Nfl Week 4

September 30, 2002

The number

4

Overtime touchdown passes by Drew Bledsoe, most in NFL history.

The quote

" It's probably the worst split-second in your life when you pick your head up and you see it sailing wide right."

Shayne Graham, Panthers kicker, who missed a 24-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in a 17-14 loss to the Packers.

TOP FIVE PASSERS

Player, Team C-A Yds TD

McNair, Titans 32-46 398 2

Gannon, Raiders 29-39 381 4

Brady, Patriots 36-53 353 2

Bledsoe, Bills 28-36 328 4

Green, Chiefs 24-34 328 5

TOP FIVE RUSHERS

Player, Team Att Yds TD

Tomlinson, Chargers 27 217 2

Taylor, Jaguars 21 142 1

Alexander, Seahawks 24 139 4

White, Browns 16 105 1

Shipp, Cardinals 17 92 1

TOP FIVE RECEIVERS

Player, Team Rec Yds TD

Rice, Raiders 7 144 1

Gonzalez, Chiefs 7 140 3

Branch, Patriots 13 128 0

Moulds, Bills 8 119 1

Smith, Panthers 5 116 0

THEY SAID IT

"He's going to be the quarterback for the ages here. The kid is a playmaker and is a natural-born leader."

Todd Lyght, Lions cornerback, on QB Joey Harrington.

"We played like kids out there. We didn't play like an NFL football team."

Curtis Martin, Jets running back, after a 28-3 loss to the Jags dropped the team to 1-3.

"Respect is nice, but wins are a lot better than respect. I'd rather be disrespected and go 16-0."

Seth Payne, Texans defensive tackle, on losing three straight games.

"I'm going to send the NFL back to the Neanderthal age."

Marty Schottenheimer, Chargers coach, on having quarterback Drew Brees attempt only 18 passes.

"Coach [Bill] Cowher asked if I wanted him to run a play so I could get my bearings back. I said, `No, it's a 31-yarder, I can make that, so let's kick it and go home.' "

Todd Peterson, Steelers kicker, on making the winning kick in OT against the Browns after his first attempt was blocked.

"We shook up the world, baby."

LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers running back, after rushing for 217 yards in a win over the Patriots.

EXTRA POINTS

Record effort

Seahawks' Shaun Alexander set an NFL record by scoring five touchdowns in the first half against Vikings.

Complete player

Brett Favre of the Packers has 3,414 career completions, passing Joe Montana for fifth place on the all-time list.

Titanic struggles

The Jets have been outscored 102-13 in three straight losses, their worst three-game stretch since 1962, when they were known as the New York Titans.

Happy returns

Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice became the NFL's career leader in yards from scrimmage. Rice has 21,281 yards for his career, 17 more than Walter Payton's previous record. He has 20,649 receiving and 632 rushing in his 18-year career.

Soaring Jet

Wayne Chrebet became fourth Jet to go over 6,000 yards receiving in his career. He joined Don Maynard, Al Toon and Wesley Walker.

Easy picking

Safety Greg Wesley is the third Chief with three interceptions in a game, the first since Albert Lewis in 1991.

Making his mark

LaDainian Tomlinson tied Gary Anderson's team record for single-game rushing yardage, set against Kansas City on Dec. 18, 1988.

Happy returns

Raiders' Rod Woodson had three interceptions for 100 yards to become the NFL's career leader in interception return yards with 1,339.

NEXT WEEK

New England (3-1) at Miami (3-1)

Both teams suffered upset losses yesterday, so this won't be a matchup of unbeatens, as had been anticipated. Still, the game is compelling as a clash between two AFC East powerhouses, and the Dolphins have won six of the past eight meetings in the series.

St. Louis (0-4) at San Francisco (2-1)

The 49ers are coming off a bye week; the Rams are coming off another costly defeat, this one on a last-second field goal. Forgive the 49ers if they don't feel sorry for their winless NFC West rivals, because San Francisco has lost the past six games in the series.

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