Date: November 4, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Nets Routed Despite Garnett & Pierce

From Elias: The Magic defeated the Nets, 107-86 on Sunday night. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce started 384 regular-season games together for the Celtics, and Boston lost only six of those games by more than 20 points.

Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic


LeBron A Little Sloppy In Heat Win

From Elias: LeBron James committed six turnovers in the Heat's 103-93 win over the Wizards. It's was only the third regular-season game in the 2013 calendar year in which James turned the ball over more than five times. He has never finished a year with fewer than five such games; he had 10 in 2012.

Miami Heat

Nobody Stands Out In Pistons Win Over Celtics

From Elias: Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe scored 15 points each for the Pistons in an 87-77 win over the Celtics. Boston's leading scorer, Kelly Olynyk, also tallied 15 points. It was only the second Celtics game in the shot-clock era in which no player for either side scored more than 15 points. The first was 71-69 win over the Bulls in February.

Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics

Timberwolves Start Fast In Win At MSG

From Elias: The Timberwolves outscored the Knicks, 40-19, in the first quarter and cruised to a 109-100 win. Minnesota's first-quarter output matched the highest total scored in the opening period by a visiting team at Madison Square Garden over the last 25 seasons.

Minnesota Timberwolves


Berra Blanks The Champs

From Elias: The Flames, with goaltender Reto Berra making 42 saves in his NHL debut, posted a 3-2 overtime victory against the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in Chicago. Berra is the sixth goaltender in NHL history to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion in his first game. The other goaltenders to do that were Hal Winkler (Rangers vs. Maroons in 1926), Gerry Cheevers (Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks in 1961), Hardy Astrom (Rangers at Canadiens in 1978), Daren Puppa (Sabres at Oilers in 1985) and Jonathan Bernier (Kings vs. Ducks in 2007).

Calgary Flames


NHL - Age and Youth Both Served For Stars

From Elias: Veteran Ray Whitney and rookie Valeri Nichushkin scored the Stars' first two goals in their 4-3 overtime win at Ottawa. It was the first goal of the season for the 41-year-old Whitney, and the first goal of his NHL career for the 18-year-old Nichushkin.

With Teemu Selanne (age 43) and Jaromir Jagr (41) having scored three goals each, and Whitney now on the board, that makes this only the second season in NHL history in which three players scored goals at age 41 or older. The only other season it which that happened was 2003-04, when there were five such senior goal scorers: Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, Adam Oates, Ron Francis, and Igor Larionov.

But youth will be served as well, and Nichushkin was the seventh 18-year-old to score a goal in an NHL game this season, following Aleksander Barkov, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Nathan MacKinnon, Nikita Zadorov, and Rasmus Ristolainen. This is the first NHL season in which seven players scored goals at age 18 since 1993-94, when Jason Arnott, Alexandre Daigle, Pavol Demitra, Chris Gratton, Michal Grosek, Vlastimil Kroupa, and Rob Niedermayer all did so.

Dallas Stars


Harding At Home In St. Paul

From Elias: Josh Harding posted his second shutout of the season in the Wild's 4-0 win over the Devils at St. Paul. Harding has won all six of his home games this season, and he's allowed a total of six goals while doing so. His six-game home winning streak is the longest in the NHL this season and the longest by a Wild goaltender in one season since Niklas Backstrom won his final six home games in the 2007-08 season.

Minnesota Wild



Foles Ties NFL Record With 7 TD

From Elias: Nick Foles became the seventh NFL player to throw seven touchdown passes in a game as the Eagles routed the Raiders, 49-20. Foles is the third of those players not to throw an interception in the game. The others were Y.A. Tittle (1962) and Peyton Manning (earlier this season).

It's not surprising that Foles's prior career total of 12 touchdown passes is the lowest of the seven players at the time of their 7-TD performances. But only Manning (436) and Tittle (142) had even 100 TD passes heading into those games. The others: Sid Luckman, 44 (1943); Adrian Burk, 34 (1954); George Blanda, 89 (1961); and Joe Kapp, 18 (1969).

Philadelphia Eagles

Strong Running Game Can't Save Raiders

From Elias: The Raiders gained 210 rushing yards in their 49-20 loss to the Eagles. That was the largest margin of defeat by a team that rushed for at least 200 yards in the game since 1978, when the Browns suffered a 48-16 loss at Cincinnati despite gaining 222 yards on the ground (including 182 by Greg Pruitt).

Oakland Raiders


Johnson Returns To End Zone

From Elias: Andre Johnson opened the scoring in the Sunday night game, catching a 62-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum. The first of Johnson's three touchdown catches in the game snapped his streak of 74 regular-season receptions without a TD, by far the longest drought of his NFL career.

It was also the longest streak of catches without a touchdown in NFL history by a player with at least 50 TD receptions at that time. The previous record was Ed McCaffrey's streak of 72 catches without a touchdown, to end his career with 55 TDs.

Houston Texans


Romo Tosses Late Game-Winner

From Elias: Tony Romo threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds to play, lifting the Cowboys to a 27-23 win over the Vikings. It was Romo's first game-winning TD pass inside the 2-minute warning of the fourth quarter since December 2007, when he connected with Jason Witten with 18 seconds remaining in a 28-27 win over the Lions.

Over the five seasons in the interim (2008-12), 41 different NFL players threw a game-winning TD pass in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter. That group included Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell, Matt Flynn, and Stephen McGee, but not Tony Romo.

Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys Throw Their Way To Historic Victory

From Elias: The Cowboys ran 63 plays from scrimmage against the Vikings: 54 pass plays (including three sacks) and nine runs. That was the highest pass-to-rush ratio in any victory in NFL history. The previous high was set by the Broncos 51 years ago with 59 pass plays (including three sacks) and 10 runs in a 23-20 win over the Bills (Sept. 15, 1962).

