Numbers* Best day passing: Wade Wilson, New...

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Numbers

* Best day passing: Wade Wilson, New Orleans, 22 of 34, 341 yards, 1 int., 3 TDs

* Best day rushing: Barry Sanders, Detroit, 32 carries, 148 yards

* Best day receiving: Michael Haynes, Atlanta, 7 catches, 182 yards, 2 TDs

* Longest TD passing: Atlanta, Bobby Hebert to Haynes, 98 yards

* Longest TD rushing: Lorenzo Neal, New Orleans, 74 yards

* Longest field goal: Jason Elam, Denver, and Tony Zendejas, Rams, 54 yards

* Most field goals: Four, Jason Hanson, Detroit, 22, 26, 23 and 38 yards.

300-yard passers

* Wade Wilson, New Orleans, 22 of 34, 341 yards, 1 int., 3 TDs

* Boomer Esiason, Jets, 22 of 33, 323 yards, 1 int., 2 TDs

100-yard rushers

* Barry Sanders, Detroit, 32 carries, 148 yards

* Rodney Hampton, Giants, 29 carries, 134 yards, 1 TD

100-yard receivers

* Michael Haynes, Atlanta, 7 catches, 182 yards, 2 TDs

* Henry Ellard, Rams, 9 catches, 127 yards

* Rob Moore, Jets, 6 catches, 127 yards

* Nate Lewis, San Diego, 10 catches, 119 yards, 1 TD

* Michael Irvin, Dallas, 8 catches, 115 yards

* Jay Novacek, Dallas, 8 catches, 106 yards

Records, streaks and milestones

* With 286 yards passing, Miami's Dan Marino increased his career total to 40,024 and became the fourth player in NFL history to reach the 40,000-yard mark. The others are Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts and John Unitas. Marino is 215 yards behind Unitas for third place on the all-time list.

* Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman's streak of 166 passes without an interception ended when the Bills' Nate Odomes picked off Aikman's first pass. Aikman had gone through his final 77 passes of the regular season and then 89 passes in the postseason without an interception.

* Saints kicker Morten Andersen set an NFL record with his 25th consecutive field goal, breaking the mark of 24 held by the Bears' Kevin Butler. Andersen missed his next two attempts.

* New Orleans set a club record with 557 yards of offense.

* Patriots rookie linebacker Chris Slade had three sacks yesterday. Only two Patriots had more than three sacks all last season, when New England was last in the league with 20 total.

* The Lions' Willie Clay returned Troy Brown's fumble of the opening kickoff 15 yards for a touchdown 11 seconds into the game. It was the earliest touchdown ever against the Patriots. There are no official NFL records for the quickest touchdown.

* Phil Simms' 43-yard pass to Mike Sherrard was the Giants quarterback's longest in three years. Sherrard got the ball after Buccaneers safety Joe King apparently had an interception lined up and let the ball go through his arms.

* Bobby Hebert's 98-yard touchdown pass to Michael Haynes was the longest in Falcons history. The previous best was 89 yards from Chris Miller to Haynes on Sept. 13, 1992, against Washington.

* New Orleans linebacker Rickey Jackson has played in 185 consecutive games.

* Saints wide receiver Eric Martin has catches in 91 consecutive games.

* The Saints had 356 yards at halftime. Last season, New Orleans gained that many or more only three times.

* The Broncos have beaten the Chargers seven consecutive times at Mile High Stadium.

* Tony Zendejas' 54-yard field goal set a Rams record.

* Buccaneers rookie defensive end Eric Curry, the No. 6 pick in the draft, registered his first NFL sack when he nailed the Giants' Phil Simms for a 4-yard loss on the first series of the game.

* Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason ran for a touchdown for the first time since 1988.

* Rob Moore became the first Jet since Al Toon in 1988 to exceed 100 yards in two straight games.

