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B-8Pro football THE CINCINNATI I NQUIRER Monday. October 7, 1991 Pro football Motown miracle: Lions alone at top American Conference ning back Herschel Walker, who had a bruised left shoulder. Minnesota Detroit EAST Pel PF PA 1 000 162 115 .500 120 122 500 120 112 333 66 111 .000 43 134 CENTRAL .800 156 69 ,600 115 104 .400 72 69 .000 68 136 WEST 667 128 107 600 65 63 .500 91 108 .500 111 86 167 97 127 Mm - Min - Det-FG Mln - Min - Det-Clark Del - Nelson Jordan FG FG Det-Green Sanders Buffalo 5 Miami 3 NY- Jets 3 New England 2 Indianapolis 0 6 Houston 4 1 Pittsburgh 3 2 Cleveland 2 3 Cincinnati 0 5 Denver 4 2 Kansas City 3 2 L A. Raiders 3 3 Seattle 3 3 San Diego 1 5 7 1 3- 1 1 21-24 First Quarter II run (Reveiz kick!, 5:19. Second Quarter 2 pass from Gannon (Reveii kick), 3:5?. Murray 47, 15 00. Third Quarter Reveii 42, 12:10, Fourth Quarter Reveii 25, 6:22. 68 pass from Peete (Murray kick), 1: 10. 16 pass from Peefe (Murray kick), 10:38. 15 run (Murray kick), 14:24. Min 15 ...29-97 105 Det 25 27-124 276 A - 63,423. yard TD pass from Rodney Peete to Robert Clark, a 16-yard TD toss to Willie Green and Sanders' decisive touchdown. Peete completed 24 of 38 for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Sanders did the rest. "I was looking for a hole and the line gave me a good one," Sanders said. "I had a lane to the end zone, and the only guy I had to beat was Joey Browner. "I was very excited after I scored. I just don't show it very much." Even after a change at quarterback, the struggling Vikings (2-4) continue to search for answers. Rich Gannon, making his first start this year in place of Wade Wilson, completed 10 of 23 passes for 105 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Steve Jordan. The Vikings played without run possession of first place in the NFC Central when Chicago lost to Washington. It's the Lions' first time at the top since the end of the 1983 season. "The key to our offense is to get Barry going," Detroit coach Wayne Fontes said. "Once that happens, the defense has to stop him, and we can put the ball into Rodney Peete's hands and let him go." It was the fourth consecutive 100-yard game for Sanders. The only other player in Lions history with four consecutive 100-yard games was Billy Sims in 1983. "Any time you give the ball to Barry, you are hoping for a TD," Peete said. "But we just wanted to get into easy field goal range." The Vikings led, 20-3, with 8:38 left in the fourth quarter on the second field goal by Fuad Reveiz. But the Lions stormed back with a 68- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PONTIAC, Mich. The name of the game is "60 Minutes" when Barry Sanders is on the field. The Minnesota Vikings know that now. Sanders scored on a 15-yard run with 36 seconds remaining to cap a furious 21-point comeback in the final 6:50 as Detroit defeated the Vikings, 24-20, Sunday. He also caught nine passes for 76 yards. "You have to keep an eye on him all the time," Vikings coach Jerry Burns said. "But we did a good job on him up until the last few drives." Indeed, Sanders had gained only 46 yards through three quarters, but finished with 116 on 25 carries. "He's the best back in football right now and it's impossible to contain him for 60 minutes," Burns said. At 5-1, the Lions are off to their best start since 1980. They took sole First downs Rushes-yards Passing Dntnrn Varrit ....... National Conference 68 37 10-23-0 24-38-1 Away 2-0-0 1-3-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 