Nov 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) catches a pass for a first down as New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes (30) defends during the second half of the game between the Cowboys and the Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Giants-Cowboys most watched regular-season game in NFL history

The NFL said Friday that the Thanksgiving Day game between the host Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants set a regular-season viewership record.

The FOX broadcast averaged 42 million viewers, according to the league.

Dallas has played on Thanksgiving for 45 straight seasons and 55 times overall. This year was the first time since 1992 that it played its division rival from New York, the largest media market in the country, on the holiday. Both teams entered the game 7-3, adding to the interest.

The Cowboys beat the Giants 28-20.

The league said it also set a record for its Thanksgiving Day “total unduplicated audience” of 138 million.

The Buffalo Bills, one of the AFC’s best teams, beat the host Detroit Lions 28-25 on a late field goal in the early game. The host Minnesota Vikings topped the New England Patriots 33-26 in the nightcap.

The average viewership across the tripleheader was 33.5 million viewers per game.

The news comes as the NFL and Amazon plan to begin staging a single Black Friday game beginning in 2023.

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Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady becomes first to surpass 100,000 passing yards

Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to rack up 100,000 career passing yards across the regular season and playoffs Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback entered Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams standing at 99,836 total yards. He surpassed 100,000 on a fourth-quarter pass to running back Leonard Fournette, who went 15 yards on a third-down play.

“I think for me it’s a credit to all the guys that I’ve played with, and who have blocked for me, who have caught passes,” Brady said after the game. “I think I can’t do (expletive) in this league without guys doing what they are amazing at, too.”

Brady made sure the milestone happened in a winning effort. He engineered a 60-yard drive in 35 seconds with no timeouts and connected with rookie tight end Cade Otton on 1-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to lift Tampa Bay over the Rams, 16-13. That play gave Brady 280 passing yards for the game and 100,116 for his career.

It marked another NFL record — Brady’s 55th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning.

Brady already owns the career regular-season passing yards record, which he took from Drew Brees last season. Brees is a distant second on the list for regular-season plus postseason yardage, at 85,724.

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Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ Justin Fields breaks NFL QB rushing record

Chicago’s Justin Fields broke the NFL single-game rushing record for a quarterback during the Bears’ 35-32 loss at Miami on Sunday.

Fields ran for 178 yards on 15 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown, to eclipse the regular-season record of 173 yards established by the Atlanta Falcons’ Michael Vick on Dec. 1, 2002 at Minnesota.

Fields completed 17 of 28 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, but the Bears (3-6) lost for the fifth time in six games.

Fields, 23, has rushed for 602 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 1,322 yards and 10 scores through nine starts in his second season. The Bears drafted him No. 11 overall in 2021.

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Oct 16, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) autographs a souvenir for a fan before the game against the New England Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Myles Garrett sets Browns’ sack record, aggravates shoulder injury

Defensive end Myles Garrett became the Cleveland Browns’ all-time sack leader on Sunday, but he also aggravated a left shoulder injury and left during the fourth quarter of their blowout loss to the visiting New England Patriots.

In the first quarter, Garrett sacked Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe to break Clay Matthews’ record and reach 62.5 sacks for his career.

He picked up his second sack and reached 63.5 for his career with another sack in the fourth quarter. But stayed down on the field and needed to be helped off the field by trainers.

Garrett was on the injury report all week after sustaining arm, shoulder and hand injuries in a car accident last month. He confirmed after the game that he’d aggravated the shoulder he sprained in the accident, but promised it wouldn’t sideline him for long.

“I was playing today and I’ll be playing next week,” Garrett said.

Led by their rookie third-string quarterback, the Patriots ran roughshod over the Browns’ defense in a 38-15 win. Garrett wanted to downplay his record and said he had to do more to help the unit.

“It comes in a loss,” Garrett said of the record. “It’s nice to be recognized and honored, but at the end of the day winners are remembered. And we’re not winning.”

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Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) talk against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady breaks NFL all-time completions record

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady set the NFL record for all-time completions late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Brady connected with Mike Evans for a 20-yard gain near the sideline with 1:38 remaining in the second quarter. The completion was Brady’s 18th of the game and 7,143rd of his career to move past Drew Brees, who retired after last season.

Brady followed that up two plays later with a 1-yard plunge to give Tampa Bay a 24-3 lead. Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 216 yards with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the first half of the game.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive back Marquise Blair (27) breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks’ defense on pace to allow record number of yards

The Seattle Seahawks find themselves on pace to break an unenviable record following Thursday night’s 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Seahawks’ defense was ranked last in the NFL in total yards heading into Thursday night’s game. Seattle surrendered 476 total yards to the Rams, boosting its total to 2,254 yards through five games.

That’s an average of 450.8 yards a game, and puts the Seahawks on pace to surrender 7,663.6 yards in a 17-game season. That would be the most in NFL history, according to Pro Football Talk.

The current record for yards allowed in a season is 7,042, set by the New Orleans Saints in 2012. That Saints surrendered 440.1 yards a game over a 16-game season. That means the Seahawks wouldn’t set the record solely based on the new 17-game schedule.

The Seahawks (2-3) return to action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 17.

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Oct 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady becomes NFL’s all-time passing leader

Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards during his return to New England to play the Patriots on Sunday night.

Brady completed a 28-yard pass to Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Mike Evans with just over six minutes left in the first quarter to pass Drew Brees (80,358) by one yard.

Brady entered the contest with 80,291 yards, needing 68 to pass Brees. He is in his second season with the Buccaneers after spending 20 years with New England.

Brees was in Foxborough as part of his pregame and halftime analyst duties for NBC, which is broadcasting the game.

Brees played 20 seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2001-05) and New Orleans Saints (2006-2020). He won a Super Bowl with the Saints in the 2009 season and made 12 of his 13 Pro Bowl appearances with New Orleans.

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Sep 18, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly leaves the field after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium. The win was his 105th as Notre Dame coach and tied Kelly for most wins at Notre Dame with Knute Rockne. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly downplays tying Knute Rockne record

No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 18 Wisconsin will square off in a top 20 matchup Saturday in Chicago, and while it’s a crucial game for both teams, it also could be a record-setting one for Irish coach Brian Kelly.

With Notre Dame’s 27-13 win this weekend over Purdue, Kelly won his 105th game at the school, tying the legendary Knute Rockne for the most in program history.

Kelly will be going for his record 106th on Saturday at Soldier Field, and he insisted after Saturday’s game that achieving such a record is more than a team effort.

“It requires consistency to get to these marks,” said Kelly, who turns 60 next month. “We have it with our leadership, we have it with our athletic director and we’ve had it in the coaching because we have alignment. That’s helped a lot in being consistent and winning football games.”

Notre Dame hired Kelly before the 2010 season and he has tallied a 105-39 record with the Irish. He’s led them to 10 bowl games in 11 seasons, including the semifinals of the College Football Playoff twice and one BCS national championship game — all losses.

Before landing at Notre Dame, he coached Central Michigan for four seasons and Cincinnati for four. His overall record is 158-61.

Rockne guided Notre Dame to a 105-12-5 record from 1918-30. In an era where bowl games were sparse, he took the Irish to just one bowl game — the 1924 Rose Bowl, which they won 27-10 over Stanford. But Notre Dame won three national championships in his era: 1924, 1929 and 1930.

“It doesn’t mean anything else relative to comparisons or who’s better,” Kelly said earlier this week, before tying Rockne. “Those things really don’t mean much to me. I came here to do a job, and that was to bring Notre Dame back to its winning traditions. We’ve gotten there by being consistent and having stability. That’s what (105 wins) means more than anything else to me.”

Rockne died in a plane crash in Kansas on March 31, 1931, at age 43.

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Oct 4, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA;  A general view of Caesar's Palace statue with Las Vegas Raiders jersey and face mask at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nevada sets monthly record for earnings on sports betting

Among the ways people seem to be entertaining themselves during the pandemic has been losing money betting on sports, primarily NFL football.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday that the state had its most profitable sports betting month ever in November, when the state won $61.8 million, primarily on gamblers betting on the NFL.

CBS Sports reports that the $609.6 million wagered in November is not a record-breaking figure (down from $659.9 million wagered in October), but that the winning percentage of the state’s sportsbooks was 10.1 percent, which is significantly higher than the usual 5-6 percent.

Nevada is second only to New Jersey in terms of total money handled on sports gambling. New Jersey reported $931.6 million in sports bets in November, CBS Sports reported.

During the month of November in Nevada, bettors wagered $502 million on football, which was an all-time record, at least in part owing to November having five Sundays this year, and few other sports were in season.

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Sep 7, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Buffalo Bulls running back Jaret Patterson (26) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo RB Patterson ties NCAA mark with eight rushing TDs

Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson tied an NCAA record with eight rushing touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Kent State on Saturday.

Patterson carried the ball 36 times for 409 yards and scored on runs of 3, 31, 42, 49, 1, 7, 11 and 58 yards. Five of those scores and 267 yards came in the first half at UB Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 5-foot-9 junior from Glendale, Md., became the first player since Ricky Williams of Texas in 1996 to gain at least 300 yards in consecutive games following a 301-yard performance at Bowling Green on Nov. 17. He broke his own school rushing record for the second straight game.

Howard Griffith of Illinois ran for eight touchdowns on Sept. 22, 1990.

–Field Level Media