Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers caught three touchdown passes in 41-0 a win over the Chicago Bears, tying the NFL records for consecutive games with a touchdown reception (11; tying Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams and Buddy Dial of the Pittsburgh Steelers) and number of touchdown catches in one season (18; tying Mark Clayton of the Miami Dolphins).
In 1987, he was named the NFL’s MVP by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) and the Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press (AP). Despite playing in only 12 games that year (NFL players strike), he still managed to gain 1,078 receiving yards and an NFL-record 22 touchdown receptions which stood until 2007 when it was broken by Randy Moss (with Moss catching 23 touchdowns in 16 games). In 1987, the runner-up to Rice in touchdown receptions was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Mike Quick with 11. This marked the first time in post NFL-AFL merger history that a category leader doubled the total of his nearest competitor.