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FAVRE THROWS 4 SCORES AT 40
Forty-year-old Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes, his career postseason high, in the Vikings' 34-3 victory over the Cowboys. That's twice as many TD passes as all other 40-year-olds in NFL history have thrown in playoff games. George Blanda accounted for both of the non-Favre TD passes by fortysomethings in the Raiders' loss to the Baltimore Colts in the AFC conference title game in January 1971.
SIDNEY RICE LOOKS LIKE JERRY IN 1ST PLAYOFF START
Sidney Rice caught three touchdown passes in the Vikings' win, which was the first postseason start of his NFL career. Over the last 25 seasons, only two other players caught three TDs in their first start in a playoff game: Sterling Sharpe of the Packers (Jan. 1994 vs. Lions) and Willie Jackson of the Saints (Dec. 2000 vs. Rams).
VIKINGS' D KEEPS COWBOYS MOVING BACKWARDS
The Vikings' defense recorded six sacks and six tackles for negative yards on rushing plays in Minnesota's victory over the Cowboys. Over the last 30 seasons, only two other teams posted at least six of each in a playoff game: the Browns against the Jets in January 1987 and the Jaguars against the Steelers in January 2008.
EDWARDS SACKS ROMO 3 TIMES
Ray Edwards became only the second player to be credited with at least three sacks in a playoff game against the Cowboys. Gary Jeter of the L.A. Rams posted three sacks against Dallas in January 1986. (Sacks by individual players have been compiled as an official statistic since 1982).
ROMO'S EARLY FUMBLES PUT COWBOYS IN A HOLE
Tony Romo fumbled three times, losing two of them, in the first half of the Cowboys' loss. Romo was the first quarterback to commit at least three fumbles in a playoff game since Jeff Garcia of the 49ers did it in a loss to the Bucs in January 2003. Romo was only the second player in the last 30 years with three fumbles in the first half of a playoff game, and that's regardless of position. (The other was Lions QB Erik Kramer against the Redskins in January 1992).
JETS, SHUT OUT IN 1ST HALF, RALLY FOR WIN AT SAN DIEGO
The Jets rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit for a 17-14 win at San Diego. Only one other Wild Card team ever won a playoff game on the road after being shut out in the first half: the Cowboys, in a 17-14 victory at Minnesota in 1975.
SANCHEZ TAKES CARE IN JETS' PLAYOFF WINS
Mark Sanchez, whose interceptions earlier this season drew sharp criticism, finally threw an INT on his 34th pass of the postseason. Only one other rookie in NFL postseason history recorded a streak of 30 or more passes without an interception: Joe Flacco last season (49).
ROOKIE GREENE POSTS ANOTHER 100-YARD GAME
Shonn Greene rushed for 128 yards in the Jets' win over the Chargers, after gaining 135 yards on the ground against the Bengals last week. Only two other rookies in NFL history gained at least 100 rushing yards in each of their first two playoff games: Duane Thomas of the Cowboys (1970) and Ickey Woods of the Bengals (1988).
JETS EXCEL AT POSTSEASON FIELD-GOAL DEFENSE
Nate Kaeding missed all three of his field-goal attempts for the Chargers on Sunday, a week after Shayne Graham was 0-for-2 in the Bengals' loss to the Jets. The Jets are the first team since the 1983 49ers whose opponents missed at least five field-goal attempts in one postseason.
BOSH TAKES NBA LEAD IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Chris Bosh led the Raptors in points (23) and rebounds (13) in Sunday's 110-88 victory over the Mavericks. It was Bosh's eighth double-double in his last 12 games and his 29th this season, breaking a tie with Dwight Howard for the league lead. Bosh ranked seventh in the NBA last season (43) and 25th the season before that (28).
SHARP STARS IN BLACKHAWKS' WIN AT JOE LOUIS ARENA
Patrick Sharp scored a goal and the shootout winner for the Blackhawks in their 4-3 victory at Detroit. Sharp has scored eight goals against the Red Wings over the last four seasons, all at Joe Louis Arena (13 games). He has no goals in 11 games versus the Wings in Chicago over the same span.
OVECHKIN FINDS A NEW WAY TO SCORE
Alex Ovechkin has had many individual achievements in his five seasons in the NHL, but until Sunday one that had eluded him was a penalty-shot goal. Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season in the Capitals' 5-3 win over the Flyers, and it came on a penalty shot in the third period. Before he scored against Ray Emery, Ovechkin had been 0-for-5 on penalty shots in his career, which tied him with Greg Adams, Brett Hull and Zigmund Palffy for the NHL record for most career penalty shots by a player who had never scored on one.
RANGERS' 2ND-PERIOD TURNAROUND IGNITES WIN OVER HABS
The Rangers outshot the Canadiens, 15-2, in the second period, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to post a 6-2 victory at Madison Square Garden. It was the first time in nearly 12 years that the Rangers held Montreal to two or fewer shots on goal in a period. The last time was April 7, 1998, when the Canadiens had only one SOG in the third period of a 3-2 victory at MSG.
It was also the Rangers' largest margin of victory in a game in which they trailed by two or more goals at the end of the first period since a 7-3 win over the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum in 1972.
DUCKS RALLY IN 3RD TO DEFEAT FLAMES
Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan scored the goals that enabled the Ducks to overcome a 4-3 third-period deficit and beat the Flames, 5-4. It was the fourth time this season that the Ducks won a game in regulation time after trailing in the third period, tying them with the Sabres for the league high this season. It was Anaheim's third such win in the past 11 days, following victories against St. Louis (Jan. 7) and Boston (Jan. 13).