Barry Sanders Passes 2,000 Yards | New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions (Week 17, 1997) | NFL Full Game

Barry Sanders Passes 2,000 Yards | New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions (Week 17, 1997) | NFL Full Game

>>The Lions will get the ball first, as John Hall has it teed up, and this final game of the regular season under way. Hall roots one to the goal line. Glyn Milburn 20, 25-yard line. And that’s where the number-one offense in the National Football League will start. And Barry Sanders goes for another rushing title. Needs 131 to hit the 2,000 mark. Last 13 games, he’s been averaging nearly 140. Here’s the offensive line that will block for him — Roberts, Compton, Glover goes to his third Pro Bowl, Hartings, and Tharpe. Tommy Vardell a blocking back with Scott Mitchell the quarterback. Morton and Herman Moore, 100 catches, are the wide receivers, and David Sloan the tight end. And Sanders gets the call on first down and picks up a couple. Marvin Jones makes the tackle for the Jets in their white with green. And here’s how they align themselves defensively, off their best defensive game of the season last week against Tampa Bay. Lyle, Ferguson, and Douglas up front. The backers — Lewis, the most valuable player, Gordon, Jones, and the rookie Farrior. Glenn and Smith on the outside, and Green and Henderson are the safeties. Second down and 7. Sanders has a hole. And it closes in a hurry, as Jones, with his second straight tackle at the 31. Lions on this first series have it third down and 5. Both first carries by Sanders, gaining 3 and then 2 yards. Marvin Jones making the tackle on both occasions. And now Scott Mitchell in a pass situation brings Herman Moore in motion. Throws over the middle. Hit and incomplete the call, as Victor Green drives into Moore and denies the catch.>>Well, that’s one thing the Jets excel at on defense — third and short, passing situations. They play the situations. They know the Lions are probably gonna throw a route that’s 3 or 4 or 5 yards down the line, and they do a good job looking for it and making the plays.>>John Jett to punt it. Leon Johnson has returned a punt for touchdown and kickoff return for touchdown, one of the better return men in the league, the rookie from North Carolina. Smothered at the 26, a 53-yard punt, 10 on the return. Matt Russell made the tackle, and here comes Neil O’Donnell and the Jets offense. 9-6 off a 1-15 year in 1996. Jenkins and Burns in the reordered offensive line with the injuries to Elliott and Roberts. Duffy, O’Dwyer, and Malamala complete the front five. O’Donnell with Murrell over 1,000 yards back to back, Neal the blocker, Keyshawn Johnson leads in catches with 64. Graham the other wideout and Kyle Brady the tight end. [ Crowd cheers ] Jets practiced the silent count all week, knowing it would be noisy here. And so it is. The throw complete, as he goes to Johnson, and he has a first down at the 40, a 15-yard play. The rookie Kevin Abrams from Syracuse made the tackle.>>Well, Keyshawn Johnson over the last few weeks, last four or five weeks, has really become the favorite target for Neil O’Donnell, especially going inside, and he’s a big, tall wide receiver. And for a quarterback, that makes it so easy to throw these balls short and over the middle.>>First down at the 40. O’Donnell to Adrian Murrell. Murrell for 4, into the arms of Stephen Boyd, who leads the Lions in tackles, number 57. And here are the defenders in the Honolulu blue and silver — Porcher leads in sacks, 11 1/2, Wells, Elliss, and Scroggins. Linebackers — Stephen Boyd their leading tackler with Jamison and Reggie Brown. Bryant Westbrook, Texas, Kevin Abrams, Syracuse — two rookies at the corners. Mark Carrier, the former Bear, and Ron Rice at safety. Second down, 6. To the outside. And Johnson again. And he’s close to a first down at midfield. Tackle made by Carrier and Brown, and he does have enough at the Lions’ 49 for a first down.>>Well, I think the Lions, what they would like to do defensively, Phil, is force Neil O’Donnell to throw the football. They want to just shut down the run and make him throw outside. He’s had two good passes already.>>Paul, they’d like to do that ’cause the Jet offensive line has struggled some, especially late with the injuries. The Jets — you can see their game plan already. Just try to keep the Lion defense off balance so they can’t attack the passer.>>Double tight ends for O’Donnell. Good protection. Underneath to Murrell. Oh, almost bobbled that one right into the arms of Reggie Brown, the linebacker. You look at the ticker, and Minnesota, they have won. And of course that was one of the hopes of Lions fans, that either Minnesota or Washington would lose, and that would mean that the Lions were in. But that’s not gonna be the case. The Lions are gonna have to do that with a victory themselves, and so this now becomes you win, you go to the playoffs. The team that loses, their season ends.>>It’s a playoff game.>>Second and 10. Wayne Chrebet in motion. O’Donnell. Oh, what a catch by Keyshawn Johnson as he spears it for another 14-yard gain and a first down for the Jets. Three catches, Keyshawn Johnson.>>It’s a good job by Neil O’Donnell. Here comes the blitz from the outside. Keyshawn Johnson sees it. Neil O’Donnell sees it. He adjusts, throws a nice, little, short pass again to the big receiver against a rookie corner. This is a matchup the Jets that they must take advantage of.>>Johnson has started the game with 64 to lead the Jets, one more than his rookie year. First down at the Lions’ 35. Murrell. To the 31-yard line. Never got to full speed, and George Jamison, the veteran from Cincinnati, made the tackle. Second down and 6. Murrell again. Hit in the backfield. Breaks that tackle. And gets to the 26-yard line, a pickup of 5. It’ll be third down and 2. Bryant Westbrook from the corner makes the tackle.>>Well, here’s a little bit of different situation. Watch Adrian Murrell now. He’s waiting for his blockers. So, they force him back up inside. He does make a good move here. If he stays inside, he might have been able to pick up the first down.>>Third down for the Jets, and it’s a long 1, closer to 2 yards. And in comes Ray Lucas, who’s become Bill Parcells’ super third-down player — wide receiver, quarterback. You don’t know what he’ll do, former quarterback at Rutgers. And he rolls and throws his first NFL pass. Complete for a first down. Keyshawn Johnson’s fourth catch of this opening drive, and Lucas with his first NFL pass and completion.>>Well, Ray Lucas, not to compare him, but it’s kind of the “slash” role that Kordell Stewart did in Pittsburgh. He comes in there, and the one thing he does really well — got a chance to watch him in practice this week — sprinting to his right, he throws to the outside very well, and Coach Parcells knows it. Him picking up these third-down plays today for them is gonna be extremely important.>>So, another first down for the Jets on this opening drive. It’s gone to the Lions’ 21. And O’Donnell now goes deep. No one there. Flag is down, however, and Bryant Westbrook, the corner, may have been holding Jeff Graham. [ Crowd boos ]>>Well, they’re not gonna call pass interference. If they’re gonna call anything at all, it’ll be holding.>>Dick Hantak the man in the white hat today. Holding is the call against Detroit, the automatic first down. 60-year-old Bobby Ross, former Charger coach, five years in San Diego. Took his team to the Super Bowl, and boss Ross wants to know the particulars.>>Yeah, he wants to know the particulars. What happened was…>>5 yards — first down.>>Really miscommunication, and what happened is the ball thrown way to the outside. Now you’re gonna see it right here — that’s where they call the holding. Now it’s not pass interference. You see him grab his shirt? Graham’s breaking to the outside. The ball’s thrown in the corner of the end zone.>>First down on the penalty at the 16-yard line. O’Donnell looking for Graham. He’s covered. Throws it away. Closest white jersey was Graham. Rice and Carrier, the safeties for Detroit, had blanketed number 81, Jeff Graham, from Ohio State. He has 40 catches this year.>>That’s something the Jets love to do. Once they get inside about the 30-yard line, you can always look for them in the early down to take a shot, throw the ball in the end zone, and score quickly because we know once you drive it down inside the 10, that’s a tough spot of the field to score from.>>Second down and 10. O’Donnell and the Jets have thrown less interceptions than anyone in the league, 7. Murrell trying to get outside. Cannot! Reggie Brown shut the door.>>What a great play by the linebackers. The defensive line stuffed it. Murrell went to the outside, and Reggie Brown, number 59, cleans up.>>No gain. It’ll be third and 10 for New York. This is the opening drive for the New York Jets. They’ve moved all the way to the Lion 16, where it is third and a long 10. O’Donnell. Swings it to Murrell. And there are plenty of blue jerseys there — a gain of only 2. That will force the field-goal try.>>Well, that’s the only guy he had a chance to throw the ball to, Phil, because the rush was on.>>The rush was on. Good job by the Lions defense. They covered the receivers down the field, even though Bill’s probably saying, “Neil, they were open. Throw it down there.” But he did a good job getting the team in position to kick the field goal.>>Did he ever tell you that they were all covered when you were there?>>Very seldom.>>John Hall, the rookie from Wisconsin, to try a 31-yard or 32-yard, depending on the spot, and he drills it. …80,000 here to see if the Lions can win and move into the playoffs and to see if Barry Sanders can get his 131 yards — he has 5 in the first series — and become the third man in NFL history to gain 2,000 yards in a season. Eric Dickerson and O.J. Simpson the others. John Hall, who has kicked a 32-yard field goal, drives this one. And it’s Ron Rivers who brings it back. Rivers from Fresno St., and he powers across the 30, to the 33-yard line. Scott Mitchell to the outside. Herman Moore the intended receiver. Well-covered by Otis Smith. Smith with a couple of touchdowns last week against Tampa Bay with picks. Has 3 touchdowns this year.>>Well, the New York Jets, what they want to do today is they want to disguise their defenses. They want to sit back, look like they’re in coverage sometimes, and then they want to catch the Detroit Lions off guard. Mo Lewis on a blitz caught Scott Mitchell by surprise that time.>>Mitchell at 6’6″, the tallest NFL quarterback. He throws the other way and too tall for Johnnie Morton. Mitchell is not the most popular player in Detroit. Obviously, that’s Barry Sanders. In fact, he’s probably the least popular. His big contract, the fact that the team has not done all that well since he arrived here from Miami. But he’s had some big games. When he’s hot, he’s torrid.>>Yeah, but when he’s bad, he is really bad. [ Laughs ]>>I don’t know anybody that’s bad — when they’re always bad, they’re really bad.>>There really is no in between, though.>>Let me say this, though. It frustrates a lot of people because physically, he is very good — a big, tall quarterback who I think throws the ball exceptionally well.>>And he’s big — 245 pounds. Guns this one incomplete, through the hands of Herman Moore. Moore hawked by Ray Mickens, and Moore, who has 100 catches but who has not practiced the last two weeks. He watched practice from a chair a week ago, then played, had the winning touchdown. Now this week just stood and watched.>>Well, actually, he didn’t even come out and warm up today before the game, and he didn’t do it last week, either. And there’s Mickens — just excellent coverage on Herman Moore.>>Three throws to Moore with no catches, and John Jett’s spiral comes down to Leon Johnson at the 19. Breaks one tackle. 25, to the 30. Leading 3-0, Jets, second possession from the 30. The fake and the throw is complete to tight end Fred Baxter. Baxter’s 24th catch of the year is good for 1 yard. Glenn Foley, injured a month ago, has missed the last four games — knee injury. Some thought this week, as he returned to practice, that he might see some serious duty. He told us that knee is far from 100% but looked good in warm-ups, didn’t he?>>Didn’t look good in practice this week. Had to chance to see him. I thought he really struggled. Couldn’t even believe — I didn’t think he would dress today maybe, but watching him in warm-ups, Dick, you’re right. He moves around well, and he threw the ball really well.>>Second down, 9. O’Donnell off play-action. Throwing complete to Wayne Chrebet out at the 39-yard line. Bryant Westbrook, the number-one pick of the Lions, from the University of Texas, the cornerback, got him out of bounds.>>Well, Wayne Chrebet hadn’t had a catch the last couple weeks. Toughest throw for a quarterback to make. Neil O’Donnell right on the money to the sideline. And Jet fans, if you’re a little worried about your quarterback, he’s off to a really good start. Looks poised, relaxed, and throwing the ball well.>>And that’s important for Neil O’Donnell, isn’t it, having to get those few catches right off the bat.>>It is for any quarterback, especially when they’ve been struggling.>>Ray Lucas at quarterback again, and he hands off this time to Leon Johnson, and Johnson is to the 40 and a first down. So, on two third-down plays, Bill Parcells has sent in Ray Lucas. Lucas with his first NFL completion and now stays at quarterback to hand-off to Johnson, a rookie from Carolina, for the first down.>>Well, we can see the trend already. Probably anywhere from third and 3 or less, bring in Ray Lucas. And Coach Parcells last night, he gave us a look. He has a game plan, and up there on the big board, there’s all the plays for Ray Lucas, and I think there will be a little bit of everything in that package today for him.>>We’ve not seen Lucas carry. He’s had 3 rushes in previous games for 25 yards. So, small numbers but very productive. O’Donnell back on first down. Down the middle to Baxter. The tight end with a first down at the Lions’ 41, 18 on the play. Mark Carrier made the tackle.>>Well, this is the play any offense, they love to run. The safeties are split. You have a play-action, and what this does, it lets the tight end go down the middle. Neil O’Donnell throws it a hard line drive to make sure he gets it in there before Mark Carrier can make the hit.>>I’m looking at Neil O’Donnell, Dick. He’s only thrown one bad pass in these two series of downs.>>Jets lead, 3-0, on a 32-yard John Hall field goal. O’Donnell’s numbers — 7-for-9. First down at the 41. A throwback from Murrell to O’Donnell to Chrebet. Complete and out of bounds inside the Lions’ 20. Ron Rice was the closest defender — 22 on the play.>>Well, this brings back some memories. I probably ran this play 20 times in my career, and they call it “Ride 135.” Flea-flicker is the name of the play. Wayne Chrebet just goes across the field. Watch the Lions defense. They just lose sight of where he is. And this is the guy that’s always open. The back-side corner — the guys come up with a play-fake and the big gap between the safety, and the linebackers are there. Neil O’Donnell does a good job of catching it and just getting rid of it quickly.>>He threw that off the back foot there. Really didn’t get a chance to step into it. On first down, Murrell straight ahead. And he’s inside the Lion 15, a gain of nearly 5 before Reggie Brown can make the stop.>>This is where, really, the game is played. You look at the receivers and the quarterbacks throw the ball, but when you look at these guys in the middle of the line — remember now, this isn’t the line they started out with at the beginning of the year. There’s some pretty good blocking in there. And then I’m watching Adrian Murrell run the ball the way he’s supposed to.>>You know, Paul, now I love linemen, offensive linemen. Always loved them. Those defensive linemen, didn’t like.>>Second down and 5.>>But there were a lot of them that liked you.>>3:22 left in the first quarter. Toss to Murrell. Has a blocker. He’s at the 10. He’s in the end zone — touchdown! 14 yards for the score behind Kerry Jenkins, a pickup tackle from the Bears practice squad when “Jumbo” Elliott went down, and Murrell gives the Jets a 9-0 lead.>>Well, this is what they call a little crack play. Watch the wide receiver coming down inside, getting a crack. It’s Keyshawn Johnson doing a really good job of sealing off the inside. And then the guard comes around. Adrian Murrell sees that little hole that time, Paul, and really goes through it hard for the touchdown.>>John Hall for the extra point, and the Jets lead it, 10-0. Adrian Murrell, the son of a military man — his dad, Angelo, a command sergeant major. He’s lived in Europe, Hawaii, migrated to West Virginia for his education, and Murrell, a happy face on the Jets sideline. It’s 10-0, New York. Hall, who has set an NFL record for touchbacks this year, and he has his 29th to add to that mark, since they moved to the 30-yard line. Let’s go back to the Jets’ score.>>Well, first of all, Bill Parcells — “Thataboy, Freddie.” He’s talking about Fred Baxter, number 84. Now watch what he does on Reggie Brown to start this. Right on the top, you’re gonna see Baxter, number 84. Goes in motion, then he blocks Brown right there. That’s what starts this all.>>Then Keyshawn Johnson makes a block. Then watch Kerry Jenkins, the big tackle. Well, the defensive back just falls down. He’s gonna get run over, anyway. It didn’t matter.>>So, from the 20-yard line, Scott Mitchell and the Lions looking for their first first down. Barry Sanders trapped. Tries to get away, and their gain is only 2 as Dwayne Gordon makes the stop. Second down and 8 for the Lions, as Mitchell fires low for tight end David Sloan. [ Crowd boos ] And the fans again start to groan. They want Mitchell to produce.>>Well, what’s happening, Dick, the Jet defense is moving around a lot and not giving good looks. And, Paul, that time you could see the safeties are going in, coming out, and it’s confusing the Lions passing game so far.>>Every pass that he’s thrown so far has been a short one. Now watch this throw.>>See, he’s looking down field. They double-cover both wide receivers. Then he has to come off to a short receiver late. It’s hard to be accurate when you got to do it late like that.>>Vardell and Sanders split wide now behind Mitchell. Third and 8. Sidearms this incomplete, not close to Sanders, but Sanders had two men on him, Corwin Brown and Otis Smith, and an accurate pass might have led to an interception. So, three-and-out three consecutive possessions for Bobby Ross’ Lions. Jett to punt. Leon Johnson at the Jets’ 30-yard line. So, John Jett to the Jets. Very high and Johnson, though, fair catch. 37, 40 — good balance and gets to the 43-yard line. The Jets lead it, 10-0, first quarter. 2:07 left here at the Silverdome. Adrian Murrell. Up to the 46-, 47-yard line. Pickup of 4, into the arms of Stephen Boyd.>>This is the time, if you’re on offense and you’re New York Jets, the coaches and players, you try to keep this thing going. Don’t get conservative. You feel the momentum on your side. You got the defense guessing. So, keep the play calling mixed like they have so far.>>It’s also the time you don’t take the game out of the players’ hands.>>Neil O’Donnell with superb numbers here in the opening quarter. Mitchell shut out, 0-for-6. Second down, 6. Whoa, what a hit on the tight end Brady, as Bryant Westbrook, the rookie corner — that’s not a fumble as the tight end Brady never had possession. And Westbrook, at 6′, 199, quite a hammer.>>Is your back hurting a little bit?>>Well, let’s listen to this hit, Paul. This is on the quarterback. Oh.>>Now, that hurts.>>Now, that’s one of them, you go back to the huddle if you’re the receiver and say, “What is going on?”>>[ Laughs ] “Don’t ever hang me out to dry again.”>>The quarterback’s got to see that. He should not have thrown the ball in the flat to the tight end that time.>>That awakened this sellout crowd in Pontiac. Third and 6. O’Donnell. Incomplete to Keyshawn Johnson. [ Crowd cheers ] The other rookie corner, Kevin Abrams, makes the play. And that excites the Lions fans.>>Doesn’t that happen every single time that somebody makes a hit on defense or they do something spectacular on defense? It just raises everybody else up. That’s outstanding coverage.>>Even had he caught it, it wouldn’t have been enough for the first down, as the first punt now from Brian Hansen of the Jets. Glyn Milburn back at the 10. Fair catch. Milburn at the 18-yard line. Barry Sanders, 131 yards shy of 2,000 at the start. He’s been quiet, and he doesn’t get much here, as invading the backfield was Victor Green, the safety, to slow him down. No gain on the play.>>This is a good example of what the Jets are doing. Victor Green the safety, trying to time it up with Scott Mitchell, with his snap count. And he comes up to the line of scrimmage. Just at the last second when they snap it, he comes in free, makes the tackle.>>You know what he did great, though, Victor Green? He’s thinking pass, “I’m gonna go to the quarterback,” but he pauses just enough to make the tackle on the running back, Barry Sanders.>>Very good play.>>Final minute of the quarter, second down, 10. Mitchell. Complete but immediately hit was Tommie Boyd, the third wide receiver, from Toledo. Otis Smith with a tackle.>>Does it surprise you — now we’re in the first quarter. They’ve had the ball three different times, the Detroit Lions, they have not tried a deep pass?>>I think — you know, Paul, it’s a good point. I think they’ve had a couple deep passes called, but the Jets, both times they did it, had the wide receivers double-covered, so Scott Mitchell had to throw the short ball.>>Third and 6. The throw complete, and there is the initial first down for the Lions. It’s to Tommie Boyd. Boyd’s ninth catch of the year at the end of the opening quarter. The greatest production by a runner in an NFL season — Eric Dickerson, who’s here in attendance, 2,105. O.J. the only other runner over 2,000. You see Campbell, Barry Sanders close. And they figure that he’s a better second-half back, that he’ll get his necessary yards today. He needs 131, but he runs into his own blocker here on first down as we open the second quarter and is able to pick up only a yard. Hugh Douglas makes the stop.>>What the Jets are doing — just watch them along the line of scrimmage. They’re not getting out of their lanes. They know that Barry Sanders will cut back. Lookit. Every single one of those guys are sitting in a lane. There is no place for him to go. Either Sanders goes outside, or he’s not going anywhere.>>Paul, I had a chance to watch the Jets practice this week, and it’s all they worked on, with the defensive linemen, with the secondary and the linebackers. Stay where you’re supposed to be. Don’t be a hero, don’t overcommit, and create those big opportunities for Barry Sanders.>>This time it’s rookie nose tackle Jason Ferguson, from Georgia, and Ray Mickens who collaborate on the stop.>>The Jets defense so far — it’s a good case in point. You really got to trust your teammates. Have faith in each other. Just do your job and know if you do that, the teammate standing next to you is gonna do his job, and that way you can all kind of fall on Barry Sanders.>>You see what they do, though? And I think they’re told, “Just wait. He’ll come to you. Just be patient. He’s gonna come back.”>>Third down and 5. The throw to Vardell is caught. First down at the 48. So, Tommy Vardell, used more as a blocker down on the goal line or in short yardage, has an 11-yard reception. It’s his 16th catch of the year.>>I saw him come out of the backfield, and I swear, Phil, when I saw him come out of the backfield, there was nobody on Vardell.>>Tommy Vardell comes out here. It looks like the linebacker should cover him. Trying to decide why he does it, and now I understand. He got picked by the tight end. That’s the reason he’s wide open down the field.>>First down from the 48. They pick up the blitz, and the deep throw by Mitchell incomplete to Johnnie Morton. Otis Smith there for the Jets.>>Well, it was just a matter of time when you go downfield with these guys.>>Morton with 78 catches this year.>>Well, it’s all about timing, offense and defense. This time, the Detroit Lions, they guess right. It’s single coverage. The Jets were on a blitz. The safety came up the middle. Scott Mitchell needed about a half a second more to lead the ball inside. He didn’t know the receiver was going inside when he let it go.>>Second down, 10. Sanders has a hole, but it closes in a hurry. Good job by Rick Lyle, the defensive end, to pinch it off. He’s from Missouri in his fourth year.>>Well, I’ll tell you what we are seeing and just one more point about this defense of the Jets. I’m seeing patience. You’re really seeing patience. Watch Lyle. Watch these guys. They just stay where they’re supposed to be. Now Barry Sanders goes in, so Mo Lewis and Lyle are right there to make the play. That’s patience.>>With that run, he has set a new Lion rushing record, surpassing his own, set in ’94, by 3 yards. 114 shy of 2,000. Throwing as he’s hit and incomplete and no flag. Lions fans don’t like that. Johnnie Morton trying to come back to the ball, but draped all over him was Otis Smith.>>[ Chuckles ]>>Well, there’s pressure on Scott Mitchell. The reason why the receiver Johnnie Morton’s coming back — look at the pressure inside by the Jet defensive line. Rick Terry. Then Otis Smith — good call.>>And a flag down, as they try to hurry up into the next call.>>Or I guess I should say, Dick, good no-call. There you go. Just had to clear that up, Paul.>>Fourth down, flag down.>>There is no play. The ball was snapped prior to the umpire being out of the way.>>”Prior to the snap.”>>”Prior to the snap.”>>Yeah, that’s what he was gonna say.>>”The umpire won’t get out of the way.” Look at the umpire. He’s in the way. He has to get out of the way, and it hits him.>>Number 92 really hadn’t gotten back into position.>>That’s why they have those whistles.>>When I was a quarterback, I’d hit them, and they’d say, “Well, no, we’re a part of the field of play.”>>So, Jett never had a punt blocked in his previous four years. But he’s had two smothered this season. Wobbly kick. Leon Johnson, fair catch, 16-yard line. The Jets with a 10-0 lead. Again, the winner advances to the playoffs. The loser is out. Should Detroit lose, then the Redskins would earn a trip to the playoffs. So, folks in the nation’s capital rooting for the Jets. Swing it to Murrell. Wrapped up on a good tackle by George Jamison. Loss of a yard.>>George Jamison — it really is one of the harder plays for a linebacker to make because you have the running back out in space. And Jamison — there’s a blitz on. Watch Jamison get his feet and then come right at him. That’s what you have to do — attack that player now. Don’t let him start making moves on you.>>If a defense is gonna blitz, the players behind them, they must be good tacklers. That time George Jamison brings the ballcarrier down at the spot he catches the ball.>>Jamison, the former Kansas City Chief. Second and 11 for O’Donnell. Pressure on. He gets it off to Murrell. And Murrell’s out across the 25-yard line to the 26. It’ll be third and 2. Good, little shovel toss by O’Donnell as he was about to be sacked.>>Well, look to your right. You’re gonna see Ron Rice come untouched, number 28. Neil O’Donnell stays cool. Puts two hands on the ball. Did not want to fumble. Didn’t want to hear it from the coaching staff. And knows his receiver is right in front of him. He drops it off.>>O’Donnell was an outstanding high school basketball player. That was almost a little mini version of a little push shot.>>That’s what it was.>>In fact, Bobby Ross recruited him after watching him play basketball. And now Ray Lucas at quarterback sprinting into the open and a first down near the 45-yard line. So, Lucas has been in on three plays. He’s thrown for a first down. He’s handed off for a first down. And here’s a run for a first down.>>Here’s a little option. The defenders go up the field, and Ray Lucas, he knows it’s third and short. Take it upfield and get that first down if you have to. He does, and he’s excited. We told the people. We told you earlier there’s a little spot on the game plan for him. We’re gonna see it all today, I think.