Date: December 19, 2011

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

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Orton

CHIEFS TOP PREVIOUSLY UNDEFEATED PACKERS

From Elias: Playing with a new starting quarterback (Kyle Orton) for a new head coach (Romeo Crennel), the Chiefs spoiled the Packers' bid for a perfect season with a 19-14 win at Kansas City. It was only the third time in NFL history that a team with a record at least three games below .500 defeated a previously unbeaten and untied opponent with at least 10 wins. In 1990, the 3-7 Rams defeated the 10-0 49ers; and in 1998, the 5-8 Giants defeated the 13-0 Broncos.

Crennel set a record of sorts when the Chiefs snapped Green Bay's 15-game winning streak. That was the longest streak ended by a head coach in his NFL debut for a team. Technically, Paul Brown held the old record; in their first NFL game, his Browns defeated the Eagles, who had won their last eight games in 1949. Of course, Brown had previously coached Cleveland, with great success, in the AAFC.

Putting that technicality aside, the record-holder would have been Al Davis, whose first game as head coach of the Raiders was a win over the Houston Oilers in Oakland's 1963 season opener. Houston won its last seven games in 1962.

Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers

WINLESS COLTS UPSET TITANS

From Elias: The Colts, who tied a modern, single-season NFL record by failing to lead in any of their last eight games, posted a surprising 27-13 win over the Titans for their first win of the season (1-13). Only three other teams in NFL history ended a losing streak of 13 or more games with a victory by at least 13 points:

- In 1962, the Raiders defeated the Boston Patriots, 20-0, to end a 19-game losing streak.

- In 1970, the Steelers defeated the Bills, 23-10, to end a 16-game losing streak.

- In 1977, the Bucs posted their first-ever NFL victory, 33-14, over the Saints after losing their first 26 games.

Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans

COLTS WIN, PACKERS LOSE? IT HAPPENS

From Elias: Sunday marked the fourth day in NFL history on which a team on a winning streak of 10 or more games lost and a club on a double-digit losing streak won.

- Oct. 13, 1968 - Atlanta snapped an 11-game losing streak when Lee Calland intercepted Fran Tarkenton's pass at the Falcons' 2-yard line inside the 2-minute warning. The Chargers defeated the Raiders to snap Oakland's 14-game winning streak, one short of San Diego's AFL record at the time.

- Oct. 16, 1977 - Neil O'Donoghue's 30-yard field goal was the only scoring play as the Bills snapped a 14-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Falcons. (Of note, O.J. Simpson became the second player in NFL history to reach 10,000 rushing yards.) Meanwhile, Ken Stabler became only the seventh NFL player to throw seven or more INTs in one game, as the Raiders' 14-game winning streak ended with a 30-7 loss to the Super Bowl-bound Broncos.

- Nov. 18, 1984 - Greg Bell scored on an 85-yard run on the game's first play from scrimmage as the Bills ended a 13-game losing streak with a 14-3 win over the Cowboys. The Dolphins' 16-game winning streak ended in overtime as Dan Fouts (380 yards) outdueled Dan Marino (338 yards) in the Chargers' 34-28 win

Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs

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McCoy

McCOY ERASES 66-YEAR-OLD RECORD

From Elias: The longest-standing team record for touchdowns in one season fell on Sunday, when LeSean McCoy scored three times in the Eagles' 45-19 win over the Jets. That increased McCoy's league-leading TD total to 20 this season, two more than Steve Van Buren scored for Philadelphia in 1945.

Van Buren's record was the only single-season team TD mark to predate the NFL's expansion era, which began in 1960. With SVB's mark gone from the books, the longest-standing single-season TD mark is held by John David Crow of the Cardinals. Crow scored 17 touchdowns in 1962.

Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets

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Brees

BREES WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF MARINO'S MARK

From Elias: Drew Brees passed for 412 yards and five touchdowns in the Saints' 42-20 victory at Minnesota. With two games to play, Brees is within 304 passing yards of Dan Marino's single-season record (5,084). Three years ago, Brees fell 15 yards short of the mark that Marino has held for 27 seasons. That's more than twice as long as any other player has held that mark; Sammy Baugh's record of 2,938 yards stood for 13 years (1947-1960).

