No Punt


49ers Flashback: September 13, 1992
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
By: Jim Gehman

Steve Young passed for over 400 yards in three games during his 13 seasons with San Francisco. Twice, the 49ers won. The one time they didn’t was against Buffalo, falling to the Bills, 34-31.

Granted, the 49ers lost, but the 64,053 fans at Candlestick Park couldn’t have been too disappointed if they enjoyed watching an offensive showdown. The 49ers and the Bills combined for 1,086 yards, the fourth-highest total in league history. And they established their own NFL record, as well. For the first time, no punts were attempted by either team. "I do recall on the plane ride back home, walking back and telling Chris Mohr he wasn’t going to get a paycheck that week because he didn’t punt once in the game," laughed Buffalo’s head coach Marv Levy.

While Mohr and San Francisco’s punter Klaus Wilmsmeyer got an unexpected day off, Young and Bills quarterback Jim Kelly earned their paychecks. Young set a career high with 449 passing yards [later becoming his second all-time high], and Buffalo’s quarterback Jim Kelly threw for an NFL career-best 403 yards.

After a scoreless opening quarter, 49ers linebacker Tim Harris recovered a fumble by Kelly and handed the ball over to the offense. Young took advantage of the turnover and orchestrated a drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Odessa Turner. That started an offensive bonanza when the teams scored on eight straight possessions.

Ahead 17-13 with 11 seconds remaining in the first half, Young capped an 80-yard, seven-play drive with a 7-yard pass to John Taylor in the end zone. San Francisco led by 11 at the break. That lead, however, was short-lived. Following 53- and 24-yard touchdown passes from Kelly to tight end Pete Metzelaars, Buffalo was on top, 27-24.

San Francisco found paydirt for the final time in the game with six seconds left in the third quarter, when Young connected with Taylor again. A 54-yard touchdown pass play put the 49ers in front, 31-27. Then with seven minutes left on the clock and the same score, the Niners threatened with first-and-10 from Buffalo’s 39-yard line. That was when Young threw his only interception of the game. Trying to hit Mike Sherrard, who had six catches for a game-high 159 yards, the pass was picked off by Bills cornerback Nate Odomes. "I threw it behind him," said Young. "He was open. Throw enough balls and that’s the chance you take."

That missed chance led to Bills running back Thurman Thomas’ go-ahead 11-yard touchdown run. Buffalo led, 34-31.

However, the 49ers had a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime. Following Thomas’ touchdown, San Francisco started a drive from its own 20 with 2:51 remaining. On first down, Young threw a 21-yard strike to Sherrard. A pass to fullback Tom Rathman was worth 11 more yards. Then two incomplete passes set the stage for 49ers kicker Mike Cofer, who had missed a 33-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter.

Cofer’s attempt to redeem himself from 47 yards with 54 seconds left was wide right. "It’s my job to go out there and perform, and it didn’t happen today," Cofer said. "I really don’t feel like anything went wrong, except for the end. I hit it well."

With the exception of the single interception, Young played very, very well. With Joe Montana on the sideline recovering from elbow surgery and a healthy Steve Bono standing beside him, Young refrained from looking over his shoulder and was in the early stages of what would be an incredible 49ers career. In fact, that season, he would be named as the consensus NFL Player of the Year.

"I’m maturing, I’m growing into this," said Young, who also rushed for 50 yards on seven carries. "I played pretty good quarterback today. We’re just going to have to play perfect games from now on. We’re fine, but we lost. There you have it."

What the 49ers also had, despite the loss, were the signs of a powerful offense. The rushing ability of Ricky Watters combined with the blocking and short-yardage pass-catching talents of Rathman, would prove to be an impressive partnership with San Francisco’s receivers, which included All-Pro Jerry Rice, who had left the game in the first half with a concussion.

"People are going to have to be very concerned about everything," Young said. "(Offensive coordinator) Mike Shanahan keeps attacking, and I appreciate that. That’s the way we’re going to play."

NFL史上唯一(で良かったんでしたっけ?)という、パントのなかったゲーム。当時のBuffaloはJim Kellyが率いるノーハドルで有名だったH-GUNで、San FranciscoはポストMontanaを堅固にすべくキャリアを積み重ね始めたSteve YoungがMike Shanahanと組んでいたのでした。

Jim Gehman,
12/21/2004 11:30 AM

Sept. 13, 1992: The only thing missing from this shootout between Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and 49ers quarterback Steve Young was a tumbleweed blowing across the 50 yard-line at Candlestick Park.

