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Highest Scoring Day In NFL History
From Elias: There were 763 points scored in the NFL on Sunday, a league record for one day. The previous high was 759 points on January 1, 2012.
Packers Shock Cowboys With 2nd-Half Comeback
From Elias: The Packers overcame a 23-point deficit in the third quarter and defeated the Cowboys, 37-36. It's the third time this season that a team won a game after trailing by at least 21 points in the second half; the Texans (at San Diego in Week One) and Patriots (vs. the Broncos in Week 12) also fashioned comeback wins of that kind. That ties an NFL single-season record; there were also three games won in 1995 by teams that were down by 21 or more points after half time. Jim Harbaugh quarterbacked the Colts to two of those three victories in 1995, while the Bengals posted the other win.
Matt Flynn led the comeback by throwing four touchdown passes, two in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter. Only two other players in NFL history threw four touchdown passes in the second half of a one-point win: Dan Fouts (1974 Chargers) and Gus Frerotte (2000 Broncos).
30 Points Not Enough
From Elias: The Browns, Eagles, Titans, Raiders and Cowboys each scored at least 30 points on Sunday and none of those teams won. This is the first weekend in NFL history on which five (or more) teams scored 30 or more points and lost.
Who Gets The Game Ball?
From Elias: Jamaal Charles scored five touchdowns, four on receptions and one on a rush, in the Chiefs' 56-31 win over the Raiders. Charles is the first running back in NFL history with four touchdown catches in one game and no other player in NFL history -- regardless of his position -- had four touchdown catches and a TD run in one game.
Alex Smith was 17 for 20 (.850) with five touchdown passes and no interceptions, becoming only the fifth different player in NFL history to complete at least 85 percent of his passes in a game, while throwing at least five TD passes and no interceptions. Drew Brees did so twice (for the Chargers in 2004 and Saints in 2011), while Tom Brady (2009 Patriots), Lynn Dickey (1981 Packers) and Frank Ryan (1964 Browns) each had one game of that kind.
More Points Than Plays
From Elias: The Chiefs scored 56 points, despite running only 51 plays from scrimmage. They were the first team since the 2004 Colts with more points than plays in a game; Indianapolis defeated Houston, 49-14, while executing 48 plays.
Seahawks Make A Statement At MetLife Stadium
From Elias: The Seahawks blanked the Giants in New Jersey, 23-0, enhancing their position as a favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium less than two months from now. Twenty-two teams have played in both a regular-season game and a Super Bowl in the same venue in one season. But none of them did so having won a shutout at that stadium during that regular season.
Cutler Almost Perfect On 3rd Down
From Elias: Jay Cutler was 11-for-12 (.917) for 151 yards and two touchdowns on third down in the Bears' 38-31victory over the Browns. Prior to Cutler, the last two quarterbacks to have at least that high a completion rate on third down, with two or more TDs and more than 150 yards were Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings earlier this season (10-for-10, 2 TD and 172 yards) and Brett Favre in 1998 versus the Lions (12-for-13, 2 TD, 186 yards).
Asiata Scores 3 Rushing Touchdowns
From Elias: Matt Asiata, with only three career rushing attempts to his credit, became the Vikings' lead running back on Sunday with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out with injuries. Asiata carried the ball 30 times for only 51 yards, but he scored three rushing touchdowns to help Minnesota defeat the Eagles.
Asiata became the first player since Daunte Culpepper to run for at least three touchdowns, with fewer than five lifetime carries entering the game. The last running back to do that had been Marshall Faulk. Culpepper (2000 Vikings) did so in his first career start, and Faulk (1994 Colts) turned that hat trick in his NFL debut.
Redskins Almost Overcome 7 Turnovers
From Elias: The Redskins committed seven turnovers but came within a successful two-point conversion of overcoming those miscues to beat the Falcons. When Kirk Cousins' two-point pass attempt fell incomplete with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Washington's 27-26 loss was virtually sealed and that dropped the record of NFL teams with at least seven giveaways in a game over the past 26 seasons (1988 to present) to 1-56. That lone victory was earned by the Titans in 2000; they defeated the Browns, 24-10, despite turning the ball over seven times.
Kaepernick And Davis Connect On Deep Throw
From Elias: Vernon Davis's 52-yard touchdown reception in the end zone highlighted the 49ers' 33-14 win over the Buccaneers. Only one other NFL tight end in the past 10 years caught a pass at least 50 yards beyond the line of scrimmage: Tony Scheffler for the Lions last season.
Tannehill Throws Another Late Game-Winning TD Pass
From Elias: Ryan Tannehill's touchdown pass to Marcus Thigpen with 1:15 remaining in the game gave the Dolphins a 24-20 win over the Patriots, one week after Tannehill threw a behind-to-ahead game-winning scoring pass with 2:53 to go for a victory over the Steelers. The only other active players who tossed game-winning TD passes in back-to-back games of one season -- each with his team trailing with fewer than 3:00 left in the fourth quarter -- are Cam Newton (earlier this year) and Drew Brees (in 2010).
Dirty Dozen For Texans
From Elias: The Texans, who were 12-4 last season, lost at Indianapolis on Sunday to drop their record to 2-12. Only three other teams in NFL history -- the 1994 Oilers, the 49ers in 1999 and the 2002 Bears -- followed a 12-win season with at least 12 losses. But the Texans, who started 2-0, are the first team to do so with a 12-game losing streak.
