Numbers* Best day passing: Wade Wilson, New Orleans, 22 of...

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September 13, 1993

Numbers

* Best day passing: Wade Wilson, New Orleans, 22 of 34, 341 yards, 1 int., 3 TDs

* Best day rushing: Barry Sanders, Detroit, 32 carries, 148 yards

* Best day receiving: Michael Haynes, Atlanta, 7 catches, 182 yards, 2 TDs

* Longest TD passing: Atlanta, Bobby Hebert to Haynes, 98 yards

* Longest TD rushing: Lorenzo Neal, New Orleans, 74 yards

* Longest field goal: Jason Elam, Denver, and Tony Zendejas, Rams, 54 yards

* Most field goals: Four, Jason Hanson, Detroit, 22, 26, 23 and 38 yards.

300-yard passers

* Wade Wilson, New Orleans, 22 of 34, 341 yards, 1 int., 3 TDs

* Boomer Esiason, Jets, 22 of 33, 323 yards, 1 int., 2 TDs

100-yard rushers

* Barry Sanders, Detroit, 32 carries, 148 yards

* Rodney Hampton, Giants, 29 carries, 134 yards, 1 TD

100-yard receivers

* Michael Haynes, Atlanta, 7 catches, 182 yards, 2 TDs

* Henry Ellard, Rams, 9 catches, 127 yards

* Rob Moore, Jets, 6 catches, 127 yards

* Nate Lewis, San Diego, 10 catches, 119 yards, 1 TD

* Michael Irvin, Dallas, 8 catches, 115 yards

* Jay Novacek, Dallas, 8 catches, 106 yards

Records, streaks and milestones

* With 286 yards passing, Miami's Dan Marino increased his career total to 40,024 and became the fourth player in NFL history to reach the 40,000-yard mark. The others are Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts and John Unitas. Marino is 215 yards behind Unitas for third place on the all-time list.

* Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman's streak of 166 passes without an interception ended when the Bills' Nate Odomes picked off Aikman's first pass. Aikman had gone through his final 77 passes of the regular season and then 89 passes in the postseason without an interception.

* Saints kicker Morten Andersen set an NFL record with his 25th consecutive field goal, breaking the mark of 24 held by the Bears' Kevin Butler. Andersen missed his next two attempts.

* New Orleans set a club record with 557 yards of offense.

* Patriots rookie linebacker Chris Slade had three sacks yesterday. Only two Patriots had more than three sacks all last season, when New England was last in the league with 20 total.

* The Lions' Willie Clay returned Troy Brown's fumble of the opening kickoff 15 yards for a touchdown 11 seconds into the game. It was the earliest touchdown ever against the Patriots. There are no official NFL records for the quickest touchdown.

* Phil Simms' 43-yard pass to Mike Sherrard was the Giants quarterback's longest in three years. Sherrard got the ball after Buccaneers safety Joe King apparently had an interception lined up and let the ball go through his arms.

* Bobby Hebert's 98-yard touchdown pass to Michael Haynes was the longest in Falcons history. The previous best was 89 yards from Chris Miller to Haynes on Sept. 13, 1992, against Washington.

* New Orleans linebacker Rickey Jackson has played in 185 consecutive games.

* Saints wide receiver Eric Martin has catches in 91 consecutive games.

* The Saints had 356 yards at halftime. Last season, New Orleans gained that many or more only three times.

* The Broncos have beaten the Chargers seven consecutive times at Mile High Stadium.

* Tony Zendejas' 54-yard field goal set a Rams record.

* Buccaneers rookie defensive end Eric Curry, the No. 6 pick in the draft, registered his first NFL sack when he nailed the Giants' Phil Simms for a 4-yard loss on the first series of the game.

* Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason ran for a touchdown for the first time since 1988.

* Rob Moore became the first Jet since Al Toon in 1988 to exceed 100 yards in two straight games.

Injuries

* Packers linebacker Brian Noble suffered torn ligaments in his right knee. The extent of the injury and a determination on surgery will be made early this week.

* Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl (shoulder) and tight end Keith Jackson (hamstring) sat out the second half yesterday. Their status for next week wasn't immediately known. Jackson was hurt when shoved from behind by the Jets' Brian Washington on a play that drew a pass-interference penalty.

* Saints running back Lorenzo Neal suffered a fractured right ankle in the third quarter and likely is out for the season.

Vaughn Hebron update

Cardinal Gibbons graduate Vaughn Hebron, a rookie running back with the Eagles, carried nine times for 32 yards against the Packers. His one reception for 12 yards was a key play in the fourth-quarter touchdown drive that gave the Eagles a 17-17 tie on their way to a 20-17 win.

And there was a pebble in his shoe, too

The Bears' Kevin Butler said his 53-yard field-goal attempt that hit the crossbar would have been good had he been kicking a legal football. One field goal meant the difference in Chicago's 10-7 loss to Minnesota.

"One official told me they removed that ball from the game right after the kick," Butler said. "I think the refs should check that. Footballs get beat up and lose pressure. It would have helped to have a little more air in it."

Or a little more leg.

Mind over matter

The key phrase for this week is: "It was just a matter . . ." As in the Colts-Bengals game. Let's listen in:

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