>>Coaches are great copiers, aren’t they? They see something work — Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh. “Why can’t we do that?”>>As long as you got the personnel to copy with, Dick.>>So, on first down, it’s Murrell, short yardage. Stopped at the 45-yard line.>>One of the things, when you go back to that quarterback option, though — teams really don’t work that much against it, and they rarely ever see it. There’s only a couple of guys that do that.>>Well, that’s right, and I had a chance to talk to Larry Peccatiello, the defensive coordinator for the Lions. I brought the question up to him about Ray Lucas, and he says, “Look. Here’s what we got to do. We give our defense. We tell them to do this and that. We can’t go over every situation there is when he’s at quarterback.” But, he says, “We can’t be chasing those ghosts. Our players just got to do their job and hope that our defense will take care of it.”>>O’Donnell back in at quarterback. Second down and 8. Play-action. Going long. Graham has it and then can’t pull it in at the 15 as the coverage from Bryant Westbrook.>>Boy, I’ll tell you. This was outstanding coverage by Westbrook. And this ball was right on target. It was a great throw but outstanding defense. Watch the defense here. You’re bumping each other. That’s all right. That ball hits Graham right in the hands. Should have caught it.>>It was, and I thought Jeff Graham, what a good job. Paul, you talk about the defender staying in good position. He kept his shoulder on the defender, gave himself just a little bit of room. Got both hands on it. Just couldn’t make the catch.>>Leon Johnson and Richie Anderson now in the backfield with Chrebet, Graham, and Keyshawn Johnson the wide receivers. Third down, 8. O’Donnell shotgun. [ Crowd cheers ] He escapes. And hits Keyshawn Johnson, a falling catch at the Lion 44, first down.>>Well, the Lions try to pressure the quarterback. Again, Neil O’Donnell hangs in there. He knows. A quarterback knows when there’s a blitz, and he’s got single coverage down the field. Good job. First instinct, protect the ball, and then Keyshawn Johnson, a big receiver, down the field. When you get in trouble, you always know, even if he’s covered, he can push off and get open.>>That’s his fifth catch of this first half.>>And he didn’t have to push off that time, Paul. I’m just saying if he is covered, big guys know how to push off and get open.>>[ Laughs ]>>First down at the Detroit 44. Quick slant, incomplete. Intended for Johnson. That was the play that they opened the game with and completed. Kevin Abrams on the coverage.>>This ball is deflected at the line of scrimmage. Now, Neil O’Donnell is throwing the ball here, and that’s number 95, Mike Wells, who just knocks the ball out of the way.>>It was interesting. We were talking to Scott Mitchell at 6’6″. Is it an advantage to throw over both lines? He said, “I can’t see, either. I don’t know how the shorter guys find the open man.”>>Well, Dick, think about it. He’s 6’6″. The linemen are all 6’5″, 6’6″. How can you see over them? So, you got to find those passing lanes to get rid of the football.>>6’3″ O’Donnell overshoots Adrian Murrell on a little short-side screen. Ron Rice the safety was in there to foul up the Jets’ plans.>>Well, this is a double screen. I think Neil O’Donnell — well, he gets tripped up a little, I thought, but he fakes to the left. He spins to the right. If he got himself under control to throw that ball, it is gonna be maybe a touchdown. The Jets had the defense fooled. Two blockers were out in front of him.>>And both receivers on either side — Richie Anderson was the other guy, number 20, on the left side. He was open.>>Third and 10 with Richie Anderson and Leon Johnson in the backfield. Bill Parcells’ first year in New York with the Jets, at 56, with a remarkable coaching job. Looks at third and 10. O’Donnell steps up right into the Lion pressure. Flags fly. Luther Elliss was the man leading the charge for the Lions, the number-one pick of Detroit three years ago out of Utah.>>I’ll tell you. This defensive line just exploded off the line of scrimmage. The offensive line had no chance, along with Neil O’Donnell.>>Illegal hands to the face, offense. Penalty is declined. Fourth down. [ Crowd cheers ]>>Bill’s yelling at Malamala, so it must have been him.>>I think it is. Look to your right. Siupeli Malamala gets beat with the speed rush. It might be hands to the face. It’s also holding with both hands.>>Arms around the waist. [ Chuckles ]>>So, Brian Hansen in to punt with Glyn Milburn. Blocked! And it skips downfield. It takes a Jets’ roll and will die around 33-yard line.>>Tracy Scroggins, number 97.>>Robert Porcher, 91, was there, as well.>>But I think it was 97, Scroggins. I mean, actually, what happened — just look at the time that was taken. No, it wasn’t. It was Porcher. It was Porcher from the inside, from the left-hand side.>>What about the timing?>>Look at the punter. Look how much time he takes in the backfield. This is the punter’s fault. Watch what Hansen does when he catches the ball. Watch him stop. And now he turns the ball. And then he starts to go again. You got to be turning the ball and you’re moving towards the line of scrimmage.>>Barry Sanders on first down. Draws a crowd again to the 35-yard line. And Sanders with 3. And Barry Sanders, they figure — Bobby Ross said, “I made a mistake in the first two games of the year.” This sort of situation developed, where Sanders didn’t make any big yards. He figured, “Well, we can’t run it.” He said, “You’ve got to keep running him. You’ve got to give him the ball.”>>Yeah, I think Bobby Ross, like any new coach, when you come into a job, it takes a while to learn the players. And even he, I think, underestimated the greatness of Barry Sanders running the football.>>Just 20 yards in the first half today, and Mitchell looked for him, then throws down the field incomplete. Closest receiver, David Sloan, the tight end. He wanted to go to Sanders in the flat.>>He wanted to go to somebody that was open. There wasn’t anybody open. That’s who he wanted to go to.>>The Jet defense, I will say this. You worry about sometimes they’ve given up some big plays in the passing game, especially the corners, Otis Smith. But the one thing they do have is the capacity — every once in a while, they come out, and they can completely shut down.>>Doing a very good job in this one.>>Third down and 7. Remember, Herman Moore with 100 catches and Morton with 78, without a reception thus far in the half. Mitchell travels, throws to Sanders. Sanders stop and go, but tackled from behind short of the first down. Only three yards on the play. Punting team on for Detroit. It’s Leon Johnson with Jett’s punt to the 29-yard line. 38 on the punt, 5 on the return. Jets after the punt from their own 30. O’Donnell. Hit! Blindside by Porcher. And that gives him 12 1/2 sacks this year. [ Crowd cheers ] Porcher, the man who blocked the punt just moments ago.>>Kyle Brady is on the outside, number 88. And his job — Porcher goes right inside him. He gets no help by the tackle, Malamala.>>South Carolina State — Robert Porcher. Moved back outside by Bobby Ross when he came here to Detroit. Give to Murrell, and Murrell tackled at the 28, where it’ll be third down and 12. Porcher also involved — people around the state of Michigan know the face well because he represents one of the Michigan societies that encourage men to be better role models, better parents for their children, that the men have a tremendous responsibility, too. And so he’s recognized as much as a Lions star as he is for his work around the state. Third down and 12. [ Crowd cheers ] O’Donnell hands it off to Leon Johnson. Breaks one tackle and drives to the 35. It’ll be 5 yards short of a first down. Reggie Brown with the stopper, along with Ron Rice.>>I like that about Porcher. We hear so many things about players. We talk about them on the field. But we never talk enough about what they do in their communities.>>How about Troy Aikman in the pregame show? Wasn’t that a touching spot, to see how hard he’s working, trying to make some unhappy kids much happier? Glyn Milburn back. Hansen hurries this one away. Milburn gambles and does get away from the first man. Breaks three tackles! Looks for open — almost broke it down at the 35, and saving what could be a very long play was rookie James Farrior. 10-0, Jets. Barry Sanders, the Lions super ballcarrier, held to 20 yards on 8 carries. Mitchell, first down, throw. Complete and Herman Moore has his initial catch of the game, close to 10 yards. Victor Green made the tackle. Moore playing with two dislocated little fingers and a very bad ligament injury in the bottom of his foot.>>Well, he’s such a good target to throw to. Does a good job of getting a little separation from the corner and going back towards the quarterback — a good, veteran receiver. There’s a reason why this guy catches a hundred passes a year. He does all the little things right — good example right there.>>He and Jerry Rice the only men to catch 100 balls or more three consecutive years. Mitchell checking off. Second and 1. Uh-oh. Fumbles the ball! And the Jets have recovered at the 22-yard line! Not marked officially yet. No, somehow the Lions got it back. The signal is Detroit maintains possession down at the 21-yard line. Dwayne Gordon was the man who made the hit and forced the fumble on second and 1.>>Lookit. The Jets are moving around. Victor Green, the safety’s coming up. Scott Mitchell trying to check off. A lot of uncertainty for the Lions offense. Scott Mitchell, big play. Fumbles the ball under the pressure of all the Jet defensive players. Everybody trying to pick it up, trying to score a touchdown, and the Lions somehow come up with it.>>Well, that’s Gordon’s fault, number 54. He tried to reach down and get the ball. When he did, he knocked his own man off the ball. You’re just supposed to fall on it!>>But they go from second and 1 to third and 22, and now they don’t get a play off. That will be delay of game. [ Whistle blows ] Well, Mitchell, trying to escape the rush, ran himself right into disaster or near disaster.>>Delay, offense. 5 yards.>>You wonder why they’ve been struggling. That was a good example why the last play on the fumble, all the movement by the Jet defense — the Lions like to come up. If you’re gonna play the run, they like to throw it. And if you’re back, they like to run it. The Jets really confused them with their movement on defense.>>Third down, 27. Buying some time. Flag down. Mitchell able to get out of bounds. Being chased by Rick Terry. [ Crowd boos ] And the boos cascade down on the floor of the Silverdome.>>Larry Tharpe, number 71.>>Holding, offense, number 71. Penalty is declined. Fourth down.>>I think he’s holding — it looks like that’s Mo Lewis, number 57. Here it is here. Tharpe — there’s not holding yet. Not yet. Now. [ Laughs ] When you grab by the shirt.>>So, the punt by Jett with Leon Johnson waiting for it at the 38. Hit and dropped at the 43, a 5-yard return for Johnson of a 45-yard Jett punt. 3:18 left in the half. 10-0, Jets. The quick throw is to the tight end Baxter. Immediately hit by Kevin Abrams. Good play the rookie corner. And he’s getting up slowly.>>Can I ask you a question, old quarterback? Are these really designed 3-yard patterns and 1-yard patterns?>>Yes, they are, Paul. You try to pick out the guy that you know it’s gonna be open. That was almost the exact same play that we saw earlier. Well, it was the same play to Kyle Brady. This time Neil just throws the ball into coverage. The receiver cannot see the corner coming off to make this hit. Kevin Abrams outside just waiting for somebody to come towards him. Fred Baxter’s running that direction. You leave it up to the quarterback not to throw the ball or lead you into trouble. That time Neil O’Donnell, unfortunately, did.>>Second down and 8 for the Jets, just outside their own 45-yard line. In case you weren’t with us at the start, first drive by the Jets. They went 60 yards to a John Hall 32-yard field goal, and in their next possession, they marched promptly 70 yards, 7 plays, and Adrian Murrell’s 14-yard run around the left side gave them the 10-0 lead they now enjoy. Meanwhile, the Lions offense totally shuttered. Murrell, nothing there, and tried to skip outside and takes the loss, as Bryant Westbrook came up to finish the work.>>Boy, this is just superb play by the corner and just being patient to stay outside. Watch Bryant Westbrook, who’s number 32. Watch how patient he is. He’s outside. He just gets up, takes him down at the ankles for a loss. That’s a nice play.>>Bryant Westbrook, who picked out of the University of Texas, the number-one Lion choice, from Southern California. Turned down several college basketball scholarships to go to Texas. Third down, a long 8. [ Crowd cheers ] O’Donnell in the shotgun calls time. He was running out of play time, and that stops the clock with 2:05, just shy of the 2:00 warning. Third down, 8. Just before the 2:00 warning, first half. O’Donnell steps up. Dumps it off. Incomplete to Murrell. Juggled as he tried to run before he caught it. The Lions have held at the 2:00 warning. Bad news for the Lions — they’re down 10-0 and really have not been able to generate any serious offense. The good news is, they have 2:00 to try to move it, get on the board before the intermission. Glyn Milburn back. Punt by Hansen. Milburn, fair catch at the 14-yard line. Flag is down. 36-yard punt if… Illegal man downfield is the call against the Jets. See what the Lions’ choice is. With the man dangerous on the returns, Milburn from Stanford, they may elect to have Bill Parcells kick it again.>>They’ll make them kick it again. The thing about it is, having a single returner back there, like Milburn…>>Ineligible, number 51 on the kicking team, down prior to the punt. 5 yards — replay fourth down.>>The thing with him back there by himself, Dick — he has no one to tell him that he has room to catch the ball. They’re trying to hold the guys, the Jets, at the line of scrimmage. So, Milburn’s back there by himself. He usually has a pretty good feel. That time he could have fielded the ball.>>It’s only the 79th penalty all year against the Jets, the first today. They’re third in the league, fewest penalties.