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NFL WEEK 1: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

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The 2013 NFL season began this weekend. Some teams won. Some lost. Others were just happy to field a team. Each week Sporcle will bring you trivia tidbits from each game.
Here are your NFL Week 1 fast facts:

Denver Broncos 49, Baltimore Ravens 27
On Friday morning, The Columbus Dispatch posted a headline that read “(John) Elway throws seven touchdown passes”. Elway hasn’t played in an NFL game since 1998 – the same year that Peyton Manning was drafted.

Kansas City Chiefs 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 2
Bryan Anger set a franchise record for the Jaguars on Sunday with 11 punts in a single game. The NFL average is 5 punts per game, and there has only been one game in NFL history where neither team had a punt during the game – Buffalo Bills vs San Francisco 49ers in 1992.

New England Patriots 23, Buffalo Bills 21
The last Buffalo Bills quarterback to beat the New England Patriots on Opening Day was Drew Bledsoe. Incidentally, no Bills head coach has ever won his season-opening debut.

Miami Dolphins 23, Cleveland Browns 10
The Cleveland Browns have the lowest league prices for tickets, beer, and parking. The Dallas Cowboys have the highest.

Tennessee Titans 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 9
The first score of the full opening day of the NFL season was a safety. Four different teams gave up safeties in week one games. There were just 13 in the entire 2012 NFL season.

St. Louis Rams 27, Arizona Cardinals 24
The Rams won their first season opener in 7 years. The last time the Rams won their season opener was against Denver with a score of 18-10.

Detroit Lions 34, Minnesota Vikings 24
Joique Bell rushed for 2 TD in the season opener. Only two other Lions have done so in the last 35 seasons: Billy Sims (1980) and Jahvid Best (2010).

Dallas Cowboys 36, New York Giants 31
Eli Manning’s first NFL career victory came at the Cowboys’ expense.

Indianapolis Colts 21, Oakland Raiders 17
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed for 112 yards, breaking the Raiders’ single-game rushing record by a quarterback. The previous mark was held by Rich Gannon who rushed for 85 rushing yards on Oct. 8, 2000, at San Francisco.

New York Jets 18, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
Geno Smith’s Quarterback Rating (QBR) jumped from 29 in the 1st half to a 69 in the 2nd half. It was the largest increase by a rookie in a season opener over the last 5 seasons. Geno Smith joins the list of 25 other starting Jets’ quarterbacks since Joe Namath retired; see how many you can guess in the New York Jets quarterback quiz.

San Francisco 49ers 34, Green Bay Packers 28
A fan fell to his death at Candlestick Park during the 1st quarter of Sunday’s game. In the last ten years, there have been more than two dozen cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States.

Chicago Bears 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21
New Head Coach March Trestman joined Hall of Famer George Halas, Neill Armstrong and Dick Jauron as the only coaches to win their Bears debut.

New Orleans Saints 23, Atlanta Falcons 17
Atlanta has lost seven of eight in New Orleans since Sean Payton became coach.

Seattle Seahawks 12, Carolina Panthers 7
Despite two dynamic quarterbacks, these teams often meet in a defensive battle. Last year’s score was a 16-12 win for Seattle.

Philadelphia Eagles 33, Washington Redskins 27
The Eagles had 26 points at halftime, a mark they reached just once last season.

Houston Texans 31, San Diego Chargers 28
During Monday night’s game, Andre Johnson broke the record for most 10+ catch games in NFL history.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

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