Darrien Gordon joined Vai Sikahema and J
Nov. 10, 1997
DENVER (AP) _ Darrien Gordon joined Vai Sikahema and Jack Christiansen as the only players in NFL history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same quarter. Sikahema accomplished the feat for the St. Louis Cardinals on Dec. 21, 1986, against Tampa Bay. Christiansen played for Detroit when he returned two punts for TDs against Green Bay on Nov. 22, 1951. ... Gordon's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown was the fourth-longest in Denver history. He set the team record with a 94-yard return against St. Louis earlier this year and he has three for the season. He needs to return one more punt for a touchdown to match Rick Upchurch's single-season record of four in 1976. Upchurch also returned two punts for TDs in one game that season. ... Carolina's loss snapped a three-game winning streak, but the Panthers have won six of eight regular-season road games. ... Terrell Davis eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the eighth time this season, breaking the Denver record he shared with Otis Armstrong, who had seven 100-yard games in 1974. ... Denver defensive tackle Keith Traylor and Carolina guard Greg Skrepenak were ejected with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter after throwing punches at each other during a change of possession. ... Broncos defensive end Alfred Williams left the game late in the first half with back spasms but did return. ... Carolina wide receiver Dwight Stone was wobbly after being hit by Derek Loville on a Panthers' punt. Stone struggled to his feet but wasn't up for two seconds before falling backwards. ... Ken Walter's nine punts were one short of the Carolina team record set in 1995. ... Denver has won a franchise-record 14 straight regular-season home games. The Broncos also have won 23 of 27 regular-season games overall. ... Carolina failed to record a rushing first down for the first time in team history. It marked the third time in Denver history that the Broncos have held an opponent to zero rushing first downs. All have been since
Mike Shanahan took over as coach in 1995. ... Carol ina had allowed only 26 points in its previous three games combined.