Marcus Allen took over the NFL rushing lead with a 156-yard effort -- his sixth consecutive 100-yard performance -- and Marc Wilson threw three touchdown passes as the Los Angeles Raiders downed the Atlanta Falcons today, 34-24.
Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a four-yard pass from Wilson in the third quarter and the Raiders (9-4) added two later scores to win their third in a row and retain their share of the AFC West lead.
Allen's 156 yards gave him 1,392 yards for the year, moving him ahead of Atlanta's Gerald Riggs, the previous leader who had 95 yards on 25 carries for 1,343 yards this season. It ended Riggs' string of consecutive 100-yard games at five. Allen also broke the previous Raiders single-season mark of 1,273 yards rushing set by Mark van Eeghen in 1977.
"The most important thing to come out of today's game was the fact that we won," said Allen. "When I came into the league several years ago, I set goals for myself that I wanted to reach. The rushing lead is just one of the goals, but it is not the most important."
Wilson threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Jessie Hester in the first quarter and came back with a seven-yarder to Dokie Williams with eight minutes left in the game.
The Falcons (2-11) led, 17-13, at halftime.
Mick Luckhurst kicked a 39-yard field goal and David Archer connected with Arthur Cox on a 62-yard scoring pass in the first quarter. Riggs scored on an 11-yard run in the second period.