"Nobody knows that far ahead," Payton said. "Nobody knows what can happen. Only God knows."
"Is a 300-yard game possible?"
"I don't know. You'll have to call Him up."
Payton's yardage raised his season total to 1,404. He is the only NFL runner to have gained 1,000 yards this year, and he is 81 yards ahead of the pace O.J. set in 1973 when he established the NFL single-season rushing record of 2,003 yards.
"Say, Walter, how would you defense Walter Payton?"
"Well," he said, "the night before the game I'd kidnap Walter Payton."