NFL Today, Week 17 Print
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Sunday, 28 December 2008 17:18
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 STARS
Passing
-Drew Brees, Saints, threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans' 33-31 loss to Carolina.
-Matt Schaub, Texans, had 328 yards and two touchdowns in Houston's 31-24 win over Chicago.
-Aaron Rodgers, Packers, threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's 31-21 win over Detroit.
-Joe Flacco, Ravens, finished with 297 yards in Baltimore's 27-7 win over Jacksonville.
-Kurt Warner, Cardinals, had 263 yards and four touchdowns in Arizona's 34-21 win over Seattle.
Rushing
-Michael Turner, Falcons, ran for 208 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 31-27 win over St. Louis.
-DeAngelo Williams, Panthers, finished with 178 yards in Carolina's 33-31 win over New Orleans.
-Michael Bush, Raiders, had 177 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland's 31-24 win over Tampa Bay.
-Steven Jackson, Rams finished with 161 yards and two touchdowns in St. Louis' 31-27 loss to Atlanta.
-Fred Jackson, Bills, had 136 yards in Buffalo's 13-0 loss to New England.
Receiving
-Andre Johnson, Texans, caught 10 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in Houston's 31-24 win over Chicago.
-Steve Smith, Panthers, had five catches for 134 yards in Carolina's 33-31 win over New Orleans.
-Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's 34-21 win over Seattle.
-Mark Clayton, Ravens had four catches for 128 yards in Baltimore's 27-7 win over Jacksonville.
-Marques Colston, Saints, had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' 33-31 loss to Carolina.
Special Teams
-John Kasay, Panthers, made four field goals and three extra points in Carolina's 33-31 win over New Orleans, including a 42-yarder to win it with 1 second to go.
-David Akers, Eagles, made three goals and five extra points in Philadelphia's 44-6 win over Dallas.
-John Carney, Giants, made four field goals in New York's 20-19 loss to Minnesota. Ryan Longwell made a 50-yarder as the game ended to give the Vikings the victory.
-Adam Vinatieri, Colts, made three field goals in Indianapolis' 23-0 win over Tennessee.
Defense
-Ed Reed, Ravens, had two interceptions in Baltimore's 27-7 win over Jacksonville. The safety led the league with nine INTs.
-Phillip Merling, Dolphins returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown in Miami's 24-17 win over the Jets.
-Chris Clemons, Eagles, returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown in Philadelphia's 44-6 win over Dallas.
s for a touchdown in Philadelphia's 44-6 win over Dallas.
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LION SHAME
The Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-21, making them the first team to go winless through a 16-game season. The 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14) were the last NFL team to complete a season without a victory. ``I've got to live with this,'' center Dominic Raiola said. ``I've been here eight years. This is on my resume.''
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CONQUERING CARDINALS
Kurt Warner's four touchdown passes gave him a franchise-record 30 for the season. ... The 57th 100-yard game of Edgerrin James' career pushed him ahead of Franco Harris to 11th on the NFL career rushing list. ... Arizona broke the franchise record for points in a season with 424, one more than the Cardinals scored in 1984. ... Steve Breaston caught five passes for 91 yards, the last a 7-yarder in the waning seconds, to join Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin as 1,000-yard receivers. It marks the fifth time in NFL history that three teammates passed the 1,000-yard mark.
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COLTS MAKING THEIR MARKS
a 55-yard touchdown play to Joseph Addai. A short pass from Jim Sorgi gave Harrison his seventh reception of the game and 1,102 in his career. It moved him past Cris Carter for second all-time, leaving him behind only Jerry Rice, who holds the league record with 1,549. Clark needed 41 yards to break the record set by Hall of Famer John Mackey in 1966. Clark accomplished that when he turned a short pass into a 23-yard gain on the second play of the second quarter. He left the game with six catches for 59 yards, giving him 848 yards, 19 more than Mackey's previous mark.
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DOUBLE TROUBLE
Derrick Ward, who fueled last week's win over the Panthers, gave the Giants a pair of 1,000-yard rushers - only the fourth such running back tandem in NFL history - by finishing with 77 yards on 15 carries. Brandon Jacobs got there earlier this month. The last set of teammates to do that in the same season was Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner of the Cleveland Browns in 1985. ... Green Bay's Donald Driver and Greg Jennings each had 100 yards receiving. Combined with Ryan Grant and DeShawn Wynn's 100-yard rushing days, it is the first time in league history a team has had a pair of 100-yard rushers and 100-yard receivers in a single game, according to Elias.
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PICK OF THE LITTER
ckoffs tied his own team record.
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MILESTONES
The Browns' offense set an NFL record by failing to score a touchdown for six straight games. ... The Steelers won their 11th in a row against the Browns. ... Romeo Crennel is 0-8 against Pittsburgh and 24-40 overall. ... Steven Jackson is the first Rams running back since Eric Dickerson (1983-86) to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons. ... The Rams closed their season with 10 straight losses. ... Adrian Peterson of the Vikings became the fifth player in league history to reach 3,000 yards in his first two years, joining Eric Dickerson (Rams), Edgerrin James (Colts), Earl Campbell (Oilers) and Clinton Portis (Broncos). ... DeAngelo Williams set a Carolina franchise single-season rushing record. His 1,515 yards eclipsed Stephen Davis' 1,444 in 2003. ... Donovan McNabb of the Eagles broke his own single-season team record for yards passing, finishing with 3,916.
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STATS
ards shy of Dan Marino's single-season yards passing mark. Brees finished with 5,069 yards ... By winning in New Orleans, the Panthers became the only NFC South team to win a division game on the road this season. .... The Patriots are the first NFL team with an 11-5 record to miss the playoffs since Denver in 1985.
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SIDELINED
Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be ready for the postseason after sustaining a concussion in a rout of the Cleveland Browns. Roethlisberger was driven into the ground by two defenders late in the second quarter. ... Tampa Bay's Carnell ``Cadillac'' Williams scored two touchdowns before being helped from the field with a knee injury during the fourth quarter of the Buccaneers' loss to the Oakland Raiders.
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SPEAKING
``It's just kind of numb. It's here. It's been coming, though, a train rolling down the tracks for a while. We tried to stop it. We couldn't.'' -Detroit kicker Jason Hanson after the Lions finished 0-16 with a 31-21 loss to Green Bay.
 

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