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Kaepernick, Holliday, Brady set NFL records

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San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an unprecedented running performance, Denver’s Trindon Holliday had an unprecedented returning performance, and the Patriots keep winning games behind Tom Brady’s passing.

Kaepernick, Holliday and Brady all set NFL records over the weekend, which we’ll detail below:

Most rushing yards, quarterback, single game: Colin Kaepernick’s 181 rushing yards were the most ever for a quarterback in any NFL game, regular season or postseason. Of the Top 5 quarterback rushing games in NFL history prior to this weekend, three belonged to Michael Vick, one belonged to Tobin Rote of the 1951 Packers, and one was the 138-yard game by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in Week Six of the 2012 season.

Longest playoff punt return: Trindon Holliday’s 90-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter against the Ravens was the longest punt return in NFL postseason history. The previous record for the longest punt return was held by Baltimore’s Jermaine Lewis, who had an 88-yard touchdown against the Steelers in the 2001 divisional round.

Longest playoff kickoff return: Holliday’s 104-yard kickoff return in the third quarter against the Ravens was the longest kickoff return in NFL postseason history. The previous record for the longest kickoff return was held by Atlanta’s Eric Weems, who had a 102-yard touchdown against the Packers in the 2010 divisional round.

Most combined kick return yards in a playoff game: Holliday’s 248 combined kick return yards were the most in NFL postseason history, breaking a record previously shared by Andre Coleman of the Chargers and Desmond Howard of the Packers, both of whom had 244 combined kick return yards in a game, both in Super Bowls. (Howard was MVP of the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI win, while Coleman benefitted from getting a whole lot of chances to return kickoffs in the Chargers’ Super Bowl XXIX blowout loss to the 49ers.)

Most kick return touchdowns in a playoff game: Holliday became the first player in NFL history to have two touchdowns on kick returns in one playoff game.

Most career postseason wins by a starting quarterback: The Patriots are now 17-6 with Brady as their starter in the playoffs, moving Brady ahead of Joe Montana for the most wins ever by a starting quarterback in the postseason.

Most career postseason attempts and completions: Brady already owned both of these records, but on Saturday he became the first player in NFL history to surpass 800 playoff passes and complete 500 playoff passes. Brady has now completed 524 of 833 pass attempts in his NFL playoff career.

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58 Responses to “Kaepernick, Holliday, Brady set NFL records”
  1. chc4 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:54 PM

    If nothing else Atlanta has great tape on how NOT to play Kaepernick. While he is no doubt a dynamic talent I find it hard to believe that he can pull that kind of performance off 2 weeks in a row. We shall see….

  2. pixelito says: Jan 14, 2013 4:56 PM

    When’s the parade?

  3. billsncowboys says: Jan 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    Brady? Possibly the greatest clutch QB to ever walk the world? His playoff record is breathtaking and I hate him too but man can this guy get it done!

  4. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    In the end, only one team has six Lombardis.

  5. jhein23 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:58 PM

    Boy can’t wait for Tom Brady to make the SB again so we can hear over & over & over again how’s he is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

  6. garywheeler84 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:59 PM

    Playoff records. Peyton Manning 9-11. Brady 17-6. People don’t still debate who’s better, do they?

  7. jacobknicks says: Jan 14, 2013 5:01 PM

    Mazal Tov to all!

  8. detroitsports1234 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:01 PM

    Tom Brady=GOAT

  9. spthegr8 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:02 PM

    Kap is Just getting started!!!!! & after this week, we are gonna be doing the “Dirty Bird” on the way too the SB!!!!! NINERS ALL DAY!!!!!!!

  10. normdogg says: Jan 14, 2013 5:02 PM

    Unimpressive. Trindon Holliday didn’t do enough to win the game.

    -Tim Ryan

  11. beauregard says: Jan 14, 2013 5:03 PM

    It’s all water under the bridge now, as both teams are out of the playoffs, but how in the world could the Texans cut Trindon Holliday in week five? Did they have someone that much better to replace him?
    It was a solid pickup by Denver.

  12. itsfootballfolks says: Jan 14, 2013 5:05 PM

    Even if Brady makes it to 19-6 this year, they will try to give the Super Bowl MVP to Peyton Manning….

    Kaepernick is a force.

