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Several records were set in Week One, according to the NFL.

• The 791 points scored were the most ever scored on Kickoff Weekend and the second-most ever scored in a single week in NFL history (837; Week 12, 2008).

• Five teams — the Jets (48), Ravens (44), Bears (41), Falcons (40) and Redskins (40) — scored at least 40 points on Kickoff Weekend, the most in NFL history. In three previous seasons (1920, ’47, ’54), four teams scored at least 40 points in the season opener.

• Five rookie quarterbacks — Robert Griffin III of the Redskins, Andrew Luck of the Colts, Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins, Brandon Weeden of the Browns and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks — started on Kickoff Weekend, the most since at least 1950.

• Griffin (320 yards) and Luck (309 yards) became the first pair of rookie signalcallers to each pass for at least 300 yards on Kickoff Weekend. In fact, entering 2012, only two rookies in NFL history had ever passed for at least 300 yards in a season opener: Peyton Manning (302 yards, 1998) and Cam Newton (422 yards, 2011).

• Griffin became the only player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception in a player’s NFL debut. Griffin completed 19-of-26 passes (73.1 percent) for 320 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.9 passer rating in the Redskins’ 40-32 win at New Orleans. He is the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and win a season opener.

• Broncos QB Peyton Manning (401) joined Brett Favre (508) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (420) as the only quarterbacks with 400 passing touchdowns. Manning, who threw two TD passes in Denver’s 31-19 win over the Steelers, accomplished the feat in the fewest games (209; Marino, 227 and Favre, 228) and in the fewest attempts (7,226; Favre, 7,699 and Marino, 7,820).

• Patriots QB Tom Brady won his 125th career start as the Patriots defeated the Titans, 34-13. Brady reached the milestone in the fewest starts (160) in NFL history, besting Peyton Manning's mark of 184. Brady passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (124) with this 125th victory and trails only Brett Favre (186), John Elway (148), Dan Marino (147) and Manning (142).

• 49ers WR Randy Moss registered his 154th career TD reception in the 49ers’ 30-22 win at Green Bay. Moss moved into sole possession of second place in NFL history with that TD catch and trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (197).

• Ravens FS Ed Reed had a 34-yard interception-return TD in the Ravens’ 44-13 win over Cincinnati. He has an NFL-record 1,497 interception-return yards in his career, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (1,483).

• 49ers PK David Akers tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal. The others to accomplish the feat are Tom Dempsey (11/8/70), Jason Elam (10/25/98) and Sebastian Janikowski (9/12/11).

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