Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/30/12
8 a.m. ET: It all comes down to this. While many NFL teams are shoring up for the playoffs, another pursuit awaits for those chasing individual accolades. For some of the NFL’s best players, just 60 minutes remain to break records after a long season of work. In a year that has seen all kinds of benchmarks fall, a couple of the big ones remain. The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson needs his third 200-yard rushing game of the season to match Eric Dickerson for the single-season rushing record. J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith are both within reach of Michael Strahan’s single-season sack total. Those records, which have received most of the attention, aren’t the only ones left, though. Rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson can all break benchmarks for first-year passers. And the Lions’ two biggest offensive weapons, quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, can also do damage despite their team’s losing records. Most of the fun starts at 1 p.m., with Bears-Lions and Texans-Colts kicking off first. Take a look below to see which records are at stake, then swing back here throughout the day to see what’s happening. We’ll keep you updated as each record pursuit unfolds. Single-Season Sack Record Record-holder: Michael Strahan, 22.5 sacks in 2001 Challengers: Houston’s J.J. Watt at 20.5 sacks; San Francisco’s Aldon Smith at 19.5 When to watch: Texans-Colts, 1 p.m.; 49ers-Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. Single-Season Rushing Record Record-holder: Eric Dickerson, 2,105 yards in 1984 Challenger: Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson at 1,898 yards When to watch: Vikings-Packers, 4:25 p.m. Single-Season 100-Yard Receiving Games Record-holder: Michael Irvin, 12 games Challenger: Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, 11 games When to watch: Bears-Lions, 1 p.m. Single-Season Pass Attempts Record-holder: Drew Bledsoe, 691 Challenger: Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, 685 When to watch: Bears-Lions, 1 p.m. Rookie Quarterback Rating Record-holder: Ben Roethlisberger, 98.1 in 2004 Challengers: Washington’s Robert Griffin III, with 104.1; Seattle’s Russell Wilson, with 98.0 When to watch: Redskins-Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.; Seahawks-Rams, 4:25 p.m. Rookie Completion Percentage Record-holder: Ben Roethlisberger, 66.44 percent, 2004 Challenger: Washington’s Robert Griffin III, 66.40 percent When to watch: Redskins-Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. Rookie Touchdown Passes Record-holder: Peyton Manning, 26 Challenger: Seattle’s Russell Wilson, 25 When to watch: Seahawks-Rams, 4:25 p.m. Rookie Pass Completions Record-holder: Sam Bradford, 354 (Peyton Manning, 326) Challenger: Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, 325 When to watch: Texans-Colts, 1 p.m. Click here for our playoff picture live blog>>

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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