Date: October 28, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Stafford caps outstanding performance with game-winning plunge

From Elias: Matthew Stafford passed for 488 yards on Sunday and scored from the 1-yard line with 12 seconds to go in the Lions' 31-30 win over the Cowboys. Only two other players in NFL history threw for 400 yards in the same game in which they scored a game-winning TD: Vinny Testaverde in 1998 (418 yards) and Peyton Manning in 1999 (404 yards).

Stafford was the fourth quarterback to reach the 400-yard mark against the Cowboys this season, already an all-time NFL high. The others were Eli Manning (450), Philip Rivers (401), and Peyton Manning (414). The only other teams to allow even three 400-yard passers in one season were the 1986 Jets, 2011 Packers, and 2012 Saints.

Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions


Megatron indeed

From Elias: Calvin Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's victory, setting a record for receiving yards in a regulation-length NFL game. Flipper Anderson of the LA Rams gained 336 yards in an overtime game against the Saints in 1989. Johnson broke the Lions' team record in that category that had stood for 63 years -- since Cloyce Box gained 302 yards in a 4-TD performance against the Baltimore Colts in 1950.

Johnson also tied Lance Alworth's NFL record with his fifth game of 200 or more receiving yards.

Detroit Lions


Williams sets Cowboys TD mark

From Elias: Terrance Williams caught a 60-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' loss. Williams became the first rookie in team history with a TD reception in four straight games. The only other Cowboys rookie with a four-game touchdown streak was Tony Dorsett in 1977 (6 games).

Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions

Broncos race past Redskins with second-half blitz

From Elias: The Broncos answered two quick Redskins touchdowns with a 38-0 run in the second half to post a 45-21 victory over Washington. Denver tied its team record for unanswered points in one game, matched the second-highest fourth-quarter point totals in an NFL game (31), and tied the second-largest margin of victory in NFL history by a team that overcame a deficit of 14 or more points in the second half.

Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins


Brees throws 5 TDs for 8th time

From Elias: Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes in the Saints' 35-17 win over the Bills. That was Brees' eighth game with five or more TD passes, which is a new NFL record. He had been tied with Peyton Manning.

New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills


Jones ties red-zone record in Bengals' win

From Elias: Andy Dalton threw five touchdown passes, four of them in the red zone to Marvin Jones, in the Bengals' 49-9 win over the Jets. Jones became the first player in NFL history to score on four TD passes of less than 15 yards in one game. His TDs came on plays of 9, 6, 14, and 6 yards. The only other player with four red-zone TD receptions in one game was Kellen Winslow for the Chargers against the Raiders in 1981.

Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets


Pryor jump-starts Raiders' win with historic TD

From Elias: Terrelle Pryor ran 93 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage to propel the Raiders to a 21-18 win over the Steelers. It was the longest rushing TD by a quarterback in NFL history, and it was the second-longest rushing TD ever scored in the first minute of an NFL game. The longest such touchdown was a 96-yard run by Corey Dillon 23 seconds into the Bengals' 31-27 win over the Lions in 2001.

Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers


Chiefs improve to 8-0 behind their new QB

From Elias: The Chiefs remained the only undefeated team in the NFL, posting a 23-17 win over the Browns with Alex Smith at quarterback. Kansas City is the 24th team in the NFL's expansion era to start a season with eight straight wins. Only one of those other teams started a quarterback in even one of those victories who wasn't with the team in the previous season. Earl Morrall famously replaced Bob Griese as Miami's QB for the last nine games of their 14-0 season in 1972. Morrall had spent the previous four seasons as an understudy to Johnny Unitas on the Baltimore Colts.

Kansas City Chiefs

London mismatch goes as expected

From Elias: What would you expect of a game between teams that had respectively won and lost each of their last four games, all by margins of at least 10 points? That was the setup for Sunday's game between the 49ers and Jaguars in London, and it followed form as San Francisco posted another double-digit victory, defeating Jacksonville, 42-10.

The last such NFL game was played on October 26, 1952. The favored 49ers defeated the Dallas Texans, 48-21.

Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers


Niners' varied ground attack mauls Jaguars

From Elias: Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick ran for two touchdowns each in the 49ers' win. There was only one other game in the team's NFL history in which two different players each scored two or more rushing TDs. Billy Kilmer and J.D. Smith did it against the Lions at Tiger Stadium in 1961.

