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1991 Detroit Lions

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1991 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.0, Offense: 0.9, Defense: 0.0, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 339 points (21.2/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 295 points (18.4/g), 11th.
 Differential of 44 points (2.8/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-6.7.

Coach: Wayne Fontes (12-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Dave Levy
 Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Silverdome (Pontiac, 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 339 4788 938 5.1 30 13 16 280 252 459 2858 16 17 5.9 148 454 1930 19 4.3 116
Team Defense 295 5046 1008 5.0 36 17 23 305 315 534 3286 16 19 5.8 189 444 1760 16 4.0 93
Lg Rank Offense 9 17 11 7 14 24 22 14 15 16 11 10 2 5
Lg Rank Defense 11 15 9 10 21 22 19 7 7 11 14 17 20 16

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore L 0-1 @ Washington Redskins 0 45 9 154 61 93 4 23 392 201 191 1
2 Sun September 8 boxscore W 1-1 Green Bay Packers 23 14 21 347 271 76 20 253 177 76 1
3 Sun September 15 boxscore W 2-1 Miami Dolphins 17 13 24 353 164 189 1 17 226 154 72
4 Sun September 22 boxscore W 3-1 @ Indianapolis Colts 33 24 25 402 194 208 3 20 328 324 4 1
5 Sun September 29 boxscore W 4-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 3 21 359 147 212 4 16 187 106 81 4
6 Sun October 6 boxscore W 5-1 Minnesota Vikings 24 20 25 400 276 124 1 15 202 105 97
7 Bye Week
8 Sun October 20 boxscore L 5-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 3 35 10 207 183 24 2 29 505 272 233 1
9 Sun October 27 boxscore W 6-2 Dallas Cowboys 34 10 13 208 136 72 22 415 341 74 4
10 Sun November 3 boxscore L 6-3 @ Chicago Bears 10 20 16 275 203 72 3 16 291 187 104 1
11 Sun November 10 boxscore L 6-4 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 30 18 345 226 119 4 19 346 165 181 1
12 Sun November 17 boxscore W 7-4 Los Angeles Rams 21 10 16 249 181 68 18 334 308 26 2
13 Sun November 24 boxscore W 8-4 @ Minnesota Vikings 34 14 20 383 116 267 20 320 230 90 6
14 Thu November 28 boxscore W 9-4 Chicago Bears 16 6 11 208 108 100 2 18 319 231 88 6
15 Sun December 8 boxscore W 10-4 New York Jets 34 20 15 336 235 101 1 19 286 154 132 5
16 Sun December 15 boxscore W 11-4 @ Green Bay Packers 21 17 14 206 112 94 2 19 367 207 160 2
17 Sun December 22 boxscore W OT 12-4 @ Buffalo Bills 17 14 22 356 245 111 3 14 275 124 151 1
Playoffs
Division Sun January 5 boxscore W 13-4 Dallas Cowboys 38 6 23 421 337 84 16 276 179 97 4
ConfChamp Sun January 12 boxscore L 13-5 @ Washington Redskins 10 41 20 304 232 72 3 17 345 228 117

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
12 Erik Kramer 27 qb 13 8 6-2-0 136 265 51.3% 1635 11 4.2 8 3.0 73 6.2 5.6 12.0 125.8 71.8 14 74 5.59 5.09 5.0 3 3
9 Rodney Peete 25 QB 8 8 6-2-0 116 194 59.8% 1339 5 2.6 9 4.6 68 6.9 5.3 11.5 167.4 69.9 11 42 6.33 4.84 5.4 1 1
Team Total 26.3 16 12-4-0 252 459 54.9% 2974 16 3.5 17 3.7 73 6.5 5.5 11.8 185.9 71.0 25 116 5.90 4.99 5.2 4 4
Opp Total 16 315 534 59.0% 3523 16 3.0 19 3.6 6.6 5.60 11.2 220.2 73.9 30 237 5.8 4.9 5.3

