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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:
• LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns in the Chargers' 21-14 win over the Raiders. Tomlinson has scored at least twice in each of his last five games, and his total of 16 TDs during that time is the highest five-game total in NFL history. Jim Brown held that mark for 48 years -- with 14 TDs over five games in 1958 -- until L.T. broke it with 15 TDs over five games from Oct. 15 to Nov. 12.
• Joseph Addai scored four rushing touchdowns in the Colts' 45-21 win over the Eagles, tying the all-time NFL record for rookies. Among the many rookies with four rushing TDs in one game: Jim Brown, Bill Kilmer, Gale Sayers, and Emmitt Smith.
• Vince Young and the Titans rebounded from a 21-0 fourth-quarter deficit to a 24-21 victory over the Giants. Young became the first rookie starting QB in NFL history to rally his team to victory from a deficit of 20 or more points. The previous record was a 19-point margin erased by John Elway in a 21-19 win over the Baltimore Colts in 1983. The subtext in that game was Elway's refusal to play for the Colts after they selected him with the first pick in the 1983 draft.
The Giants were only the third team in NFL history to lose a game in which it led by 21 points or more with 10 minutes or less to play.
• Drew Brees passed for 349 yards in the Saints' 31-13 win at Atlanta. Brees' total of 1,954 passing yards over his last five games is the highest five-game total in NFL history. The previous record was 1,947 yards by Kurt Warner in 2000.
• Jason Campbell threw a pair of touchdown passes in the Redskins' 17-13 win over the Panthers. Although Campbell is only the fourth player to throw at least two TD passes in each of his first two NFL games, that list includes two other Redskins QBs: Mark Rypien (1988) and Gus Frerotte (1994). The other player was Greg Cook of the AFL's Bengals in 1969.
• Chad Johnson gained 123 receiving yards in the Bengals' 30-0 win at Cleveland. Johnson's total of 573 yards over the last three games is the second-highest three-game total in NFL history. Charley Hennigan of the AFL's Houston Oilers gained 612 yards over three games in 1961.
• Frank Gore gained 134 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 loss to the Rams. Gore's total of 546 rushing yards during November is a team record for any month. The previous mark was 510 yards by Roger Craig in October 1988.
• The Cardinals suffered a 31-26 loss to the Vikings, but they left Minneapolis with some lovely parting gifts, including a share of the NFL record for fewest rushing attempts in a game (six).
The Cardinals became only the second NFL team to score two touchdowns of 99 yards or longer in the same game. J.J. Arrington scored on a 99-yard kickoff return, and Adrian Wilson scored on a 99-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter. The only other team to do that was the Dallas Cowboys against the Eagles in 1962 (Amos Marsh on a kickoff return, Mike Gaechter with an INT).
Arrington was the first Cardinals player to return the game's opening kickoff for a TD since Ollie Matson did it in 1958 (101 yards against the Steelers). Here's a strange one: 21 of the last 40 teams to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown went on to lose the game.
• Stephen Gostkowski's 52-yard field goal to end the first half was the first 50-yarder by a Patriots kicker since Adam Vinatieri kicked a 57-yard field goal in 2002, also against the Bears. New England's streak of 65 games without a field goal of 50 yards or longer was the longest in the NFL since the Cowboys went 79 games without one from 1998 to 2003.
• The Steelers suffered their second shutout of the season, a 27-0 loss to the Ravens that equaled the third-largest shutout victory recorded over a defending champion in modern NFL history (that is, since 1933). Only two other defending champions lost two shutouts in a season during that time: the 1981 Raiders (3) and the 1964 Bears (2).
• Rian Lindell kicked a 42-yard walkoff field goal in the Bills' 27-24 victory over the Jaguars. It was the second consecutive game in which Buffalo scored its winning points in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter. Only five other teams in NFL history did so in back-to-back games.
• The Jets (27) and Texans (25) combined for 52 rushing yards, the fourth-lowest single-game total in NFL history.
• Martin St. Louis scored one goal and assisted on another in the Lightning's 3-1 win over the Senators. St. Louis leads the NHL with nine multiple-point games during November (he had only two last month).
• Chris Drury scored in overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 win over the Rangers. Drury has scored 14 goals in 11 different games this season, all of them Buffalo victories. Drury is the only NHL player with 10 or more goals this season who has scored all of his goals in games won by his team. Buffalo also won the last five games in which Drury scored last season.
• Teemu Selanne scored two goals to lead the Ducks to a 5-3 win over the Flames, breaking a tie with Joe Sakic for the most career goals among active players against Calgary. Selanne has scored 35 goals in 54 games against the Flames, Sakic has scored 33.
• Fabricio Oberto continued his torrid shooting, going 7-for-8 from the field to score 16 points in the Spurs' 98-78 win at Seattle. San Antonio improved its record to 7-0 on the road, and Oberto has been a factor. He has made 26 of 33 field-goal attempts in the Spurs' seven road games (79 percent).
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