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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 10, 1994 - 11

Patriots win streak ends at three


San Francisco quarterback Steve Young's deflected pass is dropped by Lions linebacker Broderick Thomas.
*49ers U V dig unans etr
Lions' special teams let down for second straight week

PONTIAC (AP)-It's been really
tough on William Floyd, waiting for a
chance to play. So when the San Fran-
cisco 49ers gave him a chance, he
made it pay off.
Still, they continued to treathim
like the rookie he is.
Floyd scored his first two NFL
touchdowns, caught several passes and
provided Steve Young with enough
protection to overcome a 14-0 deficit
and guide the 49ers to a 27-21 victory
over the Detroit Lions.
Yet he was scolded by coach George
Seifert aftereach of his finger-pointing
touchdown celebrations Sunday.
"I can't play without being excited,
and that's exactly the same thing I
would do at Candlestick," Floyd said.
"I'm arookie, so they won't let me talk
in the huddle yet."
Young, who was sacked 15 times in
the first five games, was sacked just
twice by the Lions (2-4), who lost their
third straight game. The 49ers (4-2),
rebounding from last week's40-8 loss
to Philadelphia, won their fifth in arow
against the Lions, including a 55-17
drubbing last year.
"Nothing is easy for us right now,
but we're hanging in there," Young
said. "It's not easy being down 14-0 on
the road, but we've got some guys on
the team who have been around a long
time. We knew that we didn't need to
scream and panic. We just had to get
Floyd, starting at fullback ahead of
Marc Logan, carried eight times for 35
yards, including two one-yard scores.
Healsocaught fivepasses for43 yards.
Floyd also helped out as a blocking
back as Young, instead of trying to

throwdownfield, workedon quick, short
passes that didn't require as much time
to set up. As a result, he completed 19-
of-25 for 152 yards, including a five-
yard touchdown toss to Nate Singleton.
"Taking away the deep ball is their
game," Young said. "We had the short
stuff and they gave us runs up the middle,
which William took advantage of."
Ricky Watters had 44 yards on 16
carries, including a 4-yard touchdown,
and Jerry Rice caught five passes for 36
The Lions, wearing the throwback
uniforms they wore for a Monday night
victory in Dallas three weeks ago,
scored on their first two possessions.
At that point, it looked like they might
control the49ers the way Philadelphia
did a week earlier at Candlestick Park.
But mistakes by Detroit's special
teams, which cost the Lions 14 points a
week earlier at Tampa Bay, opened the
door for San Francisco and the 49ers
struck for two quick touchdowns for a
14-14 tie at halftime.
The Lions werepenalized 12 times
for 101 yards. Five of the penalties
were against their special teams.
"We got a lot of our penalties on the
kicking game, and that's something I
have to look into," Lions coach Wayne
Fontes said. "It's easy to blame the
coach (Steve Kazor). We lose and I get
blamed. Ijust want to take a look at the
personnel and see if it is the same guys
making the penalties."
Scott Mitchell, who hit on 18-of-27
for 246 yards, completed his first six
passes. He was 3-of-3 for 58 yards,
including a 33-yard scoring toss to
Brett Perriman in the Lions' first drive.
Mitchell hit 3-of-3 for 36 yards in

the second drive which ended in a nine-
yard TD scamper by Barry Sanders,
the NFL's leading rusher.
Sanders, who carried 22 times for
95 yards, bobbed and weaved his way
along the line, then turned up at the
sideline to the end zone.
Then the Lions began making mis-
After an offsides penalty on the
kickoff, Dexter Carter returned the next
one 35 yards to the 49ers' 37. On the
first snap, Lions cornerback Ryan
McNeil wrapped up Rice for apenalty,
moving the ball up to the Lions' 42.
Young promptly hit Floyd for 15
yards and Brent Jones for 20. Two plays
later Floyd crashed into the end zone
with 9:14 left in the second quarter.
Detroit stalled and tried to punt, but
drew penalties for a false start and an
ineligible man downfield. Eventually,
the 49ers got the ball and helped by a
pass interference call, moved in for
Waters' tying touchdown.
On the first play of the third quarter,
Merton Hanks--who also had a fumble
recovery -intercepted Mitchell's pass
for Herman Moore and returned it 38
yards to theDetroit7. Three plays later,
Floyd put the49ers ahead, 21-14, with
his second touchdown.
Jason Hanson's 42-yard field goal
late in the quarter was nullified by a
holding call. His next try from 52 yards
out hit the left upright.
Singleton's catch made it, 27-14,
with 9:02 left in the fourth quarter.
Mitchell's scoring toss to Moore with
3:26 left cut the deficit to six points.
But the Lions were forced to use
their final timeout with 2:54 remaining
and the 49ers ran out the clock. j

