The best and worst from yesterday's games:
NEWS & NOTES
Drug Policy Change?
The NFL players' union wants to overhaul the league's drug policy and has contacted the league about arranging a meeting after the season, CBS Sports reported yesterday.
The network said on its "NFL Today" show that Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, sought the meeting in response to the suspension of Bears quarterback Jim Miller, who tested positive for a banned steroid contained in an over-the-counter nutritional supplement.
A league spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press that Harold Henderson, head of the NFL Management Council, spoke with Upshaw about a possible meeting. The union offices were closed yesterday.
Rice Will Return
After another big game against the Bengals, Jerry Rice was ready for more.
The San Francisco 49ers' 37-year-old wide receiver caught nine passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns yesterday in a 44-30 loss, then said he will definitely be back for another season.
"I'm coming back next year no matter what because of the situation," Rice said, referring to his team's disastrous season. "I don't want to go out like this. ... I've been stressing that for a long time. When things were not going right, I told everyone then that I didn't want to go out this way. So this one game really didn't make up my mind. I had made up my mind already."
For the second straight year, Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn's season was cut short by injury. Yesterday he broke his left leg in the first quarter of a 41-28 win over the Jets.
Sehorn, who missed all of last season after tearing ligaments in his right knee returning a kickoff in the preseason, will be sidelined at least six weeks, which means his season is over unless New York reaches the NFC title game.
Seahawks cornerback Chris Canty was taken off the field on a cart after suffering a concussion late in Seattle's game yesterday against the Raiders.
"He had movement in his legs, movement in his fingers," Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren said. "He was out. He got knocked pretty good, but any time there's movement, that's a good sign."
Canty was trying to tackle Napoleon Kaufman with four minutes left in the game when he apparently was kicked or hit in the head inadvertently by a teammate.
BY THE NUMBERS
Consecutive road losses by the Saints, who own the NFL's longest active streak.
Consecutive victories by the Titans against AFC Central opponents, a streak that ended yesterday with a 41-14 loss to the Ravens.
Last time the Rams won a division title. They are in the playoffs for the first time since 1989.
Yards passing this season by Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who became just the second quarterback to surpass 3,000 yards passing in eight straight seasons. The Dolphins' Dan Marino did it in nine straight seasons, from 1984 to '92.