Date: November 28, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Seahawks make their mark in history

From Elias: The Seahawks moved ahead of the 49ers in the NFC West standings with a convincing 19-3 victory in Santa Clara, just four days after they had beaten the first-place Cardinals by the same score. Since divisional play began in the NFL 81 years ago, there have been nearly 350 instances of a team playing at least two consecutive games against division opponents who had come into those games with won-lost records at least three games above .500. But the Seahawks were the first of those teams to win both games without allowing a touchdown in either.


Sherman: most Ints in first 4 seasons since Reagan's first term

From Elias: Richard Sherman intercepted Colin Kaepernick twice in the Seahawks' victory over the 49ers, lifting his career total to 23 interceptions since he entered the NFL in 2011. Sherman is the first player in 30 years to accumulate that many interceptions in his first four seasons in the league. The last two such players did it simultaneously with one another, from 1981 to 1984; Everson Walls made 25 interceptions in those four seasons, and Kenny Easley had 24.


49ers get another up-close view of Beast Mode

From Elias: Marshawn Lynch carried 20 times for 104 yards in Seattle's victory on Thursday evening, marking the fourth regular-season game in which he has run for 100 yards against the 49ers in the last five years. All other players in the league combined have had only five 100-yard rushing games against San Francisco over that five-year span. (In addition, Lynch ran for 109 yards in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers in January.)


Shady's day in the sun

From Elias: LeSean McCoy ran over, around and through the Cowboys defense for 159 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.4 yards per carry in the Eagles' emphatic 33-10 victory at JerryWorld. McCoy's yardage total was the third-highest produced by a player against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, behind a couple of Hall-of-Famers. Earl Campbell ran for 195 yards as the Houston Oilers defeated the Cowboys in 1979, and two years later, Walter Payton ran for 179 yards in a 10-9 Dallas victory. McCoy has now run for more yards against the Cowboys (854) than has any other Eagles player; he surpassed Brian Westbrook's total of 751 on Thursday.

McCoy's teammates contributed 97 additional rushing yards to the Eagles' cause, and the team total of 256 yards was the highest ever surrendered by the Cowboys on Turkey Day.


Romo has had better days

From Elias: Tony Romo was held to 199 passing yards, did not throw a touchdown pass, and was intercepted twice as the Cowboys lost to the Eagles. It marked the first time in his NFL career that Romo has finished a game with no touchdown passes, multiple interceptions, and fewer than 200 passing yards. In fact, it was only the third game of his NFL career - and the last was in 2007, also against the Eagles - in which he had no touchdown passes and multiple interceptions, regardless of his passing-yards total.

Romo did have a couple of career achievements during the game that are certainly worth noting. He broke Troy Aikman's NFL record for career passing yards on Thanksgiving Day (Romo now has 2,232 yards; Aikman had 2,174 yards). And Romo's lone completion to Jason Witten on Thursday was the 612th Romo-to-Witten completion in their years as teammates, breaking what had been the Cowboys' record in that regard. Aikman connected with Michael Irvin for 611 completions.


Stafford turns things around in a big way

From Elias: Matthew Stafford completed 34 of 45 passes for 390 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Lions' 34-17 victory over the Bears. Those figures gave Stafford a passer rating of 116.0, after he had not produced a rating as high as 90 in any of his last seven games. In fact, Stafford had come into the game with a passer rating of just 67.0 since November 1, the lowest such rating among the league's 33 qualifying quarterbacks over that stretch.


Megatron reaches 10K

From Elias: Calvin Johnson gained 146 receiving yards and caught two touchdown passes in the Lions' victory, making his mark in the record books. Johnson surpassed the 10,000-yard receiving plateau, becoming the 43rd player in NFL history to do so, and he reached that mark in fewer games (115) than did any of the previous 42 members of that club. (He broke the record of Torry Holt, who got to 10,000 receiving yards in his 116th game.)

Megatron was the first of those 43 players to reach the 10,000-receiving-yards milestone on Thanksgiving Day, and he also extended to six his NFL record for consecutive Thanksgiving Day games scoring at least one touchdown.



Forsberg's fantastic finish boosts Predators

From Elias: Filip Forsberg scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career, sending the Predators to a 1-0 win over the Oilers. Forsberg is only the fifth rookie to score the goal in a 1-0 regular-season overtime game since the NHL began using the five-minute extra period in 1983, but he's the second Nashville rookie to do so; Cody Franson's goal in the extra session broke a 0-0 deadlock against the Blue Jackets on March 20, 2010. The non-Predators rookies who scored an overtime goal in a 1-0 game were San Jose's Marcel Goc (Nov. 4, 2005), Chicago's Kris Versteeg (April 5, 2009) and Colorado's Tyson Barrie (March 30, 2013).


Rinne wins 1-0 after stopping penalty shot in OT

From Elias: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne made 37 saves in his 1-0 victory over the Oilers, with one of them coming on an overtime penalty shot by Jordan Eberle. Since the NHL implemented the five-minute overtime period in 1983, the only other goaltender to earn a shutout in a regular-season game in which he faced an overtime penalty shot was John Vanbiesbrouck for the Islanders in a 0-0 tie against the Devils on Dec. 1, 2000. Patrik Elias hit the side of the net with a penalty shot at the 21-second mark of overtime in that game.