Plays and replays

December 23, 1991|By Michael Reeb

Records, streaks and milestones

* Indianapolis set an NFL record for fewest points scored in a 16-game season, 143. The New England Patriots had set the previous mark of 181 in 1990.

* Billy Brooks caught 4 passes for 76 yards, moving him past Lenny Moore into second place on the Colts' career reception list. Brooks has 367 and Moore had 363.

Tampa Bay C Paul Gruber completed the fourth season in which he has played every offensive play -- 3,855 snaps -- every one Tampa Bay has had since he entered the league.

* Michael Irvin's 93 catches were the most by a Cowboyreceiver in a season, improving on the record he had set last week.

* With 1,523 receiving yards, the seventh-most in NFL history, Irvin added to his team season record.

* Irvin broke Bob Hayes' record of 6 100-yard receiving games in a single season.

* Dallas' Emmitt Smith won his first NFL rushing title, gaining 160 yards in 32 carries to beat Detroit's Barry Sanders by 15 yards.

* Smith tied the Dallas season record of 12 rushing touchdowns set by Tony Dorsett in 1977 and matched by Herschel Walker in 1986.

* With 32 carries, Smith set the Dallas record for carries in a season with 365. That exceeded the 361 of Walker in 1988.

* Ken Willis, with a 20-yarder, tied the Dallas record for field goals in a season, 27, set by Rafael Septien in 1981. Willis missed 1 from 46 yards.

* New England's Hugh Millen passed for 271 yards against Cincinnati, making him the first Patriots quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards since Tony Eason in 1986.

* New England TE Marv Cook had 4 catches for 29 yards, leaving him with 82 receptions for the season. That's 2 catches shy of Stanley Morgan's club record set in 1986.

* New England's Irving Fryar caught 5 passes for 58 yards, leaving him with 1,014 receiving yards. He's the first Patriots receiver to top 1,000 yards since Morgan in 1986.

* Miami's Marks Brothers, Clayton and Duper, each surpassed 1,000 yards in receiving for the season. It was the fifth time for Clayton, who finished with 1,053 yards. Only 4 players in NFL history have had more 1,000-yard seasons. With 1,085 yards, Duper reached the plateau for the fourth time. The duo joins Washington's Art Monk and Gary Clark as the only teammates to reach that milestone together 3 times.

* The New York Jets' Freeman McNeil set an NFL record by completing his 11th season with an average gain per rush of more than 4.0 yards, breaking a tie with Joe Perry.

* An interception by Miami's Cliff Odom was the first of the 11th-year linebacker's career.

* Richard Shelton's 3 interceptions were the most by a Steeler since Donnie Shell's 3 against Cleveland on Nov. 22, 1981.

* Detroit RB Barry Sanders surpassed Billy Sims' team-record 42 career rushing touchdowns with his 43rd.

* Sanders' 17 touchdowns this season beat Sims' team record of 16.

* Tampa Bay's Broderick Thomas had 11 tackles and finished the season with 173 -- 1 shy of Cecil Johnson's team record set in 1981.

Injuries

* Miami's Reggie Roby, who entered the game as the AFC's leading punter, tore his left Achilles tendon on his only punt, a 53-yarder, and had to leave the game.

* Buffalo coach Marv Levy pulled a calf muscle as he was "just running along the sidelines, expressing my opinion to one of the officials on something."

* Pittsburgh OT John Jackson left with a neck injury.

* Pittsburgh QB Bubby Brister left late in the game when he reinjured his right knee.

* Miami G Keith Sims and C Jeff Uhlenhake left the game with twisted left knees.

They said it * "See you on the golf course." Los Angeles Rams coach John Robinson, who has resigned, to the Seattle Seahawks' Chuck Knox, in danger of being fired, after last night's game.

* "Don't count us out. I've learned never to count these players out. They don't count me out. That's why we're on our way -- maybe not this year where we want to be, but we're on our way to having a hell of a franchise." New York Jets coach Bruce Coslet.

* "I wasn't saying anything against them. I was just trying to light a fire under our guys. I thought they would stand behind what I said," Miami WR Mark Clayton on remark that guaranteed victory.

* "We don't know if Chuck's going to be here or not. It's hard to tell. He's hard to read and you never know what he's thinking." Pittsburgh QB Bubby Brister on whether coach Chuck Noll will return.

* "The last time I punted was in high school. I tried to do it a little in college, but you use different muscles, so I stopped." Miami's Pete Stoyanovich, who filled in for injured P Reggie Roby.

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