NFL NOTEBOOK: Stewart, Williams join elite club
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Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart set a franchise record by rushing for 206 yards yesterday, and topped 1,000 yards against the New York Giants, giving Carolina only the fifth pair of 1,000-yard backs in league history.
DeAngelo Williams, who was inactive, has rushed for 1,117 yards this season. Steward pushed his total to 1,008 yards with his effort in the Panthers' 41-9 victory.
"It felt good," Stewart said. "While you're in the moment, you're really not thinking about it. Once things settle down, you just kind of let it wing around and you're thankful."
Stewart's single-game total broke Williams' old mark of 186 yards set against Tampa Bay last season.
The 206 yards rushing was the most by a Giants opponent in a game at Giants Stadium. It was the third-highest total by a Giants opponent in team history, trailing only Cliff Battles (215) of the Boston Redskins in 1933 and Terry Miller (208) of the Buffalo Bills in 1978.
Miami's Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris formed the first running back duo to rush for 1,000 yards each in 1972. Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier did it for the Steelers in 1976. Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack did it for Cleveland in 1985, and Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward of the Giants did it last year.
Atlanta also had two 1,000-yard rushers in 2006 with running back Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick.
Darren Sharper set an NFL record for most interception return yards in a season. The Saints safety set the mark of 376 yards with his ninth interception of the season against the Buccaneers and quarterback Josh Freeman. With his 21-yard return, Sharper broke the mark of 358 yards set by Baltimore's Ed Reed in 2004. Sharper entered the season as the NFL's active leader in interceptions. He now has 63, tying him for sixth all-time with Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott.
Brian Brohm made his NFL debut as the Bills' starter against the Falcons. The Bills signed Brohm from Green Bay's practice squad on Nov. 19. Brohm was a second-round draft pick from Louisville in 2008.
Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 61-yard field goal on the final play of the first half against the Browns. It's the fourth longest field goal in NFL history.
Detroit middle linebacker Larry Foote will missed the game against the 49ers with a foot injury. Foote had started 94 consecutive games.
First Published December 28, 2009 12:15 am