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The week in numbers: w/e 8/5/11

Higgins captured his fourth world title (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

4John Higgins won his fourth snooker World Championship with a battling 18-15 victory over Judd Trump. It was the Scotsman’s sixth tournament victory since returning from a six-month ban last November.

3Manchester United and Barcelona safely negotiated the second legs of their Champions League semi-finals to progress to the final at Wembley Stadium later this month. It will be a record third time the two teams have met in a European final.

18 – A 0-0 draw at Roma was enough to secure AC Milan‘s 18th Serie A title, their first in six years.

8 – Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who is on loan at Milan, has now won a league title in each of the last eight seasons with five different clubs in three different countries.

Ballesteros won five Majors

54 – Age of the widely adored golfer Severiano Ballesteros, who died on Saturday morning after a 2½ year battle with a brain tumour. Seve won The Open three times and the Masters twice, and contributed to five European Ryder Cup wins as both a player and captain.

33Cristinao Ronaldo scored four times as Real Madrid won 6-2 at Sevilla. He now has 33 La Liga goals this season, two more than Lionel Messi.

5 – Hat-tricks scored in league games by Ronaldo this season, only the third player ever to achieve this in La Liga.

12 – Goals scored by Real Madrid in their last two away games, against Sevilla and Valencia.

6:29 – Time taken for four goals to be scored in the game between Hércules and Racing Santander. Racing won 3-2.

5Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan took five wickets for just seven runs as Warwickshire were bowled out for 97 in the second innings of their first division match. Kerrigan finished with match figures of 7/26 as he and fellow spinner Gary Keedy combined for 10 wickets in the match at a cost of just 28 runs. Lancashire won a low-scoring match by 147 runs.

Djokovic has a 32-0 record in 2011 (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

32 – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open to extend his unbeaten start to 2011 to 32 matches. Only John McEnroe has started a season with a longer winning streak (42 matches in 1984).

37 – Defeat to Djokovic ended Nadal’s unbeaten run on clay at 37 matches, dating back to the 2009 French Open.

12 – Despite narrowly losing stage two to Alessandro Petacchi, Britain’s Mark Cavendish leads the Giro d’Italia by 12 seconds overall.

4 – Defending Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth pole position in four races in 2011 at the Turkish Grand Prix, and converted it into his third win of the season.

82 – There were 82 pit-stops at the Turkish GP, the highest number for a single race in the history of F1.

The Premier League in numbers

7Sunderland‘s 2-1 win at Bolton meant that Steve Bruce is now unbeaten in all seven games as a manager against Bolton. Ivan Klasnic‘s 87th-minute goal was the first time a Bruce side had conceded against Bolton.

Odemwingie scored for the fifth game in a row

5 – Peter Odemwingie became the first West Bromwich Albion player in more than 40 years to score in five successive top flight matches. Nonetheless, his side lost 3-1 at Wolves.

34 – West Brom extended their Premier League record of games without a clean sheet to 34.

2Tottenham conceded two penalties in the space of two minutes in their 1-1 home draw with Blackpool. Heurelho Gomes saved Charlie Adam‘s first effort, but then conceded the second penalty himself, and Adam made no mistake with his second attempt.

5West Ham‘s 1-1 draw with Blackburn was the fifth consecutive draw between the two clubs.

8Robin van Persie extended his Premier League record of scoring in consecutive away games to eight in Arsenal‘s 3-1 defeat at Stoke.

36Javier Hernández opened the scoring after just 36 seconds as Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1 to move them to within a point of claiming a record 19th league title.

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

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The week in numbers: w/e 6/2/11

Torres cost Chelsea a British transfer record £50m

50,000,000 – Fee paid (in pounds) by Chelsea for Spain striker Fernando Torres, setting a new British transfer record. It is the fourth biggest transfer ever.

11 – Career Premier League goals scored by Andy Carroll, for whom Liverpool paid Newcastle £35m to sign.

16Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 courtesy of a Lionel Messi hat-trick, setting a new La Liga record of 16 consecutive wins.