  13. patfanken says: Jan 14, 2013 5:05 PM

    So when is ESPN going to tell me how Peyton Manning is better than Tom Brady.

    BTW- the most telling stat in the Brady/Manning comparison.

    Tom Brady has more seasons that he went to superbowl, than Peyton Manning has seasons where he won just one playoff game. Think about that.

    Also think about this when someone tries to tell you that Manning never had a good defense like Brady. In the one year that Manning DID finally win a superbowl – his playoff stats where 3 TD’s and SEVEN picks. just another example of an MVP Manning got, but didn’t deserve.

  14. lurch61 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:05 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Jan 14, 2013 4:57 PM
    In the end, only one team has six Lombardis.

    ———————————————————–
    And only one has been to multiple super bowls and has never lost! Go Niners

  15. stellarperformance says: Jan 14, 2013 5:06 PM

    I have never seen a guy the size of Kaepernick with that kind of explosive speed. Too bad he’s such a dick.

  16. skoobyfl says: Jan 14, 2013 5:07 PM

    ATL better get a shadow for Kae.

  17. teal379 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:08 PM

    As a Packer fan I say this.

    Dom Capers’ defenses will go down in history as having the most offensive records for acheivement set against them.

    Been calling for his head for 2 years – unless GB fires him I can’t take anything that front office says seriously about winning championships. He’s consistently under performed with more than enough talent to get it done. First 6 draft pics were defense, most all the FA’s this year – defense and he continues to trot that garbage on the field game after game.

    Congrats to CK on the record but dang man, how many more records need to be set against Dom’s defense before he’s cut?

  18. azarkhan says: Jan 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says: In the end, only one team has six Lombardis.
    —-

    In the end, only one team has so many jerks for fans.

  19. trippymane says: Jan 14, 2013 5:10 PM

    You forgot rookie record for most yds in a single post season game by RW3.

  20. JackAcid says: Jan 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    The single most amazing week of divisional football in years.

  21. joecool16280 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:21 PM

    detroitsports1234 says:

    Tom Brady=GOAT

    ——————————–

    Wrong. GOAT = Joe Montana

  22. lmoneyfresh says: Jan 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    I have never seen a guy the size of Kaepernick with that kind of explosive speed. Too bad he’s such a dick.

    ——————————

    You’ve obviously never met him then.

  23. trozelligoj says: Jan 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    ———————————————–

    benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    In the end, only one team has six Lombardis.

    ———————————————–

    In the end, these are all INDIVIDUAL records, and Steelers fans posting non sequitor nonsense like this does nothing to change the fact they went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. In a division the Ravens and Bengals were TRYING to hand to you. After losing to a 3rd string quarterback last year in the first playoff game.

    Oh, wait, those are also team stats?

    How about only one Steeler made the All-Pro team (and second team, at that)? Good job Pouncey.

  24. jr4real says: Jan 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    I know everyone hates on Ben but he’s 8th on the list of all time playoff wins ahead of P. Manning.

    Manning chokes so bad. I think the intelligent game he gets everyone to buy into forgets fooball is a game of attrition also.

    Brady is pretty close to GOAT. I would only put Montana up there if anyone with him.

  25. teal379 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    joecool16280 says:
    Jan 14, 2013 5:21 PM
    detroitsports1234 says:

    Tom Brady=GOAT

    ——————————–

    Wrong. GOAT = Joe Montana

    ————————

    Wrong GOAT = Bart Starr

    Only one with a ring for every finger of his throwing hand.

  26. jhein23 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    College coaches were laughing at Dom Capers this weekend. As long as he keeps his job the rest of the NFL is happy oh except maybe Jay Cutler….everybody else.

  27. bucslose says: Jan 14, 2013 5:40 PM

    Montana will always be the greatest. He’s never lost a Super Bowl, and if you want to go by performance, he put up some of the greatest performances ever in a Super Bowl. Hes beaten Elway and Marino in Super Bowls and blew them out.

    Brady has had to rely on great defenses to win his Super Bowls, and his best performance was against Jake Delhomme, not exactly a stellar QB.

    Brady is Brady, a great QB, downvote all you want, but without the stellar defenses he had, a clutch kicker, a tuck rule made just for him, he wouldnt have had those rings.

    I take Montana any day over anyone.

