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From Elias: What a day October 10, 2010 turned out to be for players wearing jersey number 10 around the NFL: a last-second, game-winning field goal for Connor Barth, a big road victory for Eli Manning, an improbable win for Todd Collins (see below), and another milestone day for Josh Scobee (also detailed below).
But no number 10 could have been more pleased with his day than Vince Young, who led the Titans to a 34-27 win at Dallas, just 200 miles from where he played for the Longhorns. Oddly, Young is the third straight quarterback to post a win in his first start against the Cowboys at Dallas, following Philip Rivers last December and Jay Cutler last month.
From Elias: Matt Forte dominated the first 8 minutes of the Bears' 23-6 win at Carolina, gaining 148 yards rushing and scoring the game's only two touchdowns on his first four carries of the game. Forte was the first player to gain more than 10 yards on each of his first four carries since Steve McNair did it against the Bengals in 2001. Forte was the third player in the last five seasons to finish the first quarter with at least 100 rushing yards. The others were Frank Gore against the Seahawks last season and Michael Turner against the Lions in 2008.
BEARS TOP PANTHERS ON BAD DAY FOR COLLINS
From Elias: Todd Collins earned - and we use the word loosely - his fourth straight regular-season win as a starting quarterback in the Bears' victory. (The first of those three wins came in Collins' only other starts over the last 13 regular seasons, for the 2007 Redskins.) But there's an asterisk - a big, fat one. Collins passed for only 32 yards and threw four interceptions against the Panthers on Sunday. That was the lowest yardage total in the last 60 years by a starting QB in a victory in which he threw at least four INTs.
ORTON'S BIG DAY PRODUCES A RECORD, NOT A VICTORY
From Elias: Kyle Orton tied a team record with 314 passing yards in the Broncos' 31-17 loss at Baltimore. It was Orton's fourth straight 300-yard game, matching a record held not by John Elway but by Brian Griese.
Orton was the first visiting quarterback in seven years to pass for 300 yards or more without throwing an interception against the Ravens. Only four other players have done so: Drew Bledsoe (1996), Mark Brunell (2001), Kordell Stewart (2001) and Matt Hasselbeck (2003).2003
SHANAHAN WORKS LATE AND PROFITS
From Elias: The Redskins' 16-13 victory over the Packers was Mike Shanahan's 11th overtime win, moving him into sole possession of the second-most extra-period wins by any head coach in NFL history, behind Marty Schottenheimer (12). The only other coach in double-figures is Dan Reeves (10).
RODGERS SETS A FASTER PACE THAN FAVRE
From Elias: Aaron Rodgers passed for 293 yards in Green Bay's loss, surpassing the 10,000-yard mark for his career. It was the 43rd game in which Rodgers threw at least one pass, setting a new Packers record by reaching that milestone three games faster than you-know-who. (And we don't mean Bart Starr, who took his sweet time getting there in 75 games.)
CARDINALS BEAT THE CHAMPS
From Elias: The Cardinals defeated the Saints, 30-20, snapping their streak of nine straight losses to defending NFL champions, dating back to 1992. Arizona's last victory over a defending champion was a 27-24 win over the Redskins on October 4, 1992. The Cardinals now have an all-time record of 4-22-1 against defending Super Bowl champions.
It was surprising enough that Max Hall, an undrafted rookie, led the Cardinals to a win over the Saints. Even more surprising was the fact that Hall was not the first undrafted rookie to start and win against a defending Super Bowl champion. On December 17, 1967, Kent Nix gained only 72 yards passing (12-for-21) but that was good enough to help the Steelers post a 24-17 victory at Lambeau Field.
The last rookie QB, drafted or not, to beat the defending champion was Ben Roethlisberger in a 34-20 win over the Patriots in 2004.
GIANTS STOP RUSHING LEADER FOSTER
From Elias: The Giants held Arian Foster to 25 yards on 11 carries in their 34-10 win at Houston. Foster, entered the day as the league's rushing leader by a margin of more than 100 yards over Rashard Mendenhall (537-411). He is the first Texans player to lead the NFL in rushing, at any point in any season, having held the top spot since his opening game of 2010.
LIONS END LOSING WAYS WITH ROUT OF RAMS
From Elias: The Lions routed the Rams, 44-6, to post their first victory of the season after four losses and snap an overall 10-game losing streak.
- Detroit became the first NFL team ever to snap a double-digit losing streak with a win by 30 points or more.
- Only two other teams in NFL history won by a margin as large as the Lions' to break a season-long losing streak of four or more games, and it was the Packers both times: in 1988 (45-3 over the Patriots after an 0-5 start) and in 2005 (52-3 over the Saints after an 0-4 start).
HILL ROUTS RAMS REGULARLY
From Elias: Lions quarterback Shaun Hill made 19 regular-season starts prior to Sunday's 44-6 victory, and he won only one of them by 20 or more points. Last season, Hill led the 49ers to a 35-0 victory over ... wait for it ... the Rams.
ALL THAT WAS MISSING WAS A 2-POINT CONVERSION
From Elias: Like a team trying to demonstrate the basics of NFL playing rules, the Raiders scored on a touchdown, a field goal, and a safety, all in the first quarter of their 35-27 win over the Chargers. The Raiders have been responsible for four of the last 10 instances of scoring on each of those play-types in the first quarter of one game, dating back to 1976.