New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings

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Stafford

STAFFORD THROWS 4 TDs IN LIONS' WIN

From Elias: Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes in the Lions' 28-27 victory at Oakland. It was the fifth time in three seasons in the NFL that Stafford threw four or more TD passes in one game. Only two other players recorded as many as five such games over their first three seasons in the league: Dan Marino (7) and Jeff Garcia (5).

Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

DETROIT OVERCOMES ANOTHER BIG DEFICIT

From Elias: The Lions rallied for 14 points in the final 5 minutes of their victory over the Raiders. It was Detroit's fourth win of the season in which it trailed by 12 or more points, the most such wins by one team in any season in NFL history.

Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

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Lynch

LYNCH'S EXTENDS SCORING STREAK

From Elias: Marshawn Lynch scored a pair of touchdowns in the Seahawks' 38-14 win at Chicago. Lynch extended his TD-scoring streak to 10 games, the longest in team history and the longest in the NFL since LaDainian Tomlinson scored in 10 straight games in 2006. Shaun Alexander held the previous Seattle mark.

Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears

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Bush

BUSH STARS IN BOWLES' DEBUT

From Elias: Reggie Bush ran for a career-high 203 yards to lead the Dolphins to a 30-23 win at Buffalo in Todd Bowles's debut at Miami's head coach. Only one other player in NFL history gained 200 rushing yards in his coach's team debut: Michael Turner ran for 220 yards in Mike Smith's first game as head coach of the Falcons (2008).

Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons

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Grossman

GROSSMAN OVERCOMES SLOPPY START

From Elias: Rex Grossman recovered from a pair of first-quarter interceptions to lead the Redskins to a 23-10 win over the Giants. It was the second time this season that Washington won a game after Grossman was picked off twice in the first quarter, having done so against the Cardinals in September. All other NFL quarterbacks have recorded only four such wins this season.

Washington Redskins, New York Giants

CARDINALS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT, A MODEST MILESTONE

From Elias: The Cardinals overcame a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit for a 20-17 overtime victory over the Browns. That extended Arizona's winning streak to four games, which implausibly matches the team's longest single-season winning streak in the last 34 seasons. Thirty of the other 31 NFL teams have won five in a row in a season during the 2000s, and the exception, Cleveland, last did so in 1994.

Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns

NHL

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Garrison

GARRISON CONTINUES HIS SCORING SURGE

From Elias: Jason Garrison became the first NHL defenseman to score 10 goals this season, scoring the Panthers' second goal in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Hurricanes. Garrison reached double-figures in goals in Florida's 33rd game of the season, shattering the franchise record for fewest games needed by a defenseman to score 10 goals. Before Garrison, only two Panthers D-men had done that in fewer than 50 games: Jay Bouwmeester in 2008-2009 (44 games) and Gord Murphy in 1993-1994, the team's inaugural season (47 games).

Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes

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Hossa

BLACKHAWKS WIN AGAIN, HOSSA KEY TO STREAK

From Elias: Marian Hossa scored one goal and assisted on another to help the Blackhawks extend their winning streak to five games with a 4-2 victory against the Flames. Hossa has recorded 10 points during Chicago's winning streak (four goals, six assists), with at least one point in each game. The 10 points are the most that Hossa has amassed over any five-game span since November 10-21, 2007, when he notched 11 points in five games for Atlanta.

Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames

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Pietrangelo

HITCHCOCK'S BLUES ROLL ON

From Elias: The Blues improved their record to 13-2-4 since Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne as head coach, posting a 6-4 win against Columbus on Sunday. St. Louis outscored the Blue Jackets 4-1 in the third period with defenseman Alex Pietrangelo's goal proving to be the game winner. It was Pietrangelo's second game-winning goal for Hitchcock. The only other Blues player with two game-winning goals since the coaching change is David Backes. Nine other St. Louis players each have one.

St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets


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