The week in numbers: w/e 1/1/12

A shock early exit for 15-time champion Taylor (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – 15-time world champion Phil Taylor was defeated by Dave Chisnall in the second round of the PDC Darts World Championship, only the second time in his career he has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals at the tournament. (He also lost in the second round in 1993.)

10 – Defending PDC champion Adrian Lewis won ten straight legs as he overturned a five sets to one deficit to beat James Wade 6-5 in their semi-final.

5 – Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase at Kempton by 1½ legs. It was his fifth win, eclipsing the record of Desert Orchid.

15Sri Lanka ended a run of 15 Tests without a victory since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan by defeating South Africa by 208 runs in the second Test at Durban.

122Australia secured a 122-run victory against India in the first Test at Melbourne.

38 – Age of Argentine motorcyclist Jorge Martinez Boero, who died from head and chest injuries in a crash on the first day of the Dakar Rally.

The Premier League in numbers

8 – Bolton became the first club in English top flight history to lose eight of their opening nine home matches in a season as they lost 2-0 to Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Both of Adam's Premier League own goals have come against Blackburn

2 – Liverpool’s Charlie Adam put into his own net in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn at Anfield. It was his second career Premier League own goal, having done so while playing for Blackpool last season, also against Blackburn.

3Manchester United‘s 5-0 win over Wigan was their second 5-0 victory in a row and the third time in 14 meetings they have beaten Wigan 5-0. (They have also won 4-0 four times in the same period.)

2Chelsea‘s 1-1 draw with Fulham marked the second December in a row in which they have drawn three straight games 1-1.

26Bolton‘s 1-1 draw with Wolves on New Year’s Eve was their first draw of the season and ended a run of 26 matches without a draw, the longest in the top flight since 1983.

15 – However, Bolton reached the turn of the year bottom of the Premier League. 15 of the 19 clubs who were bottom at this stage went on to finish the season last, and only one (West Brom in 2004/5) escaped relegation.

70 – Sir Alex Ferguson endured a miserable 70th birthday as Manchester United surprisingly lost 3-2 at home to Blackburn.

A last-gasp winner from Ji Dong Won

93Ji Dong Won scored the only goal of the game in the 93rd minute with virtually the last touch as Sunderland beat Manchester City 1-0. City had 69% of possession and 27 attempts on goal.

5 – New Year’s Eve marked the first time that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City had all lost in the same Premier League match round in nearly five years (20th/21st January 2007).

35 – Robin van Persie scored the only goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over QPR to finish with 35 league goals in 2011, one short of Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36. Theo Walcott was Arsenal’s next-highest scorer in the calendar year, with six.

1 – Substitute Ben Watson scored with his first touch of the ball to earn Wigan a 2-2 draw at Stoke. The midfielder was sent on specifically to take an 87th-minute penalty.

The NFL in numbers

5,476 – Having broken Dan Marino’s 27-year old mark for most passing yards in a season (5,084) the previous week, Drew Brees passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints‘ 45-17 rout of the Carolina Panthers. Brees raised the record to 5,476 yards and also set new NFL single-season records for completions (468), completion percentage (71.2%), 300-yard games (13) and consecutive 300-yard games (seven).

Brady eclipsed Marino's mark but could not beat Brees' new record (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

49 – A week after recovering from being 17-0 down, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to 49 consecutive points as they overcame a 21-0 deficit against the Buffalo Bills to clinch home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.

5,235Brady passed for 338 yards to also pass Marino’s record and end with the second-most yards passing (5,235) in a season in NFL history.

11New England‘s victory was the 11th time this season a team has trailed by at least 17 points and come back to win, a new NFL record.

1 – The Green Bay Packers‘ wild 45-41 victory over the Detroit Lions was the first game in NFL history in which both quarterbacks passed for 400 yards and five touchdowns. The teams combined for 971 net passing yards, the most ever. With the Packers resting starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, backup Matt Flynn set new team records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns.

21 – The Miami Dolphins scored their only touchdown in their 19-17 win over the New York Jets with a marathon 21-play, 94-yard drive. Matt Moore capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay.

4 – A 28-yard field goal by Jay Feely gave the Arizona Cardinals a 23-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks – their fourth overtime victory of the season.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon, Infostrada and


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2 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 1/1/12

  1. Happy New Year, Tim. Yes, the Dutchman’s certainly put in a great year for Arsenal.

    And the Melbourne test match was a ripper – far better than a comfortable 122 run win suggests. The numbers aIone don’t do it justice. I was lucky to be there on Boxing Day with 70,000 others, at least 25,000 of them vocal Swami Army Indians fans.

    Ponting and Hussey batted to save their careers, Sehwag sparkled briefly. Tendulkar looked fantastic and certain to get that 100th 100, but both teams turned on some class fast bowling on a perfect pitch with something in it for everyone.

    Long live test cricket!

    • Tim says:

      And a belated Happy New Year to you too, Richard.

      Boxing Day must have been fantastic. Sadly I only managed to catch a few minutes here and there – I was too busy blogging to actually watch much! – but it did look like a great match played in a great atmosphere between two talented yet flawed teams. In other words, the perfect recipe for a great exhibition of Test cricket. I’m looking forward to catching as much of the rest of the series as I can.

      ‘Swami Army’ – love it!

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