The week in numbers: w/e 10/4/11

36 – Shots by Real Madrid as they beat Tottenham 4-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. Cristiano Ronaldo alone had 14 shots. As an entire team, Spurs mustered just four.

Vettel has won the opening two races of the F1 season (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

17 Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix, marking the 17th time a driver has won the opening two races of the Formula 1 season. On every previous occasion, that driver has also gone on to win the drivers’ championship.

5Jason Maguire, the jockey of Grand National winner Ballabriggs, was given a five-day ban after the race for excessive use of the whip.

2 – Number of horses which had to be killed after serious falls in the Grand National. Ornais fell at the fourth fence, while Dooney’s Gate fell at Becher’s Brook.

47 Lionel Messi scored his 46th and 47th goals of the season as Barcelona beat Almeria 3-1. He also scored 47 last season, tying for the Barcelona club record with Ronaldo (in 1996/97).

4Beth Tweddle was unsuccessful in her attempt to win a third consecutive gold in the floor exercise at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships, finishing fourth. However, she did win gold on the uneven bars.

3 – Cyclist Johan Van Summeren won the one-day classic Paris-Roubaix race. It was only his third career win, and his first in nearly four years.

The Masters in numbers

4 – Consecutive birdies by South African Charl Schwartzel to conclude his final round at the Masters, as he finished 14-under to win by two strokes.

50 – Schwartzel’s victory came on the 50th anniversary of Gary Player becoming the first non-American to win at Augusta.

McIlroy had a disastrous sequence between the 10th and 12th holes (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

6 – Shots dropped by Rory McIlroy between the 10th and 12th holes as his challenge disintegrated. He carded a triple bogey on ten, followed by a bogey and a double bogey, and finished with an eight-over-par round of 80.

5 Geoff Ogilvy, who finished tied for fourth on 10-under, had five consecutive birdies between the 12th and 16th holes.

7 Tiger Woods also finished tied-fourth, marking his seventh straight Masters appearance in which he has finished in the top six.

8 – Number of players who held or shared the lead during the final round.

0 – Number of golf’s four majors now held by an American golfer, the first time this has happened since 1994.

The Premier League in numbers

0 – Number of red cards awarded in the weekend’s nine Premier League games.

0 – Number of penalties awarded in the weekend’s nine Premier League games.

Van Persie has 12 goals in 10 PL starts in 2011 (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

12Robin van Persie scored his 12th Premier League goal of the season – the first time he has reached this milestone – as Arsenal won 3-1 at Blackpool. All of his goals have come since New Year, in just ten starts.

449Sunderland broke a streak of 449 minutes without scoring when West Bromwich Albion‘s Nicky Shorey put through his own goal at the Stadium of Light. However, West Brom rallied to win 3-2.

7 Stoke‘s 3-2 defeat at Tottenham was their seventh consecutive league defeat away from home.

12Manchester United‘s 2-0 win over Fulham was their 12th straight home league win.

11Aston Villa‘s 1-0 win over Newcastle was their first clean sheet in 11 games.

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

Top 10 of 2010

So here we are at the end of another year of sporting triumph and disaster, of great joy and crashing disappointment. A football World Cup and an Ashes series. Doping controversies sweeping the sport of cycling. Corruption scandals swirling around FIFA‘s Executive Committee and the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. A Commonwealth Games in Delhi which was as shambolic as it was uplifting, and mercilessly criticised by an at times gleeful Western press. A Winter Olympics in Vancouver which was initially overshadowed by a tragic death, but went on to provide some sparkling, spectacular and life-affirming action.

Over the course of 2010, I have written over 250 posts, focussing on many of these subjects and various other topics relating to the world of sport. As 2010 ticks over into 2011, here are my ten favourite pieces of the past year. I hope you like reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Football

1. Something is rotten in the state of England

Following England‘s World Cup exit at the hands of Germany, an examination of England’s true place in the world order, and what needs to be done to improve it.

