Day in review

November 30, 1998

Top performances

-- Mike Ditka, Saints coach, after 30-10 loss to Dolphins.

"When you go up with a minute to go, you'd think the game would be ours."

-- Steve McNair, Oilers quarterback, on Seahawks' last-second, winning rally.

Injury report

Jermaine Lewis, Ravens WR: Sprained ankle. Will miss next week's game.

Antonio Freeman, Packers WR: Fractured jaw.

Mark Chmura, Packers TE: Sprained ankle.

Tony Boselli, Jaguars T: Sprained ankle.

Fred Taylor, Jaguars RB: Injured shoulder.

Marvin Harrison, Colts WR: Separated right shoulder.

Ellis Johnson, Colts DT: Tore cartilage in knee. May be out for season.

John Burke, Chargers TE: Sprained left shoulder. Out two to four weeks.

By the numbers

Records: The Colts' Marshall Faulk set a franchise record with 267 all purpose yards, running for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Streaks: Doug Flutie of the Bills lost for the first time in 11 games at Foxboro Stadium. The Bengals lost their seventh straight game and fell to 2-10 for the first time since 1994. The Chiefs' win against the Cardinals ended a six-game losing streak and was their 10th straight win against NFC opponents. Tampa Bay won for the first time at Chicago since 1989. Miami's offensive line held the Saints without a sack for the first time in 61 games, ending the third-longest streak in history.

Milestones: Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino became the first player to throw 400 career touchdown passes. The Falcons clinched a playoff berth for the earliest time in team history. Atlanta coach Dan Reeves joined Chuck Knox as the only coaches to lead three teams to the playoffs. The Packers' Brett Favre joined Marino and John Elway as the only quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards in seven straight seasons.

Ups: A week after throwing three interceptions against Pittsburgh in the worst performance of his career, Jacksonville's Mark Brunell threw a career-best four touchdown passes against Cincinnati.

Downs: The Bills were held to 99 yards rushing after getting a season-high 213 two weeks earlier in a 13-10 win over the Patriots in Buffalo.

Next week

Patriots (7-5) at Steelers (7-5): These two defending division champions are battling to keep their respective playoff hopes alive. The Steelers have lost three of their past five, but they are 5-1 at home.

Dolphins (8-4) at Raiders (7-5): With recent losses to the Ravens and Redskins, the Raiders appear to pretenders rather than contenders. The Dolphins cannot afford to lose with the Jets, Broncos and Falcons looming.

Pub Date: 11/30/98

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