>>Right in the middle. You can’t release downfield until the ball is kicked. Did it again.>>That’s a driving, low kick. Milburn with a chance. 15, 20. And to the maybe 21. Chad Cascadden makes the tackle. Well, there’s more good news for Lions fans who must be searching for something positive. Well, there it is. Final 2:00 of a half, first or second half, the Lions lead the league in most points generated.>>And the Jets this week — Bill Parcells, he noticed that watching the films and his coaching staff. And they probably spent double the amount of time working on the 2:00 offense, their defense, getting ready for it because of these situations.>>They start with Mitchell sending both wide receivers, Moore and Morton, to the right. And throws over the head of tight end David Sloan. 1:38 remaining in this first half. Detroit with all of its time-outs.>>Some idiot threw something on the playing field right at the players just before the ball was snapped. And it’s sitting down there about the 11-yard line. This thing here looks like tape.>>Tape, yep. I think the big thing here for the Lions offense — Scott Mitchell, it hasn’t gone well. Do not take a chance and force something just trying to get the offense moving. Be careful.>>Barry Sanders takes it out of bounds. Stops the clock. Cascadden, the linebacker. But very short gain on the play of about 3.>>Well, they have plenty of time, 1:32, Detroit. They have 3 time-outs remaining. So, the biggest problem is, it’s third down and long.>>So, the Jets have a lot of time, too. Now the Jets are on the sideline going, “Wait. We got a chance to maybe run our 2:00 offense.” So, they’re getting ready, thinking about using their time-outs if they have to.>>Morton split left. Moore in the slot. On third and long, Mitchell gets away. Slides and has — well, it’s gonna be close. It’s where the ball is in the arm, not where the feet are. They’re gonna mark it at the 31, just enough, I believe, for a first down. Time-out, Detroit.>>He was telling us yesterday he doesn’t run a lot, but he’s got some pretty good speed for a man that’s 6’6″. This is all Mitchell now. Watch what he does. He’s gonna step up. He sees right now, “All I have to do — now I have to run. I can see the red marker on the other side.” Good play.>>But you know what he also told? One thing I’ve always said about him — for a big man, 6’6″. He’s now in the 240s. Usually he plays in the 250s. But he says, “I do move around well, but don’t say that tomorrow ’cause I really don’t want people to know those things.”>>Well, then don’t say it.>>Okay, I didn’t say it.>>I didn’t.>>But I think he does. He does run well, Dick. And the one thing I’ve noticed in watching games of him, he throws on the run very well, too.>>With two time-outs remaining, 1:19, you could still give the ball to Sanders.>>Those are pretty meager first-half numbers, total of 47 yards produced. First down with 1:19 left. Out of the backfield, Sanders. Runs it out of bounds at the 35-yard line, a gain of 4. Barry Sanders — that’s his total on his jersey thus far, 20 yards rushing. 111 from 2,000.>>So far, the Jets have stopped him, and it’s nothing special they’re really doing. They’re just being more disciplined, and it really goes back to what you teach these guys probably day one of training camp, “Just do your assignment and don’t overcommit on things,” and it works well when you always work as a unit.>>Second and 6. Mitchell steps away and hits Morton, his first catch. Tackled. Has the first down out at the 42. Clock running. Jerome Henderson made the tackle. And time called by Detroit with 1:03 left in the half. That leaves the Lions with one time-out.>>Well, what happens when you give the quarterback a little extra time? Watch Johnnie Morton coming across the field. When you give the quarterback a little more time, it makes the defense commit. And what happened is, the Jet defense was looking down the field. So, Johnnie Morton — Scott Mitchell gets that extra second. He finds him. He looks down the field. All of a sudden, he sees the short receiver open, gives him the football.>>Who will be part of it, the Lions or the Jets? New York leading, 10-0. 1:03 left in the half. [ Whistle blows ] And movement before the snap. Illegal procedure, false start.>>Prior to the snap, false start, offense, number 87. 5-yard penalty — still first down.>>You know what I see when I’m looking at this Jet team? It goes back to what you said at the beginning of this telecast. You see Morton up on the top, number 87, move. At the beginning of this telecast, what Parcells said to his football team — “Don’t you be the one…”>>Yeah, that’s right.>>”…that ends this season for us.” And they’re all playing like that.>>Good point.>>First and 15 for Mitchell. Throws complete. Tommie Boyd with another catch, and he’s tackled by Mickens on the field of play. The clock runs. Mitchell trying to hurry them up there. 50 seconds. A blitz. Mitchell throws. Moore catch, his first, but it’s good for only 3 yards, and the clock continues to run. He had been better off had he not caught that one.>>Well, the big thing is here, just try to get the first down. Still plenty of time, time-out to go.>>28 seconds as he takes the snap. Good coverage by the Jets. Finally runs out of bounds with a first down at the 41. He wanted his receiver to break, Boyd, down the sidelines. They could have had a touchdown there, but Boyd didn’t read it.>>Good job by Scott Mitchell. He’s looking for the big play. He knew he could run and pick up the first down. At home you could probably hear the crowd starting to yell. If he’d have thrown that ball down the field incomplete, well, then, there might have been a few boos at the quarterback.>>Yeah, ’cause you’re looking at fourth down, but Mitchell looked like, the way he was running, it was slow motion. He was trying to run the clock out.>>He was hoping Boyd would break free from his man. He was single-covered on the sidelines. So, 21 seconds, 1 time-out left for Mitchell and the Lions. Flag down. The throw incomplete to Morton, no flag on the defense of the Jets, as Green, Henderson, and Austin collaborate on the receiver.>>You know what you really hate? You see a guy like Morton going up in the air, and he almost gets himself killed down there, and there’s a guy back in the backfield holding on offense.>>…offense, number 71. 10-yard penalty — repeat the down, first down.>>That’s Tharpe again.>>Well, what’s happened — the Jets are doing a lot of movement inside, and the Jets all year really haven’t been able to do much damage with the pass rush. Good job by James Farrior, making a hard move in. Catches the tackle Larry Tharpe off guard. He has to tackle him, or he’s gonna hit the quarterback.>>Third penalty on the Lions that brings it back on their side of the 50, with 15 seconds left in the half. The passes he has completed have been very short — only a 6.4 average. Blitz. They pick it up. Sanders with a good block. Wide open is Sloan the tight end. And he stops the clock as he’s hit out of bounds at the 32.>>Well, Barry Sanders does everything, and you talk about all the things he does, Dick, and he really did. Barry Sanders makes an excellent block to give Scott Mitchell a chance to step up. Barry Sanders is right on the other side of him. He gets a super block. Mitchell makes a good play.>>Sloan, the tight end from New Mexico, stops the clock with 9 seconds — time for one play if they can quickly call a time-out if it’s in the field of play. They’re in position for a long field goal, nearly 50 yards, at the moment.>>That’s a good point, Dick. There’s plenty of time for the quarterback, if the receiver’s open down the middle, to give it to him.>>The throw, catch, and the tackle at the 27. And the time-out called with 3 seconds left. Mickens made the defensive play for the Jets, and Bobby Ross hoping to at least get 3 out of the final 2:00 drive.>>Well, that’s a good job of the Detroit Lions offense. When you start that 2:00 offense, what you really hope for is at least give our team a chance to get some points. They did that under some tough circumstances.>>Jason Hanson on his way to the Pro Bowl in the NFC. The kicker from Washington State missed only 3 all year, 24-for-27, and 2 of the 3 were 50 and 52 yards. This one will be spotted at about 43. And John Jett will be the holder. Now it’s gonna be 44 yards. Just emotionally, this crowd and the Lions need the 3 here. Bad snap. Great kick! [ Crowd cheers ] And on the final play of the first half, the leg of Jason Hanson gives the Lions their first points. Jason Hanson, whose 44-yard field goal gave the Lions their only points, on the final play of the first half, kicks it off. Leon Johnson, Aaron Glenn both with a kickoff return for a touchdown, are deep. Glenn gambles from 5 yards deep. And it’s gonna pay off. He’s out to the 27 and almost, but for an ankle tackle, had a lot more. Let’s take a look at the Coors Light halftime statistics. Not much offensively. 169 yards for the Jets, only 107 for Detroit, and over 60 of those came on the final drive of the first half. So, much like the playoff-pressure game, it just appears that every play from now on carries so much importance.>>Well, and that’s evident by Bobby Ross not gonna be patient with the quarterback situation now for his team. Scott Mitchell struggles early, bring in Frank Reich because they know they have to win the game.>>Keyshawn Johnson on the first play of the second half, as O’Donnell starts this half as he did the game, going to the big, rangy Keyshawn Johnson. Neil O’Donnell 12-for-20 and 110 yards. Scott Mitchell 12-of-22, not much difference in yards or completion percentage. But it appeared, as you watched it, that O’Donnell had the better half.>>Well, he managed the game better, Dick. Well, he led his team to two scoring drives, and it looked better to us. Scott Mitchell got a lot of those stats in the last drive, when he had to manufacture some of those plays by moving around.>>Richie Anderson for Adrian Murrell on second and 2, and he’s close to a first down. Robert Porcher and company the tackle.>>Well, the game plan on both sides of the ball — if you are a coach, you sit at home, or you sit there during the week, and you draw it up. It really played out almost exactly the way they would want it to the first half. The offense, they tried to keep the Detroit defense off guard, and the same thing for their defense. They changed it up enough for the Detroit offense struggle.>>And the other reason it’s a 10-3 ballgame — no turnovers. They’re playing mistake-free football.>>Barry Sanders — when Jim Brown talked about the greatness of Barry Sanders said that what impresses him most of all — the Jets do pick up the first down — is that Sanders has rushed for 100 yards or more in an NFL record 13 straight games since the slow start this year. 13 in a row — his consistency. Then you factor in the fact that all the defense trying to stop him and the fact he has only 20 yards in the first half today gives the Jets defense very high marks.>>Well, that, Dick, but the thing is with Barry Sanders, a lot of times kind of stop him for a while, but every play, he’s capable of going for 50 or 60 yards, and that’s what usually drives him up over 100.>>Ball deflected in the air. Intercepted by Mark Carrier! And Carrier, the former Bear, is at the 35 and down at the 31! The first turnover of the game goes to the Lions. [ Crowd cheers ]>>Well, when you pressure the quarterback, you make him move around, you make him throw the ball before he wants, what happens is, the quarterback gets excited. You’re Neil O’Donnell, you move around a little. And now he’s gonna throw a short pass, quick play-action fake. Nobody’s open. Now he moves. You get a little excited. Throws the ball just a little harder than he wanted. Richie Anderson can’t come up with the catch.>>Mark Carrier, who led the Lions in interceptions, now has his fifth on the season on the deflection, and Detroit with a break at the Jets’ 32. Sanders. He’ll try to stretch the defense, and the Jets, true to their form of the first half, deny Sanders — only 2 on the play. Hugh Douglas led the charge.>>What did I just say a few minutes ago, they’ve played mistake-free football — both teams? But that was just a heads-up play.>>It was a heads-up play by the defense, but that is a real danger zone for any offense, when you throw the ball short and over the middle. Anytime the receiver bobbles it, especially when they let it go up in the air, it’s always picked off for an interception.>>Second and 8. Herman Moore to the right, Johnnie Morton to the left. Sanders the solo back. They go with two tight ends. Mitchell, pump fake. And goes for 6. Incomplete. Intended for Johnnie Morton. Covered by Otis Smith. Third down, 8. Mitchell, good protection. Wide open is Herman Moore! And Moore is inside the 15, first down. [ Crowd cheers ]>>That just has to be a blown coverage. Herman Moore, who came into this ballgame leading the National Football League with 100 receptions, and is free downfield?>>Herman Moore, number 84, what happens — Scott Mitchell takes a lot of time. See the defense? When the quarterback gets that extra time, the defenders start spreading wider and wider. Herman Moore just stood there, wide open.>>16 yards on the play, his second catch. Open this time is Morton, and Morton is inside the 10. Hit immediately at the 8. Jerome Henderson the defender.>>Even though Scott Mitchell, Phil, has had 2 or 3 completions in a row, but watch. He’s really not throwing the ball with a lot of authority. And his ribs aren’t really bothering him.>>Well, his ribs are sore, but, Paul, the good thing is, you don’t want to, especially when these little passes here over the middle — they’re short. Throw them soft so the receiver can catch them, doesn’t bobble them.>>Second and 4. Sanders. Lot of great moves but all to no avail, as he’s wrapped up by Dwayne Gordon. He may have actually lost a yard. Now they’re gonna spot it no gain.>>Just watch the Jet defense. They all scoot along the line of scrimmage, don’t overcommit. Mo Lewis, excellent job of staying in position, letting Dwayne Gordon, the linebacker, come from the inside and make the play.