2. Wilshere stakes claim as Fabregas’ heir apparent

18-year old Jack Wilshere takes centre stage and stakes a claim as Cesc Fàbregas‘ heir apparent as Arsenal hammer Braga 6-0 in the Champions League.

3. Who was greedier: Hicks and Gillett, or Liverpool fans?

As Liverpool FC‘s sale to New England Sports Ventures goes through, a comparison of the relative greed of former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr versus the attitude of entitlement that some of the club’s fans have.

4. The measure of a fan

Why are fans increasingly so impatient with the teams and sportspeople they support, and whose fault is it?

Cycling

Image courtesy of Graham Watson

5. The day sportsmanship died?

After Alberto Contador took advantage of Andy Schleck‘s mechanical misfortune to claim the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, I examine the arguments for and against whether the Spaniard has a case to answer.

6. Tour de France 2010 review: Ten talking points, ten random photos

A post-Tour review in words and pictures, focussing on ten key talking points arising from this year’s race.

7. Defining moments 7: Tom Simpson initiates cycling’s war on drugs

A trip back in time to look at the tragic death of Britain’s first world champion cyclist, and the lasting impact it has had on the fight against doping in sport.

Other sports

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

8. Tweddle’s hat-trick achievement throws Rooney’s millions into sharp relief

Celebrating Beth Tweddle‘s third World Championship gold medal, and considering her (lack of) earning power in the week in which Wayne Rooney doubled his salary at Manchester United.

9. Doping’s enduring legacy continues to hamper women’s athletics

To what extent are the reputation and earnings potential of today’s top female athletes being hampered by the continuing existence of world records from the 1980s, many of which may have been set by systematically doped athletes?

10. Is the Commonwealth Games worth the bother any more?

Reviewing the good, the bad, the ugly and the simply absent of the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Is it still a relevant event in the modern sporting calendar?

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Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to watching and commenting upon another great year of sport in 2011.

Worthy SPotY shortlist has one notable omission

Earlier this evening, the BBC announced its final shortlist of ten candidates for the 2010 Sports Personality of the Year (SPotY) awards, which will take place on December 19th at the LG Arena in Birmingham. While each of the ten nominees – determined by the votes of a panel of 30 sports journalists – is merit-worthy in their own right, there was one notable absentee from the list: triple world gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle.

When I previewed the likely top ten four weeks ago, based on the odds quoted by Ladbrokes at that time, the bookmaker had correctly predicted eight of the shortlist of ten. In alphabetical order, here is the final confirmed list, along with my thoughts as to their chances of winning:

Image courtesy of Graham Watson

Mark Cavendish (cycling)

Winner of five stages at July’s Tour de France, and a further three stages and the green jersey in his debut at the Vuelta a España in September. Unquestionably the world’s best sprinter for the third year in a row – and this in a year where he has at times struggled for peak form. In four years as a pro, the rider from the Isle of Man has already won an astonishing 23 stages in the three Grand Tours – including 15 at the Tour de France – not to mention the 2009 Milan-San Remo, one of the most prestigious one-day classics on the cycling calendar. ‘Cav’ is quite simply the best in the world at what he does.

SPotY prospects: None. Road cycling is a minority and poorly understood sport in the UK, and one which the ordinary sports fan most readily relates with doping scandals. There will be a big voting campaign among cycling fans. It will make no difference whatsoever – Cavendish will probably finish tenth.

Previous cycling SPotY winners: 2 – Tom Simpson (1965), Chris Hoy (2008).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Tom Daley (diving)

Still only 16, Daley bagged double Commonwealth Games gold in the 10m platform individual and synchronised diving competitions, after injury denied him the chance to defend his European title.

SPotY prospects: Minimal. Daley competes in a niche event, and will never make the top three in a non-Olympics year.

Previous swimming/diving SPotY winners: 2 – Ian Black (1958), Anita Lonsbrough (1962).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Jessica Ennis (athletics)

Followed up last year’s World Athletics Championships heptathlon victory with gold medals in both the World Indoor Championships pentathlon and the European Championships heptathlon. She remains the world’s number one-ranked heptathlete.

