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FAVRE MAKES NFL HISTORY AT LAMBEAU FIELD
Brett Favre passed for 244 yards to lead the Vikings to a 38-26 victory in his return to Lambeau Field, and in so doing, he set an all-time NFL record for passing yardage at one stadium. Favre has now passed for 28,028 yards at Lambeau Field. The previous record was 27,889 yards by John Elway at Mile High Stadium.
By throwing four touchdown passes on Sunday, Favre became the first former Packers player ever to throw more than one TD in a game against Green Bay at Lambeau Field.
A LAMBEAU PASSING DUEL LIKE FEW OTHERS
Brett Favre's return to Lambeau Field produced one of the best two-way passing contests in the history of the stadium. It was only the second time in 294 games at Lambeau (including 16 playoff games) that each team's quarterback threw at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions. The only other such game there was Favre versus Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings in 2004.
JONES-DREW SCORES TWO LONG TDS IN LOSS TO TITANS
Over the NFL's first 89 seasons - from 1920 through 2008 - only one player scored two rushing touchdowns of 75 yards or longer in the same game: Barry Sanders against the Bucs in 1997. Two players have done it already this season: Frank Gore against the Seahawks on September 20 and Maurice Jones-Drew in the Jaguars' 30-13 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
Jones-Drew gained 177 yards on eight carries, the highest single-game rushing yardage total in NFL history by a player who carried the ball 10 or fewer times. The previous record was held by Michael Vick (173 yards 10 carries against the Vikings in 2002).
3 OF A KIND: WATERFIELD, BLANDA AND JOSH BROWN?
Josh Brown became the first player in more than 40 years to kick a field goal of at least 30 yards and complete a touchdown pass of 30 yards or more in the same game. Brown opened the scoring with a 41-yard field goal and threw a 36-yard TD pass to Daniel Fells in the Rams' 17-10 win at Detroit. The last player to do that was 41-year-old George Blanda for the Raiders in 1968.
3 OF A KIND, TAKE 2: TONY DORSETT, HERSCHEL WALKER, MILES AUSTIN
Miles Austin caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Cowboys' 38-17 rout of the Seahawks. Austin joined Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker as the third Dallas player to score a TD in each of his first three starts for the team. Austin was the first to do so all on pass receptions.
ADDAI PASSES COLTS TO 7TH STRAIGHT WIN
Fill in the blank: The Colts rallied for an 18-14 win over the 49ers on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass by ... wait for it ... Joseph Addai? That's right - Addai became the first Colts running back to throw a TD pass since 1984, when Peyton Manning's father, Archie, was finishing his NFL playing career with the Vikings. Curtis Dickey was the last Colts RB to do so, with a 63-yard TD pass to Tracy Porter in the team's second game at Indianapolis after moving from Baltimore.
JACKSON REDEFINES SCORING POSITION, NFL-STYLE
DeSean Jackson caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of the Eagles' 40-17 win over the Giants. It was Jackson's sixth TD of 50 yards or longer this season. The only other player in NFL history with as many 50-yard TDs in the first seven games of a season was Hall of Famer Elroy ("Crazy Legs") Hirsch with the Rams in 1951.
A ROOKIE DID WHAT TO THE GIANTS?
LeSean McCoy capped the scoring in the Eagles' win on Sunday, rambling 66 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. That was the longest rushing TD by a rookie against the Giants since 1954, when Billy Wells scored a 68-yard TD for the Redskins.
RAVENS SNAP LOSING STREAK, HAND BRONCOS THEIR FIRST LOSS
The Ravens scored 24 second-half points to post a 30-7 victory over the Broncos (6-1). It was the largest margin of victory over a team with an undefeated record of 6-0 or better since the Steelers defeated the 7-0 Eagles, 27-3, in 2004.
Same topic, different spin: Baltimore was only the fourth team in NFL history to come off a streak of at least three consecutive losses to beat a team with a previously perfect record and at least six wins.
GINN MAKES HISTORY WITH 2 TRIPLE-DIGIT KICKOFF-RETURN TDS
Ted Ginn returned two kickoffs for touchdowns - both for 100-plus yards and both in the third quarter - in the Dolphins' 30-25 win over the Jets. The only other NFL player ever to score on two kickoff returns in the same quarter was Travis Williams of the Packers in 1967. Ginn became the first player ever to score on two kick returns of at least 100 yards in the same game.
