Bears, Bucs Playing in London
The NFL International Series returns to London’s Wembley Stadium this Sunday when the Chicago Bears face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bears and Buccaneers have played three consecutive games against each other decided by three points or fewer, tying for the longest current streak in the league. The past two meetings between Chicago and Tampa Bay have been decided in overtime, most recently in Week 3 of the 2008 season (Buccaneers 27, Bears 24). Since overtime was instituted in 1974, there have been three instances of teams playing three consecutive overtime games against each other. The contest will be the ninth international regular-season game in NFL history and the fifth played in the United Kingdom.
The regular-season games played in the United Kingdom:
October 28, 2007 Giants 13, Miami 10
October 26, 2008 San Diego 32, New Orleans 37
October 25, 2009 New England 35, Tampa Bay 7
October 31, 2010 Denver 16, San Francisco 24
Comebacks are a Common Occurrence This Year
Last week, the San Francisco 49ers overcame a 10-0 deficit to defeat the Detroit Lions 25-19. With that result, there have now been 19 games in which a team trailed by at least 10 points and came back to win – the most through Week 6 in NFL history.
The 19 double-digit comebacks are already the second-most through the first seven weeks of a season all-time. Entering Week 7, 52.2 percent of NFL games (47 of 90) have been decided by seven points or fewer. At this pace, the league will play the highest percentage of seven-point games since 1970 (1994, 115 of 224, 51.3 percent).
Packers Look to Advance to 7-0
The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are 6-0 – the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL this season. The 6-0 start is their first since 1965 and gives the teams 12 consecutive victories including the postseason, tying a franchise record.
The Packers currently hold a 699-540-36 all-time record, including the postseason. With a win over Minnesota on Sunday, Green Bay would become just the second franchise in NFL history to reach 700 total wins. Including the postseason, the Chicago Bears have a record of 724-533-42.
Last week, Green Bay became the seventh defending Super Bowl champion to start a season 6-0. All six of those teams won at least 10 games and advanced to the playoffs, and two of them repeated as Super Bowl champions – the 1998 Denver Broncos and 2004 New England Patriots.
With a victory this Sunday, the Packers would become just the fourth defending Super Bowl champion to start a season 7-0. Most recently, the Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts began the 2007 season at 7-0.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has 30 receptions for 318 yards and four touchdowns this season. For his career, Gonzalez has now recorded 1,099 receptions, already fourth-most all-time.
With four catches this weekend against Detroit, Gonzalez would surpass Cris Carter (1,101) and Marvin Harrison (1,102) for the second-most receptions in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice holds the record with 1,549.
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Facts, figures provided by NFL Media Dept