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1989 Minnesota Vikings

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1989 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: 0.2, Defense: 4.1, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 351 points (21.9/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (17.2/g), 6th.
 Differential of 76 points (4.8/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 10.3-5.7.

Coach: Jerry Burns (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Schnelker
 Defensive Coordinator: Floyd Peters
 Other Notable Asst.: Pete Carroll (Defensive Backs)

Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Team Info

Co-Owner Irwin Jacobs
Co-Owner Carl Pohlad
General Manager Mike Lynn
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 351 5255 1053 5.0 33 14 28 326 272 499 3189 17 19 5.9 172 514 2066 12 4.0 126
Team Defense 275 4184 1021 4.1 36 18 26 266 252 488 2501 18 18 4.5 140 462 1683 14 3.6 100
Lg Rank Offense 11 14 12 10 8 16 17 18 12 15 8 7 18 11
Lg Rank Defense 6 1 15 4 3 9 1 9 19 1 14 11 15 4

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 W 1-0 Houston Oilers 38 7 29 343 188 155 11 104 34 70 3
2 Sun September 17 boxscore L 1-1 @ Chicago Bears 7 38 18 320 253 67 4 20 306 142 164 1
3 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 27 17 258 146 112 2 23 278 119 159 1
4 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 3 23 365 203 162 3 7 158 64 94 1
5 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-2 Detroit Lions 24 17 14 229 138 91 3 20 237 84 153 4
6 Sun October 15 boxscore W 4-2 Green Bay Packers 26 14 21 398 160 238 2 11 219 151 68 3
7 Sun October 22 boxscore W 5-2 @ Detroit Lions 20 7 13 264 147 117 1 21 282 198 84 5
8 Mon October 30 boxscore L 5-3 @ New York Giants 14 24 20 250 140 110 4 13 174 55 119
9 Sun November 5 boxscore W OT 6-3 Los Angeles Rams 23 21 23 376 276 100 1 14 304 185 119 2
10 Sun November 12 boxscore W 7-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 10 18 303 145 158 1 13 201 111 90 2
11 Sun November 19 boxscore L 7-4 @ Philadelphia Eagles 9 10 18 219 136 83 5 22 270 179 91 1
12 Sun November 26 boxscore L 7-5 @ Green Bay Packers 19 20 22 377 301 76 2 16 332 248 84 1
13 Sun December 3 boxscore W 8-5 Chicago Bears 27 16 24 387 251 136 2 18 315 178 137 2
14 Sun December 10 boxscore W 9-5 Atlanta Falcons 43 17 23 457 237 220 1 15 255 188 67 3
15 Sun December 17 boxscore L OT 9-6 @ Cleveland Browns 17 23 19 316 194 122 1 16 320 256 64 2
16 Mon December 25 boxscore W 10-6 Cincinnati Bengals 29 21 24 393 274 119 1 26 429 309 120 5
Playoffs
Division Sat January 6 boxscore L 10-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 13 41 25 385 299 86 5 22 403 241 162 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
11 Wade Wilson 30 QB 14 12 7-5-0 194 362 53.6% 2543 9 2.5 12 3.3 50 7.0 6.0 13.1 181.6 70.5 27 194 6.04 5.11 6.9 1 0
9 Tommy Kramer 34 qb 8 4 3-1-0 77 136 56.6% 906 7 5.1 7 5.1 39 6.7 5.4 11.8 113.3 72.7 12 75 5.61 4.43 8.1
42 D.J. Dozier 24 rb 14 6 1 1 100.0% 19 1 100.0 0 0.0 19 19.0 39.0 19.0 1.4 158.3 0 0 19.00 39.00 0.0
36 Allen Rice 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 10 -10.00 -10.00 100.0
Team Total 27.1 16 10-6-0 272 499 54.5% 3468 17 3.4 19 3.8 50 6.9 5.9 12.8 216.8 72.0 40 279 5.92 4.96 7.4 1 0
Opp Total 16 252 488 51.6% 3003 18 3.7 18 3.7 6.2 5.23 11.9 187.7 67.7 71 502 4.5 3.7 12.7

