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Elias Says ...

11/5/2006 - NBA NHL NFL Soccer + more

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NFL
• The Dolphins defeated the Bears, 31-13, ending the Bears' season-long seven-game winning streak. It was the largest margin of victory in NFL history by a visiting team against an opponent with a record of 7-0 or better.

Miami was the first NFL team with fewer than two wins ever to beat a previously undefeated opponent with at least seven wins. It was only the second time in Dolphins history that they defeated a team with a record of 5-0 or better. The other was a 38-24 win over the 12-0 Bears in 1985.

• Ronnie Brown gained 157 yards rushing in the Dolphins' victory, the second-highest single-game total in NFL history against a 7-0 or better team. Rudi Johnson of the Bengals gained 165 yards in a victory over the 9-0 Chiefs in 2003.

• The Jaguars scored the first 37 points in their victory over the Titans, extending their streak to 87 unanswered points at home before Tennessee scored a late fourth quarter touchdown. The last team with as many unanswered points at home in a season was the Redskins in 1991 (109).

• LaDainian Tomlinson scored three touchdowns and gained 172 yards rushing in the Chargers' 32-25 win over the Browns. Last week, LT scored three TDs and rushed for 183 yards against the Cardinals. The only other player in NFL history to record consecutive games with at least three TDs and 150 yards rushing was Delvin Williams of the 49ers in 1976.

• Larry Johnson opened the scoring late in the first quarter of the Chiefs' 31-17 win over the Rams. It was the fifth consecutive period in which Johnson scored a touchdown, the longest such streak since Clinton Portis scored in six straight quarters for the Broncos in 2003.

• Marques Colston caught 11 passes in the Saints' 31-14 win over the Bucs. Reggie Bush made 11 catches against the Bucs four weeks ago. New Orleans is the first team in NFL history with two rookies with 10 or more receptions in a game in the same season.

• Colston has 700 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions through his first eight career games. Colston is only the third player in NFL history, and the first in 46 years, with at least 700 receiving yards after eight games. The others were Harlon Hill of the Bears in 1954 and Bill Groman of the AFL's Oilers in 1960. The last player with seven TD catches after eight games was Charlie Brown with the Redskins in 1982.

• Reggie Bush carried the ball 11 times for minus-5 yards, the fewest rushing yards in a game for a player with at least 10 carries since Ottis Anderson of the St. Louis Cardinals lost 10 yards on 11 rushing attempts against the Cowboys in 1985.

• Javon Walker's 72-yard touchdown run in the Broncos' 31-20 win over the Steelers was the longest TD run by a wide receiver since 2000, when Peter Warrick of the Bengals ran 77 yards for a TD against the Broncos.

Walker had an 83-yard touchdown reception against the Patriots earlier this season. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the only other wide receivers with touchdowns of 70 yards or longer by rushing and receiving in the same season were Derrick Alexander of the Chiefs in 1999 and James Lofton of the Packers in 1982.

• The Steelers fell to 2-6 with the 31-20 loss to the Broncos. Only two other defending Super Bowl champions lost six or more of their first eight games: the Broncos in 1999 and the Giants in 1987 (both 2-6). The only league champion to do so in the pre-Super Bowl era was the Bears in 1964 (2-6).

NBA
• The Hawks led all the way in their 95-82 victory over the Magic. It was the first game in which Atlanta never trailed in nearly a year -- since a 122-111 win over the Knicks on Dec. 16, 2005.

NHL
• One NHL game on Sunday, one NHL record set: The Sabres rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in overtime for their eighth victory in eight road games this season. Three other teams had won each of their first seven road games but failed to extend their streak to eight: the Maple Leafs in 1940, the Flyers in 1985, and the Red Wings in 2005.

It was Buffalo's fifth win this season in which it trailed by two or more goals. No other NHL team has more than three such wins.

MLS
• The Revolution advanced to MLS Cup 2006 with a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on a goal in the fourth minute by Taylor Twellman. It was a near duplicate of the Revs' victory in last season's Eastern Conference title game when they defeated the Fire, 1-0, on a goal in the fourth minute by Clint Dempsey.

In 2002, when the conference titles were decided by a series (not a single elimination match), New England won game 2 of its series against the Crew, 1-0, on a goal in the third minute by Jay Heaps.

• Matt Reis lowered his career postseason goals-allowed average to 0.78, the second lowest in MLS history (minimum: five starts). The only better mark was posted by Reis's predecessor with the Revs, Adin Brown (0.66).