NFL Today, Week 17 Print
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Sunday, 30 December 2007 16:43
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 STARS
Passing
- Chris Redman, Falcons, threw four TD passes in Atlanta's 44-41 win over Seattle.
- Donovan McNabb, Eagles, threw for 345 yards and a TD in Philadelphia's 17-9 win over Buffalo.
- Carson Palmer, Bengals, was 23-of-32 for 316 yards and three scores in Cincinnati's 38-25 win over Miami.
- Drew Brees, Saints, completed 35 of 60 passes to get the NFL completion record with 443 in New Orleans' 33-25 loss at Chicago.
- Quinn Gray, Jaguars, threw four touchdown passes in Jacksonville's 42-28 loss to Houston.
- Peyton Manning, Colts, extended his own NFL record for most seasons with 4,000 yards passing in the first quarter against Tennessee. He needed only 55 yards to reach the mark for the eighth time in his career.
Rushing
- LaDainian Tomlinson captured his second straight rushing title with 56 yards in San Diego's 30-17 win over Oakland. He finished with 1,474 yards this season.
- Jamal Lewis, Browns, gained 126 yards on 26 carries in Cleveland's 20-7 win over San Francisco.
- DeAngelo Williams, Panthers, rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Carolina's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.
- Brandon Jackson, Packers, ran for 113 yards to help Green Bay beat Detroit 34-13.
- Pierre Thomas, Saints, had 20 carries for 105 yards in New Orleans' 33-25 loss at Chicago.
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Receiving
- Pierre Thomas, Saints, had 12 catches for 121 yards and a score in New Orleans' 33-25 loss at Chicago.
- Chad Johnson, Bengals, had two TD catches and 131 yards to help Cincinnati beat Miami 38-25.
- Matt Jones, Jaguars, had 138 yards receiving and a TD in Jacksonville's 42-28 loss to Houston.
- Nate Burleson, Seahawks, had a pair of scoring catches and 119 yards in Seattle's 44-41 loss to Atlanta.
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Special Teams
- Andre' Davis, Texans, became the seventh player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game during Houston's 42-28 win over Jacksonville.
- Devin Hester, Bears, broke his own NFL record when he returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 33-25 win over New Orleans. It gave him six kick runbacks for scores this season.
- Oakland's Shane Lechler set a single-season record for net punting, averaging 41.1 net yards, narrowly edging San Francisco's Andy Lee at 41.0.
- Joshua Cribbs, Browns, returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in Cleveland's 20-7 win over San Francisco.
- Mike Nugent, Jets, kicked a 43-yard field goal to give New York a 13-10 win in overtime over Kansas City.
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Defense
- Napoleon Harris, Chiefs, had 13 tackles and five assists in Kansas City's 13-10 OT loss to the New York Jets. Meanwhile, David Harris of the Jets had 11 tackles and a sack.
- David Pittman, Ravens, intercepted Charlie Batch in the closing seconds of Baltimore's 27-21 win over Pittsburgh.
- Brian Urlacher, Bears, intercepted Drew Brees' second pass of Chicago's 33-25 win over New Orleans. He also had 11 tackles.
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PLAYOFFS
After losing to Baltimore, Pittsburgh will play Jacksonville, which beat the Steelers earlier this month, on Saturday night in an AFC playoff game. The No. 3 seed in the AFC went to San Diego, which beat Oakland to set up a game with either Tennessee or Cleveland, depending on the result of the Titans' game with Indianapolis on Sunday night. ... In the NFC, Washington beat Dallas to make the playoffs, and the Redskins will play at Seattle at 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, while Tampa Bay will host New York on Sunday at 1 p.m. after losing to Carolina. ... New England and Indianapolis have next week off in the AFC, while Green Bay and Dallas are off in the NFC.

