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ROOKIES LEAD JETS TO VICTORY
New York's rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown pass while another rookie, Shonn Greene, ran for a score. The Jets were the second team in NFL playoff history with one rookie throwing a TD pass and another rookie rushing for a TD in the same game. The only other team to do this was the Giants in the 1933 NFL Championship Game against the Bears in a 23-21 loss. Harry Newman threw two touchdown passes while Max Krause ran for one.
GREENE'S LONG TD RUN FOR JETS
Shonn Greene's 39-yard touchdown run tied the score at seven in the Jets' win over the Bengals. It was the longest touchdown run in a postseason game by a rookie since Ahmad Merritt ran 47 yards for a TD for the Bears against the Eagles in 2002.
Greene's 135 yards rushing was the most by a rookie in a postseason game since Fred Taylor ran for 162 yards for the Jaguars against the Patriots in 1999.
SANCHEZ IS ACCURATE
Mark Sanchez was 12-for-15 for 182 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for the Jets Saturday. Those numbers compute to a passer rating of 139.4. That's the highest passer rating ever for a rookie quarterback who threw at least 14 passes in a postseason game and the highest for any quarterback in his postseason debut since Chad Pennington posted a 142.0 rating for the Jets against the Colts in 2003.
FEELY DOES DOUBLE DUTY
Jay Feely, the Jets placekicker, was forced into action as a punter when Steve Weatherford was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat before the game. Feely was the first player since the NFL began keeping individual punting statistics in 1939 to punt more than once in a postseason game after never punting before that in a regular-season game.
BENSON A BRIGHT SPOT FOR THE BENGALS
Cedric Benson ran for 169 yards for the Bengals, seven yards shy of the most rushing yards in a loss in postseason history. Priest Holmes ran for 176 yards for the Chiefs against the Colts on January 11, 2004.
COWBOYS SNAP POSTSEASON LOSING STREAK
The Cowboys snapped a six-game postseason losing streak with their win over the Eagles. Several NFL teams lost six consecutive postseason games, but none had ever lost seven in a row.
JONES SETS COWBOYS RECORD
Felix Jones had 16 carries for 148 yards in his first career postseason game Saturday night. Jones set a Cowboys record for most rushing yards in a game for a player in his first postseason game. The previous record was 135 yards by Duane Thomas against Detroit in 1970, a game Dallas won 5-0. Yes, that's right, 5-0.
WADE JOINS HIS POP AS POSTSEASON WINNERS
Wade Phillips finally picked up his first postseason victory as an NFL head coach, after four losses. Wade and his father Bum are the first father-son duo to each win a postseason game as a head coach. Bum Phillips had four postseason wins for the Houston Oilers after the 1978 and 1979 seasons.
MACLIN IS YOUNGEST WITH POSTSEASON TD CATCH
Jeremy Maclin caught a 76-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick for the Eagles Saturday night. Maclin, 21 years, 243 days old, is the youngest player in NFL history with a TD reception in a playoff game. Prior to Maclin, Tony Gonzalez (21 years, 311 days old) held that distinction.
Maclin's 146 receiving yards is the most ever for a rookie in a postseason game, breaking the record held by Keith Jackson, who did it for the Eagles at Chicago on December 31, 1988.
ROOKIES SHINE IN NFL PLAYOFFS
Rookie Jeremy Maclin had 146 yards receiving for the Eagles Saturday while rookie Shonn Greene had 135 yards rushing for the Jets. It was the first time since December 31, 1988 that a rookie had 100 yards receiving while another rookie had 100 yards rushing in a playoff game on the same day. The two rookies that day were Ickey Woods for the Bengals (126 yards rushing) and Keith Jackson for the Eagles (142 yards receiving).
WALLACE PLAYS 40 AGAIN
Gerald Wallace has played at least 40 minutes in each of his last 11 games. Wallace is only the third NBA player to play 40 or more minutes in 11 straight games since the start of the 2007-08 season. Jamal Crawford had a 14-game streak in 2007-08 and Allen Iverson had a 13-game streak that same season.