  28. bucslose says: Jan 14, 2013 5:43 PM

    Individual records, like playoff wins, dont happen without teammates. Brady has the playoff win record for QB, but you can easily look at many of those games and give some or more credit to others on those teams than just Brady.

    And in Brady’s case, no matter what, Bellichick has always been a big part of it. One of the few coaches to nearly always have his team ready. He gets pieces to fit using names youve never heard of, on both sides of the ball. He is a jerk, but the greatest coach of all time, and how he has his team ready year after year proves it.

  29. ripster65 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:58 PM

    garywheeler84 says:
    Jan 14, 2013 4:59 PM
    Playoff records. Peyton Manning 9-11. Brady 17-6. People don’t still debate who’s better, do they?
    ————————–
    Lets don’t forget this guy:

    Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers & Kansas City Chiefs.
    Career postseason record: 16-7
    Career postseason statistics: 460-734, 5772 yards, 45 TD, 21 INT; 95.6 passer rating

    Montana holds a 4-0 record in the Super Bowl. All four times he posted a triple-digit passer rating. His 11 touchdowns are a Super Bowl record and his zero interceptions in 122 pass attempts are a testament to his greatness.

    and 4 rings…

  30. reengleman says: Jan 14, 2013 5:58 PM

    While the comments are focusing on a few QBs, let’s not forget the HOF QB who played for 10 yrs., took his team to the championship of his league each yr. and won 7 titles. Here’s a clue as to his identity: He scored a “pick 6.”

  31. jwreck says: Jan 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    chc4 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:54 PM

    If nothing else Atlanta has great tape on how NOT to play Kaepernick. While he is no doubt a dynamic talent I find it hard to believe that he can pull that kind of performance off 2 weeks in a row. We shall see….
    ________
    Don’t understand the negative response to this comment. This guy is in no way stating that Kaepernick (godamn, I am not looking forward to writing that name over and over again for the next decade or so) is not a game-changing franchise quarterback, he’s just saying that Green Bay clearly had no idea how to defend him, and Atlanta will be in a much better position to play againsthim now that they have playoff film of [the SF QB] to review.

  32. bucslose says: Jan 14, 2013 6:07 PM

    If there was one football game with your life on the line and you had to pick 1 QB for your team, who would it be? Montana who was 4-0 in Super Bowls and never threw an interception or some guy who lost 2 of ‘em?

  33. all4patriots says: Jan 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    “And only one has been to multiple super bowls and has never lost! Go Niners”


    So, will the two teams who loose next Sunday have had a better season than the team who wins next Sunday but then loses on February 3? Of course not.

    moral: It is better to go to the Super Bowl and lose than it is to lose earlier in the process, or to not advance in the playoffs at all.

    People act like the lose of the Super Bowl make you the #32 team or something. It’s the silver medal, which isn’t what you wanted, but it is way better than not even getting there.

    Montana lost in the conference finals three times, for example, and Brady once. Two extra conference finals losses are more of a negative than two extra Super Bowl losses. Montana was one and done 4 times, vs. 2 for Brady.

    Right now 4 wins trumps 3 wins, but if it gets to be 4 and 4, those two extra conference championships that Montana did not have because he lost games before then will mean that Brady was better.

  34. akshunj says: Jan 14, 2013 6:28 PM

    The headline omits another record setting QB: Manning. He tied Favre’s record for most postseason losses.

    @buclose : I would rather have the QB who made it to the Super Bowl more in the first place and that would be Brady.

  35. miguel3557 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:48 PM

    Although he did not have a commanding gravitas, like Brees, RGIII, or Russell Wilson, Montana was a football genius at picking the right receiver to hit. I’m convinced that Montana’s greatness was in part the result of running Walsh’s West Coast offense, which puts a premium on going through reads or choices of receivers to see who’s open. It seemed like most of the time, Montana threw to the receiver who was almost completely uncovered. His ability to read defenses and to throw any pass with accuracy were the keys to his success.

    Great quarterbacks are those with the greatest accuracy, and Brady is also extremely accurate, as are Brees and Rodgers. Rodgers is probably the most accurate passer I’ve ever seen. He proved that by hitting 22/23 passes in a game he played for Cal against USC. Brady has a better long ball than Montana had and also reads defenses very well.

