The 2008 NFL season has had its share of firsts, and there are still four weeks of regular season action remaining. Here's a look at some of this year's unique performances, beginning with Baltimore's Ed Reed, who bested his own NFL record in Week 12, picking off a Kevin Kolb pass and returning it 108 yards for a touchdown.
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The ball ultimately didn't reach the goalposts (it didn't even reach the goal line), but in the closing seconds of the first half on Sept. 28, Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski attempted the longest field goal in NFL history -- a 76-yarder.
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With Dallas backed up against its end zone in overtime, the Cardinals' Sean Morey blocked Mat McBriar's punt and Monty Beisel carried it in for a touchdown from three yards out to give the Cardinals a 30-24 victory. It was the first time in NFL history that a blocked punt for a touchdown ended a game in overtime.
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One of the most prolific passers in league history, Drew Brees started the 2008 season on a torrid streak, racking up yards as no one had done before. Through 10 weeks of the season, his 3,254 passing yards were more than any quarterback had ever posted. The previous high was Dan Fouts' 3,164 in 1982.
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With one kick, Janikowski set two records (the longest field goal in Raiders' history, and the longest overtime field goal in league history). His 57-yard kick gave the Raiders a 16-13 win over Brett Favre and the Jets, and gave interim coach Tom Cable his first win in Oakland.
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Late in the first quarter of the Chiefs' Week 5 matchup against the Panthers, Tony Gonzalez hauled in a six-yard pass from Damon Huard to pass Shannon Sharpe, becoming the NFL's career leader in receiving yards for a tight end. Sharpe, who played 14 seasons in the league, retired with 10,060 yards.
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The favorite target of Tom Brady and now Matt Cassel, Wes Welker moved into the record books with a 12-yard reception in Week 10. With his sixth catch of the day, Welker became the first player in NFL history to have six or more receptions in each of the first nine games of a season. Welker topped the previous record of eight games, set by Jacksonville's Jimmy Smith in 2001.
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Steelers vs. Chargers
The first 11-10 game in NFL history shouldn't have ended that way, referee Scott Green said after a last-second touchdown was errantly taken away from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The blown call cost bettors millions of dollars worldwide, but didn't affect the game's outcome.<br><br>Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Trailing 24-6 in the first half of their Week 11 matchup against the Jets, the Matt Cassel-led Patriots battled back behind their quarterback. Cassel not only engineered the fourth quarter comeback drive that forced overtime, but secured a spot in the NFL record books, becoming the first quarterback to throw for 400 yards and run for 60 (he ran for 62) in the same game.
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