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No punt intended as Bills, 49ers get offensive
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Sept. 13, 1992
There is plenty of offensive action in Buffalo's 34-31 victory over San Francisco, but the 49ers' Klaus Wilmsmeyer and Bills' Chris Mohr are bored. That's because neither player gets a chance to do his thing. They are punters, and for the only time in NFL history, a game is played without either team punting.
Wilmsmeyer and Mohr warm up several times, but neither gets the call. Both teams have third down in their own half of the field four times, when they might have been forced to punt, but it never gets to fourth down in those situations.
"You just do your normal routine, get ready, get ready, get ready, and hope they make a first down," Mohr says. "Eventually, you look at the clock and say, 'I guess I'm not going to punt today.'"
Quarterbacks Steve Young and Jim Kelly are the prime reasons for the no-punt game. SF's Young passes for 449 yards and three touchdowns, while the Bills' Kelly passes for 403 yards and three TDs as the teams account for 1,086 yards of offense.
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