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Around the NFC

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 19, 2000


BEARS: They have lost all five of their trips to San Francisco since 1985, including a 1994 divisional playoff game. The average deficit is 30.2 points.

CARDINALS: Defensive end Andre Wadsworth, who had a sack and two tackles, said he felt better than he had in 18 months, when he had the first of his two knee surgeries. ... Mark Smith, who had one sack all season, had 21/2 in the game. ... The home crowd of 37,452 means Arizona has the five smallest crowds in the NFL this season.

COWBOYS: Running back Emmitt Smith, coming off his best game in two years with 150 yards against the Redskins, had 46 yards on 24 carries. He had 15 yards on his first carry. ... Quarterback Anthony Wright, starting in place of Troy Aikman (concussion), finished 13-of-25 for 119 yards and was sacked five times, all in the second half.

EAGLES: During the bye week, when most players left the Philadelphia area, recently acquired running back Chris Warren stayed to work with coaches and learn the playbook. Warren is expected to see playing time in the season finale against Cincinnati and likely will see an increased role in the playoffs.

FALCONS: Quarterback Chris Chandler, benched after a loss to Oakland on Dec.3, took over in the second half from rookie Doug Johnson, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 45 yards and was sacked four times. Chandler was 4-of-10 for 81 yards and was sacked once.

49ERS: Quarterback Jeff Garcia completed 36 of 44 passes, the second-most completions in team history. ... They won for the fourth time in five games and held an opponent under 10 points at 3Com Park for the third time in four games.

GIANTS: Running back Tiki Barber ran 20 times for 80 yards and caught four passes for 47 yards. He has 1,932 yards this season, breaking the team's all-purpose record of 1,807 set by David Meggett in 1989. ... They are 12-2 in December games under coach Jim Fassel. ... They swept the season series from Dallas for the first time since 1997. ... They are 7-1 on the road, best since 7-2 in 1930.

LIONS: Running back James Stewart rushed for a career-high 164 yards, went over 1,000 for the first time and allowed Detroit to hold the ball for 34:18 in the muck at Giants Stadium. "With this type of day, we had to run the ball," Stewart said. "We knew whoever would run the ball best would win."

PACKERS: Quarterback Brett Favre threw his 255th career touchdown pass, passing Dan Fouts for ninth all-time.

PANTHERS: The crowd of 42,206 was a team record low at Ericsson Stadium. ... They are 8-4 against the AFC. ... Their two takeaways gave them 38 this season, tying the team record set in 1996. ... Doug Evans' blocked field goal return marked the first time a Carolina player has returned a blocked kick for a touchdown. ... They managed 11 yards rushing, 1 more than the team record low set against New Orleans this season.

RAMS: Only one player, kickoff returner Tony Horne, missed the game against the Bucs because of injury. The 11 starters on offense have combined to miss seven games, five for quarterback Kurt Warner and two for running back Marshall Faulk.

REDSKINS: They have been outscored 56-16 by the Cowboys and Steelers since interim coach Terry Robiskie replaced Norv Turner. ... Running back Stephen Davis, a 1,000-yard rusher, was held to 39 and has 125 in his past three games.

SAINTS: They last won at home against Atlanta on Nov.13, 1994. ... Safety Sammy Knight's interception return for a touchdown gave New Orleans a team-record four this season. ... Kicker Morten Andersen has scored at least one point in an NFL-record 268 straight games. ... Wide receiver Joe Horn has 89 receptions for the season, a team record.

VIKINGS: They have given up an average of 36.5 points and 421 yards in losses to the Packers and Rams, and they haven't forced a turnover in two games. ... Running back Robert Smith, who had rushed for more than 100 yards in five consecutive games, has been held to 93 in his past two combined. ... Wide receiver Randy Moss reached 4,000 career yards receiving in 46 games, fastest in history. Jerry Rice needed 47 games to gain 4,000. ... They broke a 49-year-old record with their 30th consecutive 300-yard game. The record was set by the Los Angeles Rams from 1949-51.

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