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
34 Herschel Walker 27 RB 11 9 169 669 5 47 4.0 60.8 15.4 18 162 9.0 1 24 1.6 14.7 831 6 5
31 Rick Fenney 25 fb 16 8 151 588 4 25 3.9 36.8 9.4 30 254 8.5 2 26 1.9 15.9 842 6 4
46 Alfred Anderson 28 FB 11 8 52 189 2 14 3.6 17.2 4.7 20 193 9.7 0 18 1.8 17.5 382 2 3
42 D.J. Dozier 24 rb 14 6 46 207 0 38 4.5 14.8 3.3 14 148 10.6 0 30 1.0 10.6 355 0 2
11 Wade Wilson 30 QB 14 12 32 132 1 23 4.1 9.4 2.3 132 1 5
20 Darrin Nelson 30 KR 5 0 31 124 0 24 4.0 24.8 6.2 7 52 7.4 0 11 1.4 10.4 176 0 0
9 Tommy Kramer 34 qb 8 4 12 9 0 5 0.8 1.1 1.5 9 0 1
33 Jessie Clark 29 3 0 10 57 0 14 5.7 19.0 3.3 2 14 7.0 0 12 0.7 4.7 71 0 1
36 Allen Rice 27 4 0 6 25 0 10 4.2 6.3 1.5 4 29 7.3 0 14 1.0 7.3 54 0 0
81 Anthony Carter* 29 WR 16 16 3 18 0 17 6.0 1.1 0.2 65 1066 16.4 4 50 4.1 66.6 1084 4 0
84 Hassan Jones 25 WR 16 13 1 37 0 37 37.0 2.3 0.1 42 694 16.5 1 50 2.6 43.4 731 1 2
87 Leo Lewis 33 PR 16 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.7 0.1 12 148 12.3 1 28 0.8 9.3 159 1 4
83 Steve Jordan* 28 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 506 14.5 3 34 2.2 31.6 506 3 1
80 Jim Gustafson 28 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 144 10.3 2 22 0.9 9.0 144 2 0
86 Darryl Ingram 23 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 47 9.4 1 21 0.3 2.9 47 1 0
85 Brent Novoselsky 23 te 15 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 11 2.8 2 6 0.3 0.7 11 2 0
Team Total 27.1 16 514 2066 12 47 4.0 129.1 32.1 272 3468 12.8 17 50 17.0 216.8 5534 29 28
Opp Total 16 462 1683 14 3.6 105.2 28.9 252 2501 9.9 18 15.8 156.3 4184 32 29

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 Leo Lewis 33 PR 16 0 44 446 0 65 10.1 2 30 0 15 15.0 635
20 Darrin Nelson 30 KR 5 0 14 317 0 32 22.6 493
34 Herschel Walker 27 RB 11 9 13 374 1 93 28.8 1205
42 D.J. Dozier 24 rb 14 6 12 258 0 63 21.5 613
46 Alfred Anderson 28 FB 11 8 5 75 0 36 15.0 457
81 Anthony Carter* 29 WR 16 16 1 2 0 2 2.0 1 19 0 19 19.0 1105
33 Jessie Clark 29 3 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 77
49 Travis Curtis 24 FS 16 11 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
31 Rick Fenney 25 fb 16 8 1 12 0 12 12.0 854
36 Allen Rice 27 4 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 67
Team Total 27.1 16 45 448 0 65 10.0 51 1122 1 93 22.0 7104
Opp Total 16 32 300 0 9.4 68 1287 0 18.9

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
13 Bucky Scribner 29 P 16 0 72 2864 55 0 39.8
3 Rich Karlis 30 K 13 0 3 3 15 14 6 5 12 8 3 1 39 31 79.5%% 28 27 96.4%%
2 Teddy Garcia 25 k 3 0 4 1 1 5 1 20.0%% 8 8 100.0%%
Team Total 27.1 16 3 3 15 14 10 6 12 8 4 1 44 32 72.7%% 36 35 97.2%% 72 2864 55 0 39.8
Opp Total 16 21 13 61.9%% 33 32 97.0%% 95 3857 40.6

