Numbers* Best day passing: Jeff George, Indianapolis,...


* Best day passing: Jeff George, Indianapolis, 25-41-1, 328 yards, 1 TD


* Best day rushing: Harold Green, Cincinnati, 31 carries, 190 yards, 1 TD

* Best day receiving: Ricky Sanders, Washington, 7 catches, 114 yards


* Longest TD passing: Mark Rypien, Washington, 62 yards to Ricky Sanders

* Longest TD rushing: Heath Sherman, Philadelphia, 21 yards

* Longest field goal: Al Del Greco, Houston, 47 yards

* Most field goals: Five. John Carney, San Diego, 42, 23, 25, 28

and 23 yards

300-yard passer

E9 * Jeff George, Indianapolis, 25-41-1, 328 yards, 1 TD

100-yard rushers


* Harold Green, Cincinnati, 31 carries, 190 yards, 1 TD

* Terry Allen, Minnesota, 33 carries, 172 yards

* Johnny Johnson, Phoenix, 28 carries, 146 yards, 1 TDs

* Barry Foster, Pittsburgh, 24 carries, 118 yards

* Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 24 carries, 115 yards, 2 TDs

E9 * Barry Sanders, Detroit, 20 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD


100-yard receivers

* Ricky Sanders, Washington, 7 catches, 114 yards

* Sterling Sharpe, Green Bay, 8 catches, 110 yards, 2 TDs

* Herman Moore, Detroit, 3 catches, 108 yards

* Lorenzo White, Houston, 6 catches, 105 yards

Records, streaks and milestones * The San Diego Chargers made NFL history, becoming the first team to qualify for the playoffs after starting a season with four losses.


* John Elway became the 15th player in NFL history to pass for 30,000 yards.

* Jessie Hester tied Lenny Moore for the Colts record of 45 straight games with at least one reception.

* Saints QB Bobby Hebert had never lost to an AFC team in his seven-year NFL career, until yesterday. The loss to Buffalo gave Hebert a 15-1 mark against the AFC.

* The Saints lead the NFL in both sacks and fewest sacks allowed. During the Saints' loss to Buffalo, Rickey Jackson got sack No. 52. Going into the game, the Saints had allowed only 11 sacks, but the Bills sacked Hebert four times, the most by any team this season.

* Harold Green carried 31 times for 190 yards, the second-best rushing performance in Bengals history. James Brooks' 201 yards against Houston in 1990 is the club record.

* A crowd of 45,355, reflecting 14,034 no-shows, watched the Patriots play the Bengals in Cincinnati.


* Cleveland Gary went over 1,000 yards, the first Rams back to do so since Greg Bell in 1989.

* The Steelers (10), Vikings (10) and San Francisco 49ers (11) are the only NFL teams to win at least 10 division titles since the 1970 NFL merger.

* Dennis Green became the 25th coach in NFL history to win at least 10 games in his rookie season. The Steelers' Bill Cowher joined the list two weeks ago. Green is 6-0 against the NFL's other rookie coaches.

* Barry Foster can tie the NFL record of 12 100-yard games in a season Sunday against Cleveland. Eric Dickerson set the record in 1984. Foster's 11 100-yard games are the most since Dickerson had 11 in 1986.

* New England's 176 total yards were by far the fewest against Cincinnati this season. The Bengals have given up 300 yards in 10 of 15 games, including five 400-yard games.

* The Vikings were the first visiting team to win in Pennsylvania this season.


They said it * "Up to this point, my career has been measured by [three] Super Bowl losses. I'm happy to have been able to stay around long enough to get 30,000. The next plateau, I suppose, will be the Super Bowl win, and then we can shoot for 40,000." John Elway, Denver quarterback, upon reaching the 30,000-yards passing plateau.

* "We didn't want it to be like this. Now we have to win next week plus we need some help. How? I haven't even figured out yet." Brian Mitchell, Redskins running back.

