Day in review

December 22, 1997

Top performances

300-yard passers

Player, Team .......... C-A ..... Yds. ... TD

Zeier, Ravens ......... 28-41 ... 349 .... 2

100-yard rushers

Player, Team .......... No. ..... Yds. ... TD

Sanders, Det. ......... 23 ...... 184 .... 1

R. Smith, Min. ........ 27 ...... 160 .... 0

J. Anderson, Atl. ..... 33 ...... 152 .... 0

Dunn, T.B. ............ 16 ...... 119 .... 0

Garner, Phi. .......... 18 ...... 115 .... 2

Faulk, Ind. ........... 23 ...... 102 .... 2

100-yard receivers

Player, Team .......... No. ..... Yds. ... TD

Brown, Oak. ........... 14 ...... 164 .... 0

Sharpe, Den. .......... 8 ....... 162 .... 1

Scott, Cin. ........... 6 ....... 129 .... 1

McCardell, Jac. ....... 7 ....... 116 .... 1

Alexander, Ravens ..... 5 ....... 111 .... 1

Galloway, Sea. ........ 6 ....... 101 .... 2

They said it

"We didn't know we were going to play Pittsburgh on the road twice this year."

-- Eddie George, Oilers running back, on playing before their largest home crowd, which was mostly Steelers fans.

"You guys are going to get killed next week."

-- Erik Kramer, Bears quarterback, to Buccaneers fans taunting him when he returned from the locker room in the fourth quarter.

Injury report

Jim Harbaugh, Colts QB: Injured shoulder. Did not return.

Reggie Brown, Lions LB: Suffered a spine injury. Hospitalized.

Everett Lindsay, Vikings C: Injured left leg. Tests scheduled for today.

Dermontti Dawson, Steelers C: Strained left calf. Did not return.

Jim Sweeney, Steelers G: Strained knee. Did not return.

Greg Bishop, Giants OL: Sprained ankle. Did not return.

Erric Pegram, Giants RB: Bruised ribs. Did not return.

Ricky Watters, Eagles RB: Injured shoulder. Did not return.

Erik Kramer, Bears QB: Sprained left shoulder. Did not return.

Brent Jones, 49ers TE: Suffered a concussion. Did not return.

By the numbers

Record: The Falcons' Morten Andersen tied Nick Lowery's NFL record for 100-point seasons at 11.

Milestones: The Lions' Barry Sanders has the second- and fifth-highest single-season rushing totals in NFL history, making him the only player with two of the top five. Tim Brown's 14 catches for 164 yards were the most receptions in a game in Raiders history. He became the team career leader in career receptions with 599 and fashioned the most productive receiving season in team history with 104 catches for 1,390 yards.

Ups: The Jets finished with their best record since 1986, when they went 10-6. They had not finished over .500 since an 8-7-1 record in 1988. They also finished tied for the best turnaround in modern NFL history, going from 1-15 last year to 9-7. The Giants beat the Cowboys at Texas Stadium for the first time since 1990. That was also the last year the Giants swept Dallas in a season series and the last time they had won the NFC East.

Downs: The Bears had only four plays longer than 10 yards. The Cardinals finished without a 100-yard rusher for the 28th straight game, the longest drought in the NFL.

Tonight's game

New England (9-6) at Miami (9-6)

Time: 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7.

Line: Dolphins by 2 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Patriots 6-9; Dolphins 7-5.

Last week: Patriots lost to Steelers in OT, 24-21. Dolphins lost to Colts, 41-0.

Worth watching: Dolphins QB Dan Marino has won 12 of his past 15 starts against the Patriots. New England QB Drew Bledsoe leads the AFC with 28 TD passes.

Outlook: Both teams qualified for the playoffs on the basis of the Jets' loss to the Lions yesterday. Still, tonight's winner takes the AFC East title and gets to play host to the loser in a wild-card game next week.

Notable: Patriots lead the AFC with a turnover differential of plus-11.

Injuries:

PATRIOTS: Questionable: WR Terry Glenn (hamstring); RB Curtis Martin (shoulder); DT Mark Wheeler (hamstring). Probable: RB David Meggett (hamstring).

DOLPHINS: Questionable: CB-S Calvin Jackson (neck); WR Charles Jordan (abdomen-groin). Probable: G Jeff Buckey (knee); CB Sam Madison (ankle); QB Dan Marino (elbow); S Shawn Wooden (hip).

Pub Date: 12/22/97

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