Plays And Replays

December 20, 1993

Why not build it 50 miles south?

Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman announced plans last night to build a 70,000-seat, football-only stadium with a grass playing field that would open for the 1996-97 season.

Braman said he would finance construction of Eagles Stadium. He said he had hired Brookwood Corp. of Atlanta to study the feasibility of building it.

Construction would begin in January 1995 at one of two sites in South Philadelphia, near the Eagles' current playing field, Veterans Stadium, Braman said.

The man flat-out has style

Woozy, fighting a headache and flat on his back, Joe Montana still showed style.

Montana, almost knocked out of the Chiefs-Chargers game on the previous play, was unaware that he raised his arms in the touchdown signal while lying on his back after hitting J. J. Birden with the go-ahead scoring pass in the third quarter.

"I don't remember doing that," Montana said. "It was probably just instinct."

On the previous play, Junior Seau had flattened Montana, who went to the sideline as the Chiefs took a 40-second timeout.

"Someone just hit me in the head. I don't know who," Montana said. "It knocked me woozy a little bit, so they made me come out. Luckily, it cleared up and I went in for the next play."

He's tough, but no Jerry Rice

Umpire Dennis Riggs was wobbly in Kansas City, too, and Montana was the reason.

Riggs took a Montana pass flush in the face in the first half, causing the game to be delayed. Riggs was able to continue.

Love that Buges

If coach Joe Bugel doesn't get his contract renewed in Phoenix for next season, some Cardinals aren't going to like it, particularly Gary Clark.

The frustrated Cardinals -- losers of eight games by seven points or less -- erupted in jubilation on the sideline after beating the Seahawks in overtime, 30-27. Bugel was embraced by Clark, who caught a career-high 12 passes for 152 yards.

"Joe's not only my coach, he's a good personal friend," Clark said. "He's the main reason I came to Phoenix in the first place [as a free agent during the off-season]. We're going to dedicate ourselves the last two weeks to see if we can have Joe back next year."

"As head coach, this is definitely my greatest win," Bugel said.

"Winning will take care of a lot of things for a lot of people around this team," said quarterback Steve Beuerlein.

Slight oversight

The NFL set up four speakers on the sidelines in Cincinnati for the Bengals-Rams game as part of its experiment to fight crowd noise.

The speakers were supposed to help players hear audibles and snap counts inside the 20-yard lines. One problem: They weren't needed. A season-low 36,612 fans showed up and fans were quiet most of the game.

Just another playbook

When Steve DeBerg replaced Scott Mitchell for Miami, it marked the fifth time he played quarterback against Buffalo, each time for a different team. DeBerg's previous efforts were on behalf of the 49ers, the Broncos, the Buccaneers and the Chiefs.

Despite playing less than half the game, DeBerg fell just 27 yards shy of throwing for 300 or more yards for the third consecutive week.

Great Scottie

Perhaps running back Scottie Graham just needed a stint in the real world.

A few months ago, Graham was working in a pharmacy after the New York Jets cut him. Now, after a few weeks on the Vikings' practice squad and injuries to Terry Allen and Robert Smith, Graham is Minnesota's starter.

Yesterday against the Packers he rushed 30 times for 139 yards -- only 35 fewer than he had gained in his NFL career -- to help Minnesota moved into a third-place tie with Chicago in the NFC Central.

On second thought . . .

Colts receiver Jessie Hester refuses to get bent out of shape over his team's struggles.

"If my hand wasn't made of flesh and bone, I'd probably be going upside one of these lockers or something like that," he said. "It's extremely frustrating."

Paper Lions

So just how bad was it for the Lions in the 55-17 smothering delivered by the 49ers?

"Total domination," said Detroit quarterback Erik Kramer. "I don't think I've ever seen another game like that. We've gotten beat a few times before, real bad, but nothing like that."

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