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published December 24, 2002

BENGALS: The team hasn't had a winning record in 12 years but is 10-2 in its final home game since 1991.

BILLS: Cornerback Nate Clements picked off the Packers' Brett Favre one play after muffing a punt in the fourth quarter.

BRONCOS: Reuben Droughns returned three kickoffs for 76 yards, a 25.3 average, and recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

BROWNS: Cleveland has converted 8-of-10 fourth-down tries.

CHARGERS: LaDainian Tomlinson's 131 yards rushing boosted his season total to 1,616. His seventh 100-yard game tied Don Wood's 28-year-old team mark.

CHIEFS: Arrowhead Stadium has seen 100 consecutive sellouts, dating to the opener in 1990. ... With 466 points, the Chiefs broke their team record of 442 set in 1965.

COLTS: A revamped defense allowed a season-high 44 points, the most scored by the Giants since they had 45 against New Orleans in 1995.

DOLPHINS: Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper fumbled three times in Saturday's game, but Miami recovered only one. "Maybe it gets to the point where you don't ever try to pick up the football," coach Dave Wannstedt said. "You just get on it and don't be thinking about scoring."

JAGUARS: Receiver Bobby Shaw caught his 41st pass, a career high.

JETS: The team outgained the Patriots 261-78 in the first half and is 5-0 at New England since 1998.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Christian Fauria has seven touchdowns, matching his total for his previous seven seasons.

RAIDERS: Quarterback Rich Gannon, who was on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season record of 5,084 passing yards, likely will fall short. He needs 475 against the Chiefs after passing for 201 against the Broncos.

RAVENS: The team lost for the first time this season when leading at the half and fell to 11-1 in games in which Jamal Lewis runs for 100 or more yards, including the postseason. He gained 100 on 21 carries.

TEXANS: The Redskins' 247 yards rushing were more than double what Houston had been allowing (121.6 yards per game before Sunday's game).

TITANS: Steve McNair went over 3,000 career rushing yards and joined Steve Young, Randall Cunningham, John Elway and Fran Tarkenton as the only quarterbacks with 18,000 yards passing and 3,000 rushing.

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