NFL news of November 4, 2002

Photo: Grant M. Haller | Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Jose Cortez seized his second chance to win the Battle of the Bay – and Jerry Rice didn’t get much of a chance at all.

After missing a short kick as regulation ended, Cortez made a 23-yard field goal 8:41 into overtime to give San Francisco the win over Oakland.

Rice, who set every significant NFL receiving record during 16 seasons with the 49ers, had six catches for 74 yards for the Raiders. But when the game was on the line, he paced on the sideline as San Francisco controlled the ball for more than 15 straight minutes to end the game.

Cortez made the final kick, but the victory really belonged to Jeff Garcia and the San Francisco offense, which held the ball for the last 6 1/2 minutes of regulation and all of overtime.

— Record “49ers 23, Raiders 20 (OT)”

The Cincinnati Bengals guaranteed their first victory of the season, then went out and routed the Texans to get it.

Energized by a 102-yard interception return by Artrell Hawkins and four touchdown passes by Jon Kitna, the Bengals became the last NFL team to get a victory this season.

The Bengals have the worst record of any NFL team over the past 12 seasons, but that didn’t keep wide receiver Chad Johnson from guaranteeing that they would end their 0-7 start.

Cincinnati made good on its boast early, pouring out all its frustrations on the Texans, starting with Hawkins’ interception at the end of the first quarter. It tied the record for the longest play in Cincinnati history and put the Bengals ahead for good.

— Record “Bengals 38, Texans 3″

Kenny Watson or Stephen Davis? For the Redskins, it didn’t matter who started at running back against the NFL’s worst rushing defense.

Watson ran for 110 yards in place of the injuRed Davis, and Shane Matthews had two touchdowns passes as Washington beat Seattle.

Matthews was hardly spectacular, completing 10-of-27 for 114 yards with one interception. He threw an 11-yard TD pass to Darnerien McCants and a 19-yarder to Rod Gardner.

But with the defense forcing two fumbles by Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and keeping the Seahawks out of the end zone, the Redskins had all the offense they needed.

— Record “Redskins 14, Seahawks 3″

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