Following Megatron’s lead, 4 more NFL records fall Sunday

One year after Cam Newton set the NFL rookie record with 4,051 passing yards for the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck topped him in the penultimate game of the regular season. Enlarge photo

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One year after Cam Newton set the NFL rookie record with 4,051 passing yards for the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck topped him in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Andrew Luck broke the NFL rookie record for yards passing, rookie kicker Blair Walsh broke the league mark for 50-yard plus field goals in a season, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career, and Jason Witten broke the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end.

On a Sunday featuring a slew of records, Luck topped Cam Newton’s year-old mark for yards passing in the first half of Indianapolis’ game at Kansas City.

Newton’s record was 4,051 yards. Luck entered the game needing 74 yards to break the mark and had 123 at halftime.

“Yes, it definitely means something,” Luck said of the record. “And after the season I’ll have a chance to look back and reflect on it. It’s nice; obviously it’s nicer to be in the playoffs, but it’s nice to have a couple records, which I’m sure will be broken in the next year.”

Minnesota’s Walsh kicked a 56-yard field goal in the second quarter against Houston, giving him a record ninth field goal of 50 yards or more.

Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career with 17 in a row. He had field goals of 45 and 42 yards in the first half against the Eagles.

New Orleans’ Garrett Hartley had 16 in a row.

Witten’s 103rd catch of the season came in overtime Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Tony Gonzalez held the mark with 102 catches for Kansas City in 2004.

Witten had consecutive catches in overtime, the second being his sixth of the game.

On Saturday, Detroit’s Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s single-season yards receiving record, and is at 1,892 with a game left. He also became the only NFL player with 100 yards receiving in eight consecutive games and the only NFL player with 10-plus receptions in four consecutive games.

Minnesota Vikings’ rookie kicker Blair Walsh kicked a 56-yard field goal against the Houston Texans during the second quarter Sunday in Houston, his NFL record ninth from 50-yards plus. Enlarge photo

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Minnesota Vikings’ rookie kicker Blair Walsh kicked a 56-yard field goal against the Houston Texans during the second quarter Sunday in Houston, his NFL record ninth from 50-yards plus.

Kai Forbath, whom the Washington Redskins recruited from the Canadian Football League, set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career with 17 in a row. He had field goals of 45 and 42 yards in the first half Sunday against the Eagles. Enlarge photo

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Kai Forbath, whom the Washington Redskins recruited from the Canadian Football League, set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career with 17 in a row. He had field goals of 45 and 42 yards in the first half Sunday against the Eagles.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught six balls Sunday in a home loss to the New Orleans Saints, including two in a row in overtime, his 102nd and 103rd catches of the season – an NFL single-season record for tight ends. Enlarge photo

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught six balls Sunday in a home loss to the New Orleans Saints, including two in a row in overtime, his 102nd and 103rd catches of the season – an NFL single-season record for tight ends.