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*+ 23 RB 15 15 342 1548 16 69 4.5 103.2 22.8 41 307 7.5 1 34 2.7 20.5 1855 17 5
12 Erik Kramer 27 qb 13 8 35 26 1 12 0.7 2.0 2.7 26 1 8
9 Rodney Peete 25 QB 8 8 25 125 2 26 5.0 15.6 3.1 125 2 2
30 Cedric Jackson 23 rb 8 1 17 55 0 10 3.2 6.9 2.1 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.1 -0.3 53 0 1
33 Don Overton 24 14 0 14 59 0 9 4.2 4.2 1.0 4 38 9.5 0 14 0.3 2.7 97 0 1
42 D.J. Dozier 26 6 0 9 48 0 29 5.3 8.0 1.5 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.2 0.5 51 0 0
80 Brett Perriman 26 WR 15 14 4 10 0 6 2.5 0.7 0.3 52 668 12.8 1 42 3.5 44.5 678 1 0
11 Andre Ware 23 1 0 4 6 0 10 1.5 6.0 4.0 6 0 1
23 Mel Gray*+ 30 KR/PR 16 0 2 11 0 6 5.5 0.7 0.1 3 42 14.0 0 31 0.2 2.6 53 0 3
6 Jim Arnold 30 P 16 0 2 42 0 21 21.0 2.6 0.1 42 0 0
82 Robert Clark 26 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 640 13.6 6 68 3.4 45.7 640 6 0
81 Mike Farr 24 WR 16 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 42 431 10.3 1 34 2.6 26.9 431 1 1
86 Willie Green 25 WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 592 15.2 7 73 2.4 37.0 592 7 0
84 Herman Moore 22 wr 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 135 12.3 0 21 0.8 10.4 135 0 0
46 Derek Tennell 27 te 15 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 43 10.8 0 18 0.3 2.9 43 0 0
83 Aubrey Matthews 29 wr 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 21 7.0 0 11 3.0 21.0 21 0 0
87 Jeff Campbell 23 wr 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 49 24.5 0 28 0.1 3.5 49 0 1
48 Roman Fortin 24 c 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 4 0 0
89 Eugene Riley 25 te 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.2 0.6 3 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 454 1930 19 69 4.3 120.6 28.4 252 2974 11.8 16 73 15.8 185.9 4904 35 25
Opp Total 16 444 1760 16 4.0 110.0 27.8 315 3286 10.4 16 19.7 205.4 5046 32 32

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
23 Mel Gray*+ 30 KR/PR 16 0 25 385 1 78 15.4 36 929 0 71 25.8 1367
87 Jeff Campbell 23 wr 14 1 9 85 0 27 9.4 134
42 D.J. Dozier 26 6 0 4 60 0 38 15.0 111
33 Don Overton 24 14 0 4 71 0 23 17.8 168
59 Anthony Bell 27 10 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
82 Robert Clark 26 WR 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 640
30 Cedric Jackson 23 rb 8 1 1 9 0 9 9.0 62
24 Mel Jenkins 29 RCB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
38 Kevin Scott 22 16 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
Team Total 26.3 16 26 385 1 78 14.8 57 1170 0 71 20.5 6459
Opp Total 16 35 340 1 9.7 63 1095 0 17.4

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 30 P 16 0 75 3092 63 0 41.2
3 Eddie Murray 35 K 16 0 1 1 4 3 10 8 9 5 4 2 28 19 67.9%% 40 40 100.0%%
Team Total 26.3 16 1 1 4 3 10 8 9 5 4 2 28 19 67.9%% 40 40 100.0%% 75 3092 63 0 41.2
Opp Total 16 28 19 67.9%% 34 34 100.0%% 67 2626 39.2

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*+ 26 LILB 16 16 1.0 3 0 3 0 0 126 0
36 Bennie Blades* 25 FS 16 16 1 14 0 14 0 2 0 3 21 0 93 0
58 George Jamison 29 LOLB 16 16 4.0 3 52 0 19 0 0 1 1 0 0 86 0
39 Ray Crockett 24 LCB 16 16 1.0 6 141 1 96 0 1 0 0 0 0 86 0
35 William White 25 SS 16 16 2 35 0 28 0 87 0
98 Dennis Gibson 27 RILB 16 16 62 0
90 Dan Owens 24 RDE 16 16 5.5 0 0 2 0 0 51 0
92 Marc Spindler 22 LDE 16 16 3.5 0 0 1 0 0 49 0
99 Tracy Hayworth 24 ROLB 16 14 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 28 1 43 0
93 Jerry Ball*+ 27 NT 13 13 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 36 0 1
21 Terry Taylor 30 11 0 4 26 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0 25 0
94 Kelvin Pritchett 22 16 0 1.5 26 0
97 Jeff Hunter 25 16 0 6.0 0 0 1 0 0 16 0
57 Victor Jones 25 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 13 0
12 Erik Kramer 27 qb 13 8 0 8 4 -5 0
20 Barry Sanders*+ 23 RB 15 15 0 5 1 0 0
23 Mel Gray*+ 30 KR/PR 16 0 0 3 2 0 0
24 Mel Jenkins 29 RCB 16 16 1.0 0 1 1 15 0
9 Rodney Peete 25 QB 8 8 0 2 1 -1 0
96 Lawrence Pete 25 nt 14 3 1.5
32 Bruce Alexander 26 9 0 1 0 0 0 0
59 Anthony Bell 27 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Lomas Brown* 28 LT 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
87 Jeff Campbell 23 wr 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
82 Robert Clark 26 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
55 Mike Cofer 31 lb 2 2 1.0
81 Mike Farr 24 WR 16 13 0 1 0 0 0
30 Cedric Jackson 23 rb 8 1 0 1 0 0 0
51 Niko Noga 29 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Don Overton 24 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
60 Mike Utley 26 RG 11 11 0 0 1 0 0
11 Andre Ware 23 1 0 0 1 0 -15 0
25 Sheldon White 26 16 0 1 18 1 18 0
Team Total 26.3 16 30.0 19 286 2 96 0 7 25 29 43 1 799 0 1
Opp Total 16 25 32 15