0- 3-0 1- 1-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 0- 2-0 1- 2-0 1-1-0 0- 2-0 1- 3-0 1-3-0 AFC 3- 0-0 2-2-0 2-2-0 2- 3-0 0-5-0 4- 1-0 3- 1-0 2- 1-0 0- 4-0 3- 2-0 2-1-0 2- 2-0 3- 2-0 1- 3-0 NFC 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0- 1-0 1- 0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 Div 2-0-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0- 2-0 1- 0-0 0- 0-0 1- 0-0 0- 2-0 2- 1-0 2-0-0 1- 1-0 0- 2-0 1- 2-0 Home Away 3-0-0 3-0-0 AFC 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1- 0-0 2- 0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 NFC 5-0-0 3-2-0 2-3-0 2-3-0 2- 3-0 3- 1-0 3-1-0 2-3-0 1-4-0 1-3-0 Div 3-0-0 2- 2-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 1- 3-0 3- 0-0 2- 0-0 0- 2-0 1- 1-0 0-3-0 2- 0-0 0-1-0 0- 2-0 1- 0-0 1-2-0 3- 1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 4- 0-0 3-1-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 3-0-0 0- 2-0 2-2-0 2-2-0 1- 1-0 1-1-0 1-3-0 0-3-0 0-3-0 106 115 113 3-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 0-2-0 1- 1-0 1-2-0 0-0-0 2-3-0 2- 0-0 0-3-0 1-10 1-2-0 Home 300 2-0-0 2- 1-0 1- 2-0 0- 3-0 3- 0-0 2- 0-0 1- 2-0 0-3-0 3- 0-0 2- 1-0 3- 1-0 2-0-0 0-2-0 rnmn.Att.lnt EAST Pet PF PA 1 000 189 65 .667 115 113 .500 95 93 .500 90 80 .500 92 105 CENTRAL 833 128 119 .667 97 111 Sacked-Yards Lost M 3-5 Punts M' S-M Fumbles-Lost ' ' 0-0 Penalties-Yards " '-'5 Time of Possession 28:23 31:37 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Minnesota, Allen 15-4), Nelson 7-30, Fenney 5-16, Anderson 1-6, A.Carfer 1-4, Detroit, Sanders 25-116, Peete 2-8. PASSING-Minnesota, Gannon 10-23-0-105. Detroit, Peete 24-38-1-281 RECEIVING-Minnesota, Jordan 4-44, Jones 2-24, C.Carter 219, Nelson 1-13, A Carter 1-5 Detroit, Sanders 9-76, Green 7-73, Perriman 3-21, Clark 2-83, Farr 2-24, Fortin 1-4. W L Washington 6 0 Dallas 4 2 N Y. Giants 3 3 Philadelphia 3 3 Phoenix 3 3 Detroit 5 1 Chicago 4 2 Minnesota 2 4 Green Bay 1 5 Tampa Bay 1 5 .333 .167 .167 69 83 73 WEST 1 000 121 47 400 62 88 .400 73 109 .400 95 69 New Orleans 5 Atlanta 2 L.A. Rams 2 San Francisco 2 Seattle 13. Cincinnati 7 Miami 20. New England 10 N Y, Jets 17, Cleveland 14 Dallas 20. Green Bay 17 N Y. Giants 20, Phoenix 9 Pittsburgh 21, Indianapolis 3 SUNDAY'S GAMES Houston 42, Denver 14 Detroit 24. Minnesota 20 Tampa Bay 14, Philadelphia 13 Washington 20, Chicago 7 San Diego 21, L.A. Raiders 13 Chargers stun Raiders, 21-13 MONDAY, SEPT. 30 Buffalo at Kansas City, 9 p.m. OPEN DATE: Atlanta. Los Angeles flams. New Orleans, San Francisco SUNDAY, OCT. 13 Cincinnati at Dallas. 1 p.m. Cleveland at Washington. 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Buffalo. 1 p.m. San Francisco at Atlanta. 1 p m. New Orleans at Philadelphia. 1 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota. 1 p.m. San Diego at L.A. Rams. 4 p m. Miami at Kansas City. 4 pm. Houston at N Y. Jets. 4 pm. L A Raiders at Seattle. 7 30 p m. MONDAY, OCT. 14 New York Giants at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. OPEN DATE: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay. New England. Tampa Bay. fnt Showboats CHRIS CHANDLER and JOHN FRIESZ: The two quarterbacks led Tampa Bay and San Diego, respectively, J l i to their first victories of the season. Chandler threw two short touchdown passes in the fourth quarter (the first time the Bucs had scored two TDs in a quarter in 18 games) to lead Tampa Bay back from a 13-0 deficit to a 14-13 win. Friesz, who was only 12 of 22 for 118 yards and a touchdown, should get