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Pittsburgh 24 at New Orleans 27


1984 Week 7 - Sunday, April 8, 1984
Pittsburgh Maulers(2-4) at New Orleans Breakers(5-1)(-10.5)
Attendance: 39,315, TV: ABC

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Johnnie Walton threw two late touchdown passes Sunday, then engineered a drive that produced Tim Mazzetti's 41-yard field goal in the closing seconds that lifted the New Orleans Breakers to a 27-24 United States Football League victory over the Pittsburgh Maulers.

The win kept New Orleans, 6-1, unbeaten at home and in a first-place tie with Birmingham in the USFL South. Pittsburgh, which came within a hair of an upset, slipped to 2-5.

Pittsburgh quarterback Glenn Carano, enjoying his best day as a pro, had New Orleans in a 24-17 hole with just 2:46 in the game. But Walton, passing for 48 yards on the drive, then marched New Orleans 80 yards in 57 seconds, passing 24 yards to Charlie Smith for the game tying touchdown.

Then, after forcing a Pittsburgh punt, New Orleans took the ball from its own 36 to the Maulers' 24-yard line in just five plays to set up Mazzetti's game-winning score with 12 seconds on the clock.

Walton, with 18 completions in 33 attempts for 257 yards, also passed 15 yards to Marion Brown for a third-quarter touchdown.

New Orleans' other scores came on a 33-yard field goal by Mazzetti in the third quarter and ona five-yard run by Marcus Dupree for the game's first score in the opening period.

Carano threw two touchdown passes to Greg Anderson and also scored on a one-yard plunge that built the Maulers' 24-17edge. The Maulers also scored on a 32-yard field goal by Tony Lee in the third period.

Carano was brilliant in picking apart a Breakers secondary which had three starters out with injuries. He finished with a professional best of 34 completions in 48 attempts for 388 yards, but he also was intercepted three times by New Orleans' fill-in secondary.

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Complete Game




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
PIT	7	0	3      14   -   24
NO	7	0      10      10   -   27

Scoring

NO: Dupree 5 yd run (Mazzetti kick) - NO 7, PIT 0

PIT:Anderson 9 yd pass from Carano (Lee kick) - PIT 7, NO 7

NO: Mazzetti 33 yd field goal - NO 10, PIT 7

PIT:Lee 32 yd field goal - PIT 10, NO 10

NO: Brown 15 yd pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) - NO 17, PIT 10

PIT:Anderson 7 yd pass from Carano (Lee kick) - PIT 17, NO 17

PIT:Carano 1 yd run (Lee kick) - PIT 24, NO 17

NO: Smith 24 yd pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) - NO 24, PIT 24

NO: Mazzetti 41 yd field goal - NO 27, PIT 24

Box Score

                             PIT             NO
First Downs                   29             28
Rushes-Yards               23-72         30-180
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    48-35-388-3    33-18-257-0
Sacked-Yards Lost            1-8           1-12
Total Plays-Yards         72-452         64-425
Fumbles-Lost                 1-0            1-1
Penalties-Yards             9-84           7-49
Turnovers                      3              1
Time of Possession         31:28          28:32

Attendance = 39,315

PITTSBURGH				     NEW ORLEANS
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Carano       48  35 388  3  2  84.4          Walton       33  18 257  0  2 100.2

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Rozier       13  45  3.5  0                  Jordan       12 111  9.3  0
Lawrence      5  29  5.8  0                  Dupree       10  41  4.1  1
Carano        3   1  0.3  1                  Schellen      7  30  4.3  0
Holman        2  -3 -1.5  0                  Good          1  -2 -2.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Flowers      10 135 13.5  0                  Smith         7 113 16.1  1
Anderson     10 128 12.8  2                  Ross          4  57 14.3  0
Shaw          6  79 13.2  0                  Jordan        3  50 16.7  0
Raugh         7  23  3.3  0                  Lockett       2  24 12.0  0
Holman        2  23 11.5  0                  Brown         1  15 15.0  1
                                             Schellen      1  -2 -2.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Miller          3  57 19.0  0                Good            3  69 23.0  0
Lawrence        2  35 17.5  0                Chase           1  16 16.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Good            1  -4 -4.0  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Lee             1-1  32  3-3    6            Mazzetti        2-2  41  3-3    9
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Swider          2  86 43.0                   Casarino        3 141 47.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Hollie          1  12                        Robinson        1   8

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Jones           1   4  4.0  0
                                             Johnson E       1   0  0.0  0
                                             Miller          1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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