Sept. 13, 1992 -- Has there ever been a better NFL regular season game? That was the question that was asked when the Bills outscored San Francisco, 34-31, in the first NFL game that didn't have a punt.
No one knows the answer, but it was a memorable contest. Here's how Vic Carucci wrote about it in The News:
It will be remembered as much more than simply the Buffalo Bills' second game of the 1992 regular season.
It will be remembered as a game for the ages -- an offensive orgy that found its way into several pages of the National Football League record book and, combined with the 75 degree heat of Candlestick Park, had a dizzying effect on the participants as well as the spectators."At times, I thought both teams were a little delirious," Darryl Talley said after the Bills' 34-31 victory Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers. "It's a shame anyone has to come out on the losing end, because both teams laid it out today."
Before they could celebrate their second win in as many weeks, the Bills had to sweat out a 47-yard Mike Cofer field-goal attempt that sailed wide right in the final 54 seconds.
"This game could just have easily gone the other way," Marv Levy said. "I'm just thrilled to leave here with a win."
The thrills were endless, as were the milestones:
It was the first game in NFL history without a single punt.
Jim Kelly and the 49ers' Steve Young became the third duo of NFL quarterbacks to throw for 400 yards each in the same game, and the second to do so in regulation.
The 1,086 combined yards for both teams is the fourth-highest total in league history. The Niners' 598 yards (an average of 8.8 per plays) was a club record and the most ever against the Bills, who managed 488.
Kelly surpassed 20,000 passing yards for his seven-year NFL career.
--- Budd Bailey