Date: January 6, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

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Kaepernick

Kaepernick does it to Packers again

From Elias: Colin Kaepernick passed for 277 yards and a touchdown and he led all players with 98 rushing yards in the 49ers' 23-20 win at Green Bay. Last season, Kaepernick set a single-game record for rushing yards by an NFL quarterback, in either the regular season or the playoffs, with 181 versus the Packers.

Kaepernick's total of 279 rushing yards in his two playoff games against Green Bay is by far the highest by a QB against one team in postseason history, regardless of how many games played. Only one other quarterback has a total against any team that's even half as high as Kaepernick's versus the Packers. Otto Graham gained 163 rushing yards in three NFL title games against the Los Angeles Rams (1950, 1951, and 1955).

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Dawson

Dawson is perfect at Lambeau

From Elias: Phil Dawson, who kicked a game-winning 33-yard field goal for the 49ers as time expired, became the first player in 48 years with three or more field goals without a miss in a playoff game at Lambeau Field. The only other kickers to do so were Paul Hornung against the Giants in 1961 and Don Chandler against the Browns in 1966 (both 3-for-3).

Chargers play takeaway in win at Cincinnati

From Elias: The Chargers forced four turnovers, including three in a span of 10 minutes, 13 seconds in the second half, to key a 27-10 victory at Cincinnati. It was the first time in 27 postseason games that the Chargers had takeaways on three consecutive drives by their opponent. They did so only once in their last 139 regular-season road games.

San Diego Chargers

San Diego takes two long drives for TDs

From Elias: On the offensive side of the ball, San Diego scored on two long touchdown drives: 12 plays for 86 yards and 10 plays for 80 yards. The Chargers had a pair of TD drives of at least 10 plays and 80 yards in only one of their previous 26 playoff games, and that was a loss to the Jets in January 2005.

San Diego Chargers

Chargers take lead, Bengals lose. QED.

From Elias: After the Chargers took an early 7-0 lead, the Bengals had history working against them. Cincinnati has fallen behind in 12 playoff games and has lost all 12 of them. Only one other team in NFL history lost 12 straight playoff games in which it trailed: the Giants, 14 straight from 1939 to 1986. Of course, that streak ended when the Giants overcame a 10-7 deficit to post a 39-20 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.

Cincinnati Bengals

Historic weekend of close NFL playoff games

From Elias: Three of this weekend's four NFL Wild Card games were decided by three points or less. There was only one other playoff weekend in league history in which three teams won by a margin that slim. That was in the Divisional Round following the 2006 season, when New England (24-21 over San Diego), New Orleans (27-24 over Philadelphia), and Chicago (27-24 over Seattle in overtime) all posted close victories.

NBA

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Lee

Lee stays hot as Warriors win 9th in a row

From Elias: Klay Thompson (26 points) and David Lee (21) were the Warriors' leading scorers in a 112-96 victory over the Wizards that extended Golden State's winning streak to nine games. Lee is the Warriors' leading scorer during the streak with an average of 22.7 points per game; he ranked third on the team with a 17.8-PPG average prior to the streak.

Raptors outshoot Heat in loss at Miami

From Elias: The Heat defeated the Raptors, 102-97, to interrupt, at least temporarily, Toronto's run of good form on the road. The Raptors had won seven of their last eight road games prior to Sunday's loss at Miami. But even in defeat, Toronto showed signs of improvement. Although the Heat have won their last 14 games against the Raptors, Sunday's was the first game during the streak in which Toronto (51% from the field) outshot Miami (47%).

Toronto Raptors

Thunder defeat the Celtics from start to finish

From Elias: The Thunder beat the Celtics, 119-96, on Sunday. It was the seventh victory this season in which Oklahoma City outscored its opponent in each of the four quarters of the game, matching its total for the entire 2012-13 season. No other team has even half as many such wins as OKC this season; Charlotte, Indiana, and the Clippers are tied for second with three.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Knicks cap successful Texas trip with win at Dallas

From Elias: The Knicks defeated the Mavericks, 92-80, to complete a three-game swing through Texas with a winning mark, having previously beaten San Antonio and lost to Houston. This was only the 10th time in the last 30 seasons that the Knicks visited the NBA's three teams from Texas in succession. They won as many as two games on only one other of those trips, with wins at Dallas and Houston in March 1996.

New York Knicks

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Prince

Prince helps Grizzlies to victory at The Palace

From Elias: Tayshaun Prince scored 15 points in the Grizzlies' 112-84 victory at Detroit. It was Prince's 387th game at The Palace¿the second most in the history of the arena, behind Joe Dumars¿but only his second there since being traded by the Pistons last season. Prince scored 15 or more points in only four of his last 24 games with Detroit.

Pacers extended winning streak vs. Cavs

From Elias: The Pacers posted an 82-78 win at Cleveland for their ninth straight win over the Cavaliers. Indiana held Cleveland below 100 points in each of those wins, one short of the team record for consecutive wins against one opponent without allowing a triple-digit point total in any of them. Indiana's 10-game streaks were against Denver (1995-2001) and Chicago (2000-02).

Indiana Pacers

NHL

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Malkin

Malkin returns in good form

From Elias: Evgeni Malkin, playing his first game after three weeks on the injured list, scored two goals and assisted on another in the Penguins' 6-5 win over the Jets. It was Malkin's eighth career game with three or more points against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, his highest such total versus any NHL team. The only other teams against which Malkin has recorded at least five games of three or more points are Toronto and Washington (6 each).

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Skinner

Goal-a-game Skinner scores game-winner

From Elias: Jeff Skinner goal with 3:31 remaining in the third period broke a 1-1 deadlock and was decisive in the Hurricanes' 2-1 win over the Predators. Skinner scored only four goals in his first 16 games this season, but he's tallied 16 goals in 16 games since then (Dec. 3 to date). He is the leading goal scorer in the NHL over that span, one ahead of the Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp.

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Eberle

Eberle doubles-up against the East

From Elias: Jordan Eberle scored a pair of goals in the Oilers' 5-3 win over the Lightning. It was Eberle's second two-goal game of the season and his 12th multiple-point game. Eberle has registered eight of his 12 multi-point games this season against Eastern Conference opponents, including both of Edmonton's games versus Tampa Bay.


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