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BREES-RYAN MATCHUP UNPRECEDENTED IN NFL HISTORY
From Elias: Drew Brees entered Thursday night's Saints-Falcons game averaging 303 passing yards per game this season with 31 TD passes, while Matt Ryan began the evening with 311 passing yards per game and 21 touchdown passes. It was the first game in NFL history matching two starting quarterbacks who were each averaging more than 300 passing yards per game that season and had thrown more than 20 TD passes.
ROUGH NIGHT FOR BREES
From Elias: Drew Brees threw a career-high five interceptions and his NFL-record streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass came to an end in the Saints' loss to the Falcons. Brees, with 312 career TD passes, is one of seven quarterbacks in NFL history with 300 TD passes. Two other members of that club had a game with five INTs and no TDs: Dan Marino (in a Thanksgiving Day shutout loss to the Cowboys in 1999) and Fran Tarkenton (against the Lions in 1966).
GONZALEZ TIES NFL RECORD
From Elias: Tony Gonzalez's first catch of the game Thursday night gave him 70 receptions this season and 10 straight seasons with at least 70 catches. He tied the NFL record held by Tim Brown, who had 70 or more receptions every season from 1993 through 2002.
MIAMI RALLIES IN FINAL TWO MINUTES
From Elias: The Spurs led the Heat 98-93 with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but Miami rallied to win, 105-100. There was only one other non-overtime NBA game this season in which the winning team overcame a deficit of five or more points in the final two minutes of the fourth period and Miami fashioned that comeback victory as well. The Heat came from seven points down in the final two minutes to defeat the Cavaliers last Saturday night.
LEE JOINS HALL-OF-FAME COMPANY
From Elias: David Lee had 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Golden State's 106-105 victory over Denver. Only two players in Warriors history, both Hall of Famers, matched or exceeded Lee's totals in each of those three categories in a one-point win. Wilt Chamberlain did so three times (including once when the franchise was based in Philadelphia) and Chris Mullin had such a game for Golden State once (in 1990).