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½A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Drew Brees passed for 510 yards in the Saints' loss. It was the ninth 500-yard passing game in NFL history and the fifth in a losing cause. Brees' total was the highest in a non-overtime game since Warren Moon threw for 527 yards in a Houston Oilers victory in 1990.
Brees has thrown for a total of 908 yards in his last two games. Only two other quarterbacks have thrown for more yards over a two-game span: Phil Simms with the Giants in 1985 (945) and Billy Volek with the Titans in 2004 (918). In all three cases, the QB's team lost both games.
• J.P. Losman threw two 83-yard touchdown passes to Lee Evans in the first quarter of the Bills' 24-21 win at Houston. The only other player in NFL history to throw two TD passes of 80 yards or more in the same quarter was Sonny Jurgensen of the Redskins. On Nov. 15, 1964, Jurgensen completed TD passes of 80 yards each to Angelo Coia and Charley Taylor against the Steelers.
• Evans became the third player in NFL history with two TD receptions of 80 yards or longer in the same game. The others were Torry Holt of the Rams (2000) and John Taylor of the 49ers (1989). Evans was the first to catch two 80-yard TD passes in the same quarter, and he was the second player to score two TDs of any type longer than 50 yards in the first 10 minutes of a game. The other was Butch Byrd of the Bills against the Dolphins in 1966 (a 60-yard INT return and a 72-yard punt return).
Evans' total of 205 receiving yards in the first quarter was the highest in any quarter since Qadry Ismail of the Ravens gained 210 receiving in the third quarter against the Steelers on Dec. 12, 1999.
• Buffalo's victory ended their NFL-record streak of 13 consecutive losses in games decided by a margin of three points of less, a streak that started in 2001.
• Tony Romo, making the fourth start of his NFL career, led the Cowboys to a 21-14 win over the previously undefeated Colts (9-1). Romo was the first QB to defeat a team with a record of 7-0 or better with as few as three prior starts in the NFL. Two QBs defeated teams with a 6-0 record in their fourth NFL start: Mark Malone of the Steelers over the 49ers in 1984 and Doug Flutie of the Patriots over the Bengals in 1988. It was only the second time in Bill Parcells' NFL head-coaching career that he faced an undefeated team with more than three wins. The other was a 31-10 Giants loss to the 49ers (5-0) 22 years ago, in Parcells' second season.
Dallas' victory snapped the Colts' NFL-record streak of 14 consecutive regular-season wins in one-possession games (that is, a margin of eight points or less under two-point conversion rules, seven points or less in other games). The previous record was 12, by the Bills from 1995 to 1996.
• Joe Nedney missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter of the 49ers' 20-14 win over the Seahawks -- equaling the shortest miss of his NFL career -- and then missed a 27-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. That snapped Nedney's streak of 65 consecutive field goals from less than 30 yards, the fourth longest in NFL history.
• The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 17-13. It was Kansas City's seventh consecutive victory over the Raiders, all by seven points or less. That equals the second-longest such streak in NFL history (that is, consecutive wins by seven points or less vs. one team). The Eagles had an eight-game streak vs. the Redskins from 1992 to 1996.
• The Bears' 10-0 victory over the Jets was their second win in eight days at Giants Stadium. The only other team to win two road games at the same stadium within eight days was the Redskins at Giants Stadium in 1999. Prior to that, the shortest span for wins by a visiting team at the same stadium was 11 days, and it had stood since 1920 when the Decatur Staleys won at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Tigers on Nov. 25 and against the Chicago Cardinals on Dec. 5.
• The Packers' 35-0 loss to the Patriots was the second-worst home shutout loss in their history. They lost 40-0 to the Lions at Lambeau Field in the opening game of the 1970 season. Following a 26-0 loss to the Bears on opening day, this marks the first time since joining the NFL in 1921 that the Packers lost a pair of shutouts at home in the same season.
• Jaromir Jagr scored his 600th goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Lightning. Jagr is the fourth player to score No. 600 while wearing a Rangers uniform, the highest such total for any franchise. The others were Brendan Shanahan (earlier this season), Mike Gartner (1993) and Phil Esposito (1977). The only other team with as many as three such players is the Red Wings (Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman and Luc Robitaille).
Jagr scored his 500th goal against the Lightning in 2003. He is the first player to score his 500th and 600th goals against the same opponent.
• Teemu Selanne recorded a career-high five assists in the Ducks' 6-4 win over the Coyotes. Maybe that was no big deal to Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky, who assisted on five or more goals in a game 17 times -- more than any other three players combined. But among the players who never had a five-assist game are Steve Yzerman (1,063 career assists), Stan Mikita (926), Bryan Trottier (901), Alex Delvecchio (825) and Guy Lafleur (793).
Selanne has 19 assists in 21 games this season, matching his assist total through his first 21 games in each of the past three seasons combined (three after 21 games in 2002-03, seven in 2003-04, and nine in 2005-06).
• Andrew Bynum scored 12 points with 13 rebounds in the Lakers' 82-72 win over the Bulls. It was the third consecutive game in which a center starting opposite Ben Wallace had at least 12 points and 12 boards. There was no month last season in which Wallace's opposing centers had more than one such game.
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