Week 16 for NFL Ducks

Week 16 of the 2004 NFL season started on Christmas Eve day (Friday) without a pair of Ducks in Minnesota, but a another pair of former Ducks enjoyed a win in Missouri. On Christmas Day, a former Duck running back scored three times and on the day after Christmas, two ex-Duck quarterbacks recorded wins.

Denver Broncos running back Reuben Droughns (34) gets past Tennessee Titans cornerback Michael Waddell (36) for a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Green Bay Packers (9-6) beat the Minnesota Vikings (8-7) by a score of 34-31, but Onterrio Smith and Keenan Howry were both out with injuries.

The Kansas City Chiefs (7-8) won their fourth straight win when they beat the Oakland Raiders, 31-30. Wide Receiver Samie Parker had three receptions for 35 yards with a long of 14. Defensive tackle Junior Siavii saw playing time.

On Saturday, the Denver Broncos (9-6) needed a big game from their playmakers and running back Reuben Droughns responded by scoring three times in Denver's 37-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. He rushed for two touchdowns on 22 carries and 91 yards. He also had a touchdown on a 23-yard pass reception. He had a total to two receptions for 30 yards. The loss dropped the Titans to 4-11.

The San Diego Chargers (11-4) dropped a 34-31 decision to the Indianapolis Colts (12-3). Defensive end Igor Olshansky had two tackles and tight end Justin Peelle participated for the Chargers.

Joey Harrington was 15-for-30, 166 yards and one interception in leading the Detroit Lions (6-9) over the Chicago Bears, 19-13.

The San Francisco 49ers (2-13) lost again to the Buffalo Bills (9-6) by a score of 41-7. Safety Keith Lewis recorded on assisted tackle for the 49ers.

Punter Josh Bidwell had three punts for 44.0-yard average with a long of 45 and one inside the 20. Despite Bidwell's efforts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-10) lost to the Carolina Panthers, 37-20. The Panthers improved their record to 7-8.

The Seattle Seahawks (8-7) made the playoffs by beating the Arizona Cardinals 24-21. Running back Maurice Morris had a carry for 10 yards, caught a pass for three yards, returned three kickoffs for a 21.0-yard average and fielded a punt for 3 yards. The Cardinals are now 5-10 overall.

For the second time in six days, the Miami Dolphins (4-11) won on a national televised night game. Last Monday night the Dolphins beat the New England Patriots, 29-28. In that game, A.J. Feeley was 22-of-35, 195 yards and a game-winning touchdown. On Sunday, Feeley led the Dophins over the Cleveland Browns, 10-3. Feeley was 25-for-43, 176 yards and one touchdown.

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