SPotY prospects: Top three. The current golden girl of British athletics, and the country’s only number-one ranked athlete in either male or female events.

Previous athletics SPotY winners: 17 – most recently Kelly Holmes (2004) and Paula Radcliffe (2002).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

David Haye (boxing)

Haye became only the fifth British boxer to hold a world heavyweight belt after beating the giant Nikolay Valuev twelve months ago. Since then the 30-year old has made two successful defences of his WBA heavyweight title, defeating the credible challenge of John Ruiz in April and then the somewhat less credible Audley Harrison a fortnight ago.

SPotY prospects: An outside bet for the top three. Boxing currently lacks the high profile and strength in depth of the Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield eras, but Haye’s win over Harrison is timely in terms of the public vote.

Previous boxing SPotY winners: 5 – most recently Joe Calzaghe (2007) and Lennox Lewis (1999).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

A P McCoy (horse racing)

Tony McCoy has been the dominant force in National Hunt racing for the past 15 years, and the best jump jockey in the business finally won the Grand National in 2010, at his 15th attempt, piloting Don’t Push It to a five-length victory.

SPotY prospects: Favourite to win. McCoy is a dominant, likeable figure, and his maiden Grand National win should ensure a further triumph in the SPotY arena.

Previous horse racing SPotY winners: 0, but two third places – one of them McCoy himself in 2002.

Image courtesy of belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Graeme McDowell (golf)

The 31-year old from Northern Ireland finished second overall on the European Tour money list, won his first major, the US Open, and held his nerve to win the critical final singles match in the Ryder Cup, securing the trophy for Europe by the narrowest of margins, 14½-13½.

SPotY prospects: Possible top three. McDowell has had a fairy-tale year, and the likelihood of the European Ryder Cup squad winning the Team of the Year award may attract floating public voters on the night. Lee Westwood‘s presence in the top ten may take vital votes away, however.

Previous golf SPotY winners: 2 – Dai Rees (1957), Nick Faldo (1989).

Graeme Swann (cricket)

53 wickets in 11 Tests this calendar year, including five five-fors, cementing his position as England’s primary bowling threat. Also named the ECB Cricketer of the Year, and nominated as one of Wisden‘s five Cricketers of the Year.

SPotY prospects: An outside bet for the top three. Swann is England’s main bowling weapon, and strong performances in the second and third Tests could propel him to the sharp end of the public vote.

Previous cricket SPotY winners: 4 – Jim Laker (1956), David Steele (1975), Ian Botham (1981), Andrew Flintoff (2005).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Phil Taylor (darts)

The undisputed king of the oche for the best part of two decades, Taylor won his 15th World Championship and 11th World Matchplay title in 2010, among others. Incredibly, he has only been nominated for the main SPotY award once before (2006).

SPotY prospects: Minimal. Despite his incredible dominance of the sport, too many viewers will never vote for a darts player. It will be a miracle if Taylor gets anywhere near the top three, and he is more likely to be joining Cavendish at the bottom of the public vote.

Previous darts SPotY winners: 0 (and no top three placings either).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Lee Westwood (golf)

The new world number one was runner-up in both the US Masters and The Open, and contributed 2½ points from his four matches as Europe regained the Ryder Cup.

SPotY prospects: An outside bet for the top three. A failure to win a major and the presence of McDowell in the field means Westwood is unlikely to manage better than a top five placing.

Previous golf SPotY winners: 2 – Dai Rees (1957), Nick Faldo (1989).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Amy Williams (skeleton bobsleigh)

Gold medalist in the skeleton bobsleigh at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, going one place better than Shelley Rudman had four years previously in Turin.

SPotY prospects: None. The Winter Olympics stand several rungs down from its summer counterpart, and are already a distant and fading memory. Many viewers will have already forgotten her name, let alone be willing to cast a vote for her.

