Day in review

December 21, 1998

Top performances

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300-yard passers

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

Plummer, Ari. .. .. 32-44 .. .. 394 .. .. . 0

Blake, Cin. .. .. . 20-36 .. .. 367 .. .. . 1

Manning, Ind. .. .. 23-39 .. .. 335 .. .. . 1

100-yard rushers

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

Watters, Sea. .. .. .. 32 .. .. 178 .. .. . 1

Allen, Chi. .. .. .. . 23 .. .. 163 .. .. . 1

Anderson, Atl. .. .. . 30 .. .. 147 .. .. . 1

E. Smith, Dal. .. .. . 25 .. .. 110 .. .. . 0

Hearst, S.F. .. .. ... 27 .. .. 107 .. .. . 0

Taylor, Jac. .. .. ... 23 .. .. 105 .. .. . 0

Bettis, Pit. .. .. . . 21 .. .. 104 .. .. . 1

G. Brown, NYG .. .. .. 25 .. .. 103 .. .. . 1

R. Smith, Min. .. .. . 19 .. .. 101 .. .. . 0

Edwards, N.E. .. .. .. 24 .. .. 101 .. .. . 1

100-yard receivers

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

Freeman, G.B. .. .. ... 7 .. .. 186 .. .. . 3

Scott, Cin. .. .. .. .. 7 .. .. 152 .. .. . 1

F. Sanders, Ari. .. .. 10 .. .. 138 .. .. . 0

Small, Ind. .. .. .. .. 3 .. .. 120 .. .. . 0

Bennett, Cin. .. .. ... 3 .. .. 119 .. .. . 0

Rice, S.F. .. .. .. . . 5 .. .. 115 .. .. . 1

Jett, Oak. .. .. .. ... 5 .. .. 106 .. .. . 1

Quotable

"It's not about what he says. It's what I know. I'm my own man."

-- Kordell Stewart, Steelers quarterback, when asked if coach Bill Cowher would be upset that Stewart criticized Mike Tomczak, who replaced an ineffective Stewart for the second straight game.

"This team has hearts as big as Texas Stadium. It was not easy. It was tough. It was ugly. But nobody is going to ruin it for me. I appreciate this team."

-- Chan Gailey, Cowboys coach, on his team clinching the NFC East with a hard-fought win over the Eagles.

"We're not alive. Too many things have to happen. You can't expect it after the way we played at the start of the season. If it happens and falls in our lap and is a gift from God. But we have played nowhere near enough to deserve it, so I'm not expecting it."

K? -- Percy Ellsworth, Giants safety, on team's playoff hopes.

Injury report

Eric Green, Ravens TE: Bruised knee. Did not return.

Steve Young, 49ers QB: Twisted left knee on final play. Will have MRI today.

Randall Cunningham, Vikings QB: Fractured bone in left hand. Stayed in game.

Mark Chmura, Packers TE: Strained calf. Did not return.

Chris Warren, Cowboys RB: Aggravated groin injury. Did not return.

By the numbers

Records: The Vikings' Randy Moss tied an NFL record with his 10th touchdown of at least 40 yards Packers punter Sean Landeta (Towson State) set a team record with his 29th punt inside the 20.

Streaks: The Chiefs' loss assured coach Marty Schottenheimer of his first losing season in 14 full seasons as an NFL coach. The Bengals ended a nine-game losing streak. The Seahawks failed to make the playoffs for the 10th straight season. The Eagles haven't won a road game since Dec. 14, 1996 (17 games).

Milestones: The Packers' Brett Favre became the first player to throw for more than 30 touchdowns in five seasons. He also became the fifth quarterback with multiple 4,000-yard seasons The Falcons clinched their first NFC West title in 18 years. The Vikings' Cris Carter caught his 100th touchdown pass, tying Steve Largent for second place on the career list The Lions' Barry Sanders has 18,248 yards from scrimmage, passing Herschel Walker for second place on the all-time career total-yardage list, trailing Walter Payton. The Seahawks' Ricky Watters set a career high with 178 yards on 32 carries. The Giants played the 1,000th game in their history. Only three teams have played more: the Bears, Cardinals and Packers. The Lions' Herman Moore caught his 600th pass in his 118th game. That makes him the fastest to reach that level, surpassing Jerry Rice, who needed 123 games.

Ups: Carolina won for the first time in 11 games it trailed going into the fourth quarter.

Downs: Barry Sanders has been held under 100 yards rushing for three times in his past four games. He also fumbled for the first time since Oct. 10, 1997. The Steelers lost consecutive regular-season home games for the first time under coach Bill Cowher.

Next week

Dolphins (9-5) at Falcons (13-2): If Miami loses tonight against the Broncos, it may need to win this one to ensure a playoff berth.

Chargers (5-9) at Cardinals (8-7): Arizona, 0-3 against the AFC this season, can clinch its first playoff berth in a non-strike season since 1975 with a victory.

Pub Date: 12/21/98

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