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Football T "My favorite offensive formation is taking a knee. I love that formation. " QUOTE OF THE DAY DICK JAURON, Chicago Bears rookie coach after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 20-17. WEEK 1 GAME OF THE DAY Cards win another 4Snake' act standings ;;r.i i .: ... . AMERICAN CONFERENCE II EAST DIVISION I W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. , . Indianapolis 1 0 0 1.000 31 14 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-00 - ,t New England 1 0 0 1.000 30 28 OOO l-OO 1-00 J Miami 0 0 0 .000 0 0 OO-O O-OO (MM) Buffalo 0 1 0 .000 14 31 OOO Ol-O Ol-O j NY Jets 0 1 0 .000 28 30 Ol-O OOP 0-1-0 CENTRAL DIVISION j W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. Pittsburgh 1 0 0 1.000 43 0 0-0-0 1-0-0 l-OO Jacksonville 1 0 0 1.000 41 3 1-00 OOO OOO 1 Tennessee 1 0 0 1.000 36 35 1-00 OOO 1-M i( J Baltimore 0 1 0 .000 10 27 OOO Ol-O OOO " Cincinnati 0 1 0 .000 35 36 OOO 010 OlO -i Cleveland 0 1 0 .000 0 43 OlO OOP 0-1-0---- WEST DIVISION . W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. J Denver 0 0 0 .000 0 0 OOO OOO OOO San Diego 0 0 0 .000 0 0 OOO OOO OOO ; Kansas City 0 1 0 .000 17 20 OOO OlO OOO Oakland 0 1 0 .000 24 28 OOO OlO OOO Seattle 0 1 0 .000 20 28 OlO OOO OOO ; j NATIONAL CONFERENCE ':- j EAST DIVISION W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. j Arizona 1 0 0 1.000 25 24 OOO lOO 1O0 f Dallas 1 0 0 1.000 41 35 OOO lOO lOO NY Giants 1 0 0 1.000 17 13 OOO 1O0 OOO v j Philadelphia 0 1 0 .000 24 25 OlO OOO OlO Washington 0 1 0 .000 35 41 010 OOP 0-1O CENTRAL DIVISION . ' W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. . Chicago 1 0 0 1.000 20 17 lOO OOO OOO Detroit 1 0 0 1.000 28 20 OOO 1O-0 OOO V, Green Bay 1 0 0 1.000 28 24 lOO OOO OOO j Minnesota 1 0 0 1.000 17 14 OOO lOO OOO j Tampa Bay 0 1 0 .000 13 17 OlO OOO OOP , j WEST DIVISION . Jl W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away DIv. ' New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 19 10 lOO OOO lOO St. Louis 1 0 0 1.000 27 10 lOO OOO OOO San Fran 0 1 0 .000 3 41 OOO OlO OOO Atlanta 0 1 0 .000 14 17 OlO OOO OOO Carolina 0 1 0 .000 10 19 OOO OlO OlO " r r I " ji i (I ' " . & "... 4 I V ""'"r ft '' , ..jv. ........ The Associated Press : , PHILADELPHIA After Jake Plummer's three interceptions helped the Philadelphia Eagles to a 21-point lead in the first quarter, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback led his team to a 25-24 victory on Chris Jacke's 31-yard field goal as time ran out Sunday. ; "With 12 Next for minutes left, I rklu;M don't think I had DOlpninS to say it, but I t -i did anyway. 1 said, 'We're down, but we're still in it,'" Plummer said. Plummer, 25 24 CARDINALS EAGLES 1 WEEK 2 SCHEDULE Sunday DOUG MILLSThe Associated Press Arizona at Miami, 1 p.m. LINE: Off Rocket Ismail goes for winning TD. 'This is probably the wildest game I've ever been a part of,' Troy Aikman said. Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. LINE: Off Indianapolis at New England, 1 p.m. LINE: Patriots by 4Vfe Jacksonville at Carolina, 1 p.m. LINE: Jaguars by BVi Oakland at Minnesota, 1 p.m. LINE: Vikings by 12 Comeb Cowboys ack Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. LINE: Off San Diego at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. LINE: Off Seattle at Chicago, 1 p.m. LINE: Seahawks by 4 Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. LINE: Buccanners by 6 Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. LINE: Giants by 3 New Orleans at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. LINE: 49ersby10V4 Cleveland at Tennessee, 4:15 p.m. LINE: Off Denver at Kansas City, 4:15 p.m. LINE: Off Down 21 points, Dallas forces OT and beats Washington on 76-yard pass to Rocket Ismail. Palm Beach Post Wire Services LANDOVER, Md. Dallas matched its biggest comeback ever Sunday, rallying from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Washington 41-35 on Rocket Ismail's 76-yard touchdown catch in overtime. "Nobody nursing a sprained thumb on his throwing hand and doubtful to play, went 25K)f-48 for 274 yards and a touchdown. Plummer said his hand felt fine. He was just rusty after missing Arizona's last two exhibition games following the injury Aug. 20 against Tennessee. "I wasn't looking down field, I was looking at the linemen," Plummer said. Arizona snapped its seven-game losing streak in season openers. Philadelphia, expected to be one of the NFL's worst teams, missed a chance at victory. "When you get ahead, you have to learn how to win. We . learned something today," said Andy Reid, who lost his debut as Eagles coach. '. The Cardinals missed key