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  Posted: Sunday December 09, 2001 8:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 11, 2001 1:23 AM


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CNNSI.com's Jon A. Dolezar reviews the Week 13 games.
Week 13
   St. Louis 27 at St. Louis
   San Francisco 14 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 36.1 -- Completion percentage for the 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia, who hit only 13 of his 36 passes.
Player of
the Game
Kurt Warner, QB, St. Louis: Completed 26 of 42 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 24 touchdown passes this season.
Breakdown The Rams took charge of the NFC West by shutting down the 49ers' passing attack to open up a one-game lead with the season sweep. San Francisco had its five-game winning streak as Terrell Owens caught only three passes for 54 yards and Garrison Hearst rushed 11 times for 39 yards. Marshall Faulk gained 107 total yards on 30 touches and scored two touchdowns.

   Green Bay 17 at Green Bay, Wis.
   Chicago 7 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 36:20 -- Time of possession for the Packers, who had 36 carries for 167 yards.
Player of
the Game
Ahman Green, RB, Green Bay: Rushed 29 times for 125 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 49 yards.
Breakdown The Packers pulled even with the Bears in the NFC Central at 9-3 but now hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their two wins against Chicago. Green Bay allowed 189 total yards and only 50 rushing yards. Green's 125 rushing yards allowed him to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season, joining John Brockington and Jim Taylor as the only Packers to do that. Brett Favre completed 15 of 27 for 207 yards and one touchdown to become the first player to have 3,000 passing yards in 10 consecutive seasons.

   Tampa Bay 15 at Tampa, Fla.
   Detroit 12 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 92 -- NFL record catches by Keyshawn Johnson before his first touchdown of the season, a game-winning 13-yarder with 45 seconds left.
Player of
the Game
Keyshawn Johnson, WR, Tampa Bay: Caught 10 passes for 101 yards and his first touchdown grab of the season, giving him 93 catches for 1,077 yards.
Breakdown The Buccaneers continued their weekly Houdini act by escaping the clutches of the Lions in the final minute. Detroit led 12-7 with five minutes left but allowed Tampa Bay to put together a 15-play drive that lasted 4:11. The Lions are the first NFL team in 15 years to lose their first 12 games in a season, though they have been competitive recently, as their last nine games have been decided by a total of 38 points.

   Minnesota 42 at Minneapolis
   Tennessee 24 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 949 -- Total combined yards for the Vikings (496) and Titans (453).
Player of
the Game
Todd Bouman, QB, Minnesota: Completed 21 of 31 for 348 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start in place of Daunte Culpepper.
Breakdown Neither team did much to halt the perceptions about their poor defenses. Michael Bennett rushed 16 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns for his first career 100-yard game. Randy Moss caught seven passes for 158 yards to give him 68 grabs for 1,056 yards and eight touchdowns, his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. The Vikings need to win out to finish 9-7 to harbor any chance of making the playoffs.

   New Orleans 28 at Atlanta
   Atlanta 10 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 2.4 -- Yards per carry by the Falcons, who rushed 21 times for only 50 yards.
Player of
the Game
Joe Horn, WR, New Orleans: Caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, giving him 71 grabs for 1,122 yards and six touchdowns this season.
Breakdown The Saints earned a split in the season series with the Falcons and moved ahead of them in the wild-card race. Ricky Williams was held to 83 yards on 20 carries, but Deuce McAllister surprised Atlanta by running 54 yards for a touchdown on his only rushing attempt and also throwing for a 12-yard score. The Saints continued their sack parade by dropping Chris Chandler nine times with Jay Bellamy and William Whitehead leading the way with two each.

   Philadelphia 24 at Philadelphia
   San Diego 14 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 28 -- Games the Eagles have gone without allowing an opponent to score more than 24 points, the longest stretch in the NFL since the Vikings did it for 31 games during the 1973-75 seasons.
Player of
the Game
Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia: Completed 22 of 44 for 221 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed seven times for 39 yards.
Breakdown The Eagles remained in control of the NFC East by downing the Chargers despite their inability to run the football. Duce Staley ran for only 21 yards on 15 carries but caught five passes for a career-high 88 yards. Brian Dawkins led Philadelphia with 10 tackles and forced two fumbles, one of which he recovered and returned 49 yards for a touchdown. Sean Landeta now has 1,192 career punts passing Lee Johnson's 1,187 for the most in NFL history.

   Jacksonville 14 at Cincinnati
   Cincinnati 10 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 8 -- Sacks by the Bengals of Mark Brunell, including three by rookie Justin Smith, giving him 7.5 this season.
Player of
the Game
Jimmy Smith, WR, Jacksonville: Caught nine passes for 119 yards and one touchdown, giving him his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Breakdown The Bengals blew a 10-7 lead in the fourth to fall for the fifth consecutive game and virtually eliminate themselves from playoff contention. Stacey Mack was held to 23 yards on 14 carries but Brunell completed 71.9 percent of his passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns as Jacksonville ended its own three-game skid.

