Raiders join NFL record-setters on Sunday with more penalties


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The Oakland Raiders were part of a record-setting day in the NFL on Sunday when they became the most penalized team in a season.

Rock Cartwright was called for holding during the second-half kickoff return against the San Diego Chargers for the Raiders’ 159th penalty of the season, breaking the mark of the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs, who set records for penalties (158) and yards penalized (1,304). Oakland tied the record for the most penalties when Stanford Routt was called for interference against Chargers receiver Malcolm Floyd in the end zone in the second quarter.


The Raiders were penalized eight times for 64 yards in the 38-26 loss to San Diego. Their record-setting totals for the season: 163 penalties for 1,358 yards.

Oakland eclipsed the Chiefs’ record for most penalty yards in a season on Matt Giordano’s personal foul in the first quarter.

Among other records set on Sunday:

  • New England’s Tom Brady finished the regular season with the second-most yards passing in NFL history (5,235), after throwing for 338 against Buffalo. The Saints’ Drew Brees, who last week broke Dan Marino’s record of 5,084 with the Miami Dolphins in 1984, added 389 yards on Sunday to finish with 5,486.
  • Speaking of the Saints, here’s a few of the records they set this season: Offensive yards by a team (7,474), yards passing by a team (5,347) and first downs (416). Brees had a record 468 completions to break Peyton Manning’s 2010 mark of 450. He finished the season completing 71.6% of his passes, breaking his own 2009 NFL record of 70.6%. And Jimmy Graham had 97 yards receiving, finishing with an NFL-record 1,310 for a tight end.
  • Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn set club records of 480 yards passing and six touchdowns as starter Aaron Rodgers rested for the playoffs. It was barely enough to beat the Lions, 45-41, as Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford passed for 520 yards and five touchdowns. It was the first time in opposing quarterbacks each threw for 400-plus yards and five-plus touchdowns in a game. The teams’ combined 971 yards passing broke the record of 906 set in the season opener between New England and Miami.

Just missing a spot atop the single-season sacks list was Minnesota’s Jared Allen, who had 3 1/2 sacks against the Chicago Bears on Sunday to finish the season with 22. Michael Strahan set the record with 22 1/2 for the New York Giants in 2001.


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