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One make, one miss put New York atop NFC East

Giants get their kicks

Posted: Monday, December 04, 2000

Al Del Greco's kick went through, and Eddie Murray's didn't, putting the New York Giants ahead again in the NFC East.

Del Greco, Tennessee's 38-year-old kicker who missed two field goals and an extra point to cost the Titans two games, kicked a 50-yarder as time expired to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 15-13 Sunday.

Murray, Washington's 44-year-old kicker, was short on a 49-yard attempt as the Giants beat the Redskins 9-7 to pass Philadelphia atop the division. The Eagles had taken the lead two weeks ago when the Giants lost to Detroit.

''There were a lot of things said about us,'' safety Sam Garnes said of the Giants (9-4). ''So we were just looking forward to going out there and proving everyone wrong and showing ourselves that we can be a playoff team. We've still got a long way to go, but it's right there for us.''

The Giants are 2-0 since coach Jim Fassel promised the team would make the playoffs.

''We drove in here and saw the atmosphere, and I knew my team was ready to go play,'' Fassel said.

Brad Daluiso made field goals of 46, 27 and 28 yards to account for the Giants' points as Washington fell to 7-6.

The Eagles (9-5) could have clinched a wild-card berth with a win, but instead the Titans improved to 10-3, a game ahead of Baltimore in the AFC Central. Del Greco's five field goals also accounted for all of Tennessee's points.

Panthers 16, Rams 3

Kurt Warner, out five weeks with a broken finger on his throwing hand, marked his return with four interceptions -- one was brought back 88 yards by Jimmy Hitchcock for the game's only touchdown -- in a road loss to the Panthers (6-7).

It was the third straight defeat for the Rams (8-5), who looked unstoppable before Warner was injured Oct. 22. St. Louis was 2-3 in his absence.

Steelers 21, Raiders 20

Kordell Stewart unexpectedly returned from a knee injury in the second half to lead Pittsburgh's home upset.

Stewart threw for two touchdowns and ran 17 yards for the decisive score early in the fourth quarter.

Broncos 38, Saints 23

Mike Anderson ran 37 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns, breaking the NFL rookie rushing record in Denver's victory at New Orleans.

Anderson broke the mark of 246 yards on 39 attempts set by Corey Dillon on Dec. 4, 1997. Anderson also broke Terrell Davis' 215-yard single-game rushing record for the Broncos.

Dolphins 33, Bills 6

Jay Fiedler threw a career-high three touchdowns passes, all in the first half, as AFC East-leading Miami routed Buffalo (7-6).

Lamar Smith, back after missing last week with a strained right hamstring, ran for 100 yards on 28 carries and also caught a pass for a touchdown.

Bucs 27, Cowboys 7

Warrick Dunn ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay over Dallas.

Dunn went over 100 yards and scored twice for the second straight week for the host Buccaneers (8-5).

Bengals 24, Cardinals 13

Dillon ran for 216 yards -- his third-best game -- as Cincinnati beat Arizona before the smallest crowd at Paul Brown Stadium.

Dillon also had a 1-yard touchdown run as part of the biggest game ever against the Cardinals (3-10).

Seahawks 30, Falcons 10

Jon Kitna threw for 252 yards and George Koonce returned an interception 27 yards for his second career touchdown as Seattle won at Atlanta.

The Seahawks (5-8) won for the third time in four game.

Jaguars 48, Browns 0

In Jacksonville, Fred Taylor rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns and broke Jacksonville's career rushing record in the most lopsided victory in Jaguars history.

Taylor surpassed 100 yards for the seventh straight game, tying him for the fourth-longest string in NFL history. He has 3,055 career yards, passing James Stewart for the top spot in Jacksonville's six-year-old record book.

Jets 27, Colts 17

Curtis Martin rushed for a career and franchise high of 203 yards and the clinching touchdown as the host Jets won their third straight.

Vinny Testaverde passed for 295 yards passing and two touchdowns. Martin, whose 30 carries included a season-best 55-yard run, has gained 1,094 yards.

49ers 45, Chargers 17

Jeff Garcia threw two touchdown passes to Jerry Rice and passed for 323 yards, going over the 300 plateau for the fourth time this season as the 49ers (5-8) won their third straight game.

The host Chargers tied the team record with their 12th loss.

Packers 28, Bears 6

Brett Favre completed 19 of 31 passes for 225 yards and reached 3,000 yards passing for a ninth straight season, tying Dan Marino's NFL mark set from 1984-92.

Green Bay (6-7) kept it slim playoff hopes alive by winning its seventh straight game at Soldier Field.



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