On This Date 12/21/1997

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With 184 yards rushing on 23 carries, Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions becomes the third member of the NFL’s 2000-yard club. Sanders finished the season with 2,053 yards with 14 touchdowns to earn a share of the NFL MVP with Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers. Sanders’ efforts in the season’s final game help the Lions beat the New York Jets 13-10 at the Pontiac Silverdome to make the playoffs.