2 – Crashes suffered by British cycling sprinter Mark Cavendish so far this season, after he crashed in the prologue at the Tour of Qatar yesterday. He has yet to win in 2011.

Bobridge broke Boardman's iconic 4km pursuit record

4:10.534 – Time clocked by Australia’s Jack Bobridge for the four-kilometre individual pursuit at the Australian National Track Championships, breaking Chris Boardman‘s 15-year-old world record by 0.58s.

10 – Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt was handed a ten-year ban for spot-fixing by the ICC. Teammates Mohammed Asif and Mohhamed Amir were handed seven and five-year bans respectively.

137 – Runs scored by Jonathan Trott as England lost the sixth one-day international against Australia. It was the third highest ODI score by an England batsman abroad (David Gower 158 vs New Zealand, 1982/83; Graham Gooch 142 vs Pakistan, 1987/88).

The Premier League week in numbers

1West Ham‘s 3-1 win at Blackpool in midweek was their first away win of the season.

A fast start from Rooney

54Wayne Rooney scored after just 54 seconds in Manchester United‘s 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

43 – Goals scored in this weekend’s Premier League games, the most ever in one round since the division was reduced to 20 teams in 1995/96.

8 – Penalties scored in Saturday’s eight games, breaking the previous record of six for a single day.

1Arsenal became the first team in the Premier League to fail to win after leading 4-0 as they drew 4-4 at Newcastle.

23West Bromwich Albion‘s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City was their 23rd consecutive game without keeping a clean sheet.

16 – West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo was subsequently sacked yesterday morning, becoming the 16th league manager to be dismissed in the 44 days since Christmas.

Pantsil completed a hat-trick of own goals

3John Pantsil scored his third own goal of the season in Fulham‘s 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, tying the Premier League record for a single season.

2Carlos Tevez became only the second player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick on his birthday (his 27th), after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in March 2004.

4Stoke City defeated Sunderland 3-2, the fourth consecutive time they have beaten them at the Britannia Stadium by a one-goal margin.

29Wolves‘ 2-1 win over Manchester United’s ended their unbeaten league run at 29 games.

2 – Both Manchester United’s defeats this season have been against clubs at the bottom of the Premier League table – Wolves on Saturday and West Ham in the Carling Cup.

1 – Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge made them the first club to do the double over Chelsea since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

The Super Bowl in numbers

4 – The Green Bay Packers‘ 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ was their fourth Super Bowl win in five attempts.

8 – This was the eighth straight year in which seven or fewer points separated the two teams in the fourth quarter.

2 – The Packers joined the 2005 Steelers as the only number six seeds to win a Super Bowl. (They are the sixth wild card team overall to win a Super Bowl, and the third team to do so after winning three road playoff games.)

21 – Points scored by the Packers off Pittsburgh’s three turnovers.

36 – In confirmation that the modern NFL is a pass-focused league, the two teams combined for just 36 rushing attempts, a record low. Green Bay ran the ball just 13 times, tying the record for the fewest rushing attempts by one team in a Super Bowl.

7 – Pittsburgh’s LaMarr Woodley recorded a sack for an NFL record seventh straight game.

14 – Green Bay won the pre-game coin toss, the 14th consecutive time the NFC team has won the toss at the Super Bowl.

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

Rusty Bridge crumbles under Arsenal barrage

West Ham 0 Arsenal 3

van Persie 13, 77 pen, Walcott 41

After a disappointing week which had seen them derailed twice against lower league opposition in the domestic cup competitions, Arsenal put themselves back on track with a dominating win at Upton Park against a West Ham side beset by rumours that manager Avram Grant had reached the end of the line and was due to be sacked after the game. A Robin van Persie brace and Theo Walcott‘s tenth goal of the season ensured the Hammers remained rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Arsène Wenger made four changes to the side who suffered a shock defeat at Ipswich in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final on Wednesday. With Bacary Sagna serving the last of his three-game ban, Sébastien Squillaci sidelined with a hamstring problem and Lukasz Fabiański still not fully recovered from a shoulder injury, he fielded his strongest available XI:

Szczęsny

Eboué – Koscielny – Djourou – Clichy

Song – Wilshere

Fàbregas

Walcott – van Persie – Nasri

Arsenal had won 1-0 in the home fixture at the end of October courtesy of Alex Song‘s late goal, but would have had bad memories of their previous league visit to Upton Park, a 2-2 draw last season in which they squandered a 2-0 half-time lead, conceding twice in the last 17 minutes. Indeed, West Ham’s form coming into this match was encouraging, having won four and lost just one of their last seven games.

