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Houston 20 at Birmingham 22

1985 Quarterfinals - Saturday, June 29, 1985
Attendance: 18,500, TV: ABC


BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) - Danny Miller kicked five field goals, the last with two minutes left in the game, as Birmingham defeated Houston 22-20 in a United States Football League first round playoff game Saturday.

The victory leaves Birmingham, the USFL regular season eastern conference champion, with a 14-5 record. Houston ends its season at 10-9.

Birmingham jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first half and held the edge until Houston went up 17-16 in the third period on a 21-yard pass from Jim Kelly, the league's top quarterback, to Richard Johnson.

Birmingham made it 19-17 on Miller's fourth field goal of the afternoon, a USFL playoff record 57-yarder, late in the third period, but Houston's Toni Fritsch countered with a 46-yard field goal that put the Gamblers ahead 20-19 in the final quarter.

The Stallions moved to midfield, and a Bob Parsons punt was blown dead on Houston's 1-yard line. The Gamblers moved to their own 20-yard line, but were forced to punt and Birmingham took over at Houston's 48.

After four running plays picked up 30 yards, an incomplete Cliff Stoudt pass set the stage for Miller's winning kick, a 35-yarder. His five field goals tied a league record for most in one game.


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