   New England 27 at Foxboro, Mass.
   Cleveland 16 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 2.52 -- Combined average yards per carry for the Browns (2.63) and Patriots (2.45).
Player of
the Game
Troy Brown, WR, New England: Caught seven passes for 89 yards and ran back a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Breakdown Tim Couch completed only 20 of 39 for 244 yards and was picked off three times. His counterpart, Tom Brady, completed 67.8 percent of his passes, failing to join Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks with more than four consecutive games with at least 70 percent completion rates. Antowain Smith carried 21 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a career-high 10 rushing scores this season.

   Dallas 20 at Irving, Texas
   New York 13 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 37.5 -- Third-down conversion percentage (6 of 16) for the Cowboys, while the Giants made it on only 2 of 12 (16.7 percent) third-down plays.
Player of
the Game
Quincy Carter, QB, Dallas: Completed 17 of 26 for 194 yards and one touchdown in the best start in his four-game career.
Breakdown The Cowboys used a rocket-fueled performance to put a damper in the wild-card hopes of their division rivals. Raghib Ismail caught 10 passes for 118 yards to pace Dallas offensively in a game that Emmitt Smith rushed 22 times for only 62 yards. Kerry Collins continues to look very little like the quarterback who led the Giants to the Super Bowl last year, as he completed only 13 of 26 for 122 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

   Buffalo 25 at Buffalo
   Carolina 24 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 34:45 -- Time of possession for the Bills, who rushed 35 times despite averaging only 2.9 yards per carry.
Player of
the Game
Travis Henry, RB, Buffalo: Rushed 27 times for 101 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 7:51 left.
Breakdown The Bills put a halt to their six-game losing streak and extended the Panthers' woes to a 12-game skid. Alex Van Pelt continued his efficient play in place of the injured Rob Johnson, completing 20 of 29 for 277 yards and one touchdown.

   Washington 20 at Landover, Md.
   Arizona 10 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 13 -- Penalties committed by the Redskins for 99 yards..
Player of
the Game
Stephen Davis, LB, Washington: Rushed 26 times for 110 yards and one touchdown to pass the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for a team-record third season in a row.
Breakdown The Redskins returned to the win column and sent the Cardinals back to the middle of the pack in the NFC wild-card race. Tony Banks completed 19 of 26 for 210 yards and one touchdown. David Boston caught six passes for 132 yards to extend his league-leading yardage total to 1,303 yards with his eighth 100-yard game of the year.

   Oakland 28 at Oakland
   Kansas City 26 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 183 -- Yards by which the Chiefs (447) outgained the Raiders (264).
Player of
the Game
Rich Gannon, QB, Oakland: Completed 18 of 24 for 195 yards with one touchdown, one interception and ran nine times for 26 yards.
Breakdown Kansas City jumped out to a 17-7 lead early in the second quarter and Oakland looked like it was headed toward its second consecutive home loss to a team under .500. The Raiders overcame another amazing game by Priest Holmes, who finished with 277 total yards and two touchdowns on 33 touches. Tim Brown caught only four passes for 35 yards, but his 88-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter -- his first since 1993 -- gave Oakland a bit of breathing room.

   Pittsburgh 18 at Pittsburgh
   Atlanta 6 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 61.1 -- Third-down conversion percentage (11 of 18) for the Steelers, while the Jets made it on only 3 of 10 third-down plays.
Player of
the Game
Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh: Caught 10 passes for 124 yards to extend his career-best totals this season to 79 catches for 855 yards.
Breakdown Even without Jerome Bettis, the Steelers controlled the clock and continued to look like the team to beat in the AFC. Pittsburgh held the ball for 36:53 as Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala ran 21 times for 50 yards while Kordell Stewart chipped in with 36 yards and Amos Zereoue added 30. The Steelers limited NFL-leading rusher Curtis Martin to 58 yards on 18 carries and surrendered only 14 first downs.

   Denver 20 at Denver
   Seattle 7 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 5.9 -- Average per rush for the Broncos, who carried 28 times for 165 yards.
Player of
the Game
Terrell Davis, RB, Denver: Carried 19 times for 109 yards, his highest total of the season and his first 100-yard game since the opening MNF game against the Giants.
Breakdown The Broncos' offense woke up a bit, but it was the continued domination of their defense that shut down the Seahawks. Denver held Shaun Alexander to 28 on 12 carries and Ricky Watters to 23 yards on six carries in his first game back. Matt Hasselbeck was sacked five times, threw two picks and completed only 45.9 percent of his passes.

   Miami 41 at Miami
   Indianapolis 6 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 4 -- Turnovers by the Colts that the Dolphins turned into 20 points.
Player of
the Game
Jay Fiedler, QB, Miami: Threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead the Dolphins to their highest-scoring output of the season.
Breakdown Fielder has been everything Colts QB Peyton Manning hasn't. Fielder went without a turnover for the third consecutive game, all Miami wins. Manning threw three interceptions and has 11 in the past five games, all Indy losses, for a league-high 20 on the season. Two of Fiedler's TD passes went to rookie Chris Chambers, who is quickly becoming Fiedler's go-to guy. Dolphins safety Brock Marion led the defense with his first two-INT game. He also recovered a fumble and had eight tackles.

 

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