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IP ij-inpr"iyTni' 'y gr-ipiy ir""jfy"y ""i 2CC THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 s it c Football QUOTE OF THE DAY DICK JAURON, Chicago Bears rookie coach after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 20-17. "My favorite offensive formation is taking a knee. I love that formation." STANDINGS AMERICAN CONFERENCE t WEEK 1 if GAME OF THE DAY EAST DIVISION W L T Indianapolis 1 0 0 1.000 New England 1 0 0 1.000 Miami 0 0 0 .000 Buffalo 0 1 0 .000 NY Jets 0 1 0 .000 ) Cards win S another I 'Snake5 act i i I 1 . jmi ... , ; Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. 31 14 1-00 0-00 1-QO 30 28 OOO 1-00 1-&0 0 0 0-0-0 040 040 14 31 0-00 0-1O 0-1O 28 30 0-1O 000 OlO CENTRAL DIVISION W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. Pittsburgh 1 0 0 1.000 43 0 OOO lOO lOO Jacksonville 1 0 0 1.000 41 3 lOO OOO O-OO Tennessee 1 0 0 1.000 36 35 lOO O-OO 1-00 Baltimore 0 1 0 .000 10 27 OOO 0-1O OOO Cincinnati 0 1 0 .000 35 36 OOO 0-1O 0-1-0 Cleveland 0 1 0 . .000 0 43 0-1O OOO 0-1O WEST DIVISION W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. 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 0-1O OOO Oakland 0 1 0 .000 24 28 OOO 0-10 OOO Seattle 0 1 0 .000 20 28 0-1O OOO OOO NATIONAL CONFERENCE .. EAST DIVISION " W L t" Pcti PF PA Home Away Div. Arizona 1 0 0 1.000 25 24 OOO lOO lOO Dallas 1 0 0 1.000 41 35 OOO lOO lOO NY Giants 1 0 0 1.000 17 13 OOO lOO OOO Philadelphia 0 1 0 .000 24 25 0-1O OOO 0-tO Washington 0 1 0 .000 35 41 0-1O OOO 0-tO 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 1-00 OOO Green Bay 1 0 0 1.000 28 24 lOO OOO OOO Minnesota 1 0 0 1.000 17 14 OOO 1-00 OOO Tampa Bay 0 1 0 .000 13 17 0-1O OOO OOO WEST DIVISION W L T Pet. PF PA Home Away Div. New Orleans. 1 0 0 1.000 19 10 lOO OOO 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 0-1O OOO OOO Carolina 0 1 0 .000 10 19 OOO 0-10 OlO The Associated Press :'. PHILADELPHIA Afterjake ?' Hummer's three interceptions !r;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. x Next for Dolphins "With 12 minutes left, I don't think I had to say it, but I did anyway. I said, 'We're down, but we're still in it," Plummer said. Plummer, CARDINALS EAGLES 25 24 4 : ( I t ;' Vt-h.' ..Jx WEEK 2 SCHEDULE Sunday Arizona at Miami, 1 p.m. LINE: Off DOUG MILLSThe Associated Press 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 4V4 Jacksonville at Carolina, 1 p.m. LINE: Jaguars by 8V2 Oakland at Minnesota, 1 p.m. LINE: Vikings by 12 Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. LINE: Off San Diego at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. LINE: Off Comeback Cowboys Seattle at Chicago, 1 p.m. LINE: Seahawks by 4 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. nursing a ' sprained thumb on his throwing hand and doubtful to play, went '25-of-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. 1 "I wasn't looking down field, I was looking at the linemen," jj Plummer said. Arizona snapped its seven-game losing streak in season openers. Philadelphia, expected '-'to be one of the NFL's worst b. teams, missed a chance at victory, j. "When you get ahead, you J, have to learn how to win. We learned something today," said . 'Andy Reid, who lost his debut as ,.Eagles coach. k The Cardinals missed key .players from last season to free agency, injuries and contract dis-X putes, but got breaks this week ' when Plummer decided to play Oi and Rob Moore signed a contract, s; Moore had three catches for 77 h, yards and a TD. f' "I'm sure glad he was here "i because I don't think, if Rob wasn't I here, we would have won the 3 , football game," coach Vince Tobin said. "? Noteworthy: Former Dol-!J phins QB Doug Pederson was 12- f .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 n. tackles for the Eagles. . . . Philadelphia scored more than 17 points for the first time in 13 games. 0. "Nobody 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: 49ers by 101a Cleveland at Tennessee, 4:15 p.m. LINE: Off Denver at Kansas City, 4:15 p.m. LINE: Off 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 3 SCHEDULE Sunday, Sept. 26 Atlanta at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Carolina, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. ' Denver at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Detroit at Kansas City, 1 p.m. 