Date: October 7, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Lack wins NHL debut after Canucks rally in third period

Eddie Lack made 32 saves in his NHL debut and was the winning goaltender in the Canucks' 5-4 victory at Calgary. Lack is only the fourth goaltender in the expansion era (i.e., 1967-68 to date) to start and win his first NHL game as his team overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period. The others were Alain Chevrier (1985), Hannu Toivonen (2005), and Steve Mason (2008).

Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks


Khudobin makes a great first impression

Anton Khudobin made 17 saves in his debut for the Hurricanes on Sunday and recorded a 2-1 win over the Flyers. Carolina is the third stop in Khudobin's 22-game NHL career and he posted a win while allowing no more than one goal in his first game for each of his two previous teams: Minnesota in 2010 and Boston in 2012.

Khudobin is only the third goaltender in the last 10 seasons to register a victory in his first game with the Hurricanes. The others were Michael Leighton (2007-08) and Justin Peters (2009-10).

Carolina Hurricanes


Perry has a knack for scoring winners

Corey Perry's first goal of the season snapped a 2-2 tie with 5:31 remaining in the third period and provided the margin of victory in the Ducks' 3-2 win over the Jets. Perry recorded 22 game-winning goals over the past three seasons (2010-11 through 2012-13), which tied Steven Stamkos for the NHL high in that category.

Anaheim Ducks



Ramirez has another extra-special game

Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double and triple in the Dodgers' 13-6 victory over the Braves. With six extra-base hits in the series, Ramirez has tied a major-league record: the only other players with six XBHs in the first three games of a postseason series were Jim Edmonds of the Cardinals (2000 NLDS vs. Braves) and Hideki Matsui of the Yankees (2009 World Series vs. Phillies).

Los Angeles Dodgers


Teheran and Ryu make MLB history

You had to tune in early to see the starting pitchers in Sunday night's Braves-Dodgers game. Julio Teheran and Hyun-Jin Ryu were both gone by the fourth inning. But it was the first postseason game in major-league history in which each team's starter was a rookie born outside the United States. Teheran was born in Colombia, Ryu in South Korea.


Alvarez' unexpected hit is Pirates' game-winner

Pedro Alvarez delivered an unlikely game-winning single off Kevin Siegrist in the bottom of the eighth, as the Pirates defeated the Cardinals, 5-3. Alvarez has only four hits in 31 regular-season at-bats (a) against left-handed pitchers; (b) with runners in scoring position; and (c) in Late-Inning Pressure Situations. He struck out on 17 of those 31 at-bats.

Opposing left-handed batters had only one hit in their last 20 at-bats of the 2013 season in Late-Inning Pressure Situations against Siegrist.

Pittsburgh Pirates


Beltran homers again

Even Mark Melancon can't keep Carlos Beltran in the ballpark in October. Beltran hit his 16th postseason home run in the eighth inning, temporarily tying the game for the Cardinals. Melancon allowed only one home run during the regular season (to Joey Votto on April 14), and he finished the season with the major leagues' longest current streak of homerless innings (63).

St. Louis Cardinals



Manning passes Broncos to another victory

The Broncos improved to 5-0 with a 51-48 victory at Dallas. Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes, increasing his season total to 20 touchdown passes, the highest total in NFL history through five games. In fact, only Tom Brady (22 in 2007) and Manning himself (24 in 2004) had previously thrown at least 20 touchdown passes over a span of five games, whether at the start of a season or otherwise.

Manning threw his first interception of the season, ending a streak of 24 touchdown passes between INTs that dated back to last season. That was the second-longest such streak in NFL history; Tom Brady threw 27 touchdown passes between interceptions in 2010-11.

Manning also fell three passes short of the Broncos record for passes without an interception. Manning's streak reached 226; the record of 229 was set by Jake Plummer in 2005.

