Green Bay at Chicago, Sunday. Not only is this the NFL's best rivalry, but this game also features a grudge match between quarterbacks Jim Harbaugh of the Bears and Mike Tomczak of the Packers. They were competing for the starting job in Chicago during the 1989 preseason, after Jim McMahon had been dealt to San Diego, when the Bears met the Chargers in an exhibition game. According to Harbaugh, who was on the field at the time, he caught Tomczak flashing signals for one of his plays across the field to McMahon. "That's absolutely false," Tomczak says.
McMahon, who's now with the Eagles, won't comment, but a source close to him says McMahon has told friends on the Bears that the story is true. And Harbaugh says that when he confronted Tomczak on the sideline that night, Tomczak admitted to having flashed the signals. "He said it happened one time," says Harbaugh. "He said they were just fooling around."
The End Zone
Pardon the Colts if they didn't warmly greet Eric Dickerson upon his return last week from a three-week suspension for insubordination. "As great a player as Eric is, sometimes he can do things to hold the team down," says Ken Clark, who took Dickerson's place in the lineup. "He brings his personal problems on the field."
Nevertheless, while trailing the Browns 31-0 on Sunday, the Colts allowed Dickerson to pad his stats in the fourth quarter, running him seven times for 82 yards. He finished with 117 yards to move past Jim Brown and into third place on the all-time rushing list with 12,367 yards. The Hoosier Dome crowd booed lustily when it was announced that Dickerson had overtaken Brown.
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