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Chicago 13 at Houston 38


1984 Week 16 - Sunday, June 10, 1984
Chicago Blitz(5-10) at Houston Gamblers(10-5)(-13)
Attendance: 24,243, TV: ABC

HOUSTON (AP) - First-year quarterback Jim Kelly has led the first-year Houston Gamblers to a division title over the United States Football League' s defending champions, and along the way he's grabbed a few titles for himself.

Kelly established three American professional football records Sunday as the 11-5 Gamblers overwhelmed the Chicago Blitz 38-13 to open an insurmountable three-game lead over the Central Division's second-place Michigan Panthers.

The rookie completed 21 of 31passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns, giving him record single-season passing totalsof 4,825 yards, 40 touchdowns and nine 300-yard games.

Kelly broke two records set by Dan Fouts of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers. Fouts threw for 4,802 yards in 1979, and in 1980, had eight 300-yard games, the marks that Kelly broke Sunday.

The 40 touchdown passes eclipse the record of 36 established by George Blanda and Y.A. Tittle in 1961 and 1963, respectively. Kelly set the records in the 16th game of the Gamblers' 18-game season. Fouts' records were set in 16-game seasons, and Blanda's and Tittle's in 14 games.

"Anytime you break a record of Dan Fouts' it's a great feeling," Kelly said. "It wasn't one of my best days but the receivers did a great job instinctively."

One of those receivers, Richard Johnson, set another record with 103 catches on the season, surpassing the old mark of 101 by Charles Hennigan of the 1964 Houston Oilers.

Complete Game




	1	2	3	4	F
CHI	0      10	3	0   -   13
HOU    14	7	7      10   -   38

Scoring

HOU:Harrell 1 yd run (Fritsch kick) - HOU 7, CHI 0

HOU:R. Johnson 10 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 14, CHI 0

CHI:Seibel 38 yd field goal - HOU 14, CHI 3

HOU:R. Johnson 30 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 21, CHI 3

CHI:Haines 15 yd pass from Reeves (Seibel kick) - HOU 21, CHI 10

HOU:Sanders 62 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 28, CHI 10

CHI:Seibel 22 yd field goal - HOU 28, CHI 13

HOU:Barousse 11 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 35, CHI 13

HOU:Fritsch 46 yd field goal - HOU 38, CHI 13

Box Score

                             CHI            HOU
First Downs                   13             30
Rushes-Yards               18-67         25-149
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    36-16-168-1    47-27-407-2
Sacked-Yards Lost           5-38           2-13
Total Plays-Yards         59-197         74-543
Fumbles-Lost                 3-1            2-1
Penalties-Yards             6-65          11-90
Turnovers                      2              3
Time of Possession         25:20          34:40

Attendance = 24,243

CHICAGO					     HOUSTON
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Reeves       36  16 168  1  1  56.3          Kelly        36  21 335  2  4 103.4
                                             Dillon       11   6  72  0  0  74.8

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Canada        7  26  3.7  0                  Fowler       14 105  7.5  0
Reeves        3  21  7.0  0                  Kelly         6  25  4.2  0
Ferguson      5  16  3.2  0                  Harrell       5  19  3.8  1
Middleton     2   3  1.5  0                  
Stone         1   1  1.0  0                  

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Haines        5  45  9.0  1                  Sanders       7 130 18.6  1
Worthy        3  43 14.3  0                  McGhee        5  82 16.4  0
Canada        3  24  8.0  0                  Johnson R     5  58 11.6  2
Ferguson      1  21 21.0  0                  McNeil        2  58 29.0  0
Anderson      1  12 12.0  0                  Moser         2  34 17.0  0
Middleton     1   9  9.0  0                  Barousse      2  29 14.5  1
Keel          1   8  8.0  0                  Courville     1  15 15.0  0
Stone         1   6  6.0  0                  Fowler        1  12 12.0  0
                                             Verdin        1   2  2.0  0
                                             Kelly         1 -13-13.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
James           2  56 28.0  0                Verdin          3  40 13.3  0
Puha            2  23 11.5  0                Courville       1  30 30.0  0
Wilcox          1  22 22.0  0                
Stroth          1  15 15.0  0                
Jostes          1   0  0.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Daniel          1   2  2.0  0                McNeil          5  83 16.6  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Seibel          2-2  38  1-1    7            Fritsch         1-2  46  5-5    8
                miss: --                                     miss: 35

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Gossett         7 323 46.1                   Walters         3 117 39.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Morgan          1   9                        Catan           2  21
Taylor          1   4                        Crosby        1.5  10
                                             Taylor          1   5
                                             Fitzpatrick   0.5   2

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Gabrielsen      1  31 31.0  0                Eason           1   2  2.0  0
Kelley          1  11 11.0  0                

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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