Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry made history Sunday evening when he became just the eighth running back in NFL history to top 2,000 rushing yards in a single season.
He reached the milestone during the fourth quarter during the Tennessee Titans' last-second 41-38 victory at the Houston Texans. With the win, the Titans locked up the No. 3 seeding in the AFC playoffs, and will host the Baltimore Ravens next weekend.
Henry finished with 250 rushing yards on 34 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Henry also locked up his second straight rushing title, set the Titans' single-season rushing record, and became the first player in NFL history to have 200 rushing yards three times against an opponent.
The 2,000-yard club includes O.J. Simpson (1973), Eric Dickerson (1984), Barry Sanders (1997), Terrell Davis (1998), Jamal Lewis (2003), Chris Johnson (2009) and Adrian Peterson (2012).
Johnson had the team record at 2,006. Henry finished the regular season with 2,027.
Dickerson holds the NFL record with 2,105 rushing with the Los Angeles Rams.
Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in 2019, is the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-07) to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons.
He's the first player in NFL history with five career games with at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
And finally, Henry is the first player ever to have a 2,000-yard rushing season at the high school, collegiate and NFL levels.
Week 17 Preview
With a healthy lead heading into the final week of the NFL regular season, former Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry is on the verge of winning his second straight rushing title.
Henry leads the NFL with 1,777 rushing yards this season. Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings is the only player within 700 yards at 1,557 (Jame Robinson is third with 1,070).
The Tennessee Titans visit the Houston Texans, while the Vikings are at Detroit.
Henry would be the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-07) to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons.
Henry, who has 3,317 combined rushing yards from 2019-20, also has an opportunity to register one of the top consecutive-season rushing totals in NFL history.
- Eric Dickerson, 1983-84, 3,913
- Terrell Davis, 1997-98, 3,758
- Earl Campbell, 1979-80, 3,631
- Barry Sanders, 1996-97, 3,606
- Shaun Alexander, 2004-05, 3,576
- Barry Sanders, 1997-98, 3,544
- Larry Johnson, 2005-06, 3,539
- Tiki Barber, 2005-06, 3,522
- Jamal Lewis, 2002-03, 3,393
- Barry Sanders, 1994-95, 3,383
Dickerson, Davis, Campbell and Sanders are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Update: Dalvin Cook won't play in the Vikings' season finale after his father died unexpectedly at age 46 on Tuesday.
Seven playoff berths are still open, the most heading into the final weekend in 31 years, with 18 teams still in the mix.
The following teams just need to win to make the postseason:
- Baltimore Ravens (10-5)
- Cleveland Browns (10-5)
- Miami Dolphins (10-5)
- Tennessee Titans (10-5)
The Indianapolis Colts (10-5) can also win the AFC South with a win and a Titans loss or tie. They can make the playoffs as a Wild Card team with a win and a loss or tie by either Baltimore, Cleveland or Miami.
- The Arizona Cardinals (8-7) and the Los Angeles Rams (9-6), who play in L.A., with the winner securing a wild-card spot.
- Chicago Bears (8-7).
- The Washington Football Team (6-9)
The winner of the Cowboys (6-9) and Giants (5-10) will clinch the NFC East with a Washington loss.
The Green Bay Packers (12-3), New Orleans Saints (11-4) and Seattle Seahawks (11-4) can all still earn the top seeding and first-round bye.
Playoff spots locked in
The Kansas City Chiefs (14-1) have already clinched the AFC’s lone first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
- The Buffalo Bills (12-3) clinched the AFC East division title for the first time since 1995.
- The Green Bay Packers (12-3) clinched the NFC North division title for the second-consecutive season.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) last week overcame a 17-point deficit to win and clinch the AFC North division title.
- The Saints (11-4) clinched the NFC South division title for the fourth-consecutive season.
- The Seahawks (11-4) clinched the NFC West division title.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-5) clinched their first playoff berth since 2007.
NFL Week 17 Moves
• Long-snapper Carson Tinker was listed as a protected player on the Giants' practice squad.
• Gehrig Dieter reverted back to the practice squad.
• Browns activated safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. from the Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return list.
• Chiefs activated wide receiver Dieter from the practice squad.
• Patriots placed running back Damien Harris on the Injured Reserve (ankle)
Matchup of the Week
Washington defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne will be chasing/containing Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts with a division title and playoff spot on the line. The game will be on prime time as well.
NFL Schedule Week 17
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, noon CT, CBS
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, noon, CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, noon, CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, noon, Fox
New York Jets at New England Patriots, noon, CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, noon, Fox
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, noon, Fox
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, 3:25 p.m., Fox
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, 3:25 p.m., Fox
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, 3:25 p.m., Fox
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (at State Farm Stadium, Phoenix), 3:25 p.m., Fox
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:20 p.m., NBC
NFL Week 17 Notes
• Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper had 121 receiving yards last week, giving him 1,073 for the season. It's his fifth-career 1,000-yard season. Cooper the only player with five-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the past six seasons.
• With 130 last week, Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley leads the league in 100-yard receiving games this season with eight. He had 10 receptions for 163 yards and a touchdown during the first meeting with the Buccaneers, in Week 15.
• Take note of the weather in Buffalo, where the forecast is for light rain, a morning high of 39 degrees and then dropping to near freezing, and winds of 20 to 30 mph. It'll likely be unlike anything Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had played in before.
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