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Making his return from an elbow injury, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne passed James Lofton for eighth place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list during Monday's 40-24 win over the New York Giants, per Mike Chappell of RTV6 Indianapolis.

Wayne entered the game with exactly 14,000 receiving yards, needing just five to pass Lofton's career total of 14,004.

After failing to catch a pass on his team's game-opening field-goal drive, Wayne caught a ball for 11 yards on the second play of the next possession to move him past Lofton on the all-time list. The drive stalled out shortly thereafter, but Wayne would later make his impact felt with a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give the Colts a 30-10 lead.

The 35-year-old career-long Colt finished his night with four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown, showing no ill effects from the elbow injury that prevented him from playing in a 51-34 Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin became his franchise's all-time points leader upon assisting a Nicklas Backstrom goal in the first period of Tuesday's eventual 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames, per CSN Washington.

Just two days after matching the record with a four-point performance in a 6-5 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, Ovechkin wasted no time breaking the tie at 825 points with former Capitals right wing Peter Bondra.

While it perhaps would have been more fitting if he'd set the record with a vicious shot, Ovechkin instead sent a wrister from the point in the general direction of the Flames' net, allowing longtime teammate Backstrom to tip it in with nine minutes and 48 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.

The goal tied the game at 1-1, and Ovechkin would later get a second assist on a second-period goal by Joel Ward that gave the Caps a 3-2 lead.

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe recorded his 500th career reception during Sunday's 24-10 win over the New York Jets, joining Tony Gonzalez as the only players to catch 500 or more passes in a Chiefs uniform, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Bowe, who has played for the Chiefs since they selected him out of LSU in the first round of the 2007 draft, finished Sunday's game with six receptions for 55 yards, the kind of modest receiving line that has become his new norm.

A 1,000-yard receiver in 2008, 2010 and 2011, Bowe has become more of a complementary piece in recent years, with the offense largely running through superstar running back Jamaal Charles.

While no longer one of the NFL's more prolific wide receivers, Bowe has etched a place in team history during his eight years in Kansas City, even if his tenure has seemingly had as many downs as ups.

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The NHL season may be well under way, but Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata has made sure that the hockey state's only hat tricks have not come on ice.

The 27-year-old back ran for three touchdowns during the 29-26 win over the Washington Redskins, becoming the first player in NFL history to reach nine career rushing touchdowns on the strength of three separate three-TD performances, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Asiata's odd path to nine career rushing touchdowns seems like the type of unusual feat that will never be matched, as three-score performances are rare for even the best of running backs.

While far removed from that group of elite runners, Asiata has at least shown the ability to score from close, as all nine of his rushing touchdowns have covered seven yards or fewer, with five coming from exactly one yard out.

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The San Diego Chargers suffered through one of the more futile performances in franchise history during Sunday's 37-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins, getting shut out for the first time since 1999 to break up a streak of 241 consecutive regular-season games with points, per ESPN Stats & Info.

A franchise known largely for its explosive offenses and postseason disappointments, the Chargers lost the league's third-longest active streak of avoiding shutouts.

San Diego was last held scoreless in a 34-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 31, 1999, a bit more than 15 years removed from Sunday's equally embarrassing zero-score showing.

Of course, that 1999 performance came with the middling Jim Harbaugh—now head coach of the San Francisco 49ers—at quarterback, while the Chargers had early-season MVP candidate Philip Rivers behind center for Sunday's debacle.

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Though it didn't get him the desired result, ESPN Stats & Info indicates Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set an all-time record during Sunday's 43-21 loss to the New England Patriots by recording the 14th 400-yard passing game of his career.

Previously tied with Dan Marino at 13 career 400-yard games, Manning took sole possession of the record with a 438-yard showing, reaching the milestone on a six-yard pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas with under six minutes remaining in the blowout.

Thomas, who is having an excellent season of his own, had earlier eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for a fifth straight game to extend a franchise record.

There have been just 18 instances of a player topping 100 receiving yards in five or more consecutive games. No Bronco had previously reached the mark in more than three consecutive contests.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony hit a key milestone during Sunday's 96-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets, becoming the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points, per NBA.com/stats.

Anthony used a 28-point showing to reach the mark at 30 years, 157 days, while 2003 draft-mate LeBron James owns the record of just 28 years, 17 days.

While not quite as prolific as his good friend James, Anthony is still one of just 40 players to score 20,000 or more points in the NBA, though the list expands to 44 if ABA stats are included, per basketball-reference.com.

Now in 40th place on the league's all-time list with 20,025 points, Anthony needs 18 more to pass 39th-place Antawn Jamison (20,042), who retired after last season. The Knicks superstar is also just 25 points shy of surpassing Tom Chambers (20,049), meaning Anthony could vault to 38th place on the scoring list as soon as Tuesday's game against the Washington Wizards.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 43-21 win over the Denver Broncos to become just the fifth player with 50 or more touchdown receptions through the first five seasons of a career, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Gronkowski's one-yard score on a short slant route marked the 50th touchdown catch of his young career, highlighting an impressive performance of nine receptions for 105 yards.

Though the touchdown vaulted the tight end's name into the record books, it was the play just beforehand that will stick in fans' memories. Gronkowski made an incredible one-handed grab for a 20-yard gain on a ball thrown behind him, falling just short of the goal line to set up his milestone touchdown on the very next play.

The hulking 25-year-old would later catch one more pass for nine yards, which put him over 100 yards receiving for a second straight game and third time this season.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger earned an impressive record during Sunday's 43-23 romp over the Baltimore Ravens, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw 12 touchdown passes over a span of two games, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

One week after lighting the Indianapolis Colts up for a franchise-record 522 passing yards and six touchdowns, Roethlisberger added another six touchdown passes against his longtime rival, albeit with a somewhat more modest 340 passing yards.

He completed 25 of his 37 pass attempts (67.6 percent) in the crucial victory, just one week removed from completing 40 of his 49 attempts (81.6 percent) against the Colts. Roethlisberger now has 22 passing touchdowns on the season despite throwing for just 10 in his first seven games.

His impressive two-game run included touchdown passes to six different receivers, with Martavis Bryant accounting for four, Antonio Bryant for three and Markus Wheaton for two. Running back Le'Veon Bell and tight ends Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth were each responsible for a touchdown.

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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant is off to a fast start in the NFL as just the second player in league history with five receiving touchdowns through the first three games of his career, per the NFL Media research department (via Around The NFL on Twitter).

A fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson, Bryant caught touchdowns from 19 and 18 yards out during Sunday's 43-23 Week 9 romp over the Baltimore Ravens, marking his second consecutive game with two scoring receptions.

After being a healthy scratch for the first six games of the season, Bryant debuted in a Week 7 win over the Houston Texans, catching two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in a 30-23 Steelers win.

He then caught five balls for 83 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts, as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdowns and a franchise-record 522 passing yards.