Week 15 for NFL Ducks

Captain Comeback came so close to reviving his legend, but an errant snap of an extra point spelled more frustration for Lions fans. Meanwhile, a rookie receiver recorded his first professional reception and later in the game his first touchdown in the NFL. Tomorrow night, a former Duck signal caller makes a start on Monday Night Football as Week 15 of the 2004 NFL season heads to the holidays.

Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci, center, stands with long snapper Don Muhlbach, seated left, and wide receiver Roy Williams (11) in the closing moments of the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004. Williams had scored a touchdown with seconds left in the game and the extra point would have tied the game. Muhlbach's snap bounced to holder Nick Harris, who was tackled before he could get the football spotted for kicker Jason Hanson. The Vikings went on to beat the Lions, 28-27. (AP Photo/Bill Fundaro)

Joey Harrington threw for the most yards in his 3-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions (5-8). Harrington was 25-for-44, 361 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, along with 13 yards of rushing on three carries in Detroit's heart breaking 28-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings (8-5). The game, reminiscent of many of Harrington's come-from-behind wins while at Oregon, found the Lions trailing 28-21 with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter and no timeouts. Harrington directed an 80-yard scoring drive in which the former Duck signal caller was 6-for-9 passing culminating with a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie Roy Williams with eight seconds left on the game clock. All the Lions had to do was convert the extra point to put the game into overtime. However an bad snap from long snapper Don Muhlbach to holder Nick Harris spelled the end of the dramatic comeback and a game that would have extend Harrington's reputation for bringing a team back ended in a frustrating loss.

Vikings running back Onterrio Smith carried the ball four times for six yards and had two pass receptions for 18 yards in the winning effort.

The Denver Broncos (8-6) dropped a 45-17 drubbing to the Kansas City Chiefs. Bronco running back Rueben Droughns had only four carries for 27 yards and two catches for 14 yards. Chiefs' rookie receiver Samie Parker had 84 yards of receiving on three catches including his first NFL touchdown on a 49-yard scoring reception. Kansas City defensive tackle Junior Siavii had one tackle. The Chiefs improved to 6-8 for the season.

The Seattle Seahawks dropped to 7-7 for the season after losing to the New York Jets, 37-14. Running back Maurice Morris had one carry for six yards and kickoff returns for an 18.7-yard return average. The Jets are now 10-4 for the year.

The San Diego Chargers (11-3) defeated the Cleveland Browns in snowy Cleveland on Sunday by a 21-0 score. Chargers' defensive end Igor Olshansky had two assisted tackles and tight end Justin Peelle had a tackle on special teams. The Browns are now 3-11.

The San Francisco 49ers (2-12) lost to the Washington Redskins (5-9) on Saturday by a score of 26-16. 49er safety Keith Lewis blocked a punt in the contest.

The New Orleans Saints (6-8) defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21-17. The loss dropped the Bucs to 5-9 for the year but punter Josh Bidwell had five punts with a 37.2-yard average, with one punt inside the 20 and a long of 48.

The Miami Dolphins and A.J. Feeley take on the defending Super Bowl champions and the league leading New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

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