Andre Rison and Deion Sanders settled their stormy rivalry in a civilized manner yesterday -- they talked about it.
"We talked before the game and all during the game," San Francisco's Sanders said after the 49ers' 50-14 victory. "You know, how's the family and all that stuff. That's the way rivalries between great athletes should be."
Rison, Atlanta's four-time All-Pro receiver, exchanged a flurry of punches with Sanders on the field in October when the 49ers beat the Falcons, 42-3, in Atlanta. All seems to be forgiven now.
Philadelphia's Randall Cunningham, the only NFL quarterback take every snap this year, had gone three straight games -- all losses -- without throwing a touchdown pass before throwing two against Dallas.
His 327 yards marked the first time in eight games against the Cowboys he has gone over 200 yards in passing. He has lost four straight starts for the first time in his career. Cunningham is 8-5 as a starting quarterback against the Cowboys.
His streak of 10 straight completions in the third and fourth quarters tied a team record held by Jim McMahon (1991) and Norman Snead (1964).
Frier has pneumonia
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Mike Frier, who had surgery Friday to fuse fractured vertebrae, developed pneumonia yesterday.
Doctors at Overlake Hospital Medical Center have prescribed antibiotics, and fluid is being suctioned from his lungs. Pneumonia is common for quadriplegic patients during their first few weeks of recovery because of the victim's inability to expand his chest muscles completely.
Frier, who is listed in serious condition, is in cervical traction. His hospital stay is expected to be one to three weeks. After that, he'll need two to four months of rehabilitation.
Where was I?
Referee Ed Holchuli forgot where he was in the second quarter of the Green Bay-Detroit game.
The Lions called a timeout with 8:30 left and Holchuli promptly announced, "Timeout, Seattle." The press box announcer at the Silverdome quickly followed with: "Welcome to the Kingdome."
Must be the threads
The 49ers again wore their "throwback" uniforms, running their record to 10-0 in the 1955-style clothes. . . . The Giants improved to 4-1 in their vintage uniforms.
Just like old times
Members of Cleveland's last championship team in any major sport, the 1964 Browns, were honored at halftime.
They lined up for one play, and Frank Ryan completed a short touchdown pass to Gary Collins, who spiked the ball and then gave high-fives to cheering fans in the "Dawg Pound" bleachers. Collins caught three touchdown passes in the 1964 championship game against Baltimore, which Cleveland won, 27-0.
Stats and more stats
The Lions' Barry Sanders reached the 1,000-yard plateau for his career against the Packers. In 11 games vs. the Packers, Sanders has rushed for 1,069 yards on 210 carries.
Oilers quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver broke his interception-less streak in a big way. After throwing 152 passes without an interception, he gave up four to the Cardinals defense. . . . The Bengals' Carl Pickens became the first player since Andre Rison in 1990 to have four straight games with 100-plus yards receiving. . . . The Steelers have won five straight for the first time since 1983.
In the stands
There were no no-shows in Philadelphia, where 65,974 watched the Dallas Cowboys clinch the NFC East.