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KNICKS PROTECT THE BALL IN WIN OVER SUNS
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points in the Knicks' 106-99 victory over the Suns. New York committed only eight turnovers in the game: four by Anthony, three by reserve point guard Pablo Prigioni, and one assigned to the team. It was the seventh game this season in which the Knicks turned the ball over fewer than 10 times, compared to only four such games during the entire 2011-2012 season. It was their first game either this season or last in which neither starting guard -- in this case, Raymond Felton and Ronnie Brewer -- committed a turnover.
NBA - Magic 40 in the 4th
A combo of good offense and bad Lakers defense helped the Magic to a 40-point 4th quarter en route to the win. Orlando missed just 8 shots in the quarter (7 FG, 1 FT), hitting 4 of 7 from 3-point range. The Lakers managed to score 26 points, but missed 7 free throws - all by Dwight Howard, who was 7-of-14 from the line in the 4th.
RODGERS AT LAMBEAU FIELD IS ONE OF A KIND
From Elias: Aaron Rodgers threw only one touchdown pass in the Packers' 23-14 win over the Vikings, but it was a record breaker. Rodgers' 32-yard pass to James Jones in the first quarter extended his streak to 35 consecutive games at Lambeau Field with a TD pass. That's the longest such streak at any venue in NFL history, breaking the record that Johnny Unitas set at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore from 1956 to 1962. It's of historical interest that the record, prior to Unitas, was held by Sid Luckman of the Bears, who threw a touchdown pass in 16 straight games at ... wait for it ... Wrigley Field.
PETERSON EXTENDS RUSHING LEAD, INCREASES AVERAGE
From Elias: Adrian Peterson, already the NFL's rushing leader coming in to this weekend, gained 210 yards on 21 carries in the Vikings' loss at Green Bay. Peterson has averaged 6.2 yards per carry this season. Only two players in NFL history finished a season as the league leader in rushing yards with a per-carry average as high as Peterson's current mark: Beattie Feathers in 1934 (8.4 yards) and Jim Brown in 1963 (6.4).
LUCK THROWS ANOTHER LATE GAME-WINNER
From Elias: Andrew Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery on the final play from scrimmage to give the Colts a 35-33 win at Detroit. Luck, who threw a game-winner to Reggie Wayne with 35 seconds remaining against the Packers in October, is the first NFL rookie to throw two game-winning TD passes inside the 2-minute warning of the fourth quarter.
JOHNSON'S HIGH-FIVE IS THE BEST IN 50 YEARS
From Elias: Calvin Johnson caught 13 passes for 171 yards in the Lions' loss to the Colts. Johnson has gained 790 receiving yards over his last five games. Only two players in NFL history posted higher five-game receiving totals than Johnson, and both did it more than a half-century ago: Charley Hennigan, 822 yards in 1961; and Raymond Berry, 803 yards in 1960.
DETROIT BLOWS ANOTHER LATE LEAD AT HOME
From Elias: The Lions became the third NFL team to lose three straight games, all at home, after leading each of them in the fourth quarter. The other teams to do that were the Packers in 1954 and the Seahawks in 1980.
BROWN & LOONEY, 72 YEARS APART
From Elias: Bryce Brown became only the second rookie in Eagles history two score at least two touchdowns in each of two consecutive games, and the other did it 72 years ago. Don Looney scored twice for the Eagles in each of his first two games in the NFL in 1940, but scored only three more TDs in a career that spanned only 23 games over three seasons.
MANNING PREYS ON BUCS' PASS DEFENSE
From Elias: Peyton Manning completed 27 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos' 31-23 win over the Bucs. Tampa Bay came into the game allowing an average of 316 passing yards per game, which was not only the highest mark in the league this season but was also on pace for an NFL-record high. Manning now has a 7-0 career record when facing an opponent with the league's worst pass defense at the time of the game. He has thrown 18 touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, compiling a 106.7 passer rating.
MORENO OUTGAINS MARTIN IN BRONCOS' WIN
From Elias: The Broncos held Doug Martin to 56 yards on 18 carries, 11 yards fewer than Knowshon Moreno gained, snapping Martin's streak of seven games in which he was the leading rusher for either side. That was two short of the longest such streaks ever recorded by an NFL rookie, a mark set by Barry Sanders in 1989 and matched by Jamal Lewis in 2000.
