Christian McCaffrey, Zach Ertz set NFL records

Christian McCaffrey is now an NFL record-holder. And so is Zach Ertz, another former Stanford player. And both set season receiving records.

Carolina’s McCaffrey had 12 receptions for 77 yards Sunday in the Panthers’ 24-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons to set an NFL record for receptions in a season (106) by a running back.

He broke the mark previously set by Matt Forte, who had 102 receptions for the Chicago Bears in 2014.

Not to be outdone, Philadelphia’s Ertz set a single-season record for most receptions by a tight end in the Eagles’ 32-30 win over the Houston Texans.

Ertz had 12 catches to break Jason Witten’s record. Ertz has 113. Witten had 110 catches for the Dallas Cowboys in 2012.

McCaffrey also surpassed father Ed McCaffrey’s best season for receptions. Ed, a wide reciever, had 101 catches in 2000 for the Denver Broncos.

“He’s got a comeback — he’s got three Super Bowl (rings),” Christian McCaffrey quipped. “So he’s got me there.”

McCaffrey also had 21 carries for 101 yards Sunday to push his season rushing total to 1,080, making him the the third running back in league history to record 100 receptions and 1,000 yards rushing in a season, joining LaDainian Tomlinson and Forte.

And, with 845 receiving yards, McCaffrey has an outside chance of becoming only the third player to post 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a season. Roger Craig did it for the 49ers in 1985 and Marshall Faulk did it in 1999 for the St. Louis Rams.

Fitzgerald throws TD pass: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has added a unique highlight to his Hall of Fame resume: In perhaps his final home game, he threw his first career touchdown pass in Sunday’s 31-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Fitzgerald took a lateral from Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen, then planted his feet and threw a perfect spiral to David Johnson for a 32-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Fitzgerald, who holds numerous receiving records, is a career 2-for-4 passing for 53 yards.

He had six receptions for 53 yards in the game.

Fitzgerald, 35, has spent his entire career with Arizona, but has yet to decide if he’ll return for a 16th season.

Brady at 4,000 again: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady added his name to yet another list of elite NFL passers.

With a 6-yard pass to Rex Burkhead in the second quarter of a 24-12 win over the Buffalo Bills, Brady joined Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers as quarterbacks with at least 10 seasons of 4,000-plus passing yards.

Manning has 14 such seasons, Brees has 12 and Rivers has 10.

Brady is coming off a 2017 MVP campaign in which he threw for 4,577 yards. Brady’s longest stretch of consecutive 4,000-yard seasons was from the 2011-2015.

McCoy’s troubles: Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had a rocky return from injury, both on and off the field.

After missing one game because of a hamstring injury, McCoy managed only 9 yards on six carries and 10 yards on three catches in the loss to New England.

The six-time Pro Bowler was benched for the Bills’ first series of the game over a disagreement with head coach Sean McDermott on Saturday.

“We had a situation. And he was totally right. And it was a private situation,” McCoy said. “I’m a captain. I gotta be more accountable. It’s as simple as that. He checked me. Put me in my place. That’s it.”

McCoy, 30, is in the final season of a five-year contract with the Bills. He has 151 carries for 488 yards and two touchdowns along with 32 catches for 220 yards in 13 games this season.

McCoy has eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in two of his four seasons since being traded to Buffalo in 2015, but is on pace for career lows in yards and touchdowns.

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