>>Have you seen Mitchell play-action with Barry Sanders yet? Fake to Barry Sanders and throw? He has not done it. And that has got to be one of the best decoys that you’re gonna have.>>Third down and 4. [ Crowd cheers ] Cascadden chasing Mitchell. Mitchell has to throw it away. So, the turnover, but the Jets defense stiffens inside the 10, and on comes the field-goal unit.>>There’s one reason why number 53, Cascadden, is playing. Watch this guy hustle. Here he goes. He breaks the double team inside, and watch this. This guy is movement all the time he’s on the field, and they have to get him on the field.>>So, Jason Hanson on, former Academic All-America, 3.80 in premed at Washington State. A 25-yard attempt. And the Lions have their second field goal. Mark Anthony Carrier had 10 interceptions as a rookie out of Southern California with the Bears. Top ball hawk has his fifth of the year to lead to 3, and it’s a 10-6 Jets’ lead. Aaron Glenn. Aaron named after the great home-run slugger. Waits on the goal line for the Jets as Hanson hits a high spinner. Glenn up at the 5 to take it in. The man with the big wallet, Leon Hess — he’s the one who reached out and said, “I want Bill Parcells as my coach of the Jets.” Restore the Joe Namath miracle Super Bowl win in Super Bowl III. Can the Jets make the playoffs? They lead, 10-6, and they draw a false start, as Fred Baxter leans offside. The thing about Parcells is he doesn’t condone penalties. And it reflects in…>>False start, offense, number 84, prior to the snap. Still first down.>>That’s only the second penalty in the game, only the 80th this year, third fewest in the league, and he also has the least number of turnovers, least number of interceptions.>>Well, Dick, a lot of that comes from the fact, when you practice with this team, every day it’s like a game. He tolerates no mistakes in practice. So, it carries over each Sunday for his football team. [ Crowd cheers ]>>The Lions fans roar on first and 15. The swing pass to Anderson. Hit immediately by Reggie Brown! [ Crowd cheers ]>>The defense for Detroit, they are playing so well. They’re gonna force the offense to do something.>>Well, you know what? The 5-yard penalty the Jets had — that’s a big, big play. It gives the defense the crowd. It gives everybody a little momentum. Now, Neil O’Donnell drops back. He can feel the pressure. He doesn’t want to add to the things that are going wrong for the Jets. Drops it off quick. Good tackle outside by Reggie Brown.>>Loss on the play. It’s second and 18. [ Crowd cheers ] Throw complete to Baxter, who is topsy-turvied by Ron Rice, the safety from Eastern Michigan, out at the 25-yard line. It’ll be third and 10.>>I like the play. It’s a 9-yard play. You pick up half of that yardage. Now you’re back to third and 10. You have a chance.>>Well, you like the play, Paul. They don’t have any choice here. It’s a blitz by the Lions. They have to throw what they call to the hot receiver, which is Fred Baxter the tight end. Good job of him seeing the blitz and catching the football. [ Crowd cheers ]>>O’Donnell gets away from the rush. Open field. Slides with a first down out at the 43-yard line. Big scramble from the veteran O’Donnell.>>Neil O’Donnell does a good job. It’s a blitz by the Detroit Lions. Neil O’Donnell knows the pressure. They can’t pick it up. Look at the top of your screen. All the blitzers come. The Jets do not pick it up. O’Donnell protects the ball, steps up, and when you’re a quarterback and it’s a blitz, look at all that open space in front of him.>>So, one of the things that happens when he breaks out — he sees all the defensive backs. They’re all facing down the field the other way. So, they don’t even see him break out.>>That’s right. They’re chasing receivers.>>It’s the longest run here in the 16th game of the season — the longest run by O’Donnell all year. And Robert Porcher walks off slowly. Part of that I think just frustration that he missed O’Donnell.>>Well, Robert Porcher said yesterday he’s gonna get a little pressure on Neil O’Donnell. He gets sandwiched by two of the linemen. That would hurt. But he said yesterday he was looking forward to rushing Neil O’Donnell and this Jet offense and him as a quarterback, Dick, because he says, “He doesn’t move around.” And defensive linemen love coming after a quarterback who stands there.>>Wayne Chrebet in as Keyshawn Johnson out. And Ray Lucas on first down. Fake. Roll. And throw. Beautiful throw and Kyle Brady with a first down inside the Lions’ 40-yard line.>>Well, the Jets trying to confuse, changing up — confusing the Detroit Lion defense. What they do, they bring in three tight ends. So, if you’re playing defense, even though Ray Lucas is at quarterback, three tight ends on this side. One went in motion. Here comes Kyle Brady across the field. Look at that big hole. And we said earlier, Ray Lucas can throw the ball very well on the run. He demonstrated it that time.>>Lucas 2-for-2 as he has completed his first two NFL throws. He stays in. Hand-off to Anderson to the 36-yard line, a gain of just 1. Ray Lucas, the former Scarlet Knight of Rutgers. He was on special teams, in on that tackle. There’s his first NFL pass, completed to Keyshawn Johnson, on the option, a gain of 19 and another first down. And you’ve just seen him drill a first-down pass to Kyle Brady.>>Now, you know when Ray Lucas is spreading out, throwing that ball, he’s hyped up. That ball’s got to be coming out of his hand as fast as it can go because this guy is excited about playing quarterback again.>>Second and 9 in the biggest game of the year. Lucas stays in, keeps it, rolls. First down, as he skips along the sideline, sees the sticks, and ducks out with a first down at the 26.>>All right, this is against the linebacker, Reggie Brown, number 59. He’s the guy that’s on the outside of the line. Watch what he does. He goes inside. And when he goes inside, Baxter makes the block inside, Lucas gets outside. There’s nobody there.>>Great point. When Ray Lucas is at quarterback, if you’re outside, the one thing you got to do is stay outside because his speed, he’s gonna run there most of the time.>>Speaking of outside, Neil O’Donnell is outside looking in, as Lucas running the offense here in the third quarter. 6:30 remaining in the third, as Lucas on first down throws. His first setup and throw and complete to Chrebet. And what isn’t he doing right? He’s 3-for-3 throwing.>>Well, I don’t know. That sheet Coach Parcells showed us yesterday, with his plays on the offensive calls, I think they’ve used them all already. So, it’s maybe drawing some new ones this time.>>But Parcells really had to make a decision, Joe, before this game as who he was gonna play as his backup quarterback or third quarterback.>>And we’re seeing the reason why. Well, Glenn Foley still not feeling well, but we see the reason why he wanted this guy to get in the game and make some plays for him.>>Amazingly, Lucas, on two rushes has more yardage gained than Barry Sanders in the game. Hand-off to Richie Anderson, down to the 20-yard line, a pickup of 2. That will bring up third down and about 4 1/2.>>Most importantly, what they’re doing is they’re staying in bounds, they’re completing passes, they’re running the ball, and the clock keeps going.>>And you, know, Paul, the big thing is, the offense — you said it. They were struggling. The Lions defense starting to play well. You’re the coach. We got to change the momentum here, somehow. So, he inserts Ray Lucas, and it does change the game.>>Leon Johnson and Lorenzo Neal in. Lucas, who was a free agent, undrafted by New England last year, as Parcells picked him as a special teams’ player. Third down and 4. Lucas. running out of room, throws. That’s incomplete. Flag down. Jerald Sowell was the intended receiver. Holding is the call against the Jets.>>Parcells is livid. Malamala is the guy that comes out, number 75, and he’s holding. What he’s trying to do really is to protect his quarterback. That’s the one thing.>>Holding, offense, number 75. 10-yard penalty — repeat the down. Third down.>>Siupeli Malamala from Washington, the right tackle.>>There’s Malamala right here, number 75. Now watch. See the holding? The flag comes out right here. Lucas goes out. The ball is thrown down. I don’t know that I would really take the penalty here. I’d put them in fourth down and make them kick the field goal.>>But the Lions take the penalty, moving it to the 29-yard line, where it is third down.>>Surprised they’re keeping Ray Lucas at quarterback, quite honestly. This type of situation, it looks for a pass down the field, something he hasn’t done so far.>>Third and 14. Down the middle. Intercepted! Back comes Ron Rice. Out of bounds. So, the Jets are denied! [ Crowd cheers ]>>Boy, there should be a flag at the end of this on Ray Lucas because he just throws Ron Rice. After he’s out of bounds, he throws him into the camera people that are down on the field. This is a terrible pass.>>Well, it would be, Paul, but we got to realize who it’s coming from. Ray Lucas has never seen this type of coverage. He thinks the tight end is gonna be open down the middle. Nobody there. Ron Rice standing, looking at the quarterback the whole time. But watch Lucas. He’s a special teams’ player.>>They do throw the flag on this. Watch what Lucas does. He throws him out of bounds. There’s a 15-yard penalty tacked on top of it. Not only do you throw the interception, but you make the dumb mistake of hitting a guy out of bounds. Well, you’re gonna see Lucas now with Rice. He’s gonna throw him out of bounds. Watch at the end of this. Think defensive backs don’t’ protect their own? There’s Lucas standing there. Watch number 27, Mark Carrier, who got one of the other interceptions earlier in the ballgame. Here he comes in. “Hey, hey, hey.”>>And with the penalty, the Lions start at their own 42, trailing 10-6, 4:00-plus remaining in the third quarter. Mitchell. Incomplete to Johnnie Morton. Otis Smith very quick to the ball.>>It looked like hesitation on Scott Mitchell’s part that time. I watched him in the first half. I didn’t think his ribs would be a problem, but I noticed him a few times walking down the field, grabbing his right side, adjusting his equipment. That’s usually a good sign that something’s bothering a quarterback, when they get a little fidgety out there.>>Bobby Ross, who brought great success to the Chargers, trying to get to the playoffs his first year in Detroit. The hand-off to Sanders. Sanders trying to get out. Cannot get around the defense of James Farrior, the rookie from Virginia.>>Remember I said earlier in this game at the beginning, if you just stay home and wait, he’ll come back to you? Well, Farrior, you talk about a great play by a linebacker. And all Farrior does — he’s on the left-hand side. You won’t see him yet. He’ll wait. He stays there. He’s not even in the picture. See him waiting? Here comes Sanders right back to him. He waits to the spot where he’s supposed to be. Tackles him for a loss.>>Update — only 21 yards for a man who has rushed for 100 or more in 13 consecutive games. Third down, 11. Jets again showing Mitchell blitz. His throw to Moore out of bounds, short of the first down at the 49 of the Jets’. That’s a full yard plus short of the first down. What will Bobby Ross call? He’s gonna send in the punt team.>>You watch Herman Moore on this play here, Phil. You talk about what a great receiver he is. He saw that he needed another yard and a half, and he just couldn’t make it. He couldn’t make his legs get him there because a defensive back was on him.>>They’re not taking any chances. Ross trailing by 4. Leon Johnson now waiting for John Jett’s punt.>>…and hope that the Jets go offside.>>Johnson lets it bounce. It will take a lateral bounce out of bounds around the 17-yard line. Jets lead, 10-6, closing in on the final minutes of the third quarter. To the winner, the playoffs. And the Detroit Lion defense has played very well this second half. No gain as Murrell hits a stone wall. [ Crowd cheers ] Second and 10 for O’Donnell. Quick toss to the tight end Brady. Breaks a tackle and cartwheels out to the 28-yard line, a yard shy of a first down. Rice and Spindler, Marc Spindler, make the tackle. Ray Lucas watching.>>At this time of the game, you see some of the blitzing still by the teams. They’re making Neil O’Donnell throw the ball short and quick. Good job by Kyle Brady being ready for it. That’s a big man rumbling forward for a few extra yards.>>O’Donnell using his tight ends — 6 catches by his tight ends. [ Crowd cheers ] Third and a long 1. Leon Johnson stuffed in the backfield. Number 57 Stephen Boyd. The Lions leading tackler made the stop and denied the first down.>>Stephen Boyd, number 57, has, going into this game, 118 solo tackles. Watch number 57. This is how to play middle linebacker. You see the hole? You fill the hole. You make the tackle.>>Played at Boston College. He’s only 6′ tall, 247, a fifth-round pick. Punt by Hansen with Glyn Milburn back. Runs into his own man. Picks up momentum. Tracked down as he goes to the 29-yard line.>>Just 21 yards so far for Barry Sanders there. Eric Dickerson had the all-time record, 2,105. Eric, it looks as though your record’s safe for now.>>It’s safe for now. It’s a record that means, I think, more to me now since I’m not playing football.>>Yet you came here today to support Barry. However, there’s got to be something within you that wants to keep this record.>>Of course, I’d like to keep the record, but if I did lose it, I’d rather lose it to someone like Barry Sanders, a great player.>>Why does it mean more to you now than it did back then?>>I think when you play, you don’t really appreciate things until you’re out of the game. I’m out of the game. I sit back, and I look at my accomplishments. I look at that record. I look at some of the film on it. It’s hard to get that record. It’s really hard to get 2,000 yards in a season.>>Who do you feel was the best running back ever?>>Well, you know, when you look around the league, when we played, back in my day, it’s who you like. Like, some guys like me. I love Gale Sayers. In Detroit, everybody loves Barry Sanders.>>And Barry gets a good run there. Eric, great to see you.>>Thank you, Jim.