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
20 Barry Sanders*+ 23 RB 15 15 16 1 17 102
3 Eddie Murray 35 K 16 0 40 19 97
86 Willie Green 25 WR 16 15 7 7 42
82 Robert Clark 26 WR 14 14 6 6 36
9 Rodney Peete 25 QB 8 8 2 2 12
39 Ray Crockett 24 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
81 Mike Farr 24 WR 16 13 1 1 6
23 Mel Gray*+ 30 KR/PR 16 0 1 1 6
99 Tracy Hayworth 24 ROLB 16 14 1 1 6
12 Erik Kramer 27 qb 13 8 1 1 6
80 Brett Perriman 26 WR 15 14 1 1 6
25 Sheldon White 26 16 0 1 1 6
35 William White 25 SS 16 16 1 1 6
93 Jerry Ball*+ 27 NT 13 13 1 2
Team Total 26.3 16 19 16 1 1 2 1 40 40 19 1 339
Opp Total 16 16 16 1 1 34 19 295

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1991-09-08 GNB W, 23-14 1 4 rush Barry Sanders 4 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
2 1991-09-08 GNB W, 23-14 3 12 pass Willie Green 12 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
3 1991-09-15 MIA W, 17-13 2 26 pass Willie Green 26 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
4 1991-09-15 MIA W, 17-13 3 6 rush Rodney Peete 6 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
5 1991-09-22 @ IND W, 33-24 2 7 rush Rodney Peete 7 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
6 1991-09-22 @ IND W, 33-24 3 2 rush Barry Sanders 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
7 1991-09-22 @ IND W, 33-24 3 11 pass Willie Green 11 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
8 1991-09-22 @ IND W, 33-24 4 23 rush Barry Sanders 23 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
9 1991-09-29 TAM W, 31-3 1 7 rush Barry Sanders 7 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
10 1991-09-29 TAM W, 31-3 1 26 pass Willie Green 26 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
11 1991-09-29 TAM W, 31-3 2 1 rush Barry Sanders 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
12 1991-09-29 TAM W, 31-3 4 69 rush Barry Sanders 69 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1991-10-06 MIN W, 24-20 4 68 pass Robert Clark 68 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
14 1991-10-06 MIN W, 24-20 4 16 pass Willie Green 16 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1991-10-06 MIN W, 24-20 4 15 rush Barry Sanders 15 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
16 1991-10-27 DAL W, 34-10 2 55 blocked field goal William White 55 yard blocked field goal return (Eddie Murray kick)
17 1991-10-27 DAL W, 34-10 3 26 pass Willie Green 26 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
18 1991-10-27 DAL W, 34-10 4 10 pass Barry Sanders 10 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
19 1991-10-27 DAL W, 34-10 4 96 interception Ray Crockett 96 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)
20 1991-11-03 @ CHI L, 10-20 2 11 pass Brett Perriman 11 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
21 1991-11-10 @ TAM L, 21-30 1 1 rush Barry Sanders 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
22 1991-11-10 @ TAM L, 21-30 3 5 rush Barry Sanders 5 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
23 1991-11-10 @ TAM L, 21-30 4 1 rush Erik Kramer 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
24 1991-11-17 RAM W, 21-10 2 6 pass Robert Clark 6 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
25 1991-11-17 RAM W, 21-10 4 11 pass Robert Clark 11 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
26 1991-11-17 RAM W, 21-10 4 34 pass Mike Farr 34 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
27 1991-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-14 1 17 rush Barry Sanders 17 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
28 1991-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-14 3 45 rush Barry Sanders 45 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
29 1991-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-14 3 4 rush Barry Sanders 4 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
30 1991-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-14 4 9 rush Barry Sanders 9 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
31 1991-11-28 CHI W, 16-6 1 9 pass Robert Clark 9 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
32 1991-12-08 NYJ W, 34-20 1 14 rush Barry Sanders 14 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