Van Persie scored twice, and only a post denied him a hat-trick (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

If the visitors had braced themselves for an early onslaught from a team desperate to fight their manager’s corner, it did not materialise, as Arsenal bossed both possession and territory in the early exchanges. Indeed it was Wenger’s side, so often accused of a lackadaisical attitude without the ball, who seemed to be working the harder, pressing hard all over the pitch and not being afraid to put a challenge in.

The breakthrough was not long in coming. Jack Wilshere‘s astute pass found Walcott on his own on the right. With Wayne Bridge nowhere near him, the England winger had plenty of time to measure his low cross into the box. Nasri dummied it, leaving it for van Persie to meet it with a precise right-footed shot – his so-called ‘chocolate leg’ – from 11 yards, which he steered just inside Robert Green‘s left-hand post.

Arsenal did not let up. Repeatedly they carved out openings with both intricate passing moves and the kind of direct ball over the top which had troubled their own defence so frequently at Ipswich. Cesc Fàbregas missed the target from 20 yards. Walcott struggled with an awkward ball over the top, allowing Green to smother his weak shot. Wilshere, played in by Samir Nasri, skipped clear into the box but was let down by a heavy touch.

West Ham were left mostly chasing shadows, and their cause was not helped when Mark Noble went off injured, weakening a midfield already missing the inspirational Scott Parker.

But if there is one certainty in football, it is that Arsenal will always present you with a chance. And when Johan Djourou sold Wojciech Szczęsny short with a routine back-pass, it offered Carlton Cole a gilt-edged chance to equalise. But Szczęsny’s presence was as strong as Cole’s effort was weak, and Zavon Hines was equally wasteful in scooping the resultant loose ball high and wide.

Walcott terrorised Bridge, scoring one, setting up another and winning a penalty (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

The chance briefly breathed life into the moribund Hammers, but Arsenal were soon back in the ascendancy. Nasri scuffed one good chance straight at Green. A deflection took the sting off another promising effort by Song. And van Persie struck the inside of the post.

It was developing into an all too familiar story of profligacy for Arsenal, but one moment of quality shortly before half-time gave them the two-goal cushion their dominance had deserved. Fàbregas fed van Persie, who raced to the by-line and pulled the ball back across the face of goal, where Walcott made no mistake in smashing a left-foot shot into the roof of the goal.

And it could have been even worse. Of all people, Djourou galloped into the area on the stroke of half-time, but Green charged out bravely and blocked with his face.

As last year, West Ham found themselves 2-0 down at the interval, but never really threatened to repeat their comeback this time around. Other than a Cole header and a Bridge free kick either side of half-time – both deflected away to safety – Szczęsny was little more than an interested bystander.

Instead Arsenal continued to dominate possession and carve out the lion’s share of chances while the home side huffed and puffed in vain. Van Persie and Walcott had four presentable chances between them during the third quarter of the game, and Arsenal’s ability to retain possession slowly strangled the life out of the contest.

There was still time, though, for Arsenal to hammer a final nail into Grant’s coffin. A West Ham attack broke down and the visitors sprung forward at pace. Walcott, who had Bridge in his pocket throughout the game, accelerated into the area. Bridge missed with tackle as Walcott nudged the ball away from him, and Andre Marriner had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Van Persie made no mistake from the spot. Game over.

Wenger was delighted by the comprehensive nature of a win which equalled Arsenal’s best away victory in this season’s Premier League:

We had a very strong first half. That certainly affected West Ham’s morale and in the second half it looked as if they were a bit more flat. West Ham in the second half didn’t put us under pressure, didn’t really get out of their own half, and we always looked like we were closer to scoring the third goal than to conceding one. And from then on it became a comprehensive victory. But we had a good, mature performance today.

