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MORE RECORDS FALL a DAY AFTER MEGATRON MARK

Andrew Luck broke the NFL rookie record for yards passing, and rookie Blair Walsh set the league mark for 50-yard plus field goals in a season on a Sunday featuring a slew of records.

All of that and more came after Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season yards receiving record in Detroit's loss to Atlanta on Saturday. The Lions All-Pro is at 1,892 with a game left.

Luck, above, topped Cam Newton's year-old mark for yards passing. Luck has 4,183 with a game left; Newton had 4,051 last season for the Panthers.

Minnesota's Walsh hit a 56-yard field goal, giving him nine kicks of 50 yards or more. Washington's Kai Forbath set the record for consecutive field goals to begin a career with his 17th straight. New Orleans' Garrett Hartley had 16 straight. And Dallas' Jason Witten broke the single-season record for catches by a tight end with his 103rd. Tony Gonzalez had 102 for the Chiefs in 2004.

TEBOW TALK: Former Florida star Tim Tebow will be released by the Jets in the offseason, and Jaguars owner Shahid Khan wants to acquire the hometown product, espn.com reported. Tebow was a star at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High before winning a Heisman Trophy with the Gators. Also, Tebow and former Jets starter Mark Sanchez were both active as Greg McElroy's backups. It was the first time all season Rex Ryan had all three quarterbacks active, and he avoided having to designate either Sanchez or Tebow as the No. 2.

PAGANO SET?: Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who has missed most of the season undergoing treatment for leukemia, will be at work today and coach next week, foxsports.com reported.

FOSTER LEAVES WITH IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT: Texans RB Arian Foster left against the Vikings with an irregular heartbeat. "It's a very minor situation, so I'll be okay," Foster said. He left with 15 yards on 10 carries.

BRONCOS: CB Tracy Porter's return lasted three plays as he left with a concussion in the first quarter. He had missed nine straight games after experiencing symptoms similar to those he had last summer that preceded a seizure.

49ERS: DT Justin Smith sat out with an elbow injury, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 185.

PATRIOTS: Tom Brady has thrown a TD pass in 47 consecutive games, tying Johnny Unitas for second all-time. Drew Brees, who broke Unitas' record this season, is at 54.

TITANS: Owner Bud Adams, 90, said he'll move quickly to try to avoid another season like this one. Tennessee has fallen from 9-7 to 5-10 and given up 51 or more points twice. "We can't keep losing games like we lost today, and I mean it," he told TitanInsider.com by phone from his Houston home.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

2 Teams with at least 10 wins one season after losing at least 14; the Colts joined the 2008 Dolphins

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