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December 29, 1997
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December 29, 1997

Snapshots Of A Season

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After his third concussion in 11 months, 49ers quarterback Steve Young is ordered by a neurologist to sit out a game. Young returns in Week 3 and goes on to win his sixth NFL passing title, tying Sammy Baugh's record.

Two of the Chiefs' 12 new starters, Elvis Grbac and Andre Rison, combine on a 32-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left to beat the Raiders 28-27. "You can look back on that play and see the seasons of both teams go in different directions," K.C. center Tim Grunhard would say in December.

Not the same old Bucs. Tampa Bay steamrolls the Vikings as fullback Mike Alstott rams through five defenders on a one-yard touchdown run. "Greatest play I've ever seen," says former Bucs coach John McKay.

While the Mid-South Fair is jammed with visitors, 17,737 file into the Liberty Bowl (capacity: 62,380) on a sunny 73� afternoon to watch the Oilers' second home game in Memphis, a 36-10 loss to the Ravens.

The nightmare of '97 continues for Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins, who during the preseason had been slugged by a teammate in response to a racial epithet and later suffered a broken jaw. In a 34-21 loss to the Niners. Collins throws three interceptions. Hours later he's demoted.


Da Saints 20, Da Bears 17 in Da Coach's return to Chicago. Through three quarters, the teams combine for almost as many punts (16) as pass completions (17).

The trading deadline passes with only one move. The Raiders can't pull the trigger on a sweet offer, first-and third-round picks from the Redskins for defensive tackle Chester McGlockton, who, by the way, stinks.

In September, after the Bucs had knocked off the Lions, Tampa Bay fans chortled about rookie Warrick Dunn's being Barry Sanders's peer. In the rematch Sanders runs for 215 yards, Dunn for nine.

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