some credit for the Chargers' first win in nine games for the simple fact that he didn't make any mistakes to allow the Raiders to get back into the game. l if V :' " The Associated Press Philadelphia's Keith Byars pulls in a pass as Tampa Bay's Jesse Solomon closes in. Bucs snap losing skid Eagles victimized by their inept offense Chris Chandler HENRY ROLLING: San Diego's real hero, the linebacker returned a fumble 53 yards to set up a fourth-quarter TD, then intercepted a pass later in the period that sealed the Chargers' win. CRIS DISHMAN and BUBBA McDOWELL: The Oilers' high-powered offense usually gets the headlines, but FJ7 3 if Philadelphia . ..0 0 .0 0 13 0-13 0 M-14 Tampa Bay M Third Quarter Phi FG Ruzek 18, 8 26. Phl-FG Ru;ek 45, 10:40. Phi Joyner fumble recovery in end zone IRuiek kick), 14:02. Fourth Quarter TB-Wilson 8 pass from Chandler (Christie kick), 10:41. TB-HW 5 pass from Chandler (Christie kick), 13:51. A 41,219. Sunday the defensive backfield tandem of Dishman and McDowell set the tempo. Dishman, heretofore known as the NFL's mouthiest player, backed up some of his bravado with a 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown and set up another score with a 43-yard interception return. McDowell had nine tackles, two assists and a sack, then put on his special-teams hat to recover a blocked punt in the end zone for a TD and block a field goal attempt. Phi TB First downs 12 12 Rushes-yards 41-117 22-60 Passing .... 54 133 Return Yards 64 48 Comp-Att-Int 9-20-2 12-29-3 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-8 3-24 Punts 6 41 5-40 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 5-3 Penalties-Yards 10-97 4-39 Time of Possession 38:48 21:12 7 v A tlftl ' Mark Rypien, who had thrown a 26-yard touchdown pass to Art Monk in the second quarter, hit Monk with a 5-yard clinching score with 6:20 left after Fred Stokes had intercepted Jim Harbaugh's pass. Kurt Gouveia's interception then set up Chip Loh-miller's 23-yard field goal with 4:26 to go and the Redskins rode off with the victory as the Bears fell to 4-2 with a second straight loss. Washington 0 M 0 W-20 Chicago . -.0 0 7 0-7 Second Quarter Was-FG Lohmiller 47, 4:35. Was-Monk 26 pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick), 13:07. Third Quarter Chl-Anderson I run (Butler kick), 13:18. Fourth Quarter Was-Monk 5 pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick), 8:40. Was-FG Lohmiller 23, 10:34. A-64,941. Was Chi First downs 12 19 Rushes-yards 26-75 28-120 Passing 168 199 Return Yards 71 21 Comp-Att-Int 18-31-1 17-41-3 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 1-7 Punts ... 5-44 5-41 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards 9 60 6-32 Time of Possession 27 37 32:23 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Washington, Byner 21-63, Monk 1-S, Riggs 2-4, Sanders 1-2, Rypien 1-1. Chicago, Anderson 18-73, Harbaugh 7-36, M.Green 1-6, Lewis 1-5, Rouse 1-0. PASSING-Washlngton. Rypien 18-31-1-168. Chicago, Harbaugh 17-41-3-206. RECEIVING-Washington, Monk 649, Clark 5-44, Sanders 4-38, Byner 3-17. Chicago, Morris 5-106, Rouse 4-28, Davis 3-29, Anderson 2-15, Waddle 2-15, Thornton 1-13. MISSED FIELD GOALS-W , Lohmiller 54. seconds, capping it with a 13-yard pass to Sterling Sharpe with 3:46 to go. Nursing the 20-17 lead, the Cowboys were able to run out the clock, thanks to a 10-yard pass to Novacek and an 8-yarder to Kelvin Martin, both for first downs. Aikman completed 31 of 41 for 287 yards, while Smith finished with 122 a rushing on 32 carries. Dallas 