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1989 Detroit Lions

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1989 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.5, Offense: -1.7, Defense: -1.8, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 312 points (19.5/g), 19th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 364 points (22.8/g), 19th.
 Differential of -52 points (-3.2/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-9.4.

Coach: Wayne Fontes (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mouse Davis
 Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan)

Team Info

Principal Owner/Chairman William Clay Ford Sr.
General Manager Chuck Schmidt
Offensive Scheme Run-and-Shoot
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 312 4992 928 5.4 48 24 18 274 229 450 2939 11 24 5.8 139 421 2053 23 4.9 117
Team Defense 364 5537 1064 5.2 32 16 27 314 370 570 3916 19 16 6.4 189 454 1621 18 3.6 98
Lg Rank Offense 19 18 28 28 21 24 26 27 21 17 20 8 1 1
Lg Rank Defense 19 18 21 9 18 26 27 11 21 19 12 8 22 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 10 boxscore L 0-1 Phoenix Cardinals 13 16 13 258 99 159 1 19 329 264 65 1
2 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-2 @ New York Giants 14 24 19 410 315 95 5 21 345 216 129 1
3 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-3 Chicago Bears 27 47 20 305 107 198 5 23 542 323 219
4 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 23 13 240 222 18 4 20 315 213 102
5 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-5 @ Minnesota Vikings 17 24 20 237 84 153 4 14 229 138 91 3
6 Sun October 15 boxscore W 1-5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 16 20 376 237 139 4 14 191 103 88 1
7 Sun October 22 boxscore L 1-6 Minnesota Vikings 7 20 21 282 198 84 5 13 264 147 117 1
8 Sun October 29 boxscore L OT 1-7 @ Green Bay Packers 20 23 21 402 192 210 2 24 421 345 76 2
9 Sun November 5 boxscore L 1-8 @ Houston Oilers 31 35 19 351 257 94 2 30 455 345 110 4
10 Sun November 12 boxscore W 2-8 Green Bay Packers 31 22 8 128 54 74 2 30 432 328 104 4
11 Sun November 19 boxscore L 2-9 @ Cincinnati Bengals 7 42 10 278 156 122 5 27 546 447 99 3
12 Thu November 23 boxscore W 3-9 Cleveland Browns 13 10 15 271 125 146 1 14 359 289 70 2
13 Sun December 3 boxscore W 4-9 New Orleans Saints 21 14 17 401 316 85 2 11 169 99 70 2
14 Sun December 10 boxscore W 5-9 @ Chicago Bears 27 17 17 295 168 127 2 21 302 172 130 2
15 Sun December 17 boxscore W 6-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33 7 24 382 212 170 2 6 225 163 62 5
16 Sun December 24 boxscore W 7-9 @ Atlanta Falcons 31 24 17 376 197 179 2 27 413 324 89 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Bob Gagliano 31 qb 11 7 4-3-0 117 232 50.4% 1671 6 2.6 12 5.2 75 7.2 5.4 14.3 151.9 61.2 25 153 5.91 4.27 9.7
9 Rodney Peete 23 QB 8 8 3-5-0 103 195 52.8% 1479 5 2.6 9 4.6 69 7.6 6.0 14.4 184.9 67.0 27 164 5.92 4.55 12.2 1 1
17 Eric Hipple 32 qb 1 1 0-1-0 7 18 38.9% 90 0 0.0 3 16.7 30 5.0 -2.5 12.9 90.0 15.7 5 26 2.78 -3.09 21.7
16 Chuck Long 26 1 0 2 5 40.0% 42 0 0.0 0 0.0 37 8.4 8.4 21.0 42.0 70.4 0 0 8.40 8.40 0.0
Team Total 26.2 16 7-9-0 229 450 50.9% 3282 11 2.4 24 5.3 75 7.3 5.4 14.3 205.1 60.8 57 343 5.80 4.10 11.2 1 1
Opp Total 16 370 570 64.9% 4193 19 3.3 16 2.8 7.4 6.76 11.3 262.1 86.2 40 277 6.4 5.9 6.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
20 Barry Sanders*+ 21 RB 15 13 280 1470 14 34 5.3 98.0 18.7 24 282 11.8 0 46 1.6 18.8 1752 14 10
14 Bob Gagliano 31 qb 11 7 41 192 4 19 4.7 17.5 3.7 192 4 3
9 Rodney Peete 23 QB 8 8 33 148 4 14 4.5 18.5 4.1 148 4 9
49 Tony Paige 27 rb 16 4 30 105 0 16 3.5 6.6 1.9 2 27 13.5 0 15 0.1 1.7 132 0 1
26 Carl Painter 25 15 0 15 64 0 9 4.3 4.3 1.0 3 41 13.7 0 27 0.2 2.7 105 0 1
84 Richard Johnson 28 WR 16 15 12 38 0 14 3.2 2.4 0.8 70 1091 15.6 8 75 4.4 68.2 1129 8 3
23 Mel Gray 28 KR 10 1 3 22 0 14 7.3 2.2 0.3 2 47 23.5 0 30 0.2 4.7 69 0 0
16 Chuck Long 26 1 0 3 2 0 6 0.7 2.0 3.0 2 0 0
17 Eric Hipple 32 qb 1 1 2 11 1 10 5.5 11.0 2.0 11 1 0
89 Keith McDonald 26 wr 6 3 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.3 0.2 12 138 11.5 0 24 2.0 23.0 136 0 0
75 Lomas Brown 26 LT 16 16 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 3 0 0