ZUERLEIN'S LONG FIELD GOALS LEAD RAMS TO VICTORY
From Elias: Greg Zuerlein sent the Rams to overtime with a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter and kicked a 54-yard game-winner with 26 seconds remaining as the Rams downed the 49ers, 16-13. Only three other players kicked FGs of at least 50 yards to send a game to overtime and then to win it: Chris Jacke of the Packers in 1996, Mike Vanderjagt of the Colts in 2002, and Matt Prater of the Broncos last season.
Zuerlein has kicked six field goals of 53 yards or longer, a new NFL single-season record. The previous mark was five, set by Jason Hanson in 2008.
BATCH FILLS BIG BEN'S BIG SHOES
From Elias: Charlie Batch passed for 276 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 23-20 win at Baltimore. It was Pittsburgh's first win in seven games against the Ravens started by quarterbacks other than Ben Roethlisberger since Roethlisberger joined the team in 2004.
This was the 18th regular-season game started by a quarterback other than Roethlisberger during that time, and it was the first time that any of those QBs passed for at least 250 yards in one game.
GREEN-ELLIS EXTENDS HIS 100-YARD STREAK
From Elias: BenJarvus Green-Ellis gained 118 rushing yards, including a 41-yard run, in the Bengals' 20-13 win at San Diego. It was Green-Ellis' third consecutive 100-yard game, prior to which he had never recorded even two in a row.
Green-Ellis has four runs of 20 yards or longer in his last three games. He had only one such run in his previous 27 games, dating back to December 2010.
RIVERS FALLS JUST SHORT OF FAVRE'S DECEMBER RECORD
From Elias: Philip Rivers, who typically excels in the month of December, threw 48 passes in the Chargers' loss but failed to throw a touchdown pass. That snapped Rivers' streak of 23 consecutive December games with a TD pass, one short of Brett Favre's all-time NFL record. Despite Sunday's loss, Rivers has a 23-4 record as a starting QB in December.
WELKER SETS NFL RECEIVING RECORD
From Elias: Wes Welker caught 12 passes for 103 yards in the Patriots' 23-16 win at Miami. It was the ninth time that Welker caught at least a dozen passes in one game, breaking a tie with Marvin Harrison for the most such games in NFL history.
CHIEFS GET OFF TO A QUICK START IN WIN OVER PANTHERS
From Elias: The Chiefs drove 74 yards for a touchdown on the game's first possession, setting the tone for a 27-21 win over the Panthers. It was Kansas City's first TD on their first possession since December 2010, snapping a streak of 28 games without a first-possession TD. That was the longest current streak of its type in the NFL.
BILLS' GROUND GAME IS KEY TO SUCCESS
From Elias: The Bills gained 232 yards on 46 carries in a 34-18 victory over the Jaguars. Buffalo hadn't run as many as 46 rushing plays in one game since a victory over the Jets in November 2004. The Bills have won the last 60 regular-season games in which they ran the ball more than 40 times, two short of the longest such streak in NFL history. (Dallas recorded a 62-win streak from 1975 to 1998.)
TEXANS' DEFENSE SHINES IN VICTORY OVER TITANS
From Elias: Here's a recipe for success: The Texans recorded six sacks and forced six turnovers in their 24-10 win at Tennessee. Houston was the first team to post double-sixes -- in sacks and takeaways, that is -- since the Panthers did it against the 49ers in 2007. Dating back to October 1983, NFL teams with at least six sacks and six takeaways in the same game are 35-0.
McELROY SAVES THE DAY FOR JETS AFTER STARTING QBs FIZZLE
From Elias: Greg McElroy capped a 69-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland early in the fourth quarter, and the Jets held on for a 7-6 win over the Cardinals. McElroy was playing in relief of Mark Sanchez, who threw three interceptions and completed only 10 passes for 97 yards. Ryan Lindley of the Cardinals completed 10 of 31 passes for 72 yards, making this the first NFL game in 15 years in which both starting QBs threw at least 20 passes but neither cracked the 100-yard mark or threw a touchdown. The starters in the last such game were Trent Dilfer (Buccaneers) and Danny Kanell (Giants) in 1998.
CARDINALS FAIL IN THIRD-DOWN SITUATIONS
From Elias: The Cardinals failed to convert any of their 15 third-down plays in losing to the Jets. Arizona is the first team to go 0-for-15 or worse on third-down conversions since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Two teams went 0-for-14 during that time: the Chargers at Denver in 1975, and the Bucs at home against the Jets in 2009.
SOLDIER FIELD IS SEATTLE'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME
From Elias: The Seahawks defeated the Bears, 23-17 in overtime, marking the third consecutive season which Seattle has won at Soldier Field. The Seahawks are the first interdivision opponent ever to beat the Bears at Chicago in three straight seasons.