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
56 Chris Doleman*+ 28 RDE 16 16 21.0 5 0 5 7 0 94 0
97 Henry Thomas 24 LDT 14 14 9.0 3 0 3 37 1 94 0
39 Carl Lee* 28 RCB 16 16 2 0 0 0 0 75 0
99 Al Noga 24 LDE 16 15 11.5 0 0 1 0 0 63 0
48 Najee Mustafaa 25 LCB 16 16 2 7 0 7 0 0 0 2 27 1 48 0
27 Brad Edwards 23 db 9 1 1 18 0 18 0 21 0
75 Keith Millard*+ 27 RDT 16 16 18.0 1 48 0 48 0 0 0 1 31 1
54 Jesse Solomon 26 lb 4 1 8 0
44 Michael Brim 23 7 0 7 0
57 Mike Merriweather 29 RLB 15 15 3.5 3 29 1 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
11 Wade Wilson 30 QB 14 12 0 5 2 -7 0
47 Joey Browner* 29 SS 16 16 1.0 5 70 0 34 0
87 Leo Lewis 33 PR 16 0 0 4 2 0 0
31 Rick Fenney 25 fb 16 8 0 4 1 0 0
34 Herschel Walker 27 RB 11 9 0 5 0 0 0
46 Alfred Anderson 28 FB 11 8 0 3 1 0 0
42 D.J. Dozier 24 rb 14 6 0 2 2 0 0
55 Scott Studwell 35 MLB 16 16 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Ray Berry 26 LLB 16 10 3.0 1
59 Mark Dusbabek 25 lb 16 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
53 David Braxton 24 3 0 1 0
33 Jessie Clark 29 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
71 Ken Clarke 33 11 0 2.0
84 Hassan Jones 25 WR 16 13 0 2 0 0 0
81 Anthony Carter* 29 WR 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
29 Darrell Fullington 25 db 16 2 1 0 0 0 0
30 Issiac Holt 27 db 5 1 1 90 1 90 0
83 Steve Jordan* 28 TE 16 15 0 1 0 0 0
9 Tommy Kramer 34 qb 8 4 0 1 0 -7 0
63 Kirk Lowdermilk 26 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
96 Tim Newton 26 dt 9 2 0 0 1 5 1
36 Allen Rice 27 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
94 Thomas Strauthers 28 12 0 1.0
Team Total 27.1 16 71.0 18 264 2 90 0 8 28 30 93 4 411 0 2
Opp Total 16 40 29 11

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 Rich Karlis 30 K 13 0 27 31 120
34 Herschel Walker 27 RB 11 9 5 1 1 7 42
31 Rick Fenney 25 fb 16 8 4 2 6 36
81 Anthony Carter* 29 WR 16 16 4 4 24
83 Steve Jordan* 28 TE 16 15 3 3 18
46 Alfred Anderson 28 FB 11 8 2 2 12
80 Jim Gustafson 28 16 0 2 2 12
85 Brent Novoselsky 23 te 15 3 2 2 12
2 Teddy Garcia 25 k 3 0 8 1 11
57 Mike Merriweather 29 RLB 15 15 1 1 1 8
30 Issiac Holt 27 db 5 1 1 1 6
86 Darryl Ingram 23 te 16 2 1 1 6
84 Hassan Jones 25 WR 16 13 1 1 6
87 Leo Lewis 33 PR 16 0 1 1 6
75 Keith Millard*+ 27 RDT 16 16 1 1 6
48 Najee Mustafaa 25 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
96 Tim Newton 26 dt 9 2 1 1 6
97 Henry Thomas 24 LDT 14 14 1 1 6
11 Wade Wilson 30 QB 14 12 1 1 6
50 Ray Berry 26 LLB 16 10 1 2
Team Total 27.1 16 12 17 1 4 2 36 35 32 2 351
Opp Total 16 14 18 2 32 13 275

