Rice Sets Another NFL Record


Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers didn't waste any tie Sunday setting an NFL record for receptions in consecutive games.

One play after cornerback Darnell Walker intercepted a pass by Rams quarterback Tony Banks, 49ers quarterback Steve Young rolled to his left and found Rice, who ran across the field to catch a 12-yard touchdown pass and give San Francisco a 7-0 lead.

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It marked the 184th consecutive game Rice has made at least one reception, passing the previous mark established by former Washington Redskins great Art Monk. It is the 13th NFL record held by Rice, who holds the league's all-time marks for receptions (1,089), receiving yards (16,966), touchdowns (170), receiving touchdowns (159), 100-yard receiving games (62) and 1,000-yard seasons (11).

The touchdown pass from Young to Rice was the 79th for the duo, tying the NFL mark established by Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and wideout Mark Clayton from 1983 to 1992.

Rice had broken Monk's league record for receptions back on Dec. 24, 1995, with his 941st catch.

Rice missed 14 games last season with two serious knee injuries, ending his consecutive-game playing streak at 189. But the reception streak didn't end because Rice was not in uniform for any of those games.

The last time Rice was shut out was Dec. 1, 1985, in a 35-8 victory over Washington.

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