0 M 3 3-20 Green Bay 0 3 7 7-17 Second Quarter Dal-Horton 65 Interception return (Willis kick), 13:06. Dal-Novacek 13 pass from Aikman (Willis kick), 14:19. GB-FG Jacke 42, 15:00. Third Quarter GB-Wilson 82 kickoff return (Jacke kick), :14. Dal-FG Willis 23, 13:54. Fourth Quarter Dal-FG Willis 39, 9:50. GB-Sharpe 13 pass from Kiel (Jacke kick), 'i S& 'seas ra Cris Dishman BARRY SANDERS: How else can you explain the fact that the Lions are 5-1? After Detroit pulled to within three points of Minnesota in the fourth quarter, Sanders took over on the winning drive. He caught a pass for 11 yards and ran five times for 38 more, including the winning TD on a 15-yarder. Through six weeks, the MVP race is between two Oklahoma State products, Sanders and Thurman Thomas of Buffalo. Goats THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES Henry Rolling returned a fumble 53 yards to set up a San Diego touchdown early in the fourth quarter and later intercepted a pass as the Chargers upset the Los Angeles Raiders, 21-13, Sunday for their first victory this season. With the Chargers leading, 14-13, Joe Phillips hit Roger Craig, forcing a fumble. Rolling picked up the ball at the San Diego 34-yard line and took off. He finally was run out of bounds by Jay Schroeder at the Los Angeles 13-yard line. Four plays later, John Friesz threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Marion Butts. The Raiders then moved into San Diego territory, but Rolling intercepted a pass by Schroeder after it bounced out of Mervyn Fernandez's hands. The Chargers then ate up 5:04 before punting. When the Raiders got the ball at their 1-yard line after a 32-yard punt by John Kidd with a little more than three minutes remaining, they had only one timeout left. The Chargers got the ball back on an interception by Gill Byrd at the Los Angeles 29 and ran out the clock. San Diego . .0 14 0 7-21 3 7 3 0-13 L.A. Raiders . First Quarter LA-FG Jaeger 39, 10:21. Second Quarter SD-Bernstlne 4 run (Carney kick), 4:21. LA-Horton II pass from Schroeder (Jaeger kick), 7:01. SD-Butls 1 run (Carney kick), 14:58. Third Quarter LA-FG Jaeger 34, 6:09. Fourth Quarter SO-Butts 2 pass from Friesi (Carney kick), 3:07. A-42,787. SO LA First downs 17 16 Rushes-yards 36-158 22-99 Passing loo 178 Return Yards 34 8 Comp-Att-Int 12-22-0 15-23-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-IB 1-6 Punts 5 39 2-44 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 7-81 7-65 Time of Possession 32:5 1 27:09 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING San Diego, Bernstine 19-66, Butts 11-51, Harmon 5-30, Friesi 1-11. Los Angeles, Craig 7-39. S.Smith 5-31, N.Bell 8-26, Schroeder 2-3. PASSING-San Diego, Fries: 12-22-0-118. Los Angeles, Schroeder 15-23-2-184, RECEIVING San Diego, Harmon 3-48, Mc-Ewen 2-18, Bernstine 2-13, Butts 2-10, Hendrickson 1-13, Cox 1-10, Taylor 1-6. Los Angeles, Fernandei 4-43, T Brown 4-41, Horton 3-42, Gault 1-24, Grad-dy 1-22, S.Smith 1-6, Craig 1-6. Dolphins 20, Patriots 10, at Foxboro, Mass. There was nothing wrong with Dan Marino that the NFL's worst pass defense PASSING-Dalas, Aikman 31-41-0-287. Green Bay, Kiel 18-35-2-212. R ECEIVING Dallas, Novacek 11-121, Smith 7-21, trvin 549, Johnston 4-47, Await 1-9, Martin 1-8, Wright 1-7, Agee 1-5. Green Bay, Workman 6-53, Sharpe 4-65, Weathers 3-39, Woodside 2-8, Kemp 1-35, Wilson 1-8, Harris 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS-Dallas, Willis 40. Giants 20, Cardinals 9, at East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Giants