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Levens paces Packers' abortive bid for playoffs
Posted: Tuesday January 04, 2000 01:19 AM
Dorsey Levens (25) had to dodge teammate Bill Schroeder after scoring a second-quarter touchdown. AP
By David Lundy, CNN/SI
ATLANTA (CNN/SI) -- The Green Bay Packers didn't make the playoffs, but Dorsey Levens turned heads in the Packers' 49-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Levens scored four touchdowns and gained 146 yards on 24 rushing attempts, an average of 6.1 yards per carry.
Despite missing a couple of games due to injury, Levens finishes the season with 1,034 yards rushing.
The top rushing performance of the day was turned in by rookie Jermaine Fazande, who gained 183 yards on 30 rushing attempts and scored a touchdown in the San Diego Chargers' 12-6 win over the Denver Broncos.
But Week 17 featured the pass. Twenty receivers managed 100 or more yards in receptions, and three had more than 150.
Patrick Jeffers of the Carolina Panthers caught 7 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' thumping of the New Orleans Saints. Jimmy Smith, the Jacksonville Jaguars' top receiver, finished the season with a flourish, catching 14 passes for 165 yards in the Jaguars' 24-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Randy Moss of the Minnesota Vikings also finished strong, catching five passes for 155 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.
Among quarterbacks, Steve Beuerlein of the Panthers had another great day, passing for 322 yards and five touchdowns in engineering the Panthers' win and late-season run at the playoffs. Beuerlein finishes the year with 4,436 yards passing and 36 touchdown passes.
Here are the top performers:
Top Rushing Performances Jermaine Fazande, Chargers vs. Broncos, 30 carries, 183 yards, TD
Curtis Martin, Jets vs. Seahawks, 34 carries, 158 yards
Dorsey Levens, Packers vs. Cardinals, 24 carries, 146 yards, 4 TD
Emmitt Smith, Cowboys vs. Giants, 22 carries, 122 yards
Robert Smith, Vikings vs. Lions, 22 carries, 97 yards, TD
Priest Holmes, Ravens vs. Patriots, 16 carries, 95 yards
Rodney Thomas, Titans vs. Steelers, 21 carries, 95 yards, TD
Michael Basnight, Bengals vs. Jaguars, 10 carries, 86 yards
Tyrone Wheatley, Raiders vs. Chiefs, 17 carries, 86 yards, 2 TD
Robert Holcombe, Rams vs. Eagles, 15 carries, 86 yards
Fred Taylor, Jaguars vs. Bengals, 22 carries, 85 yards, 2 TD
Donnell Bennett, Chiefs vs. Raiders, 20 carries, 84 yards
Top Receiving Performances Patrick Jeffers, Panthers vs. Saints, 7 catches, 165 yards, 2 TD
Jimmy Smith, Jaguars vs. Bengals, 14 catches, 165 yards
Tim Dwight, Falcons vs. 49ers, 7 catches, 162 yards, 2 TD
Randy Moss, Vikings vs. Lions, 5 catches, 155 yards, TD
Jerry Rice, 49ers vs. Falcons, 6 catches, 143 yards
Bobby Shaw, Steelers vs. Titans, 7 catches, 131 yards
J.J. Stokes, 49ers vs. Falcons, 5 catches, 130 yards, 1 TD
Johnnie Morton, Lions vs. Vikings, 10 catches, 128 yards
Jason Tucker, Cowboys vs. Giants, 4 catches, 122 yards, TD
Tim Brown, Raiders vs. Chiefs, 6 catches, 122 yards
Torry Holt, Rams vs. Eagles, 5 catches, 122 yards, 2 TD
Rob Moore, Cardinals vs. Packers, 6 catches, 120 yards
Germane Crowell, Lions vs. Vikings, 8 catches, 120 yards
Frank Sanders, Cardinals vs. Packers, 13 catches, 118 yards
Patrick Johnson, Ravens vs. Patriots, 9 catches, 114 yards
Oronde Gadsden, Jets vs. Redskins, 9 catches, 114 yards, TD
Top Passing Performances Jake Plummer, Cardinals vs. Packers, 35 of 57 for 396 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Jeff Garcia, 49ers vs. Falcons, 26 of 34 for 373 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rich Gannon, Raiders vs. Chiefs, 25 of 47 for 324 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Steve Beuerlein, Carolina vs. New Orleans, 22 of 41 for 322 yards, 5 TD
Jay Fiedler, Jaguars vs. Bengals, 28 of 39 for 317 yards, 1 TD
Kerry Collins, Giants vs. Cowboys, 31 of 48 for 314 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Brett Favre, Packers vs. Cardinals, 21 of 34 for 311 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Mike Tomczak, Steelers vs. Titans, 21 of 39 for 309 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Chris Chandler, Falcons vs. 49ers, 19 of 37 for 306 yards, 3 TD
Troy Aikman, Cowboys vs. Giants, 23 of 32 for 288 yards, 2 TD
Rob Johnson, Bills vs. Colts, 24 of 32 for 287 yards, 2 TD
Jeff George, Vikings vs. Lions, 14 of 24 for 275 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Elvis Grbac, Chiefs vs. Raiders, 20 of 39 for 243 yards, 3 TD
Jake Delhomme, Saints vs. Panthers, 26 of 49 for 243 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
Jon Kitna, Seahawks vs. Jets, 21 of 45 for 237 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Brian Griese, Broncos vs. Chargers, 23 of 46 for 211 yards
Ray Lucas, Jets vs. Seahawks, 15 of 26 for 211 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
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