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THREE LONG 4TH-QUARTER TDS MAKE NFL HISTORY
It was Roethlisberger vs. Favre in Pittsburgh, but defense and special teams stole the show with an unprecedented display of fireworks in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 27-17 victory. It was the first game in NFL history with three touchdowns of 60 yards or longer in the final period: a 77-yard fumble return by LaMarr Woodley, an 88-yard kickoff return by Percy Harvin and an 82-yard interception return by Keyaron Fox.
FAVRE KEEPS THROWING, BUT HE CAN'T FIND THE END ZONE
Brett Favre threw 51 passes in the Vikings' loss at Pittsburgh. It was the 12th time that Favre threw as many as 50 passes in a game, and the fourth time that none of them produced a touchdown. The only other player with even three such games - that is, at least 50 passes but no TDs - was Drew Bledsoe (3).3
STEELERS TAKE DOWN AN UNDEFEATED OPPONENT
The Steelers' win over the Vikings was their fifth in team history over an opponent with at least six wins and no losses coming into the game. Pittsburgh posted back-to-back victories in 2004 over the Patriots (6-0) and Eagles (7-0).
WE'LL BET OCHOCINCO DIDN'T TWEET THIS ONE
Miles Austin had another big day, with 171 receiving yards and two touchdown catches, in the Cowboys' 37-21 win over the Falcons. Only two other players in NFL history gained at least 400 yards receiving and caught four TD passes over a span of two games: Chad Ochocinco (nee Johnson) in 2006 and Cloyce Box in 1950. Austin did it in his first two NFL starts.
SAINTS REMAIN PERFECT WITH HISTORIC RALLY AGAINST DOLPHINS
The Saints improved their record to 6-0 by overcoming a 24-3 deficit to post a 46-34 victory at Miami. No other team in NFL history preserved a perfect record this far into a season by erasing a deficit of more than 20 points. Honorable mention to the 2006 Bears, who overcame a 20-point deficit against the Cardinals to move to 6-0 for the season.
WILLIAMS TORCHES HIS FORMER TEAM
Ricky Williams scored three touchdowns, including a 68-yard run, in the Dolphins' loss to the Saints. That was the longest rushing TD by a former first-round pick in the NFL draft against the team that selected him since 1964, when Clarence Peaks scored on a 70-yard run for the Steelers against the Eagles, who drafted him seven years earlier.
SHARPER MOVES CLOSER TO WOODSON'S RECORDS
Darren Sharper's 42-yard touchdown was the 11th of his career on an interception return, one short of Rod Woodson's NFL record. Sharper moved past Deion Sanders with a career total of 1353 yards on INT returns, trailing only Woodson (1483).
PALMER LEADS BENGALS' ROUT OF BEARS
Carson Palmer threw five touchdown passes in the Bengals' 45-10 victory over the Bears. That tied the record for TD passes in one game against Chicago, set by Steve Spurrier in 1972 and tied previously by Tommy Kramer (1982) and Brett Favre (1995). But Palmer has one record all to himself: It was the 36th time in the Bears' storied history that an opposing player threw at least four TD passes in one game, but Palmer was the first player ever to do so in the first half.
PATRIOTS SCORE 80 UNANSWERED POINTS
The Patriots built a 21-0 lead and cruised to a 35-7 win over the Bucs. Combined with New England's 59-0 win over the Titans last week, the Pats scored 80 consecutive points without allowing any. That was the longest such streak by an NFL team since the Bills scored 86 straight points over the 49ers, Colts and Patriots over a three-game span in September 1992.
PATS CRUSH TWO STRAIGHT OPPONENTS
New England's back-to-back wins by a total of 87 points fell one point short of the largest margin over two games in the last 55 seasons. The Chiefs posted wins of 49-0 over the Cardinals and 49-10 over the Rams in 2002.
COLTS REMAIN PERFECT AGAINST WINLESS RAMS
The Colts improved their record to 6-0 with a 42-6 victory over the winless Rams at St. Louis. For those who considered this game a walkover, we direct your attention to the Giants' 17-14 win over the Bucs on October 7, 1979. Tampa Bay came into the game undefeated (5-0), and the Giants arrived winless (0-5). To make New York's victory even more unlikely, their QB was a rookie making his first NFL start - Phil Simms.
ANDERSON FAILS TO CRACK THE 100-YARD MARK
Derek Anderson passed for only 99 yards in the Browns' 31-3 loss to the Packers. It was the sixth time in their last 13 games that Cleveland's starting quarterback was held below the 100-yard mark. No other team's starting QBs have posted even half as many such games as the Browns during that time. In fact, Anderson himself has more such games during that time (3) than any other team.
ROAD TEAMS ROMP IN SUNDAY'S 1 P.M. STARTS
Six of Sunday's 13 games were decided by a margin of at least 28 points, tying the NFL record for one day. There were six games decided by 28 or more points on the final day of the 1970 regular season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals
SMITH RALLIES 49ERS IN SECOND HALF
Alex Smith passed for 206 yards as a second-half substitute for Shaun Hill in the 49ers' 24-21 loss at Houston. Only three other QBs since 2006 passed for at least 200 yards in a game in which they didn't throw a pass until the second half - one in each of the past three seasons: Tony Romo (2006), Seneca Wallace (2007) and Sage Rosenfels (2008).2008
WHO NEEDS THE ROOKIE QB WHEN YOU CAN RUSH LIKE THIS?
The Jets, who rushed for 318 yards in last week's loss to the Bills, gained 316 rushing yards in their 38-0 victory at Oakland. The Jets became the first team in 75 years to gain at least 316 yards rushing in consecutive games. The last team to do so was the Detroit Lions in 1934, led by Dutch Clark and Ernie Caddel.
ODE TO ANDY
Andy Pettitte allowed one run over six and one-third innings to earn his 16th postseason victory in the Yankees' 5-2 win over the Angels. That broke a tie with John Smoltz for the all-time lead in postseason wins. It was Pettitte's fifth win in a potential series-clinching game, and that also broke a tie with Roger Clemens, Catfish Hunter and Dave Stewart for the all-time high.
That's the micro; here's the macro: Pettitte has played in eight League Championship Series - seven with the Yankees and one with the Astros - and his team advanced to the World Series in each of them. No one else has played for as many LCS-winning teams as Pettitte. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera have played for seven.
ODE TO MO
Mariano Rivera recorded his 37th postseason save, pitching two innings to close out the Yankees' win. The top seven pitchers in career regular-season saves, with the exception of Rivera, have combined for 37 postseason saves: Trevor Hoffman, 4; Lee Smith, 1; John Franco, 1; Dennis Eckersley, 15; Billy Wagner, 3; Jeff Reardon, 6 and Troy Percival, 7.
Rivera has saved 12 postseason wins for Andy Pettitte. The only other win-save combination that has produced even half as many postseason victories as Pettitte-Rivera is Rivera and Roger Clemens (7).7
MALHOTRA DOUBLES-UP ON THE ROAD
Manny Malhotra, who signed with San Jose as a free agent in September, scored his first two goals for the Sharks in their 4-1 win at Philadelphia. It was the 321st regular-season road game of Malhotra's NHL career but the first in which he scored more than one goal. Malhotra has scored two goals in a game six times on home ice: once for the Rangers and five times for the Blue Jackets.
KOPITAR HITS DOUBLE-FIGURES
Anze Kopitar scored his ninth and tenth goals of the season in the Kings' 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets. Kopitar is the first Kings player to reach double-figures in goals in the month of October since 1999, when Luc Robitaille scored 10 goals in 13 games.