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Lions’ Sanders Runs Past Records

November 9, 1997

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Detroit’s Barry Sanders set two NFL records and passed another milestone at Sunday’s game between the Lions and Washington Redskins.

First, Sanders became the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards for nine consecutive seasons with his second carry of the game. Entering the game with 998 yards, Sanders lost 4 yards on his first run, but gained 7 on his next attempt when he broke a tackle in the backfield on a sweep left.

Then, in the second quarter, Sanders overtook Tony Dorsett for third place on the league’s career rushing list with a 10-yard run off right tackle. Sanders went into the game needing 17 yards to pass Dorsett, who had 12,739 yards in 12 seasons. Sanders now trails only Walter Payton (16,726) and Eric Dickerson (13,259).

In the second half, Sanders went over the 100-yard mark for eight consecutive road game, breaking a record he had shared with Marcus Allen.

Sanders and Buffalo’s Thurman Thomas began the year sharing the record of eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Thomas had 374 yards this year going into the Bills-Patriots game Sunday.

Sanders has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his nine NFL seasons. The only player with more 1,000 yard seasons than Sanders is Payton, who had 10 (1976-81, 1983, 1986) with the Chicago Bears.

Allen had seven straight 100-yard road games for the Raiders from Nov. 3, 1985 to Sept. 14, 1986. Sanders tied that mark last week at Green Bay.

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