got a career best 137-yard rushing effort from Rodney Hampton and another near-perfect performance from quarterback Jeff Hostetler as New York beat Phoenix. Hampton rushed for 101 yards in the first half alone. He scored the opening touchdown on a 12-yard run, capping an 80-yard drive that featured consecutive completions by Hostetler of 22 yards to Stephen Baker and 30 to Howard Cross. Hampton, whose previous best was a 105-yard game against Buffalo last season, also got a second 80-yard scoring drive going on the next series with a 37-yard run on the opening play. Hostetler capped it with a 7-yard scoring toss to a wide-open BRAD GOEBEL: Actually the Eagles' quarterback should be joined by the entire organization, but since quarterbacks get credit for winning, they have to take the blame for losing, too. The free-agent from Baylor, playing because of injuries to Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon, and the fact that Pat Ryan isn't any good, completed 9 of 20 passes for a grand total of 62 yards. couldn't fix. Marino, who threw one touchdown pass in his previous three games, threw twe in one minute late in the second quarter as Miami came from behind to beat New England. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 321 yards, becoming the third quarterback in six games to throw for more than 300 yards against the Patriots. New England capitalized on Jerome Henderson's 40-yard punt return to the Miami 28-yard line and scored on John Stephens' 1-yard run on its first possession. But the Patriots offense struggled the rest of the half, getting no farther than the 50-yard line and punting on their next six possessions. Marino went to work in the second quarter, throwing for 1 1 first downs. He completed three passes for 58 yards to set up Pete Stoyanovich's 47-yard field goal with 4:01 left in the second quarter. After a punt, the Dolphins got the ball back with 1:50 remaining. Marino threw an incompletion. He then passed 12 yards to Aaron Craver, 34 to Mark Duper and 24 for a touchdown to Mark Clayton. Miami 0 17 0 3-20 New England .......7 0 0 3-10 First Quarter NE-Stephens 1 run (Staurovsky kick), 6:05. Second Quarter Mia-FG Stoyanovich 47, 10:59. Mia-Oayton 24 pass from Marino (Stoyanovich kick), 13:38. Mia Jensen 5 pass from Marino (Stoyanovich kick), 14:38. Fourth Quarter Mia-FG Stoyanovich 25, 1:20. NE-FG Staurovsky 37, 5:33. A 55,075. Mia NE First downs 19 14 Rushes-yards 24-56 24-55 Passing 314 140 Return Yards 29 45 Comp-Att-Int 25-38-0 17-31-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-7 6-51 Punts 5 38 8-36 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0 Penalties-Yards 6 40 2-24 Time of Possession 29 50 30:10 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Miami, Higgs 17-48, S.Smith 2-5, Craver 2-2, Marino 3-1. New England, Stephens 12-20, Allen 3-11, Vaughn 4-9, Hunter 1-9, Russell 2-4 Millen 2-2. PASSING Miami, Marino 25-38-0-321. New England, Millen 17-31-2-191. RECEIVING Miami, Clayton 6-87, Martin 5-44, Baty 4-89, Higgs 4-28, Duper 3-56, Craver 2-12, Jensen 1-5. New England, Cook 6-46, Fryar 4-45, McMurtry 3-47, Hunter 1-13, Tlmpson 1-27, Stephens 1-10, Vaughn 1-3. MISSED FIELD GOALS Miami, Stoyanovich 58. Zeke Mowatt. That gave New York a 14-3 lead and Phoenix, which moved the ball well between the 20s, never got closer than 17-9. Hostetler completed 14 of 18 passes for 200 and did not throw an interception. Phnl 3 0 6 0-9 N.V. Giants. M 3 0 3-M First Quarter NYG-Hampton 12 run (Bahr kick), 4:10. Pho-FG Davis 52. 