As the NFL's regular season reaches its thrilling climax in Week 18, the stage is set not only for intense playoff positioning but also for a series of potential record-breaking performances that could etch players' names into the annals of football history.
This season has been a rollercoaster, featuring the highest number of teams in Super Bowl contention at this stage since 2006, and a record-tying four division titles still up for grabs. In the midst of playoff fever, several players are on the cusp of shattering long-standing NFL records.
Brock Purdy of the 49ers is poised to surpass Matt Ryan's record for yards per attempt in a season, needing only to maintain his impressive 9.6-yard average. On the receiving end, the Dolphins' Tyreek Hill is within striking distance of Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving yards record, needing just 248 more yards to eclipse the 1,964-yard mark set in 2012.
Rookies Nearing Records
Rookie sensation Puka Nacua from the Rams is also making waves, as he's just a few catches and yards away from breaking the rookie records for receptions and receiving yards, currently held by Jaylen Waddle and Bill Groman, respectively.
Additionally, Brandon Aubrey is on the brink of achieving perfection, as he's only three field goals away from setting a new standard for most field goals made without a miss in a season. On the player-specific front, Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins is vying to become the first quarterback since Drew Brees in 2011 to lead the league in both completion percentage and passing yards.
Dak Prescott of the Cowboys aims to be the team's first quarterback to lead the NFL in passing touchdowns, while Josh Allen of the Bills is close to tying Cam Newton's record for the most seasons with 30 pass touchdowns and 10 rush touchdowns.
Jalen Hurts of the Eagles and Josh Allen are tied for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season, a record previously held by Cam Newton. Rams' Kyren Williams is leading the charge in rush yards per game and could join the legendary ranks of Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson.
Several players are also on the verge of breaking their franchise records. A.J. Brown of the Eagles, Amon-Ra St. Brown of the Lions, and Mike Evans of the Buccaneers are all within touching distance of setting new benchmarks for receiving yards and receptions in a season for their respective teams.
Rookie tight end Sam LaPorta of the Dolphins is tied for the most receptions by a rookie tight end in a season and needs just one more catch to own the record. Travis Kelce of the Chiefs is nearing his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season, which would extend his record for most by a tight end.
The Dolphins' duo of Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs are also eyeing a unique record as the first pair of rookie teammates with 10 touchdowns each. Meanwhile, David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs of the Bears are close to becoming the first running back tandem to each finish a season with 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, Montez Sweat could make history by becoming the first player to lead two teams in sacks in a single season. Khalil Mack of the Chargers is just a few sacks away from breaking the team's single-season sack record.