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. New York Giants at New England, 8:20 p.m. OPEN DATE: Miami, Dallas, New Orleans Monday, Sept 27 San Francisco at Arizona, 9 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 Deion Sanders, Kevin Smith, Leon Lett and Quentin Coryatt. . . . The Redskins were in Cowboys' territory on nine of their first 10 offensive possessions. . . . Three receivers had career highs in yards receiving: Redskins'. Michael West-brook (159) and Albert Connell (137) and Cowboys' Ismail (149). . . . The Redskins biggest blown lead is 24 points vs. Philadelphia in a 28-24 loss in 1946. 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. COWBOYS REDSKINS 41 35 thought it was going to be easy, but nobody "" thought it was 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 AFC NFC BOUMCfNS AROUND AT THE WP Sunday's best performances BOUNCING AEOUiiD Rushing Name, Team Rushing Name, Team Car. Yds. Ydscar. TD Car. Yds. Ydscar. TD 24 109 4.54 2 23 109 4.73 1 22 103 4.68 1 26 112 4.30 1 11 90 8.18 0 18 89 4.94 0 Edgerrin James, Colts Jeff Blake, Bengals Jerome Bettis, Steelers Passing Name, Team Stephen Davis, Redskins Emmitt Smith, Cowboys Duce Staley, Eagles Passing Name, Team Comp. Att Yds. TD Comp. Att Yds. TD 21 32 21 30 22 42 341 3 340 , 1 300 1 20 33 382 2 28 49 362 5 28 47 333 4 Steve McNair, Titans Drew Bledsoe, Patriots Doug Flutie, Bills Receiving Name, Team Brad Johnson, Redskins Troy Aikman, Cowboys Brett Favre, Packers Receiving Name, Team Matthews is Titans' iron man Bruce Matthews extended his streak of consecutive starts to 181 games, which leads all active players. Pittsburgh's Dermontti Dawson is second. Matthews' start also set a club record for most seasons at 17, breaking a tie with Elvin Bethea at 16. 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 clause 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 sackless Sunday against the Bears. INJURIES Rec. Yds. Ydsrec. TD Rec. Yds. Ydsrec. TD Keyshawn Johnson, Jets Kevin Dyson, Titans Derrick Alexander, Chiefs 8 9 6 194 10.8 1 162 18.0 2 154 25.7 1 5 159 31.8 1 8 149 18.6 1 7 141 20.1 2 M. Westbrook, Redskins Raghib Ismail, Cowboys Germane Crowell, Lions NUMBERS GAME Defense wins championships The New York Times' William C. 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 Maybe that holdout wasn't such a great idea. The . All-Pro running back who took his time; arriving to camp was stuffed by the Vikings, gaining 50 yards on 16 carries. Detroit's Ron Rivers Barry who? -Detroit's No. 1 running back with the ' retirement of Sanders gained 96 yards on 16 carries. But Rivers wanted more. "1 was really upset that I was in and out and back in and then out early in the game," Rivers said. "I want to be the man. I've been here six years. It's'my time to ? shine." INJURIES J RICKY WILLIAMS, Saints RB Sprained the same 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 he couldn't play. Might return next week. . LAWRENCE PHILLIPS, 49ers RB Left game against Jaguars in first half with a concussion. He did 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 hand in victory over Raiders. Post-game X-rays f were negative. " 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. 2 Giants first downs in 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. lot J. ' 'CHAD BROWN, Seahawks OLB Left the game a against Detroit on a stretcher in the second quarter with a neck injury. Seahawks said all w neurological signs were positive. VINNY TESTAVERDE, Jets QB Ruptured right .''Achilles' tendon. Expected to miss the rest of 9 .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 0GDEN, Ravens OT Left game against Rams in second quarter with hip injury. His .2. availability for next week is uncertain. 1 THURMAN THOMAS, Bills RB Suffered rib injury on a' game's first play and did not return. X-rays were ."jiegative. a CHARLES JORDAN, Seahawks WR Left in the first ""quarter with a left hamstring injury. He did not . return 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.