BILLS 10 Reality hit Jerry Rice in the final minutes and his spontaneous reaction was somewhat shocking: He kicked a yard marker and hurled his helmet at the ground.
Rice didn't figure his team-first attitude would lead to the end of his NFL-record receptions streak.
But Ronald Curry's big day Sunday is a sign the Oakland Raiders will no longer rely as much on Rice in their talented receiving corps. Rice's record streak of 274 games with a catch ended, and Curry caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 13-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
"I expect to catch footballs," Rice said. "I never thought it would come to an end like this. But, you know, it's okay. It's all right. It happens."
Rice is still a starter, but has said he's willing to accept a lesser role for the Raiders (1-1) if it helps the team rebound from last season's 4-12 debacle. He didn't get a pass thrown his way until 21/2 minutes before halftime -- and that was the only one.
The last time Rice didn't catch a pass was Dec. 1, 1985, at Washington.