Week 17 for NFL Ducks

For some ex-Ducks playing in the NFL, January 2, 2005 means vacation and the end of a long season and for five others, the season lasts at least one more week.

Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington (3) hands off to running back Kevin Jones (34) in the third quarter of the Lions' 24-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005 in Nashville, Tenn. Harrington threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns. (AP Photo/John Russell)

The Denver Broncos and Reuben Droughns are in the playoffs and next Sunday they will face Indianapolis Colts just one week after defeating Indianapolis 33-14. Droughns had 76 yards on 15 carries.

Running back Maurice Morris and the Seattle Seahawks play the St. Louis Rams next Saturday during wildcard weekend, but in Week 17 they defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 28-26. Morris had one reception for six yards and returned three kickoffs averaging 18.0 yards with a long of 20.

Two former Duck teammates and current San Diego Chargers teammates, defensive tackle Igor Olshansky and Justin Peelle will play at least one more game next Saturday against the New York Jets. Today the Chargers took care of business against the Kansas City Chiefs, 24-17. Peelle had a reception for 13 yards while Olshansky recorded one tackle. Chiefs' wide receiver Samie Parker had three catches for 18 yards. Defensive tackle Junior Siavii also saw playing time for Kansas City.

Next Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will face the Green Bay Packers and the Vikings will hope that they will fare better next week than they did against Washington Redskins in a 21-18 loss. Running back Onterrio Smith only had five carries for five yards, but was more productive catching four passes for 43 yards including one for 24.

The season ended today for the Detroit Lions and Joey Harrington. The Lions lost to the Tennessee Titans, 24-19 despite Harrington's comeback efforts. Harrington was 33-for-49, 346 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Lions finished the season 6-10 while the Titans ended up 5-11.

Mercifully, the season is also over for the pitiful San Francisco 49ers (2-14) who managed to drop their last game to the New England Patriots 21-7. Safety Keith Lewis had an assisted tackle on special teams play. The Patriots ended the regular campaign with only two losses and winning 14, giving them a bye next week.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) and the Arizona Cardinals (6-10) are done, and finished the season with a 12-7 shoot out that the Cardinals won. Punter Josh Bidwell had eight punts with a 36.6-yard average, with two inside the 20 and a long of 51.

For a number of players including A.J. Feeley of the Miami Dolphins, the end of the season means he can heal his bruised sternum. Feeley sat out of the game with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens won 30-23 and also have a bye next week. Also recuperating during the off-season will be Geroge Wrighster of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags finished 9-7 for the season but out of the playoffs despite beating the Oakland Raider 13-6. Oakland also is done with a 5-11 final record. Rashad Bauman (Cincinnati Bengals), Peter Sirmon (Tennessee Titans) and Wesly Mallard (New York Giants) have missed all or most of the 2004 season due to injuries.

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