8:40. NYG Mowatt 7 pass from Hostetler (Bahr kick), 14:08. Second Quarter NYG-FG Bahr 42, 10:41. Third Quarter Pho-FG Davis 40, 3:28. Pho-FG Davis 29, 12:51. Fourth Quarter NYG-FG Bahr 27, 4:20. A 75,891. Pho NYG First downs 21 19 Rushes-yards .... 19-93 36-168 Passing 214 200 Return Yards 2 34 Comp-Att-Int 23-40-2 14-18-0 Sacked-Yards Lost ... ..2-16 04 Punls FumWes-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession . ...1-37 2-0 Me 26:51 2 3-1 7-55 33:09 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Phoenix, J Johnson 14-73, Thompson 5-20. New York, Hampton 22-137, Tinman 6-14, Meggett 2-13, Certhon 2-7, Hostetler 4-(rmnus 3). PASSINO-PhoenlK, Tupa 23-40-2-230. New York, Hostetler 14-18-0-200. RECEIVINO-Phoenlx, Hill 6-65, ProeN 6-54, Jones 5-65, J.Johnson 5-32, Thompson 1-14, New York, Hampton 4-45, Turner 3-46, Ingram 3-35, Cross 1-30, Baker 1-22, Meggeft 1-15, Mowatt 1-7. MISSED FIELD GOALS Phoenix, Davis 41. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Philadelphia, Sherman 35-89, Byars 2-11, Feagles 2-(minus I), K.Jackson 1-18, Drummond 1-0. Tampa Bay, Cobb 10-50, Wilson 5-11, G Anderson 2-6, Chandler 3-(minus 3), Testaverde 2-(minus 4). PASSING-Philadelphia, Goebel 9-20-2-62. Tampa Bay, Testaverde 5-18-1-52, Chandler 7-11-2-105. RECEIVING-Philadelphia, Byars 3-15, Kei Jackson 2-29, Ken.Jackson 2-14, Sherman 2 4 Tampa Bay, Dawsey 3-50, Halt 2-15, J.Anderson 1-34, Carrier 1-22, Cobb 1-12, Wilson 1-8, G.Anderson 1-6, Drewrey 1-5, Hill 1-5. MISSED FIELD GOALS Tampa Bay, Christie 32. Redskins 20, Bears 7, at Chicago Mike Ditka called it "the litmus test" and the undefeated Washington Redskins made sure the Chicago Bears failed. The Redskins moved their record to 6-0 Sunday by turning a pair of interceptions into fourth quarter scores for a 20-7 victory over Ditka's Bears. Quotes "We gave them this one on a silver platter. We've got too many pansies on this team." Defensive tackle Jerome Brown, after Philadelphia blew a 13-point lead to give Tampa Bay its first victory. "I've been playing football since I was 9 years old, and I've never been associated with a loss this bad." Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner after the same game. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA, Fla. Perhaps Philadelphia's pitiful offense was responsible, or maybe even the self-described voodoo priest who claimed to break a curse over Tampa Stadium. Whatever the reason, the Buccaneers ended a seven-game losing streak Sunday with a sloppy 14-13 victory over the Eagles. Philadelphia held Tampa Bay to 83 yards total offense before giving up two touchdown passes to Chris Chandler in the fourth quarter. Chandler came off the bench to replace an ineffective Vin-ny Testaverde and threw an 8-yarder to Robert Wilson for a TD after Broderick Thomas smothered punter Jeff Feagles inside the Philadelphia 10-yard line. Tampa Bay's defense uncharacteristically stopped an opponent at crunch time to get the ball back with 2:24 to go. Then Chandler did his part to finish the come-from-behind victory. The Bucs, who had six turnovers, marched 54 yards in six plays to go ahead on Bruce Hill's 5-yard reception with 1:09 remaining. Cowboys THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MILWAUKEE Instant offense propelled Dallas to a 20-17 victory over Green Bay on Sunday, giving the Cowboys their best start in five years. Dallas' defense played a big part in two touchdowns in a 73-second span and the passing combination of Troy Aikman and Jay Novacek doomed the Packers (1-5). Novacek