82 Robert Clark 24 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 748 18.2 2 69 2.6 46.8 748 2 2
24 Jason Phillips 23 WR 16 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 352 11.7 1 55 1.9 22.0 352 1 1
87 Walter Stanley 27 PR/WR 14 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 304 12.7 0 37 1.7 21.7 304 0 5
81 Stacey Mobley 24 wr 10 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 158 12.2 0 30 1.3 15.8 158 0 0
80 John Ford 23 wr 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 56 11.2 0 37 0.7 8.0 56 0 0
83 Troy Johnson 27 wr 9 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 29 14.5 0 22 0.2 3.2 29 0 0
89 Jeff Chadwick 29 wr 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 1.0 9.0 9 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 421 2053 23 34 4.9 128.3 26.3 229 3282 14.3 11 75 14.3 205.1 5335 34 37
Opp Total 16 454 1621 18 3.6 101.3 28.4 370 3916 10.6 19 23.1 244.8 5537 37 28

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
87 Walter Stanley 27 PR/WR 14 12 36 496 0 74 13.8 9 95 0 19 10.6 895
23 Mel Gray 28 KR 10 1 11 76 0 15 6.9 24 640 0 57 26.7 785
25 Paul Palmer 25 5 0 11 255 0 62 23.2 255
32 Bruce Alexander 24 db 8 1 5 100 0 25 20.0 100
20 Barry Sanders*+ 21 RB 15 13 5 118 0 43 23.6 1870
67 Ken Dallafior 30 RG 16 11 2 13 0 13 6.5 13
28 Jerry Woods 23 2 0 2 28 0 15 14.0 28
39 Ray Crockett 22 16 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
34 James Griffin 28 db 16 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
26 Carl Painter 25 15 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 119
Team Total 26.2 16 47 572 0 74 12.2 61 1272 0 62 20.9 7179
Opp Total 16 46 373 0 8.1 65 1037 1 16.0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
6 Jim Arnold 28 P 16 0 82 3538 64 1 43.1
3 Eddie Murray* 33 K 16 0 3 3 9 8 8 8 1 1 21 20 95.2%% 36 36 100.0%%
Team Total 26.2 16 3 3 9 8 8 8 1 1 21 20 95.2%% 36 36 100.0%% 82 3538 64 1 43.1
Opp Total 16 33 23 69.7%% 42 41 97.6%% 80 3296 41.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
54 Chris Spielman* 24 LILB 16 16 5.0 1 0 2 31 0 125 0
36 Bennie Blades 23 SS 16 16 2 0 1 0 0 100 0
35 William White 23 FS 15 15 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 1 81 0
93 Jerry Ball* 25 NT 16 16 9.0 0 0 3 0 0 73 0
21 Terry Taylor 28 LCB 15 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 35 0 57 0
57 Victor Jones 23 RILB 11 9 0 0 2 0 0 50 0
39 Ray Crockett 22 16 0 1 5 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 46 0
58 George Jamison 27 rolb 10 6 2.0 33 0
98 Dennis Gibson 25 rilb 6 6 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 3 -4 0 29 0
42 Michael Brim 23 2 0 7 0
9 Rodney Peete 23 QB 8 8 0 9 3 0 0
20 Barry Sanders*+ 21 RB 15 13 0 10 0 0 0
59 Jimmy Williams 29 LOLB 16 16 4.0 5 15 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Mike Cofer 29 ROLB 15 7 9.0
43 Jerry Holmes 32 RCB 16 16 6 77 1 36 0
87 Walter Stanley 27 PR/WR 14 12 0 5 1 0 0
76 Eric Williams 27 LDE 16 16 5.5
14 Bob Gagliano 31 qb 11 7 0 3 2 -1 0
97 Kevin Brooks 26 RDE 15 15 2.0 0 1 1 3 0
84 Richard Johnson 28 WR 16 15 0 3 0 0 0
82 Robert Clark 24 WR 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
49 Tony Paige 27 rb 16 4 0 1 1 0 0
24 Jason Phillips 23 WR 16 6 0 1 1 0 0
75 Lomas Brown 26 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
29 Bruce McNorton 30 8 0 1.0
44 John Miller 23 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Niko Noga 27 lb 14 1 1 0 0 0 0
26 Carl Painter 25 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
96 Lawrence Pete 23 16 0 1.0
28 Jerry Woods 23 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 James Griffin 28 db 16 1 0.5
Team Total 26.2 16 40.0 16 107 1 36 0 4 37 26 84 1 601 0
Opp Total 16 57 28 12 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Eddie Murray* 33 K 16 0 36 20 96
20 Barry Sanders*+ 21 RB 15 13 14 14 84
84 Richard Johnson 28 WR 16 15 8 8 48
14 Bob Gagliano 31 qb 11 7 4 4 24
9 Rodney Peete 23 QB 8 8 4 4 24
82 Robert Clark 24 WR 16 16 2 2 12
17 Eric Hipple 32 qb 1 1 1 1 6
43 Jerry Holmes 32 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
24 Jason Phillips 23 WR 16 6 1 1 6
