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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:
• Green Bay's 26-7 victory at Chicago improved Brett Favre's career record to 22-8 against the Bears. That ties the NFL record for most wins by one starting quarterback against one team. Dan Marino was 22-11 against the Colts.
• Vince Young had a 28-yard touchdown run in the Titans' 40-23 loss to New England. It was Young's fourth TD run of at least 20 yards this season. Prior to Young, the most recent rookies with at least four 20-yard TD runs in one season were Corey Dillon in 1997, Tony Dorsett in 1977 and Gale Sayers in 1965. Young is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history with four touchdown runs of 20 or more yards.
• Young was the sixth rookie quarterback to start against New England in Bill Belichick's seven seasons as the team's head coach. Among that group, only Ben Roethlisberger (2004 Steelers) won, while Young, Chris Weinke (2002 Panthers), Joey Harrington (2002 Lions), Byron Leftwich (2003 Jaguars) and Luke McCown (2004 Browns) all lost.
• New England clinched the victory with a touchdown pass from 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde to 35-year-old Troy Brown. That's the oldest combined age for two players on any touchdown pass in NFL history. They broke the old record by 141 days (Steve DeBerg to Tony Martin for the 1998 Falcons).
• Tennessee allowed the most yards in the NFL this season and the second-most points (only the 49ers surrendered more), narrowly avoiding becoming the first team since the 1992 Falcons to rank last in the NFL in both points allowed and yards allowed.
• The Eagles beat the Falcons 24-17, with A.J. Feeley's 89-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Hank Baskett providing the margin of victory. There has been only one longer game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in NFL history. On Oct. 1, 1961, the Rams' Frank Ryan hooked up with Ollie Matson on a 96-yard scoring pass to break a fourth-quarter tie in a 24-14 win against Pittsburgh.
• Baskett caught an 87-yard TD pass in Week 5 against Dallas. The only other rookie in NFL history to make two TD receptions of at least 85 yards was Billy Howton of the 1952 Packers.
• Last season, the Falcons started 6-2 and finished 8-8. This year they went from 5-2 to 7-9. It's only the sixth time in NFL history that a team was at least three games above .500 in each of back-to-back seasons and failed to record a winning record in either season.
• Michael Vick finished the season with 1,039 rushing yards on 123 carries -- an average of 8.45 yards-per-carry. That breaks the 72-year-old record of 8.44 yards per carry held by Beattie Feathers of the 1934 Bears.
• Santonio Holmes caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger in overtime to give the Steelers a 23-17 win over Cincinnati. That was the longest touchdown run or reception by a rookie in overtime. The old record was a 48-yard TD catch by Harry Holt (from Brian Sipe) for the 1983 Browns.
• Eric Mangini, who will turn 36 on Jan. 19, led the Jets to a 23-3 win against Oakland, clinching a wild-card spot in the postseason. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, only two head coaches younger than Mangini led a team to the playoffs: John Madden at age 34 with the 1970 Raiders (Madden also made it at age 33 in 1969), and Bill Cowher at age 35 (a younger 35 than Mangini) for the 1992 Steelers.
• The Raiders ended their season with nine consecutive losses, scoring 14 or fewer points in each game. Since 1945, only one other NFL team endured a losing streak of at least nine games in which it scored no more than 14 points: the 1986 Colts, who, like this year's Raiders, had a nine-game drought of that type.
• A 44-yard touchdown pass from J.P. Losman to Lee Evans accounted for the Bills' points in the team's 19-7 loss at Baltimore. It was the fifth TD pass of at least 40 yards this season from Losman to Evans. That's the most for any two teammates in the NFL in 2006 and the most for any two Buffalo players in any season in the history of the franchise.
• The Broncos began the season 7-2, but missed the playoffs because of Sunday's loss to San Francisco. Over the last 10 seasons (1997-2006) only one other NFL team failed to qualify for the postseason after winning at least seven of its first nine games: the 2002 Saints.
• Walt Harris had two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in San Francisco's victory at Denver. Over the last three seasons, only one other NFL player had three takeaways and a touchdown in one game: Darren Sharper did that for the Vikings against the Giants in 2005.
• Steven Jackson scored four touchdowns in the Rams' 41-21 win against the Vikings. That gave Jackson 10 TDs for the month. Only three other players in NFL history scored 10 or more touchdowns in December: Joe Morris (1985 Giants), Marshall Faulk (in both 2000 and 2001 for the Rams) and Priest Holmes (2003 Chiefs).
• Jackson finished 2006 with 1,528 rushing yards and 90 receptions, becoming the second player in NFL history to record at least 1,500 rush yards and 90 catches in one season. The other was LaDainian Tomlinson (1,645 and 100 in 2003).
• When the 2-13 Lions upset the Cowboys it marked the first time in NFL history that on the final weekend of the season a team at least 10 games under .500 beat a team that qualified for the playoffs in that season.
• The Red Wings beat the Kings 6-2 on New Year's Eve for their 12th consecutive win over Los Angeles, a streak which dates back to December 2003. That ties them for the longest active winning streak by one current NHL team against another; Nashville has won its last 12 games against St. Louis.
• On Sunday, Teemu Selanne became the first player to score two or more goals in the 1,000th game of his NHL career since Mike Gartner did that in March 1992.
• Minnesota's Brian Rolston reached the 20-goal plateau in a season for the fifth time in his NHL career, doing so in his 39th game. That matches the fastest that Rolston has reached 20 goals, having done it in 39 games for the Bruins in 2001-02.
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