RECORDS AND MILESTONES
Tony Gonzalez broke the NFL record for receptions by a tight end, when he caught his 816th career pass early in the third quarter of Kansas City's 13-10 OT loss to the Jets. ... Cleveland's Braylon Edwards finished with a club-record 1,269 yards receiving after the Browns beat San Francisco 20-7. ... Houston's Andre' Davis became the seventh player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game in the Texans' 42-28 win over Jacksonville. He had a 97-yard return in the final minute of the second quarter, then took the opening kickoff of the second half back 104 yards. ... Chicago's Devin Hester broke his own NFL record Sunday when he returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown against the Saints, his sixth kick return TD of the season. He has two kickoff runbacks and four punt returns for TDs. ... Drew Brees set an NFL record with 443 completions, passing the previous mark of 418 set by Rich Gannon in 2002. Brees completed 35 of 60 passes for 320 yards with three TD passes in New Orleans' 33-25 loss to Chicago. ... Carolina allowed 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde to take the last snap of his career in the same city where he began his NFL career in 1987, ending a 31-23 win at Tampa Bay. ... Green Bay (13-3) tied a franchise record for victories with its 34-13 win over Detroit. ... Brian Westbrook set Eagles records for catches in a season and total yards from scrimmage, putting the finishing touches on a Pro Bowl season. Westbrook finished with 1,333 yards rushing and 90 catches for 771 yards.
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STREAKS
San Diego won its sixth in a row after a 5-5 start to get the AFC's third seed in the playoffs by beating Oakland 30-17. ... Baltimore ended a nine-game losing streak with a 27-21 win over a Pittsburgh team resting its starters for the playoffs. ... Washington will enter the playoffs riding a four-game winning streak after beating Dallas 27-6. ... Kansas City dropped its ninth straight game, 13-10 to the Jets.
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STATS
Marion Barber finished 25 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season, rushing for minus-6 in Dallas' 27-6 loss to Washington. ... The Arizona Cardinals did not have a losing season for the first time in nine years after they beat St. Louis 48-19. ... Phil Dawson set a Cleveland record for points by a kicker with 120, leaving him six shy of Hall of Famer Jim Brown's overall mark. ... Houston beat Jacksonville 42-28 to give the Texans (8-8) a .500 finish for the first time in their six-year history, and their 42 points were a team record.
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SWINGS
k a field goal for a 22-19 win.
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SLOPPY
Detroit lost at Green Bay 34-13 to finish 7-9 after starting the season 6-2. ... San Francisco had to start Chris Weinke at quarterback for its 20-7 loss to the Browns. He was the 49ers' fourth starting QB, following Alex Smith, Trent Dilfer and Shaun Hill, who all got hurt. ... In a 44-41 loss to Atlanta in which they played basic defense, Seattle gave up the most points since a 44-41 overtime loss at Baltimore on Nov. 23, 2003.
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SACKS
Falcons DE John Abraham had two sacks in the first half of Atlanta's 44-41 win over Seattle, giving him 10 for the year, before leaving with a back injury. He forced a fumble with his second sack to set up a touchdown. ... Cleveland sacked San Francisco's Chris Weinke five times in the Browns' 20-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers. ... Cincinnati finished the season having allowed 17 sacks, breaking the club record of 21 set in 2005. ... Tampa Bay's Luke McCown was sacked four times by Carolina in the Panthers' 31-23 win. ... Josh Mallard of the Broncos had 1 1/2 sacks in Denver's 22-19 OT win over Minnesota.
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SIDELINED
Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson went to the locker room for X-rays on an injured finger on his throwing hand, but returned after sitting out just one series in the Browns' 20-7 win over the 49ers. Anderson returned after halftime and finished 11-of-20 for 152 yards. Rookie Brady Quinn made his debut while Anderson was out. ... The Packers, locked in as the NFC's No. 2 seed, weren't able to completely avoid injuries in their 34-13 victory over Detroit. Running back Ryan Grant left with a stinger in the first quarter, and cornerback/punt returner Will Blackmon was carted to the locker room with a foot injury just before halftime. ... Saints receiver Marques Colston, who took several hard shots in a 33-25 loss to the Bears, hurt his left wrist when he hit it on a helmet and it swelled up so badly he couldn't move it. He spent the second half on the sideline. ... Eagles offensive lineman Jon Runyan was knocked out of Philadelphia's 17-9 win over Buffalo with a concussion, two plays after he started his 176th straight game.
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SPEAKING
``We've got to somehow move on. I'm really getting tired of changing coaches around here. Since I've been here, we've been changing coaches and there comes a point in time where it's not the coaches anymore, you know what I'm saying? That's really frustrating.'' - Lions center Dominic Raiola after the Lions finished 7-9 following a 6-2 start, concluding with a 34-13 loss to Green Bay on Sunday.
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``I need a vacation,'' Dolphins WR Marty Booker after Miami became the eighth team to finish 1-15 after losing to Cincinnati 38-25.
 

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