Rookies Help Bills Rally
From Elias: EJ Manuel, within a five-minute span of the second quarter, threw a touchdown pass to Robert Woods and ran for a score himself to give Buffalo a 17-10 lead and the Bills went on to defeat Jacksonville. The only other rookie in the past decade to both run for a touchdown and throw a TD pass to a fellow rookie in the same quarter was Andrew Luck last season. Luck's TD pass was to Dwayne Allen in a win against the Packers.
Munnerlyn Takes Another INT To The House
From Elias: Captain Munnerlyn scored on an interception to cap the Panthers' scoring in their 30-20 win over the Jets. Munnerlyn has returned each of his last four interceptions for a touchdown, tying the longest such streak in NFL history; Charles Tillman and Tedy Bruschi also took four consecutive interceptions to the house.
Ellington Leads Cardinals In Rushing And Receiving Yards
From Elias: Andre Ellington produced team highs with 87 receiving yards and 71 rushing yards in the Cardinals' overtime win over the Titans. He's the first rookie this season to lead his team in a game in those two categories; one rookie did that in a game last season (Doug Martin).
Love Extends 30 Or 10 Streak
From Elias: Kevin Love, who scored 30 points to go along with nine rebounds in the Timberwolves' win over the Grizzles, has scored at least 30 points or pulled down 10 or more rebounds in all 23 games he's played this season. That's the longest such streak to begin a season since Bill Walton registered 30 points or 10 rebounds in each of his first 34 games of the 1976-77 season for a Portland team that went on to win the NBA title. Walton actually reached double-figures in rebounds in all 34 of those games, while scoring 30 or more points in only one of them.
Curry Scores 30 Points In A Loss
From Elias: Stephen Curry scored 30 points, but the Warriors lost to the Suns, 106-102. It's the fourth time this season that Curry has scored 30 or more points in a defeat, tying him with Carmelo Anthony for the highest such total in the league.
Gay Makes Good 1st Impression
From Elias: Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his home debut for the Kings, helping Sacramento defeat Houston, 106-91. Since the franchise moved to Sacramento, the only other players who scored 25 or more points in their first home game for the Kings were Spud Webb (27), Mitch Richmond (35), Chris Webber (25) and Marcus Thornton (29).
Blazing Hot Start
From Elias: The Trail Blazers' overtime victory over the Pistons improved their record to 21-4. That ties Portland's second-best win-loss mark through 25 games in franchise history. The club's only better start came in the 1990-91 season, when Clyde Drexler, Buck Williams and company won 22 of their first 25 contests.
Selanne Ends Droughts
From Elias: Teemu Selanne ended two long personal droughts when he scored a second-period goal for the Ducks in their 3-2 win over the Oilers. Selanne had been goalless in 19 consecutive games, matching the longest dry spell of his 21-year NHL career (19 games with Colorado in February/March 2004), and pointless in 16 straight games, which was his second-longest such famine (behind one covering the same 19 games as his 2004 goal drought).
Lundqvist's 46th Shootout Win
From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist ended the longest home winless streak of his NHL career (seven games, 0-6-1) with a shootout win against Calgary on Sunday, despite allowing goals on three of the Flames' seven shots in the tiebreaker. It was the 46th shootout victory of Lundqvist's career, second-most of any NHL goaltender (Ryan Miller is #1 with 47), but only the third shootout win in which he was scored upon three times.
Panthers Win 3 In A Row
From Elias: The Florida Panthers have a three-game winning streak for the first time this season thanks to their 2-1 victory at Montreal. That leaves the Sabres, Islanders and Flames as the only NHL teams that have not recorded more than two consecutive wins this season. Calgary had a chance to register its first three-game winning streak on Sunday but the Flames squandered a 3-2 third-period lead and suffered a shootout loss to the Rangers in New York.
Rookie Is Tied For Most Wins Since November 27
From Elias: Blackhawks rookie Antti Raanta improved his record to 6-1-1 with a 3-1 victory against the Kings on Sunday night. Raanta recorded his first NHL victory on November 27 at Calgary. He's tied for the most wins by an NHL goaltender since that date with Montreal's Carey Price and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo.
Tampa Bay Wins In Detroit
From Elias: Ben Bishop notched his third shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. It was the second win in two games at Joe Louis Arena this season for both Bishop and the Lightning, following a 3-2 Tampa Bay overtime victory there on November 9. That's twice as many road wins against the Red Wings as the Lightning registered from the time they entered the NHL in 1992 through the end of last season (1 win, 13 losses, 1 tie). Tampa Bay's only win in Detroit before this season was a 4-2 victory by Daren Puppa in January 1994.
Ovechkin Ties Game In Last Minute
From Elias: Washington beat the Flyers in a shootout after Alex Ovechkin's score-tying goal with 47.9 seconds remaining in regulation time completed the Capitals' comeback from a 4-1 third-period deficit. It was the seventh score-tying goal in the final minute of the third period in Ovechkin's NHL career and his second such goal in six days. Ovechkin tied the score at the 19:27 mark of the third period in the Capitals' game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but his last such goal before this week was in November 2008. No other player has scored more than four last-minute tying goals since Ovechkin made his NHL debut in October 2005.
Three Assists For Raffl
From Elias: Rookie Michael Raffl assisted on three goals for the Flyers in their shootout loss at Washington. Raffl, who entered play on Sunday with only three assists in 20 NHL games, is only the second Philadelphia rookie in the last 20 seasons to register three assists in a road game. Matt Read did that in a 7-2 Flyers victory at Ottawa on Oct. 18, 2011. Besides Raffl, the only rookie with three assists in a road game this season is the Oilers' Mark Arcobello (Oct. 12 at Toronto).