As the 13th week of the 2023 NFL season unfolded, here are seven standout statistical highlights from the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET windows on Sunday:
Close Contests Dominate Week 13:
Eight out of 11 games (72.7%) in Week 13 were within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter, with seven games decided by one score.
This season, 71% of all games (135 of 191) have been within one score in the fourth quarter.
Colts Stage Comeback:
The Indianapolis Colts overcame a 10-point deficit to secure a thrilling 31-28 overtime victory against Tennessee, extending their win streak to four games.
49ers' quarterback Brock Purdy delivered a stellar performance with 314 yards, four touchdowns, and a perfect 148.8 passer rating in a 42-19 win over Philadelphia.
Purdy now shares a record with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers for the most games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140 or higher in a season.
Dolphins' Dominance Continues:
The Miami Dolphins improved to 9-3 with a commanding 45-15 win over Washington, featuring Tyreek Hill's explosive performance, including two long touchdowns.
Evans' Milestone Moments:
Tampa Bay's Mike Evans made history, becoming the first player with at least 60 receptions in each of his first 10 seasons and reaching 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first 10 career seasons.
Stroud's Rising Success:
Houston's rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud surpassed Justin Herbert for the third-most passing yards by a player in his first 12 career games in NFL history.
LaPorta's Tight End Excellence:
Detroit's rookie tight end Sam LaPorta had a standout game with nine receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown, joining a select group of rookie tight ends in NFL history.
Additional Notable Performances:
Derrick Henry's strong showing for Tennessee.
DeAndre Hopkins reached 12,000 career receiving yards.
Jalen Hurts has dual-threat capabilities with two touchdowns.
Puka Nacua's impressive rookie season with the Rams.
Keenan Allen's prolific reception record for the Chargers.
Week 13 showcased thrilling contests, remarkable individual achievements, and emerging talents, adding excitement to the ongoing NFL season.
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