With the regular season complete, here’s a look at some of the most notable milestones players and teams achieved in 2016.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set the NFL single-season record for touchdown-to-interception ratio with 28 touchdowns and two interceptions. The previous mark of 27 and 2 was set by Nick Foles for the Eagles in 2013. Brady also passed Dan Marino to move into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list (61,582).
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished as the NFL’s leader in touchdown passes with 40. He’s the first Packers quarterback to do so since Brett Favre in 2003.
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 202 yards and a touchdown Sunday, giving him 4,090 yards passing and 28 touchdown passes, both team records. He’s also the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan broke the team record for single-season passing yardage by throwing for 4,944. He held the previous mark of 4,719, set in 2012.
The Saints' Brees finished with 5,208 passing yards, his fifth season with at least 5,000. No one else has more than one such season.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 4,000 yards for the sixth straight season. Three other quarterbacks have had a streak that long: Brees (11), Peyton Manning (six) and Ryan (six). The Brees and Ryan streaks are active.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz finished with 379 completions, passing Bradford for the most by a rookie.
The running backs
Colts running back Frank Gore reached the 1,000-yard mark for the ninth time. Only Emmitt Smith (11), Curtis Martin (10), Walter Payton (10), Barry Sanders (10) and Gore have rushed for 1,000 yards in at least nine seasons.
Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott didn't play Sunday, but he finished with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-most by a rookie, trailing Eric Dickerson (1,808 for the 1983 Rams) and George Rogers (1,674 for the 1981 Saints). Elliott was six scrimmage yards shy of becoming the third rookie in NFL history with 2,000 in a season (Dickerson 2,212 in 1983, Edgerrin James 2,139 in 1999).
Bears running back Jordan Howard set the team single-season rookie rushing yardage record with 1,313, breaking the mark previously held by Matt Forte. Howard’s Bears finished with 13 losses, matching their most in a season (1-13 in 1969).
Cardinals running back David Johnson's season ended in pain with an injury, but he posted 15 straight games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, matching the Lions' Sanders (1997) for the longest single-season streak in NFL history.
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald finished as the NFL receptions leader (107) for the second time in his career. He’s the first player in NFL history to lead the league in receptions as many as 11 years apart.
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates recorded his 111th career touchdown reception, tying Tony Gonzalez for most by a tight end and the sixth-most in NFL history.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Patriots are the eighth team in NFL history to go 8-0 on the road in the regular season. The others are the 1934 Bears, 1984 49ers, 1989 and 1990 49ers, 2001 Rams, 2007 Patriots and 2014 Cowboys.
The Titans won to finish 9-7. Their six-win improvement from 2015 to 2016 matches their biggest single-year improvement in franchise history. They had six-win improvements in 1967 and 1974.