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NFL SPOTLIGHT / WEEK 1

In Quotes

September 04, 2000

"We spent so much time on the field, a Little League team could get yards against us."

LEE FLOWERS

Pittsburgh safety, on the ineffectiveness of the Steeler offense Sunday.

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"I felt like as soon as I was off the field, I was right back on. I felt like an every-down player."

MORTEN ANDERSEN

Atlanta kicker, on his five first-half field goals.

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"Thank God for tomorrow."

AHMED PLUMMER

49er rookie cornerback, after he was beaten on two long Atlanta touchdown passes.

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"We need to shore up every area."

BILL BELICHICK

ETC.

New England coach, after 21-16 loss to Tampa Bay.

Including the playoffs, the Lions have been limited to 17 or fewer points in six consecutive games. . . . Washington's Larry Centers had seven catches for a career total of 611, passing Keith Byars (610) as the all-time leading running back in receptions. . . . Tampa Bay is 9-1 in its last 10 regular-season games. . . . Cleveland punter Chris Gardocki tied an NFL record. Hei has punted 623 times without having one blocked, matching Dave Jennings' mark. . . . Oakland's Tim Brown needs one touchdown catch to tie Hall of Famer Fred Bilentnikoff atop the Raider career touchdown receptions list with 76. . . . Philadelphia won at Texas Stadium for only the third time in 11 years. . . . The Dolphins improved to 34-5 at home in September since 1970. . . . Sunday was the first time Dallas quarterback Randall Cunningham, who left the Eagles after the 1995 season, played against Philadelphia.

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