Posted by Mike Lynch on September 21, 2016
We wanted to briefly share an enhancement made to the Pro Football Reference Play Index. We have added a "Career Game Number" field to the search form for the Player Game Finder. This new search field allows users to customize their searches for certain periods of a player's career. Please note that this tool can be used back to the 1970 NFL-AFL Merger, but can't be used for 1960-69, even though those seasons are covered by other Player Game Finder tools. Here are a few examples of how this new feature can be used:
- Since the merger, Cam Newton is the only player to throw for 400+ yards in his NFL debut
- Eric Dickerson's 645 yards are the most rushing yards by any player in their first five career games since the merger.
- Randy Moss caught 17 TDs in his first 16 career games, which is the most by any player since 1970.
- Charles Woodson has the most career interceptions after already appearing in 200 career games.
We hope you enjoy this addition. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback.