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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.

Updated: January 9, 2006, 12:01 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NFL

• The Panthers defeated the Giants 23-0 Sunday, becoming the ninth team in NFL history -- and the first in 26 years -- to shut out a home team in a postseason game. The last road team to win a playoff game by shutout was the Rams in 1980 (9-0 at Tampa). Four road teams scored more points than the Panthers in a postseason road shutout: the Bears, 73-0, over the Redskins (1940); the Colts, 34-0, over the Browns (1968); the Redskins, 28-0, over the Giants (1943); and the Cowboys, 28-0, over the Rams (1979).

• The Giants were the first team since the 1968 Browns to fail to score in a postseason home game after ranking among the top three teams in the league in scoring during the regular season. The Giants ranked third in the NFL with an average of 26.4 points per game.


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