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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.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn