TWO-MINUTE DRILL

The best and worst from yesterday's games:

NEWS & NOTES

Steelers' Davis Goes the Distance

Steelers S Travis Davis returned a fumble 102 yards for a touchdown against the Panthers, the second-longest fumble return in NFL history.

The only previous fumble return longer than 100 yards was 104 yards, by Jack Tatum of Oakland against Green Bay on Sept. 24, 1972.

Levon Kirkland punched the ball loose from Carolina's Fred Lane on second and goal from the Steelers 1 late in the first period. Davis scooped up the ball on the fly and took off up the Carolina sideline.

Davis easily pushed aside Panthers QB Steve Beuerlein in recording the longest return in Steelers history. The team record of 94 yards was set by Greg Best against Cleveland in 1983.

Mixed Messages

While the NFL was banning the throat-slash gesture, the league was marketing a game in which players from all 31 teams are depicted drawing their hands across their throats.

The game, "NFL Fever 2000," is produced by Microsoft and carries the league logo.

"The gesture was approved prior to it being marketed by the league," said Chris Widmaier, the NFL's director of corporate communication. "It will be removed in the future."

The throat-slash gesture in the computer game was reported Saturday by the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

George Young, the league vice president who wrote the letter banning the throat slash, said the game was manufactured last summer. The ban was announced Nov. 23.

Some players called the league hypocritical for marketing the computer game.

"I would think they would pull it off the shelves," Jets WR Keyshawn Johnson said. "They're criticizing us for our actions. Yet they have a game with those actions in it. You can't have both. Make up your mind. I would think more kids play video games than watch NFL games."

On the Run

The Titans' Eddie George became the fourth running back in NFL history to rush for at least 1,200 yards in each of his first four seasons, joining Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson and Barry Sanders. ... Colts RB Edgerrin James's 17 touchdowns tie him for the third most in NFL history by a rookie. Only Gale Sayers (22 in 1965) and Eric Dickerson (20 in 1983) have had more.

In the Air

Bills WR Andre Reed needed five catches to move into second place on the career list ahead of Art Monk and three to tie an NFL record with his 13th season of at least 50 receptions. But he didn't catch a pass yesterday. ... Bengals WR Carl Pickens has at least one reception in 92 straight games. ... WR Marvin Harrison (team-record 14 receptions for 138 yards) became the first Colt and

25th player in NFL history to catch 100 passes in a season.

BY THE NUMBERS

24

Points allowed by Jaguars in the first half against Tennessee. Jacksonville had not yielded more than 24 points in a game this season and were trying to break the 1986 Bears' record of fewest points allowed in a 16-game season.

20,172

Fans with tickets who opted not to attend Steelers' home game against Carolina. The crowd of 39,428 was the lowest under Coach Bill Cowher.