Plays and replays

October 07, 1991|By Susan Reimer

Records, streaks and milestones

* Barry Sanders finished with 116 yards on 25 carries for his fourth consecutive 100-yard game. The only other player in Lions history with 4 consecutive 100-yard games was Billy Sims in 1983.

* Tampa Bay ended a 7-game losing streak with its win over Philadelphia.

* Miami's Dan Marino completed 25 of 38 passes for 321 yards, becoming the third quarterback in 6 games to throw for more than 300 yards against New England.

* Marino's 321 passing yards left him 57 yards short of moving into eighth place in NFL history. Marino, with 32,782 yards, trails Ken Anderson, who threw for 32,838 yards in 16 seasons. Marino is in his ninth season.

* The Packers have not scored in the first quarter this season.

* Seattle won for the first time in 4 road games.

* Cincinnati's 0-5 start is its worst since an identical mark in Sam Wyche's first year as head coach. There are just 2 worse starts in the franchise's 24-year history: 0-8 in 1978 and 0-6 in 1979.

* By beating Cincinnati, Seattle coach Chuck Knox moved ahead of Bengals founder Paul Brown with victory No. 167, sixth on the all-time list.

* Washington coach Joe Gibbs owns the "hat trick" over Chicago coach Mike Ditka -- the only coach to win 3 straight against Ditka.

* Chicago held Washington to 243 net yards -- the first time this season the Redskins have been held under 300 yards.

* Denver RB Gaston Green came into the game with 2 straight 100-yard performances but was held to 36 yards on 15 carries by the Oilers.

* Houston's Ernest Givins caught 5 passes for 151 yards, becoming the fourth Oiler to surpass 5,000 receiving yards.

* Jets WR Al Toon has caught a pass in 82 consecutive games.

* New England's standing as the NFL's worst offensive team should hold up another week. It gained only 195 yards, lowering its average per game from 216 to 212.5.

* Chris Chandler came off the bench to throw 2 TD passes to cap the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Tampa Bay's 16-year history.

* The Bucs held the Eagles to 171 yards, the fourth-lowest total in franchise history and Tampa Bay's best defensive effort in 11 years.

* The Giants got a career-best, 137-yard rushing effort from Rodney Hampton.

* San Diego's win over the Raiders ended an 8-game San Diego losing streak that dated to last season.

Injuries

* Cleveland lost DB Frank Minnifield to a bruised shoulder in the second quarter -- its sixth DB lost this season.

* Washington DE Markus Koch left the game in the first quarter with a torn ligament in the left knee. He is expected to be out 6 weeks.

* Patriots rookie RB Leonard Russell, who gained 264 yards in his first 4 games, left the game with a rib injury, and although X-rays taken at Foxboro Stadium were negative, he was taken to a hospital for observation.

* Tampa Bay QB Vinny Testaverde chipped a bone in his right thumb.

* Dallas CB Vince Albritton suffered a broken left forearm.

* Cincinnati LB Kevin Walker (Maryland) severely sprained his right knee.

* Minnesota WR Anthony Carter pulled his right hamstring and did not play in the second half.

They said it

* "When nature takes over, you start to wonder." Washington QB Mark Rypien, after Lemuel Stinson intercepted a long pass that appeared to be knocked down by the wind.

* "That sort of pulls the wagon over the hill for us." Jets S Brian Washington, after the Jets bounced back from a 3-game losing streak to improve to 3-3.

* "I'm pretty drained right now. Everything kind of -- boom! -- just happend. It feels good to end a 5-game losing streak that way." Tampa Bay QB Chris Chandler, who came off the bench to spark a win over the Eagles.

* "We seem to think a field goal is like winning the lottery around here. You've got to get into the end zone. That's what I get paid to do." Minnesota WR Cris Carter after the Vikings settled for a fourth-quarter field goal in a 24-20 loss to Detroit.

Montana feels pain and sits

49ers QB Joe Montana ruled out playing in next week's game against the Falcons after feeling pain in his right elbow while throwing 30-yard passes in practice.

"When he threw short, there wasn't any more pain," San Francisco coach George Seifert said. "When he threw longer, there was pain and he stopped throwing at 30 yards . . . 35 yards."

Montana's status beyond next week's game is uncertain.

"I don't know how to totally evaluate it right now. . . . I wish it didn't happen," Seifert said. "I don't know if he was surprised by it. Obviously, he doesn't like it."

Neither Montana nor team physician Dr. Michael Dillingham was available for comment.

Montana started throwing 15-yard passes Saturday, then moved to 30-yard passes. But he stopped when the pain returned.

Montana hurt his elbow Aug. 13.

Airing the dirty laundry

And you think you had a bad week, listen to what the New York Giants went through -- and they are the Super Bowl champions.

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