Associated Press
New England rookie quarterback
Drew Bledsoe picked up plenty of
passing yards again yesterday. Un-
fortunately for the Patriots, three of
his throws were caught by Raiders
cornerback Terry McDaniel.
One was returned for a touchdown
and another setup the deciding score as
Los Angeles stopped New England's
three-game winning streak, 21-17.
McDaniel returned his first inter-
ception 14 yards for a touchdown that
gave theRaiders (2-3) a7-3 lead. Itwas
his second interception return for a
score this season.
His second interception Sunday
began the drive that ended with Jeff
Hostetler's three-yard run on a quarter-
backdraw. Thatmade the score, 21-17,
with 9:34 left in the third quarter.
Bledsoe began theday as theNFL's
passing yardage leader. And he threw
for more than 300 yards for the fifth
time in six games this year, completing
23-of-55 for 321 yards and two touch-
downs. But the Patriots (3-3) have lost
three of those games.
Bears 17, Saints 7
At Chicago, Steve Walsh played
his third straight game in place of the
injured Erik Kramer and remained un-
beaten as Chicago's starting quarter-
Walsh directed two long second-
half scoring drives, completing 16 of
26 passes for 174 yards. Lewis Tillman
rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown
for the Bears (4-2).
The Saints (2-4), who play their
home games in the Superdome, had
trouble finding their footing on the
torn-up turf at Soldier Field.
Packers 24, Rams 17
At Green Bay, Wis., Reggie White
and the rest of the Packers defense
held Jerome Bettis, the NFL's No. 2
rusher, to 65 yards rushing on 22
carries as Green Bay (3-3) came from
behind to win.
The Rams (2-4) led, 17-3, at half-
time before Green Bay scored 21
straight points in the second half.
White, the all-time NFL leader with
142 sacks in 143 career games, had two
sacks, including one that forced a
fumble by Rams quarterback Chris
Miller late in the game.
Bills 21, Dolphins 11
At Orchard Park, N.Y., Thurman
Thomas ran for two touchdowns as
Buffalo (4-2) moved into a first-place
tie with the Dolphins (4-2) in the AFC
Thomas, who sat out last week with

a sprained knee so he would be ready
for the Dolphins, ran 31 times for 125
yards - his fourth consecutive game
with more than 100 rushing yards.
Dan Marino was 20 of 43 for 212
yards and overthrew his receivers sev-
eral times on key plays.
Jets 16, Colts 6
At East Rutherford, N.J., New
York (3-3) snapped a five-year home
losing streak against Indianapolis (2-
4) in a game marked by fumbles,
penalties and interceptions.
Backup running back Adrian
Murrell keyed the decisive scoring
drive late in the final quarter with a
19-yard run, and Boomer Esiason hit
Johnny Mitchell with a one-yard touch-
down pass for the Jets' first touchdown
against the Colts in three years.
Nick Lowery kicked three field
goals, moving into second place on the
NFL career list with 336.
Falcons 34, Buccaneers 13
At Atlanta, Ironhead Craig Heyward
scored two touchdowns in his first start
of the season, and Vinnie Clark re-
turned interceptions 74 and 21 yards in
the Falcons' third straight win.
Jeff George threw two touchdowns
passes. Heyward rushed for 87 yards
and a pair of short touchdowns as At-
lanta (4-2) took a 24-0 lead late in the
first half.
Tampa Bay (2-4) failed again to
win two straight for the first time since
the firsttwo games of the 1991 season.
Chargers 20, Chiefs 6
The last time the San Diego Charg-
ers were this good, they were wearing
the same sky-blue jerseys they wore
With Natrone Means running for a
career-high 125 yards and one touch-
down on 19 carries, the Chargers re-

mained the NFL's only undefeated team
with a 20-6 victory over the Chiefs on
The Chiefs (3-2) have lost two
straight games for the first time since
Joe Montana moved over last season
from San Francisco.
San Diego (5-0) beat the Chiefs for
the first time in a regular-season game
this decade. The Chargers had been 0-
8 in regular-season games since sweep-
ing Kansas City in 1989. Their only
victory over the Chiefs was a 17-0
wild-card playoff win in 1992.
Broncos 16, Seahawks 9
John Elway scored on a short run
and Jason Elam kicked three field goals
as the Denver Broncos finally got their
first victory of the season by beating
the Seattle Seahawks, 16-9, Sunday.
It was a long time - nine months
and 21 days - between wins for the
Broncos (1-4), who broke a seven-
game losing streak over two seasons.
Denver's last victory came last Dec. 18
at Chicago.
Elway, Elam and the Broncos got
plenty of help from the Seahawks (3-
3), who went into the game as No. I in
the NFL with a plus-nine in the
takeaway-giveaway ratio.
The Seahawks lost three fumbles,
two by Michael Bates, and Rick
Mirer was intercepted twice. Three
of the five Seattle turnovers led to
13 of Denver's points. Steve
Atwater, Denver's four-time Pro
Bowl free safety, had an intercep-
tion and a fumble recovery.
The 34-year-old Elway scored on a
2-yard run with 43 seconds left in the
first half, his first touchdown run of the
season, the 23rd touchdown carry of
his 12-year NFL career and his 21 Ith
career score.


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