The best and worst from yesterday's games:


Cowboys, Eagles Have a Rough Day

Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith strained a groin muscle on the first play yesterday against the Eagles and did not return to the game. Cowboys officials said only that Smith had a slight strain of his left groin muscle. They did not speculate on his status, saying that the injury would be reevaluated today.

Dallas also lost sack leader Greg Ellis with a broken left leg. Ellis was injured with 11 minutes 49 seconds left in the first quarter during a play in which he was not directly involved. Ellis was pursing the play when Alonzo Spellman tackled Eagles QB Donovan McNabb along the sideline and then rolled over his teammate's leg. Ellis, the Cowboys' No. 1 pick in 1998 out of North Carolina, fractured his left tibia.

McNabb left the game later with a sprained left knee. McNabb, the Eagles' No. 1 pick and the second pick overall in the NFL draft last April, limped off the field after he was pulled down by Cowboys DE Leon Lett after a fumbled snap late in the third quarter. McNabb was replaced by Doug Pederson. Tests are scheduled for today; Eagles officials described the injury as a slightly sprained medial cruciate ligament. ...

Steelers Pro Bowl C Dermontti Dawson, making his first start in seven games, lasted three plays against the Ravens before reinjuring his hamstring. Dawson did not return, and Coach Bill Cowher said, "He's probably done for the year." ...

Patriots rookie RB Kevin Faulk broke his right ankle in the first quarter against the Colts, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

Jaguars Clinch Berth

The Jaguars clinched a playoff berth when both Buffalo and Seattle lost. A victory over the Broncos tonight would give Jacksonville its 12th win, a team record, and would ensure the Jaguars a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Home and Away

The Steelers (5-8) have lost five in a row -- their second such streak in two seasons -- and are 1-5 at Three Rivers Stadium, including losses to division rivals Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Jacksonville. They beat all but Jacksonville on the road. The 1-5 mark is their worst since since 1970.

Numerically Speaking

For the second straight week, the Rams had a 300-yard passer in Kurt Warner, a 100-yard rusher in Marshall Faulk and two 100-yard receivers in Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. ... Tampa Bay (9-4) set a franchise record with its sixth straight victory.



Field goals in 14 attempts by Giants PK Cary Blanchard, who was signed after Brad Daluiso was lost for the season Oct. 18. Blanchard kicked the game-winner yesterday against the Bills.


Yards rushing on 11 carries by the Browns against the Bengals.