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NEW YORK (AP) - Curtis Martin worked overtime to capture the league's rushing title by a yard over Shaun Alexander.

Martin rushed for 153 yards on 28 carries as the New York Jets lost to St. Louis in overtime. That gave him 1,697 yards, one more than Alexander, who had 80 yards in 19 carries as Seattle beat Atlanta.


The overtime gave Martin the title - he had 24 yards on three carries in the extra period. It was his first rushing title, even though he has run for more than 1,000 yards in each of his 10 pro seasons.


Elsewhere, Peyton Manning set yet another NFL passing record Sunday, finishing the season with a rating of 121.1, more than eight points better than Steve Young's previous mark.


Manning, who last week set a record with 49 touchdown passes for the season, threw just two passes Sunday in Denver before leaving for Jim Sorgi. Manning went 1-for-2 for 6 yards. He would have needed to go 0-for-20 with five interceptions to lose out on the record of 112.8, set by San Francisco's Steve Young in 1994.


Alexander scored more points than any non-kicker, getting 120 on 20 touchdowns, 16 rushing and four receiving. Adam Vinatieri won the overall title with 141 points.


Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez had 14 receptions Sunday to give him the title with 102, a record for a tight end. He was the only receiver over 100 this season; Tennessee's Derrick Mason was the leading wide receiver with 96 catches.


Carolina's Muhsin Muhammad led in yards receiving with 1,405, followed by New Orleans' Joe Horn with 1,399.


The Colts' Dwight Freeney led the league with 16 sacks and Baltimore's Ed Reed got his ninth interception Sunday against Miami, tops in the NFL. His 41-yard return set a record for interception return yardage with 358.

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yep ... one of many on the seattle roster


the only way I can see him staying is with the franchise tag ... the guy loves the media and publicity and he's really taking it personal that he didn't get the carry at the 1 yard line on the TD that won the game and the division

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