Denver Broncos


Welker is 5-for-5 scoring TDs for the Broncos

Wes Welker scored on a two-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Denver's win, becoming only the fourth NFL player to catch a TD pass in each of his first five games for one team. The first three were Bill Dudley of the Lions (1947), Billy Howton of the Packers (1952), and Charlie Brown of the Redskins (1982).

Denver Broncos

Denver tops the 50-point mark two weeks in a row

The Broncos, who defeated the Eagles, 52-20, last week, became the first NFL team to score more than 50 points in consecutive games of the same season since the L.A. Rams (October 1950) and the Giants (November 1950) both did it 63 years ago.

Denver Broncos


Romo loses another high-yardage game

Tony Romo passed for 506 yards and five touchdowns in the Cowboys' loss, setting and tying those respective team records. It was the fifth time that Romo reached the 400-yard mark, and Dallas lost each of those games. In fact, Romo has lost the games in which he recorded each of the seven highest yardage totals of his career.

The only other NFL quarterbacks to lose five games in which they passed for at least 400 yards are Carson Palmer (5 of 5), Drew Brees (5 of 10), and Dan Marino (5 of 13).

Dallas Cowboys


Brock's INT-TD sets a Niners record

Tramaine Brock intercepted Matt Schaub's first pass of the game and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. That set the tone in the 49ers' 34-3 victory over the Texans. Brock's score, at 1:30 of the first quarter, was the earliest ever produced on an interception return by a Niners player. The previous team record was an INT-TD at 1:42 by Stan Hindman against Earl Morrall and the Baltimore Colts in 1968.

Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers


Schaub sets pick-six history

Matt Schaub became the first player in NFL history to have an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games. Ironically, Schaub didn't throw a pick-six in either 2011 or 2012. The only other NFL player to throw at least 700 passes without a pick-six over those two seasons was Aaron Rodgers.

Houston Texans


Raiders score on first offensive play, 24 hours after A's score on last offensive play

Terrelle Pryor hit Rod Streater on a 44-yard scoring pass on the Raiders' first play from scrimmage in Sunday night's late show against the Chargers. It marked the first time that Oakland had scored on its first play from scrimmage since the 2010 season, when wide receiver Jacoby Ford ran 71 yards for a touchdown to spark a victory over the Broncos. Streater scored on the Raiders' first offensive play just a smidge over 24 hours after Yoenis Cespedes scored on the Athletics' last offensive play in the same stadium (Cespedes scored the game's only run on the walkoff RBI single by Stephen Vogt in Game Two of the Division Series against the Tigers).

Oakland Raiders


Woodson ties NFL record

Charles Woodson scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the third quarter of Oakland's 27-17 win over San Diego. That was the 13th touchdown in Woodson's NFL career that he has scored on an opponents' turnover (11 on interceptions, two on fumble recoveries), tying the league record shared by Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper.

Oakland Raiders


Luck defeats Wilson in a first-of-its-kind NFL game

The Colts overcame an early 12-0 deficit with a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Seahawks, 34-28, in a game that was the first of its kind in NFL history. Andrew Luck faced Russell Wilson; never before had a pair of second-year quarterbacks, each with at least 10 previous victories, started head-to-head. And in this case, both QBs have far exceeded that total. Following Sunday's game, both Luck and Wilson have a 15-6 record as starting QBs. Sunday's game was also the first matchup of second-year quarterbacks who both started a playoff game in the previous season.

Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks


Like blocked kicks? Here was the game for you!

Delano Howell of the Colts scored on a 61-yard return of a blocked field-goal attempt not long after the Seahawks scored when Jermaine Kearse blocked a Pat McAfee punt out of the end zone. It was the first NFL game since Bills at Houston Oilers in 1989 in which points were scored on both a blocked punt and a blocked field-goal attempt.

