With his 19-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Carolina Panthers, tight end Jimmy Graham has made it six straight weeks in which a former Miami Hurricane has scored a touchdown in the NFL. Former Canes had scored in 149 straight weeks from Week 15, 2002 to Week 10, 2011 until a former Hurricane failed to score in Week 11 this season.
Graham leads all Hurricanes with five touchdowns since the new streak began, and was tied for 15th on the original streak’s leader board with 11 touchdowns in only his second season. He was tied with Ed Reed and Roscoe Parish with 11 scores over the course of the original streak.
This afternoon’s score brings Graham to 11 touchdowns this season. He had passed Kellen Winslow, Sr.‘s NFL record 1,290 receiving yards for a tight end in the win over the Panthers, but his 1,310 yards were eventually surpassed by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on the final play of the Patriot’s win over the Buffalo Bills.
Gronkowski finished the regular season with 1,327 yards on the 22-yard reception before New England assumed the victory formation. He added to his NFL record for single-season touchdown receptions for a tight end, hauling in two in the win to bring his season total to 18.
Graham and Gronkowski were elected their respective conference’s starter in January’s Pro Bowl.