Date: October 15, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Chargers control ball to beat Colts

From Elias: The Chargers scored a touchdown and a field goal on their last two drives of the first half, then added two more field goals on their first two possessions of the second half of their 19-9 home win over the Colts. Each of those drives lasted at least 10 plays. Only one other team since the start of the 2011 season (a span of over 600 games) has produced four straight scoring drives of 10+ plays within one contest. That was the Steelers, in a Week 1 loss at Denver in 2012.

San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts


Wayne reaches reception milestone

From Elias: Reggie Wayne caught five passes for 88 yards in the Colts' loss. Wayne became the ninth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions. And it was his 70th consecutive game with at least three catches (dating back to 2009) the longest streak in NFL history. Cris Carter, who caught 3+ passes in 58 straight games from 1993 to 1997, is a distant second.

Indianapolis Colts

No turnovers, TD allowed by Bolts

From Elias: The Chargers didn't commit a turnover or allow a touchdown for the first time since a 32-3 win at Denver on November 22, 2009. The Broncos' head coach in that game was Josh McDaniels and their starting quarterback was Chris Simms.

San Diego Chargers



Rookie Ryu dominates Redbirds

From Elias: Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 3-0 Game 3 win over the Cardinals. Ryu is the first rookie pitcher in Dodgers history to post a zero in the runs column in a postseason start of 7+ innings. He's also the first rookie to have such a start against St. Louis.

In his only regular-season appearance against the Cardinals, a win at Busch Stadium on August 8, Ryu allowed one unearned run in seven innings. Only one other rookie has had starts of 7+ innings and no earned runs against the same opponent in both the regular season and postseason. The Orioles' Mike Boddicker threw a complete-game shutout against the White Sox in May 1983, and did it again in Game 2 of the ALCS.

St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers


Dodgers' double-play combo leads offense

From Elias: Second baseman Mark Ellis and shortstop Hanley Ramirez each contributed two hits in the Dodgers' 3-0 win. It's the first time that both starting middle-infielders recorded two hits in a postseason game for Los Angeles since Davey Lopes and Bill Russell had two hits apiece in Game 3 of the 1981 World Series against the Yankees at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers


Wainwright loses despite continuing remarkable run of control

From Elias: Adam Wainwright was the hard-luck loser for the Cardinals, allowing two runs in seven innings, striking out five without walking a batter. Over his last five postseason starts, dating back to Game 5 of the 2012 Division Series against Washington, Wainwright has issued just one base on balls, against 30 strikeouts. He's the first pitcher ever to walk fewer than two batters over any five-start span in the postseason.

St. Louis Cardinals



Backstrom helps on three in the second

From Elias: Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all three of the Capitals' second-period goals in their 4-2 win against the Oilers. It was the sixth time that Backstrom recorded three assists in one period in his seven-season NHL career. That's two more three-assist periods than any other NHL player has registered since Backstrom entered the league in October 2007. Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Henrik Sedin have each done that four times since then.

Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers


Pominville haunts old mates

From Elias: Jason Pominville, who had played all 578 games of his NHL career for the Buffalo Sabres when they traded him to Minnesota in April, played his first game against his original team on Monday night and scored the winning goal in the Wild's 2-1 victory. Pominville is only the third player to score the game-winning goal in his first game against Buffalo as a former Sabre; the others were Darrin Shannon for Winnipeg in December 1991 and Alexander Molgilny for Vancouver in March 1996.

Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild


Gustavsson returns to rookie form versus Boston

From Elias: Jonas Gustavsson played his first game of the season in goal for the Red Wings and made 28 saves as he recorded a 3-2 victory over the Bruins in Boston. Gustavsson, a late injury replacement for Detroit's scheduled starting goaltender, Jimmy Howard, had been 0-4-0 with a 4.68 goals-against average in six games versus the Bruins over the past three seasons, after posting a 2-0-1 record and 1.60 GAA in three games against them in his rookie season, 2009-10. All of Gustavsson's previous games against the Bruins were for the Maple Leafs.

Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings