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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:
• Vince Young became the first rookie starting quarterback in NFL history to rally his team to wins in consecutive games after trailing by at least 14 points in each. Young's Titans overcame a 14-0 deficit in their 20-17 win over the Colts on Sunday. Last week, the Titans erased a 21-0 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Giants, 24-21.
• A similar note: Derek Anderson rallied the Browns from a 28-14 deficit to a 31-28 overtime victory over the Chiefs. The only other quarterback to overcome a deficit of 14 or more points to record a victory in a game in which he threw his first NFL pass was Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Rams against the Texans last season.
• Reggie Bush scored three rushing touchdowns and caught nine passes for 131 yards in the Saints' 34-10 victory over the 49ers. Bush was the first player in 39 years -- and only the fourth in NFL history -- to rush for three TDs and gain at least 100 yards receiving in one game. The last was Donny Anderson of the Packers in 1967.
• Tiki gained more yardage, but Marion won the Battle of the Barbers, scoring both Cowboys touchdowns in their 23-20 win over the Giants. Marion Barber has scored a pair of TDs in each of his last three games. The only other Cowboys players to score two or more TDs in three consecutive games were Emmitt Smith (six in a row in 1994), Tony Dorsett (1983) and Duane Thomas (1971).
• In his first game for the Cowboys, Martin Gramatica kicked a 46-yard game-wining field goal with 1 second remaining. That was the longest game-winning FG in the final minute of play by a player making his team debut since 1978, when rookie Frank Corral kicked a 46-yarder for the Rams in an opening-day victory over the Eagles.
The only other player to kick a game-winning field goal in the final minute of his Cowboys debut was Allen Green. Green was a rookie in 1961 when his 27-yard walkoff FG gave the Cowboys an opening-day victory over the Steelers that was the first win in franchise history after Dallas had posted a 0-11-1 record in 1960.
• Josh Brown kicked a 50-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining to give the Seahawks a 23-20 victory at Denver. It was Brown's fourth game-winning field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter this season, tying an NFL record set by Ryan Longwell, then with the Packers, in 2004.
• Jerious Norwood ran 69 yards for the winning touchdown in the Falcons' 24-14 victory over the Redskins. Over the last 20 years, only three players have recorded game-winning touchdown runs of 60 yards or longer, and all were rookies. The others were Mike Anderson of the Broncos (80 yards vs. Seahawks in 2000) and Fred Taylor of the Jaguars (70 yards vs. Bucs in 1998). • Devin Hester scored on a 45-yard punt-return in the Bears' 23-13 win over the Vikings. It was Hester's fourth return-TD of the season (three on punts, the other on a return of a missed field-goal attempt), tying a record for NFL rookies set by Ockie Anderson in 1920 and previously equaled by Jack Christiansen (1951) and Travis Williams (1967).
• Mike Vrabel intercepted two passes and recovered a Lions fumble in the Patriots' 28-21 win. Last week, Asante Samuel intercepted three passes in the Pats' victory over the Bears. The last teammates to record back-to-back three-takeaway games were Dwight Hicks and Ronnie Lott of the 49ers in 1981.
• The Colts' loss to the Titans in Nashville marked the first time that a team head-coached by Tony Dungy had ever lost a game in which it led, at any time, by a margin of 14 or more points. Previously, Dungy's teams had gone 61-0 in such games, and he had been the only head coach in NFL history who had been involved in at least 40 games of that type without losing any.
• Peyton Manning achieved two milestones in the Colts' loss. His touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison was their 100th TD connection, an NFL record. During Manning's nine seasons in the league, only two pairs produced even half as many TDs as he and Harrison have: Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss (53) and Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens (50).
Manning also reached the 3,000-yard mark for the ninth consecutive season, tying Dan Marino for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Brett Favre holds the league record with 14 straight 3,000-yard seasons (1992-2005).
• The Bucs scored their only points in yesterday's 20-3 loss to the Steelers on Matt Bryant's 27-yard field goal as time expired. Tampa Bay was the first team to spoil a shutout with a field goal on the final play of a game since 1933, when Mose Kelsch kicked a 21-yarder to give the Brooklyn Dodgers a 3-3 tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ebbets Field -- a result that sounds more like Major League Baseball than the NFL!
The last team to spoil a shutout on the game's final play with a score of any type was also the Bucs in 1989. Tampa Bay scored on a 69-yard touchdown pass from Joe Ferguson to Mark Carrier in a 33-7 loss to the Lions.
• The Jets took a 31-0 halftime lead at Green Bay and cruised to a 38-10 victory over the Packers, who had lost their previous home game to the Patriots by a score of 35-0 two weeks ago. That total of 66 unanswered points was by far the highest ever allowed by the Packers at Lambeau Field. The previous high was 47 points (1969-70).
• The Texans defeated the Raiders 23-14 despite negative net passing yardage, a team category that includes yards lost on sacks. David Carr passed for 32 yards but lost 37 on sacks, for a net of minus-5 yards. The last NFL team to win a game despite negative passing yardage was another Houston team: On Oct. 4, 1981, the Houston Oilers defeated the Bengals 17-10 with minus-4 net passing yards.
• With a game-time temperature of 35 degrees at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Chargers posted a 24-21 victory over the Bills. Following nine consecutive losses at temperatures below 40 degrees (1997-2003), the Chargers have won their last four such games, including a 35-27 win at Denver two weeks ago.
• What a night at Madison Square Garden, where the Islanders posted a 7-4 victory to vault over the host Rangers and the Devils into first place in the Atlantic Division. It was the first time since 1981 that the Isles used a victory over the Rangers to take sole possession of first place and the first time they had ever done so with a victory at MSG.
• Viktor Kozlov scored four goals for the Islanders, one night after scoring two goals in a 5-3 win at Pittsburgh. Only four other players in NHL history scored six goals in a pair of road games on consecutive days-and that includes Red Berenson, who scored all six in one road game at Philadelphia in 1968. The others were Wayne Gretzky (1984), Darryl Sittler (1980), and Stan Mikita (1965).
• Brendan Shanahan also recorded a hat trick in the Rangers' loss. It was only the fourth time in the history of the current Madison Square Garden that players on both teams scored three or more goals. The last two both involved Eric Lindros-for the Rangers in 2002 (with Simon Gagne scoring three goals for the Flyers) and against the Rangers in 1993 (with Ed Olczyk for New York).
• Joe Johnson shot 14-for-22 from the field and scored 33 points in the Hawks' 107-96 win at Portland. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Johnson topped the 30-point mark shooting better than 50 percent. Only one player recorded four-game streaks of that type in each of the last two seasons: LeBron James in 2005-2006, Amare Stoudemire in 2004-2005. The only guard with a four-game streak over the last 10 seasons was Kobe Bryant (Dec. 1-6, 2000).