Previous Winter Olympics SPotY winners: 3 (all skaters) – John Curry (1976), Robin Cousins (1980), Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (1984).

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Finally, do spare a thought for the unfortunate Beth Tweddle, who won her third gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam in October with a flawless performance on the uneven bars, having triumphed in the same event in 2006 and on the floor last year. She also repeated her double gold performance at the European Championships in Birmingham earlier in the year, duplicating her 2009 wins in the uneven bars and the floor.

The 25-year old previously placed third in the SPotY voting in 2006 behind winner Zara Phillips and Darren Clarke. She is Britain’s only ever gymnastics world champion. Her exclusion from the shortlist is, to me, incomprehensible. It’s a real shame, because none of the final ten, for all their achievements, have been quite the trailblazer that Tweddle has been in her sport.

I fully expect McCoy to canter to victory on December 19th, to be followed home by Ennis and McDowell. But in Tweddle’s absence, I will be casting my vote – albeit largely a protest one – for Mark Cavendish. So there.

SPotY continues to appeal to the lowest common denominator

This year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPotY) awards take place on December 19th at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Over the coming weeks, we will be gently reminded about the leading contenders for the main SPotY award by the BBC, but as usual there will be a few merit-worthy candidates who are bound to miss out on the final shortlist of ten.

I will look at some of the outsiders shortly, but here is a summary of the top ten candidates for the main SPotY award according to Ladbrokes, as of yesterday:

Tony McCoy (6/5 favourite) – The dominant force in National Hunt racing for the past 15 years, the best jump jockey in the business finally won the Grand National in 2010, at his 15th attempt, piloting Don’t Push It to a five-length victory.

Graeme McDowell (9/4) – The 31-year old won his first major, the US Open, this year, as well as holding his nerve to win the critical final singles match in the Ryder Cup, securing the trophy for Europe.

Jessica Ennis (14/1) – Followed up last year’s World Athletics Championships heptathlon victory with gold medals in both the World Indoor Championships pentathlon and the European Championships heptathlon. She remains the world’s number one-ranked heptathlete.

Tom Daley (20/1) – Still only 16, Daley bagged double Commonwealth Games gold in the 10m platform individual and synchronised diving competitions, after injury denied him the chance to defend his European title.

Lee Westwood (20/1) – The new world number one was runner-up in both the US Masters and The Open, and contributed 2½ points from his four matches as Europe regained the Ryder Cup.

Phil Taylor (20/1) – The undisputed king of darts won his 15th World Championship and 11th World Matchplay title in 2010, among others. Incredibly, he has only been nominated for SPotY once before (2006).

Lewis Hamilton (25/1) – Winner of three grands prix to date in the 2010 season, and currently lies third in the drivers’ championship, 21 points behind with a maximum of 50 still available from the final two races. Has blotted his copybook with individual errors in recent races, though.

Graeme Swann (25/1) – 51 wickets in ten Tests this calendar year, including five five-fors, cementing his position as England’s primary bowling threat. Also named the ECB Cricketer of the Year, and nominated as one of Wisden‘s five Cricketers of the Year.

Amy Williams (25/1) – Gold medalist in the skeleton bob at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Colin Montgomerie (25/1) – Winning captain of the European Ryder Cup team.

With no Olympic Games, World Athletics Championships or World Cups in rugby union or cricket this year, and with England flopping miserably at the football World Cup, it has hardly been a banner year for UK sport. Which makes the absence of the following four sportspeople from Ladbrokes’ current top ten list all the more baffling:

Mo Farah (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Mo Farah (33/1)

The Somali-born British long distance runner claimed gold medals in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships. In so doing, he became the first Briton to win the European title at the longer event, and only the fifth man ever to complete the European 5,000m/10,000m double. He also won this year’s London 10,000 road race, beating 10km world record holder Micah Kogo, in a British road record time of 27:44.

In events which are still largely dominated by African runners, the 27-year old Farah is Britain’s first truly world-class track distance runner since the heady days of the early 1980s, when David Moorcroft was the 5,000m world record holder.

