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•Relax the anticelebration rule. Tagliabue admits that the league "overreacted" last March, when it banned almost all endzone celebrating and postgame fraternizing, even for prayer. Next March he's going to ask the rulemakers to lighten up.
Stats of the Week
•Only one Lion player, kicker Eddie Murray, had been born when Detroit last played a postseason game at home, in 1957. On Sunday, the Lions, now 11-4, clinched a home playoff game by beating Green Bay 21-17.
•The Oilers had 14 players on the field for an offensive play against the Browns and, amazingly, weren't flagged. Houston won 17-14.
Game of the Week
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The End Zone
Ten years ago the Colts, who were 1-14 and already owned two first-round choices in the 1982 draft, met the 2-13 Patriots on the final weekend of the regular season, and the overall No. 1 pick was on the line. That game also was the last for Mike McCormack as coach of the then Baltimore Colts and Ron Erhardt as coach of New England.
This Sunday the Colts once again are 1-14 and will have an extra first-round pick in hand when they face the 2-13 Buccaneers, and again the top selection in the next draft will be up for grabs. Moreover, the game is expected to be the last for coaches Rick Venturi of Indianapolis and Richard Williamson of Tampa Bay.