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September 21, 2009

7 Cool NFL Stats From Sunday Games

1. Arizona quarterback KURT WARNER set an NFL record with a 92.3 completion percentage in the Cardinals’ 31-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Warner completed his first 15 passes and finished 24 of 26 for 243 passing yards with two touchdowns and a 131.2 passer rating. The previous record, with a minimum of 20 attempts, was the 91.30 mark set by Cleveland’s VINNY TESTAVERDE (21 of 23) in 1993 against the Los Angeles Rams.

2. New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES threw three touchdowns passes in the Saints’ 48-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. With nine touchdown passes through Week 2, Brees tied St. Louis’ CHARLEY JOHNSON (1965) for the most TD passes through the first two games of a season.

3. Tennessee Titans running back CHRIS JOHNSON is the first player in NFL history to record a 90-plus yard rushing touchdown (91), 50-plus yard rushing touchdown (57), and 60-plus yard receiving touchdown (69) in a game.

4. San Francisco running back FRANK GORE registered a 79-yard rushing touchdown and an 80-yard rushing touchdown in the 49ers’ 23-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Gore is the first player since BARRY SANDERS on October 12, 1997 to record two rushing touchdowns of 75-plus yards in a single game.

5. Houston wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON totaled 10 receptions for 149 receiving yards with two touchdowns in the Texans’ 34-31 win over the Tennessee Titans. Johnson, who has 500 career receptions in 88 games, ranks second in NFL history for the fewest number of games to reach 500 receptions. Johnson trails only Arizona Cardinals wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN, who accomplished the feat in 80 games.

6. The New Orleans Saints, who had 45 points in the team’s Kickoff Weekend victory over the Detroit Lions, scored 48 points in the club’s 48-22 win in Philadelphia. The Saints are the first team to score at least 45 points in each of the first two games of a season since the 1968 Oakland Raiders.

7. The New York Jets, who have defeated Houston (24-7) and New England (16-9) to start the season, are the first team since 2006 (Falcons, Ravens, Broncos) to not allow a rushing or passing touchdown in each of the first two games of a season.

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