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MANNING THROWS ANOTHER 4 INTERCEPTIONS
From Elias: You could compile a pretty long list of feats that no active player besides Peyton Manning has accomplished, and now we can add one more item. Manning threw four interceptions in Sunday's 38-35 overtime loss to the Cowboys, matching his total against the Chargers last week. Combining those picks with his three INTs against New England two weeks ago, Manning became the only active player ever to throw more than 10 interceptions over a span of three games. The last player to do so was Aaron Brooks of the Saints in the last three games of the 2001 season. Manning was the first Colts player to do so since the team began play in Baltimore in 1953.
PEYTON MASTERS THE PICK-6
From Elias: Two of the Cowboys' four interceptions against Peyton Manning on Sunday were returned for touchdowns, just as the Chargers did against Manning a week earlier. So for those scoring at home, Manning has allowed as many pick-6's in his last two games as he did in his previous 117 regular-season games combined, dating back to 2003.
STEELERS PREVAIL IN YET ANOTHER CLOSE GAME VS. RAVENS
From Elias: Pittsburgh's 13-10 victory at Baltimore was the sixth consecutive regular-season Steelers-Ravens game decided by four or fewer points. Only two other pairs of division rivals played as many as six straight games decided by less than five points: the Eagles and Redskins from 1991 to 1995 (8 games) and the Raiders and Broncos from 1983 to 1986 (6 games). Note that the Steelers defeated the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game following the 2008 season by nine points, 23-14.
BOWE'S TD STREAK ENDS WITH A SHUTOUT
From Elias: Dwayne Bowe, who had caught at least one touchdown pass in each of his last seven games, was held without a catch in the Chiefs' 10-6 win over the Broncos. Only five other receivers in NFL history were shut out to snap a TD-reception streak of seven or more games. The most recent were Randy Moss in 2004 (a 10-game streak) and Curtis Conway in 1995 (7).
JACKSON SHOWS FAVRE HOW IT'S DONE
From Elias: Tarvaris Jackson, replacing Brett Favre three minutes into the game, passed for 119 yards in the first quarter of the Vikings' 38-14 win over the Bills. That was two yards short of the highest passing-yardage total that Favre compiled in the first quarter of any of his 28 games since joining Minnesota last season.
FLORENCE PICKS BOTH FAVRE & JACKSON IN 1ST QUARTER
From Elias: Drayton Florence intercepted Brett Favre on the first-quarter play that sidelined Favre, and a few minutes later Florence took a Tarvaris Jackson pass to the house for a touchdown. The only other NFL player in the last five seasons with two INTs, including a pick-6, in the first quarter was Brandon Meriweather, in the Patriots win against the Bucs in London last year.
ECHOES OF GIFF AND RED AT NEW GIANTS STADIUM
From Elias: Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs scored two rushing touchdowns each in the Giants' 31-7 victory over the Redskins. Only three other pairs of Giants teammates have rushed for two or more TDs each in the same game, the most recent being Tiki Barber and Mike Cloud in 2004. The others were Charles Way and Tyrone Wheatley (1997) and Frank Gifford and Alex Webster (1958).
SLOPPY SKINS TIES SHANAHAN'S TURNOVER HIGH
From Elias: The Redskins committed six turnovers in their loss to the Giants. That matched the highest total ever posted by a team coached by Mike Shanahan. The only other six-turnover games of Shanahan's career of 266 regular-season games were recorded by the Raiders against the Broncos in 1989 and by the Broncos against the Jets in 1999.
RODGERS THRIVES ON THE FROZEN TUNDRA
From Elias: On a 26-degree day in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers threw long touchdown passes to Greg Jennings (57 yards) and Donald Driver (61) in the Packers' 34-16 win over the 49ers. It was only the second time that any player threw two TDs of 50 yards or longer at Lambeau Field in December. Brett Favre did it against the Titans in 1998. (There have been 59 regular-season games at Lambeau during the month of December.)
RAIDERS HAND RIVERS HIS FIRST DECEMBER LOSS
From Elias: The Raiders posted a 28-13 win at San Diego, spoiling Philip Rivers' perfect career record in regular-season starts during December and January (19-0 prior to Sunday's loss). Over the last 50 years, only two other QBs had a December/January winning streak even half as long as Rivers': Daryle Lamonica, 14 (1963-1970); and Brett Favre, 10 (1995-1997).
BENGALS LOSE ANOTHER 30-POINT PERFORMANCE
From Elias: Drew Brees threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 31 seconds to play to post a 34-30 victory over the Bengals. It was the third time this season that Cincinnati scored at least 30 points, and the Bengals lost all three games. Only two other teams in NFL history lost three games in which they scored 30 or more points in one season: the Chargers in 1985 (6-3 when scoring 30-plus points) and the Chiefs in 2002 (4-4).
