Date: December 28, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NFL

RAVENS WIN GROUND BATTLE, STEELERS WIN THE WAR

The Ravens outrushed the Steelers, 175-48, but the Steelers posted a 23-20 victory. The last time that Pittsburgh won a game in which its opponent had at least a 100-yard edge in rushing was a 20-14 win at Philadelphia on October 24, 1965 at Philadelphia.

Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles

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Hasselbeck

HASSELBECK'S INTERCEPTIONS KEEP ON COMIN'

Matt Hasselbeck became the first player in more than two decades to throw at least four interceptions in each of two straight games. Hasselbeck was picked off four times by the Packers on Sunday and four times by the Bucs last week. The last player with four or more INTs in consecutive games was Jay Schroeder of the Raiders in 1988.

Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders

PACKERS DON'T LET UP IN WIN OVER SEAHAWKS

For only the second time in team history, the Packers scored at least twice in all four quarters (extra points excluded), routing the Seahawks, 48-10. The only other game in which Green Bay did so was a 40-28 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field in December 1989.

Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT FOR JETS AGAINST UNDEFEATED TEAMS

For the third straight season, the Jets played on the road against a team with a record of 10-0 or better, and for the second year in a row they emerged victorious, defeating the Colts, 29-15, at Indianapolis. Last season, the Jets traveled to Nashville and defeated the 10-0 Titans. In 2007, the Patriots improved their record to 14-0 with a win over the Jets at Gillette Stadium.

Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots

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Addai Jr.

JETS FOLLOW AN UNBEATABLE FORMULA AGAINST AN UNBEATEN FOE

The buzz surrounding the Colts' first loss of the season will inevitably focus on Jim Caldwell's decision to sit Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, and other key players for most of the second half. But the Jets have to receive high marks as well, for rushing for 202 yards and not turning the ball over. That combination (at least 200 rushing yards and no turnovers) has produced a 66-2 record leaguewide over the past six seasons.

Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets

BUCS' WIN OVER SAINTS IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND

The Bucs overcame a 17-0 deficit for a 20-17 overtime win at New Orleans. It was the first time in NFL history that a team with a record 10 or more games below .500 defeated a team that was +10 or better.

It was the third time since November 2008 that the Bucs won a road game in which they trailed by 17 or more points. All other NFL teams have combined for only three such wins during that time.

New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Hartley

HARTLEY PICKS A BAD TIME TO END HIS RECORD STREAK

Garrett Hartley missed a potential game-winning field-goal attempt of 37 yards with 5 seconds to play in the Saints' OT loss to the Bucs. Hartley's only previous miss in the NFL was a 58-yard desperation kick three weeks ago at Washington. The irony of Sunday's costly miss: Hartley was the first player in NFL history to convert his first 20 field-goal attempts of less than 50 yards (21 in a row in Hartley's case).

New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

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Stewart

STEWART SETS A RECORD IN GIANTS' MEADOWLANDS FINALE

Jonathan Stewart gained 206 yards on 28 carries in the Panthers' 41-9 victory at Giants Stadium. That was the first 200-yard rushing game ever recorded against the Giants at the Meadowlands, and it came in the last of the team's 283 games there (including 11 playoff games). The previous high was 183 yards by Tony Dorsett in 1980.

Stewart rushed for 120 yards against the Bucs in his only previous NFL start. His total of 326 rushing yards in his first two starts is the second highest in the four decades since the AFL-NFL merger. The only higher total was recorded by Gary Brown of the Houston Oilers in 1993 (360).

New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PANTHERS' BIG LEAD IS NEARLY UNPRECEDENTED

The Panthers opened a 31-0 lead in the first 32 minutes of their victory at the Meadowlands. It was only the third time that a Giants opponent scored the first 31 or more points in a game at Giants Stadium. The Cowboys did it twice: a 35-0 victory in 1995, and a 34-0 start in a 34-28 win in 1992.

New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys

EVEN A GIANT HAS TROUBLE TACKLING A PANTHER

The Giants were repeatedly booed for poor tackling in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Here's the statistical evidence: they surrendered 190 yards after contact on rushing plays, the second-highest single-game total in the NFL this season. The Jaguars allowed 201 yards after contact in a 30-13 loss at Tennessee on November 1.

New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

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Welker

WELKER TIES RECORD FOR DOUBLE-DIGIT GAMES

Wes Welker caught 13 passes for 138 yards in the Patriots' 35-7 win over the Jaguars. It was Welker's seventh game with at least 10 receptions this season, tying the NFL single-season record set by Andre Johnson in 2008.

New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Brady Jr.

BRADY BREAKS RECORD FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON

Tom Brady completed 23 of 26 passes (88.5%) in the Patriots' victory, breaking his own team record for completion percentage in a game. The previous mark was set earlier in the season against the Titans (85.3%).

