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Week 17: Top Performers

Rams' Faulk stands out among team's offensive onslaught

Posted: Sunday January 06, 2002 8:54 PM
Updated: Sunday January 13, 2002 1:21 PM
  Georgia Frontiere, Marshall Faulk St. Louis owner Georgia Frontiere congratulates Marshall Faulk after the Rams' 31-13 win Sunday. AP

By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com

While his may get lost in the shuffle of the St. Louis Rams' staggering offensive numbers (the team surpassed 500 points for the third consecutive season), there is no denying what Marshall Faulk's contributions mean to the Greatest Show on Turf.

Faulk became the first player in NFL history with four consecutive 2,000-yard seasons in Sunday's finale against the Atlanta Falcons. He entered the game with 1,921 yards, and reached the milestone on a 21-yard first-down catch in the second quarter.

Faulk finished the game with 226 yards rushing and receiving for a season total of 2,147. He had 20 carries for 168 yards and one touchdown with five receptions for 58 yards Sunday.

He also broke the team TD record with his 59th in three seasons, one more than Eric Dickerson had in five years with the team.

"He may go down in history," Rams head coach Mike Martz said. "We call him 'Canton' around here. That's where he's going to wind up [in the Hall of Fame]."

Here are this week's Top Performers:

Rushing
Player, Team  Vs.  No.  Yards  TDs 
Marshall Faulk, StL.  Atl.  20  168 
Richard Huntley, Car.  Atl.  22  168 
Anthony Thomas, Chi.  Jac.  33  160 
Lamar Smith, Mia.  Buf.  30  158 
Stephen Davis, Was.  Ari.  38  148 
 
Receiving
Player, Team  Vs.  No.  Yards  TDs 
Derrick Mason, Ten.  Cin.  186 
Darnay Scott, Cin.  Ten.  152 
Marvin Harrison, Ind.  Den.  128 
Terrell Owens, S.F.  N.O.  116 
Corey Bradford, G.B.  NYG  111 
 
Passing
Player, Team  Vs.  Comp.-Att.  Yards  TDs 
Kerry Collins, NYG  G.B.  36-59  386 
Jon Kitna, Cin.  Ten.  28-47  340 
Brett Favre, G.B.  NYG  15-30  315 
Kurt Warner, StL.  Atl.  25-30  280 
Jeff Garcia, S.F.  N.O.  14-21  263 
 

 

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