Date: November 23, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Forsett

FORSETT RULED NOT DOWN, RUNS INTO HISTORY BOOKS

From Elias: Justin Forsett's controversial 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the most important play in the Texans' 34-31 overtime victory in Detroit. A potential review of the scoring play, with a key element being whether Forsett was actually down by contact after a short gain, was short-circuited as part of a penalty against Lions coach Jim Schwartz for an improper challenge.

So the play went into the books as the third-longest touchdown run in the more than 200 Thanksgiving Day games in NFL history, the longest ever by a visiting-team player, and the longest in 61 years to the day. Back on Nov. 22, 1951, Detroit's Bob Hoernschemeyer ran 85 yards for a score in a 52-35 Turkey Day win over the Packers. So who had the other Thanksgiving Day touchdown run longer than Forsett's? That run was also produced by Hoernschemeyer, on Nov. 23, 1950, a career-long 96-yarder in the Lions' 49-14 win over the New York Yanks.

Houston Texans

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Johnson

JOHNSON OUTGAINS JOHNSON, AND BREAKS JOHNSON'S RECORD

From Elias: Andre Johnson had 188 receiving yards in Houston's overtime victory¿outdoing Calvin Johnson's 140-yard effort for the Lions¿just four days after Andre went for 273 yards in an overtime victory over Jacksonville. Johnson's total of 461 receiving yards over two games, while statistically-enhanced by two lengthy overtime periods, nonetheless stands as the highest total of receiving yards over two consecutive games by any player in NFL history. Whose record did he break? Another Johnson, Chad Johnson, who accumulated 450 receiving yards over two consecutive 60-minute games for the Bengals in 2006.

Houston Texans

TEXANS: 1ST TEAM TO WIN 2 GAMES IN OT WITHIN 5 DAYS

From Elias: The Texans on Thursday became only the third NFL team to play a pair of overtime games within a five-day span. In 1994, the Vikings defeated the Bears on a Thursday night in overtime after each team had played an extra period the previous Sunday (Chicago defeated Arizona and Minnesota lost to Tampa Bay). So the Texans also became the first NFL team to win in overtime twice within a five-day span.

Houston Texans

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Griffin III

GRIFFIN SETS ROOKIE MARKS OVER LAST 2 GAMES

From Elias: Robert Griffin III threw four touchdown passes, enabling the Redskins to defeat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in seven tries. Griffin also threw four touchdown passes against the Eagles on Sunday, and became the first rookie in NFL history to do that in each of two consecutive games. His total of eight touchdown passes over two consecutive games is also an NFL record for rookies; Eddie LeBaron had seven for the Redskins in 1952 and Marlin Briscoe had seven for the Broncos in 1968.

As the piece de resistance, Griffin's combined passer rating over the last two games (146.1) is the highest in NFL history by a rookie over a two-game span (minimum: 40 passes over two games). The previous high was 136.2 by Matt Ryan in November 2008.

Washington Redskins

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Forbath

FORBATH HITS FROM 48, NOW 10 FOR 10 TO START NFL CAREER

From Elias: Kai Forbath drilled a 48-yard field goal with just under three minutes remaining in Thursday's game at Dallas, giving him 10 field goals in his first 10 attempts in his NFL career. Forbath became the second player this season to start his NFL career in that manner; Rams rookie Greg Zuerlein extended his streak to 15 field goals from the start of his career before his first miss. Zuerlein and Forbath are also the only players in NFL history to make each of their first 10 field-goal attempts with six of those kicks coming from distances of 45 yards or longer.

Washington Redskins

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Romo

ROMO FINALLY FALLS AT HOME IN NOVEMBER

From Elias: Tony Romo found his team trailing, 28-3, at halftime, and though he led a comeback that eventually pulled the Cowboys to within seven points, the Redskins prevailed, 38-31. For Romo, it marked the end to a quirky streak: he had previously had a 14-0 record in home starts in the month of November. In so doing, he matched the equally-quirky streaks posted by Hall-of-Famer Terry Bradshaw and future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre at the outset of their careers: Favre started his career 14-0 at home in November games, after Bradshaw had started his career 14-0 at home in October games.

Dallas Cowboys

ANOTHER PARADE... OF PATRIOTS POINTS

From Elias: The Patriots scored five touchdowns in the second quarter and rolled to a 49-19 victory over the Jets in the Meadowlands¿and that was 10 fewer points than they put up in a 59-24 victory over the Colts four days earlier. The Patriots' total of 108 points over two games stands as the third-highest in the history of the NFL; the Chicago Cardinals scored 112 points over two games in 1948, and the Los Angeles Rams ran up 135 points over two games in 1950. Similarly, the Patriots' total of 190 points over their last four games is the third-highest four-game total in the history of the league. Those 1948 Cardinals scored 195 points over four games, and those 1950 Rams scored 208 points over four games.

And, yes, the Patriots produced the highest point total that any NFL team has ever generated over two consecutive games played within a span of five-or-fewer days. The previous record was the 87 points scored by the Lions over five days in November 1997.

New England Patriots

EDELMAN: TDs ON RECEPTION AND RETURN, RINSE AND REPEAT

From Elias: Julian Edelman scored touchdowns on a 56-yard pass play and a 22-yard return of a fumble recovery in the Patriots' big victory over the Jets. Four days earlier, Edelman scored touchdowns on a pass reception and a punt return. It's only the third time in NFL history that a player has scored touchdowns on a pass reception and on a return in each of two consecutive team games within one season. Bullet Bob Hayes was the last to do it, with the Cowboys in 1968, and before that Verda (Vitamin) Smith did it for the Rams in 1950¿during the very two-game span in which the Rams scored a league-record 135 points.

New England Patriots


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