Huge Week for NFL Boilermakers
Dec. 13, 2016


Boilermakers in the NFL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Week 14 in the NFL was a big one for Purdue alums. Boilermakers came through in the clutch and racked up 4.0 sacks, forced two fumbles, picked off two passes and extended an NFL passing record, among other accomplishments. The full list of weekend accomplishments is below.

* Ryan Kerrigan started his 93rd consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among NFL linebackers, and saved the day for the Washington Redskins against the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Redskins leading 27-22, the Eagles had the ball at Washington's 14-yard line with 21 seconds remaining in the game. Kerrigan blew by the right tackle and blindsided quarterback Carson Wentz, forcing a fumble that the Redskins recovered. He finished the day with two tackles, the sack and forced fumble. It was Kerrigan's fourth consecutive game with at least one sack and eighth in the last nine games. Kerrigan is tied for third in the NFL with 11.0 sacks this season. Kerrigan's forced fumble was the 19th of his six-year NFL career, which is tied for the second-most among all players since he entered the league in 2011. HIGHLIGHT

* Drew Brees surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the 11th consecutive season, an NFL record, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished 25 for 41 for 257 yards. Brees is one of just three NFL quarterbacks with at least 4,000 passing yards this season and leads the way with 4,170. The Saints lost to the Buccaneers 16-11. HIGHLIGHT

* Akeem Hunt helped the Houston Texans knock off the Indianapolis Colts 22-17. In the second quarter, faced with a 3rd-and-5 at the Indianapolis 32-yard line, Hunt checked in and rushed the ball up the middle for 19 yards to the Colts' 13. That run kept the drive alive and set up a Texans' touchdown to give them their first lead of the day at 10-3. Houston never trailed from thereafter. Hunt also had two kickoff returns for 36 yards.

* Ricardo Allen helped the Atlanta Falcons take control of the game early in a 42-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams. On the Rams' first offensive possession of the game, Los Angeles made it to the Falcons' 16-yard line before Allen picked off Jared Goff on a third down to halt the drive. It was his second interception of the season. Allen finished the game with six tackles, a pass defended and the interception in his 13th start of the season. HIGHLIGHT 

* Trailing 10-7 to the New York Giants with less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Dallas Cowboys rookie Anthony Brown picked off Eli Manning at the Cowboys 15-yard line to halt a potential scoring drive. It was Brown's first career interception. The Cowboys couldn't take advantage of the interception and lost 10-7. It was the sixth start of the season for the sixth-round draft pick. He finished the day with two tackles, a pass defended and the interception. Brown was the second Boilermaker with an interception for the weekend making Purdue one of just three schools with two alums coming up with a pick. HIGHLIGHT

* Kawann Short started his 38th straight game at defensive tackle and had a game-high two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the Carolina Panthers' 28-16 win over the San Diego Chargers. Short set the tone for the Panthers' defense early, picking up a third-down sack on the third play of the game. That set up a Panther field goal to give them a 3-0 lead. On the Chargers' second possession, it was again Short who stopped the drive, as he sacked Phillip Rivers again and forced a fumble near midfield, which the Panthers recovered. HIGHLIGHT

* Cliff Avril started his 45th consecutive game for the Seattle Seahawks and notched two tackles in the team's 38-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Avril has 10.0 sacks this season, which is tied for sixth in the NFL. Prior to this season, Avril pledged to work with the New Story organization to build a home in hurricane-ravaged Haiti, where his parents emigrated from, for every sack he records this season.

* Rob Ninkovich stopped a furious Baltimore Raven comeback against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. With the Patriots leading 23-17 with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter, Baltimore had the ball third-and-4 at the Patriots' 12-yard line. Ninkovich blew the play, sacking Joe Flacco to force a field goal. The Patriots used the momentum to score on their first offensive play of the next possession and won 30-23. Ninkovich finished with two tackles and the sack in his seventh start of the year.

* Dennis Kelly appeared as a reserve tackle on the Tennessee Titans offensive line and helped the team beat the Denver Broncos 13-10. The Titans rushed for 180 yards.

* Kevin Pamphile started his 11th game of the season on the offensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He helped his team knock off the New Orleans Saints 16-11, while rushing for 104 yards and yielding two sacks.




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