Plays and replays



* Best day passing: Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia, 25-39-2-360, 3 TDs

* Best day rushing: Erric Pegram, Atlanta, 27 carries, 192 yards

* Best day receiving: Calvin Williams, Philadelphia, 8 catches, 181 yards, 3 TDs

* Longest TD passing: Philadelphia, Cunningham to Williams, 80 yards

* Longest TD rushing: Reggie Brooks, Washington, 85 yards

* Longest field goal: Jeff Jaeger, L.A. Raiders, 53 yards

* Most field goals: Six, John Carney, San Diego, 34, 34, 27, 27, 27 and 36 yards

300-yard passers

* Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia, 25-39-2-360, 3 TDs

100-yard rushers

* Erric Pegram, Atlanta, 27 carries, 192 yards

* Chris Warren, Seattle, 36 carries, 174 yards, 1 TD

* Reggie Brooks, Washington, 22 carries, 154 yards, 1 TD

* Rodney Hampton, N.Y. Giants, 41 carries, 134 yards, 1 TD

* Derek Brown, New Orleans, 25 carries, 121 yards

* Ricky Watters, San Francisco, 19 carries, 112 yards, 1 TD

* Tommy Vardell, Cleveland, 14 carries, 104 yards

* Barry Foster, Pittsburgh, 23 carries, 103 yards

100-yard receivers

* Calvin Williams, Philadelphia, 8 catches, 181 yards, 3 TDs

* Alvin Harper, Dallas, 6 catches, 136 yards

Records, streaks and milestones

* San Diego's John Carney kicked six field goals against the Houston Oilers, setting an NFL record for consecutive field goals with 29. He finished the 1992 season with 16 straight, and has hit 13 in a row this season. Morten Andersen of New Orleans set the record at 25 last week, then missed on his next attempt.

* San Francisco yielded 192 yards rushing to Atlanta's Erric Pegram, who was starting for the injured Eric Dickerson. It was the most yards gained by a running back against the 49ers, surpassing the 181 yards that Chicago's Willie Galimore gained on Sept. 16, 1962. Pegram is a third-year back from North Texas State.

* Cleveland's Bernie Kosar was intercepted three times by the Los Angeles Raiders. He had thrown 65 passes without an interception this year before being picked off on consecutive throws.

* Mike Sherrard of the New York Giants set a career high with seven catches for 65 yards.

* Chris Warren broke a Seattle rushing record with 36 carries, surpassing the mark of 32 set by Curt Warner in an overtime game against Kansas City on Nov. 27, 1983.

* Patriots wide receiver Ray Crittenden, who caught just nine passes in college, had five receptions for 68 yards against Seattle. Crittenden was a soccer star and part-time football player at Virginia Tech.

* Troy Aikman of the Cowboys completed his first nine passes against the Cardinals.

* Calvin Williams became the first Eagle to catch three scoring passes in one game since tight end Keith Jackson in a Sept. 17, 1989, victory at Washington.

* The Eagles have won 11 straight games at home.

* Tied for the NFC lead in sacks with eight, the Rams added five against the Giants. End Robert Young had two to increase his season total to six.


* Pittsburgh running back Tim Worley sprained an ankle and linebacker Greg Lloyd sprained his toe in the victory over the Bengals. Their status for next week's game is unknown.

* New England offensive lineman Todd Rucci is out for the season after suffering a torn biceps while lifting weights on Friday.

* Seattle quarterback Rick Mirer was knocked out of the game late in the third quarter by New England's Mike Pitts, after he was hit in the face and complained of blurred vision. The injury did not appear to be serious, but Mirer sat out the remainder of the game.

* The Raiders' Jeff Hostetler twice left the game against the Browns, first injuring his knee and then suffering an injured right ankle. He is scheduled to receive an MRI today.

* Detroit's Rodney Peete, who was sacked five times, suffered a sprained knee in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Andre Ware.

