In the first place, lots of losses

November 25, 1991

It was an unlucky Week 13 of the NFL season, enough to give division leaders triskaidekaphobia, as all six of them lost. Some of yesterday's developments:

* Shaking off the rust: The New York Giants had a quarterback change forced on them. Jeff Hostetler suffered a broken bone in his lower back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and former starter Phil Simms came on to win the game, 21-14, on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left. Doctors said Hostetler had not suffered any paralysis.

* Not so fast: The Houston Oilers were ready to clinch the AFC Central title, but were upset by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-14. Oilers quarterback Warren Moon was nearly as cold as the weather -- 12 degrees with the wind-chill index. Moon was intercepted five times and fumbled once.

* Slipping away: The Kansas City Chiefs' Christian Okoye fumbles only once every 47 times he has the ball. But those numbers didn't hold up yesterday, as Okoye lost the ball twice inside the opponents' 5 during the first quarter and the Chiefs lost to the Cleveland Browns, 20-15.

* Bronco busters: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg had trouble holding on to the ball, too, losing two fumbles, but the Denver Broncos couldn't hold on to sole possession of first in the AFC West, losing, 13-10.

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