Vince Lombardi wins Game 1 as Packers HC, Art Shell hired as Raiders HC




– CAR WR Steve Smith Sr. recorded over 100 yards for the first time in his career (116) in a 17-14 loss to the Packers in Week 4, 2002

  • Smith Sr. has had 51 career games with over 100 yards of playtime (T-5th highest in the NFL since 1950)

– HOF Bruce Smith recorded his first 2 career sacks in his 4th career NFL game in the Bills’ 27-20 loss to the Vikings in Week 4, 1985

  • 200.0 career sacks are the most numerous in the NFL since sacks were first officially tracked in 1982

– HOF Warren Moon was sacked 12 times in the Oilers’ 17-10 loss to the Cowboys in Week 4, 1985

  • T-more times sacked in one game by any QB in the Super Bowl era

– ARI WR Larry Fitzgerald recorded his 1,326th career reception, overtaking HOF Tony Gonzalez for No. 2 in NFL history in the Cardinals’ 27-10 loss to the Seahawks in Week 4, 2019

  • Only HOF Jerry Rice (1,549) has more career receptions than Fitzgerald (1,432)

– HOF WR Jerry Rice became the all-time leader in career scrum yards, overtaking HOF RB Walter Payton in the Raiders’ 52-25 win over the Titans in Week 4, 2002

  • Rice: 7 rec, 144 rec yards & 1 rec TD
  • Retired with 23,540 scrum yards (most in NFL history) and 207 scrum TDs (most in NFL history) in 20 seasons in the NFL

– Notable birthdays: HOF Dave Wilcox (79), HOF Calvin Johnson (36) and SEA DC Ken Norton Jr. (55)

– NE QB Tom Brady made his first NFL start and won his first game with the Patriots in a 44-13 win over HOF Peyton Manning & Colts in Week 3, 2001

  • Brady: 13-23, 168 passing yards, 0 TD, 0 INT and 79.6 passers
  • Squad: 20-34, 196 passing yards, 1 TD pass, 3 INTs and 48.2 passers
  • Brady’s 232 QB wins are the biggest in NFL history (46 more than 186) for HOF Brett Favre and HOF Peyton Manning

– HOF Dan Marino recorded his career debut with over 400 passing yards (429) in a 36-28 Cardinals win in Week 5, 1984

  • 13 career games with over 400 passing yards (only Drew Brees (16) and HOF Peyton Manning (14) have more since 1950)
  • Won the MVP in 1984 with 5,084 passing yards and 48 assists in the NFL (1st season, any QB had over 5,000 passing yards or over 45 assists in NFL history)

– Notable birthdays: GB T David Bakhtiari (30 years old) & JAX CB CJ Henderson (23)

– Patriots HC Bill Belichick won his 1st game with the team in a 28-19 victory over the Broncos in Week 5, 2000

  • Started his first season with NE 1-4 and finished 5-11
  • 245-93 (entering Week 3, 2021) since 2000 (best NFL record, min. 40 games)

– HOF Dan Marino had 450 yards in the Dolphins’ 26-23 win over the Bengals in Battle of the Shulas (Don & David) in Week 5, 1995

  • Don Shula: 2-0 against his son David Shula (CIN HC from 1992-96)

– 103,467 fans watched the Cardinals’ 31-14 win over the 49ers at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium in Week 4, 2005, an attendance record for a regular season game

  • 1st regular season game played outside the United States
  • ARI HC was Dennis Green, QB was Josh McCown and the top WRs were Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald
  • SF HC was Mike Nolan, QB was Tim Rattay (rookie Alex Smith played relief), RB rookie Frank Gore had 2 carries (4 yds) and the top WR was Brandon Lloyd
  • New regular season attendance record: Giants at Cowboys in Week 2, 2009 (105,121)

– ATL WR Julio Jones recorded a career-high 300 receiving yards in the Falcons’ 48-33 win over the Panthers in Week 4, 2016

  • 1 of 5 players with 300+ playgrounds in a game since 1950

– Notable birthdays: Chuck Pagano (61 years old) & QB Mark Rypien (59 years old)