>>All right, he’s up for the Hall of Fame next year, Dick.>>Eric Dickerson. And Sanders able to manage only 2 on that carry to bring up third down and about 3. He needs 8 more to become the fourth man in history to rush for 1,900 yards.>>Dick, you did Dickerson’s games? All he did was glide. He’d just glide. He was so smooth. What did you say, there’s not enough O’s?>>There’s not enough O’s in “smooth.” That’s how smooth he was.>>[ Laughs ]>>That straight-up style and those goggles.>>Third and 3 for the Lions, who trail, 10-6. Final seconds, third quarter. Sanders on the draw. Longest run of the game, and he’s in the clear! 40, 30. Inside the 20! Barry Sanders brings this crowd to life! [ Crowd cheers ] 47 yards at the end of the third quarter. Welcome back. Fourth quarter, playoff hopes of both teams depend on a win today and Barry Sanders’ 47-yard run, the longest against the Jets all season, has moved him past Earl Campbell, the third-best rushing year in NFL history. He needs 61 more to hit 2,000. First down, more importantly for the Lions, at the Jet 17-yard line. Sanders. Inside the 10-yard line, a gain of 9 more! [ Crowd cheers ]>>Dick, Bobby Ross told us yesterday there’s a guy at safety you can’t block. Who’s gonna block him? They said, “We’ll just get Barry through the line. He will take care of the safety.” The safety is Raymond Austin. Watch this, folks. Barry takes care of Raymond Austin.>>And the one thing the Lions did that time they haven’t done the whole day — third down, passing situation. They hand it to Barry Sanders.>>Second and 1. Give it to Vardell, and the fullback plows straight ahead for the first down. It’ll be first and goal for the Lions at around the 7-yard line. William Sanders, from Wichita, Kansas, Barry’s father, a carpenter, big fan of Jim Brown. He told his son listening on the radio, “Here’s the greatest running back ever,” and he still feels that way, despite the threat of his own son to earn that high laurel. And Brown has been very complimentary of Sanders, and Sanders has never said, “I’m the best.” “My dad said Brown’s the best. He was the best.” First and a goal at the 7. Mitchell. Has to eat it at the 16-yard line, the third sack for the Jets, and rookie Jason Ferguson, the nose tackle from Georgia, with a big play.>>What happens to the quarterback? A big mistake. Scott Mitchell gets in this territory. Who do you look for? Herman Moore. He keeps looking. Gets locked in on him. He can’t change his mind once you see Herman Moore is covered, and that’s the reason he gets sacked. Herman Moore is gonna go inside, and watch Scott Mitchell just look inside the whole time. The Jets do a good job on defense. Keep him covered. Pulls the ball down. Too late.>>So, second and goal from the 15-yard line. They give it to Sanders. Oh, what a move! Oh, my! [ Crowd cheers ] Well, it took him to the final play of the third quarter, but the curtain has finally raised on the Barry Sanders show, and suddenly he has 95 yards rushing, and, more important, the Lions have the lead.>>The thing about him is you sit here, we’ve been here for about 2 1/2 hours now just watching, and you know — you just know — he’s going to do something.>>Trying to add to his record 100-yard games consecutively, as Hanson tacks on the extra point. The Lions, 71 yards on 7 plays, and it was the Barry Sanders drive to give Detroit its first lead, 13-10. 13:11 left. Hanson belts one deep into the end zone, and Aaron Glenn gonna take it out anyway. And he pays the price at the 16. Now back to Sanders’ touchdown run.>>Well, David Sloan the tight end, number 86, he’s the reason. He gave Barry Sanders a chance on this run.>>Can you stop it as soon as we get through here? Watch what he does to Otis Smith right there. Otis Smith puts his leg out. He was going out, then back in. Wow!>>And you know what?’ There’s been a lot of defenders this year over the years. Never lay a glove on Barry Sanders when you have him dead to rights. Otis Smith, he just joins that list.>>I remember talking to Bruce Smith for an interview, and I said to him, “How about tackling Barry Sanders?” He said, “It’s easy if he doesn’t see you.”>>Well, he has such great vision himself, and now he looks toward 2,000. Needs 37 more. Jets’ turn. They start from the 16. Neil O’Donnell back at quarterback. [ Crowd cheers ] Deafening roar in the Silverdome and time-out O’Donnell.>>Have to call time-out. Richie Anderson, number 20, the tight end, lines up on the wrong side. The crowd is so loud, he couldn’t hear what the offensive player’s telling him, to go to the side. Neil O’Donnell, no time, has to call time-out.>>That fires up the Lions defense and this crowd. First down. One of the time-outs spent. Dick Hantak, the referee, walking in.>>Yeah, Neil O’Donnell’s saying, “We cannot hear. We don’t have a chance to execute the play.” I haven’t seen this invoked by the quarterback in a long time. But he’s gonna tell the crowd to settle down.>>Bobby Ross directing from one sideline, and Parcells now down by 3, the other.>>…getting quiet so we can get a play. [ Crowd boos ]>>This is a god job by Neil O’Donnell. Most quarterbacks have forgotten about this situation. He’s using it, taking this crowd out of the game. Give your offense a chance.>>Okay. Yeah, that’s gonna work. What do you think the chances of this working is?>>Well, Paul, if it doesn’t, it will be a penalty. [ Crowd cheers ] Once he warns them it’s gonna be a penalty, they’ll quiet down.>>I think that’s upcoming. First it’s the play clock. A few seconds had ticked away.>>Now, Dick Hantak, he’s gonna make Neil get in there and tough it out, too, now.>>Yeah, they’re probably gonna be quiet. I can’t wait to hear this quietness.>>Be like a church.>>[ Laughs ] [ Crowd cheers ]>>Well, he’s got to go. It’s just not that loud.>>You’re right. He’s got to go.>>Yeah, it’s not bad.>>And now they pick it up. [ Crowd boos ]>>”That’s two.”>>And now the Lions defense motioning to the crowd now.>>We have asked the defensive team for assistance. If the noise persists, the defense will be charged with a time-out. [ Crowd boos ]>>Oh, that really made them feel good.>>Well, the crowd was not that loud. Dick Hantak, you got to make the quarterback stay in there and run the play if possible. That’s all part about being at home.>>Luther Elliss, I liked it. He said, “Be quiet but not all the way — just kind of a little bit quiet.”>>[ Laughs ]>>And they comply.>>They’re too nice.>>O’Donnell underneath. Murrell, short yardage to the 21, a gain of nearly 5. Jamison the tackler. Second half, the Jets and the Lions. Jets, 2 interceptions, 1 by O’Donnell off the deflection, the other by backup Ray Lucas, and a punt. The Lucas interception was critical. The Jets were driving in to score at the time, at least field-goal territory. Second and 6. Blitz. Was he in bounds? Graham? Yes. A catch is ruled good at the 27, and that will be a first down, his first reception today.>>What a good job by Neil O’Donnell. Throw the ball to the outside of the field, where only his receiver, Jeff Graham, has a chance to catch it. And Jeff Graham doing a good job. Both feet are in bounds. Look at his toes. Both of them laying on the ground. Excellent job by the receiver.>>That is really a good call by the official. Look at this. You can see his toe’s in bounds, and he has control of the football. Excellent call.>>Big first down, says Parcells. At the 27. Murrell. Close to the 30, a gain of about 3. 11:45 left in the fourth. We’ve been working since — well, even before the summer camps and the heat of July and August, all through the off-season, those days you come in and pound the iron to get ready for this opportunity. Last game of the year and trying to make it into the playoffs. The injured player is Reggie Brown, Texas A&M, second-year back for the Lions.>>Another guy that’s injured, too, and he’s just taking his time, moving around — Lamont Burns, number 63, the Jets guard. He got hit right in the back.>>Here he comes, Reggie Brown. What happened is, Lamont Burns is getting knocked down, and he falls in to Reggie Brown.>>Reggie Brown, the injured Lion, and from the action of coaches and players, this is not an ordinary injury. They call for the cart. Here comes the stretcher.>>See Bobby Ross, the head coach, is out there, just telling his players to go back to the sideline.>>Even players for the Lions hurrying that stretcher into place. Here’s the injury. 59 is Brown. Got his helmet jammed down into the shoulders. Continue to attend to the 23-year-old Brown. And for those of us who don’t know about medical emergency, the anxiety and the frustration — you want him to be in that ambulance and get to the hospital for complete attention, but that isn’t always the answer. Immediate attention sometimes is key. [ Crowd cheers ]>>When you see something like this happen, Dick, it’s not a blatant play. We showed it to you a number of times. It’s an accident that happened. Here’s a man making a tackle. Another man is knocked into him. Both guys are doing their job. And unfortunately someone gets injured.>>The fans able to only reach out with their cheers of hope, as the ambulance leaves the Silverdome. Over a 20-minute delay. [ Crowd cheers ] And now both teams will try to erase what has happened as play continues. 11:25 left in the fourth. O’Donnell to his tight end Brady, out to the 35-yard line. Gain of 6. It will bring up third down and about 2. Scott Kowalkowski, number 52, has replaced Reggie Brown at that right-side linebacker.>>Well, the one thing the Jets that I think their offense has done very well at today is that they’ve had trouble protecting the quarterback. So, they’re throwing a lot of short passes underneath to the tight ends.>>There’s Kowalkowski, whose father was a Lion for many years, an offensive tackle. Ray Lucas in at quarterback. Third and 2. The keeper. To the 37-yard line, and it’s going to be close. Kowalkowski in on the tackle.>>First down.>>Well, that was a good decision by Ray Lucas.>>And he comes up limping.>>Well, that time they ran that option play, Phil, and they had somebody spying on Mr. Lucas. And as he comes down the line of scrimmage, you watch this. Boyd comes up and just makes the play. They still get the first down.>>Well, the big thing is, Paul, when Ray Lucas is in the game, protect the outside.>>10:00 exactly. Deflected at the line of scrimmage as O’Donnell’s pass aimed for Fred Baxter. It was Tracy Scroggins, 97.>>Watch 97, Tracy Scroggins. He sees O’Donnell. He watches him. Just as he gets ready to throw the ball, he gets himself up in the air and knocks the ball away. Outstanding.>>Defensive linemen, they’re like defensive backs nowadays. They have to read the drop of the quarterback sometimes, too. When they see a short drop, quit rushing the quarterback. Stop, read his eyes, and try to knock the pass down. [ Crowd cheers ]>>Second and 10. O’Donnell. Keyshawn Johnson. Went off his chest. Kevin Abrams covering.>>That guy’s caught everything they’ve thrown to him today.>>Well, what happens this time, Keyshawn Johnson going down the field, worked very hard to get open. There was a little contact when he separated. I think he had a hard time picking up the ball. He turns. By the time he sees the ball, he can’t get his hands out in front of him to make the catch.>>The fifth dropped pass by New York today. Johnson and Anderson come into the backfield with O’Donnell in the shotgun. Third and 10. [ Crowd cheers ] They pick up the blitz. O’Donnell down the middle. Caught by Graham at the Lion 44. First down, Jets.>>Boy, good job of picking up the blitz. Good job by Neil O’Donnell, showing the patience in the pocket and finding the open receiver.>>And Westbrook, number 32. Watch him. He tries to go for the ball. You see him come in the inside? He’s pushing from behind. They’re going for the ball. Here comes Westbrook, 32. Watch what he tries to do. Go to the ball. He misses the ball. Graham concentrates and makes a great catch.>>He misses the ball, and Jeff Graham does a good job of getting his body in between the defenders so he can catch the ball.>>Parcells a great fan of thoroughbred racing, trying to drive his team down the stretch. 9:16 to go. Incomplete to Keyshawn Johnson. Kevin Abrams, the corner, good timing on the hit.>>Well, that’s all Kevin Abrams can do because he’s beaten to the inside. Keyshawn Johnson, as big as he is, watch him. He’s not looking at the football. He’s looking at the man going to hit him, and he doesn’t bring the ball in.>>Well, sometimes when a receiver drops a pass, it becomes a little bit of a head game with them, too. They go, “Well, I got to make sure I catch this one.” And it gets a little tougher sometimes if you’ve dropped one.>>John Hall anticipating a possible role as the Jets trail by a field goal. [ Whistle blows ] Second down, 10. This drive started back at New York’s 16-yard line.>>We had an extra ball on the field.>>It was John Hall on the sideline doing some kicking.>>[ Laughs ] John Hall’s on the sideline practicing field goals, and he hit the bar, and it bounced out onto the field.>>Chrebet in the slot right. And a draw, Leon Johnson. Lions all over him, gain of 2. George Jamison and others in on the stop. Mark Carrier up from the secondary.>>The last time they were in a third-and-long situation like this, Detroit Lions blitzed. And they got caught in it, ’cause they got Graham one-on-one down the field on Westbrook, and they made the first down. Would you blitz again?>>I wouldn’t because the one thing I’ve noticed, when they get in these obvious passing situations, the Jets today have done an excellent job of picking up the blitzes on obvious passing situations. Of course, this is one here. I’d play it safe and try to cover receivers.>>Chrebet the man to watch. He’s on the right-side slot. Graham in motion. Third and 8. Chrebet — what a catch at the 10-yard line. Chrebet, the free agent from Hofstra, where the Jets train, and what a money player he has been, as Bill Parcells referred to him — “that little son of a gun.” He didn’t catch any the last two weeks, but he will this week.>>Look at Robert Bailey in perfect position. Stay outside. He had two safeties inside to help him. He thinks he’s got Chrebet covered. Neil O’Donnell had to get rid of the ball quickly. Anticipates, lays it out. Wayne Chrebet makes a good adjustment for the catch.>>You know what you just saw? You just saw the perfect throw, the perfect pass defense, and the perfect catch.>>33 yards on third and 8. First and goal from the 9. Johnson wants to throw, and it’s going to be…intercepted! Yes. [ Crowd cheers ] Bryant Westbrook on the interception!>>Wait a minute. The problem with this is, he doesn’t have control of the ball, and he’s laying on his back. From what I saw over here, he was out of bounds. The ball is not in control, and it comes down as he’s laying out of bounds.>>First down, Detroit.>>Second pass of the year for Leon Johnson. He’s gonna throw it. He’s not gonna throw it. Then he decides to throw it. It’s way too late. Westbrook out of bounds.>>He’s out of bounds. I’m telling you. He doesn’t have control of the football.>>You’re exactly right. He does not have control. He’s down. Oh, what a call. Oh, my.>>This is a terrible, terrible call for the Jets, because Westbrook — watch him. He’s out of bounds. He doesn’t have control of the ball. Now he’s laying, half his body. That’s awful.>>Blatant.>>Replay — bring it back.>>First down for the Lions. They get a true break on the call. And now to Barry Sanders, spinning for 2. Sanders, who needs 8 more yards to hit 2,000. The Jets led 10-0. The Lions have rallied, 13-10, and the Lions have just intercepted the Jets in the Lions’ end zone. And Barry Sanders is over 2,000 yards on that carry, out across the 40! 2,000! The third man in NFL history. [ Crowd cheers ] Well, that isn’t 2,000. We had the wrong information. He’s over the 100-yard mark, 114. 17 more is needed. That yardage got him over 100. So, that’s 14 consecutive games over 100 yards, an NFL record. Now he goes for the 2,000 and slams for about 8. [ Crowd cheers ] Let’s go down to Jim Gray.>>All right, Dick, here is the word on Reggie Brown. He has a head injury. He has been taken to the local hospital. He is unconscious. He does, however, have good vital signs. He is breathing on his own. We don’t have any further information right now except for what I just said. It’s an undisclosed head injury, and he is unconscious on his way to the hospital. Dick?>>All right, Reggie Brown, the Lion linebacker was injured here in this fourth quarter. Second and 2. Sanders again. This time to the 50 and slides under to the 49 and a first down. And now Sanders only a handful of yards away from 2,000. They’re keeping track over there — 7 to go.>>They’ll do it for you. There’s your stats guy, down on the field.>>I’ll watch that.>>[ Laughs ]>>Sanders comes out for a breather, the workhorse who was held in check brilliantly the first half. Was able to rush for only 20 yards but has opened it up with a big run at the end of the third quarter and now running in his dominant style in the fourth. 124 yards now for Sanders, 7 shy of 2,000. Ron Rivers. Able to squeak through a small hole for 3. Simply, for those of you who have not been with us, the Lions win, they’re in the playoffs. If they lose, they’re out. The same scenario for the Jets. Must win to continue in the playoffs. And the Jets have just received an unlucky stroke from an official’s call in the end zone. An apparent non-interception was called an interception by the Lions when the Jets were first and goal from the 9. Now the Lions marching since that controversial call. Sanders is back. Sanders to the 43-yard line, a gain of 4. He’s 3 shy of 2,000. Let’s go back to what could be the game play, the biggest play that they’ll talk about. That’s Bryant Westbrook trying to pull it in. He’s down, no control. Now he has control, obviously out of the field of play.>>Wow. Couple things come to mind — one the Jet defense right here, it’s getting tired. It can’t be undisciplined. That’s the reason why Barry Sanders all the sudden is finding these holes to run in.>>Third and 3. Sanders. The door slams at the 42, a gain of 1. Rick Lyle makes the stop.>>And, Dick, the other thing is, Bill Parcells this week was quoted, “Big games, you got to take some chances.” He’s done that today — Ray Lucas throwing the interception and then Leon Johnson throwing the interception here on the last drive.>>Fourth down and about 2 1/2. Time-out called by the Jets with 3:30 left, and Barry Sanders leaves the field unofficially 2 yards shy of 2,000.>>Well, and they’re doing a very, very, very smart thing. They’re gonna punt the ball away and make the Jets, try to make them go 90 or 95 yards. I’ve been watching Hanson. I watched this guy kick for about a half an hour before the game, and he was trying to hit them short. He didn’t hit a short one all day long, and they were all bad kicks.>>You never had a problem with hitting them short, did you?>>Kick it out of bounds inside the 10.>>Leon Johnson, one of the league’s leaders in punt returns. Has one for a touchdown. Drifts back to the Jets’ 10. John Jett. He hit a beauty there. Almost out of the Silverdome. That’s well through the end zone. Barry Sanders, in his quest to become the third ever to rush for 2,000 in a season, needs 2 more. He’s on the sidelines. The Jets have been denied on 3 interceptions in the second half. New York led, 10-0, until the final play of the first half, a field goal. Neil O’Donnell goes to work. Throwing for Keyshawn Johnson incomplete, out at the 42-yard line. The winner stays alive in the playoffs. The loser goes home.>>You know what’s interesting about 3 interceptions for the Detroit Lions? They have 3 interceptions by 3 different backs thrown by 3 different people.>>Neil O’Donnell with a deflection interception, Ray Lucas with an interception deep in Lions’ territory, and then Leon Johnson on the halfback pass with a team that had 7 interceptions all year, lowest in the league. [ Crowd cheers ] Second and 10. Oh, that’s got to be — no call. There’s the call. The flag was very late. Intended for Alex Van Dyke. And Bryant Westbrook was very early in his contact.>>Well, Dick, you saw the right thing. Bryant Westbrook ran through the receiver.>>Pass interference, defense, number 32. First down.>>He saw the play. He saw the throw. But the receiver’s in his way. Alex Van Dyke — good position. Perfect throw again by Neil O’Donnell. Left hand grabs him.>>And the official looking right at it didn’t throw the flag.>>Well, it’s the one behind that saw it. It’s the one downfield that sees the arm around the waist. Good call.>>First down on the penalty at the 30-yard line. 3:11 left. 13-10, Detroit. 80,000 at the Silverdome as O’Donnell… No one open. Takes the sack. [ Crowd cheers ] Ron Rice the safety man ripping O’Donnell out of bounds.>>I’ll tell you what. Dick Hantak was about to reach for a flag, and it looked like he was gonna reach for a flag, and then he didn’t.>>He looked down. He saw that Neil O’Donnell was still in bounds.>>There it is. Watch this. And he throws him out of bounds there.>>Took our cameraman with him.>>Well, watch Rice now. Neil O’Donnell’s in bounds, but Dick Hantak was right there. He was gonna throw a flag, and then he stopped because he realized that Neil O’Donnell was in bounds.>>Second down, 11, on the sack. O’Donnell flushed out and then sacked! [ Crowd cheers ] Tracy Scroggins. Good coverage again by the Lions deep defense.>>One thing the Detroit Lions defense are getting right now — watch the push. Watch the push by the linemen. They’re all the way in the backfield. There’s three guys back there. Scroggins gets through.>>Barry Sanders, who has sparked this second half. That’s about as emotion– he wouldn’t do that for himself, but he will for someone else. Now it’s critical for the Jets. Third and 20. [ Crowd cheers ] They need a big play. O’Donnell goes long. Keyshawn Johnson comes down with it! Could not control it. As he hit the ground, the ball popped free at the Lions’ 45.>>He looked like — yeah, it looked like a play like Herman Moore. You got a big receiver outside. Neil O’Donnell needs a big play. Throw it down to the big guy and see if he can come down with it.>>Did not have control.>>Good call by the official.>>And it looks like the Jets will go on fourth down and 20.>>This is the season.>>Yeah, it is — to be jolly.>>Again, to go back to that call in the end zone. First and goal at the 9 ruled an interception. Even if the Jets hadn’t gained a yard, they were in easy field-goal range to tie. O’Donnell says, “Too noisy. Help me out, referee Hantak.” We had these delays earlier in this half, and Hantak had to warn the crowd if it continued, he would force a time-out against the Lions.>>Well, they threw a flag in now.>>Nope, he did a good job by Dick Hantak.>>Neil O’Donnell waited way too late to turn to him.>>Delay of the game, offense. 5-yard penalty.>>So now Bill Parcells needs a miracle play. He needs 25 yards on fourth down to keep the all alive with 2:22 left.>>One of the other things, too, Phil, the defense wants these people to keep quiet because they have momentum on their side. They don’t want the Jets to be able to regroup. Now the Jets are gonna punt.>>Bill figuring that it’s just impossible. “We’ll punt, hope that we can force an error.” The Jets, though, have only 1 time-out left, plus the 2:00 warning.>>So, the Jets, if it goes well for them, they could get the ball back probably with just a little over a minute left if they could stop them in three downs.>>Glyn Milburn back. Punt by Hansen. Milburn fair catch at the Lions’ 42. 43-yard punt. 2:15 to go. The key has been 3 Detroit Lion interceptions, 2 that no question about and 1 that will be talked about all winter long if the Jets don’t get in the playoffs.>>Well, Neil O’Donnell and Bill Parcells having words on the sidelines, and it’s frustration. They know it’s the end of the season for them, and those things happen.>>Sanders needs 2 for 2,000. And he’s right about at 2 there, out to the 44-yard line. And that would put him right on the spot, 2,000. Time-out called by the Jets with 2:06 left. Officially, 2 is the call, and that’s at 2,000. But Sanders loses yards perhaps as frequently as any great back. That was his father from Wichita here to celebrate as was the case with the 80,000, most of them here at the Silverdome to cheer Sanders.>>…to read 2:10. [ Crowd boos ] Time-out, New York, their third and final time-out. This is a 30-second time-out. So, with 2:10, and they’ll use the 2:00 warning for another stop of the clock, and then they hope they can stop the Lions offense and get the ball back. Sanders, who ripped off a 47-yard run in the final play of the third period, after he had been held intact throughout the game, and now this, a short run, gives him 2,000 — 131 today.>>They should take the ball out of the game.>>What if he loses a couple on the next carry?>>Yeah, they’re gonna take this ball because this is the ball that he got 2,000.>>Joining Eric Dickerson, who’s here at the Silverdome, and O.J. Simpson, the only men in history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.>>That was so funny when we were talking to Barry Sanders yesterday. Don’t think I said it earlier. We said, “It would be great to get 2,000, wouldn’t it?” And he said, “Yeah.” “Well, how about…” [ Crowd cheers ]>>There it is. The linemen — they’re the ones who wanted the 2,000. Barry didn’t talk about it. Papa watching on the sidelines, William.>>[ Laughs ] Herman Moore stole the ball.>>Sanders is as modest a superstar as I have ever met in all of sport.>>Well, Dick, I think that’s what makes it so great. He’s so modest, such a good player. And to accomplish this, with his style and the size — Barry Sanders is such a small running back. It just seems so improbable. That’s what makes it such a wonderful story.>>Trying to add to 2,000 on second and 8. He gets the call. And here he goes! All the way to the 3-yard line! [ Crowd cheers ] 53 yards, the longest against the Jets defense all season.>>I hope Eric Dickerson didn’t go home. [ Laughs ] Is he something?>>Well, it just shows you what little margin of error you have on defense when you’re playing against Barry Sanders. The defense gets a little bit tired late in the game. The hole, it’s probably just a foot wider, but once he gets through it, hard to bring down.>>With that 53-yard run, Sanders vaults ahead of O.J. Simpson, now only 52 behind Eric Dickerson’s all-time mark in ’84. A man who was held to only 20 yards rushing in the first half — final play of the third quarter, 47. Now a 53-yarder. That’s 100 yards in 2 runs. And the Lions, they’re not looking for a touchdown. 13-10 the score. Jets are out of time-outs. It’s just a couple of kneeldowns. No sense even risking a hand-off.>>Absolutely, Dick. That’s the point. If you run a play here, you’re crazy.>>And they’ll run you out of town.>>Yes. Don’t take a chance. Everything you want has been accomplished. You’re in the playoffs. You win the game. Barry Sanders, another great day.>>You know what’s really nice? Dick Hantak, the referee, came over to shake Barry Sanders’ hand, then he went back out and started the play.>>They want to be part of history, too. They’re excited, really. The officials, they’re excited to be part of this today, seeing something happen that’s so unique.>>Scott Mitchell, a couple more kneeldowns. [ Whistle blows ] On a day when Reggie Brown seriously injured, left by ambulance in part taken away by the play of Barry Sanders. And Bill Parcells, just a remarkable year. And there’s the father/son. Sanders… He told us point-blank. He said, “If I get 1,900 yards, and we win 9 games and we’re in the playoffs, that’s good. What’s wrong with that? Everyone else wants the 2,000. I want to get in the playoffs.” He said, “I had a little taste of it in the playoffs.” You make a good point, Phil. He has to get to the Super Bowl for the world to realize his greatness.>>That’s right. Barry Sanders get to the Super Bowl, play well, I think most people will recognize him being the greatest runner ever.>>Well, congratulations to Bobby Ross. His first year in Detroit, he takes the Lions to the playoffs. And Bill Parcells, what a turnaround — from a 1-15 year. He showed the greatness of his leadership in taking the Jets to the brink of the playoffs himself. And 3 costly interceptions in the second half the difference in his season being extended. The Lions have won, 13-10.

