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MANNING NEVER HAD A LOSS LIKE THIS
From Elias: James Sanders intercepted Peyton Manning's pass with just over 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to thwart a potential game-tying or game-winning drive, end a Colts comeback attempt and deliver a 31-28 victory to the Patriots. The interception came on a first-down play from the Patriots' 24-yard line.
It was the second time in their last three games that the Colts lost a close game with Manning throwing an interception with less than a minute remaining on his final drive. But in Sunday's game at Foxborough, the Colts were already in range of a potentially game-tying field goal; it was the first time in Manning's NFL career that he has thrown an interception in the last minute of the fourth quarter on a play starting in enemy territory with his team either tied or trailing by no more than a field goal.
MANNINGS NEVER HAD A DAY LIKE THIS
From Elias: Peyton Manning threw three interceptions, including a crucial one late in the fourth quarter, in the Colts' loss to the Patriots. Hours later, Eli Manning threw three interceptions and lost a crucial fumble late in the fourth quarter in the Giants' loss at Philadelphia.
Since Eli turned pro in 2004, Sunday was the first day on which each Manning brother committed at least three turnovers.
EAGLES TIE NFL RECORD
From Elias: The Eagles sealed their 27-17 victory over the Giants on the strength of two big fourth-quarter runs by LeSean McCoy-a 50-yard go-ahead touchdown and a 40-yarder that set up the clinching field goal. For the game, the Eagles averaged 5.7 yards per carry, the tenth time in ten games this season that the Eagles have averaged at least four yards per pop. That tied an NFL record; only two other teams have averaged four yards or better in each of their first 10 games in a season: the 1934 Bears (led by Bronko Nagurski and Beattie Feathers) and the 1970 St. Louis Cardinals (led by MacArthur Lane).
RODGERS MAKING IT LOOK EASY
From Elias: Aaron Rodgers had a career-high four touchdown passes and no interceptions as he led the Packers to a 31-3 win over the Vikings in Minneapolis. Though he had never before thrown four touchdown passes in a game, it was the eighth game in which he had three-or-more touchdown passes and no interceptions. Only two other players in history have accumulated as many games of that type within three seasons of their first NFL start: Tom Brady had eight from 2001 to 2003 and Kurt Warner had nine from 1999 to 2001.
JAGUARS WIN DESPITE MINUS-5 TURNOVER DIFFERENCE
From Elias: The Jaguars outlasted the Browns, 24-20, despite committing six turnovers to Cleveland's one (an interception on the Browns' last offensive play of the game). Six weeks earlier, the Jaguars defeated the Bills, 36-26, despite committing three turnovers to none for Buffalo.
Those are the only two games in Jacksonville's 16 years in the NFL in which it won a game despite committing at least three more turnovers than did its opponent. And you have to go back 10 years to find the last season in which one NFL team won a game in which it finished at minus-five (or worse) and won another in which it finished at minus-three (or worse); the Titans did that in 2000. (Apparently, it's kind of a 10-year thing; before the Titans, the last team to have done it was the Dolphins in 1990.)
McCANN RUNS INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
From Elias: Bryan McCann returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown, the second-longest punt return in Cowboys history and the longest in the NFL since Robert Bailey set the league record with a 103-yard return for the Rams in a 1994 game at New Orleans.
McCann's return came a week after his 101-yard interception return led the Cowboys to a victory over the Giants. He became only the third player in NFL history with touchdown plays of 95-or-more yards in each of two consecutive games; Cecil Turner of the Bears did that in 1970 and Tony Horne of the Rams followed suit in 1999. (Turner and Horne each scored their long touchdowns on a pair of kickoff returns.)
BEN: NOT MICHAEL VICK, BUT NOT BAD, EITHER
From Elias: Ben Roethlisberger passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 55 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' 35-3 win over the Raiders-the largest margin of victory that either team has ever had in that long and spirited rivalry. Not that Roethlisberger matched Michael Vick's numbers from last Monday night, but he did become the first player in Steelers history to throw for at least 250 yards and three touchdowns and to run for at least 50 yards and a touchdown in the same game.
BREES NOTCHES ANOTHER 300-YARD GAME
From Elias: Drew Brees passed for 382 yards in the Saints' victory over the Seahawks. It was his 34th game throwing for 300-or-more yards in his five seasons with New Orleans, the highest total for any NFL player over any five-season slice of NFL history.
SHANAHAN KNOWS THE SECRET
From Elias: The Redskins won in overtime in Nashville, 19-16, for their fifth win this season - and the fifth win in which they have scored fewer than 20 points. Over the last 30 seasons, only one other NFL team has won its first five games in a season without scoring as many as 20 points in any of those games - the 2006 Broncos did that and, yes, their head coach was the current head man of the Redskins, Mike Shanahan.
JETS' 3RD STRAIGHT WIN IN GAME's LAST 10 SECONDS
From Elias: Santonio Holmes caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining-a big play, without a doubt, but he has made bigger-as the Jets continued their assault on the nervous systems of thousands of New Yorkers with a we've-got-it, we've-lost-it, we've-won-it victory over the Texans. Following up on a pair of overtime wins in which victory seemed utterly unlikely, it was the third straight game in which the Jets scored the winning points in the last 10 seconds of the game. The last NFL team to do that: Tennessee in the 2006 season.
HISTORIC COMEBACK WIN FOR BILLS
From Elias: Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly Carson Palmer's backup with the Bengals, led the Bills as they overcame a 28-7 Bengals lead to walk away with a 49-31 victory in Cincinnati. It was the largest margin of victory in NFL history by a team that had overcome a deficit of at least 21 points.
