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8 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 13, 1993

Lions top Pats in overtime thriller
Hanson's fourfleld goals lead Detroit to victory, 19-16; lead Central

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FOXBORO, Mass. (AP)-The last
time the New England Patriots played
at home, they ended a horrible season
with an overtime loss to Miami. Then,
Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe arrived,
and the future brightened.
On Sunday, they lost their home
opener in overtime.
This time, the Detroit Lions over-
came a shaky offensive performance
andwon 19-16onJasonHanson'sfourth
field goal at 11:04 of the extra period.
They are 2-0 for the first time since
1985.
Parcells took little comfort from his
team's improvement over its season-
opening 38-14lossinBuffalotheprevi-
ous Sunday.
"There'snothing to show forit,"the
Patriots coach said. "Getting closer
doesn't count."
"We played at least as well as the
other team. It's a real heartbreak," said
Bledsoe, the toppickinthisyear'sdraft.
Bledsoe was the big name from
Washington State. But Hanson, his
former college teammate, delivered the
winning play.
Barry Sanders, the big star of
Detroit's offense, finished with 148
yards on 32 carries after gaining just 20
in the first half. But Rodney Peete's
passing was what drove the Lions to the
decisive field goal.

"When you step out there, you just
don'thave time to think," said Hanson,
asecond-rounddraftpicklastyear."You
have to relax and let a kick go. It hap-
pens so fast, you look up and see it sail
through."
Peete had thrown for just 131 yards
until the final series. He was 3-for-4 for
44 yards on the winning drive.
"Up until thatdrive we had been too
predictable," Peete said. "It had been
run, run, pass, punt.But I thought on the
last drive, we mixed it up real good."
Peete threw completions of 14 yards
toSanders, 13 to Herman Moore and 17
to Brett Perriman on the final drive. The
last pass gave Detroit a first down at the
New England 28-yard line.
Sanders then ran three times for 8
yards, setting up Hanson's kick.
Bledsoe marched the Patriots 77
yards in 3:12 to the tying touchdown -
a 2-yard pass to Vincent Brisby with 12
seconds leftin the fourth quarter. Bledsoe
completed9 of l2passes for61 yardson
the drive.
Until Brisby's touchdown sent the
game into overtime, the only touch-
down came just 11 seconds into the
game when Willie Clay returned Troy
Brown's fumble of the opening kickoff
15 yards. It was the earliest touchdown
ever against the Patriots. There are no
official NFL records for the quickest

touchdown.
Between those two scores, Hanson
had field goals of 22, 23 and 26 yards
while New England rookie kicker Scott
Sisson connected from 21, 26 and 32
yards. ButSisson's28-yardattemptwent
wide right with 12:16 left in the fourth
quarter.
"I would have betmy life on it," the
fifth-round draft choice said. "I wasjust
probably a little bit too relaxed. It was so
easy.
Bledsoe nearly put the Patriots in
position for his first NFL win when he
hooked up with Leonard Russell for a
38-yard completion to the Detroit 34 on
their second overtime series.
Two plays later, Russell barged up
the middle for 30 yards. Butguard Rich
Baldinger, a 13-year veteran signed last
week, was called for holding. After an
incompletion, the Patriots punted, and
Detroit began its winning drive at its
own 20.
"The biggest thing I told them was
to stay poised," Detroit coach Wayne
Fontes said. "We stayed focused and
won the game."
Peete completed 16of25 passes for
175 yardswhile Bledsoe was 28-for-49
for 239 yards.
The Lions trailed just9-7 athalftime
despite losing the ball on a fumble, an
unsuccessful fourth-down quarterback

sneak and an interception on their first
three possessions.
They held the ball for 7:38 on their
fourth series but had to punt. Detroit's
Kevin Scott was called for illegal use of
hands when the Patriots punted on the
next possession. That gave them a first
down and they marched to Sisson's
third field goal and a 9-7 lead 11 sec-
onds before intermission.
Eagles 20, Packers 17
Roger Ruzek kicked a 30-yard field
goal with 5 seconds to go as the Eagles,
White's old team, rallied with 13 fourth-
quarterpoints to beat White's new team,
the Green Bay Packers, 20-17. White
was involved in eight tackles, had two
sacks and forced two fumbles.
"It was emotional to play against
guys you worked your tail off for eight
years," the $17 million free agent said.
"It would have been more emotional if
we'd won."
Despite his big game, White could
not carry the Packers past the Eagles.
Visiting Philadelphia (2-0) tied it when
Randall Cunningham - twice stripped
of the ball by White in the first half -
eluded the stardefensive end on arollout
and hit Victor Bailey fora40-yard touch-
down with 4:14 left.
AfterGreen Bay(1-1)punted, Phila-
delphia used most of the clock before
Ruzek's game-winner.

AP PHOTO
New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe is stuffed by Detroit's Chris Spielman and
Marc Spindler during first quarter action of Sunday's 19-16 overtime Lion victory.
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