Emmitt Smith films a Reebok commercial, during which he says, "I think the measure of a champion is how you handle things when things are not going your way." The filming comes 10 days after Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, trying to keep Smith's legs fresh, had surprised his star by replacing him with Sherman Williams during a critical fourth-quarter drive in a game the Cowboys would lose to the Giants 20-17.
On the third snap of an overtime game in Detroit, Giants quarterback Danny Kanell calls Pass 34 Z Wheel. Chris Calloway scores on a 68-yarder. Not bad considering that coach Jim Fassel had put the play in the game plan four days earlier and that the offense had practiced it only twice.
A 26-inch blizzard paralyzes the Denver area, and stranded Broncos kicker Jason Elam gets to the team's facility after being rescued on 1-25 by fans. One day later Elam would rescue the Broncos with an overtime field goal against the Bills.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sues Dolphins running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar for stealing his name and number. Kareem's action bewilders Karim. "The name was given to me by a Muslim Imam," Karim says, "and I've been wearing 33 since I was eight."
The Ravens/Browns lose for the eighth straight time at Pittsburgh, and it's a doozy. Baltimore has seven turnovers and 11 penalties in a 37-0 shellacking.
To the strains of the grunge band Everclear, Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe and guard Max Lane leap off a Boston nightclub stage into a mosh pit, and a woman alleges that she was hurt in the incident.
After going eight years without a tie, the NFL has one for the second week in a row as the Giants and the Redskins play to a 7-7 draw. Washington's touchdown is scored by Gus Frerotte, who celebrates by head-butting a padded concrete wall and in the process knocks himself out of the game with a sprained neck.
Kansas City 44, San Francisco 9. "Go ahead," K.C. wideout Andre Rison tells writers afterward. "Keep doubting us."