Plays and replays

December 31, 1990|By Michael Reeb


* Best day passing: Cody Carlson, Houston, 22-29-1, 247 yards, 3 TDs.

* Best day rushing: Mike Rozier, Atlanta, 21 carries, 155 yards, 0 TDs.

* Best day receiving: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, 9 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD.

* Longest touchdown passing: Jeff George, Indianapolis, 64 yards to Jessie Hester.

* Longest touchdown rushing: Barry Sanders, Detroit, 16 yards.

L * Longest field goal: Dean Biasucci, Indianapolis, 55 yards.

* Most field goals: 5, Chip Lohmiller, Washington, 19, 24, 32, 37, 43 yards.

100-yard rushers

* Mike Rozier, Atlanta, 21 carries, 155 yards, 0 TDs.

* Rod Bernstine, San Diego, 27 carries, 114 yards, 0 TDs.

* Eric Dickerson, Indianapolis, 20 carries, 110 yards, 0 TDs.

C7 * Sammie Smith, Miami, 29 carries, 108 yards, 1 TD.

100-yard receivers

* Jerry Rice, San Francisco, 9 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD.

* Webster Slaughter, Cleveland, 6 catches, 115 yards, 0 TDs.

F: * Eric Green, Pittsburgh, 7 catches, 105 yards, 0 TDs.

Records, streaks and milestones

* Detroit's Barry Sanders was held to 23 yards on nine carries, but still won the NFL rushing title with 1,304 yards. He started the day 16 yards behind Buffalo's Thurman Thomas, but Thomas didn't gain a yard in five attempts. Sanders, whose 16-yard touchdown run was his only big play against Seattle, is the first Detroit player to win the league rushing title since Byron "Whizzer" White did it in 1940. White became a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

The Falcons' Andre Rison caught five passes for 49 yards against the Dallas Cowboys, finishing the season with 82 catches for 1,208 yards. He broke the Atlanta club record of 81 catches set by William Andrews in 1981.

* Atlanta's two victories in a row -- 20-13 over the Los Angeles Rams last week and 26-7 over Dallas yesterday -- was the first time the Falcons had won two in a row since November 1988.

* Mike Rozier's 67-yard run from scrimmage was a Falcons clurecord, breaking the record of 66 yards by Harmon Wages.

* The Bengals' Boomer Esiason completed 10 of 16 passes for 154 yards, giving him more than 3,000 yards passing for the sixth consecutive season. Only Dan Marino and John Elway have six in a row, too.


* Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Munoz was poked in the left eye early in the game and went to the sideline. The injury isn't serious, and he's expected to be available for the playoffs.

Starting San Diego free safety Vencie Glenn suffered a sprained right shoulder in the first quarter, sidelining him for the rest of the game.

Don't count on them

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles can count on a home playoff game next weekend against Washington, they can't count on two starters.

Among those who would love to play next weekend are Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jerome Brown and center David Alexander, but both could be sidelined with injuries suffered in Saturday's 23-21 victory at Phoenix.

Trainer Otho Davis listed Brown as doubtful with a potential tear in his right rotator cuff and Alexander questionable with cartilage and ligament damage to his hyperextended left knee.

It's been a tough season

Browns tight end Ozzie Newsome completed his 13th and probably last season by catching one pass for six yards, leaving him 20 yards short of becoming the 15th player in NFL history to reach 8,000 yards receiving.

"There's a real good possibility this was it," Newsome said. "I'm just glad to see the way this football team played. I'm glad to have been a part of it, although it has been a rough season."

Newsome expects to move into the Browns' front office.

The Browns finished the season with 228 points, their fewest in a 16-game schedule. The previous low was 250 in 1984.

A familiar story

The Patriots' 13-10 loss to the Giants had an unusual ending. The Patriots actually had a chance to win in the fourth quarter. But it began in a familiar way. For the 12th time in 16 games, the Patriots failed to get a first down on their opening possession. And, for the 10th time, their opponent scored the first time its offense got the ball.

Staying the course

Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka's first decision for the playoffs was a fast one. Just a day after Chicago's final regular-season game, Ditka said he probably would stick with quarterback Mike Tomczak for the first weekend of the playoffs.

Ditka said last night that he was "pretty sure" he wouldn't yank Tomczak for backup Peter Tom Willis, a rookie.

"I really believe in Mike," Ditka said. "It's easy to point the finger and criticize. But I think he will really go out there and do his best for us."

Ditka said he may play Willis if Tomczak has another bad outing.

"I would not be unwilling to play P.T. if things aren't going well," the coach said. "But I'm not going to jerk a quarterback just because he makes a mistake or throws an interception."

The Bears finished the season losing four of their last six games, including a 21-10 loss Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs. Tomczak completed only five of 23 passes for 85 yards and heard lots of boos.

Calling it quits

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