35 William White 23 FS 15 15 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 16 23 11 1 1 36 36 20 312
Opp Total 16 18 19 1 1 3 41 23 1 364

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-10 PHO L, 13-16 3 3 rush Barry Sanders 3 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
2 1989-09-17 @ NYG L, 14-24 2 71 pass Richard Johnson 71 yard pass from Bob Gagliano (Eddie Murray kick)
3 1989-09-17 @ NYG L, 14-24 3 4 rush Barry Sanders 4 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
4 1989-09-24 CHI L, 27-47 2 3 rush Barry Sanders 3 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
5 1989-09-24 CHI L, 27-47 3 1 rush Bob Gagliano 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
6 1989-09-24 CHI L, 27-47 4 1 rush Bob Gagliano 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
7 1989-10-08 @ MIN L, 17-24 1 1 rush Eric Hipple 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
8 1989-10-08 @ MIN L, 17-24 4 1 rush Bob Gagliano 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
9 1989-10-15 @ TAM W, 17-16 3 33 pass Robert Clark 33 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
10 1989-10-15 @ TAM W, 17-16 4 5 rush Rodney Peete 5 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
11 1989-10-22 MIN L, 7-20 4 2 rush Rodney Peete 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
12 1989-10-29 @ GNB L, 20-23 1 6 pass Richard Johnson 6 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1989-10-29 @ GNB L, 20-23 4 14 rush Rodney Peete 14 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
14 1989-11-05 @ HOU L, 31-35 1 1 rush Barry Sanders 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1989-11-05 @ HOU L, 31-35 2 16 pass Robert Clark 16 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
16 1989-11-05 @ HOU L, 31-35 3 20 fumble William White 20 yard fumble return (Eddie Murray kick)
17 1989-11-05 @ HOU L, 31-35 4 14 rush Barry Sanders 14 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
18 1989-11-12 GNB W, 31-22 2 17 pass Richard Johnson 17 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
19 1989-11-12 GNB W, 31-22 2 8 pass Richard Johnson 8 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
20 1989-11-12 GNB W, 31-22 2 23 interception Jerry Holmes 23 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)
21 1989-11-12 GNB W, 31-22 4 1 rush Barry Sanders 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
22 1989-11-19 @ CIN L, 7-42 1 2 rush Barry Sanders 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
23 1989-11-23 CLE W, 13-10 2 27 pass Richard Johnson 27 yard pass from Bob Gagliano (Eddie Murray kick)
24 1989-12-03 NOR W, 21-14 1 6 rush Rodney Peete 6 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
25 1989-12-03 NOR W, 21-14 2 3 rush Barry Sanders 3 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
26 1989-12-03 NOR W, 21-14 3 75 pass Richard Johnson 75 yard pass from Bob Gagliano (Eddie Murray kick)
27 1989-12-10 @ CHI W, 27-17 2 14 rush Bob Gagliano 14 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
28 1989-12-10 @ CHI W, 27-17 2 18 rush Barry Sanders 18 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
29 1989-12-10 @ CHI W, 27-17 3 3 rush Barry Sanders 3 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
30 1989-12-17 TAM W, 33-7 1 2 pass Richard Johnson 2 yard pass from Bob Gagliano (Eddie Murray kick)
31 1989-12-17 TAM W, 33-7 1 55 pass Jason Phillips 55 yard pass from Bob Gagliano (Eddie Murray kick)
32 1989-12-17 TAM W, 33-7 2 4 rush Barry Sanders 4 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
33 1989-12-24 @ ATL W, 31-24 1 34 pass Richard Johnson 34 yard pass from Bob Gagliano (Eddie Murray kick)
34 1989-12-24 @ ATL W, 31-24 2 25 rush Barry Sanders 25 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
35 1989-12-24 @ ATL W, 31-24 3 17 rush Barry Sanders 17 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
36 1989-12-24 @ ATL W, 31-24 4 18 rush Barry Sanders 18 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-10 PHO W, 16-13 4 15 pass Roy Green 15 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Al Del Greco kick)
2 1989-09-17 @ NYG W, 24-14 3 11 rush Ottis Anderson 11 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