New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

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Warner

WARNER HITS THE CENTURY MARK FOR A SECOND TEAM

Kurt Warner threw two touchdown passes in the Cardinals' 31-10 victory over the Lions. Warner has now thrown 100 TD passes for the Cardinals and 102 for the Rams. The only other NFL player with 100 or more TD passes for two different teams was Fran Tarkenton (Vikings and Giants).

Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

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Akers

SUDDENLY, AKERS IS MR. CLUTCH

David Akers kicked a 28-yard field goal with 7 seconds to play to give the Eagles a 30-27 win over the Broncos. It was the second time in five weeks that Akers kicked a game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter after the 2-minute warning. Prior to that, he had kicked only two other such field goals in 167 NFL games.

Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos

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Schaub

SCHAUB'S FIRST-HALF FIREWORKS CONTINUE VS. DOLPHINS

Matt Schaub passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the Texans' 27-20 win at Miami. It was the third straight week that Schaub lit up the board before halftime. His first-half totals in those games: 772 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs (75% completions, 132.2 passer rating).

Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins

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Harrison

HARRISON BREAKS ANOTHER OF JIM BROWN'S MARKS

Jerome Harrison gained 148 rushing yards in the Browns' 23-9 win over the Raiders. Harrison's total of 434 yards over his last two games is the highest two-game rushing total in franchise history, breaking a mark set by Jim Brown in 1963 (394 yards). It's the highest in the NFL since Ricky Williams gained 444 rushing yards over two games in December 2002.

Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders

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Benson

BENSON SETS BENGALS RECORD FOR 100-YARD GAMES

Cedric Benson gained 133 rushing yards in the Bengals' 17-10 win over the Chiefs. It was Benson's sixth 100-yard game of the season, breaking a team record set by Ickey Woods in 1988 and matched by James Brooks (1989), Harold Green (1992), Corey Dillon (1999, 2000, and 2002), and Rudi Johnson (2004 and 2006).

Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs

NBA

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Jones

TWO GUARDS, A HALF-HOUR, ZERO POINTS

Neither of the Pacers starting guards (Earl Watson and Dahntay Jones) who each played 16 minutes scored in Indiana's 114-80 loss at Miami. It had been nearly 11 years since two starting guards played at least 15 minutes and failed to score for the same team in the one game. The last teammates to do so were Doug Christie and Alvin Williams of the Raptors (Feb. 9, 1999 against the Bucks).

Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks

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Lee

LEE & DUHON SHINE, BUT SPURS WIN AT MSG

The Knicks got some noteworthy performances but they weren't enough to avoid a loss to the Spurs, who posted a 95-88 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. It had been 15 years since a Knicks center scored as many points against the Spurs as David Lee did (28), the last one being Patrick Ewing in 1994. And it was 21 years since any Knicks player recorded as many assists against San Antonio as Chris Duhon did (13).

New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs

NHL

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White

WHITE DELIVERS ANOTHER CLUTCH GOAL FOR THE LEAFS

Ian White's goal with 82 seconds to play gave the Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory at Pittsburgh. It was only the Maple Leafs' second go-ahead goal in the last 2 minutes of the third period this season. White, a defenseman, also scored the first (although Toronto ultimately lost that game at Carolina in a shootout).

Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes

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Madden

MADDEN SCORES BACK-TO-BACK GOALS IN 3RD PERIOD

John Madden scored a game-tying goal early in the third period and added a go-ahead goal 6 minutes later in the Blackhawks' 5-4 victory over the Predators. (Note that Madden's second goal was not the game-winner.) It was the third time in Madden's 750 NHL games that he scored back-to-back goals to tie the score and give his team a lead, but the first time that he did so in the third period.

Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators

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Connolly

CONNOLLY SCORES ANOTHER PAIR IN SABRES' VICTORY

Tim Connolly scored a power play goal to break a 3-3 tie in the third period and later added a shorthanded insurance goal to ice the Sabres' 5-3 victory at St. Louis. Connolly has seven two-goal games in calendar year 2009, after recording two goals in a game only twice from the time of his NHL debut in October 1999 through the end of 2008.

St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres

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Sturm

WHO ELSE BUT STURM, THE SOUTHEAST DESTROYER

Marco Sturm's goal in the third period was the game-winner for the Bruins in their 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Sturm has scored five goals in seven games against Southeast Division teams this season, but only six goals in 30 games against the rest of the NHL.

Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers

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Carter

CARTER LOOKS LIKE HIS OLD SELF WITH A PAIR OF WEEKEND GOALS

Jeff Carter scored the winning goal in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Islanders on Sunday, after scoring a goal in Philadelphia's victory at Carolina on Saturday. Carter finished second in the NHL with 46 goals in 2008-2009, and he scored goals in each of the Flyers' first two games this season, but this weekend marked the first time since then that he scored goals in consecutive games.

Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes


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