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Peyton's Right On Road
From Elias: Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes in the Broncos' 28-20 win at San Diego. That was Manning's 74th regular-season road win, breaking a tie with Brett Favre for the all-time NFL record. But there's one important detail that can't be omitted when discussing Manning's record victory: he has a 74-42 record in road games, compared to Favre's 73-76 mark.
The win was also Manning's 12th straight victory in intradivision games, tying him for the second-longest such streak since 1970. The longest streak during that time was recorded by Jim McMahon, with 19 straight wins against teams within his division from 1983 to 1987.
Austin Breaks Out
From Elias: Tavon Austin scored on a 98-yard punt return and caught touchdown passes of 57 and 81 yards in the Rams' 38-8 win at Indianapolis. Austin joined two NFL greats, Gale Sayers (1965) and Randy Moss (1998), as the only rookies to score three TDs of 50 yards or longer in the same game.
Austin's touchdowns covered a total of 236 yards, the second-highest such total in NFL history. The only player to gain more total yards on TDs in one game was Sayers, when he scored six touchdowns totaling 244 yards in 1965. (That's yardage on touchdowns of any type, whether by a rookie or a veteran.)
Brees Throws Another Pair At Superdome
From Elias: Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdowns in the first half of Sunday's game against the Cowboys. That extended Brees' NFL-record streak to 21 regular-season home games with at least two TD passes, all at the Superdome. That is the longest streak of games with multiple TD passes by any player at any venue in league history. The second-longest streak is also a current one: Peyton Manning has thrown two or more TD passes in each of his last 15 games at Sports Authority Field in Denver, including two as a visitor.
Foles Follows With Another Gem
From Elias: A week after throwing seven touchdown passes, Nick Foles threw three more┐all for at least 30 yards┐in the Eagles' 27-13 win at Green Bay. Only one other visiting player has thrown three TD passes of 30 yards or longer in a game at Lambeau Field: Randall Cunningham in a 37-24 Vikings win in 1998.
McCoy Sets Eagles Record
From Elias: LeSean McCoy rushed for 155 yards in the Eagles' win. It was McCoy's third game of the season with at least 150 rushing yards, a team record.
Megatron & Marshall Find The End Zone
From Elias: The matchup of Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson didn't produce eye-popping yardage totals. But both receivers caught two touchdown passes in the Lions' 21-19 victory at Chicago. It was the first game between these longtime rivals in nearly 60 years in which a player on each side caught two TD passes. That happened only twice in 167 previous meetings: Connie Mack Berry (Bears) and Jack Matheson (Lions) in 1944, and Jim Dooley (Bears) and Jug Girard (Lions) in 1954).
Reggie Runs Past Bears
From Elias: Reggie Bush gained 105 yards on 14 carries in Detroit's victory, becoming only the third Lions player to post two 100-yard rushing games against the Bears in the same season. Nick Pietrosante did that in 1960, and Barry Sanders did it three times (1989, 1992, and 1997).
Jewel Case For Texans
From Elias: For the second straight week the Texans suffered a 27-24 loss, this time at Arizona. But on the positive side, Case Keenum threw three TD passes in both of those games. Only two other undrafted quarterbacks in NFL history recorded consecutive 3-TD games as a rookie or first-year player, and the others had considerable experience outside the NFL: George Ratterman (1950 New York Yanks), who played three seasons for Buffalo of the AAFC before joining the NFL; and Butch Songin (1960), a longtime CFL QB before signing with the Patriots at the launch of the AFL.
Brown Bursts Out Of The Gate
From Elias: Andre Brown carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 24-20 win over the Raiders. Brown has run for nine TDs in the nine games in which he has carried the ball for the Giants. Over the last 25 years, the only other player with at least nine rushing TDs in the first nine games in which he carried the ball for a team was Fred Taylor for Jacksonville.
Brown was the first Giants player to carry the ball at least 30 times in his season debut. Only two other NFL players did so in a "midseason debut"┐that is, any time after his team's first game of the season. Eric Dickerson did it in 1985 and Larry Mason in 1987, both in Week 3. Dickerson missed the first two games due to a contract dispute; Mason was a replacement player for the Browns during a player strike.
Accomplished Backs Baffled
From Elias: The pedigrees were there, but the performance was not as three former 1000-yard running backs were held in check in the Jaguars-Titans game: Maurice Jones-Drew, 21 carries for 41 yards (2.0 per carry); Chris Johnson, 12-for-30 (2.5); and Shonn Greene, 9-for-22 (2.4). It was the first game since 1995 in which three players with a 1000-yard season on their resume averaged less than 3.0 yards per carry (minimum: 8 carries). The principals in the last such game were Ricky Watters of the Eagles and Jerome Bettis and Leonard Russell of the Rams.
Splitting The Uprights At The 'Stick
Graham Gano's 53-yard field goal with 10:05 to play was the game-winner in the Panthers' 10-9 victory at San Francisco. It was only the second NFL game at Candlestick Park in which the winning points resulted from a fourth quarter field goal of 50 yards or longer. The first was a victory by the LA Rams in 1975, with Tom Dempsey kicking a 51-yard FG for the win.
Sunday's game was also the first at Candlestick in which each team's kicker produced a FG of at least 50 yards. Phil Dawson opened the scoring with a 52-yard FG for the 49ers.