Indianapolis Colts


Brees' streaks end in otherwise impressive performance vs. Bears

Drew Brees completed 29 of 35 passes for 288 yards in the Saints' 26-18 win at Chicago. That was the 11th consecutive game in which Brees completed at least 25 passes, breaking his own NFL record, set in 2011. But it snapped Brees' streak of nine consecutive 300-yard games, which had tied the NFL mark that he set last season.

New Orleans Saints

Bengals' late goal-line stand helps defeat Patriots

The Bengals stopped the Patriots after New England had a first-and-goal in the fourth quarter in an eventual 13-6 victory. That snapped Tom Brady's 52-game touchdown-pass streak (two short of Drew Brees's NFL record) and it ended the Patriots' streak of 66 consecutive regular-season games scoring a touchdown (one short of the team record, set from 1983 to 1988).

Over the last 10 seasons, the Patriots scored a touchdown on 52 of 56 previous drives on which they ran a first-and-goal play from the 1-yard line.

Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots


Dalton throws his first red-zone INT

Andy Dalton's interception on the final play of the first quarter was the first red-zone interception of his NFL career. Prior to that, Dalton threw 145 red-zone passes without an INT, which had been the longest current streak in the NFL.

Cincinnati Bengals


Foles shines in relief role for Eagles

Nick Foles passed for 197 yards and two touchdowns in relief of injured Michael Vick in the Eagles' 36-21 win over the Giants. Over the last 30 years, only two other quarterbacks came off the bench to throw two or more touchdown passes in a victory over the Giants: Steve Bono with the 49ers in 1992 and Jake Plummer with the Cardinals in 1999.

Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants


Manning throws his INTs in bunches

Eli Manning threw three interceptions in the Giants' loss to the Eagles. It was the 10th game over the last four seasons in which Manning was intercepted at least three times, the most in the NFL during that span. The runner-up is Carson Palmer with eight games of three or more INTs.

New York Giants

Giants' defense falls to historic depth

With Sunday's loss, the Giants became the second team in NFL history to allow more than 30 points in each of their first five games of a season. The only other team to do that was the Chicago Cardinals in 1954. Like the Giants, the '54 Cardinals also lost their first five games.

New York Giants


Charles' TD is Chiefs' late game-winner

Jamaal Charles' 1-yard touchdown run with 6:23 remaining regained the lead for the Chiefs, who pulled away to a 26-17 win at Tennessee. It was the first time that Charles has scored a game-winning touchdown in the second half.

Kansas City Chiefs


Titans' Johnson runs into a slump

Kansas City held Chris Johnson to 17 yards on 10 carries in Sunday's win over the Titans. Johnson ranks seventh in the NFL in rushing over the last three seasons, but this was Johnson's eighth game during that time in which he averaged less than 2.0 yards while rushing the ball at least 10 times. That is by far the most such games in the NFL during that time.

Tennessee Titans


Three weeks, three different RBs star for Green Bay

Eddie Lacy gained 99 yards on 23 carries in the Packers' 22-9 victory over the Lions. We don't usually highlight near-misses, but Lacy fell one yard short of earning Green Bay a distinction that illustrates the depth of its corps of running backs.

With that additional yard, the Packers would have become only the third team in the last 20 seasons on which three different players posted a 100-yard rushing game over a span of three games. James Starks (132 rushing yards) and Johnathan Franklin (103) reached the 100-yard mark in the Packers' previous two games.

Green Bay has actually done that twice: Paul Horning, Jim Taylor, and Tom Moore in 1961; and Noah Herron, Ahman Green, and Vernand Morency in 2006. h/t @heyjude1982

Green Bay Packers


Dolphins not providing Tannehill enough protection

The Ravens sacked Ryan Tannehill six times in a 26-23 win over the Dolphins. Tannehill has been sacked 24 times this season, the highest total by a player through his team's first five games in any of the last four seasons.

The total of 24 sacks is the highest that Miami has ever allowed in its first five games of a season. The prior team record was 22 in 2006, with Daunte Culpepper absorbing most of the punishment.

Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins