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NEW YORK – SPORTS – Week Two is almost completed in the National Football League.


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 17, the second week of the 2017 season.

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 30 of 39 passes (76.9 percent) for 447 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.6 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-20 win at New Orleans. Brady has 52 career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, passing PEYTON MANNING (51) for the most such performances in NFL history.

Brady (61,849 passing yards and 456 touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (66,402 and 466) entered the game with a combined 128,251 passing yards and 922 touchdown passes. Both totals are the most in NFL history for opposing starting quarterbacks in a game.

  • Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia. Hunt, who scored three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in his NFL debut last week, is the first player in NFL history to have at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games.

Hunt has scored five touchdowns in his first two career games. Only DUTCH STERNAMAN (six) of the 1920 Decatur Staleys has scored more touchdowns in his first two career games.\

Hunt had a 53-yard rushing touchdown in the win over Philadelphia. Combined with his 78-yard touchdown reception in Week 1, Hunt is the third player in NFL history to record a 50+ yard scrimmage touchdown in each of his first two career games (DUB JONES, 1950 and ALAN AMECHE, 1955).

  • Los Angeles Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES had a touchdown catch in the team’s loss against Miami. Gates has 112 career touchdown catches and passed TONY GONZALEZ (111) for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history.

Gates’ 112 touchdown receptions are the sixth-most in NFL history.

  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 23 of 35 passes (65.7 percent) for 243 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.8 passer rating in the Steelers’ 26-9 win over Minnesota at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown pass in 45 consecutive home games, the third-longest streak in NFL history and the longest active streak. Only DREW BREES (60 games) and TOM BRADY (47) have longer streaks all-time.
  • The BALTIMORE RAVENS recorded four interceptions and three sacks in the team’s 24-10 win against Cleveland. The Ravens, who had five sacks and intercepted four passes in Week 1 at Cincinnati, are the only team with at least four interceptions and three sacks in each of its first two games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

​The Ravens are the third team since 1970 – and the first since the 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers – to have at least four interceptions in each of the first two games of a season. The 1971 Cleveland Browns are the only other team to accomplish the feat since 1970.

  • Cleveland tackle JOE THOMAS started his 162nd consecutive game in the Browns’ loss at Baltimore. Thomas, who entered the game having played 9,996 consecutive offensive snaps, reached 10,000 consecutive snaps played on the Browns’ fourth offensive play of the game.

Thomas, who played every snap of today’s game and extended his consecutive snap streak to 10,062, has not missed an offensive snap in his 11-year NFL career.

  • Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE had a rushing touchdown in the Colts’ overtime loss to Arizona, his 75th career TD run.

​​Gore, who also has 16 career receiving touchdowns, is the sixth player in NFL history with at least 75 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in his career, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLEN, JIM BROWN, MARSHALL FAULK, WALTER PAYTON and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON.​​

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