Panthers Ground 49ers' Air Attack
From Elias: The Panthers held the 49ers to 46 net passing yards, helped by six sacks, in their win at San Francisco. That was the Niners' lowest total in any game since 2005, when they netted only 28 passing yards in a loss at Chicago. Cody Pickett, making the second (and last) of his two NFL starts, completed only 1 of 13 passes for San Francisco in that game.
Sweet Revenge For Seahawks
From Elias: The Seahawks avenged last January's two-point playoff loss to the Falcons with a 33-10 win at Atlanta. Over the last 20 seasons, only one other team posted a road victory by a margin that large against a team that eliminated it from the previous season's playoffs, and that was also Seattle. The Seahawks routed the Bears, 38-14, at Soldier Field in 2011 after Chicago defeated Seattle in the divisional round following the 2010 season.
Steelers Rough Up Another Rookie
From Elias: The Steelers defeated the Bills, 23-10, allowing Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel only three completions of 10 or more yards. Over the last 10 seasons, Pittsburgh has an 18-2 record against rookie QBs, including 11 in a row at home. The only visiting rookie ever to post a victory at Heinz Field was David Carr of Houston in 2002.
Ravens Win Ugly
From Elias: The Ravens managed an ugly 20-17 overtime victory against the Bengals, who posted a 364-189 edge in yardage. Baltimore was the first team in the last three seasons to win a game in which it committed at least three turnovers and gained less than 200 yards, and it was the first such win in team history.
OT Unfriendly To 1st-Place Bengals
From Elias: The Bengals overcame a 17-0 halftime deficit only to lose in overtime at Baltimore. Cincinnati remains in first place despite that loss and an overtime defeat at Miami in its previous game. Only one other first-place team in NFL history suffered back-to-back losses, both in OT, and for the 2002 Broncos, those losses cost them the division lead.
Timberwolves Torch Lakers Out Of The Gate
From Elias: The Timberwolves outscored the Lakers, 47-23, in the first quarter of Sunday night's game at Staples Center. That was the highest first-quarter point total by a visiting team since the Raptors led 48-17 after the first quarter at New Jersey on January 11, 1997.
The T'wolves also matched the largest margin by which any team had outscored Los Angeles in the first quarter since the Lakers left Minneapolis in 1960. Three other teams held a 24-point lead over LA after the first period, but none since the Buffalo Braves in 1974.
Bradley Is The Beal Thing
From Elias: The Thunder survived overtime and a career-high 34 points by Bradley Beal to post a 106-105 overtime victory over the Wizards. Beal was only the second visiting player in Oklahoma City's last 18 regular-season home games to outscore every Thunder player. The other was John Henson of the Bucks in April (28 points). The last Wizards player to capture outright game scoring honors against OKC, whether at home or on the road, was Antawn Jamison in March 2009, five seasons ago.
Spurs Jump On Knicks Early
From Elias: For the second Sunday in a row, the Knicks walked out of the starting gate, as the Spurs led, 35-17, after the first quarter in an eventual 120-89 victory. Last week, it was the Timberwolves who built a big lead over the first 12 minutes (40-19) en route to a win at Madison Square Garden. Prior to those games, no Western Conference opponent had ever led by as many as 18 points at the end of the first quarter at the current MSG.
Back-To-Back Blanks For Brodeur
From Elias: Martin Brodeur registered his second straight shutout with a 5-0 win against Nashville. It's the first time that Brodeur has recorded back-to-back shutouts in one season since April 3-6, 2010. The 41-year-old Brodeur is the fourth goaltender in NHL history to post consecutive shutouts at age 41 or older. The others are Toronto's Johnny Bower in 1968 (age 43), Detroit's Dominik Hasek in 2006 (age 41) and 2008 (age 42), and Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson in 2011 (age 41).
Andersen Still Perfect
From Elias: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen made it six wins in six games in his brief NHL career with a 35-save, 3-1 victory against the Canucks on Sunday night. Andersen is the first goaltender to win the first six games he played in the NHL since Damian Rhodes did that for the Maple Leafs nearly 20 years ago. Rhodes won his debut game in March 1991 but did not play another NHL game until the 1993-94 season, when he won his first five games.
Richards To The Rescue For Rangers
From Elias: The Rangers broke a 2-2 deadlock with a pair of goals less than 6 minutes apart early in the third period and then held on to beat the Panthers, 4-3. Brad Richards scored the goal that gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead and he assisted on Mats Zuccarello's goal that proved to be the game-winner. Richards leads the Rangers with a total of 15 points this season (6 goals, 9 assists), but before Sunday he had scored only one point in the third period or overtime.
Jagr Takes His Time For 1,700
From Elias: Jaromir Jagr became the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 1700-point plateau when he scored a goal to give the Devils a 1-0 lead 90 seconds into their game against the Predators. The 41-year-old Jagr is the oldest player at the time he reached that milestone, 20 days older than Gordie Howe was when he scored his 1700th career point in December 1969. Wayne Gretzky was 27 years old when he hit the 1700-point mark but everyone else was at least 36 years old.
Youth Served For Canadiens
From Elias: Alex Galchenyuk recorded the first three-point game of his NHL career when he scored one goal and assisted on two others in the Canadiens' 4-2 win over the Islanders. The 19-year-old Galchenyuk is the first teenager to score three points in one game for the Canadiens since March 18, 1989, when defenseman Eric Desjardins tallied three assists at age 19 in a 7-2 Montreal win at Pittsburgh.