JONES-DREW SETS PERSONAL RUSHING-YARDAGE HIGH
From Elias: Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 186 yards in the Jaguars' 17-6 win at Tennessee. Jones-Drew leads the NFL with 960 rushing yards since October 1. Ironically, 16 players have rushed for more touchdowns during that time than Jones-Drew, who ranked second in the NFL with 49 rushing TDs over his first four seasons in the league (2006-2009).
JACKSON HITS TRIPLE-FIGURES AGAINST CARDINALS
From Elias: Steven Jackson gained 102 yards in the Rams' 19-6 victory at Arizona. It was Jackson's 27th 100-yard game, tying Marshall Faulk for second place in Rams history behind Eric Dickerson (38).38
DAWSON KICKS GAME-WINNER AT THE FINAL WHISTLE
From Elias: Phil Dawson kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to give the Browns a 13-10 win at Miami. It was the third fourth-quarter walk-off field goal of Dawson's career with the Browns, matching the highest total in team history, set by Matt Bahr (1982-1989).
LYNCH SCORES 3 TIMES IN SEAHAWKS' WIN
From Elias: Marshawn Lynch scored three rushing touchdowns in the second half of the Seahawks' 31-14 win over the Panthers. Lynch scored more than one TD in only one of his 52 previous NFL games (two for the Bills in a victory over the Raiders in 2008).
STOUDEMIRE POSTS ANOTHER 30-POINT EFFORT
From Elias: Amar'e Stoudemire scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Knicks' 116-99 win at Toronto. The was Stoudemire's lowest - yes, lowest - point total in his last four games. He's the first Knicks player to top the 30-point mark in four straight games since Patrick Ewing in February 1995.
NASH SETS A NEW STANDARD IN CAN'T-MISS PERFORMANCE
From Elias: Steve Nash scored 20 points, shooting 8-for-8 from the field and 3-for-3 from the foul line, in the Suns' 125-108 win over the Wizards. Nash was the third player this season to score at least 20 points without missing a shot of any type, but his total of 17 assists was by far the highest in such a game in NBA history. The previous high was 10 assists by Lester Connor in a 20-point perfect-shooting game for the Warriors in 1985.
DURANT & WESTBROOK SCORE BIG AT THE FOUL LINE
From Elias: Kevin Durant shot 11-for-12 from the foul line and Russell Westbrook made 11 of 13 free throws in the Thunder's 114-109 win over the Warriors. It was the third game since last April in which Durant and Westbrook both scored more than 10 points from the line. All other players have combined for only three such games during that time.
CELTICS HALT HARRIS & LOPEZ, ROUT NETS
From Elias: The Celtics held Devin Harris to seven points and Brook Lopez to five and posted a 100-75 victory at New Jersey. It was only the second time over the last two seasons that Harris and Lopez were both held below 10 points. The other was a 106-83 loss at Chicago last March.
SPURS DOMINATE HORNETS EARLY
From Elias: The Spurs opened a 90-59 lead heading into the fourth quarter and cruised to a 109-84 win over the Hornets. It was the second time this season that San Antonio led by 30 or more points at the end of the third quarter. They had only one such game during the entire 2009-2010 season.
BRIERE SCORES BACK-TO-BACK GAME-WINNERS
From Elias: Danny Briere scored the game-winning goal for the Flyers in their victory over the Devils on Saturday and he did it again Sunday when Philadelphia beat the Islanders. Before this weekend, Briere had scored only one game-winning goal in his last 184 regular-season games, covering a 36-month span. This is the first time in Briere's 13-year NHL career that he's scored the winning goal in consecutive regular-season games. He's done it once in the playoffs, in the last two games of the Flyers' first-round series against the Devils last April.
KELLY IS UNEXPECTED FORCE IN SENATORS' WIN AT MSG
From Elias: Chris Kelly was a "one-man gang" for Ottawa on Sunday, scoring all of the Senators' goals in their 3-1 win against the Rangers at New York. It was the first hat trick and only the second multiple-goal game of Kelly's 433-game NHL career. Kelly is the third player in team history to record a hat trick while scoring every Senators goal in a victory. The other Ottawa players to do that were Bob Kudelski (Jan. 10, 1993 vs. San Jose) and Jason Spezza (Dec. 6, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh).
POWER PLAYS DECIDE BLACKHAWKS' WIN
From Elias: The Blackhawks' 4-2 win over the Flames on Sunday was only the fifth NHL game over the last 22 seasons in which at least six goals were scored and every goal was a power play goal. The four other instances since 1988 all came during an 11-month span from February 2006 to January 2007.
BRYZGALOV SHINES AGAINST HIS EX-TEAM
From Elias: Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov posted his second shutout of the season with a 3-0 win at Anaheim on Sunday. Bryzgalov, who played 69 games for the Ducks from 2001 to 2007, has shut out his former team in three of his last four games against them. Bryzgalov's other game against the Ducks over that span was a 6-4 loss on November 27.