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Peter King
December 21, 1992
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December 21, 1992

The Nfl

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?How is it that the Eagles can outgain the Seahawks 466 yards to 87, and yet it takes Philadelphia 75 minutes to beat Seattle 20-17? If Roger Ruzek had missed the 44-yard field goal that won the game as time expired, the NFL would have had its first tie in the 1990s.

?Entering Sunday's game against the Cardinals, the Colts' wide receivers will have gone 77 days without a TD catch.

?The league's only teams unbeaten at home reside in Pennsylvania, where the Eagles and Steelers are both 6-0.

?The Cardinals, who beat the Giants 19-0, are 3-2 against the three teams who have won the last six Super Bowls ( 49ers, Redskins and Giants) and 1-8 against the rest of the league.

Do the 49ers have a bottomless pool of talent? Sure seems that way. Lose Joe Montana, plug in Steve Young. Lose John Taylor, plug in Mike Sherrard. Lose Ricky Watters, plug in Anthonia Wayne Lee. That's Amp Lee, for short. In fact, it's the league's shortest name. But Lee was long on ability in a 20-17 win at Minnesota, rushing 23 times for 134 yards and scoring twice. The 49ers drafted Watters and Lee in the second round of the 1991 and '92 drafts, respectively, in the hope that one of them would develop into a long-term replacement for departed multipurpose back Roger Craig. Both might fill the bill.

Watters looked like a franchise back for the first three months of the season, but then he suffered a deep shoulder bruise against the Eagles on Nov. 29. In stepped Lee. "Several times this year I completely forgot to pick up my paycheck because I didn't feel like I had done anything," says Lee. "It was like Wednesday or Thursday before I went to get it." Players are paid after games on Sunday, and last week Lee picked up his check on time. No back in the league had a better day than he did.

From Buccaneer coach Sam Wyche, whose feud with Falcon coach Jerry Glanville continued during a 35-7 loss to Atlanta. In a slap at Wyche, Glanville allowed linebacker Jesse Solomon, who had been cut by the Bucs in August during a holdout, to run the ball twice for a total of 12 yards late in the game. Said Wyche afterward, "I think they thought it was pretty cute, so I guess they did a cute thing, and it probably made them feel pretty good. And it made Jesse feel pretty cute."


Last Saturday night the Bears' coaches showed their players a Mike Singletary highlight film. Singletary gave Chicago its pregame locker room speech at Soldier Field on Sunday. When he appeared on the field before facing the Steelers, the affection of the fans cascaded onto him. Then, in a pregame ceremony marking his last game in Chicago, Singletary, who's retiring after 12 seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Bears, got misty.

"We all decided we were going to play like Mike plays," said defensive tackle Chris Zorich. " 'Be like Mike' is what we were saying. We played the game as a tribute to a man who deserves everything."

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