Numbers* Best day passing: Jeff Hostetler, L.A. Raiders...

Plays and replays

September 06, 1993|By Susan Reimer

Numbers

* Best day passing: Jeff Hostetler, L.A. Raiders, 23-27-1, 255 yards, 1 TD

* Best day rushing: Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 24 carries, 114 yards

* Best day receiving: Rob Moore, N.Y. Jets, 9 catches, 140 yards, 1 TD

* Longest TD passing: New England, Drew Bledsoe to Ben Coates, 54 yards

* Longest TD rushing: Barry Sanders, Detroit, 26 yards

* Longest field goal: Norm Johnson, Atlanta, 54 yards

* Most field goals: Six, John Carney, San Diego, 26, 44, 50, 32, 51 and 19 yards

300-yard passers

* Boomer Esiason, N.Y. Jets, 29-40-1-371, 2 TDs

100-yard rushers

* Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 24 carries, 114 yards

100-yard receivers

* Rob Moore, N.Y. Jets, 9 catches, 140 yards, 1 TD

* Sterling Sharpe, Green Bay, 7 catches, 120 yards, 1 TD

* Herman Moore, Detroit, 4 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD

* Eric Martin, New Orleans, 7 catches, 111 yards

* Andre Reed, Buffalo, 6 catches, 110 yards, 3 TDs

* Andre Rison, Atlanta, 6 catches, 106 yards, 1 TD

Records, streaks and milestones

* New York's Lawrence Taylor, coming back from a career-threatening Achilles' tendon injury, had two sacks, two knockdowns and applied pressure throughout the win over Chicago.

* San Diego ended a six-game losing streak on opening day, the longest in the NFL.

* Tommy Vardell, known as "Touchdown Tommy" at Stanford, finally scored his first touchdown after going through his rookie season with Cleveland without one.

* Dan Marino engineered the 25th fourth-quarter comeback victory of his career.

* Marino moved into second place on the NFL's all-time list for touchdown passes with three touchdown passes. He is 89 short of Fran Tarkenton's record of 342.

* Miami coach Don Shula raised his victory total to 319, second only to George Halas' 324. Against the Colts, whom Shula guided in the first seven years of his 31 seasons as an NFL coach, he is 33-14 in the regular season. If his team goes undefeated until the Colts visit Miami, he could set the record in that game.

* Jim Kelly and Andre Reed, Buffalo's pass-catch duo, have the most touchdown connections of any active quarterback-receiver combination in the NFL. They added three more yesterday to bring their career collaboration to 47. They connected just three times all last season.

* Thurman Thomas continued his mastery of the Patriots. Thomas' 100-yard rushing effort was the 30th of his career and sixth against New England.

* The Rams' Jim Everett, who completed just 17 of 41 passes for 175 yards, passed Roman Gabriel's career passing yardage record of 22,223 yards set from 1962 to 1972.

* Denver's 26-20 victory over the New York Jets gave the Broncos a 21-12-1 opening-day mark, the best in AFC history. That includes years in the AFL before the merger.

* Jason Elam, a third-round pick from Hawaii, made all four field-goal attempts, an early justification of his selection over veteran David Treadwell as the Broncos' kicker.

* The 49ers' Jerry Rice made touchdown catches of 5 and 6 yards in a 5:15 span of the first half -- the record 104th and 105th of his career -- and ended with eight receptions against the Steelers.

* Green Bay's Sterling Sharpe, who set an NFL record with 108 catches last season, grabbed seven more for 120 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown on a tipped pass.

* Barry Sanders has been the only running back to rush for a Detroit touchdown since he arrived in 1989.

* The Seahawks allowed an NFL-high 67 sacks last year, an average of 4.2 a game, and are just behind that pace after Seattle quarterback Rick Mirer was thrown four times.

Black and silver? No, back and smiling

The other peaceful smile in the Kansas City locker room belonged to Marcus Allen, who did not get into the game against Tampa Bay until 48 seconds remained in the first quarter but still gained 79 yards in 13 carries, a 6.1-yard average.

After spending his past four Los Angeles Raiders seasons deep in Al Davis' doghouse, Allen spoke like a man who had just won the lottery. He has now equaled his number of touchdown catches for the past two seasons combined.

"The last team I played for would not use me at all, so I'm just happy to get any kind of chance," Allen said of his role as a third-down specialist. "This has been a rebirth in the sense that I'm enthusiastic again. I'm happy."

His touchdown was vintage Allen. He caught a pass from Montana in the right flat and out-fought linebacker Erick Anderson for several yards before diving into the end zone.

Montana to Allen. Six months ago, who would have imagined?

"When we sit back and reflect on this, it's going to be something," Allen said.

Old quarterbacks never die

Joe Montana, operating the same offense he ran for 14 years with the San Francisco 49ers, completed his first nine passes for Kansas City and finished 14-for-21 for 246 yards in his first start since being sidelined by an elbow injury more than two years ago.

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