Top Performers: Wild Card
Raiders WR Rice shows veteran savvy, youthful exuberancePosted: Sunday January 13, 2002 5:25 PM
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
The numbers are staggering: 133 catches, 1,994 yards, 20 touchdowns -- and that's just in the postseason!
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice turned back the hands on Father Time, spuring the Raiders to a 38-24 wild-card victory against the New York Jets on Saturday night. For the record, he had nine catches for 183 yards and a TD. It was, even for the 39-year-old Rice, an amazing performance. And certainly one that fans of the cross-bay San Francisco 49ers remember well.
"I had fun [Saturday], and that's why I came here," said Rice, who became the oldest player to score a postseason touchdown. "I wanted to be a factor, and I wanted to win a championship. ... You've got to save your best performances for when they matter the most."
It was Rice's 24th career postseason game, but his first with the Raiders after 16 record-setting seasons with the Niners.
"He has always amazed me," Jets WR Wayne Chrebet said of Rice. "He showed up in a big game. He's the best ever. There will probably never be another one like him."
For his career (including playoff games), Rice has 1,497 receptions for 22,424 yards and 205 TDs in 278 games.
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