    But, in a single game you had to win, Joe was the man–no mistakes, multiple TD passes, and effortlessly clutch in the 4th quarter. His recognition of John Candy as a member of the crowd in the beginning of the two-minute drive to win Super Bowl against Cincy with a pass to John Taylor was the ultimate in “this dude is cool.” The greatest of the great play their best ball “when it counts most.” That was Joe Montana in a nutshell.

  36. drblinky says: Jan 14, 2013 6:48 PM

    I want a Ravens-49ers Super Bowl so the Steeler fans on this site will be miserable. If the 49ers win, they’re the best Super Bowl team of all time (6 wins, 0 losses), and if the Ravens win, that’s their biggest rival. Come on Harbaugh Bowl!

  37. 49ersandshivabowl says: Jan 14, 2013 6:56 PM

    Media and fans make it easy on yourselves cause you’re gonna be hearing a lot more from him……it’s not Kaepernick…..

    ……………..it’s CK7.

  38. joecool16280 says: Jan 14, 2013 7:00 PM

    Lets not forget that todays game is way different than it was in the 70′s & 80′s. The game is set up for QBs.

    Hard to really compare but Montana is known for his game winning Touchdown drives compared to Brady’s game winning Field Goal drives.

    Love em both and Brady is probably 2-3.

    Always a fun debate though.

  39. discosucs2005 says: Jan 14, 2013 7:02 PM

    I really hate the Montana/Brady debate because its too different eras. No reasonable person doubts that Brady gets an advantage from the way offense are protected (thank you Bill Polian’s competition comitee), and living in an era of better medical care. But Joe had the benefit of playing during an era where it was much easier to keep a team together.

    The points for Brady are his regular season/post season career stats, getting to 5 big games, and doing it with less pro bowlers. The points against him are that he’s played worse in the big games than Joe, and even those his defense was worse in the regular season, no one blames them for either of the SB losses (and rightfully so). Brady had a great SB drive for a FG, Montana had one for a TD.

    Again, I don’t like the comparison because I think players should only be compared in their eras (Brady/Mannning for example).

    If I had to pick between Joe and Brady, it’s an easy choice to go with the guy who never lost when it mattered.

    Personally I think SB are a team stat and Dan Marino played better in his era than anyone else played in their era.

  40. decon49 says: Jan 14, 2013 7:15 PM

    just call him CK7

  41. flash1283 says: Jan 14, 2013 7:18 PM

    Brady is Brady, a great QB, downvote all you want, but without the stellar defenses he had, a clutch kicker, a tuck rule made just for him, he wouldnt have had those rings.

    Lets see, “clutch kicker” how did that “clutch kicker” get into FG range?

    And please “tuck rule made just for him”. WRONG, it was called in a game earlier that same season in a game. It was called in favor of the Jets in a game against NE.

  42. pastabelly says: Jan 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    Montana played in pre-salary cap NFL. It’s tough to compare the two. Both are great. Brady really has taken two entirely different teams to Super Bowls. The only player on the current team to own a ring is Vince.

  43. howiegtr says: Jan 14, 2013 8:03 PM

    pastabelly says:Jan 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    Montana played in pre-salary cap NFL. It’s tough to compare the two. Both are great. Brady really has taken two entirely different teams to Super Bowls. The only player on the current team to own a ring is Vince.
    ——————————
    I was about to write the same thing. The Packers, Steelers of the 70′s and 49′ers were all pre-salary cap era. Those teams would never be able to stay together in todays game. That is why what the Patriots have done is so amazing, Superbowl or not. And they got even better AFTER spygate.

  44. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    The game has changed. The read option is here to stay. Athletic running QB’s like Colin Kaepernick are where it’s at! Get used to it NFL.

    Sincerely,
    The Wildcat

  45. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:14 PM

    And in Brady’s case, no matter what, Bellichick “has always been a big part of it. One of the few coaches to nearly always have his team ready. He gets pieces to fit using names youve never heard of, on both sides of the ball. He is a jerk, but the greatest coach of all time, and how he has his team ready year after year proves it.”

    How did Belichick do as a coach in Cleveland without Brady? How about in New England with Bledsoe?

  46. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    “tuck rule made for him”

    The tuck rule has been on the books since 1999. I’d be impressed if it were made for Brady since that was one year before he was drafted.