3 1989-09-17 @ NYG W, 24-14 3 9 pass Odessa Turner 9 yard pass from Phil Simms (Raul Allegre kick)
4 1989-09-17 @ NYG W, 24-14 4 24 pass Mark Bavaro 24 yard pass from Phil Simms (Raul Allegre kick)
5 1989-09-24 CHI W, 47-27 1 6 rush Brad Muster 6 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
6 1989-09-24 CHI W, 47-27 2 40 pass Dennis McKinnon 40 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Kevin Butler kick)
7 1989-09-24 CHI W, 47-27 3 53 rush Neal Anderson 53 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
8 1989-09-24 CHI W, 47-27 4 3 pass Brad Muster 3 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Kevin Butler kick)
9 1989-09-24 CHI W, 47-27 4 1 rush Jim Harbaugh 1 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
10 1989-10-01 PIT W, 23-3 2 48 pass Louis Lipps 48 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1989-10-01 PIT W, 23-3 3 1 rush Rodney Carter 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
12 1989-10-01 PIT W, 23-3 4 2 rush Ray Wallace 2 yard rush (pass failed)
13 1989-10-08 @ MIN W, 24-17 2 15 interception Mike Merriweather 15 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
14 1989-10-08 @ MIN W, 24-17 2 90 interception Issiac Holt 90 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
15 1989-10-08 @ MIN W, 24-17 2 2 pass Brent Novoselsky 2 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
16 1989-10-15 @ TAM L, 16-17 2 68 interception Ricky Reynolds 68 yard interception return (Donald Igwebuike kick)
17 1989-10-22 MIN W, 20-7 2 1 rush Herschel Walker 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
18 1989-10-22 MIN W, 20-7 3 4 rush Alfred Anderson 4 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
19 1989-10-29 @ GNB W, 23-20 2 4 pass Jeff Query 4 yard pass from Don Majkowski (Chris Jacke kick)
20 1989-10-29 @ GNB W, 23-20 3 2 pass Sterling Sharpe 2 yard pass from Don Majkowski (Chris Jacke kick)
21 1989-11-05 @ HOU W, 35-31 1 1 rush Lorenzo White 1 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)
22 1989-11-05 @ HOU W, 35-31 2 1 rush Mike Rozier 1 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)
23 1989-11-05 @ HOU W, 35-31 3 6 pass Ernest Givins 6 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
24 1989-11-05 @ HOU W, 35-31 3 7 pass Drew Hill 7 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
25 1989-11-05 @ HOU W, 35-31 4 2 rush Warren Moon 2 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)
26 1989-11-12 GNB L, 22-31 3 6 pass Michael Haddix 6 yard pass from Don Majkowski (Chris Jacke kick)
27 1989-11-12 GNB L, 22-31 3 1 rush Vince Workman 1 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)
28 1989-11-19 @ CIN W, 42-7 2 17 pass Tim McGee 17 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
29 1989-11-19 @ CIN W, 42-7 2 3 rush Craig Taylor 3 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
30 1989-11-19 @ CIN W, 42-7 2 1 pass Craig Taylor 1 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
31 1989-11-19 @ CIN W, 42-7 2 0 fumble Barney Bussey 0 yard fumble return (Jim Breech kick)
32 1989-11-19 @ CIN W, 42-7 3 15 pass Mike Martin 15 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
33 1989-11-19 @ CIN W, 42-7 4 41 pass Kendal Smith 41 yard pass from Erik Wilhelm (Jim Breech kick)
34 1989-11-23 CLE L, 10-13 2 38 rush Barry Redden 38 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
35 1989-12-03 NOR L, 14-21 2 1 rush Dalton Hilliard 1 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
36 1989-12-03 NOR L, 14-21 2 99 kickoff Bobby Morse 99 yard kickoff return (Morten Andersen kick)
37 1989-12-10 @ CHI L, 17-27 2 11 rush Brad Muster 11 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
38 1989-12-10 @ CHI L, 17-27 4 1 rush Neal Anderson 1 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
39 1989-12-17 TAM L, 7-33 4 69 pass Mark Carrier 69 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Donald Igwebuike kick)
40 1989-12-24 @ ATL L, 24-31 2 9 pass Gene Lang 9 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
41 1989-12-24 @ ATL L, 24-31 4 1 rush Keith Jones 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
42 1989-12-24 @ ATL L, 24-31 4 6 pass Michael Haynes 6 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)