100 Replies to “Barry Sanders Passes 2,000 Yards | New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions (Week 17, 1997) | NFL Full Game”

  1. 10:00 John Hall 32-yard Field Goal

    15:20 O’Donnell 22-yard Flea Flicker Pass to Wayne Chrebet

    16:37 Adrian Murrell 14-yard TD Run

    54:31 Jason Hanson 44-yard Field Goal

    57:58 O’Donnell Intercepted by Mark Carrier

    1:02:13 Hanson 25-yard Field Goal

    1:18:08 Barry Sanders 47-yard Run

    1:20:49 Barry Sanders 15-yard TD Run

    1:35:14 O’Donnell to Chrebet 33-yard Pass

    1:36:13 Halfback Pass Intercepted by Westbrook

    1:48:15 Barry Sanders Hits 2,000 Yards Exactly

    1:50:44 Barry Sanders Ices Game with 53-yard Run

  2. Reggie Brown had to be resuscitated after his injury at 1:27:15 Emergency surgery prevented him from being paralyzed for life.

  3. Wow what a throwback. I remember watching the end of this game with my dad instead of going to bed. Insane how fast Barry looks compared to the other players.

  4. john hall was born 3 17 1974 st patricks day. he will turn 43 . great thing about this is especially in 1997 he was only 23.

  5. This was the final game for the New York Jets in that uniform set and logo, the uniform set dated to 1990, the logo to 1978, to a modernized version of the Namath-era uniforms. This look they had in this game was pretty good, however. It'd be nice to bring it back.

  6. In 1973, O.J. Simpson broke the 2,000-yard mark against the Jets in the last game of the season.In 1997, Barry Sanders broke the 2,000-yard mark against the Jets in the last game of the season.

  7. Everyone forgets this is the game when Reggie brown broke his neck and almost died on the field! Forever burned in my mind.Glad he is ok to this day. Ad Yes. Barry Sanders is the GOAT!

  8. I remember when Scott Mitchell was with the Miami Dolphins and stepped in for an injured Dan Marino for a couple of games, and thinking, this guy could turn out to be pretty good if given a chance.
    Boy, did I turn out to be wrong.

  9. This game is a perfect example of how Barry Sanders was. If he got 30 carries in a game, 25 of them would be for a loss, or short gains. But 5 of those 30 carries would be for gains of 20 yards or more.

  10. 1:23:35 wtf is that? I don't think that bs has been called before or since this game. It's called home field advantage for a reason! I mean, if this sort of thing was a rule somewhere.. where was it for Seattle and Kansas City? And I'm asking that as a KC fan.
    AND.. of all the fans to tell to be quiet.. the Lions fans? REALLY?!

  11. Mitchell was horrible smh we never surrounded Barry with talent it's sad smh if I was GM I would do everything in my power to get him some good players RBs like him don't come around often

  12. From 1991-97 the Silverdome was one of the toughest venues in the NFL. The Lions lost that atmosphere when they moved to quiet, tepid Ford Field (plus the team has normally sucked) but there was a time that Detroit was one of the toughest road trips in the league, as you can see here.

  13. I'm not a lions fan but that stadium was legendary and it's a shame it just stayed there and rotted after Ford Field opened.

  14. Man Mitchell was terrible. I so wish Barry had a better QB. The line wasn't great but Mitchell had all kind of weapons and still struggled. Michael Jordan and Barry Sanders were my favorite athletes to watch ever.

    I had forgotten this was the Reggie Brown game. They broadcast really didn't reflect how serious his injuries were and what the Lions were going thru. Players were literally crying on the field thinking he was on his death bed. That had to be one of the most emotional nights in Lion's history.

  15. My twin and I were at this game. Screaming as loud as we could so the defense could get the ball back so Barry could get his 2000 yards.the greatest reason in nfl history to scream and the ref told us to be quiet so the jets can make a play. We couldn't believe it but it was happening and we didn't listen.we became the loudest game in nfl history ,almost 90 thousand in a dome screaming for 2000 yards and the was a numbing and vibrating sound ,you could feel it on you body.after the game the jets and lions said the floor was shaking. Seattle and kc could never get that loud unless they get moor seats and a regie brown laid on the field for over 15 minutes it seamed like forever.thank god he is ok today.on this great nfl day we worried for regie a reminder this is a violent game. Wow what a game 2000 and playoffs ,a forever lions memory

  16. 1997 was an amazing year for Barry Sanders. It was an amazing year for me as a fan as well. There are many reasons Barry achieved that milestone, most of which are Barry's talent and determination. Now many have given credit to the Offensive Line which is very much deserved, but there is a group of players that I think were forgotten…the defense. I just watched the game again and realized some things possibly went unnoticed because it was overshadowed by Barry's accomplishment as well as the devastating injury to Reggie Brown. Sanders needed 2 yards and the Lions punted with a little over 3 minutes left in the game. The Jets needed a win and with the playoffs on the line that could have easily been the last time Barry touched the ball. But the defense did some very impressive things to get the ball back into Sanders hands. If not for them, the quest for 2000 yards may never have happened. Of course it took Barry Sanders and the Lions team an entire season to cross the 2000 yard barrier, i just had to give the defense some much deserved love.

  17. JAMES FARRIOR is on this Jets team?! Its His Rookie season! 5 whole years with the Jets I had no idea about. Then a Decade with the Steelers where he got famous; 2 Superbowl rings and 3 Conference championships. AND: This is a Parcells Bill Bellichik Defense that Barry just shredded for 284 F&&ing yards!!

  18. After coordinating a defense that's Shredded by Barry Sanders; and couldnt stop the 1998 Broncos in the AFC championship…after failing as HC of the Browns… who would have guessed THAT Defensive Coordinator 'Retread' Head Coach was actually the MOST SUCCESSFUL NFL Coach of All Time? Then he shits the bed in 2000 at 6-10. Starts 2001 with a nice 0-2. Think about that before shitting all over Head Coach and Coordinator hirings of guys who f*ked up elsewhere. Think Of Old Pete Carroll who was the Punchline of Jokes for DECADES; and won Seattle its only SB.
    Experience at Failing is massively important; you gotta make mistakes before you can learn from them; expecting immediate and sustained success in THIS Game with 31 other brain trusts of scouts and tape crunchers studying how to beat you every week; is fantasy land.

  19. I love Dickerson and all but Barry is the greatest back I've seen in the NFL.. 2000+ rushing yards in just 14 games is insane! Thanks for the upload, I had to watch the whole game again for the nostalgia.

  20. Wow, Westbrook was out of bounds on that int. Clearly. Guess the Jets getting that TD the following week 17 against Seattle was karma.

  21. Barry Sanders had 53 total yards in the first two games. He rushed for exactly 2000 yards in the last 14 games. Incredible.

  22. Outside of Barry being the best ever and remembering watching him hit 2000, I'll never forget the "crowd is so loud that the refs call penalties" around 1:25:00

    Yes, the refs made the Lions home crowd stay quiet while the opposing team had the ball.

    I don't care about what draconian rule may exist, that's a rarely brought-up example of how The NFL has a long history of treating The Lions differently. I can't believe a Raider or Packer or Steeler crowd would ever be told to not make noise by the league/refs.

  23. What everybody seem to miss on the Westbrook Int. is that his feet were still in bounds and the ball never hit the ground. The Jets and Paul Mcquire might not like it BUT that was an Interception.

  24. I had the privilege of being able to go to this game. It was at the old Pontiac Silverdome where on any given Sunday the Lions no matter how bad could beat anyone in this stadium. This particular game had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows! The Lions won and made the playoffs by doing so, and Barry got his 2000 yards but Reggie Brown broke his neck in this game and never walked again, heartbreaking.

  25. for those that don't know, back in 1957 after Bobby Layne was traded after winning 4 straight championships, he went to a gypsie and had them put a curse on the Lions to never wina  championship again.  given pretty much everything else we already know. that curse. only that could cause a monumental amazing thing in history for the Lions, Barry getting his 2000 yard game, would a man on his team get nearly paralyzed and ending his career.  I wish Barry did the last four years of his contract he had left though, he would have over  21,000 yards and never be caught.

  26. Amazing. Scores a 2,000 yard season, is celebrated and given the ball and then immediately runs 53 yards for almost a TD. I don't think modern football players understand the element of anxiety he brought to games. The GOAT. PERIOD.

  27. Oh dang, when they showed the Lions defensive starters I just realized that this was the game Reggie Brown broke his neck.

  28. Too bad he ran out of field at the very end. If the field was just 5 yards wider, he would have gotten in the end zone a second time.

  29. When a hole team Defense the goal is to stop you as a one person yea you are walking into the hual of fame. Remember its a team sport if you dont do you're job you lose dont be selfish you play the sport for the team and the sport not yourself.

  30. And again NFL hates Detroit the NFL changes rules because of Detroit because there over played bitch's

  31. Barry Sanders. The best I ever saw. At any position. Been watching the NFL since 1971. (never got to see Jim Brown)


  33. I forgot that Barry had only 53 in the first two games. If that didn't happen, he could have blown Dickerson's record away.

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