Inside Gordon And Decker's Huge Days
By Jerry Tapp
A pair of AFC receivers had big days in Week 13 games. Denver's Eric Decker had four TD receptions in the Broncos' win over Kansas City, while Cleveland's Josh Gordon had his second consecutive game with 200-plus yards receiving in the Browns' loss to Jacksonville.
Decker had eight catches for 174 yards to go along with his four scores. He became the 32nd player since 1960 to have four or more TD receptions in a game, and became the 12th player since '60 to have four TD catches and over 170 yards receiving in a contest. The last player to do so was Terrell Owens in 2007 with the Dallas Cowboys.
The last player to have four TD receptions in a game happened earlier this year when Cincinnati's Marvin Jones had four TD catches in the Bengals' 49-9 win over the New York Jets.
Teams that have had a receiver score on four pass plays have won 29 and lost only three games since 1960; the last loss was on November 24, 1994 when Green Bay's Sterling Sharpe had four TD receptions in the Packers' 42-31 loss to the Cowboys. Sharpe and Jerry Rice are the only two receivers to have four TD receptions in a game twice in their career.
For Denver, this was the first time they had a receiver score on four TD passes; it was also the first time the Chiefs had allowed an opposing player to score on four TD receptions.
Gordon wrote his name in the NFL record book by becoming the first player in history to have back-to-back games with 200-plus yards receiving. He had 237 on November 24 versus the Steelers; he had 261 yards receiving on December 1 against the Browns.
Gordon also became the 26th player since 1960 to have two or more games with 200-plus yards receiving in a game. There have been 145 times since '60 when a player had 200-plus yards receiving. Leading the way is Detroit's Calvin Johnson with five, and AFL all-time great Lance Alworth, who had five such games with the San Diego Chargers. Jerry Rice had four games with 200-plus receiving yards; those players with three such games are: Isaac Bruce, Wes Chandler, Charley Hennigan (AFL), Andre Johnson, Don Maynard (AFL), and Terrell Owens.
The Browns face off against the New England Patriots this coming week. Should Gordon collect 170 or more yards receiving in that game, he would become only the fifth player since the AFL-NFL merger to have three games with 170 or more pass receiving yards in one season. The four players who accomplished this feat: Isaac Bruce (1995; he had four games with 170-plus receiving yards that season), Roy Green (1984), Calvin Johnson (2012; he had four games with 170-plus receiving yards that season) and Jerry Rice (1990).