33 1991-12-08 NYJ W, 34-20 1 51 rush Barry Sanders 51 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
34 1991-12-08 NYJ W, 34-20 2 73 pass Willie Green 73 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
35 1991-12-08 NYJ W, 34-20 3 28 fumble Tracy Hayworth 28 yard fumble return (Eddie Murray kick)
36 1991-12-15 @ GNB W, 21-17 1 19 pass Robert Clark 19 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
37 1991-12-15 @ GNB W, 21-17 4 3 pass Robert Clark 3 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Eddie Murray kick)
38 1991-12-15 @ GNB W, 21-17 4 78 punt Mel Gray 78 yard punt return (Eddie Murray kick)
39 1991-12-22 @ BUF W, 17-14 4 1 rush Barry Sanders 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
40 1991-12-22 @ BUF W, 17-14 4 18 interception Sheldon White 18 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1991-09-01 @ WAS W, 45-0 1 1 rush Gerald Riggs 1 yard rush (Chip Lohmiller kick)
2 1991-09-01 @ WAS W, 45-0 1 4 pass Jimmie Johnson 4 yard pass from Mark Rypien (Chip Lohmiller kick)
3 1991-09-01 @ WAS W, 45-0 1 69 punt Brian Mitchell 69 yard punt return (Chip Lohmiller kick)
4 1991-09-01 @ WAS W, 45-0 2 18 pass Ricky Sanders 18 yard pass from Earnest Byner (Chip Lohmiller kick)
5 1991-09-01 @ WAS W, 45-0 2 6 rush Earnest Byner 6 yard rush (Chip Lohmiller kick)
6 1991-09-01 @ WAS W, 45-0 3 38 pass Gary Clark 38 yard pass from Mark Rypien (Chip Lohmiller kick)
7 1991-09-08 GNB L, 14-23 2 1 rush Vince Workman 1 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)
8 1991-09-08 GNB L, 14-23 3 2 rush Don Majkowski 2 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)
9 1991-09-15 MIA L, 13-17 2 4 rush Mark Higgs 4 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
10 1991-09-22 @ IND L, 24-33 1 2 rush Eric Dickerson 2 yard rush (Dean Biasucci kick)
11 1991-09-22 @ IND L, 24-33 4 2 pass Eric Dickerson 2 yard pass from Jeff George (Dean Biasucci kick)
12 1991-09-22 @ IND L, 24-33 4 12 pass Jessie Hester 12 yard pass from Jeff George (Dean Biasucci kick)
13 1991-10-06 MIN L, 20-24 1 11 rush Darrin Nelson 11 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
14 1991-10-06 MIN L, 20-24 2 2 pass Steve Jordan 2 yard pass from Rich Gannon (Fuad Reveiz kick)
15 1991-10-20 @ SFO W, 35-3 2 1 rush Tom Rathman 1 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
16 1991-10-20 @ SFO W, 35-3 2 11 rush Harry Sydney 11 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
17 1991-10-20 @ SFO W, 35-3 2 2 pass Jerry Rice 2 yard pass from Steve Young (Mike Cofer kick)
18 1991-10-20 @ SFO W, 35-3 3 2 rush Tom Rathman 2 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
19 1991-10-20 @ SFO W, 35-3 3 22 pass Mike Sherrard 22 yard pass from Steve Young (Mike Cofer kick)
20 1991-10-27 DAL L, 10-34 2 1 pass Alfredo Roberts 1 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Ken Willis kick)
21 1991-11-03 @ CHI W, 20-10 3 22 pass Wendell Davis 22 yard pass from Jim Harbaugh (Kevin Butler kick)
22 1991-11-03 @ CHI W, 20-10 4 8 pass Wendell Davis 8 yard pass from Jim Harbaugh (Kevin Butler kick)
23 1991-11-10 @ TAM W, 30-21 1 1 rush Reggie Cobb 1 yard rush (Steve Christie kick)
24 1991-11-10 @ TAM W, 30-21 2 3 rush Reggie Cobb 3 yard rush (Steve Christie kick)
25 1991-11-10 @ TAM W, 30-21 3 59 rush Reggie Cobb 59 yard rush (Steve Christie kick)
26 1991-11-17 RAM L, 10-21 3 19 pass Henry Ellard 19 yard pass from Jim Everett (Tony Zendejas kick)
27 1991-11-24 @ MIN L, 14-34 2 25 pass Anthony Carter 25 yard pass from Darrin Nelson (Fuad Reveiz kick)
28 1991-11-24 @ MIN L, 14-34 4 1 rush Herschel Walker 1 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
29 1991-12-08 NYJ L, 20-34 1 6 rush Blair Thomas 6 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
30 1991-12-08 NYJ L, 20-34 1 57 interception Erik McMillan 57 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)
31 1991-12-15 @ GNB L, 17-21 1 30 rush Vince Workman 30 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)
32 1991-12-15 @ GNB L, 17-21 4 12 pass Vince Workman 12 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Chris Jacke kick)
33 1991-12-22 @ BUF L, 14-17 2 7 pass Andre Reed 7 yard pass from Frank Reich (Scott Norwood kick)
34 1991-12-22 @ BUF L, 14-17 4 20 pass Steve Tasker 20 yard pass from Frank Reich (Scott Norwood kick)