TAYLOR DANCES TO THE END ZONE TO SET AN NFL RECORD
Jason Taylor's 48-yard touchdown against the Jets was the sixth of his career on the recovery of an opponent's fumble. That broke a tie with Jessie Tuggle to establish a new all-time NFL record in that category.
TEXANS WIN BIG WITH 4TH-QUARTER BREAKOUT
The Texans scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to post a 31-10 victory at Buffalo. Only two other teams in the last 40 years won a game by more than 20 points after trailing heading into the final period: the Cowboys at Carolina in 2006 (35-14) and the Bills at home to the Giants in 1978 (41-17).
BYRD PICKS OFF A PAIR OF PASSES FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK
Jairus Byrd intercepted two passes in the Bills' loss to the Texans. It was Byrd's third consecutive multiple-INT game, tying an all-time NFL record. The last player with three straight games with at least two interceptions did it nearly a half-century ago: Dave Baker of the 49ers in 1960.
WHO NEEDS HEDO? NOT THE MAGIC
Jameer Nelson scored 30 points and J.J. Redick scored 27 in the Magic's 125-116 victory at Toronto. With Vince Carter sidelined and Hedo Turkoglu wearing an opponent's jersey, Nelson and Redick became Orlando's first pair of starting guards to score at least 25 points in the same game since 2005, when Steve Francis (32) and Turkoglu (29) did it against the Pistons.
PIERCE POSTS ANOTHER BIG GAME AGAINST THE HORNETS
Paul Pierce scored 27 points in the Celtics' 97-87 win over the Hornets. It was the seventh straight game in which Pierce has scored at least 25 points against New Orleans, matching the longest such streak of his career against any opposing team. He posted seven straight games of 25 or more points against the Nuggets from 2001 to 2004.
BACK-TO-BACK 40-POINT GAMES FOR ANTHONY
Carmelo Anthony followed a 41-point performance against the Blazers on Thursday by scoring 42 points in the Nuggets' 133-123 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday. That's quite a resurgence for a player who hasn't posted two 40-point games in the same month in nearly four years (since recording three in December 2005).
DURANT FIRES BLANKS IN THUNDER'S LOSS TO BLAZERS
Kevin Durant made only three of 21 field-goal attempts in the Thunder's 83-74 loss to the Trail Blazers. Durant missed more than 15 shots from the floor only once in his first two seasons as a pro, shooting 6-for-26 against the Lakers as a rookie two seasons ago.
WHEN IT GOES TO THE BULLPENS, THUH-UH-UH-UH-UH YANKEES WIN
The Yankees scored three runs off Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth, then Mariano Rivera retired the Phillies in order to give New York a 7-4 win at Philadelphia. During the 2009 season, the Yankees won 31 of 44 games (.705) decided by the bullpens - that is, games in which neither starter recorded a decision. That was by far the best such record in the majors this season. In fact, only one other team had a winning percentage above .600 - and just barely: the Dodgers (32-21, .604). The Phillies were 20-20.
CHASE & YOGI, THE ODD COUPLE
Chase Utley's home run in the seventh inning of the Phillies' loss was his third against CC Sabathia during the 2009 World Series. Only one other player hit three World Series homers against the same pitcher in his entire career. Yogi Berra homered three times off Don Newcombe, all at Ebbets Field and all during the 1956 Series.
LUNDQVIST BLANKS THE BRUINS IN HIS FAVORITE BUILDING
Henrik Lundqvist's 1-0 victory over the Bruins on Sunday was the 21st shutout of his career and his 18th on home ice. That moves him into sole possession of second place on the all-time shutout list at the current Madison Square Garden, behind Ed Giacomin (29). Prior to Sunday's SHO, Lundqvist was tied for second with Mike Richter.
SHARKS' D-MEN DELIVER AGAINST THE CANES
Defensemen Kent Huskins, Douglas Murray and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each scored a goal in the Sharks' 5-1 win over the Hurricanes at Raleigh. It was the fourth time in team history that three different San Jose defensemen scored goals in the same game, and it was the Sharks' first such game since a 6-2 victory against Carolina at San Jose in 2003.
TORRES PAVES THE WAY FOR UMBERGER'S GAME-WINNER
R.J. Umberger's second goal of the game, scored on a power play in overtime, gave the Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory AT Washington. But Columbus got the chance to win in OT because Raffi Torres twice tied the score with goals in the third period. It's only the third time in the Blue Jackets' nine seasons in the NHL that they've had two score-tying goals in the third period in one game and it's the first time that the same player scored both.