    Foresight I tell ya.

  47. noring4youstill says: Jan 14, 2013 8:23 PM

    Dont forget Manning. Most loses.

  48. skinsfantom says: Jan 14, 2013 8:28 PM

    if you’ve seen all in dicussion you know marino was the best. put him on any of your teams and you just won more sb. skinsfan here.

  49. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 14, 2013 8:39 PM

    bucslose says:
    Jan 14, 2013 6:07 PM
    If there was one football game with your life on the line and you had to pick 1 QB for your team, who would it be? Montana who was 4-0 in Super Bowls and never threw an interception or some guy who lost 2 of ‘em?
    ———————
    Give Brady the greatest receiver to ever play the game along with an All-Pro RB for his entire career and your stance may change. Brady vs. Montana is splitting hairs anyhow, both unbelievable QBs.

  50. brazzz01 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:40 PM

    Brady is Brady, a great QB, downvote all you want, but without the stellar defenses he had, a clutch kicker, a tuck rule made just for him, he wouldnt have had those rings.
    —–

    We could certainly use that kind of logic on many other QBs. So let’s be objective and do so. For example:

    Manning is Manning, a great QB, downvote all you want, but without his league worst defense stepping up and carrying Manning and his 70 passer rating in the 2006 playoffs, a clutch kicker, a don’t-even-breathe-on-my-receivers rule made just for him, he wouldn’t have his ring.

  51. all4patriots says: Jan 14, 2013 8:41 PM

    “If I had to pick between Joe and Brady, it’s an easy choice to go with the guy who never lost when it mattered.”

    All playoff games matter. Lose and you go home. Montana lost 7 times in 23 chances when it mattered. Brady has lost 6 times in 22 chances when it mattered.

    Put it this way, would it have been better if the Niners had lost yesterday, since (you say) it didn’t matter, as opposed to winning yesterday, winning this Sunday , and then losing when (you say) it matters, on Feb 3?

    Of course not. Finishing second best beats finishing tied for 5th/6th/7th/8th best any day.

  52. bestcoast7 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:58 PM

    how mad are the SF haters?

  53. bjtodd says: Jan 14, 2013 9:05 PM

    It can’t hurt to roll with Rice, Taylor, Clark, Jones, Craig, Rathman, a sick o line, etc. And will someone please mention Montana always had a very good defense with him. Brady wins SB this year with 16-0 season, 50 TD record, 70% winning percentage, he’s the best PERIOD

  54. futbodevil says: Jan 14, 2013 9:28 PM

    Don’t forget, Montana did it legit. Brady had help from Belicheat thanks to spygate. Everyone can try to forget it happened & try to pretend Belicheck is such a great coach, but he’s nothing but a cheat. Brady is legit, but he’s not even nowhere near Montana. I guarantee without spygate he wouldn’t be close to that record. He’d still be good, but he wouldn’t have 3 rings & be 17-6

  55. worldelitistpig says: Jan 14, 2013 10:37 PM

    Hasn’t Joe been married 7 times?

  56. myosin10 says: Jan 14, 2013 11:32 PM

    chc4 says:
    Jan 14, 2013 4:54 PM
    If nothing else Atlanta has great tape on how NOT to play Kaepernick. While he is no doubt a dynamic talent I find it hard to believe that he can pull that kind of performance off 2 weeks in a row. We shall see….

    He doesn’t need to pull off the same performance to beat ATL. Maybe just half the performance and SF will be ok. SF has too many weapons on Offense and Defense!

    Crazy how Kaep is so fast, it doesn’t look like it with those long legs. He also has a great arm and can be the pocket QB if need be.

  57. patsfan13 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:03 AM

    benroethliberger7said

    In the end, only one team has 6 Lombardis
    ————-
    4 of those came before free agency: never would have been able to keep that team together.
    Also it was before drug testing.

    Just saying

  58. txnative61 says: Jan 16, 2013 1:23 AM

    When ask if his records would be broken, Nolan Ryan famously replied in effect ” Yes, because pitchers coming behind have the chance to study how I did it, and one will eventually have the talent and do the work to be better.” So Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, “Slingin” Sammy Baugh–are all the greatest, with only Brady having the most chance to learn.

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