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NFL REPORT

Sanders

The Lions' Barry Sanders became the third player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season when he got 184 against the Jets. Sanders had 47- and 53-yard dashes in the second half after gaining just 20 yards before halftime, and he finished with 2,053, second only to Eric Dickerson's 2,105 in 1984.

Stars

Rushing
Warrick Dunn, Bucs, ripped off the longest run in Tampa Bay history, 76 yards, and finished with 119 on 16 carries. He also caught three passes for 18 yards. . . . Robert Smith, Vikings, carried 17 times for 160 yards, including a 76-yard run that set up a TD.
Passing
Boomer Esiason, Bengals, finished off a late-season surge by hitting on 21 of 34 passes for 254 yards. The 36-year-old quarterback completed 107 of 170 passes (63 percent) for 1,357 yards and 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions during his five starts. . . . John Elway, Broncos, threw for four TDs, completing 17 of 26 passes for 273 yards vs. San Diego.
Receiving
Tim Brown, Raiders, made a team-record 14 catches for 164 yards. He also became the Raiders' career leader in receptions with 599 and set a Raiders record with 104 catches for 1,390 yards. . . . Cris Carter, Vikings, caught three TD passes among his five receptions for 89 yards. . . . Shannon Sharpe, Broncos, caught eight passes for 162 yards and a touchdown.
Defense
Mark MacMillian, Chiefs, had two interceptions, one of them setting up a touchdown. . . . Gerald Dixon, Bengals, made 11 tackles, including three sacks. . . . Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had a hand in eight tackles and finished the season with 201.

Strong starts

The Redskins scored on the third play when nickel back Darryl Pounds blitzed, stripped quarterback Bobby Hoying of the ball and ran 18 yards for a touchdown. Two Eagles possessions later, Darrell Green intercepted a poor throw by Hoying, got up and outran everyone 83 yards for a TD.

Special teams

Duce Staley, Eagles, ran back three kickoffs for 114 yards, with a 57-yarder and a 35-yarder that set up scores. . . . Matt Stover, Ravens, missed his last five field goals; three were wide right and two were blocked. . . . Tamarick Vanover, Chiefs, had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 48-yarder to set up another score. . . . Morten Anderson, Falcons, reached 100 points for the 11th season, tying Nick Lowery's NFL record.

Stats

The Giants recorded the first unbeaten divisional season in NFC East history, 7-0-1 . . . Denver became the second team to have a 3,000-yard passer (John Elway), 1,500-yard rusher (Terrell Davis) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Rod Smith and Shannon Sharpe). . . . The Eagles finished with an 0-7-1 away record, their first winless road season since 1970. . . . The Giants added two fumble recoveries and an interception to up its NFL-best takeaway total to 44. . . . Derrick Alexander, Ravens, had five catches for 111 yards, putting him over 1,000 for the second consecutive season. . . . The Raiders (4-12) concluded their worst season since going 1-13 in 1962.

Streaks

Billy Joe Hobert's touchdown pass in the third period broke Kansas City's NFL-record streak of 10 straight games without giving up a second-half touchdown. But the Chiefs beat the Saints, 25-13.

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