The 2016-17 NFL season has come and gone! The New England Patriots took the top trophy in one of the biggest comebacks in Super Bowl history this year. Here is a look back at all the seasons best, worst, stats, scores, sores, and more!
Take a look at these Top 100 plays of the NFL Regular Season
The 2016-17 season marks the 97th season in NFL history! It commenced on September 8th, 2016. There were a few rules changes this season, here are some of the biggest ones that will affect players for years to come:
Offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs are allowed to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of being on the field or in the coaches’ booth.
The definition of a “horse-collar tackle” – which is banned in the NFL – was expanded to include tackles where a player is grabbed by the jersey at or above the nameplate and then dragged to the ground.
All chop blocks are outlawed anywhere on the field. Previously, it was established that the chop block was legal when an offensive lineman chopped a defensive player “while the defensive player is physically engaged above the waist by the blocking attempt of another offensive teammate.”
Players who commit two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the same game are automatically ejected.
This season was also full of record-setting statistics and milestones! Here are some of the best of the season:
As a result of a New England Patriots Victory, Tom Brady joined Peyton Manning as the second starting quarterback in NFL to have 200 combined regular season and postseason wins!
Tom Brady became the fifth quarterback in history to record 60,000 passing yards in a regular season.
Tom Brady became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to record 5,000 career pass completions.
Cam Newton scored his 44th career rushing touchdown, becoming the quarterback with the most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NFL history. He is the quarterback with the most career games with both a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown by a quarterback in NFL history, with 32.
The Raiders were penalized 23 times for 200 yards, This set a new NFL record for the most penalties against a team during a single game
Dak Prescott broke the Tom Brady’s previous NFL record (162 passes) for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception to start a career.
Rushing and Receiving Records
Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards this season, becoming the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the NFL in rushing yards, and the first since 1999.
Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith Jr. became the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.He currently had 1,031 career catches.
Beckham has 4,122 receiving yards through his first three seasons and became one of only two players in NFL history to record at least 4,000 receiving yards in the first three seasons.
Twelve players registered at least 1,000 rushing yards this season – Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (1,631), Chicago Bears’ Jordan Howard (1,313), Tennessee Titans’ DeMarco Murray (1,287), Miami Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi (1,272), Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (1,268), Buffalo Bills’ LeSean McCoy (1,267), Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson (1,239), New England Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount (1,161), Atlanta Falcons’ Devonta Freeman (1,079), Houston Texans’ Lamar Miller (1,073), New Orleans Saints’ Mark Ingram (1,043) and Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Gore (1,025).
Green Bay linebacker Julius Peppers recorded 7.5 sacks and climbed to fifth place on the NFL’s all-time sack leaderboard (143.5 career sacks).
Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware recorded four sacks bringing his total career sacks to 138.5, becoming the eighth-most in the NFL since the statistic became official in 1982.
Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and tied for the NFL lead with six forced fumbles in 2016, becoming their first player in franchise history to record at least 15 sacks and five forced fumbles in a single season.
Kansas City safety Eric Berry became the first player to return an interception for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the same game during the Chiefs’ win at Atlanta.
The Super Bowl
This year’s Super Bowl was complete with a plethora of shocks and thrills. Not to mention, the amount of records that were broken during this game alone.
Superbowl LI marked the seventh Super Bowl appearance quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, setting an NFL record
Super Bowl became the New England Patriots ninth Super Bowl Appearance, surpassing the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tom Brady’s set single game Super Bowl records for his 43 pass completions, 62 pass attempts, and 466 passing yards.
The Patriots achieved the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.After the Patriots were trailing 28–9 in the fourth quarter, the Patriots won the game 34–28.
Tom Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, which tied defensive player Charles Haley for the most Super Bowl victories won by a player, and he became the first quarterback in NFL history to achieve this feat.
Tom Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time, giving him more career Super Bowl MVP awards than any other player in NFL history. In total Brady threw a Super Bowl record 466 yards and two touchdowns on 62 pass attempts.
Now we can’t Talk about Super Bowl LI without talking about the last two minutes of the game. It Went Something like this:
The comeback started with a smooth touchdown from James White. To top it off, a two-point conversion by Danny Amendola
A two-point conversion ties the game with only 57 seconds left
Overtime, and The Patriots won the coin toss. Eight New England plays and nine minutes later, the Patriots became Super Bowl champions with a walk-off James White touchdown, completing the largest comeback in the NFL this century.
Here are some highlights from the game
It was a great season, to say the least. We are anxiously awaiting the next!