Farah may well sneak into the ten-strong shortlist for SPotY. He won’t get anywhere near the final three, though.

Beth Tweddle (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Beth Tweddle (33/1)

Tweddle won her third gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam last month with a flawless performance on her favourite apparatus, the uneven bars, having triumphed in the same event in 2006 and on the floor last year.

She also repeated her double gold performance at the European Championships in Birmingham earlier in the year, duplicating her 2009 wins in the uneven bars and the floor.

The 25-year old is almost single-handedly responsible for boosting the popularity of the sport in the UK, and remains Britain’s only ever world champion gymnast. She previously placed third in the SPotY voting in 2006 behind winner Zara Phillips and Darren Clarke.

Tweddle will probably be included in the final list of ten for the SPotY ceremony. She may even get close to the final three. But she won’t win.

Mark Cavendish (image courtesy of Graham Watson)

Mark Cavendish (66/1)

It is all too easy to run out of superlatives when describing the dominant sprinter in road cycling. Winner of five stages at July’s Tour de France, he then added a further three stage wins and the green jersey (for winning the points competition) in his debut at the Vuelta a España in September. As in the previous two years, he has unquestionably been the world’s fastest finisher again this year – and this in a year where he has at times struggled for peak form.

In four years as a pro, the rider from the Isle of Man has already won an astonishing 23 stages in the three Grand Tours – including 15 at the Tour de France – not to mention the 2009 Milan-San Remo, one of the most prestigious one-day classics on the cycling calendar.

Cav is the best in the world at what he does. He has yet to make the SPotY shortlist. That is an incredible oversight which says much about how populist the selection process is.

Chrissie Wellington (image courtesy of chrissiewellington.org)

Chrissie Wellington (100/1)

33-year old Chrissie Wellington is the queen of ironman events. She is one of only three women to have won three consecutive times (2007-09) at the Ironman World Championships – and might well have won a fourth had she not had to withdraw at the last minute due to illness.

Nonetheless, Wellington remains undefeated in competition over the full ironman distance (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile marathon run), and has won all three ironman/half-ironman events in which she has competed this year. In the past two years, she has taken 26 minutes off the women’s ironman-distance world record, lowering it to 8:19:13.

Ladbrokes rate Wellington’s chances of winning the main SPotY award at 100/1. Of course, she won’t win – like 2009 World Triathlon Champion Alistair Brownlee she probably won’t even make the shortlist – but it does seem somewhat ridiculous that a British athlete who has dominated her sport for a number of years is rated at the same odds as Audley Harrison. Go figure.

Of course, the final SPotY shortlist will almost certainly be different from Ladbrokes’ current top ten, but I fully expect the likes of Cavendish and Wellington to miss out no matter what. It’s not that I think they should necessarily win Sports Personality of the Year. But what is a terrible shame is that they will not even make the shortlist and will therefore not be exposed to a national audience, whereas other, arguably much less deserving sportspeople, will be listed simply because they compete in a high-profile sport. Does that automatically make them more worthy? Of course not.

If the BBC wants to make SPotY a true reflection of British sporting achievement – especially in a year where there has been so little of note to celebrate – then it should widen its net beyond the usual suspects and recognise the existence of Mark Cavendish and Chrissie Wellington, both of whom stand firmly on top of the world in their chosen disciplines.

You know it will never happen, though. In the meantime, I will be casting my vote for Beth Tweddle.

The week in numbers: w/e 24/10/10

3Beth Tweddle won her third gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, triumphing in the uneven bars. She is the only British gymnast ever to claim gold at the Worlds.

LaShawn Merritt - 21-month ban (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

21 – Length of ban (in months) given to LaShawn Merritt, the world and Olympic 400 metres champion, after three positive tests for testosterone prohormones. Merritt co-operated with the US Anti-Doping Agency, who subsequently shortened his suspension by three months. Conveniently, Merritt will now be eligible to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

14 – Goals scored by Arsenal in their three Champions League group matches to date, the most ever at this stage. They had already beaten Braga 6-0 and Partizan Belgrade 3-1 before defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 on Tuesday.

