NFL Today, Week 12 Print
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Sunday, 25 November 2007 16:50
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday night, Nov. 26
Miami (0-10) at Pittsburgh (7-3). Miami is the fifth team since 1990 to start a season 0-10 and the league's only winless team. The Steelers lead the AFC in rushing (147.5) and Willie Parker leads the conference with 925 yards (4.0 per carry).

STARS
Passing
- Kurt Warner, Cardinals, completed 34 of 48 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice early and fumbled in the end zone in overtime as San Francisco beat Arizona 37-31.
- Drew Brees, Saints, was 24-of-36 for 260 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as New Orleans routed Carolina 31-6.
- Carson Palmer, Bengals, threw for 283 yards and three TDs in Cincinnati's 35-6 win over Tennessee.
- David Garrard, Jaguars, was 23-of-37 for 296 yards and a touchdown to lead Jacksonville to a 36-14 victory over Buffalo.

Rushing
- Frank Gore, 49ers, looking like the powerhouse player of last year, ran for 116 yards on 21 carries and caught 11 passes for 98 yards in San Francisco's 37-31 overtime win.
- Justin Fargas, Raiders, rushed for 139 yards and a TD as Oakland edged Kansas City 20-17.
- Jamal Lewis, Browns, had 134 yards rushing and a score in Cleveland's 27-17 win over Houston.
- Kolby Smith, Chiefs, had 150 yards rushing and two TDs in place of an injured Larry Johnson and the retired Priest Holmes in a 20-17 loss to Oakland.

Receiving
- Chad Johnson, Bengals, had a career-high 12 receptions for 103 yards and three TDs to help Cincinnati rout Tennessee 35-6.
- Kellen Winslow, Browns, caught 10 passes for 107 yards and a score in Cleveland's 27-17 win over Houston.
- Antonio Gates, Chargers, had 105 yards and two TDs on six catches in San Diego's 32-14 victory over Baltimore.
- Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, had nine catches for 156 yards and two TDs, but Arizona lost to San Francisco 37-31 in overtime.

Special Teams
- Devin Hester, Bears, returned a punt 75 yards for a TD and a kickoff 88 yards for a score in Chicago's 37-34 overtime victory over Denver. It was the ninth time he ran a kick all the way back, breaking Gale Sayers' club record, and his sixth career punt return for a TD.
- Josh Wilson, Seahawks, returned a first-quarter kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in Seattle's 24-19 win at St. Louis.
- Josh Scobee, Jaguars, tied a team record with five field goals in Jacksonville's 36-14 win over Buffalo.
- Robbie Gould, Bears, kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give Chicago a 37-34 win over Denver. He had three field goals overall.

Defense
- Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith and Chad Greenway, Vikings, picked off passes by Eli Manning and returned them for touchdowns in leading Minnesota to a 41-17 victory over the New York Giants.
- Tully Banta-Cain, 49ers, recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to give San Francisco a wild 37-31 overtime victory over Arizona.
- Ronde Barber, Buccaneers, became Tampa Bay's career interceptions leader with his 32nd in a 19-13 win.
- Patrick Kerney, Seahawks, had three sacks and an interception in Seattle's 24-19 win at St. Louis.
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MILESTONES
San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson became the 23rd player in NFL history rush for 10,000 yards, reaching the milestone on a 36-yard run in the Chargers' 32-14 win over Baltimore. ... Phil Dawson kicked field goals of 25 and 27 yards to move past Hall of Famer Jim Brown on Cleveland's career scoring list with 759 points. ... Chad Johnson eclipsed Carl Pickens' Cincinnati Bengals mark with his 531st career reception. ... Jacksonville's David Garrard set a team record for consecutive passes without an interception (209).
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STREAKS
Oakland's 20-17 victory at Kansas City ended the Raiders' 17-game skid against AFC West teams. They had dropped nine in a row to Kansas City, and six straight overall. Oakland hadn't won a game in its division since a 25-24 squeaker over Denver on Nov. 28, 2004, the longest ongoing streak of divisional futility in the NFL. ... Kolby Smith's 10-yard scoring run in the first quarter of Kansas City's loss to Oakland snapped a string of 36 consecutive touchdowns rushing by Larry Johnson, an NFL record for most consecutive TDs rushing by the same player on the same team. In addition, it was the first TD on the ground by anyone but Priest Holmes and Johnson for the Chiefs in 45 games. ... Cincinnati's Shayne Graham missed from 26 yards, ending his club-record streak of 21 straight field goals.
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STATS
Carolina managed just 195 yards of offense in losing its fourth straight and dropping to 0-5 at home with a 31-6 loss to New Orleans. DeShaun Foster rushed nine times for minus-5 yards and lost a fumble. ... Cincinnati converted 14 of its 18 third-down chances in a 35-6 rout of Tennessee.
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PLAYOFF BOUND
New England clinched its fifth straight AFC East title before even stepping on the field Sunday. The Patriots won the division with second-place Buffalo's 36-14 loss to Jacksonville.
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SWINGS
Seattle won its third straight by rallying for 17 unanswered second-half points against St. Louis after falling behind 19-7. ... Tampa Bay had 177 yards total offense to Washington's 96 in the first two quarters, but wound up being outgained 412-192 in a 19-13 win. The Buccaneers held on despite being outgained 316-16 and not making a first down in the second half.
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SNATCHED
Minnesota returned three interceptions by Eli Manning for touchdowns in a 41-17 win. Darren Sharper scored on a 20-yard return, Dwight Smith rumbled 93 yards and Chad Greenway followed from 37 yards just a few plays later as the Vikings set a team single-game record. The NFL record for interceptions returns for touchdowns is four, set by Seattle against Kansas City on Nov. 4, 1984.
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SLOPPY
Washington had six turnovers, including four fumbles recovered by Tampa Bay's defense to set up a touchdown and three field goals in the first half of the Buccaneers' 19-13 win. ... Rams backup quarterback Gus Frerotte fumbled the snap on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 1 with 27 seconds left Sunday, allowing the Seahawks to hold on for a 24-19 victory over St. Louis. ... Kurt Warner was hit by Ronald Fields and fumbled in Arizona's end zone, and Tully Banta-Cain recovered for a touchdown and a wild 37-31 overtime victory that ended the 49ers' eight-game losing streak.
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SIDELINED
hout quarterback Jeff Garcia, who hurt his back on the first play and remained on the sideline until Washington pulled within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Garcia's injury was described as a lower back bruise. ... Chicago running back Cedric Benson hurt his left ankle at the end of a 21-yard run early in the second quarter against Denver and had to leave the field on a cart.
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SPEAKING
``I did not, in my worst moment, ever think I would be standing here talking about history repeating itself, but it did.'' - New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, after Minnesota returned three interceptions for touchdowns, one shy of the NFL record. The Vikings set an NFL mark in their last game at Giants Stadium in 2005 by returning an interception, kickoff and punt for touchdowns in the same game.
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``I feel like the President.'' - Cleveland's Kellen Winslow Jr., sporting multiple bruises and a nasty knot swelling on his forehead after catching 10 passes for 107 yards and a TD in a 27-17 win over Houston.
 

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