ATLANTA -- Michael Vick broke a 34-year-old record and can
set his sights on another milestone -- 1,000 yards.
Vick broke off an 11-yard run with 10 minutes left to go past
Douglass, who ran for 968 yards with the Chicago Bears in 1972.
Vick wound up with 990 yards, though he hurt his groin in the
second half and finished the game on the bench.
"It means a lot," Vick said. "It's something I can tell my
kids. When they're sitting around talking football with their
classmates, my son and daughter will be able to say, 'This is what
my daddy accomplished.' It means more than anything. I'm
disappointed we didn't get the win, but it's a milestone."
Vick set the record in the Falcons' 14th game -- the same number
of games that were played during Douglass' era. It came on the same
night that Atlanta teammate Morten Andersen became the leading
scorer in NFL history, passing Gary Anderson.
Vick also tied a career high with four touchdown passes. He
passed for 237 yards and rushed for 56 on eight carries.
With two games remaining, Vick will almost certainly become the
first quarterback to run for 1,000 yards in a season, which is only
appropriate because he's already viewed as the greatest runner to
ever play his position.
But he did seem a bit troubled about his groin, which began
hurting early in the third quarter.
"I felt a pain that I have never felt before," Vick said. "It
was a sharp pain. I'm going to see the doctors right now and see
what they have to say. I'll get treatment in the morning and the
rest of the week."
Despite the loss, the Falcons (7-7) are still clinging to hope
in the NFC wild-card race. But they face a must-win situation
against Carolina next weekend.
"If push comes to shove," Vick said, "I'll be out there."
Vick already holds five other NFL quarterback rushing records,
including most yards in a game (173 against Minnesota in 2002) and
most 100-yard games in a career (eight).
Vick holds three of the five highest rushing seasons for a
quarterback. He gained 902 yards in 2004 and 777 yards in '02.
Douglass and Randall Cunningham, who had 942 yards in 1990, are
the only other QBs to run for 700 yards in a season.