2 PUNTS, 2 BLOCKS
From Elias: The Raiders blocked both of Mike Scifres' first two punts on Sunday. The last player to have consecutive punts blocked was Kelly Goodburn of the Redskins, but he gets an asterisk because they were his last punt of the 1991 season and his first of 1992. The last punter to suffer consecutive blocks in the same game was Greg Montgomery of the Houston Oilers in 1991.
NEW WEEK, NEW WAY FOR SCOBEE TO MAKE "ELIAS SAYS"
From Elias: One week after kicking a game-winning 59-yard field goal, Josh Scobee kicked five field goals - four of them 40 yards or longer - in the Jaguars' 36-26 win at Buffalo. Scobee became the first kicker to convert at least four field goals of 40 yards or longer since Rob Bironas of the Titans did it on Thanksgiving Day 2008 at Detroit.
CHIEFS LOOK GOOD DESPITE 1ST LOSS OF SEASON
From Elias: The scourge of survivor pools from coast to coast finally took it on the chin when the Chiefs suffered their first loss of the season, 19-9, at Indianapolis. But even in losing, Kansas City impressed, holding the Colts to four field goals over the game's first 55 minutes before an 11-yard touchdown run by Mike Hart. It was only the third time in the last eight seasons that Indianapolis failed to score a TD in the first three quarters of a regular-season home game.
MLB - Kimbrel apperances
At 22 years old, Craig Kimbrel is the youngest pitcher in postseason history to pitch in all games of a postseason series (min 4 games). He's the fourth to do so overall.
PENA'S MULTI-GAME CYCLE IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
From Elias: Carlos Pena kept the Rays alive with a home run and a single in his last two at-bats on Saturday. Pena then helped Tampa force a Game 5 with a triple and an RBI-double in his first two ABs on Sunday, as the Rays topped the Rangers, 5-2. Pena thus became the first player in MLB history with a single, double, triple, and home run on four consecutive postseason at-bats. (That's as many hits as Pena had in his last 36 at-bats of the regular season.)
ALL-ROOKIE BATTERY STARTS IN RAYS' VICTORY
From Elias: Wade Davis and John Jaso were the starting battery in the Rays' win on Sunday. That marked the first time in 63 years that a team started a rookie pitcher and a rookie catcher in a postseason victory. The last such win was in Game 7 of the 1947 World Series, in which the Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-2. The starting pitcher was rookie Spec Shea, who didn't survive the second inning after winning Games 1 and 5. The catcher was Lawrence P. Berra.
THE GREATEST OF E's
From Elias: It's impossible to write about the Giants' 3-2 victory at Atlanta on Sunday and not lead with Brooks Conrad, who committed three errors leading to two unearned runs, including the game-loser. Conrad tied the postseason record for errors in one game by a second baseman, set by Danny Murphy of the Philadelphia A's in 1905, and tied by Buddy Myer of the Washington Senators in 1933 and Davey Lopes of the Dodgers in 1981. All but Lopes had their three-error game against the Giants.
It's worth noting that when Conrad took the field in the series opener, he became the first player ever to appear in a postseason game immediately after committing an error in each of his last four regular-season games. For the record, Conrad's namesake Brooks Robinson committed four errors in 39 postseason games.
HALLADAY & HAMELS SHUT DOWN THE REDS
From Elias: He might have allowed five more hits than Roy Halladay, but Cole Hamels matched Doc by shutting out the Reds to conclude the Phillies' three-game sweep of Cincinnati. Halladay and Hamels were the first teammates to pitch complete-game shutouts in the same postseason series since Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue did it for the A's in the 1974 ALCS against the Orioles.
TWO-STRIKE FREDDY KEEPS THE LINE MOVING
From Elias: The unsung hero for the Giants was Freddy Sanchez, who kept their ninth inning rally alive with a two-out single on a 1-2 pitch from Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel allowed only three hits in 50 at-bats with two strikes on the opposing batter this season (40 strikeouts).
THOMAS' STAR SHINES BRIGHTEST IN THE WEST
From Elias: Even when it's western Czech Republic. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas recorded the 18th shutout of his NHL career with a 3-0 win over the Coyotes in Prague. During his seven seasons in the NHL, Thomas has posted eight shutouts in 43 career starts against Western Conference teams, an average of one every 5.4 starts. He's notched 10 shutouts in 210 starts versus Eastern Conference clubs, an average of one every 21 starts.
OILERS START FAST AFTER DISMAL SEASON
From Elias: The Oilers, who finished with the worst record in the NHL last season (27-47-8), are 2-0-0 this season after home-ice wins against Calgary and Florida. Edmonton is the first NHL team to begin a season with consecutive wins after finishing the previous season with the worst record in the league since 2001-2002, when the Islanders won their first four games. The Isles were coming off a 2000-2001 season in which they accumulated a league-low 52 points.
EDMONTON MAKES THE MOST OUT OF A LITTLE
From Elias: The Oilers beat the Panthers, 3-2, on Sunday night despite being outshot 28-13. Edmonton's 13 shots matched the team's lowest total ever in a win, a mark set in a 4-2 victory at St. Louis on November 24, 1988.
FLAMES EXTEND WINNING STREAK AGAINST KINGS
From Elias: The Flames played their home opener on Sunday night and since their opponent was the Kings, it's no surprise that Calgary won, 3-1. The Flames have won their last 10 home games against L.A., all in regulation time. Miikka Kiprusoff has been in goal for Calgary in all 10 games, holding the Kings to a paltry total of 16 goals.