Dallas Cowboys


Ponder Ends TD Drought

Christian Ponder threw a 31-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Vikings' loss. Ponder hadn't thrown a TD on a play covering more than 20 yards since December 4, 2011. His streak of 601 passes from outside his opponent's 20-yard line without a TD was the longest in NFL history.

Minnesota Vikings


Ivory Torments His Former Team

From Elias: Chris Ivory carried 18 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, leading the Jets to a 26-20 win over the Saints. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only two players gained more rushing yards in their first appearance against a former team than Ivory did against New Orleans: Cedric Benson, 189 yards against the Bears in 2009; and Lamar Smith, 145 against the Seahawks in 2000.

New York Jets


Brady Outduels Roethlisberger

From Elias: Tom Brady prevailed in a spectacular passing battle against Ben Roethlisberger, leading the Patriots to a 55-31 victory over the Steelers. Brady passed for 432 yards, Roethlisberger for 400 yards, and both players threw four touchdown passes.

There have been only four other games in NFL history in which opposing players each passed for at least 400 yards and four TDs: one this season (Tony Romo vs. Peyton Manning), one on New Year's Day 2012 (Matt Flynn vs. Matthew Stafford), and two over the league's first 91 seasons. They were Dan Marino vs. Ken O'Brien in 1986, and Marino vs. Drew Bledsoe in 1994.

Pats Save Their Best For Last

From Elias: The Patriots scored 28 points in the fourth quarter of their win over the Steelers, tying the NFL record for most points in one period against Pittsburgh. Three other teams dropped 28 points on the Steelers in one quarter: the Giants in 1945, the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969, and the Chiefs in 1971.

New England Patriots

Chiefs Overcome Offense To Stay Unbeaten

From Elias: The Chiefs overcame a 10-3 halftime deficit, scoring second-half touchdowns on interception and fumble returns, to improve to 9-0 with a 23-13 victory at Buffalo. Kansas City became the first team in NFL history to maintain a perfect record this far into a season without scoring an offensive TD in the game. The previous record had stood for 82 years, since the Packers went to 8-0-0 with a 6-2 win over the Bears at Wrigley Field on November 1, 1931. Green Bay scored its points on an 80-yard interception return by Mike Michalske.

Kansas City Chiefs


Tuel Throws Record-Setting Pass

From Elias: Jeff Tuel, an undrafted free agent, started at quarterback in the Bills' loss and threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to his fellow rookie, Marquise Goodwin. It was the longest rookie-to-rookie TD pass in team history.

The last time a rookie threw a touchdown pass that long to another rookie in the first quarter of his first NFL start was in November 1960, during the AFL's first season of operation. Jacky Lee of the Houston Oilers threw a 78-yard TD to Bill Groman.

Buffalo Bills

Bucs Blow Big Lead To Stay Winless

From Elias: The Seahawks rallied from a 21-0 deficit for a 27-24 overtime victory over the Buccaneers, whose record fell to 0-8. Tampa Bay became only the second NFL team to remain winless this far into a season by surrendering a lead of 18 or more points. The first was New Orleans, who squandered a 28-point lead in a 38-35 loss to San Francisco in 1980. The Saints fell to 0-14 with that defeat, which remains the largest lead that any NFL team has blown in a regular-season loss.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Mike James Stars In Losing Effort

From Elias: Mike James rushed for 158 yards and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Tom Crabtree in the Bucs' loss. That was the highest rushing total in NFL history by a rookie who also threw a TD pass in the game. The previous record was 153 yards by Marshawn Lynch for Buffalo against Cincinnati in 2007.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Newton Leads Panthers To Four In A Row

From Elias: Cam Newton placed himself in rather august company with the Panthers' 34-10 win over the Falcons. It was Carolina's fourth consecutive victory, all by a margin of 15 or more points. Over the last five seasons, only two other teams won four straight games by at least 15 points, both with Peyton Manning at quarterback: the Colts in 2009, and the Broncos spanning the 2012-13 seasons.


Johnson and Stacy Star On The Ground

From Elias: Chris Johnson (150 rushing yards) won the ground battle against Zac Stacy (127) in the Titans' 28-21 victory at St. Louis. Johnson also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, snapping his streak of 145 carries without a TD, dating back to last December. It was the third consecutive season in which Johnson went at least 80 carries before scoring his first touchdown.

Stacy, who ran for 134 yards against the Seahawks last week, became only the second Rams rookie in the last 20 seasons to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. Stephen Jackson did it in December 2004.

Browns Knock Off Another Defending Champ

From Elias: The Browns defeated the Ravens, 24-18, to snap an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore. But that streak belies Cleveland's unlikely recent success against defending Super Bowl champions: a 7-6 record over the last 20 seasons. No other team has as many as seven such wins during that time, and only two others have a winning record versus the previous season's Super Bowl winner: Indianapolis (5-2) and Baltimore (5-4).

Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns


Young Breaks Out For Redskins

From Elias: The Redskins ran for four touchdowns, including three by Darrel Young, to post a 30-24 overtime victory over the Chargers. Young, who scored only four touchdowns in 52 previous NFL games, became the fourth player to rush for three TDs in one game, including an OT game-winner. The others were Jerome Bettis (1997), LaDainian Tomlinson (2005), and Brandon Jacobs (2008).

It was the second consecutive home game in which a Redskins RB scored three rushing TDs, with Roy Helu having done so against the Bears last month. Only two other pairs of teammates did that in the last 25 seasons: Derrick Blaylock and Priest Holmes of the Chiefs in 2004, and Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor of the Vikings in 2007.

Washington Redskins