Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart set a franchise record by rushing for 206 yards Sunday. With his performance against the New York Giants, he topped 1,000 yards, giving Carolina only the fifth pair of 1,000-yard backs in league history.
DeAngelo Williams, who was inactive Sunday, has rushed for 1,117 yards this season. Steward, a former Timberline High and University of Oregon star, pushed his total to 1,008 yards with his effort in the Panthers’ 41-9 victory.
“It felt good,” Stewart said. “While you’re in the moment, you’re really not thinking about it. Once things settle down, you just kind of let it wing around and you’re thankful.”
Stewart’s single-game total broke Williams’ mark of 186 yards set against Tampa Bay last season.
The 206 yards rushing was the most against the Giants at Giants Stadium, and it came in the Giants’ final game in the stadium.
Colts QB Peyton Manning became the fourth player to pass for at least 50,000 yards. He surpassed the mark on a 24-yard completion to Austin Collie against the Jets to join Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway. … Buffalo’s Terrell Owens became the sixth NFL player to catch 1,000 passes, joining Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, and Isaac Bruce. … Saints safety Darren Sharper has set an NFL record for most interception return yards in a season. He has 376 yards, breaking the mark of 358 set by Baltimore’s Ed Reed in 2004.
Panthers receiver Steve Smith broke his left arm against the Giants and will have surgery today. … Dolphins running back Ricky Williams left the game against Houston with a right shoulder injury. … Bengals rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga broke his left ankle late in the first quarter against the Chiefs. … Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley was ejected against Philadelphia after he accidentally swatted a referee during an argument. … Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 61-yard field goal on the final play of the first half against the Browns, the fourth longest field goal in NFL history.
Rushing performances by running backs with state ties Sunday: Yards gained by Timberline High graduate Jonathan Stewart for Carolina on 28 carries against the New York Giants Yards gaines by former Washington State star Jerome Harrison for Cleveland on 39 carrries against Oakland Yards gained by the Seahawks on 29 carries against Green Bay