Injuries

* Packers linebacker Brian Noble suffered torn ligaments in his right knee. The extent of the injury and a determination on surgery will be made early this week.

* Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl (shoulder) and tight end Keith Jackson (hamstring) sat out the second half yesterday. Their status for next week wasn't immediately known. Jackson was hurt when shoved from behind by the Jets' Brian Washington on a play that drew a pass-interference penalty.

* Saints running back Lorenzo Neal suffered a fractured right ankle in the third quarter and likely is out for the season.

Vaughn Hebron update

Cardinal Gibbons graduate Vaughn Hebron, a rookie running back with the Eagles, carried nine times for 32 yards against the Packers. His one reception for 12 yards was a key play in the fourth-quarter touchdown drive that gave the Eagles a 17-17 tie on their way to a 20-17 win.

And there was a pebble in his shoe, too

The Bears' Kevin Butler said his 53-yard field-goal attempt that hit the crossbar would have been good had he been kicking a legal football. One field goal meant the difference in Chicago's 10-7 loss to Minnesota.

"One official told me they removed that ball from the game right after the kick," Butler said. "I think the refs should check that. Footballs get beat up and lose pressure. It would have helped to have a little more air in it."

Or a little more leg.

Mind over matter

The key phrase for this week is: "It was just a matter . . ." As in the Colts-Bengals game. Let's listen in:

"We had the right play called, and it was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time," Colts linebacker Quentin Coryatt said of his hit on Bengals quarterback David Klingler. Coryatt nailed Klingler as he released the ball, leading to an interception and then to the Colts' winning field goal.

Coryatt added: "It was just a matter of getting there before he released the ball."

Klingler, on the other hand, said: "It was just a matter of getting the ball up in the air. When I saw Carl [Pickens, his receiver], I thought it was a touchdown."

But let Klingler get to the heart of the matter.

"This was not a matter of a good team beating a bad team," he said. "Those were two teams that didn't do anything out there."

Aw, what does it matter?

What's the rush?

The Buccaneers ground game has been underground so far this season. In its first game, Tampa Bay ran for 25 yards. Yesterday, the Bucs gained 45. Their longest run of the season is a 10-yard breakaway by Reggie Cobb.

White-out

Be the envy of all your NFL fan buddies around the water cooler this morning with this tidbit: Yesterday was the first time the Dolphins wore white jerseys with white pants since the 1989 season.

Hah, match that, Chris Berman.

They said it

* "We made the decision last night that I would not play. You always want to play, but Marty [Schottenheimer] explained that we have a long season and if [Dave] Krieg got hurt, that's the only way I would have played." Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana.

* "That's the epitome of a kicker. You go from being a hero to a goat to a hero to a goat to a hero. You're only as good as your next kick." Saints kicker Morten Andersen, who missed two earlier field-goal attempts before making the game-winner as time expired.

* "There's nothing to show for it. Getting closer doesn't count." Patriots coach Bill Parcells.

* "We can walk away knowing that's not the same Bucs team that played last week and lost to Kansas City [27-3]. . . . I walk away optimistic." Tampa Bay coach Sam Wyche.

* "I thought we scored. I was standing there and saw the ball break the plane. He landed and was over the line and it was a [bad] call." Buccaneers offensive guard Bruce Reimers on the Giants' stop of running back Reggie Cobb on the goal line late in the third quarter.

* "We're bringing in field-goal kickers to Valley Ranch next week. We'll bring in as many as necessary." Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson after place-kicker Lin Elliott missed attempts from 49 and 30 yards.

* "I can tell I'm digging my own grave." Cowboys soon-to-be-former-kicker Lin Elliott.

* "Our offense was horrible, their offense was horrible." Bengals quarterback David Klingler.

* "I never wanted Bobby in the game. We all knew how Bobby could play under pressure. Chris Miller is a fine quarterback, but he hasn't learned to handle the pressure like Bobby has. Bobby is never scared." Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson on former teammate Bobby Hebert.

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