Kelly passed for an NFL career-high 403 yards and three touchdowns. While Young passed for a career-high 449 yards and three touchdowns. The teams combined for 1,086 yards of offense, the fourth-highest total in league history. Buffalo and San Francisco did, however, get into the NFL’s record book by playing in a game where for the first time, no punts were attempted by either team. Even with Chris Mohr’s unexpected day off, the Bills won, 34-31.

"It was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played in," said Kelly. "When you don’t punt, either team, and you rack up as many yards as we did and wind up winning the game, we were very fortunate and I had some good receivers. Andre (Reed) was a key. Of course, Kent Hull was a key and Thurman (Thomas) was a big key. But as far as the passing game, Andre was my man. He was the guy that I knew to go to in certain situations. I knew that he was the guy that not many defensive guys could handle one-on-one on the inside. He was my go-to man, without a doubt!"

While Reed, with a game-high 10 receptions for 144 yards, was Kelly’s ‘go-to’ man, undoubtedly, ‘go-to’ man No. 2 against the 49ers was veteran tight end Pete Metzelaars. During the previous two seasons, he totaled 114 receiving yards. Against San Francisco, he had 113 yards on four catches, and scored two touchdowns.

Early in the third quarter, trailing 24-13, Metzelaars found paydirt for the first time on a 53-yard pass play.

"It was one of our a real basic, real standard plays that we ran six or seven times a game," Metzelaars said. "My part in that play was to just run as fast as I could, which wasn’t real fast, but I guess it was good enough, and get out of the way. For some reason, actually, twice in that game, Jim said, ‘Hey Pete, just be ready.’ And he said that in the huddle right before that play. So I released and got down the field a little bit, looked around, and there was the ball. I caught it and made the free safety miss, or he just missed, and got to the end zone. Barely"

"I remember that one. Rumblin’, bumblin’, stumblin’ Pete Metzelaars," laughed Kelly. "Pete was a guy that if I was ever in trouble, I knew I could look for that big ol’ frame and he was going to be there. He ran the best routes probably of anybody on the team. Not much as far as run after catch, but Pete was one of those guys who was Mr. Reliable. A great blocking tight end. I knew where he was going to be. We were on the same page every single play."

Later in the quarter, the Bills evidently hadn’t turn the page in their play book, because they called the same play and had the same result. Just a little shorter. This was for 24 yards and put Buffalo on top, 27-24.

"It was the same pattern," confirmed Metzelaars. "I don’t know that Jim said to be ready, but it was one where I was clearing down the field and he got some pressure and started scrambling. I just broke it off to the right and there was nobody there and he threw me the ball for another touchdown."

Buffalo’s fourth and final touchdown was Thomas’ second of the game, an 11-yard game-winning run late in the fourth quarter that capped a 72-yard drive.

"It was a ping-pong match, a tennis match, whatever you want to call it," Metzelaars said. "It was just back-and-forth. They’d go down and score, then we’d go down and score. It was an incredible game. Fun to play in as an offense because you’re going up and down and back and forth."

Says Bills head coach Marv Levy. "It was an outstanding performance. Two great quarterbacks on the field. I think Jerry Rice exited the game early with an injury, but they still had great receivers. And so did we. But to single out one performance by Jim is pretty hard. He had a lot of them. We saw Kelly against Elway. I don’t know if the statistics bear it out, but we had a few Kelly vs. Marino that seemed to light up the scoreboard."

ちなみに先程のが49ersのHPで、こちらがBillsのHPのモノですw この2チームが対戦する限り、常にフラッシュバック扱いになるゲームです。
by bufbills | 2005-01-03 04:21 | Bills | Comments(1)
Commented by bufbills at 2005-01-03 04:20
プレイオフを含めると、去年のIndy@KCもNo punt gameでした。
Posted by ハァ坊 at 2004年12月23日 22:47

Indyは後半に突き放すケースが増えていますよね。ディフェンスが進まれてもビッグプレイを決めるのが特徴ですかね。ともかく今週のSan Diego戦が楽しみです。記録も懸かっていますし。

Posted by bufbills at 2004年12月25日 02:17
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