He praised Robin van Persie who, in addition to his two goals, had his strongest overall performance since returning from injury:

We have many offensive players and he gets them in well because he keeps the ball. And of course you can see now that because he has a few games he’s much sharper physically, and that is very interesting.

And he remained optimistic about Arsenal’s prospects in the title race:

I think it’s in our hands. We play all of the big teams at home. We have played many away games, so now we’ll see that it is down to us. We have done the job today.

Finally, he also expressed sympathy for the unenviable situation which his counterpart Avram Grant finds himself in:

I have big sympathy for Avram Grant. I don’t think it affects him at all, but you don’t know how much it affects your environment. Our job is difficult enough not to put some more on your back.

Bridge had a debut to forget

Albeit against poor opposition, this game ranked alongside the win over Chelsea as Arsenal’s best complete team performance of the season. The front six crackled with energy and invention, leaving the West Ham defence – and debutant Wayne Bridge in particular – looking ponderous and overly reliant on last-ditch blocks and tackles.

It is no coincidence that this return to form coincided with van Persie’s best game for more than a year. At his best, the Dutchman’s strength, vision and trickery – and his ability to bring others into the game – make him one of Europe’s most dangerous front men, and only repeated injuries have prevented him from being more widely recognised as such.

Fàbregas, though still not at his best, set an impressive tempo in midfield, with his ambition and speed of though and passing constantly driving his teammates forward, and bringing the best out of both Nasri and Walcott, whose pace, movement and willingness to link up with van Persie had the Hammers on the back foot throughout. (Bridge, understandably rusty given that this was only the second time he has played more than 45 minutes in a league game this season, lacked the sharpness to deal with Walcott’s pace). Song and Wilshere provided both a solid defensive screen and a supplementary attacking threat.

The only real down-sides for Wenger were in defence, where twice poor back-passes gifted West Ham with opportunities. Djourou, Arsenal’s rock in recent weeks, had a couple of wobbles – unsurprising for a player who has seen so much recent action after an extended injury absence – and Eboué remains erratic, but otherwise the unit answered what few questions West Ham asked them with assurance.

With Manchester City also winning and Manchester United visiting Tottenham tomorrow (Sunday), Arsenal remain third in the table, and will now travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds in their FA Cup replay in good heart. This performance does not wholly make up for the disappointments of the last week, but it is a good start. For Avram Grant, however, the end is nigh.

The week in numbers: w/e 2/1/11

Phil Taylor won't be adding to his 15 world titles this year (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor was knocked out by Mark Webster in the quarter-final of darts’ PDC World Championships. It is only the second time in the past 18 years that Taylor has failed to reach the final.

18 – 18 wickets fell on the second day of the second Test between South Africa and India in Durban. India’s last four first innings wickets and their first four second innings wickets fell either side of the hosts being bowled out for just 131. India eventually won by 87 runs to tie the series 1-1 and set up the decisive third Test, which started in Cape Town yesterday.

1Squash player Nick Matthew, who three weeks ago became the first English winner of the World Open, has also become the first Englishman ever to finish the year as world number one, according to the Professional Squash Association rankings.

156 – Passes successfully completed by Xavi in Barcelona‘s 2-1 win over Levante. As an entire side, Levante completed just 115 passes.

The Ashes in numbers

1 – Defeat by an innings and 157 runs in the fourth Test meant this was the first time ever that Australia have lost by an innings twice in the same series outside of England.

Jonathan Trott averages over 100 in Ashes Tests

2 – As of the end of the fourth Test, only two players in Ashes history have averaged above 100 in England vs Australia matches – Australia’s Albert Trott and England’s Jonathan Trott. No, they’re not related.

19 – It was Australia’s worst Ashes loss since the legendary Old Trafford Test of 1956, when spinner Jim Laker took 19/90 and England won by an innings and 170 runs.

3 – Australia have lost by an innings three times since the beginning of 2009, having only lost twice between 1992-93 and 2009.

