Time to Go
In his last home game as a 49er, 38-year-old Jerry Rice had seven catches for 76 yards in a win over the Bears. His successor as the team's go-to guy, Terrell Owens, had 20 receptions (for 283 yards), breaking Tom Fears's 50-year-old NFL record of 18. Afterward Rice, who will be a salary-cap casualty in the off-season, took a victory lap around 3Com while Owens, 27, sat on the bench, deep in thought. "I was trying to visualize what that day will be like for me, when it comes," Owens said of Rice's finale.
Requiem for a Stadium
With the spirit of Art Rooney and past Super Bowl champs hovering over the final game at 30-year-old Three Rivers Stadium, how could the Steelers lose to upstart owner Daniel Snyder and his Redskins? They couldn't. Pittsburgh 24, Washington 3.
Eagles rookie defensive tackle Corey Simon admits he voted for Redskins kicker Scott Bentley to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl. Why? Players can't vote for teammates, and Simon was dying to help his kicker, David Akers, make the squad. Bentley, the team's kickoff specialist, hasn't attempted a field goal or an extra point this year.
When asked if he had gone online to the polling site for fans and cast a Pro Bowl vote for himself, which player replied, "I don't know how to get on the Internet"?
A. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher
B. Redskins cornerback Deion Sanders
C. Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp
The Last Word
"We have found just about every way we can to lose a game."
—CHARGERS COACH MIKE RILEY, after a 30-22 defeat by the Panthers, in which Carolina returned a punt and a blocked field for touchdowns, and San Diego turned a first-and-goal from inside the one in the closing minutes into fourth-and-15