Plays and replays

September 09, 1991|By Susan Reimer


* Best day passing: Jim Kelly, Buffalo, 31-43-2, 6 TDs, 363 yards.

* Best day rushing: Herschel Walker, Minnesota, 25 carries, 125 yards.

* Best day receiving: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, 9 catches, 150 yards, 2 TDs.

* Longest touchdown passing: Steve Young, San Francisco, 70 yards to Jerry Rice.

* Longest touchdown rushing: Gary Anderson, Tampa Bay, 64 yards.

* Longest field goal: 52 yards, Greg Davis, Phoenix.

PD * Most field goals: 4, Tony Zendejas, L.A. Rams; Davis, Phoenix.

300-yard passers


* Jim Kelly, Buffalo, 363 yards.

* Steve Young, San Francisco, 348 yards.

3' * Chris Miller, Atlanta, 300 yards.

100-yard rushers

* Herschel Walker, Minnesota, 25 carries, 125 yards.

* Barry Foster, Pittsburgh, 9 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD.

* Robert Delpino, L.A. Rams, 27 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD.

* Mark Higgs, Miami, 27 carries, 111 yards.

* Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 15 carries, 107 yards.

100-yard receivers

* Jerry Rice, San Francisco, 9 catches, 150 yards, 2 TDs.

* George Thomas, Atlanta, 7 catches, 128 yards, 1 TD.

* Don Beebe, Buffalo, 10 catches, 112 yards, 4 TDs.

Records, streaks and milestones

* The Bills won their 12th straight home game as QB Jim Kelly completed a career-high 31 passes for a career-high 6 TD passes -- 4 of them to Don Beebe, also a career high for him. The 52 points scored against Pittsburgh was second only to the 58 points scored against Miami on Sept. 18, 1966.

* The Bills, who had a franchise-high 582 yards last week against Miami, amassed 537 against the Steelers for a 2-game total offense of 1,119 yards.

* The Vikings ended a string of 11 consecutive losses in open-air stadiums with a 20-19 victory at Atlanta. The outcome also ended Minnesota's seven-game losing streak on natural grass fields.

* Cleveland, which lost 10 of its last 11 games in 1990, had its first shutout in 32 games and provided rookie coach Bill Belichick with his first victory. Dick MacPherson, the Patriots' rookie coach, got his first loss.

* New Orleans is off to a 2-0 start for the first time in the franchise's 25-year history.

* Pittsburgh's Barry Foster rushed for a career-best 121 yards.

* Scott Norwood's 50-yard field goal for Buffalo was his first from that distance in 6 career attempts.

* Rodney Peete attempted a career-high 38 passes for Detroit, completing 25, 10 of them to Robert Clark for 143 yards, a career high for him.

* Yesterday's loss ended the Giants' 6-game winning streak, and QB Jeff Hostetler suffered his first loss in 9 starts.

* New England, a 20-0 loser to Cleveland, was shut out at home for the first time since Nov. 20, 1983, when the Browns beat them 38-0. New England ran 29 straight plays without getting a first down.

* Anthony Carter of the Minnesota Vikings caught 4 passes for 28 yards against Atlanta, giving him at least 1 catch in 82 consecutive regular season games.

* The triumph was the 15th for Chicago in its last 17 meetings with Tampa Bay.

You can go home again, Herschel

Herschel Walker had a banner day on his return to his home state. Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner and three-time All-America at Georgia, rushed for 123 yards on 25 carries.

And you can come back, Joe Another "newcomer," running back Joe Morris, led the Browns with 70 yards on 20 rushes. He is the leading rusher in New York Giants history but sat out the past two seasons before being invited to join the Browns.

Little Hig-man

The 5-foot-7 Mark Higgs, whose NFL stature is growing fast, rushed for 111 yards on 27 carries as the Joe Robbie Stadium crowd chanted "Hig-gy, Hig-gy." He became the first Dolphin since Andra Franklin in 1982 to top 100 yards in consecutive games.

Higgs, who rushed for 146 yards last week against Buffalo, now has more yards in two games (257) that in his first three NFL seasons (251). He appears intent on keeping the starting job he won when Sammie Smith suffered a knee injury that will keep him sidelined at least two more games.

,gereg,9,9.5 "They are day-to-day"

* Tampa Bay QB Vinny Testaverde injured his shoulder and his knee against Chicago.

* New York Jets QB Ken O'Brien had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter with a twisted ankle after he was sacked by Seattle's Rufus Porter.

* The Jets also lost starting RB Blair Thomas with a back injury.

* The Seahawks lost starting DT Eric Hayes with a knee injury in the opening half of the Jets game.

They said it

* "It was a discouraging home opener. We're going hunting and (( shooting ourselves in the foot." Atlanta coach Jerry Glanville, after losing to Minnesota.

* "When we walked into the dressing room, a lot of guys could barely walk. That's the way the game is supposed to be played. We played our guts out right down to the end. I saw a completely different team." Tampa Bay head coach Richard Williamson.

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