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-10 HOU W, 38-7 1 32 pass Anthony Carter 32 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Teddy Garcia kick)
2 1989-09-10 HOU W, 38-7 1 2 pass Steve Jordan 2 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Teddy Garcia kick)
3 1989-09-10 HOU W, 38-7 2 1 rush Rick Fenney 1 yard rush (Teddy Garcia kick)
4 1989-09-10 HOU W, 38-7 3 3 rush Rick Fenney 3 yard rush (Teddy Garcia kick)
5 1989-09-10 HOU W, 38-7 4 2 rush Alfred Anderson 2 yard rush (Teddy Garcia kick)
6 1989-09-17 @ CHI L, 7-38 2 4 pass Jim Gustafson 4 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Teddy Garcia kick)
7 1989-09-24 @ PIT L, 14-27 1 1 rush Wade Wilson 1 yard rush (Teddy Garcia kick)
8 1989-09-24 @ PIT L, 14-27 2 27 fumble Henry Thomas 27 yard fumble return (Teddy Garcia kick)
9 1989-10-01 TAM W, 17-3 2 12 pass Anthony Carter 12 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
10 1989-10-01 TAM W, 17-3 3 28 pass Leo Lewis 28 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
11 1989-10-08 DET W, 24-17 2 15 interception Mike Merriweather 15 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
12 1989-10-08 DET W, 24-17 2 90 interception Issiac Holt 90 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
13 1989-10-08 DET W, 24-17 2 2 pass Brent Novoselsky 2 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
14 1989-10-15 GNB W, 26-14 2 8 rush Rick Fenney 8 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
15 1989-10-15 GNB W, 26-14 2 6 pass Jim Gustafson 6 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
16 1989-10-15 GNB W, 26-14 3 8 pass Rick Fenney 8 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
17 1989-10-22 @ DET W, 20-7 2 1 rush Herschel Walker 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
18 1989-10-22 @ DET W, 20-7 3 4 rush Alfred Anderson 4 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
19 1989-10-30 @ NYG L, 14-24 1 8 pass Herschel Walker 8 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
20 1989-10-30 @ NYG L, 14-24 4 1 rush Rick Fenney 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
21 1989-11-12 @ TAM W, 24-10 1 27 fumble Najee Mustafaa 27 yard fumble return (Rich Karlis kick)
22 1989-11-12 @ TAM W, 24-10 1 3 pass Steve Jordan 3 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Rich Karlis kick)
23 1989-11-12 @ TAM W, 24-10 4 1 rush Herschel Walker 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
24 1989-11-19 @ PHI L, 9-10 1 93 kickoff Herschel Walker 93 yard kickoff return
25 1989-11-26 @ GNB L, 19-20 3 6 rush Herschel Walker 6 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
26 1989-12-03 CHI W, 27-16 1 1 rush Herschel Walker 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
27 1989-12-03 CHI W, 27-16 2 46 pass Hassan Jones 46 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Rich Karlis kick)
28 1989-12-03 CHI W, 27-16 3 24 pass Anthony Carter 24 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Rich Karlis kick)
29 1989-12-10 ATL W, 43-17 1 2 pass Darryl Ingram 2 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Rich Karlis kick)
30 1989-12-10 ATL W, 43-17 2 19 pass Anthony Carter 19 yard pass from D.J. Dozier (Rich Karlis kick)
31 1989-12-10 ATL W, 43-17 3 31 fumble Keith Millard 31 yard fumble return (Rich Karlis kick)
32 1989-12-10 ATL W, 43-17 3 5 fumble Tim Newton 5 yard fumble return (Rich Karlis kick)
33 1989-12-17 @ CLE L, 17-23 3 26 rush Herschel Walker 26 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
34 1989-12-17 @ CLE L, 17-23 4 2 pass Steve Jordan 2 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rich Karlis kick)
35 1989-12-25 CIN W, 29-21 2 11 pass Rick Fenney 11 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Rich Karlis kick)