Ironically, Kendall Hunter led the Niners with 84 rushing yards on Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers


Giants win ugly in Battle of the Struggling

From Elias: The Giants-Eagles game at Philadelphia on Sunday was unlike any other in the history of the NFL. It was the first game for which the visiting team had lost its last eight games on the road and the host had lost its last eight at home - actually nine, in the case of the Eagles. And for only the third time in the last 70 years, an Eagles home game failed to produce an offensive touchdown.

But Josh Brown kicked five field goals to give the Giants a 15-7 victory, setting a team record for most points in a regular-season game in which they didn't score a touchdown. And on the heels of a strong defensive performance against Minnesota last Monday, the Giants' defense held a second straight opponent without a rushing or passing TD. It was their first back-to-back games of that sort since 2005.

New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles


Rookie Ellington stars in Cardinals' win

From Elias: Andre Ellington ran 80 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 27-13 win over the Falcons. It was the second-longest rushing TD ever scored by a Cardinals rookie. The record is an 83-yard run by John David Crow against the Redskins in 1958. Crow was the 1957 Heisman Award winner and the #2 overall pick in the 1958 NFL Draft.

Ellington's total of 154 rushing yards was the highest in one game by a Cardinals rookie since Ronald Moore gained 160 yards on November 7, 1993.

Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals

Patriots tease Dolphins again, then rally for win

From Elias: The Patriots overcame an early 14-0 deficit to defeat the Dolphins, 27-17. It was the third time in the last 12 seasons that New England won a home game against Miami after trailing by at least 14 points. The Dolphins have a 16-0 record versus all other teams when taking a 14-point lead on the road during that time.

Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots



Game 4 ends on a pickoff

From Elias: With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Koji Uehara picked off Kolten Wong at first base as the Red Sox tied the Series at two games apiece. This is the first postseason game that has ended on a pickoff. Four others have ended on a caught stealing, with all coming in the World Series. The other instances: 1909 World Series, Game 6 (Pirates' Owen Wilson was caught stealing), 1911 WS, Game 3 (Giants' Beals Becker), 1926 WS, Game 7 (Yankees' Babe Ruth), and 1936 WS, Game 5 (Yankees' Bob Seeds).

St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox


Gomes' homer is the difference

From Elias: Jonny Gomes' two-out three-run home run in the sixth inning gave the Red Sox the lead for good. Since the 2000 season, he is the fifth player whose first career postseason homer was a game-winner in the World Series, joining Alex Gonzalez (2003 Marlins, Game 4), Geoff Blum (2005 White Sox, Game 3), Mitch Moreland (2010 Rangers, Game 3), and Aubrey Huff (2010 Giants, Game 4).

Boston Red Sox



Stamkos & St. Louis, the Panthers-killers

From Elias: Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each scored a goal in Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout win over their cross-state rival, the Florida Panthers. It was the fifth time in the last nine Lightning-Panthers games that Stamkos and St. Louis both tallied goals. Stamkos has scored 21 goals in 30 games versus Florida, which makes him the goal-scoring leader against the Panthers since he entered the NHL in October 2008. Stamkos been even hotter against them recently, with 14 goals in his last 12 games versus Florida.

Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning


Stalock makes a busy but successful debut

From Elias: Alex Stalock, making the first start of his NHL career, stopped 38 of the Senators' 40 shots on goal as he led the Sharks to a 5-2 victory at Ottawa. The only other active NHL goaltender to record a win while facing 40 or more shots on goal in his first career start is Roberto Luongo, who did that with the Islanders at Boston in November 1999 (won 2-1, faced 44 shots).

The last goaltender before Stalock to win his first NHL start in that fashion was Matt Hackett (for Minnesota at L.A. in December 2001), who is currently playing for the Sabres' AHL farm team, the Rochester Americans.

Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks


Perry scores twice in Ducks' win

From Elias: Corey Perry assisted on the Ducks' first goal in their game at Columbus, and his goal with 2:25 remaining to play in the third period provided Anaheim the winning margin in its 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets. Perry has recorded two or more points in five of his 12 games this season, after doing so only eight times in 44 games last season (only once in his final 16 regular-season games).

Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets

Another win in regulation for the Avalanche

From Elias: The Avalanche improved their record to 10-1-0 by coming from behind in the third period to beat the Jets, 3-2, on Sunday night. Colorado is the seventh team in NHL history to win 10 of its first 11 games in one season but only the third to do that while recording all of its wins in regulation time. The two other teams with 10 regulation wins in their first 11 games both did it in the lockout-delayed 1994-95 season: the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-0-1) and Quebec Nordiques (10-1-0).

Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets