Historical Records
 
Drew Brees – Not only did Brees break Dan Marino’s record for passing yards, but he also beat Peyton Manning’s completion record of 450. Brees completed 4468 passes this season.
 
David Akers – Akers set a single-season record for the number of completed field goals. Akers kicked 44 field goals, beating Neil Rackers’ record of 40 set in 2005. He also beat Bruce Gossett’s record (49 set in 1966) of field goal attempts with 52.
 
Jimmy Graham – Graham beat Kellen Winslow’s single-season record for receiving yardage by a tight end. Winslow had 1,290 yards in 1980. Graham finished the season with 1,310 yards.
 
Matt Flynn – Flynn set Green Bay Packers franchise records for both passing yards (480) and passing touchdowns (6).
 
Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers – The teams set a record for the most combines passing yards in a game with 971 passing yards. The previous record of 906 was set in week 1 of the 2011 season when the Miami Dolphins played the New England Patriots. It was also the first time that two passers in the same game broke 400 yards passing and had five touchdowns each.
 
Oakland Raiders – The Raiders set a single-season record for the number of penalties and penalty yardage. They finished the season with 163 penalties for 1,358 yards. That broke the record set by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs of 158 for 1,304 yards.
 
 
This Week in Pro Football History
 
Date: January 1, 1967
Location: War Memorial Stadium (Buffalo, NY)
Attendance: 42,080
 
After winning two consecutive AFL Championships, the Buffalo Bills hosted the Kansas City Chiefs for the right to play in the first AFL-NFL Championship Game (renamed the Super Bowl). The Bills struggled throughout the game and lost 31-7. The Chiefs went on to lose to the Green Bay Packers 35-10.
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Kansas City Chiefs 7 10 0 14 31
Buffalo Bills 7 0 0 0 7
 
Scoring Summary:
KC Arbanas 29-yard pass from Dawson (Mercer Kick)
BUF Dubenion 69-yard pass from Kemp (Lusteg Kick)
KC Taylor 29-yard pass from Dawson (Mercer Kick)
KC Mercer 22-yard field goal
KC Garrett 1-yard run (Mercer Kick)
KC Garrett 18-yard run (Mercer Kick)
 
 
Date: January 2, 1972
Location: Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
Attendance: 76,622
 
Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula faced his former team the Baltimore Colts in the AFC Championship Game. Dick Anderson intercepted Johnny Unitas three times, returning one for a score as the Dolphins shutout the Colts 21-0.
 
The victory gave the Dolphins the right to play the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. But, the Cowboys were too much for them and won the game 24-3. The following year, the Dolphins had a perfect season.
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Baltimore Colts 0 0 0 0 0
Miami Dolphins 7 0 7 7 21
 
Scoring Summary:
MIA Warfield 75-yard pass from Griese (Yepremian Kick)
MIA Anderson 62-yard interception return (Yepremian Kick)
MIA Csonka 5-yard run (Yepremian Kick)
 
 
Date: January 6, 1985
Location: Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
Attendance: 76,029
 
Miami quarterback Dan Marino set an AFC Championship Game record with 421 yards passing.
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 7 7 7 28
Miami Dolphins 7 17 14 7 45
 
Scoring Summary:
MIA Clayton 40-yard pass from Marino (von Schamann Kick)
PIT Erenberg 7-yard run (Anderson Kick)
MIA Von Schamann 26-yard field goal
PIT Stallworth 65-yard pass from Malone (Anderson Kick)
MIA Duper 41-yard pass from Marino (von Schamann Kick)
MIA Nathan 2-yard run (von Schamann Kick)
MIA Duper 36-yard pass from Marino (von Schamann Kick)
PIT Stallworth 19-yard pass from Malone (Anderson Kick)
MIA Bennett 1-yard run (von Schamann Kick)
MIA Moore 6-yard pass from Marino (von Schamann Kick)
PIT Capers 29-yard pass from Malone (Anderson Kick)
 
 
Ken Crippen is the executive director of the Professional Football Researchers Association, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving football history. You can follow him on Twitter: @KenCrippen.