Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young, Rice Peaking as 49ers Face Wobbly Detroit

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young, Rice Peaking as 49ers Face Wobbly Detroit

Article excerpt

Steve Young missed all or parts of eight games because of injuries. Jerry Rice has spent much of the season fighting double, sometimes triple coverage.

Yet, the two offensive principals for the playoff-bound 49ers (11-4) not only have closed the year strongly but find themselves leading the league in passing and receiving entering tonight's regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions (5-10).

"I feel as healthy as I've felt all year," Young said. "It's been that way for a month now." San Francisco awaited the outcome of Sunday's game between Pittsburgh and Carolina to determine whether the finale with the Lions had postseason implications. The Panthers' 18-14 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday sent the 49ers into the postseason as a wild card. "It'll be truly a difficult thing to get their minds on this last ballgame, but I will do the best I can," said Wayne Fontes, who could be coaching his final game for Detroit. Over his last four games, Young has rebounded from a serious groin stra in and two concussions to complete 72 percent of his throws for 1,195 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He's vaulted to the top of the league's passer ratings, putting him in position to win his fifth passing title in six years. "I've always felt like you just keep playing and whatever happens, happens," said Young, who won a record four straight passing titles before finishing tied for fifth last season. "It's ironic that you'd miss a portion of the season and still have a shot at that. That's great, but I don't really play for those things anymore. Those are nice if they come, but really, the reason to go through a season and go through everything, the injuries and everything, is to have a shot at the Super Bowl. That's the most important thing." Rice has broken through for 40 of his NFL-leading 103 receptions in the last five weeks, including three for touchdowns. He became the first player in NFL history to have four 100-catch seasons during San Francisco's 25-15 win at Pittsburgh last week. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.