Records, streaks and milestones* Buffalo set a team season...

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December 16, 1991|By Susan Reimer

Records, streaks and milestones

* Buffalo set a team season records for points (444), passing yards (3,747) and total offense (6,168 yards) against Indianapolis.

* Cincinnati (2-13) is assured of the worst season in the franchise's 24 seasons.

* Detroit's victory, its first outdoors in 5 tries this season, gave it an 11-4 record, tying a franchise record for wins last reached in 1962.

* Houston QB Warren Moon set a single-season NFL record for completions -- 382 -- breaking Dan Marino's mark of 378 set in 1986.

* Kelly Stouffer made his first start at quarterback for the Seahawks since Nov. 26, 1989, but it only lasted 5 minutes, 2 seconds when he was knocked out of the game with a strained knee after being sacked for a safety in his end zone.

* Drew Hill surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season, making him the first player in NFL history with 4 1,000-yard receiving seasons after hitting age 30. Hill is 35.

* Minnesota QB Rich Gannon has had 7 games without any interceptions this season, setting a club record.

* The L.A. Rams set a team record with their ninth consecutive loss. The Rams' last 9-game losing streak came back in 1941, when the club was based in Cleveland.

* N.Y. Jets P Louie Aguiar, stepping in for injured Pat Leahy, became the first kicker in 12 years other than Leahy to make a field goal for New York.

Injuries

* Seattle QB Kelly Stouffer suffered a strained knee.

* Atlanta RB Steve Broussard suffered an injury to his left leg and ankle.

* Houston DT Ray Childress sustained a rib injury, but X-rays revealed no broken bones.

* New York Giants OL Brian Williams sustained a neck injury, but an examination revealed no damage to his spine.

* New York Jets K Pat Leahy left after his first field-goal attempt was wide, unsuccessfully battling pain from hip and hamstring problems.

* Indianapolis RB Eric Dickerson did not play. He had the flu.

* Buffalo's Thurman Thomas sprained his ankle in the first quarter against Indianapolis and left the game, but the injury was not considered serious.

* Indianapolis QB Jeff George suffered a bruised elbow and was replaced by Mark Herrmann, who was also injured and replaced briefly by Rusty Hilger.

They said it

* "He was excited out there. He was like a child with a brand-new toy." Cincinnati S David Fulcher on Pittsburgh QB Bubby Brister, playing for the first time in two months.

* "Falcons in the playoffs. What is this world coming to?" Atlanta CB Deion Sanders.

* "We're in the playoffs, and I can't believe it." Detroit coach Wayne Fontes.

* "No. There will be too much traffic on the bridge and I won't get home in time." New York Jets coach Bruce Coslet, when asked if he was going to watch the Miami-San Diego game that would determine the Jets' playoff fate.

* "I'm not big into nostalgia. Next week is my last game. I'm just happy we won the game." Minnesota coach Jerry Burns.

* "Everybody says: 'What can they do when they need to win? How will they do in bad weather?' We reacted pretty well to that today." Houston QB Warren Moon after leading his team on the winning touchdown drive in a Cleveland snowstorm.

* "I was thinking to myself, 'How can we be losing this game with four minutes left?' I was thinking how bad it was going to feel if we lost this game. I thought, 'Just give me another chance.' And RTC the defense did." Denver QB John Elway, who then directed a 6-play, 66-yard drive and scored the winning touchdown himself on a 4-yard run.

* "This happened to us, that happened to us. People writing us off, saying, 'They'll fold this week; they'll fold next week.' But we keep hanging in there. Granted, the last three weeks it hasn't been pretty, but we find ways to win." Detroit LB Chris Spielman.

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