Sep. 22, 1991
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ The New England Patriots got their highest point total in 19 games in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Houston Oilers. The last time they scored that many was in a 27-24 loss to Miami in last season's opener. They haven't scored more than 24 points in their last 25 games. And their 24 points were two more than their combined total in the first three games of the season. ... Houston's Drew Hill extended his streak of at least one reception to 64 games. He had three receptions for 48 yards, including a 33-yarder that set up the touchdown that put the Oilers ahead 20-17 with 1:52 left. ... Warren Moon had plenty of trouble throwing toward the New England end zone in the first three quarters. In the first quarter, Houston had a third-and-9 at the New England 10-yard line. Moon's pass intended for Ernest Givins was tipped by linebacker David Howard and fell incomplete. In the second quyarter, Howard tipped Moon's pass toward the end zone intended for Curtis Duncan. Late in the third period, Jerome Henderson intercepted Moon in the end zone. Earlier in that series, he overthrew Hill, who was open in the end zone. ... Patriots tight end Marv Cook had a career-high 10 catches, one less than the club record set by Art Graham in 1966 and tied by Tony Collins in 1987. ... Hugh Millen, who threw the winning touchdown pass to Greg McMurtry, made his first start of the year after Tommy Hodson was benched. It was the third straight win for Millen, whose checkered career brought him to the Patriots as a Plan B free agent this season. He spent his entire first season in 1986 on injured reserve with the Los Angeles Rams and signed as a free agent with Atlanta in 1988. In the past four seasons, he started three of the 11 games he played in. The Falcons won the two games he started last year. ... Lee Williams, Houston's starting defensive end, is expected to be sidelined from four to six weeks with a fractured left forearm. He was scheduled to undergo surgery
Monday. Williams was hurt on the Patriots' final drive of the game that ended in the winning touchdown.