Kevin Durant had 40 points and 12 rebounds in Oklahoma City's win over Indiana. It was the third time in his career that Durant had at last 40 points and a dozen rebounds in a game. Durant also did it on April 16, 2008 at Golden State (42 points, 13 rebounds) and January 23, 2009 at the Clippers (46 points, 15 rebounds). Only one NBA player has as many 40/12 games as Durant since 2007-08, Durant's rookie year: LeBron James also has three such games.
Durant has scored at least 25 points in each of his last 10 games, tying the longest such streak for any NBA player this season. Kobe Bryant had a 10-game streak earlier this season.
WILD OVERCOME FOUR-GOAL DEFICIT TO WIN
The Minnesota Wild overcame a 5-1 deficit in the third period to notch a 6-5 shootout win over the Blackhawks. It was the first time in franchise history that the Wild earned points from a game in which they trailed by four goals. It was just the third time in the Blackhawks' 83 seasons in the NHL that they failed to win a game in which they led by four goals in the third period.
CAPS SPREAD IT OUT
Sixteen different Capitals recorded points in their 8-1 rout of the Thrashers. The only Washington players who did not record a goal or an assist were defensemen John Erskine and Shaone Morrisonn, and goaltender Michal Neuvirth. The 16 scorers tied a Capitals record for one game, done three times before, last in a 12-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques on Feb. 6, 1990.
DUCHENE NETS TWO
Matt Duchene scored two goals for the Avalanche in their shootout win at Buffalo. It was Duchene's third two-goal game (the first two came in consecutive games at Tampa Bay on Nov. 30 and at Florida on Dec. 2), tying him with John Tavares for the league high among rookies in multiple-goal games this season. Like Duchene, all of Tavares' multiple-goal games have come on the road.
CHRISTENSEN IS HOTTEST RANGER
Erik Christensen, who had a goal and an assist in the Rangers' 3-1 win at Boston, has recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the Blueshirts' six games since December 31, tying him with Brandon Dubinsky for the team high over that span. That's quite a turnaround for Christensen, who had no points in 17 games this season (9 for Anaheim and 8 with the Rangers) before New Year's Eve.
GONCHAR FIRST TWO-GOAL GAME IN AWHILE
Sergei Gonchar contributed two goals and one assist to the Penguins' 4-1 win at Toronto. It was Gonchar's 22nd career multiple-goal game, the most by any active defenseman, but it was his first such game in nearly three years, since he scored twice against the Canadiens on Feb. 1, 2007.
PARISE IS A DEVIL IN OVERTIME
Zach Parise scored 2:38 into overtime to earn the Devils a 2-1 victory in Montreal. It was Parise's first OT goal this season and his league-high sixth overtime goal over the last three seasons. (He had two in 2007-08 and three last season.) Ottawa's Mike Fisher is second with five overtime goals over the last three seasons.
BRODEUR LOSES ASTERISK
Martin Brodeur took the asterisk off his NHL record for most career wins by a goaltender with his overtime victory at Montreal. It was Brodeur's 585th overall win but only #552 when his 33 shootout wins are taken out of consideration. That surpasses the career total of 551 wins by Patrick Roy, who retired before the NHL began using the shootout in 2005.
VOKOUN FINALLY WINS IN OTTAWA
Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers shut out the Senators, 3-0, at Scotiabank Place. It was the first career win at Ottawa for Vokoun, who lost his five previous games in the Canadian capital, allowing at least three goals in each game.
BAILEY IS BIG FOR ISLES
Josh Bailey set a single-game career high with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for the Islanders in their shootout win at Phoenix. Bailey has scored points in six consecutive games, totaling 10 points over that span (4 goals, 6 assists), only two fewer points than he amassed in his previous 39 games this season (7-5-12).