12 – There hasn’t been a draw between England and Australia at the MCG in their last 12 meetings there. Australia have won seven to England’s five.

24 – The number of years since England last retained the Ashes (1986/87).

21 – Australia and England have met 48 times in Tests at Sydney – venue for the fifth and final Test which started last night – with 21 wins each and six draws.

The Premier League week in numbers

5Arsenal‘s 3-1 win over Chelsea ended a run of five successive defeats in all competitions against the defending champions.

1 – Chelsea had only one shot on target in the entire game – Branislav Ivanović‘s headed goal.

Baird's first goals in nearly four years broke Fulham's long winless away streak

26Fulham won 2-0 away at Stoke, ending a run of 26 consecutive away league matches without a win, dating back to August 2009. Chris Baird, who had not registered a goal in nearly four years, scored twice in the first ten minutes.

2 Manchester City scored three goals in the first half in their 4-0 win at home to Aston Villa. The last time they scored twice in the first half at home in a league match was last season, also against Villa.

3Blackburn have had a man sent off in their last three meetings with West Bromwich Albion. Nikola Kalinic saw red, but Blackburn still won 3-1.

31Sunderland had 31 shots in their match against Blackpool. They lost 2-0.

26 Wolves won 1-0 at Liverpool. It was their first win at Anfield in 26 years.

1Rio Ferdinand‘s first Premier League foul of the season resulted in the penalty missed by Peter Odemwingie, as Manchester United won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

Rooney finally scored from open play

1,418Wayne Rooney‘s third-minute opener ended a run of 1,418 minutes without a goal from open play for United.

1 – Stoke had only one shot on target against Everton but won 2-0.

3 – Everton have scored an own goal in each of their last three games.

6West Ham‘s 2-0 win over Wolves ended a run of six consecutive New Year’s Day defeats, the longest such sequence in the Premier League.

3 Roger Johnson‘s own goal in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal was the third scored by a Birmingham centre back this season.

3 – There were three goals in the 84th minute or later as Chelsea recovered from 2-1 down at home to Aston Villa to take a 3-2 lead, before conceding an injury-time equaliser to draw 3-3.

The NFL week in numbers

Brett Favre endured only his second ever losing season (image courtesy of vikings.com)

2 – For just the second time in 20 NFL seasons, Minnesota’s Brett Favre was on a team with a losing record (6-10) as the Vikings lost to Detroit 20-13. His only other losing season was 2005 when Green Bay finished 4-12.

5 – The New England Patriots defeated Miami 38-7 to finish the season 14-2 overall, and 8-0 at home. It is the fifth time in the last eight seasons they have been unbeaten at home – no other NFL team has achieved this feat more than once in that span.

8 – New England have now scored 30-plus points in eight consecutive games, the third longest streak in NFL history (St Louis 14 games in 1999, New England nine in 2006-07).

7 – The Patriots lost a fumble against Miami, ending their NFL record streak of seven straight games without a turnover.

10 – New England’s 10 turnovers this season is the fewest in NFL history.

335 – Tom Brady extended his NFL record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 335.

1 – The Seattle Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to win a division title (and qualify for the playoffs) with a losing record. Their 16-6 victory over the the St Louis Rams saw them finish 7-9.

9 – The Indianapolis Colts finished 10-6 after a 23-20 win over the Tennessee Titans. It means they have won at least 10 games for nine consecutive seasons, the second-longest such streak ever (the San Francisco 49ers achieved it 16 years running from 1983-98).

9 – The Colts have now qualified for the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, tying the Dallas Cowboys (1975-83) for the longest run in NFL history.

33 – Quarterback Matt Ryan led Atlanta to a 31-10 victory over Carolina. He is now 33-13 as a starter, tying the legendary Dan Marino for most wins by a starting quarterback in his first three seasons since at least 1970.

1 – The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-10 to finish 6-0 against AFC West rivals this season. However, they were 2-8 outside their division and finished 8-8 overall, becoming the first team since at least 1970 to sweep their division and yet miss the playoffs.

22 – 22 quarterbacks have passed for at least 3,000 yards, the most in a single season in NFL history. (The previous record was 19 in 2001 & 2009.)

