NFL news of September 30, 2002

Joey Harrington already had the look, the arm and the bank account of a starting N.F.L. quarterback. Now he has a victory.

He threw for 267 yards and a touchdown yesterday, and he did not make any costly mistakes, as the Detroit Lions beat visiting New Orleans, 26-21, to hand the Saints their first loss.

…Harrington was 25-3 as a starter in college, and the Lions (1-3) are hoping that he is the big-game quarterback they have been longing for. Detroit has not had a quarterback play in the Pro Bowl since Greg Landry in 1971, and has not had long-term stability at the position since Bobby Layne started from 1951 until Detroit won the N.F.L. title in 1957.

”He’s going to be the quarterback for the ages here,” the Lions’ Todd Lyght said of Harrington. ”The kid is a playmaker and is a natural-born leader.”

Bills Win in Overtime

After a Buffalo field goal was blocked with 25 seconds left in regulation, Drew Bledsoe threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Travis Henry on the second play of overtime in a 33-27 victory over Chicago.

The host Bills (2-2) have played in three overtime games this season. They have won their last two overtime games after losing their opener to the Jets. No N.F.L. team had ever gone to an extra period three times in its first four games.

Bledsoe set a league record with his fourth touchdown pass in overtime. He finished with 328 yards and 4 touchdown passes.

Dawkins Lifts Eagles

Safety Brian Dawkins caught a touchdown pass and had an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery in a 35-17 Eagles victory against visiting Houston. He became the first N.F.L. player to have all four in the same game.

Donovan McNabb completed 24 of 42 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown, and Duce Staley added two 1-yard touchdown runs as Philadelphia (3-1) cruised to its third consecutive double-digit victory.

— PR Newswire “Former Duck Looks And Throws Like Savior.”

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