6 – Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh became the first player to score in six consecutive Champions League matches (three for Bordeaux, three for Arsenal).

8 – Number of summit finishes (out of 21 stages) the peloton will have to tackle during the 2011 Giro d’Italia, the route for which was revealed on Saturday. Ouch.

Samuel Eto'o - six Champions League goals (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

6Inter Milan‘s Samuel Eto’o has scored with all six shots on target in the Champions League this season.

1,200,000 – In dollars, the size of the fine the Kazakh cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov has avoided after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was upheld. Vinokourov had signed a contract which stated he would forfeit a year’s salary if caught doping. He was thrown out of the 2007 Tour de France for blood doping and subsequently served a two-year ban.

16 – Goals scored by Real Madrid in their last three league games after their 6-1 win over Racing Santander. Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times in Saturday evening’s rout.

10PSV Eindhoven inflicted a record 10-0 defeat on former European and UEFA Cup winners Feyenoord. Brazilian Jonathan Reis scored a hat-trick.

70 – Former footballer Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday. We know him better as Pelé.

Fernando Alonso now leads the F1 drivers' championship (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

5Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso claimed his fifth grand prix win of the season – it was his third in the last four races – at the inaugural event in South Korea yesterday.

25 – With two races remaining of the Formula 1 season, just 25 points separate new championship leader Alonso from fourth-placed Sebastian Vettel. There are 25 points available for a race win.

26 – Age of American male swimmer Fran Crippen, a World Championship bronze medallist, who died on Saturday after losing consciousness in a 10km race held in the United Arab Emirates. The water temperature was officially 30 degrees, although many of the swimmers reported it was hotter. Three other competitors were hospitalised as race organisers did nothing to heed warnings and concerns from several swimmers.

The Premier League week in numbers

1West Ham only managed one shot on target in their 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle, the third time this has happened to them this season.

Johan Elmander - away specialist

5Johan Elmander‘s goal for Bolton in their 1-1 draw at Wigan was his fifth in the league this season. All five have come away from home.

8 – After defeating Wolves 2-0, Chelsea have now kept eight consecutive Premier League clean sheets at home.

12 – For Wolves, it was the 12th straight game in which they have failed to keep a clean sheet. They are the only Premier League team yet to register a clean sheet this season.

51Birmingham‘s 2-0 win over Blackpool snapped a sequence of 51 games in which they had failed to win by more than a single goal.

Richard Dunne - generous

8 – A Richard Dunne own goal was enough to give Sunderland victory over Aston Villa. Dunne has now scored eight own goals in the Premier League, more than any other player.

16 – Arsenal’s 3-0 at Manchester City was their first clean sheet in 16 games (in all competitions) away from the Emirates Stadium.

4 – Arsenal’s league opponents to date have had four players sent off, and conceded four penalties – more than any other team in both categories.

The NFL week in numbers

328 – Rushing yards accumulated by the Oakland Raiders in their 59-14 rout of the Denver Broncos. It was the third-best rushing day in franchise history, and the most since they set their record of 356 rushing yards against Seattle in 1987.

12 – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has won his last 12 starts at home, and is 16-1 in his career at home as a starter (Atlanta 39 Cincinnati 32).

184Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had his 184th consecutive game with a reception, passing Art Monk for the fourth-longest streak all-time (Pittsburgh 23 Miami 22).

1 – The Carolina Panthers‘ 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers means there is only one winless team remaining in the NFL – the Buffalo Bills, who lost in overtime, 37-34, to the Baltimore Ravens.

2Cleveland Browns linebacker David Bowens returned two interceptions for touchdowns, becoming only the third linebacker since 1950 to achieve this feat (Cleveland 30 New Orleans 17).

68 – Cleveland punter Reggie Hodges’ 68-yard run on a fake punt was the longest run by a punter since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, @castrolfootball and NFL.com.)

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