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

The week in numbers: w/e 21/11/10

Ian Poulter (image courtesy of Sean Ryan)

60Ian Poulter shot a career-best 60 in the second round at the Hong Kong Open. He finished one stroke ahead of fellow Englishman Simon Dyson to win the tournament for the second year running.

90,000 – Price paid (in pounds) by Gareth Jones to play a round of golf with Lee Westwood. The money raised goes towards the BBC charity fund-raiser Children In Need.

6 – The Welsh rugby union team’s 16-16 draw with Fiji was the sixth game in a row without a win for a side which just two years ago completed the Six Nations grand slam.

21Dan Parks scored all of Scotland‘s points in their 21-16 win over South Africa at Murrayfield. The fly-half kicked six penalties and a drop goal.

Lionel Messi (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

8 – Barcelona won 8-0 at Almeria, equalling the biggest ever away victory in La Liga history (set by Barcelona themselves in an 8-0 triumph at Las Palmas in 1959).

18 Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the match against Almeria, taking his total league tally this season to 18 goals in just 12 appearances.

192 – Runs scored by Ian Bell in England’s first innings as the tourists defeated Australia A by ten wickets in their final Ashes warm-up match.

278AB de Villiers hit a South Africa record score of 278 to put his side on top against Pakistan in the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

400 – In reaching the ladies’ final of the Wheelchair Masters in Amsterdam, Dutch tennis star Esther Vergeer won her 400th consecutive match. Her career record is an astonishing 609-25.

0 – Number of Scottish league fixtures which will take place next weekend after top-level referees voted to strike in the face of an avalanche of criticism and questions about their integrity this season.

The Premier League week in numbers

0 – Since taking over at Portsmouth on November 26th 2009 (and subsequently at West Ham), Avram Grant has not spent a single day outside of the Premier League relegation zone.

43,000,000Blackburn Rovers were bought by the Rao family in a £43m deal to become the first Indian-owned Premier League club.

Patrice Evra

1,452Patrice Evra scored the opening goal in Manchester United‘s 2-0 win over Wigan, 1,452 days after his previous Premier League goal (vs Everton on 29th November 2006).

2Arsenal were 2-0 up at home to Tottenham, but lost 3-2. The last time this happened to them was on the opening weekend of the Premier League in 1992, against Norwich City (2-4).

68 – Tottenham’s win ended a run of 68 Premier League games away from home without a victory at one of the traditional ‘Big Four’ (Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United).

3 – Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Birmingham was their first Premier League defeat against the Blues, in their 13th meeting.

32 – Chelsea had more shots yesterday than any side has managed in a Premier League game this season. Birmingham had just 3 shots.

7 – Chelsea have scored just seven goals in their last nine league matches, the joint-fewest in the division.

47 – Number of years since West Ham United last won at Anfield in the league. Liverpool beat them 3-0 on Saturday.

25 – In winning 4-1 at Fulham, Manchester City have now accumulated 25 points from 14 games this season under Roberto Mancini – the same number of points they had at this stage last season when current Fulham boss Mark Hughes was in charge.

The NFL week in numbers

0 – In losing 21-0 to Tampa Bay, the San Francisco 49ers were shut out at home for the first time since a 7-0 defeat to Atlanta in 1977.

40 – Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber recorded his 40th career interception, becoming the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks and 40 interceptions.

Ray Lewis (image courtesy of baltimoreravens.com)

30 – In the Baltimore Ravens‘ 37-13 win over the Carolina Panthers, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis recorded his 30th career interception, making him only the second player in NFL history with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions.

26 – The Detroit Lions extended their own NFL record with their 26th consecutive road loss, as they fell 35-19 to the Dallas Cowboys.

7 – Atlanta’s 34-17 victory over the St Louis Rams improved their record in domed stadia to 7-0 this season. They are 1-2 playing outdoors.

25New England‘s Tom Brady won his 25th consecutive home start to tie Brett Favre for the longest recorded consecutive home win streak, as the Patriots held off a late rally by the Indianapolis Colts to win 31-28.

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

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