36 1989-12-25 CIN W, 29-21 4 1 pass Brent Novoselsky 1 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Rich Karlis kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-10 HOU L, 7-38 1 1 rush Alonzo Highsmith 1 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)
2 1989-09-17 @ CHI W, 38-7 1 24 pass Neal Anderson 24 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Kevin Butler kick)
3 1989-09-17 @ CHI W, 38-7 4 2 rush Neal Anderson 2 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
4 1989-09-17 @ CHI W, 38-7 4 13 rush Neal Anderson 13 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
5 1989-09-17 @ CHI W, 38-7 4 29 interception Lemuel Stinson 29 yard interception return (Kevin Butler kick)
6 1989-09-17 @ CHI W, 38-7 4 37 rush Mark Green 37 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
7 1989-09-24 @ PIT W, 27-14 1 15 pass Mike Mularkey 15 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
8 1989-09-24 @ PIT W, 27-14 2 8 rush Tim Worley 8 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
9 1989-09-24 @ PIT W, 27-14 2 2 rush Merril Hoge 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
10 1989-10-08 DET L, 17-24 1 1 rush Eric Hipple 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
11 1989-10-08 DET L, 17-24 4 1 rush Bob Gagliano 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
12 1989-10-15 GNB L, 14-26 1 1 rush Herman Fontenot 1 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)
13 1989-10-15 GNB L, 14-26 4 46 pass Carl Bland 46 yard pass from Don Majkowski (Chris Jacke kick)
14 1989-10-22 @ DET L, 7-20 4 2 rush Rodney Peete 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1989-10-30 @ NYG W, 24-14 3 39 interception Pepper Johnson 39 yard interception return (Raul Allegre kick)
16 1989-10-30 @ NYG W, 24-14 3 11 pass Lionel Manuel 11 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Raul Allegre kick)
17 1989-10-30 @ NYG W, 24-14 4 2 rush Ottis Anderson 2 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
18 1989-11-05 RAM L, 21-23 1 1 rush Greg Bell 1 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
19 1989-11-05 RAM L, 21-23 4 6 pass Henry Ellard 6 yard pass from Jim Everett (Mike Lansford kick)
20 1989-11-05 RAM L, 21-23 4 1 rush Greg Bell 1 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
21 1989-11-12 @ TAM L, 10-24 4 5 pass James Wilder 5 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Donald Igwebuike kick)
22 1989-11-19 @ PHI W, 10-9 4 3 pass Cris Carter 3 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Steve DeLine kick)
23 1989-11-26 @ GNB W, 20-19 2 34 pass Sterling Sharpe 34 yard pass from Don Majkowski (Chris Jacke kick)
24 1989-11-26 @ GNB W, 20-19 4 9 pass Sterling Sharpe 9 yard pass from Don Majkowski (Chris Jacke kick)
25 1989-12-03 CHI L, 16-27 3 3 pass Cap Boso 3 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Kevin Butler kick)
26 1989-12-03 CHI L, 16-27 4 1 rush Matt Suhey 1 yard rush
27 1989-12-10 ATL L, 17-43 2 26 pass Gary Wilkins 26 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
28 1989-12-10 ATL L, 17-43 3 17 pass Shawn Collins 17 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
29 1989-12-17 @ CLE W, 23-17 3 5 pass Ron Middleton 5 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
30 1989-12-17 @ CLE W, 23-17 3 62 pass Reggie Langhorne 62 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
31 1989-12-17 @ CLE W, 23-17 5 14 pass Van Waiters 14 yard pass from Mike Pagel
32 1989-12-25 CIN L, 21-29 2 34 pass Eddie Brown 34 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
33 1989-12-25 CIN L, 21-29 3 65 pass Rodney Holman 65 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
34 1989-12-25 CIN L, 21-29 4 18 pass Craig Taylor 18 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)