Plays and replays

December 02, 1991|By Susan Reimer

Records, streaks and milestones

* Buffalo won its 17th straight home game and its fourth straight AFC East title.

* Miami QB Dan Marino reached 3,121 passing yards, exceeding the 3,000-yard mark for an NFL-record eighth time. Marino has reached the plateau every season of his career except his rookie year of 1983, when he started only 9 games.

* Cleveland increased its giveaway/take-away lead to a league-high 20 with 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries against Indianapolis.

* Eric Dickerson, playing for the first time after a 3-week suspension for insubordination, rushed for a season-high 117 yards for Indianapolis and moved past Jim Brown into third place in NFL career rushing with 12,367. Dickerson raised his rushing total as a Colt to 5,122 yards and needs 52 more to pass Lenny Moore for the No. 2 spot on the club's all-time list.

* Indianapolis' Jeff George has been sacked 18 times for 175 yards in the past 3 games. He holds the club record for being sacked the most times in a season -- 43.

* Kansas City's Nick Lowery, the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history, made 4 field goals and an extra point and became the Chiefs' all-time scoring leader. He finished the day with 1,236 points in 12 seasons, breaking the club scoring record of 1,231 points set by Jan Stenerud from 1967 through 1979. Lowery has 280 field goals and became the team's career field-goal leader. Stenerud kicked 279 field goals.

* Kansas City's Deron Cherry intercepted Seattle's Dave Krieg in the third quarter to become the 23rd player in NFL history to intercept 50 or more passes in his career. It was Cherry's 11th interception against the Seahawks, 9 against Krieg.

* New Orleans, which had a 9-1 start, has stalled with a third straight loss.

* San Francisco's Jerry Rice scored a touchdown for the first time in 6 games.

* New York Giants QB Phil Simms threw for 3 TDs to get his 15th team passing record. He has a club mark of 175 TD passes, 2 more than Charlie Conerly.

* Cincinnati has a perfect record against the Giants -- 4-0, with all the wins at Riverfront Stadium.

* Miami K Pete Stoyanovich kicked a career-high 4 field goals, from 41, 24, 19 and 30 yards.

* Atlanta WR Andre Rison had 2 scoring receptions, giving him 10 for the year -- best in the NFL.

* Miami has not lost to an NFC team at home since moving into Joe Robbie Stadium in 1987.

* Tampa Bay has not beaten an AFC opponent on the road since winning at Cincinnati on Sept. 7, 1980.

Injuries

* New York Giants LB Lawrence Taylor missed only his second game in 11 years because of a sprained left knee.

* Kansas City lost RB Christian Okoye when he took a hit on his right knee.

* New Orleans CB Vince Buck was carried off the field on a stretcher with a pinched nerve in his neck. Buck was able to move his arms and feet.

* Cincinnati offensive tackle Anthony Munoz left the game with a dislocated left elbow.

They said it

* "It was one of those days a lot of things went well for us." Cleveland coach Bill Belichick, after 4 turnovers by the Colts produced 4 touchdowns.

* "I go to where I think there's protection on my back side and I'm wide open. I'm getting beat down by people that I just don't think should be there. I don't know why they are." Indianapolis QB Jeff George after being sacked 6 times by Cleveland.

* "I told the guys Chris was hurt and we better make sure nobody even smells him. When I saw him before the game he was in the back room in the fetal position shaking like a wet rag." Atlanta tackle Mike Kenn, on QB Chris Miller, who reported for the game with a temperature of 104 degrees.

* "The sideline erupted. It was as if we'd just won it all. You have those feelings, even in a bad season. It was a fleeting moment, but it was so exciting when it happened. Someone lifted me up and slam-dunked me down." Cincinnati head coach Sam Wyche after beating the Giants.

* "Their quarterback does the job for them and the way they protect him, he doesn't even have to shower after the game." Rams coach John Robinson on Washington QB Mark Rypien.

* "They just have too many weapons. We can't double-cover everyone and, with Buffalo, the guy you single cover is going to kill you." New York Jets head coach Bruce Coslet, whose team has been beaten 9 straight by Buffalo.

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