* "It reminded me of the old days when we were kids and Roger Staubach would lead the Cowboys down the field." Darrell Green, Redskins cornerback, on the Eagles' winning drive.

* "Not many people thought we could win today without Bruce and Cornelius. You know what? It feels good." Jim Kelly, Buffalo quarterback, commenting on the absence of defensive stalwarts Bruce Smith and Cornelius Bennett.

* "It was kind of bleak-looking there for a while. We get down on the 1-foot line and can't score -- ridiculous." Cody Carlson, Houston quarterback, on the Oilers comeback win.

* "We're playing our butts off and getting no help at all." Harry Sydney, fullback for the Packers, who have won six straight and haven't clinched a playoff spot.


* "The middle of the field was solid ice. There was no footing unless you wore golf spikes." Brett Favre, Green Bay quarterback.

* "He knows where he wants to go and you don't." Darryl Henley, cornerback for the L.A. Rams, on the difficulty of covering Sterling Sharpe, the NFL's leading receiver.

Immaculate reunion as The Pittsburgh Steelers re-created the Immaculate Reception the most famous and most-argued play in NFL history -- yesterday and, just like 20 years ago, John "Frenchy" Fuqua still wasn't saying what really happened.

The Steelers commemorated the 20th anniversary of Franco Harris' 60-yard, last-minute touchdown catch that beat the Oakland Raiders, 13-7, on Dec. 23, 1972, the first playoff victory in the franchise's 40-year history.

Cardboard cutouts of the Immaculate Reception's main participants -- Harris, Fuqua, Raiders DB Jack Tatum and Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw -- were placed on the Three Rivers Stadium turf as the replay was shown on the scoreboard.

The Steelers were down to one play -- fourth-and-10 from their 40 -- when Bradshaw's pass, intended for Fuqua, ricocheted off either Fuqua or Tatum to Harris, who caught the ball off his shoe tops and sprinted into the end zone.


Game officials spent minutes discussing the play among themselves and watching TV replays -- even though the NFL had no replay rule -- before ruling the touchdown stood.

If the ball caromed off Fuqua -- and not Tatum, as the officials ruled -- the touchdown shouldn't have counted because NFL rules at the time prevented one offensive player from tipping a pass to another.

Fuqua refused to say after the game whether he touched the ball or if it ricocheted wildly off Tatum's shoulder pads, as some films seem to show.

"Frenchy will take that secret to his grave," said Bradshaw, who tried to persuade Fuqua to end his silence during a TV interview last week.

During the NFL's 50th anniversary ceremonies several years ago, media members voted the Immaculate Reception as the most memorable in the league's first half-century.

"What happened on the play? I'll say only what I've said for years," Fuqua said. "Something immaculate."


Cold comfort Game-time temperature was 8 degrees with a wind chill of 15 below in Green Bay, Wis. Not exactly a welcoming climate for the Los Angeles Rams, who had played their first 14 games in an average temperature of 74 degrees.

"The cold weather didn't affect us. It was kind of nice. It was the same for both teams, and we knew it was going to be cold coming in," said Chuck Knox, who has been a head coach since 1973 but was making his first trip to Green Bay.

"I don't like the cold," said Rams TB Cleveland Gary, a Florida native. "I hate it. But I don't think we should blame it on the cold."

The Rams hadn't played in single-digit temperatures since 1964, when they were beaten, 34-13, at Minnesota.

Former Packers P Don Bracken was doing a good job of getting his Rams teammates psyched out by weather.

"It really hurts," Bracken warned. "I've lost my big toenail after games a lot. The tops of my feet have been black and blue. I've gotten blood blisters on the tips of my fingers."


# Another chapter Marcus Allen, who claimed in a television interview Monday night that team owner Al Davis had a vendetta against him, again was used sparingly by the Raiders. Allen, cheered by the crowd of 40,152 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, gained 12 yards on two carries against the San Diego Chargers and caught one pass for 13 yards.