NFL Week 16: Bruce Arians may be out of a job again, in a good way

Sunday, the Chargers sacked the Jets' McElroy 11 times.

That tied a Chargers team record and fell one short of the single-game league record set by several teams, most recently by the Giants in 2007.

"A lot of those sacks weren't where they beat a guy quick and went," Turner said. "It was guys staying relentless and staying after the quarterback. You're playing a young quarterback. You'd like to be able to pressure him and disrupt him."

McElroy got the start over Sanchez and Tebow, who were both listed as the backup on the depth chart.

Jets Coach Rex Ryan said after the game that McElroy will be the starter for the season finale against Buffalo.

On the record

The Colts' Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards Sunday, breaking Cam Newton's rookie record of 4,051 yards passing in a season. Luck needed 74 yards to break the record and had 123 in the first half. Luck also extended his own record for fourth-quarter comebacks, now seven.

Dallas' Jason Witten broke the single-season record for catches by a tight end, notching his 103rd with a week to play. Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez had held the mark of 102, set in 2004 when he played for Kansas City.

New Orleans' Drew Brees has 4,781 yards passing and is the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,500 yards in three consecutive seasons.

St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins has returned three interceptions for touchdowns this season, tied for the most by a rookie in NFL history.

Kansas City's Jamaal Charles, who had an 86-yard touchdown run against the Colts, has three touchdown runs of at least 80 yards this season, tied with Chris Johnson (2009 and 2012) and Barry Sanders (1997) for the most in a single season.

When Minnesota's Blair Walsh kicked a 56-yard field goal against Houston, he set an NFL record for a season with nine field goals of 50 yards or longer.

One fine day

Baltimore's Ed Reed is under the microscope. The All-Pro safety was briefly suspended for a game last month for his pattern of making improper helmet-to-helmet hits, a penalty that was later reduced to a $50,000 fine.

Reed probably will attract the attention of the league again for his sideline hit on Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who was flattened an instant after making a catch.

Reed, who drew a 15-yard penalty on the play, lowered his left shoulder into the upper chest of Cruz — who appeared to be in a "defenseless" position — and their helmets knocked into each other.

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