Date: November 29, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Steelers & Ravens play the same old song... and we love it!

From Elias: Is there a pairing of NFL teams consistently providing the kind of down-to-the-bitter-end games that we see from the Steelers and the Ravens? Actually, we're here to tell you, "No." And, in fact, there never has been, either. Thursday night's thriller - Baltimore won, 22-20 - marked the ninth time in the teams' last ten regular season meetings that they have played a game decided by three-or-fewer points. No other pair of teams in NFL history ever produced nine such games within a span of 10 meetings.

Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers find a tough way to lose

From Elias: You're the Steelers. You go on the road against your main division rival, in a compressed week of preparation, and you score three touchdowns to your opponents' one. But you come up short, dropping a 22-20 decision at Baltimore. Thursday night's game marked the first NFL game in this century in which a visiting team lost despite scoring (at least) two more touchdowns than did its opponent. The last such game was played at the old Pontiac Silverdome in 1999, when the visiting Vikings out-touchdowned the Lions, three to one, but lost, 25-23.

In that 1999 contest, Jason Hanson kicked six field goals for Detroit, and on Thursday night, Justin Tucker booted five three-pointers for the Ravens. Tucker has now connected on each of his last 27 field-goal attempts, the longest current streak for any NFL player.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lions put an emphatic end to an NFL-record streak

From Elias: The Lions clobbered the Packers, 40-10, in a game that was only that close because Detroit coughed up four turnovers. It was the first time that the Lions have won a game by 20-plus points against a division opponent since they defeated the Bears, 26-3, back on Nov. 15, 1998, during the Bobby Ross Administration in Detroit. Detroit's streak of 95 division games without a win by a margin of 20-or-more points had been the longest by any team since the NFL first went to a divisional format back in 1933!

Detroit had the widest margin of victory for an NFL team that committed at least four turnovers in a game since 2001, when the Greatest Show On Turf Rams pounded the Panthers, 48-14, in a game in which St. Louis had four turnovers. It was the first time that the Lions had won such a game since a 45-7 beatdown of the Vikings in 1981, and the first time that the Packers had lost such a game since a 45-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in 1950.

Detroit Lions


Levy takes league lead and ties a Hall-of-Famer's record

From Elias: DeAndre Levy had his sixth interception of the season, against Matt Flynn and the Packers, taking the NFL lead for this season and also tying the highest single-season total ever by a Lions linebacker. The greatest linebacker in Lions history, the Hall-of-Famer and future Lions head coach Joe Schmidt, had six interceptions back in 1958.

Detroit Lions


Murray, Murray, Murray!

From Elias: DeMarco Murray ran for touchdowns of two, four and seven yards as the Cowboys moved one-half game ahead of the Eagles in the NFC East with a 31-24 victory. Murray became only the third Cowboys player to score three (or more) touchdowns in a Thanksgiving Day victory, joining Bob Hayes, who did it against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967, and Emmitt Smith, who did it against the Redskins in 1996. (Mike Renfro, in 1987, and Smith, in 1998, also scored three touchdowns for the Cowboys in Thanksgiving Day games that the team lost, each time to the Vikings.)

Dallas Cowboys


Romo ties an NFL record

From Elias: Tony Romo came up a winner for the sixth time in seven Thanksgiving Day starts, tying the NFL record for Thanksgiving Day wins by a starting quarterback established by a Cowboys quarterback of a previous generation. No, not Don Meredith, nor Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman; it was Danny White who started six Thanksgiving Day victories for America's Team, in successive seasons, from 1980 to 1985.

Dallas Cowboys



Sedin scores his 300th, as usual, with help from his brother

From Elias: Daniel Sedin recorded the 300th goal of his NHL career when he scored the first goal for the Canucks in their 5-2 win at Ottawa. Sedin, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Canucks, becomes the fifth active player with 300 or more goals who has done all of his goal-scoring for one franchise. The others are Patrick Marleau (Sharks, 415 goals), Alex Ovechkin (Capitals, 391), Patrik Elias (Devils 380) and Shane Doan (Jets/Coyotes, 342).

Henrik Sedin, who had the primary assist on his twin brother's milestone tally, has registered assists on 214 (that's 71 percent) of Daniel's goals. The only other player with assists on even 10 percent of Daniel Sedin's 300 goals is Alex Burrows (35).

Vancouver Canucks


Bryzgalov paints a whitewash in first start with Oilers

From Elias: Ilya Bryzgalov, making his first start for the Oilers, earned the 31st shutout of his NHL career with a 3-0 win at Nashville. Bryzgalov is the second goaltender to produce a shutout in his first start for Edmonton; Jussi Markkanen was the first, in a 2-0 victory at Anaheim on Nov. 28, 2001. This wasn't the first time that Bryzgalov registered a shutout in his first start for a team. He also did that in his first start for the Phoenix Coyotes (Nov. 17, 2007 at Los Angeles).

Edmonton Oilers