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PORTER'S TD RETURN IS ONE IN A THOUSAND
Tracy Porter scored on a 74-yard interception return to cap the scoring in the Saints' 31-17 Super Bowl victory over the Colts. Peyton Manning hasn't thrown an INT that was returned for touchdown in his last 910 regular-season passes, dating back to October 2008. Manning had also thrown 161 passes without an INT-TD in playoff games during that time-until Porter's touchdown, that is.
BREES COMPLETES SUPER BOWL ON A ROLL
Drew Brees completed 18 of his last 19 passes, including his last 10 of the game. No other passer ever recorded an 18-for-19 stretch in a Super Bowl, and only three did so in any NFL playoff game since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970: Kurt Warner against the Packers last month (Wild Card game), Tom Brady against the Jaguars two seasons ago (Divisional Playoff game), and Terry Bradshaw against the Chargers in January 1983 (first-round game).
Brees' 10 straight completions to end the game matched the second-longest completion streak in Super Bowl history. Joe Montana set the record with 13 in a row against the Broncos 20 years ago.
SAINTS RALLY FOR 3 IN A ROW
The Saints overcame a deficit of at least seven points in each of their three wins during the playoffs for the 2009 season. New Orleans is the first team in NFL history to post three such victories in the same postseason.
New Orleans, which trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, is only the second team to overcome a double-digit deficit to win a Super Bowl. The Redskins trailed, 10-0, in their 42-10 win over the Broncos in January 1988.
SAINTS MAINTAIN THEIR 4TH-QUARTER DOMINANCE IN SUPER BOWL WIN
The Saints outscored the Colts, 15-0, in the fourth quarter, including Terry Porter's INT-return for a touchdown. No surprise there: New Orleans outscored its opponents by 91 points in the fourth quarter during the regular season (139-48), the largest fourth-quarter scoring advantage by any team in any of the last three seasons. The Saints also led the NFL with 14 takeaways during the fourth quarter during the 2009 season.
SAINTS WIN WITHOUT A STRONG GROUND ATTACK
The Saints defeated the Colts despite gaining only 51 rushing yards, the second-lowest rushing total by a Super Bowl winner. The Rams gained 29 rushing yards in their victory over the Titans 10 years ago.
ANOTHER BACK-AND-FORTH SUPER BOWL
There were three lead changes in the Saints' victory, for a total of nine in the past three Super Bowls (four in Giants-Patriots, two in Steelers-Cardinals). That equals the total number of lead changes in the previous 10 Super Bowls combined.
MAGIC'S 3RD-QUARTER SURGE TOPS CELTICS
The Magic scored 19 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a lead they never relinquished in a 96-89 win over the Celtics. It tied the longest run of consecutive points by a visiting team at Boston since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the Celtics in 2007. The 76ers scored 19 straight points at TD Garden on March 24, 2008.
Orlando outscored Boston, 36-11, in the third quarter, falling one point short of the largest scoring margin in one period by a visitor at TD Garden. The Mavericks outscored the Celtics, 37-11, in the third quarter on March 29, 2002.
GARNETT HELD SCORELESS IN 1ST QUARTER
Kevin Garnett scored all 13 of his points in the second half of the Celtics' loss to the Magic, shooting 0-for-5 in 14 minutes of playing time before halftime. It was the first time in Garnett's last 584 games, dating back to March 2002 that he played at least 10 minutes in the first half and failed to score.
ROOKIE RASK SHUTS DOWN HOMETOWN HABS
Tuukka Rask made 36 saves to record his third shutout of the season in the Bruins' victory. Rask was fifth Bruins rookie goaltender to post a shutout at Montreal, including Ross Brooks in the 8-0 victory mentioned above. The others were Frank Brimsek (December 1938), Claude Pronovost (January 1956), and Andrew Raycroft (January 2004).
CAPS EXTEND TWO WINNING STREAKS WITH ONE VICTORY
The Capitals posted their 14th consecutive victory by overcoming a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Penguins, 5-4. That's the longest winning streak ever extended by a victory in which the team trailed by three goals. The previous high was by the Flyers, who posted their 13th straight win in November 1985 after the Islanders scored the game's first three goals.
That wasn't the only streak that the Caps extended on Sunday. Washington's win over Pittsburgh was its seventh straight on Super Bowl Sunday, dating back to 1998.
OVECHKIN IS FIRST TO 40 FOR 3RD STRAIGHT SEASON
Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the Caps' victory, becoming the first NHL player to reach the 40-goal mark. Ovechkin has earned that distinction in each of the last three seasons. The only other players who were first-to-40 in three straight seasons were Phil Esposito (a six-season streak starting in 1969-1970) and the Hulls -father Bobby (four seasons starting in 1965-1966) and son Brett (1989-1990 through 1991-1992).
SID'S FAST START NOT A GOOD OMEN FOR PENGUINS
Sidney Crosby scored the first two goals of Sunday's loss at Washington. It was only the second time that Crosby scored twice in the first period of an NHL game, and the Penguins lost the other as well (3-2 at Colorado on Nov. 1, 2007).
BRUINS BLANK CANADIENS NORTH OF THE BORDER
The Bruins defeated the Canadiens, 3-0 at Bell Centre. It was Boston's largest margin of victory in a shutout victory at Montreal since the Bruins routed the Canadiens, 8-0, at the Forum in 1974 on goals by seven different goals scorers, including Phil Esposito but not Bobby Orr (who contributed a pair of assists).