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The week in numbers: w/e 16/1/11

3 Barcelona players occupied the top three positions in the voting for the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the best player in world football. Lionel Messi won ahead of his Spanish teammates Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández.

8England defeated Australia in Wednesday’s first Twenty20 international to set a new world record of eight consecutive wins in the format. The streak ended when Australia won the second match in the series on Friday.

Watson hit a career-best ODI score of 161 not out

161 Shane Watson hit an unbeaten 161 from 150 balls – his highest ever one-day international score – as Australia won the first of seven ODIs against England by six wickets yesterday.

0Ipswich Town have never reached the final of the League Cup before, but they will take a 1-0 advantage to the Emirates Stadium after beating Arsenal in the first leg of their semi-final.

5 Marco Fu won five frames in a row to recover from 4-1 down to beat Mark Allen 6-4 in their Masters snooker semi-final. However, he was beaten 10-4 in yesterday’s final by Ding Junhui.

2 – With one round of rugby union’s Heineken Cup pool stage remaining, only two teams – Northampton and Toulouse – remain unbeaten.

5 – Number of games lost by defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer, who won his first round match against Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-1 6-1 6-3.

29 – Age of midfielder Richard Butcher of League Two side Macclesfield Town, who died in his sleep last week.

85 – Age of Nat Lofthouse, the former Bolton and England striker, who died in his sleep at the weekend. He scored 30 goals in just 33 international appearances, and scored both goals in Bolton’s 1958 FA Cup final win over a post-Munich Manchester United.

The Premier League week in numbers

6 – Number of points Blackpool have gained against Liverpool this season. They completed the double over Kenny Dalglish‘s side with a 2-1 comeback win on Wednesday night. It is the first time they have achieved this feat since the 1946/47 season.

Van Persie was Arsenal's fifth penalty taker this season (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

5 – All five penalties Arsenal have been awarded this season in the Premier League have been taken by different players. Robin van Persie took (and scored) the latest in the 3-0 win at West Ham.

3 – Arsenal’s win marked the first time they have kept clean sheets in three consecutive league matches since February 2009.

5 – Bolton’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke means they have now lost their last five away league matches.

12 – In Chelsea’s 2-0 win, Nicolas Anelka scored his 12th goal in 16 career league appearances against Blackburn.

250 – Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel played in his 250th consecutive Premier League match in the 1-1 draw at Birmingham – the first player to reach this milestone.

Gyan's late goal earned Sunderland a point

3Asamoah Gyan‘s 94th-minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle was the third time this season Sunderland have grabbed a result in the 90th minute or later (1-0 versus Manchester City, 1-1 versus Arsenal).

22 – Number of matches since Sunderland last kept a clean sheet against Newcastle.

25 – After their 0-0 draw at Tottenham, Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last 25 league matches.

The NFL divisional playoffs in numbers

15 – In beating Baltimore 31-24, the Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to their 15th AFC Championship Game, passing Dallas (14) for the most trips to a Conference final since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Harrison had three sacks against the Ravens (image courtesy of steelers.com)

11 – There were 11 sacks in the Pittsburgh-Baltimore game as defenses dominated. Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs had three apiece.

9 – This was Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s ninth postseason victory. He is 9-2 in the playoffs and ranks second all-time among quarterbacks in postseason winning percentage. (Green Bay‘s Bart Starr was 9-1.)

6 – Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is 0-6 against the Steelers when Roethlisberger has started.

102Atlanta‘s Eric Weems scored on a 102-yard kickoff return in the Falcons’ 48-21 defeat to Green Bay. It was the longest kick return touchdown in NFL postseason history.

1 – Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had 366 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. This was the seventh time in NFL playoff history that a player has had 300-plus passing yards, at least three touchdown passes and at least one rushing touchdown – but Rodgers is the only person to do it twice.

0 – The Packers did not punt at all during the game, becoming only the sixth team in NFL playoff history to do so.

2Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler became only the second quarterback in NFL playoff history to have two or more TDs both rushing and passing in the Bears’ 35-24 win over Seattle. (Otto Graham did it twice.)

22 – Cutler completed 15 of 28 passes for 274 yards and two TDs for a 111.3 passer rating. He is 22-0 during his career when he has a 100-plus passer rating.

Sanchez has already won four road playoff games (image courtesy of newyorkjets.com)

8 – The Seahawks have now lost eight straight road playoff games and are 1-8 all-time on the road in the postseason.

5 – The New York JetsRex Ryan became only the fifth head coach in the Super Bowl era to reach a Conference Championship in each of first two seasons, as the Jets upset the New England Patriots 28-21.

2 – The Jets’ Mark Sanchez joined Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to reach a Conference Championship in each of their first two seasons.

4 – Sanchez improved his postseason record to 4-1. All four wins have come on the road.

3 – The Patriots have now lost three straight playoff games, dating back to their Super Bowl XLII defeat.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times@InfostradaLive@StatManJon and NFL.com.)

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2 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 16/1/11

  1. aardvarkian says:

    Go Steelers 🙂

    • Tim says:

      The Steelers looked good after a sluggish start to the game. They’re a veteran team with one of the best playoff QBs of all time – some of what Roethlisberger does can look ugly at times, but he is so strong, has so much heart and just keeps making the big plays when he needs to. I know the Jets have made a habit of winning on the road in the playoffs over the past two years, but I can’t see them getting past Pittsburgh on Sunday.It will be close, though. (That’s cursed them – it’ll be 45-3 now!)

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