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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Bears took a 41-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-10 victory over the 49ers on Sunday. It was the second-largest halftime lead in NFL history, one point short of the 49-7 margin by which the Packers led the Bucs at halftime in a 55-14 victory at Lambeau Field on Oct. 2, 1983.
Chicago's 41-point lead was one more than the previous NFL record for largest shutout lead at the half. The Chicago Cardinals led the Rochester Jeffersons 40-0 in a 60-0 victory in 1923.
• By allowing those otherwise irrelevant 10 points in the second half, the Bears failed to extend their streak of nine consecutive regular-season home games in which they held their opponent to less than 10 points. That was the longest such streak since the Packers held their opposition to single figures in 12 consecutive games 70 years ago (1934-1936). Of course, the Bears lost an NFC divisional playoff game, 29-21, at home to the Panthers in January.
But Chicago did become the first team in NFL history to win four consecutive home games in the same season by 25 or more points.
• Reggie Wayne scored 20 points in the second half of the Colts' 34-31 victory at Denver. No visiting team had scored that many points in the second half of a game at Invesco Field in two years, since Oct. 31, 2004 when the Falcons posted a 41-28 win at Denver.
Wayne caught the first two of his three touchdown passes within a span of 3 minutes, 10 seconds, thereby equaling the total number of TDs allowed by the Broncos for the entire season prior to that (398 minutes).
• Peyton Manning completed 32 of 39 passes against the Broncos (82 percent), the second-highest percentage in NFL history in a game in which the player completed at least 30 passes. The record is 89 percent by Rich Gannon of the Raiders in 2002, also at Invesco Field.
• With their victory at Denver, the Colts became the second team in NFL history to start consecutive seasons with seven straight wins. The Packers did it in three consecutive seasons from 1929 to 1931.
• Vince Young ran for a 20-yard touchdown and passed for one of equal length in the Titans' 28-22 win over the Texans. Only two other rookies in the last 50 years produced TDs of 20 yards or longer by rushing and passing in the same game: Chris Chandler (1988) and Fran Tarkenton (1961).
• Saints quarterback Drew Brees was only the second player in NFL history to throw two passes in the same game that were intercepted inside his own 15-yard line and returned for TDs. The other was Donald Hollas of the Raiders against the Dolphins in 1998.
• A pair of rookies, Ronnie Prude and Dawan Landry, scored those INT-TDs in the Ravens' 35-22 win over the Saints. Both TDs covered 12 yards. The last rookie teammates to return interceptions for touchdowns in the same game were Pete Jaquess and Benny Nelson for the Houston Oilers of the AFL in 1964.
• Bruce Gradkowski's Bucs lost to the Giants 17-3, but he threw 48 passes without an interception. Gradkowski has thrown a total of 155 passes with only one INT in his rookie season. The only other players in NFL history with just one interception among their first 150 passes were Tom Brady and Gradkowski's current backup, Tim Rattay.
• Larry Johnson scored four touchdowns in the Chiefs' 35-28 win over the Seahawks, becoming only the sixth player in NFL history to score all of his team's TDs in one game, scoring at least one in each quarter. The others: Marshall Faulk (2000), Sterling Sharpe (1994), Clarence Williams (1979), Lenny Moore (1961), and Ernie Nevers (1929).
• LaDainian Tomlinson scored three touchdowns in the Chargers' 38-24 win over the Rams, raising his season total to 11 TDs. It's the sixth time in six NFL seasons that Tomlinson has reached double figures. The only other NFL players to score at least 10 touchdowns in each of their first six seasons were Jim Brown (1957-1963) and Emmitt Smith (1990-96), who both did so in their first seven seasons.
• Justin Miller scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in the Jets' 20-13 loss to the Browns. Miller, who scored on a 103-yard KOR against the Colts four weeks ago, became the third NFL player to return two kickoffs for TDs of 99 yards or longer in the same month. The others were Terry Fair of the Lions (September 1998) and Lenny Lyles of the Baltimore Colts (October 1958).
• The Raiders defeated the Steelers 20-13 despite only 98 yards of total offense. There was only one other game since 1978 (when the NFL relaxed its offensive-holding rules) in which a team won without gaining at least 100 total yards on offense, and the Steelers lost that one too: 24-6 to the Texans in 2002.
• Chivas USA played a man down after Juan Francisco Palencia was sent off in the 58th minute of its elimination loss to the Dynamo. Chivas is coached by Bob Bradley, who has an extraordinary career record when playing shorthanded in regular-season MLS matches. Bradley's teams have outscored their opponents 16-11 when playing a man down, spanning 716 minutes over 24 regular-season games.
• Jozy Altidore scored the Red Bulls' goal in a 1-1 tie against D.C. United that eliminated New York from the playoffs, and it was an historic goal. Altidore, who will turn 17 on Nov. 6, became the youngest player by far to score in an MLS postseason match. The only other teenagers to do so were Landon Donovan (five goals) and DaMarcus Beasley, both at 19.
• Milan Hejduk scored two goals in the Avalanche's 4-1 victory over the Wild. Hejduk's second goal of the game was his 82nd power-play goal over the last seven seasons, breaking a tie with Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr for most in the NHL during that time.