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Jeff Garcia's name doesn't stand out with those of great San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden quarterbacks of the past. But his numbers do.
No 49ers quarterback - not Joe Montana Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., (born June 11 1956 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "The Comeback Kid", is a retired American football player whose professional career in the National Football League (NFL) spanned the late 1970s through the or Steve Young - threw for 4,000 yards in a season before Garcia. And now the CFL-bred quarterback who went undrafted out of San Jose San Jose, city, United States
San Jose (sănəzā`, săn hōzā`), city (1990 pop. 782,248), seat of Santa Clara co., W central Calif.; founded 1777, inc. 1850. State is on pace to do it for the second consecutive year.
After last week's overtime victory against Carolina, Garcia has led the49ers to four fourth-quarter comeback wins. With seven games remaining, that ties the club record set by Montana in 1989.
Garcia and receiver Terrell Owens Terrell Eldorado Owens (born December 7, 1973), is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Popularly known by his initials, T.O., Owens has established himself as one of the League's most productive and outspoken players. have hooked up on 24 touchdowns since the beginning of the 2000 season, which ties them with the Indianapolis Colts' combination of Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Colts with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. and Marvin Harrison Marvin Daniel Harrison (born August 25, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American football player who played for Syracuse University and is currently playing in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts. for most in the league during that time. The Colts will play host to the 49ers today.
--And this affects us how? For only the fifth time, the NFL NFL
National Football League
NFL (US) n abbr (= National Football League) → Fußball-Nationalliga has sold out all games in advance of the local television blackout deadline, enabling the 15 games of Week 11 to be televised in the home-team market. Of course, we in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. are above needing to worry about blackout rules.
--Running works: Certainly it's no secret running the ball well leads to winning. But never has that been more true than this season. Teams with a 100-yard rusher have a combined record of 52-11-0, an .825 winning percentage. If the pace is maintained, it would mark the highest season winning percentage since records were kept starting in 1970, eclipsing the .821 in 1987.
--Home cooking: All he does is catch touchdowns, at least at home. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter will seek to extend his streak of 10 consecutive home games with a touchdown reception when the Vikings play host to the Chicago Bears tonight. Carter's streak already is the best in the NFL since 1980.
--Staying power: It's getting tougher for Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren to give Ricky Watters his starting job back when Watters returns from injury. Shaun Alexander has rushed for 898 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven starts (including one last season). With 98 rushing yards today against Kansas City, he will pass Eric Dickerson for most rushing yards in a running back's first eight career starts since 1970, as far as the statistic can be tracked.