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

Updated: January 16, 2006, 12:30 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NFL

• Bill Cowher rolled the dice on a pair of fourth-and-1 plays on a fourth-quarter drive that ended with a punt but killed eight minutes in the Steelers' 21-18 win over the Colts on Sunday. It was the first time since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 that a team made two fourth-down conversions on the same drive while protecting a lead in a postseason game.

• Jerome Bettis' fourth-quarter fumble, remarkable for its timing and game-changing potential, was all the more surprising because Bettis didn't fumble at all during the 2005 regular season and he fumbled only once during the 2004 season.

But this was Bettis' third fumble in his last four postseason games, and the Steelers lost possession on all three. He lost a fumble in the fourth quarter of last year's playoff game against the Jets and another the following week in Pittsburgh's loss to New England in the AFC championship game.


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