* The New York Giants lost Lawrence Taylor in the fourth quarter with an injury to his left hamstring. There was no report on the severity of the damage.

Losing 101

The New England Patriots have losing down to a science. They shared the league's worst record with Seattle last year, at 2-14. They have lost 45 of their past 54 games starting with the last three in 1989.

This year they brought in coach Bill Parcells, who earned his degree in coaching by winning two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants. But even his background in history has had little impact on the Patriots, who played at home yesterday against the Seahawks. They rushed for 51 yards and converted four of 13 third-down situations.

Even quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the top pick in the draft, was intercepted twice and decisively outplayed by Seattle's Rick Mirer, who was taken after Bledsoe. Mirer connected on 12 of 16 passes and threw for his first NFL touchdown.

Class, it would seem, is still out for the Patriots.

"Some of these guys need to wake up a little bit and understand what it takes to win and lose," said Parcells.

That much Parcells has learned.

This record has a flip side

San Diego's John Carney holds the NFL record for consecutive field goals, and he owes a lot of thanks to the Chargers' inept offense for the opportunities.

Carney has kicked six field goals in victories over Seattle and Houston, primarily because the Chargers keep stumbling when they near the goal line. They have scored three touchdowns in three games.

Stan Humphries threw nine straight incompletions through San Diego's first three scoring drives yesterday, and when he completed one, it was for minus-1 yard. Humphries was pulled in the third quarter, but backup John Friesz didn't miss a beat, getting the Chargers just close enough for Carney's last three field goals.

Young receives a gift from heaven

It figures that Steve Young, known for his running and throwing abilities, would someday catch up to one of his own passes. The 49ers' quarterback, scrambling to overcome Atlanta's four-point lead at the end of the third quarter, had his pass deflected and caught it for a 6-yard gain. Ricky Watters scored on the next play and the 49ers never trailed again.

Young twice avoided the rush of Chuck Smith and then threw a pass intended for Watters. When the ball deflected off the chest of Vinnie Clark at the goal line, Young stepped in and caught it, much to the dismay of Clark.

"That play may never happen again," Clark said. "We batted the ball right back to him. He's one of the luckiest players alive, but he's also good."

Young was just worried that he was playing by the rules.

"I wasn't sure if the catch was legal," he said. "My first thought was I was going to get penalized."

It was legal -- the 49ers' Y.A. Tittle had a similar play in a 1959 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

They said it

* "They picked the wrong day to come in here. . . . We needed to beat somebody bad." Pittsburgh defensive back Rod Woodson after a 34-7 victory over Cincinnati.

* "I had the gall to think this could be a big game for us. Right now our football team is one heck of a long way from being able to go out and beat a good football team." Bengals coach David Shula.

* "Millions of people saw my feet were in. He's one out of the million who didn't see it." Houston's Haywood Jeffires over a disputed call that took away a reception.

* "You tell me I had a hundred and some yards and I'm shocked." Atlanta running back Erric Pegram after gaining 192 yards against the 49ers.

* "I'm physically and emotionally shocked. It's a lesson to all of us. You have to crush somebody when you have them down. We have to step on their throat and choke them. We didn't choke them." Howie Long of the Raiders after his team blew a 13-0 lead and lost to Cleveland.

* "It's nice to start 3-0. It gives you a cushion. I think we are all excited, but we realize there are a lot of tough games coming up." Giants quarterback Phil Simms, looking at an October schedule that takes the Giants to Buffalo and Washington and home for the Eagles.

* "We were dancing to their beat all day." Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, who was limited to 76 yards on 16 carries.

* "The game is what I do and how I make a living. My dad would have understood." Detroit's Pat Swilling, who played yesterday despite the death of his father on Saturday morning.

* "I thought my 40 speed was a little better than that." L.A. Rams quarterback Jim Everett on his failure to stop the Giants' Mark Collins from returning an interception for a 50-yard touchdown.

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