Moreover, it was only the second time in NFL history that a team that came into a game with a record at least seven games below .500 had fallen behind by as many as 21 points and still won. On the corresponding Sunday of last season, the Lions (who had entered the game at 1-8, the same record that the Bills possessed coming into Sunday) overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Browns, 38-37. But that game was played in Detroit, so the Bills became the first such team to engineer such a comeback victory on the road.
BOWE SNARES 2 MORE TD PASSES
From Elias: Dwayne Bowe caught two touchdown passes in the Chiefs' 31-13 win over the Cardinals, extending to a team-record six games his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception. But that fact damns Bowe with faint praise, since he has actually had a pair of touchdown catches in four of those six games. The last NFL player with a touchdown reception in each of six straight games within one season-with at least two of them in four-or-more of those games-was Sterling Sharpe with the Packers in 1994 (in the last six games of his career). Impressive? Even more so is that before Sharpe, you have to go back to 1951 to find the last guy who did it-Detroit's Leon Hart.
INTs BY REED & LEWIS ON CONSECUTIVE PASSES
From Elias: Ed Reed and Ray Lewis intercepted consecutive fourth-quarter passes by Brian St. Pierre, and each was returned for a score to secure the Ravens' 37-13 triumph over the Panthers in Charlotte. (Following Reed's interception, he tossed a lateral to Dawan Landry, who scored.) It marked the first time since 2003 that an NFL quarterback had seen two consecutive passes intercepted and returned for touchdowns in the same game. The last player to do it was Joey Harrington of the Lions, in a game against the Vikings.
49ERS' FIRST TIME SHUT OUT AT HOME SINCE 1977
From Elias: The Buccaneers shut out the 49ers, 21-0, in the first shutout that the 49ers have suffered at home since Oct. 9, 1977, when the Falcons blanked San Francisco, 7-0. That was two years before Bill Walsh and Joe Montana came to town; the 49ers' starting quarterback in that 1977 game was Jim Plunkett.
NFC WEST: EVERYBODY LOSES... AGAIN
From Elias: The Seahawks, the Cardinals, the 49ers and the Rams all lost on Sunday, marking the second time this season that the four NFC West teams have all lost in the same week; it also happened in the season's second week. It's the first time since the NFL split into eight divisions in 2002 that one division has had a pair of 0-4 weeks in the same season.
GASOL HAS A PERFECT SHOOTING NIGHT
From Elias: Pau Gasol scored 28 points in the Lakers' easy win over the Warriors on Sunday night, but it was how he did it that was eye-opening: Gasol shot 10-for-10 from the floor and 8-for-8 from the foul line. That was the highest total of points scored by an NBA player who missed neither a field-goal attempt nor a free-throw attempt in nearly 16 years, since Gary Payton scored 32 points (14-for-14 from the floor, including a three-pointer, and 3-for-3 from the line) for Seattle at Cleveland on Jan. 4, 1995.
BARGNANI: 85 POINTS IN RAPTORS' 3-GAME WINNING STREAK
From Elias: Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points in the Raptors' 102-101 win over the Celtics, and he has now scored 85 points during Toronto's three-game winning streak. It's only the second time in the Raptors' 16-season history that their starting center has scored that many points over a three-game span; Elias Says kudos go to anyone who knew that Acie Earl scored 91 points over a three-game span in April 1996, the Raptors' inaugural season.
The last starting center on any NBA team to score at least 85 points over three consecutive games, all of which were victories, was Pau Gasol with the Lakers in February 2009.
HAMILTON EXPLODES IN OVERTIME
From Elias: Richard Hamilton scored 27 points, including 12 in overtime, in the Pistons' 115-110 win over the Wizards. He became the first NBA player to score at least 12 points in an overtime period after scoring no more than 15 over the first four quarters since Feb. 9, 2007, when Portland's Jarrett Jack did it in a win over the Bobcats in Charlotte (eight points in regulation, 12 in overtime).
PAUL: 14 ASSISTS IN LOW-SCORING GAME
From Elias: Chris Paul has 14 assists in the Hornets' 75-71 win over the Kings, and, yes, you read that sentence correctly. It was the most assists that an NBA player has had in a game in which his team scored no more than 75 points since Feb. 15, 2005, when Jason Kidd, playing for the Nets, was credited with 14 assists in an 82-71 loss to the Timberwolves in Minneapolis.
LIDSTROM, 40, SCORES OT WINNER
From Elias: Nicklas Lidstrom's overtime goal completed the Red Wings' come-from-behind win over the Flames. The 40-year-old Lidstrom became the second-oldest player in NHL history to score a regular-season overtime goal; Mark Recchi set the standard with an extra-time tally for the Bruins on April 9, 2009-67 days after his 41st birthday.
IGINLA's 5 GOALS OVER 2 GAMES A CAREER HIGH
From Elias: Jarome Iginla scored two goals in the Flames' overtime loss in Detroit, after scoring three times in Calgary's win over the Blackhawks on Friday. The five goals are the most that Iginla has recorded over any two-game span in his 14-year NHL career. Entering play on Sunday, Iginla had scored only one goal in his last 23 regular-season games against the Red Wings.
PYATT DOES IT AGAIN... WITH A TWIST
From Elias: Taylor Pyatt scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period, in the Coyotes' 3-2 victory at Vancouver. It was his first multiple-goal performance since Jan. 11, 2008, which was also a Phoenix game in Vancouver, but with one big difference: Pyatt was then playing for the Canucks!
BYFUGLIEN SETS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD... AND IT's NOT THANKSGIVING YET
From Elias: Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored in overtime to earn the Thrashers a 2-1 victory over the Islanders. It was Byfuglien's fourth game-winning goal of the season, tying the Blue Jackets' Rick Nash for the league lead in that category. Byfuglien's total of four game-winning goals is already a single-season record for a Thrashers defenseman, and it matches the total of game-winners over the last four seasons by all other Atlanta defensemen combined.