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.

Lastly, the Denver Broncos set the NFL record for most points in a season. The record, formerly held by the New England Patriots, now sits at 596 points.

To view a full breakdown of Peyton Manning’s year, take a look at our latest statographic, The Season of Manning.



The History of the NFL on Thanksgiving

It is an annual tradition. Your family sits down at the dinner table to eat a Thanksgiving meal. But to you, it is all about strategy. You think to yourself: “Where do I need to sit so that I can see football on TV?”. You quickly eat your meal and then rush to your favorite recliner. You may doze off for a few minutes, but you know that no one in your family is touching that TV. NFL on Thanksgiving is a tradition every year.

It all began in 1920 with the creation of the National Football League. Since then, an NFL game has been played every Thanksgiving, except for a four year break during World War II. The Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game every year since 1978. The Detroit Lions have played the most games on Thanksgiving Day. They currently have a 33-37-2 record. Two active teams have never played on Thanksgiving. These two teams are the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers.

This Turkey Day, you can see:

  • Packers at Lions (12:30 ET)
  • Raiders at Cowboys (4:30 ET)
  • Steelers at Ravens (8:30 ET)

Let’s take a look at the history of these Thanksgiving Day games. Click on the graphic to see the full timeline!