players from last season to free agency, injuries and contract disputes, but got breaks this week when Plummer decided to play and Rob Moore signed a contract Moore had three catches for 77 yards and aTD. "I'm sure glad he was here because I don't think, if Rob wasn't : here, we would have won the fqotball game," coach Vince Tobin - .said. .: Noteworthy: Former Dol-: phins QB Doug Pederson was 12- : -of-26 for 91 yards with two TDs and -two INTs in his first game with the : Eagles Another former Dolphin, - cornerback Troy Vincent, had 11 . tackles for the Eagles. . . . Phila- -delphia scored more than 17 points : ".for the first time in 13 games. New York Jets at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. LINE: Bills by 4 OPEN DATE: St. Louis Monday, Sept. 20 Atlanta at Dallas, 9 p.m. LINE: OFF WEEK $ SCHEDULE Sunday, Sept. 26 Atlanta at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. "The snap was catchable," Matt Turk said. "It hit my hands. Anything that hits your hands, you should catch." The loss hit the Redskins hard. They had hoped to put that behind them while impressing new owner Dan Snyder, bought the team this year for $800 million and has demanded that coach Norv Turner make the playoffs or else. "I don't think the owner was putting $800 million on this game," cornerback Darrell Green said. "I haven't prepared the entire offseason just for this one game. I'm in it for the long haul." Noteworthy: The Cowboys defense was missing Delon Sanders, Kevin Smith, Leon Lett and Quentin Coryatt. ... The Redskins were in Cowboys' territory on nine of their first 10 offensive possessions. . . . Three receivers hari career hiehs in vards receiv of," said Aikman, who was 28-for-49 for 362 yards and three interceptions. Dallas has rallied from 21 points down to win once before, 30-27 in overtime against New Orleans in 1984. It also was the third time the Cowboys have made up a big deficit to beat the Redskins, coming back from 20 points down in 1983 and 17 points in 1979. "It gives you more to build on than if you win 28-14," Dallas coach Chan Gailey said. "(Ismail) caught it, and then I think I breathed." The Cowboys trailed 35-14 going into the fourth quarter, but sent the game into overtime on Michael Irvin's 12-yard reception with 1:46 left. The crucial extra point by Richie Cunningham hit the left upright before going through. Washington had a chance to win the game on the last play of regulation, but holder Matt Turk fumbled the snap on what would have been a 41-yard field-goal attempt by Brett Conway. 41 35 COWBOYS REDSKINS Denver at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Detroit at Kansas City, 1 p.m. thought it was going to be easy, but nobody thoueht it was J Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Seattle at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at New York Jets, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. Indianapolis at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Chicago at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. going to be like this," said Cowboys tight end David LaFleur, who caught two touchdown passes. Ismail, signed as a free agent, split the safeties and was wide open for Troy Aikman's fifth touchdown pass 4:09 into the extra period. "I think this is probably the wildest game I've ever been a part ing: Redskins' Michael West-brook (159) and Albert Connell New York Giants at New England, 8:20 p.m. OPEN DATE: Miami, Dallas, New Orleans (137) and Cowboys' isman iiyj. ... The Redskins biggest blown lead is 24 points vs. Philadelphia Monday, Sept. 27 San Francisco at Arizona, 9 p.m. in a 28-24 loss in 194b. NFC A AFC COUOTiG AHOUmD AT THE TOP, Sunday's best performances Rushing Car. Yds. Ydscar. TD Rushing Name, Team Car. Yds. Ydscar. TD Edgerrin James, Colts 26 112 4 1" Jeff Blake, Bengals 11 90 8.18 0 Jerome Bettis, Steelers 18 89 4.94 0 Passing Name, Team Comp. Att. Yds. TD Steve McNair, Titans 21 32 341 3 Drew Bledsoe, Patriots 21 30 340 1 Doug Flutie, Bills 22 42 300 1 Receiving Name, Team Rec. Yds. Ydsrec. TD Keyshawn Johnson, Jets 8 194 10.8 1 Kevin Dyson, Titans 9 162 18.0 2 Derrick Alexander, Chiefs 6 154 25.7 1 Stephen Davis, Redskins 24 109 4.54 2 Emmitt Smith, Cowboys 23 109 4.73 1 Duce Staley, Eagles 22 103 4.68 1 Passing Name, Team Comp. Att Yds. TP Brad Johnson, Redskins 20 33 382 2 Troy Aikman, Cowboys 28 49 362 5 Brett Favre, Packers 28 47 333 4 Receiving Name, Team Rec. Yds. Ydsrec. TD M. Westbrook, Redskins 5 159 31.8 1 Raghib Ismail, Cowboys 8 149 18.6 1 Germane Crowell, Lions 7 141 20.1 2 Defense wins championships; ' ; The New York Times ' William C. t ' Rhoden on the Giants' victory against Tampa Bay: "During