caught 11 passes for 121 yards as the Cowboys improved to 4-2. Two interceptions gave the Cowboys a quick two-touchdown lead late in the first half. Ray Horton's 65-yard interception return for a touchdown and Aikman's 13-yard TD pass to Novacek 73 seconds later after another interception by Issiac Holt gave Dallas a 14-0 lead with 41 seconds left in the half. The Packers got a 42-yard field goal by Chris Jacke on the last play of the half, then stunned the Cowboys when Notes use defense to down Green, 20-17 Joe Montana, the 49ers' injured quarterback, ruled out playing next week against Atlanta after feeling pain in his elbow while throwing 30-yard passes in practice. "When he threw short, there wasn't any more pain," San Francisco coach George Seifert said. "When he threw longer, there was pain and he stopped throwing." BILLS vs. CHIEFS at Kansas City, Mo. Whether he's at full strength or not, the sight of Bruce Smith makes Buffalo coach Marv Levy feel better about tonight's game against Kansas City (9 p.m., Channels 12 and 2). "I always feel that a great player on the field makes the other players better because he forces things to happen," Levy said of his All-Pro defensive end. Smith sat out the first four games after knee surgery and his return probably could not have come at a better time for the Bills (5-0). With Smith and nose tackle Jeff Wright out with injuries, the defense has given up 137 yards a game rushing. And running is the one thing the Chiefs (3-2) have been doing well. Smith did not have a tackle in his first aame back last week. But in beat Charles Wilson returned the second-half kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-10. Green Bay was on the move for a go-ahead score with a first down at the Cowboys 14 after a 35-yard pass from Blair Kiel, starting in place of the injured Don Maj-kowski, to Perry Kemp, and a personal foul on Holt. But Kiel was sacked twice, the second time on a vicious hit by Jim Jeffcoat that jarred the ball loose. Tony Tolbert recovered for the Cowboys at the Dallas 29. Aikman's 26-yard pass to Novacek took the Cowboys to the Packers' 13. But Green Bay's defense stopped Em-mitt Smith on third-and-one at the 4 and Dallas settled for a 23-yard field goal by Ken Willis to make it 17-10.. Willis hit again in the fourth quarter from 39 yards to put Dallas ahead by 10. Kiel completed seven passes in an 84-yard drive that consumed 1 minute, 24 L A-53,695. Dal GB First downs 25 15 Rushes-yards 35 124 14-60 Passing 287 199 Return Yards 65 1 Comp-Aff ml 31 414 18-35-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 2-13 Punts ... 3 37 5-37 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 4-34 7-54 Time of Possession 40:52 19:08 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS ing previously unbeaten Chicago, Bruce Smith 35-20, Buffalo held the Bears to 84 rushing yards. The Bills expect the Chiefs to run. Behind Christian Okoye and Barry Word, Kansas City's rushing game has averaged a respectable 110 yards. First-round draft choice Harvey Williams, more of a home run threat than Word or Okoye, has also shown signs of ripening into a dangerous runner. "With Okoye and Word and the young guy they've got back there (Williams), it'll be a long day if we don't contain their running game," Smith said. "I think they've got the strongest running game in the league." RUSHING-Dallas, Smith 32-122, Aikman 2-1, Johnston 1-1, Green Bay, Workman 6-22, Kiel 2-17, Rice 4-11, Woodside 2-10 V b i

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