Records, streaks and milestones* Cleveland's Kevin Mack...

Plays and replays

November 04, 1991|By Susan Reimer

Records, streaks and milestones

* Cleveland's Kevin Mack scored a career-high 3 TDs and QB Bernie Kosar went his ninth game without an INT to close in on the NFL record. Kosar completed 19 of 31 for 285 yards, leaving him 1 pass shy of Bart Starr's NFL-record 294 passes without an INT.

* Detroit has yet to win outdoors this season.

* Buffalo won its 16th straight at Rich Stadium.

* New York's 19-16 overtime victory was the Jets' fifth straight win over Green Bay.

* Washington's Art Monk caught 8 passes for 62 yards, marking the 125th consecutive game in which he has had a reception.

* Houston CB Cris Dishman finished the game without a fumble recovery or interception -- the first time in 7 games that he did not record a turnover.

* Miami's Don Shula coached his 419th regular-season game, moving past Hall of Famer Tom Landry into second place on the NFL's all-time list.

* Eric Dickerson became the first running back to accumulate 5,000 yards rushing with two different teams. Dickerson, who had 7,245 with the Los Angeles Rams, raised his total with Indianapolis to 5,005 by gaining 63 yards on 17 carries.

* Dallas' Emmitt Smith has 9 TDs against Phoenix in his past 3 games.

* Steve Young's 97-yard scoring pass to John Taylor was the longest in San Francisco's history.

* Miami's Dan Marino started his 117th consecutive non-strike game. That's the most by a quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. However, Ron Jaworski retains the official mark because Marino sat out 3 replacement games during the 1987 strike and the league ruled that all longevity streaks would end for players participating in the strike. By the league count, Marino has made 67 consecutive starts.

* Kevin Mack's fumble late in the game ended an amazing streak by Cleveland's offense. They'd scored on 17 consecutive drives inside their opponents' 20-yard line. The turnover was only the sixth this season by the Browns, the fewest in the NFL.

* Indianapolis has not scored a touchdown in 53 possessions spanning 20 quarters.

Injuries

* Both starting quarterbacks, Chris Miller (bruised ribs) of Atlanta and Steve Young (sprained knee) of San Francisco, were among 9 players injured during the Falcons' 17-14 victory.

* The other injured players for Atlanta were T Mike Kenn (sprained left knee); G Bill Fralic (hyper-extended left elbow); C Jamie Dukes (sprained right shoulder); DB Tim McKyer (concussion); DB Deion Sanders (thigh bruise); DB Brian Jordan (sprained neck); and DB Bobby Butler (sprained neck).

* Dallas lost RB Ricky Blake on the last play of the game with a fractured hip.

* New Orleans QB Bobby Hebert sat out yesterday's game, still bothered by his right shoulder, hurt last week in a loss to Chicago.

* Green Bay QB Don Majkowski suffered a pulled left hamstring and G Billy Ard dislocated a shoulder.

* For the Jets, DEs Dennis Byrd, Scott Mersereau and Marvin Washington suffered sprained ankles. S Lonnie Young bruised a shoulder and CB Tony Stargell sustained a concussion.

* Minnesota DE John Randle broke his right thumb.

* New England K Jason Staurovsky, who didn't practice all week, was clearly in pain after reaggravating a quadriceps injury early in the game and will be out 4-6 weeks.

They said it

* "You just reach back and throw and hope your guy come down with it. I saw all our guys down in the right corner and just aimed for the middle of the group." Atlanta back-up QB Billy Joe Tolliver, after his Hail Mary pass beat the 49ers.

* "I miss the guys but I don't miss the 27 inches of snow. I was playing golf on Friday." Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Floyd Peters, fired last year by Minnesota.

* "I told the guys in there not to let the media take this one away from you." Cincinnati head coach Sam Wyche, after the Bengals' first win this season.

* "It was Bear weather, it was the dome-factor in reverse." Chicago head coach Mike Ditka, after the Bears beat the visiting Lions in winds of 32 mph and a minus-8 wind chill factor.

* "I told them that we were dead the whole first half. Sometimes you just slop around. Sometimes you play like dogs." Minnesota coach Jerry Burns, whose team trailed Tampa Bay, 3-0, at halftime.

HLike clockwork

The announcers called it a "Hail Mary" pass. But the Atlanta Falcons call it "Big Ben," and they practice it every Friday. Yesterday it struck, beating the San Francisco 49ers.

With nine seconds left, reserve QB Billy Joe Tolliver heaved a second-down pass from the San Francisco 44-yard line toward an end zone cluster of Falcons and 49ers. He, like the rest of the Falcons, was hoping for a miracle.

Three Falcons -- Michael Haynes, Andre Rison and Mike Pritchard -- leaped for the ball while six 49ers -- Todd Bowles, Don Griffin, Johnnie Jackson, Dave Wayner, Merton Hanks and John Johnson -- tried to maintain the 14-10 lead San Francisco had taken with 59 seconds to play.

Everybody jumped. Haynes, leaping a little toward his left, caught it.

"Yes, I was very lucky, but I was concentrating on the ball the whole way," said Haynes. "We were in a tip set, where the ball comes down, and I tip it to one of the other receivers. But the way the ball came down, it just plopped down in my hands, and then I just hung on for life."

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