the pre-season the Giants offered tantalizing morsels of wide-open things to come, and fans, hungry for a change, bit. It turns out that':.' the newfangled Giants' offense everyone' '-' has been talking about is its defense." , Indeed. New York picked off Tampa Bay -quarterback Trent Dilfer twice in the fourth.', quarter to preserve the 17-13 win. Atlanta's Jamal Anderson didn't need "' ' training camp. The All-Pro running back , who took his time arriving to camp was ; stuffed by the Vikings, gaining 50 yards ori ' 16 carries. i Detroit's Ron Rivers ... the next Barry. : Sanders? Detroit's No. 1 running back with the retirement of Sanders gained 96 "-yards on 16 carries. But Rivers wanted - '-more. "I was really upset that I was in " and out and back in and then out early irr': the game," Rivers said. "I want to be the; ; man. I've been here six years. It's my time! to shine." NUMBERS GAME C7" 2 Giants first downs in BOUNCING AROUND Atwater second-guessing? Safety Steve Atwater expected to play :for a Super Bowl contender when in the off-season he went from the two-time Super Bowl champion Broncos to the Jets. With Vinny Testaverde lost for the season, the outlook is not as positive: "We've got great guys here and we'll want to pull together and get the job done. We have to." : Baltimore's Scott Mitchell has become : "an easy target for defensive linemen. "He can't run very well; he's too big. By the : :time he got set, we were there," said St. Louis defensive tackle D'Marco Farr of the : 240-pound Mitchell, who has a weight : cf.ause in his contract. Adelphia Coliseum became the Titans : franchise's sixth home stadium, including ' fourth in the past four years. Kansas City's Derrick Thomas didn't : have the same success he enjoyed in last year's season opener. Thomas, who had : six' sacks in the 1998 opener, went - packless Sunday against the Bears. JURIES - CHAD BROWN, Seahawks OLB Left the game " against Detroit on a stretcher in the second - quarter with a neck injury. Seahawks said all " neurological signs were positive. VINNY TESTAVERDE, Jets QB Ruptured right Achilles' tendon. Expected to miss the rest of the season. LEON JOHNSON, Jets RB Left the game in the second quarter with torn knee ligaments. Expected to miss the rest of the season. JONATHAN OGDEN, Ravens OT Left game against Rams in second quarter with hip injury. His availability for next week is uncertain. THURMAN THOMAS, Bills RB Suffered rib injury on game's first play and did not return. X-rays were negative. CHARLES JORDAN, Seahawks WR Left in the first quarter with a left hamstring injury. He did not return.' INiUElES ft 4-s 'TvlESTZS f -x 7 Games remaining for the Seahaws at the Kingdome. The stadium will be torn down after the season to make way for a new football stadium for the franchise. 124 Receiving yards for former Florida State standout E.G. Green in the Colts' victory. He had 177 yards last season. $500 Amount scalpers at Cleveland Browns Stadium wanted for tickets to Sunday night's game. 801 Total yards of offense between the Titans and Bengals in Tennessee's 36-35 victory. the first half against the Buccaneers. The Giants didn't score an offensive touchdown, but still beat the Bucs 17-13. 27 Consecutive points scored by the Cowboys in the fourth quarter and overtime to erase a 35-14 deficit and beat the Redskins. 34 Receiving yards for Washington's Irving Fryar, making him the eighth player in NFL history with 12,000 receiving yards. 4 Field goals made by the Cardinals' Chris Jacke, including the game-winning 31-yard kick that beat the Eagles. RICKY WILLIAMS, Saints RB Sprained the same N left ankle he sprained vs. the Dolphins on Aug. 13. His availability for next week is not known. HERMAN MOORE, Lions WR Sprained his left knee'' against Seahawks. Expected to miss 3-5 weeks.'' " DEION SANDERS, Cowboys CB Tested his healing- -, -toe before game against Redskins, but decided;'. J he couldn't play. Might return next week. LAWRENCE PHILLIPS, 49ers RB Left game against Jaguars in first half with a concussion. He did '-J'" not return. CHRIS CHANDLER, Falcons QB Strained his right ' hamstring in the fourth quarter and did not return. BRETT FAVRE, Packers QB Injured his throwing ' '; 4 hand in victory over Raiders. Post-game X-rays " were negative. - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Redskins' Michael Westbrook had a career high 159 yards receiving, the fourth time in his career he has surpassed the 100-yard mark. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Patriots' Adam Vinatieri kicked his fifth career game-winning field goal Sunday against the Jets. He also beat the Jets Sept. 14, 1997, with a 34-yard field goal.