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Houston 17 at Tampa Bay 20

1984 Week 1 - Sunday, February 26, 1984
Attendance: 42,915

Highlights of Tampa Bay's win over Houston.

TAMPA (AP) - Jim Kelly, who signed last year with Houston after being drafted in the first round by the NFL Buffalo Bills, completed 24 0f 41 passes for 229 yards as the expansion Gamblers threw a scare into the heavily-favored Bandits.

But Gary Anderson, who joined Tampa Bay at midseason last year, picked up 114 yards, including 12 on a burst up the middle with 2:33 left, to pull out the game. "It's much better than last year," Anderson said. "I've had time to get my stuff down."

There were 42,915 at Tampa Stadium, 478 more than attended last year's opener.

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