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The Saints had been reeling prior to this game, losing four straight. Injuries checkered the New Orleans secondary. But the Saints believed in themselves. QB Bobby Hebert, back from injury himself, had a career night in the second half. The defense shined as never before, delivering the L.A. Raiders a 27-0 shutout. It put the Saints one step closer to their first NFC West championship (which they would win December 22 against the Cardinals).moreless
Houston never knew what hit them at the "House of Pain." The Eagles, owners of the NFL's best overall defense, smothered the eventual AFC Central Division Champions 13-6.
Thurman Thomas rushed for 135 yards (almost half the Bills' ground total) in Buffalo's 41-27 win over Miami, now a regular Buffalo punching bag.
In 1991, Buffalo's defense didn't have the strongest muscle or statistics, but it did have the strongest heart. The Bengals were rapidly losing heart in Sam Wyche's last season as their coach. The result was somewhat predictable: a 35-16 Buffalo conquest before a sellout crowd at Orchard Park.
Washington's defense yielded no points at RFK Stadium in September. The highlight came against the Eagles, who were held to 54 yards rushing and 35 yards passing. Add five sacks and the Redskin faithful celebrated a well-rounded 23-0 wipeout.
It was said the fate of Jets running back Blair Thomas was sealed in the final minutes of regulation against the Bears. On a running-out-the-clock play, Thomas hit a wall of "Da Bears" and fumbled. Chicago scored the tying TD on the last play of regulation to force the OT. Fourteen minutes later, the Bears finally scored the inevitable winning touchdown for a 19-13 final.moreless
All parts of the Oilers machine were in perfect working order when they hosted K.C. Houston's defense shone brightest, shutting off the Chiefs' last chance. It was an historic 17-7 triumph: never before had the Oilers started 3-0. Now they were poised to win that one prize that had eluded them all those years: the AFC Central championship.moreless
This rematch of the two teams that battled in the 1990 NFC Championship, sparked new eras on both sides. San Francisco now had Steve Young had quarterback; the Giants had to go on without Bill Parcells as coach. New York may have won, 16-14, but this game would not be indicative of either team's 1991 season.moreless