Elias Says ...
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Delgado has hit more opposite-field home runs in the first four games of the 2006 NLCS (three) than any other player has hit in an entire postseason in major-league history.
• Beltran has hit seven postseason home runs against the Cardinals, tying the all-time record for intraleague postseason homers against one team. Beltran shares the mark with Jim Thome, who has hit seven postseason home runs against the Red Sox. Several players have eight or more homers against one team in World Series play.
• It wasn't Sandy Koufax vs. Whitey Ford, but Oliver Perez (3-13) vs. Anthony Reyes (5-8) was historic in its own quirky way. Sunday's pitching matchup was the first in postseason history in which neither starter won more than five games during the regular season.
• Perez's 6.55 regular-season ERA was the highest ever recorded by a pitcher who started a game during the subsequent postseason. Only two others posted ERAs of 6.00 or higher: Dave Mlicki (6.17, 2001 Astros) and Alex Ferguson (6.14, 1925 Senators).
• After allowing one run in their first seven postseason games, Cardinals relief pitchers allowed 10 runs in Sunday's loss to the Mets. The last time a National League team's bullpen surrendered 10 runs in a postseason game was Oct. 6, 1960, when Pirates relievers gave up 13 runs in a 16-3 loss to the Yankees in Game 2 of the World Series.
The Cowboys are the third team for which Owens has recorded a game with three or more TD receptions. The only other player to do so for three teams is Marcus Robinson (Bears, Ravens and Vikings).
• Torry Holt set an NFL record when he surpassed the 10,000 mark in receiving yards in his 116th regular-season game. The previous record for fewest games to reach 10,000 receiving yards was 120 by Lance Alworth -- a record that had stood for 35 years.
• Marc Bulger's fourth-quarter interception in the Rams' loss to the Seahawks was his first of the season, snapping a streak of 248 passes without an INT that was the sixth longest in NFL history.
• Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Seahawks a 30-28 victory over the Rams. Brown's kick equaled the third longest walk-off field goal in NFL history. The two longer ones were Tom Dempsey's NFL-record 63-yard field goal in 1970 and a 56-yarder by Paul Edinger of the Vikings against the Packers last season.
• Warrick Dunn had a 90-yard TD run in the Falcons' 27-14 loss to the Giants. Dunn scored on an 86-yard pass reception in 2003. Only four other NFL players have scored TDs of 85 yards or longer on both a rushing play and a passing play: Tiki Barber, Tony Dorsett, Keith Lincoln and Bobby Mitchell.
• Dunn's teammate Jerious Norwood scored on a 78-yard run in the Falcons' previous game, against the Cardinals on Oct. 1. The only other team in NFL history with touchdown runs of 75 yards or longer in consecutive games was the Vikings in 2002, with both TDs by Michael Bennett.
• The Giants' victory was the 11th consecutive win by the visiting team in their all-time series against the Falcons. That's the longest such streak in NFL history. The only other matchup that produced 10 consecutive road-team wins was Bengals-Colts from 1981 to 1995.
• The Titans overcame a 14-3 deficit in their 25-22 win over the Redskins for Tennessee's first win of the season and Vince Young's first as a starting quarterback. Over the last 10 years, only two other rookie QBs erased a deficit of 10 or more points for their first victory as an NFL starter: Alex Smith in 2005 and Donovan McNabb in 1999.
• The Titans' victory marked only the third time that Joe Gibbs lost a home game in which the Redskins led by more than 10 points.
• The Chargers scored 35 points in the first half of their 48-19 victory at San Francisco. The first-half scoring and final point tally equaled the highs for a Marty Schottenheimer-coached team -- equaling the Chargers' 48-10 win over the Bills last November.
• The Bucs defeated the Bengals, 14-13, benefiting on the game-winning drive from a roughing-the-passer call against Justin Smith after Smith had sacked Bruce Gradkowski, causing a fumble. After the game, Carson Palmer said, "I don't think I've ever seen a roughing-the-passer on a sack." In fact, there has been only one other instance during Palmer's four years in the NFL of a player who sacked the passer being flagged for roughing -- by Warren Sapp against Drew Bledsoe last season.
ESPN TOP HEADLINES
- Harbaugh, 49ers mutually agree to part ways
- Seahawks rout Rams, seal NFC's No. 1 seed
- Ravens rally past Browns, earn playoff spot
- Cavs pummeled by Pistons in 23-point defeat