Date: November 30, 2009

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

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Johnson

A MONTH TO REMEMBER FOR TENNESSEE'S JOHNSON

Chris Johnson gained 154 yards in the Titans' 20-17 win over the Cardinals, to finish the month of November with 800 rushing yards. That is the highest monthly total in NFL history - not just for November, but for any month. The previous record was 797 yards by Ricky Williams in December 2002.

Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals

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Johnson

JOHNSON'S 85-YARD TD IS A RECORD-SETTER

Chris Johnson scored on an 85-yard touchdown run in the Titans' win over the Cardinals. That tied Jim Brown's 46-year-old NFL record for rushing TDs of 50 yards or longer in one season (5). Johnson previously had TD runs of 91, 89, 57 and 52 yards this season.

But it gets better. Johnson now has more touchdown runs of 85 yards or longer this season than any other NFL player recorded in his entire career. Honorable mention: Barry Sanders scored three TDs on runs of at least 80 yards (all in 1997), but none of his TDs was as long as any of Johnson's three longest this season.

Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals

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Johnson

JOHNSON GOES JIM BROWN ONE BETTER

Chris Johnson gained 154 yards on 18 carries against the Cardinals, marking the sixth straight game in which he (a) ran for at least 125 yards, and (b) averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry. That's the longest such streak in NFL history, breaking a mark set by Jim Brown in 1958.

Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals

TITANS WIN 5TH STRAIGHT AFTER 0-6 START

The Titans improved to 5-6 with Sunday's victory over the Cardinals, becoming the first team in NFL history to win five straight games in a season that started with at least six consecutive losses.

Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals

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Manning

MANNING SETS RECORD AS NFL'S COMEBACK KING

The Colts rallied from a 17-0 deficit to post a 35-27 win at Houston. It was the fifth time that Peyton Manning led his team to a regular-season victory after trailing by at least 17 points, a new NFL record. (Manning and the Colts also won the AFC title game in January 2007 after trailing the Patriots by 18 points.)

Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans

COLTS EXTEND STRING OF LATE COME-FROM-BEHIND WINS

Indianapolis posted a 5-0 record for the month of November, although they trailed in the fourth quarter in all five games. No other team in NFL history overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win even four consecutive games.

Indianapolis Colts

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Favre

OLD DOG, NEW TRICK

Brett Favre keeps finding new ways to win. Sunday's 36-10 victory over the Bears was the first game in which Favre completed at least five passes to at least five different receivers. He completed 32 of 48 passes overall, the most passes Favre has ever thrown in one game without an interception.

Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears

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Tomlinson

TOMLINSON & GATES TORCH THE CHIEFS

LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates scored two touchdowns apiece in the Chargers' 43-14 win over the Chiefs. It was the third time that Tomlinson and Gates both scored multiple TDs in the same game, equaling the most such games by any teammates in NFL history.

San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs

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Johnson

WELCOME TO CINCINNATI, MR. JOHNSON

Only two Bengals players - Deacon Turner (1978) and Ickey Woods (1988) - have ever gained at least 100 rushing yards in their first start for the team. But Larry Johnson gained 107 yards on the ground in the Bengals' 16-7 win over the Browns - and he was the second Cincinnati player in as many weeks to reach the 100-mark before he ever started a game for the Bengals. Bernard Scott made his first career start this Sunday after rushing for 119 yards against the Raiders last week.

Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns

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Delhomme

DELHOMME CAN'T FIND HIS TARGET IN LOSS TO JETS

Jake Delhomme threw four interceptions in the Panthers' 17-6 loss to the Jets. It was the second game this season in which Delhomme was picked off four times and failed to throw a touchdown pass. No player had two such games in the same season in more than 20 years - since Warren Moon did it in 1986. Among the handful of QBs with two 4-INT/0-TD games in a season during the 1960s: Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr.

Carolina Panthers, New York Jets

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Jackson

JACKSON'S SHORTEST TD IS LONG ENOUGH TO SET A RECORD

DeSean Jackson caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles' 27-24 win over the Redskins. It was the shortest of Jackson's eight TDs this season, but nonetheless it enabled him to match Randy Moss and Devin Hester for the most TDs of 35 or more yards in one season during this decade. With his touchdown against the Skins, Jackson also broke the single-season Eagles record in that category (TDs of 35 yards or longer), set by Tim Brown in 1962.

Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

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Redman

REDMAN CAPS UNEVEN PERFORMANCE WITH LAST-MINUTE GAME-WINNER

It's a safe bet that no one mistook Chris Redman for John Elway, but he got the job done. Subbing for injured Matt Ryan, Redman completed only 10 of 25 passes in the fourth quarter, but his 5-yard toss to Roddy White with 23 seconds to play gave the Falcons a 20-17 win over the Bucs. Redman became the first player in the last 20 seasons to throw as many as 15 incomplete passes in the fourth quarter of a victory.

Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

BILLS RALLY IN 4TH QUARTER FOR WIN OVER DOLPHINS

The Bills rallied for 24 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Dolphins, 31-14. Miami has allowed a league-leading total of 134 fourth-quarter points this season after allowing only 62 last season (the second-lowest total in the NFL in 2008).

Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills

NBA

FRANK HAD GOOD TIMES AND BAD AS COACH OF NETS

Lawrence Frank was dismissed as coach of the Nets on Sunday after losing his first 16 games of the season. Frank not only won his first 13 games as New Jersey's head coach in 2004, he also recorded a 14-game winning streak in 2006. Only three other NBA head coaches presided over a winning streak and a losing streak of at least 14 games for one team: Rudy Tomjanovich for the Rockets, Don Nelson for the Mavericks and Doc Rivers for the Celtics.

New Jersey Nets

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Nash

NASH EXCELS IN HIS HOMELAND

Steve Nash scored 20 points and registered 16 assists in the Suns' 113-94 victory at Toronto. It was the third time that Nash has been credited with at least 15 assists at Toronto, tying Jason Kidd for the most by any visiting player against the Raptors. Nash has averaged 9.7 assists in his 12 games at Toronto. The only visiting player with a higher assist average against the Raptors than Nash is Chris Paul (13.3 per game).

Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors

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Wallace

WALLACE IS A WEEKEND WARRIOR ON THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS

Ben Wallace, who grabbed 10 offensive rebounds on Friday night, pulled down 11 in the Pistons' 94-88 win over the Hawks on Sunday. Only two other active players have ever posted consecutive games with at least 10 offensive boards: Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Feb. 25-27, 2005) and Joe Smith (Feb. 5-7, 1996).

Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks

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Howard

HOWARD DOMINATES AGAINST KNICKS

Dwight Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Magic's 114-102 win at Madison Square Garden. It was Howard's 105th 15/15 game (points and rebounds), by far the most in the NBA since Howard's debut in 2004. In fact, only two players have even half as many 15/15 games as Howard during that time: Kevin Garnett (76) and Tim Duncan (57).57

Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

CLIPPERS EXPLODE IN 4TH QUARTER TO DOWN GRIZZLIES

The Clippers outscored the Grizzlies, 33-7, in the fourth quarter, erasing what remained of a 20-point deficit to post a 98-88 victory. It was the widest margin by which the Clippers outscored an opponent in the fourth quarter since a historic victory in 1972. Known at that time as the Buffalo Braves, they outscored the Celtics, 58-23, in the final period of a victory at Boston Garden. It was the highest point total ever recorded in one quarter against Boston.

Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies

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Garnett

GARNETT'S A SHARP-SHOOTER AT MIAMI

Kevin Garnett shot 11-for-12 from the field in the Celtics' 92-85 win at Miami, matching the highest field-goal percentage in one game by a Celtics player over the last 15 years (minimum: 10 field-goal attempts). Ricky Davis shot 11-for-12 at Sacramento on February 17, 2004.

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

T'WOLVES FINALLY GET THEIR SECOND WIN

The Timberwolves posted a 106-100 victory at Denver, snapping a 15-game losing streak that began after Minnesota's win over the Nets on opening night. Only two other teams in any of the major U.S. professional leagues lost at least 15 consecutive games immediately following a victory in their season opener: the Orlando Magic in 2003 (19 straight losses) and the Carolina Panthers in 2001 (15).

Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets

LAKERS EXTEND NETS' STREAK AND ALSO ONE OF THEIR OWN

The Lakers defeated the Nets, 106-87, extending New Jersey's season-long losing streak to 17 games. Los Angeles is now 42-0 at home when facing an opponent on a losing streak of at least seven games since the Lakers moved into The Forum in 1967 (7-0 at Staples Center, 35-0 at The Forum).

Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets


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